This year’s Summer School of the BMBF-funded research project Urban Food Plus (UFP) took place from 30 September to 5 October 2014 in Tamale, Ghana. The Summer School was hosted by the University for Development Studies (UDS), one of the African partners within the UFP project that aims at enhancing resource use efficiency and improving food security in urban and peri-urban agriculture of West African cities. Wilhelm Löwenstein, Martina Shakya, Marc Hansen and Lesley Hope attended the Summer School on behalf of the IEE, which is implementing one sub-project of UFP.
During the last week of September, several musical performances of the Iliso Youth Choir from Khayelitsha, Cape Town electrified the audience in Bochum. For most of the young people it was the first time abroad. Vivian Zilo, the founder of Iliso Care Society, accompanied the group. Besides their highly moving performances, the choir members gave an insight into life in a township and introduced the activities of the Iliso Care Society.
Joyce Njeri Marangu from Kenya and Clement Mensah from Ghana graduated from the MA in Development Studies of UWC on 19 September 2014. Congratulations to both of you!
Kennedy Alatinga from Ghana and Eria Serwajja from Uganda, both scholarship holders of the South African - German Centre for Development Research, have been awarded their PhDs. Congratulations to both of you!
From Saturday onwards the IEE welcomes the Iliso Youth Choir from Khayelitsha, Cape Town in Bochum. The IEE wants to invite a broad audience to enjoy the powerful music, to get an impression of social work in a township and of the motivation behind such important work.
Augustine Magolowondo, Alumnus of the MA in Development Management (2002) and holder of a PhD of RUB's Faculty of Social Science (2005) recently participated in an Alumni Seminar in Bonn, which was financed by DAAD and organized by the networking coordinator of the German Association of Development-Related Postgraduate Courses.
Dr. Samson Lembani, who graduated from the PhD in International Development Studies has been awarded a DAAD Postdoctoral Fellowship at the South African - German Centre for Development Research. For a period of at least one year, Samson will support CDR in research and teaching activities.
The steering committee members of the South African – German Centre for Development Research and the academic coordinator of the CDR at UWC met in Stellenbosch from 9 – 11 May 2014 to discuss strategic options for further developing the fields of cooperation during the current funding period and beyond.