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Andreas J. Obrecht (Hg.) (2015): APPEAR: Participative knowledge production through transnational and transcultural academic cooperation. Wien/Köln/Weimar: Böhlau Verlag. ISBN 978-3-205-79690-9

APPEAR – the „Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education and Research for Development“ – is financed by the Austrian Development Cooperation and funds cooperation in teaching, research and management between Austrian universities and academic institutions and a total of 13 partner countries. APPEAR is not interested in one-sided knowledge transfer, but in creating transdisciplinary and transnational spaces of mutual learning and participative research.

As detailed in this publication, the programme has established 17 academic partnerships with institutions across Latin America, Africa and Asia since its inception in 2009. Presented are exciting examples of participative and transcultural knowledge production that are highly relevant to issues of sustainable development in the affected countries.



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Andreas J. Obrecht (Hg.) (2014): Wissen und Entwicklung II: Ein Reader zu Theorie und Empirie in der Entwicklungsforschung. Texte zum Nachwuchspreis der Kommission für Entwicklungsforschung (KEF). Innsbruck: Studienverlag Ges.m.b.H. (Schriftenreihe der OeAD-GmbH, Band VI, Reihenherausgeber: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hubert Dürrstein) ISBN: 978-3-7065-5380-3

Die für diesen Reader ausgewählten Beiträge junger wissenschaftlicher Autorinnen und Autoren spiegeln ein weites Spektrum entwicklungsforscherischer Beschäftigung in Theorie und Empirie.Einerseits gilt es ergebnisorientierte Forschung zu betreiben, die Voraussetzung für problemlösendes Handeln ist oder sein könnte, andererseits die Erkenntnisgrundlagen des eigenen wissenschaftlichen Tuns immer wieder kritisch zu hinterfragen und vor dem Hintergrund einer sich rasch verändernden Welt zu reflektieren…

Die Beiträge von Alexandra Grieshofer, Lorenz Probst, Romana Roschinsky und Michael Hagenlocher zeichnen sich durch Fachkenntnis, Kohärenz und Fokussierung auf den Forschungsgegenstand aus, sind sowohl analytisch als auch diskursiv gehaltvoll und decken unterschiedlichste Aspekte der Diskussionen in der Scientific Community exemplarisch ab.


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Andreas J. Obrecht (Hg.) (2012): Wissen und Entwicklung: 30 Jahre Kommission für Entwicklungsfragen (KEF). Ein Reader zu Wissensproduktion und Entwicklungsforschung. Innsbruck: Studienverlag Ges.m.b.H. (Schriftenreihe der OeAD-GmbH, Band IV, Reihenherausgeber: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hubert Dürrstein)ISBN: 978-3-7065-5228-8

Die Förderung transdisziplinärer Forschung über und für Entwicklung – insbesondere in afrikanischen Ländern –, die Betreuung von Wissenschaftsnetzwerken und die Darstellung wissenschaftlicher Inhalte innerhalb der Scientific Community und für eine interessierte Öffentlichkeit, das sind die wesentlichen Aufgaben der KEF, die vor rund 30 Jahren gegründet worden ist. Vor dem Hintergrund dieser Aufgabenbereiche werden grundsätzliche Fragen der Wissensproduktion und Wissensverteilung in der globalisierten Welt erörtert und wissenschaftliche, soziologische und sozialphilosophische Aspekte der Zusammenhänge zwischen „Wissen“ und „Entwicklung“ dargestellt.

Ein Überblick über die wissenschaftlichen Aktivitäten der KEF und die Präsentation zweier aktueller Studien über Netzwerke im Feld der Entwicklungsforschung komplettieren den Reader ebenso wie eine Auseinandersetzung mit den Möglichkeiten der medialen Darstellung wissenschaftlicher Inhalte.


