The Commission for Development Research (KEF) supports research projects between Austrian scientific institutions and partner institutions in countries with limited infrastructure and at risk of poverty according to the OECD DAC List.KEF projects are based on the joint development of scientific analyses and resolution approaches in view of the global challenges. The topics of the current KEF projects span from environmentally sound landfills in Indonesia, optimisation of forest fire management in Kenya to improvement of llama breeding in Peru’s Central Andes.
Higher education institution partnerships (APPEAR) with scientific institutions in 16 priority countries and priority regions of the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) improve the learning, teaching and research conditions in countries with limited infrastructure and create new access possibilities to the international scientific community. The APPEAR partnership for "Professional Social Work in East Africa" for example provides higher education institutions from Austria, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi with the possibility to do research about social work together, to improve curricula and to strengthen the status of social work as an occupation. Under the superordinate goal of poverty reduction problems are dealt with on a partnership basis and results are presented.
Scholarship holders from APPEAR partner countries contribute considerably to the strengthening of the human resources in their countries of origin and enrich the Austrian higher education and research landscape in terms of an internationalisation of the sciences. Currently applications for APPEAR scholarships are only possible within the framework of current APPEAR partnerships.