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Africa
Project name African Language Technology (AFLAT)
Affiliation Department of Languages & Cultures (Africa) - Faculty of Arts & Philosophy - UGent
Website http://aflat.org/node/1
Expertise Humanities & Social Sciences
Keywords African languages, dictionaries, digital corpora, language technology
Abstract

Interest in language technology research for African languages has seen a tremendous increase in recent years. This is marked by the growing availability of digital corpora, dictionaries and tools for many (formerly) resource-scarce African languages. The AfLaT website aims to catalogue these resources for the benefit of researchers interested in African language technology.
AfLaT.org contains a steadily growing collection of bibliographic resources, web links and tools, provided by AfLaT members. We would like to invite you to join this community effort and share information, discuss research topics or just simply browse through the available content.

Contact Points De Schryver Gilles-Maurice (Arts & Philosophy - UGent )
Africa
Project name Centre for Studies in African Humanities (CESAH): All Projects
Affiliation Faculty of Arts & Philosophy - UGent
Website http://www.cesah.ugent.be/membership
Expertise Humanities & Social Sciences
Keywords African humanities, anthropology, archaeology, art studies, history, linguistics, literary studies, philosophy, religious studies
Abstract

The aim of CESAH is to provide a forum of interaction to all researchers affiliated with the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy of Ghent University who carry out research in and on Africa. Its domain of expertise is limited to the sub-field of the humanities within the larger field of African Studies, while it at the same covers all humanities sub-disciplines, such as linguistics, literary studies, anthropology, history, archaeology, art studies, religious studies, and philosophy.
CESAH's activities include regular meetings of two kinds. During internal meetings a member of CESAH presents her or his ongoing research to CESAH-colleagues. At open meetings, invited speakers, preferably from other institutions than Ghent University, share their thoughts and research findings with a larger audience. CESAH-members in particular are encouraged to suggest and invite speakers for such open meetings.

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The list of members for the academic year 2011-2012

Veerle Adriaenssens: History of Late Middle Ages Egypt / Department of Languages and cultures of the Near East and North Africa

Koen Bostoen: Swahili and historical-comparative African linguistics / Department of African languages and cultures

Bernard-Olivier Clist: African Archaeology / Department of African languages and cultures

Timothy Colleman: Linguistics of Afrikaans / Department of Linguistics

Stef Craps: Post-colonial African literature / Department of Literary Studies

Katrien De Graeve: Anthropology of Africa / Department of Comparative sciences of culture

Bastiaan De Roo: African colonial history / Department of History

Gilles-Maurice de Schryver: African linguistics and lexicography / Department of African languages and cultures

Dieter Devos: Anthropology of Africa / Department of African languages and cultures

Jean-Pierre Donzo: Bantu linguistics / Department of African languages and cultures

Sigurd D’hondt: Sociolinguistics of Africa / Department of African languages and cultures

Kathleen Gyssels: Post-colonial African literature / Department of African languages and cultures

Jean de Dieu Karangwa: Swahili / Department of African languages and cultures

Mena Lafkioui: Afro-Asiatic linguistics and sociolinguistics / Department of African languages and cultures

Baz Lecocq: Anthropology and history of the Sahara / Department of History

Gillian Mathys: Colonial history of Lake Kivu region / Department of History

Ferdinand Mberamihigo: Bantu linguistics / Department of African languages and cultures

Julien Mbwangi Mbwangi: African theatre / Departement of African languages and cultures

Michael Meeuwis: Lingála and African linguistics / Department of African languages and cultures

Myriam Mertens: African colonial history / Department of History

Minah Nabirye: Lusoga linguistics / Department of African languages and cultures

Guy N'Douli: Bantu linguistics / Department of African languages and cultures

Ernest Nshemezimana: Kirundi linguistics / Department of African languages and cultures

Christel Stalpaert: African film and theatre / Department of Art, music and theatre sciences

Koen Stroeken: Anthropology of Africa / Department of African languages and cultures

Yves T’Sjoen: Literature in Afrikaans / Department of Literary Studies

Karin van Bemmel: Anthropology of Africa / Department of African languages and cultures

