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CDR's achievements after 10 years of operation

After 10 years of operation, CDR recently reported about achievements so far to DAAD. The following provides a summary of these achievements:

  • Scholarship applications received from all over Sub-Sahara Africa increased tenfold over CDR’s years of operation and reached nearly 900 for the 2018 intake
  • 78 Master scholarship holders from 14 countries have been accepted for studies in one of the CDR's Master programmes, 58 grantees completed their studies successfully so far, 16 grantees are still on their way to graduation, the completion ratio will reach 95% after the remaining candidates have completed their studies. Overall, 299 candidates graduated from CDR’s Master programmes. 16% of Master scholarship holders completed two degrees of CDR and 5% have been accepted for PhD studies afterwards. More than 30 Master theses have been published electronically via http://etd.uwc.ac.za/ (a detailed list of MA Theses topics is available here).
  • 25 PhD scholarship holders from 11 countries have been accepted for PhD studies at CDR, 16 of them completed their projects so far, 8 are still working towards their graduation. The completion ratio will reach 96% after the remaining candidates will have completed their projects.Overall, 35 PhD candidates graduated from the Centre’s PhD programmes. All PhD dissertations have been published at least electronically. A detailed list of PhD Theses topics and links to publishedd theses are available here.
  • Additional training offers such as seminars on report writing, scientific writing and presentation have been widely implemented. These training offers have been complemented by regular team building events. Since 2013 CDR in addition offers a career training event for scholarship holders once a year to support labour market integration. Short term support has been given to CDR Master Scholarship holders for study periods in Germany. About 10 CDR PhD scholarship holders had the opportunity to complete short-term stays at Ruhr University Bochum to take part in structured course work of the PhD IDS or other PhD related events like the PhD conference in International Development Studies.
  • Co-operation activities in research and higher education with additional partners in South Africa, in other Sub-Sahara African countries and in Europe have been established widely.
  • An Alumni network and Alumni activities have been established. In 2016, CDR took the lead in establishing joint Alumni activities of all African Excellence Centres and applied for DAAD funding of an Alumni conference on Tackling the root causes of displacement in Sub-Sahara Africa, which took place in November 2017 in South Africa. 40 Alumni (15 female, 25 male) representing 11 countries and 5 African Excellence Centres as well as staff members of CDR and partner centres took part. On the occasion of the Alumni conference a CDR Alumni took the initiative to establish an African Excellence Centre Alumni group. A working group of representatives of different African Excellence Centres has been established and has met at UWC in 2018 to register the Alumni association and further develop its concept. They will soon report on the latest developments.

6 new Scholarship Holder at the SA-GER CDR

In 2017 6 new Scholarship Holder commenced their studies at our Centre!

Out of 425 applicants the selection committee chose from left to right Irene Naymu (Kenya), Joy Mwaniki (Kenya), Linice Sanga (Malawi), Boniswa Gelese (South Africa) and Faisal Haginour (Somaliland) for a Scholarship. Fikrewold Yeneneh is missing on the foto.

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Welcome at the Centre!

6 new scholarship holders commenced their studies in January 2016

In august 2015 the selection committee selected 4 Master and 2 PhD students out of 478 applications for a Centre scholarship for 2 (MA) respectively 3 (PhD) years. In January 2016 the 6 new scholarship holders commenced their studies at the School of Government and the Institute for Social Development (ISD).

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Foto from left: Samuel Kapingidza, Dorcas Okyere, Jeremy Waiswa, Metron Ziga, Phoene Oware and Evans Sakyi Boadu.

Evans Sakyi Boadu from Ghana was selected for the Master in Public Administration, whereas Metron Ziga from Zimbabwe, Phoene Oware from Kenya and Dorcas Okyere from Ghana started studying the Master in Development Studies.
Jeremy Waiswa (Uganda) and Samuel Kapingidza (Zimbabwe) both started their research projects at ISD in order to obtain the PhD in International Development Studies.
Welcome and 'Have a good time'!

New Publications of SA-GER CDR Members

Our PhD Student Davison Muchadenyika recently published 3 papers, which are partly available online:

Muchadenyika, D. 2015. Land for Housing: A Political Resource - Reflections from Zimbabwe's urban areas. Journal of Southern African Studies, 41 (6): 1219-1238.

Muchadenyika, D. 2015. Women Struggles and Large-scale Diamond Mining in Marange, Zimbabwe. The Extractive Industries and Society, 2 (2015): 714-721.

Muchadenyika, D. 2015. Slum Upgrading and Inclusive Municipal Governance in Harare, Zimbabwe: New Perspectives for the Urban Poor. Habitat International, 48 (2015): 1-10.

Prof. John J. Williams and Dr. Kennedy Alatinga published a paper as well:

Alatinga, Kennedy; Williams, John J. (2015): Towards Universal Health Coverage: Exploring the Determinants of Household Enrolment into National Health Insurance in the Kassena Nankana District, Ghana. GIDS, Vol. 12, No. 1&2, 2015: 88-105.

Graduation of our MADM students!

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On 5th December 2015 we celebrated the graduation of our Master students who took part in the "Bochum Programme of Development Management" at the South African-German Centre for Development Research.

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Congratulations to all of you!


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MADM student Setonji Ogunbiyi nominated for the "Goal of the Month"

Setonji Obunbiyi, a student of the MA programme in Development Management (MADM) and DAAD scholarship holder, was nominated for the "Goal of the Month" on German TV last Saturday (Tor des Monats, Sportschau, ARD). We are very proud of him and encourage everyone to vote for his goal online (https://www1.sportschau.de/tdm/tdm) until October 23, 2021.

Setonji has longstanding experience in amputee football in his home country Nigeria and even participated in the Amputee World Cup in Mexico in 2018. Since October 2020, directly after starting the MADM in Bochum, he has been playing for Fortuna Düsseldorf and has greatly enjoyed the interactions with his team. Setonji briefly shared some insights on his experience with Fortuna Düsseldorf in the last IEE newsletter edition.


The Call for (MA) scholarship applications for the intake 2022 expired!

The Call for scholarship applications for the intake 2022 expired.

Selection Results will be announced until 10th September!

Please don't send any emails asking for the status of your application before this deadline.


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baecker Dr. Bäcker
Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, more...

loewensteinProf. Dr. Löwenstein
Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, more...

KarriemDr. Karriem
University of the Western Cape, South Africa, more...

NhemaProf. Nhema
University of the Western Cape, South Africa, more...

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