Development research

Zwei Personen mit Globus aus Karton © Gianmaria Gava/OeAD

Higher education institution partnerships  (APPEAR) with scientific institutions in 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.

The Austrian-African Research Network Africa-UniNet is financed by the BMBWF und was initiated to create a long-term, stable basis for cooperation between Austrian and African universities and research institutions. It intends to promote new contacts, deepen scientific cooperation and provide excellent opportunities for innovative joint research projects, that are thematically related to the SDGs. At the first call of the network, a total of 50 research proposals were submitted by the end of September 2020, 33 of them from universities in 11 African countries.

The programme Cooperation Development Research, financed by the BMBWF, is a funding programme to support development research projects. For the first time announced in 2019 the programme aims to support application-oriented cooperation projects between Austrian higher education institutions/research institutions and institutions in countries of the Global South in order to contribute to analysing and solving local challenges and to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Eligible costs are mobility and material expenses in the context of one to three year research projects in all scientific disciplines.

Until the end of 2018 the Commission for Development Research (KEF) funded 102 research projects between Austrian scientific institutions and partner institutions in 42 countries of the OECD’s DAC list with a weak infrastructure and a high risk of poverty.

The Unit Education and Research for Development Cooperation organises a whole series of activities within the framework of it public relations activities, e.g. subject-specific round tables and discussion rounds, development policy Film Days, production of radio programmes at regular intervals (twice a month) under the title of "Welt im Ohr" in cooperation with ORF Ö1 Campus.

View publications by the Commission for Development Research (KEF) and the Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education and Research for Development (APPEAR) as well as by projects that were financed by KEF and APPEAR.