Wilfried Van Damme: African arts / Department of Art, music and theatre sciences

Eric Vanhaute: African history in global perspective / Department of History

Jacques Van Keymeulen: Linguistics of Afrikaans / Department of Linguistics

An Van Raemdonck: Anthropology of Egypt / Department of Comparative sciences of culture

Jo Van Steenbergen: History of Late Middle Ages Egypt / Department of Languages and cultures of the Near East and North Africa

Annelies Verdoolaege: Discourse and identity in South Africa / Department of African languages and cultures

Contact Points Meeuwis Michael (Arts & Philosophy - UGent )
Africa
Project name Development cooperation Ghent University: Overview
Affiliation UGent
Website http://www.ugent.be/en/research/devcooperation
Expertise Administrative
Keywords development cooperation
Abstract

University development cooperation is based on international solidarity and mutual collaboration between academics in the North and the South is actively promoted.

In all its aspects, the cooperation must strive for quality and aim to achieve sustainable effects. A maximum degree of synergy and complementarity is sought with other donors and actors. Most of the activities within the framework of the cooperation must take place in the South.
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Contact Points Baeyens Helke (Doza - UGent ), (Doza - UGent )
Africa
Project name Digitalization of the Ethnomusicological Sound Archive of the Royal Museum for Central Africa (DEKKMMA)
Affiliation Institute for Psychoacoustics & Electronic Music (IPEM): Departement of Musicology- Faculty of Arts & Philosophy - UGent
Website http://www.ipem.ugent.be/node/17
Expertise Humanities & Social Sciences
Keywords digitization, ethnomusicology, music information retrieval, musicology
Abstract

The sound archive of the department of Ethnomusicology of the Royal Museum for Central Africa at Tervuren (Belgium) contains a collection of sound recordings of traditional music from Central Africa, with a particular focus on Congo and Rwanda. The sound archive contains about 3,000 hours of music recordings, the oldest of which date from 1910 (Edison cylinders recorded by HUTEREAU in the Uele-province in Congo).

The archive contains several sound carriers (Edison cylinders, Sonofil wire, magnetic tapes, audiocassettes, disks, CD’s …) with associated metadata (paper files) and contextual data (photographs, films, video’s, books, documents of all kind). The collection was created during and after the colonial era of the Belgian Kingdom in Central Africa. The RMCA collection forms for an important part the musical memory of Central Africa and in terms of size, documentation and musical quality, it is – without any doubt – the world's most important sound archive for this region. The most urgent objective is to preserve old recordings. All audio files recorded on delicate carriers must be digitized. In addition, all meta-data linked to the audio files needs to be digitalized as well, in order to be able to access the information in a much more convenient way. Contextual documentation requires either digitization or more elaborate meta-data description. In order to open the archive and make it available to a broader public, database facilities and internet access are necessary. It is very important that thess database facilities and internet access are integrated within the global ICT strategy of the Museum. This is the most challenging and innovative part of the project. Open access to this important collection will raise the interest of researchers and promote the study and respect of a rich cultural tradition that at this moment is suffering from local wars. Our society has the moral duty to provide the best possible conditions for stable and secure preservation, documentation and access to such an important collection.
Fieldwork / Training / Topics

Possibility for Fieldwork / Internship (in english): no

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http://music.africamuseum.be/english/index.html

Contact Points (School of Arts, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Royal Conservatoire - Hogeschool Gent), Leman Marc (Arts & Philosophy - UGent)
Africa
Project name Edulink II
Affiliation Administrative - UGent
Website http://www.ugent.be/en/teaching/internationalisation/programinfo/edulink.htm
Expertise Administrative
Keywords capacity building, education & training
Abstract

EDULINK II is designed to continue fostering co-operation in the field of Higher Education between the countries of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP States) and the European Union.

