Research Clusters/Thematic Areas
Transforming International Land Deals into a Vehicle for Rural Development and International Cooperation
This long-term research project is under the cluster Natural Resources and Rural Development and is designed to enable researchers to examine the prospects and consequences of the land acquisition transactions for economic development, poverty reduction (food security, social cohesion) and environment sustainability. More specifically, the research project is intended to: analyze the role of the different actors, key trends and drivers in land acquisitions, the contractual arrangements and the negotiations underpinning existing foreign direct investment (FDI) for land acquisitions in Eastern and Southern Africa; examine the opportunities and challenges of land acquisition for economic development, poverty reduction (food security, social cohesion, land access for rural people), and environmental sustainability in Eastern and Southern Africa; and suggest policies and strategies to ensure that what has been termed the “land grab” becomes a vehicle for rural development, taking into account the interests of the host countries, local communities, and international cooperation, rather than a new form of “agrarian colonialism” and a source of social instability.
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Innovative Water Resources Use and Management for Poverty Reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa
This research project is under the Natural Resources and Rural Development cluster and it is a long-term research project with the objective to support young and senior scholars in Africa to a) examine the existing patterns of water use in poor communities with a view to generating new knowledge on unexploited opportunities that could enhance the contribution of water resources to poverty reduction; b) assess the challenges and successes of existing water use and management systems in urban and rural communities as well as the examination of national and sub national government policies, programs and projects that are put in place to enhance the use of water resources for poverty alleviation; and c) suggest potential innovative strategies, policies and projects that can be put in place by communities, national and sub national governments and other stakeholders to unleash the potential of water to contribute more to economic development in general and poverty reduction in particular.
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Impact of Climate Change and Variability on Pastoralist Women in Sub-Saharan Africa
This resarch project is under the Natural Resources and Rural Development cluster and aims at assessing and examining gender-related risks, vulnerabilities and opportunities associated with climate change and variability on pastoralist communities. The specific aims of the research project are to examine and understand the gender dimensions of climate change and variability among pastoral societies by assessing and examining: Gender-related risks, vulnerabilities and opportunities associated with climate change and variability on pastoralist communities; Gender differentiated impacts of climate change and variability on pastoral communities; Level of awareness of pastoralist communities on the occurrence, severity, dynamics and impacts of climate change and variability on pastoral women; Pastoralist women’s historical, traditional and new coping and adaptation mechanisms to climate change and variability and the dynamics; Success stories and challenges of policies, programs and projects that are designed by national governments to address the negative impacts of climate change and variability on pastoral communities especially women; and The role of pastoral women in planning and decision-making on issues of climate change and variability at community and national levels.
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Teaching Materials on Gender Issues for Postgraduate Gender Studies Program in Sub-Saharan Africa Higher Learning Institutions
This project is under the Gender in Political and Economic Arenas cluster and is expected to address the dire need for teaching materials in higher institutions across Africa running post graduate programs in gender studies. The teaching materials are expected to be focused on gender issues in economic growth and poverty reduction; vulnerability and social protection; agriculture and natural resources; policy reforms and the re-alignment of gender relations; political and cultural issues in Gender; Gender and population dynamics; and gender mainstreaming in various sectors (health, education, environment, energy etc.).
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