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Abdul Majeed, A.; Dr. Sakka, A. (2014): A Guide to Applied Field Research in the Occupied Palestinian Territories: Evaluation of Experience and a Vision for the Future. Birzeit, Palestine: The Centre for Development Studies, Birzeit University. ISBN: 978-9950-334-26-7

The idea for developing this manual emerged from the accumulated field experiences of the survey unit at the Centre for Development Studies (CDS) – Bierzeit University, which exceeded 15 years in conducting both qualitative and quantitative surveys and field researches. The increase in the surveys conducted in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) since the mid-nineties, in which the CDS had a pioneering role, is a clear indicator for the need of such a manual. Especially when noting the content of many of the surveys conducted which dealt with the effects of Oslo Accord in terms of the relationship between the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli Occupation and the types of issues and priorities highlighted. In other words, the disordered basis in the relations between the occupier/colonizer and those occupied/colonized produced immediate issues to the national, class related and ideological issues.

This manual seeks to present a critical view of how field work should be carried out by including structural factors and hence a more complex understanding of realities especially the “occupation/colonization” effect. This is done through presenting several admonitions against being driven by theoretical concepts and frameworks that are incapable of understanding the colonization context.

This publication was made possible by the Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education & Research for Development (APPEAR).


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Benedek, W.; Pippan, C.; Woldetsadik, T.K.; Yimer, S.A. (2014): Ethiopian and Wider African Perspectives on Human Rights and Good Governance. Vienna - Graz, Austria: NWV Verlag GmbH. ISBN: 978-3-7083-0992-7

In contemporary discourses on democracy, development and human security, increasing recognition is accorded to the crucial relationship between the prevalence of ‘good governance' and prospects of a meaningful implementation of international and domestic human rights standards. Most of the contributions assembled in the present book aim at analyzing this relationship more closely by specifically focusing on Ethiopia, a rising East-African nation that is struggling to maintain the momentum of transformation more than twenty years into its journey from a repressive dictatorship to democratic rule. The chapters are supplemented by contributions that take into account wider regional perspectives on self-determination, human rights, human security, as well as emerging regional standards on constitutionalism.

The publication emanates from a joint undertaking of the Institute of International Law and International Relations at the University of Graz, the Institute of Federalism and Legal Studies at the Ethiopian Civil Service University, and the Center for Human Rights Studies at Addis Ababa University. It is part of a broader project entitled ‘Academic Partnership on Legal and Human Rights Education (APLHRE)', which received generous support from the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD) with financial means of the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC).

This publication was made possible by the Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education & Research for Development (APPEAR.


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Klawatsch-Treitl, E.; Arteaga, E. (2014): Soziale Arbeit und ihr Beitrag zu einer gerechten und inklusiven Entwicklung: Zentrale Themen des akademischen Austausches zwischen Wien und San Salvador. San Salvador, El Salvador: ULS Editores. / Klawatsch-Treitl, E.; Arteaga, E. (2014): Trabajo Social y su contribución para un desarrollo equitativo e inclusivo: Temas centrales de un intercambio académico entre Viena y San Salvador. San Salvador, El Salvador: ULS Editores. ISBN: 978-99961-933-1-6

Durch dieses Projekt wurde nicht nur der Fachbereich für Soziale Arbeit der ULS, sondern auch die Soziale Arbeit in El Salvador allgemein gestärkt. Dies geschah durch das Vorantreiben der wissenschaftlichen Forschung in diesem Bereich, wodurch - auf Grundlage lokaler Projekte (Orig. Spanisch: Proyectos Locales) - ein Vorschlag für eine Methodologie der Sozialen Arbeit hinsichtlich sozialer Integrationsprozesse entwickelt werden konnte. Der zugrundeliegende transkulturelle Erfahrungsaustausch sowie die Debatte über Soziale Arbeit als Arbeitsprozess, fanden über den universitären Bereich der ULS (Lehrende, Studierende, Absolvent_innen) hinaus auch mit dem Berufsverband der salvadorianischen Sozialarbeiter_innen und anderern Universitäten, die diesen Lehrgang anbieten statt.