EDULINK II will improve the effectiveness, management, visibility and hence the impact of ACP-EU co-operation in the field of higher education. The programme aims at promoting innovation in HEIs in the ACP States and at ensuring their competitiveness in the global environment.The global objectives of the EDULINK II Programme are:
  • To foster capacity building and regional integration in the field of higher education through institutional networking;
  • To support higher education of quality, that is efficient and relevant to the needs of the labour market and consistent with the ACP regions’ and member countries’ socioeconomic development priorities.
The specific objective of the EDULINK II Programme is to strengthen the capacity of ACP HEIs at two levels:
  • Management/administration
  • Academic.
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http://www.acp-edulink.eu/

Contact Points Cloet Delfien (Dowa - UGent )
Africa
Project name Institute of Plant Biotechnology Outreach (IPBO): All projects
Affiliation Department of Plant Biotechnology & Bioinformatics - Faculty of Sciences - UGent
Website http://www.ugent.be/we/genetics/ipbo/en/research/crop
Expertise Physical Sciences
Keywords biodiversity, biosafety, crops, healthcare, indigenous plants, industrial biomaterials, nutritional enhancement
Abstract

Our mission is to contribute to sustainable socio-economic development in low and middle income countries, by enabling access to the latest technologies in plant science and by assisting in the design of effective biosafety and regulatory mechanisms. IPBO contributes to awareness and capacity building through knowledge transfer in enabling technologies, international regulations & intellectual property rights and the promotion of innovative research oriented to the needs of developing nations. Fundamental and applied science is the basis that drives development for the benefit of society and the environment. IPBO promotes and assists research programs oriented towards improving knowledge in fields of importance for less developed regions such as nutritional enhancement, neglected crops, conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity for healthcare and production of novel industrial biomaterials, tolerance of indigenous plants to abiotic stresses and transformation of orphan crops.

Fieldwork / Training / Topics

By crop: Banana, Bamboo, Baobab, Cassava, Lathyrus, Rice, Sweet Potato, Tropical Trees

Contact Points Gheysen Godelieve (Bioscience Engineering - UGent ), Lambein Fernand (Sciences - UGent )
Africa
Project name International Programmes Ghent University: Overview
Affiliation Administrative - UGent
Website http://www.ugent.be/en/teaching/internationalisation/programinfo
Expertise Administrative
Keywords international programmes
Abstract

International Cooperation between Ghent University and universities/institutions in the world.

Africa
Project name Molecular Biomedical Research: All research
Affiliation Department of Molecular Biomedical Research - Faculty of Sciences - UGent
Website http://www.dmbr.ugent.be/index.php?id=research
Expertise Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Keywords biological research, biomedical research, health (human), molecular research
Abstract

The aim of the Department for Molecular Biomedical Research (DMBR) is to improve human health through basic research at an internationally recognized level. In addition, the DMBR wants to translate the acquired basic knowledge into economic value. Finally, the DMBR considers it important to contribute actively to the training of the next generation of high-quality scientists in molecular biological and biomedical research.

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http://www.dmbr.ugent.be/index.php?id=phdprojects

http://www.dmbr.ugent.be/index.php?id=phdtheses

African Great Lakes region, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
Project name Limnology: Principal research themes
Affiliation Department of Biology - Faculty of Sciences - UGent
Website http://www.ecology.ugent.be/limno/
Expertise Physical Sciences
Keywords African lakes, aquatic invertebrates, bioconservation policy, comparative limnology, ecology, ecosystems, environmental change, evolutionary biology, fossil analysis, molecular phylogeny, paleoecology, phylogeography
Abstract

The research group Limnology at Ghent University studies freshwater ecosystems of temperate and tropical regions with emphasis on the taxonomy, phylogeny, biogeography, and ecology of lake zooplankton and zoobenthos; and on the long-term dynamics of aquatic communities and ecosystems under the influence of natural climate variability and human impact. Its research focus comprises both fundamental aspects of biological diversity, community ecology, and ecosystem dynamics as well as more applied topics in the context of global climate change, biodiversity loss, and ecosystem conservation. The research group Limnology organises short and long programmes of post-graduate education on issues of biodiversity conservation and global change.

