COAST- Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research

Development Cooperation

Development Cooperation

© [Kilian Köbrich] / [COAST]

International development cooperation today has to cope with many folded challenges like, poverty reduction, food security and improvement of nutrition quality, resource protection and health improvement. This happens against the background of scarce, unequally distributed resources, climate change, land degradation, unequal market opportunities and international as well as regional conflicts. Thereby focus must be set on regional conditions and global inequalities. Research as well as the development of concepts and measures therefore needs the collaboration of different sectors and disciplines and international cooperation. Based on long standing co-operations COAST comes with a partner network in Asia, Latin America and in particular with Southern and Eastern Africa.

Topics:

  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Food production
  • Climate change / climate change adaptation
  • Resource distribution / resource protection
  • Land ownership / land distribution

COAST works on these topics in trans- and interdisciplinary contexts e.g. research group “green land research” Arbeitskreis Grünlandforschung and in close cooperation with the above mentioned universities and partners in the global South, especially in Africa.

Running Projects

CERM-ESA

Centre of Excellence for Educational Research Methods and Management in East and South Africa

Funding: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Project Duration: June 2014 - December 2019

Institutions: CENTOS

Completed Projects

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ELECTRA

Enhancing Learning in ENPI Countries through Clean Technologies and Research Related Activities

Funding body: EU - Erasmus Mundus Action 2

Main focus: The ELECTRA project attempts to bring closer cooperation between EU and ENPI countries so as to increase research and produce multiplier effects in areas related to Green Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development.

Project duration: 2013 - 2016

Institutions: CENTOS

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eureka SD

Enhancing University Research and Education in Areas Useful for Sustainable Development

Funding body: EU - Erasmus Mundus Action 2

Main focus: Eureka SD is an Erasmus Mundus Action 2 project coordinated by the University of Oldenburg. It offers 315 mobilities for students and staff to undertake periods of study, teaching, research or training at partner universities located in the participating European and Latin American countries. Each mobility will have a strong focus on topics related to sustainable development.

Project duration: July 2013 - July 2017

Institutions: CENTOS

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CIBELES

Curriculum Invoking Bologna-aligned Education Leading to reform in Environmental Studies

Funding body: EU - TEMPUS IV

Main focus: The CIBELES project aims at professionalizing Higher Education and particularly environmental studies within three areas of specialisation through the implementation of the Bologna Process at all three levels, BA-MA and PhD. It will foster as well the cooperation between EU and Central Asia in the field of environmental studies and prepare future managers and specialists in Central Asia in order to protect in a more effective way their environment.

Project duration: October 2010 - October 2013

Institutions: CENTOS

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Clim-A-Net

The North-South-Network on Climate Proofing of Vulnerable Regions

Funding body: DAAD

Main focus: Interdisciplinary cooperation project for adaptation strategies to climate change between the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (UO), the Tanzanian University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) and the South African Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)

Project duration: November 2010 - December 2014

Institutions: COAST

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DASIK

Developing and Strengthening Industry-driven Knowledge-transfer between developing Countries

Funding body: DAAD, BMZ

Main focus: The main objective of the DASIK project is to develop and conduct intense training courses in current ICT-related research fields in order to generate a transfer of knowledge between the members of the participating partner institutions.

Project duration: August 2012 - January 2015

Institutions: CENTOS

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DEEBIS-Net

PhD Education in Environmental and Business Information Systems

Funding body: DAAD

Main focus: DEEBIS-Net (Doctoral Education in Environmental and Business Information Systems) is a bi-national PhD-Programme in the field of Business Information Systems / VLBA and Environmental Management Information Systems and is funded by the DAAD. Cooperating partners are the University Oldenburg (Chair of Business Information Systems I / VLBA) and two cuban Universities (Instituto Superior Politécnico José Antonio Echeverría, CUJAE, Havanna and Universidad Central de las Villas (UCLV) Santa Clara).

Project duration: August 2008 - December 2010

Institutions: CENTOS

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Developing Sustainability

Interdisciplinary research network with universities in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Funding body: DAAD

Main focus: (Further) Development of inter-disciplinary teaching programs, research activities and institution building regarding sustainability at all partner institutions

Project duration: August 2009 – December 2013

Institutions: COAST

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EISKE

Environmental Information Systems Knowledge Exchange Project

Funding body: n/a

Main focus: Research and education exchange between the University of Oldenburg and the Nelson Mandela University (South Africa) in the field of environmental information systems and sustainability reporting.

Project duration: May 2011 - April 2013

Institutions: CENTOS

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EMIS Subsahara

Enhancing Learning in ENPI Countries through Clean Technologies and Research Related Activities

Funding body: BMBF, DAAD

Main focus: Together with three partner universities in Ghana, Mozambique and Tanzania, we are going to develop curricula for Study Programmes of Sustainable and Environmental Informatics. The development of curricula will be based upon surveys involving local enterprises as well as alumni of the respective universities, in order to create meaningful contents that accomodate both the importance of sustainable production and the employability of the graduates of the programme.

Project duration: January 2013 - December 2014

Institutions: CENTOS

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TARGET

Transfer of Appropriate Requirements for Global Education and Technology

Funding body: EU - Erasmus Mundus Action 2

Main focus: Target is an Erasmus Mundus Action 2 project coordinated by the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. This multicountry project support the development of Higher Education in Central Asia as a top priority and will help to develop the economic situation and increase the life standard as a side effect.

Project duration: September 2010 – June 2014

Institutions: CENTOS

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TARGET II

Transfer of Appropriate Requirements for Global Education and Technology II

Funding body: EU - Erasmus Mundus Action 2

Main focus: Target is an Erasmus Mundus Action 2 project coordinated by the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. It was elaborated based on the success of Target project and as a follow-up. This multicountry project support the development of Higher Education in Central Asia as a top priority and will help to develop the economic situation and increase the life standard as a side effect.

Project duration: September 2011 – June 2015

Institutions: CENTOS