Con la ejecución de este proyecto se ha fortalecido el Departamento Trabajo Social de la ULS; pero se ha trascendido al fortalecimiento el Trabajo Social en El Salvador, con el fomento de la investigación científica en la disciplina, generando una propuesta de metodología de Trabajo Social para procesos de inserción social -como resultado de la ejecución de los proyectos locales-, con el intercambio de experiencias a nivel transcultural, con el debate sobre el Trabajo Social como proceso de trabajo, no solo involucrando a la comunidad universitaria de la ULS (docentes, estudiantes, graduados/as), sino también al gremio de trabajadores/as sociales salvadoreños/as y a las otras universidades que imparten la carrera.

This publication was made possible by the Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education & Research for Development (APPEAR).


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Nyongesa, K.W. (2015): Fire Management in Forests and National Parks of Kenya: Case studies at Kakamega, Mount Elgon and Mount Kenya Forest and National Park in Kenya. Saarbrücken, Germany: AV Akademikerverlag. ISBN: 978-3-639-79212-6

This book explores the root cause of fires in forests and national parks of Kenya and the regional differences in the implementation of fire management plans, policies, strategic actions and actions. The awareness of the fire management educational programmes by communities and other stakeholders involved in firefighting is well discussed. Improved communication between government and communities is key for successful fire management in Kakamega, Mount Elgon and Mount Kenya Forest and National Park.

According to the Kenya Forest Service, climate change and the increasing human activities in forests and national parks are causing an increase in the number of fire incidences and the damage caused by wildfires leading to the reduction of the forest cover. The local knowledge of the indigeneous communities in Kenya is important in improving fire management practices in the country. But, the increasing population of Kenya growing at a rate of 1,45% is putting a strain on the natural resources. Results of the 2009 national census place the population figure at 40 million, well above the UN projected population for the year 2015. So sustainable forest management is a challenge in Kenya.

This research was made possible by a sholarship of the Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education & Research for Development (APPEAR).


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Querol Lipcovich, D. (ed.); Benavides Gonzáles, À.; Cisne Contreras, J.; Morán Centeno, J.C.; Nieto Reyes, F.; Schauppenlehner, T.; Yepes Pérez, F. (2014): Cambiando Mentes y Estructuras: Ideas para el Desarrollo Participativo Integral Rural. Programa para el Desarrollo Participativo Integral Rural (DEPARTIR) Universidad Nacional Agraria Nicaragua. Managua, Nicaragua: Universidad Nacional Agraria. ISBN: 978-99924-1-030-1

En este texto unimos los vigores dispersos de compañeros, amigos y colegas, quienes durante los últimos 30 años hemos, por diferentes caminos, buscado acercar el trabajo académico a la realidad campesina. Se describen los pasos del Diagnóstico Participativo Integral Rural, escuchando de la población cuál es su realidad y capacidad actual y obteniéndo datos adicionales de campo, para luego analizar qué problemas podrían tener soluciones tecnológicas y científicas. Finalmente se presenta la metodología para los procesos de discusión y priorización con la población de las propuestas teóricas, para que las familias pongan en marcha y prueben las alternativas que consideran útiles, con el apoyo de estudiantes y profesores.

This publication was made possible by the Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education & Research for Development (APPEAR).


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Rahmato, D.; Ayenew, M.; Kefale, A.; Habermann, B.(ed.) (2014): Reflections on Development in Ethiopia. New Trends, Sustainability and Challenges.  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Forum for Social Studies (FSS). ISBN: 978-99944-50-52-7.

This volume brings together a select number of studies which give a broader picture of the country's development program, examining not just the progress that has been made so far but also the challenges and pitfalls that are evident. This, we believe, makes the volume all the more topical and hence of interest to many readers. The book provides a good starting point for a balanced assessment of economic development in the last two decades with the primary purpose of stimulating informed debate on the Ethiopia's economy and development endeavor in this period.