Fieldwork / Training / Topics

Principal research themes:

• Taxonomy, ecology and biogeography of aquatic invertebrates
• Comparative limnology of African lakes, and environmental control of their aquatic invertebrate communities
• Past climate change, human impact, and the environmental history of African lake ecosystems
• Molecular phylogeny, evolution and phylogeography

Possibility for Fieldwork: yes

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Projects Dr. Hilde Eggermont (http://www.ecology.ugent.be/limno/):

1. Long-term dynamics of aquatic communities and ecosystem function in African (mountain) lakes
2. Community dynamics of water fleas in East African mountain lakes: integration of (palaeo)limnology and (palaeo)genetics

Contact Points Eggermont Hilde (Sciences - UGent), Verschuren Dirk (Sciences - UGent )
Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa), Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Project name Beekeeping for Poverty Alleviation: International Training Programme
Affiliation Laboratory of Zoophysiology - Faculty of Science - UGent
Website http://www.itpbeekeeping.ugent.be/index.asp
Expertise Physical Sciences
Keywords apiculture
Abstract

For 5 years now, the laboratory of Zoophysiology of the Ghent University organizes the International Training Programme ‘Beekeeping for Poverty Alleviation’ with the support of the Belgium Government and VLIR-UOS. 'Beekeeping for Poverty Alleviation' is a four-month intensive training that addresses all aspects needed to develop beekeeping into a powerful factor of rural development. Students learn the crucial tricks of the art of beekeeping and the production of high quality bee products. They are also taught how to diversify market products, approach the local population and engage them in beekeeping. Other topics include ensuring the provision of sufficient sources of nectar and pollen; linking beekeeping with farming and nature conservation; good contacts with policymakers and authorities; and channels for attracting finance. An interdisciplinary attitude is a key feature of the programme.
Notwithstanding its academic level, the training programme is fully moulded to substantive application in rural areas. Students are asked to present the problems of beekeeping in their region or country at the beginning of the course.

Fieldwork / Training / Topics

Morphology of Apis mellifera / Taxonomy and Biology of Tropical Bees / Technological Aspects of Apiculture / Pathology and Parasitology of Bees / Genetics and Selection of Bees / Practical Course in Queen Rearing / Practical Beekeeping / Ecology of Pollination / Nectar and Pollen Sources / Introduction in Palynology / Bee Products: Harvest Methodology, Applications and Quality Control / Diversification of Bee Products / Rural Development and Agricultural Economy / Participative Methods and Project Cycle Management / Finding Funding and project proposals / Making of beekeeping materials / Medical aspects of bees and beeproducts

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http://www.icp-itp.ugent.be/ITP/Bee.htm

Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa)
Project name Political centralization, economic integration and language evolution in Central Africa: An interdisciplinary approach to the early history of the Kongo kingdom.
Affiliation Languages & cultures (Africa) - Faculteit Arts & Philosophy - UGent
Website http://www.kongoking.org/project.html
Expertise Humanities & Social Sciences
Keywords archaeology, history, Kikongo (dialect cluster), linguistics
Abstract

Although Kongo history is well studied after 1500, very little is known about the origins and earlier history of the kingdom. The wider region of the Kongo kingdom is virtually unknown archaeologically. Systematic archaeological research on the origins of the kingdom has never been conducted. The research team will therefore undertake pioneer excavations in several capital sites of the old kingdom, both in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Similarly, no comprehensive historical linguistic study has covered the languages in the area of the Kongo and closely affiliated kingdoms. Nonetheless, the earliest written documents with Bantu language data, going back to the early 17th century, originate from this region, and are readily exploitable. The research team will therefore undertake a historical-comparative study of the Kikongo dialect cluster and surrounding language groups, such as Kimbundu, Teke and Punu-Shira, systematically comparing current- day data with data from the old documents. Special attention will be given to cultural vocabulary related to politics, religion, social organization, trade and crafts such as metallurgy and pottery, which in conjunction with the archaeological discoveries, will shed new light on the origins, rise and development of the Kongo kingdom.
Due to the region’s rich historical tradition, it will also be possible to examine how political centralization and economic integration influenced language evolution and how these key macro-historical processes are reflected in the archaeological record. From a general methodological point of view, this approach will allow us to test correlations between historical, linguistic, archaeological and ethnographical data and thus to enhance interdisciplinary methods to study early history in other parts of Central Africa, which lack such a long historical tradition.

Fieldwork / Training / Topics

Digitalization of 17th, 18th and 19th century Kikongo sources all yearlong, continuous project.

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KONGOKING is an interdisciplinary and interuniversity research group which aims at contributing to a better understanding of the origins and early history of the Kongo kingdom. Funded by a Starting Grant of the European Research Council under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), KONGOKING is coordinated by Prof. Koen Bostoen of Ghent University and unites researchers from Ghent University (UGent), Brussels University (ULB) and the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren (RMCA), as well as from several partner institutions in Africa, Europe and the USA.

Contact Points Bostoen Koen (Arts & Philosophy - UGent), De Schryver Gilles-Maurice (Arts & Philosophy - UGent )
Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa), Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda
Project name Bioscience Engineering: All projects
Affiliation Faculty of Bioscience Engineering - UGent
Website http://www.ugent.be/bw/en/international/cooperation/overview.htm
Expertise Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Keywords agriculture systems, animal husbandery, animal production, aquaculture, biotechnology, climate, crop protection, economics, education & training, energy, environment, fishery, food safety, health (human), informatics, irrigation, management ?, marketing, micro-credits, nutrition, plant production, policy development, soil, water ecology
Abstract

The faculty is acknowledged as one of the most international driven campus within Ghent University, proven by its elevated amount of international students (50% of all Master students are from outside Belgium) and its ever increasing participation in international educational and research projects.

Fieldwork / Training / Topics

Research activities & websites by FBE department: http://www.ugent.be/bw/en/research/activities/overview.htm

  • Biocentrum Agrivet (DI62)
  • Centre for Environmental Sanitation (CES) / Prof. Filip Tack
  • Centre for Sustainable Development (CSD)
  • Centre of Expertise for Industrial Biotechnology and Biocatalysis (INBIO) / Prof. Wim Soetaert
  • Food2Know / Prof. Benedikt Sas
  • Ghent Bio-Economy / Barbara Toch
  • Ghent Bio-Energy Valley / Barbara Toch
  • Institute for Plant Biotechnology for Developing Countries / Prof. Godelieve Gheysen
  • International Centre for Eremology / Prof. Wim Cornelis
  • Aquaculture R&D Consortium / Prof. Patrick Sorgeloos
  • Vandemoortele Centre "Lipid Science and Technology" / Prof. Koen Dewettinck
  • VLaams technologisch Adviescentrum (VLAZ) / Prof. Koen Dewettinck
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Interactive Project Map / Faculty of Bioscience Engineering

Contact Points Sorgeloos Patrick (Bioscience Engineering - UGent )
Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Ethiopia, Tanzania
Project name Food Chemistry and Human Nutrition: All projects
Affiliation Department of Food Safety & Food Quality - Faculty of Bio-Science Engineering - UGent
Website http://www.foodscience.ugent.be/nutriFOODchem/Research
Expertise Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Keywords food quality, food safety, mycotoxins, nutrition
Fieldwork / Training / Topics
  • Mycotoxins:Development strategies for the reduction of mycotoxins content and intake in breast milk and complementary food in Tanzania
  • Child and maternal nutrition:
    Prevention of intrauterine growth retardation by food supplementation in Houndé, Burkina Faso
    PhD - Dietary strategies to improve feeding practices, nutrient adequacy, and growth of infants and young children in rural Tanzania
    PhD - The effect of the consumption of an ω-3 and ω-6 fatty acids and micronutrients enriched complementary food on growth and development of infants in Ethiopia
    The prevention of child moderate acute malnutrition by RUF in urban Chad
    Development strategies for the reduction of mycotoxins content and intake in breast milk and complementary food in Tanzania
  • Adolescent nutrition:PhD - Importance of out-of-home prepared foods in school-going adolescents in urban Benin
Benin, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa), Mali, Senegal
Project name Tropical & Subtropical Agronomy & Ethnobotany: All projects
Affiliation Department of Plant production (Laboratory of Tropical & Subtropical Agronomy & Ethnobotany) - Faculty of Bioscience Engineering - UGent
Website http://www.tropicallab.ugent.be/homeen.htm
Expertise Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Keywords ethnobotany, subtropical agronomy, tropical agronomy
Abstract We focus on applied research that bridges the gap between academic research and its application by governments, NGOs, and other actors in rural development in tropical and subtropical countries. Our laboratory also lectures and provides practical training for Bio-Engineers of the faculty, specialising in Agricultural Sciences and Land and Forest Management. Outside the faculty, courses in Agricultural Development are lectured to students of the Master in Development Co-operation and to students of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Prof. Van Damme also lectures at the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) and the Institute of Tropical Medicine (Antwerp).
Fieldwork / Training / Topics