The authors of the collection are based in academia, civil society organizations, and independent research institutions, and the contributions have come from economists as well as researchers in several other disciplines. As the diversity of the subject matter in the collection indicates, the work is not meant to be for economists only but is intended to attract a wider readership. We believe the book will be of interest to experts in government departments, development practitioners in civil society, academics, independent researchers, and people who have a special interest on Ethiopia and its future.

This publication was made possible by the Commission for Development Research (KEF).


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Spitzer, H.; Mabeyo, Z.M. (2011): In Search of Protection: Older People and their Fight for Survival in Tanzania. Klagenfurt/Celovec, Austria: Drava Verlag. ISBN: 978-9987-08-080-9 (Mkuki na Nyota, Dar es Salaam) / 978-3-85435-630-1 (Drava, Klagenfurt/Celovec)

Older people in Tanzania are disadvantaged and marginalized in many ways. They lack adequate formal social protection. They also suffer from diminishing family and community support. They face a series of multi-faceted problems and care for most AIDS-orphans, yet they are a much neglected target group in national social policy and international development programs.

This book provides a theoretical discussion of aging issues and their linkage to social protection. It depicts various policy frameworks at international, Pan-African and national level. And it provides extensive empirical findings on older people's living conditions.

This publication was made possible by the Commission for Development Research (KEF).


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Spitzer, H.; Twikirize, J.M.; Wairire, G.G. (2014): Professional Social Work in East Africa: Towards Social Development, Poverty Reduction and Gender Equality. Kampala, Uganda: Fountain Publishers. ISBN: 978-9970-25-367-8 (Paper Back) / 978-9970-25-370-8 (eBook)

Prevalent poverty and related problems in the East African region call for substantial action from various stakeholders, including social workers. This book, based on comprehensive empirical research, portrays an emerging yet powerful profession that has a significant role to play in the endeavour towards social development, social justice, human rights and gender equality. The book is the first of its kind to provide first-hand theoretical and empirical evidence about social work in East Africa.

This publication was made possible by the Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education & Research for Development (APPEAR).


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Kalinganire, C.; Rutikanga, C. (2015): The Role of Social Work in Poverty Reduction and the Realisation of Millennium Development Goals in Rwanda. Kampala, Uganda: Fountain Publishers. ISBN: 978-9970-25-368-5

It is universally known that the overall role of the social work profession is to 'help people to help themselves', i.e. to change people's conditions at the micro, mezzo and macro levels by referring to the key principles of participation, self-reliance, sustainability and empowerment. In Rwanda, social work emerged particularly in response to problems associated with the unprecedented consequences of the 1994 genocide. The newly trained professionals committed to playing a significant role in reconstructing the social fabric and enhancing the welfare of the people encountering particular problems including trauma, isolation, destitution and extreme poverty.

The Role of Social Work in Poverty Reduction and the Realisation of Millennium Development Goals in Rwanda is a result of evidence-based researchconducted in Rwanda as part of the Promotion of Professional Social Work towards Social Development and Poverty Reduction in East Africa (PROSOWO) project. It reflects the the role of social workers in handling the consequences of the genocide and combating the trickiest social problems with a focus on poverty. It constitutes a useful tool for a wide audience interested in understanding human development and in thinking developmentally, particularly educators, students practitioners and policy-makers.

This publication was made possible by the Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education & Research for Development (APPEAR).


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Mnasi Mabeyo, Z.; Macharia Ndung'u, E.; Riedl, S. (2014): The Role of Social Work in Poverty Reduction and the Realisation of Millennium Development Goals in Tanzania. Kampala, Uganda: Fountain Publishers. ISBN: 978-9970-25-366-1

The social work profession has a critical role to play in helping people to come out of poverty and realise their full potential. Social workers have a fundamental role to play in addressing a myriad of contemporary social problems in Tanzania and to proactively contribute towards the attainment of social development, including the realisation of the UN Millennium Development Goals. The Role of Social Work in Poverty Reduction and Realisation of Millennium Development Goals in Tanzania is empirical-based and the first comprehensive documentation undertaken about social work in Tanzania. It is a critical step towards making locally generated literature on social work and social development available.

The study was undertaken as part of an ongoing project to promote professional social work in the area of social development and poverty reduction in East Africa (PROSOWO). The publication provides extensive findings and discussions on the status and role of social work in various spheres of development in Tanzania. It is intended for use by social work educators, students, practitioners, employers, service users, and policy-makers in Tanzania and beyond.

This publication was made possible by the Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education & Research for Development (APPEAR).


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Twikirize, J.M.; Asingwire, N.; Omona, J.; Lubanga, R.; Kafuko, A. (2013): The Role of Social Work in Poverty Reduction and the Realisation of Millennium Development Goals in Uganda. Kampala, Uganda: Fountain Publishers. ISBN: 978-9970-25-244-2

Assisting people to come out of poverty and realize their full potential is one of the critical roles of the social work profession. Social workers also have an important role to play in addressing a myriad of contemporary social problems in Uganda and to proactively contribute towards the attainment of social development including the realisation of the Millennium Development Goals. This publication, based on empirical research, is the first comprehensive documentation undertaken about social work in Uganda. It is a critical step towards making available locally generated literature on social work and social development.

The study was undertaken as part of an ongoing project to promote professional social work towards social development and poverty reduction in East Africa (PROSOWO). The publication provides extensive findings and discussion on the status and role of social work in various spheres of development in Uganda. The publication is meant for use by social work educators, students, practitioners, employers, service users, and policy makers in Uganda and beyond.

This publication was made possible by the Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education & Research for Development (APPEAR).


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Twikirize, J.M.; Tusasiirwe, S. (2015): Social Work Fieldwork: Guidelines for Students and Supervisors.  Kampala, Uganda: Fountain Publishers. ISBN: 978-9970-25-369-2

From a set of guidelines to information on fieldwork placement programmes, knowledge, skills and attitudes which social work students are expected to acquire, no facet of fieldwork is left untouched in this engaging manual. The publication provides guidelines to help translate theoretical content in the classroom to real-life situations as part of preparations to become a professional social worker. The publication is meant for use by social work students and supervisors.

This publication was made possible by the Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education & Research for Development (APPEAR).


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Wairire, G.G.; Zani, A.P.; Machera, M.; Mutie, P.M. (2014): The Role of Social Work in Poverty Reduction and Realization of MDGs in Kenya. Nairobi, Kenya: University of Nairobi Press. ISBN: 978-9966-792-52-5

This publication addresses the extent to which social work curricula in Kenya prepares graduates to handle issues of poverty and social development, the specific knowledge and skills that they are equipped with and existing gaps therein. In addition, the challenges that confront the training and practice of social workers and what needs to be done to ensure that there is an enabling environment for social work education and practice in the country have also been addressed.

The publication, which is the outcome of a study on the promotion of professional social work towards social development and poverty reduction in East Africa, analyses the role that professional social work plays in the efforts to reduce poverty, enhance social development and realize the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Kenya. Consequently, emphasis has been laid on the status of professional social work education and practice in preparing social workers to address issues of poverty and MDGs in the country. Cross cutting gender issues that impact on social work education and practice, which in turn affect the efforts to address poverty in Kenya have also been analyzed.

Given that the time span for MDGs was to end in 2015, the authors envisaged that the lessons learnt through this study, and the gains made with regard to MDGs should not end in the set time span but rather, that social work educators and practicioners, together with other stakeholders in policy formulation and implementation, still have more to do in making sure that these gains are consolidated into social work training and practice, with additional efforts being made towards sustainable poverty reduction efforts in Kenya.

This publication was made possible by the Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education & Research for Development (APPEAR).

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