The research interests cover a wide range of agronomic and socio-economic topics in tropical and subtropical regions:

agro-ecophysiology of plants in (semi-)arid areas agrobiodiversity ethnobotany domestication and new crop development sustainable agricultural systems water managements market integration of small-scale farmers in developing countries - value chain analysis.
Contact Points Van Damme Patrick (Bioscience Engineering - UGent )
Benin, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya
Project name Geography: All projects
Affiliation Department of Geography - Faculty of Sciences - UGent
Website http://geoweb.ugent.be/physical-geography/research
Expertise Applied Sciences, Humanities & Social Sciences, Physical Sciences
Duration 2012-05-04 <> 2015-01-01
Keywords capacity building, climate change, conservation agriculture, deforestation, desertification, education & training, fluvial systems, gender, health (public), human-environment interactions, hydrology, land degradation, land rehabilitation, land resilience, land use, natural resource management, natural resources, organisational learning, remote sensing, repeat photography, resilience, sanitary facilities, satellite imagery, sediments, smallholder farmers, tourism (sustainable), waste processing, water (drinking), water allocation, water resource management
Abstract

The research group physical geography focuses on:

  • regional geomorphology of Belgium and other continents;
  • study of environmental changes and their impacts on geomorphological processes;
  • application of physical geographical methodologies on archaeological sites.
Fieldwork / Training / Topics
Contact Points Goossens Rudi (Sciences - UGent ), Nyssen Jan (Sciences - UGent), Witlox Frank (Sciences - UGent)
Benin, Mali, Senegal
Project name Domestication & Development Of Baobab & Tamarind (DADOBAT)
Affiliation Department of Plant production (Laboratory of Tropical & Subtropical Agronomy & Ethnobotany) - Faculty of Bioscience Engineering - UGent
Website http://www.tropicallab.ugent.be/dadopos.pdf
Expertise Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Keywords baobab, ethnobotanical research, sustainable production systems, tamarind
Abstract

The DADOBAT project aims at developing sustainable production systems of baobab and tamarind in three West-African countries based on characterisation, conservation and use of local genetic resources. This is expected to have a positive impact on food security and income generation in the countries involved in the project. Issues of new crop/niche development are addressed through a holistic research approach and multidisciplinary research activities.

Fieldwork / Training / Topics

WP1 Field characterization of plant material UGent
WP2 Eco-physiological characterisation of plant material for understanding drought stress tolerance/resistance CERAAS UGent
WP3 Domestication of baobab and tamarind FSA-UAC
WP4 Development of improved cropping techniques IER
WP5 Characterisation of nutritional and medicinal properties of primary and secondary products of tamarind and baobab BOKU UGent
WP6 Production and marketing chain analysis UGent
WP7 Documentation and information dissemination CUC UGent
WP8 Project management UGent

Contact Points Van Damme Patrick (Bioscience Engineering - UGent )
Botswana, Mali, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda
Project name Human Resources for Primary Health Care in Africa (HURAPRIM)
Affiliation Department of Family Medicine & Primary Health Care - Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences - UGent
Website http://www.healthcompetence.eu/converis/publicweb/project/3122?show=Person
Expertise Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Duration 2011-03-01 <> 2015-02-28
Abstract

Multiple reports have documented the important deficit in human resources in health (HRH) in Africa. The causes are multiple and relate to a combination of underproduction, internal mal-distribution and inappropriate task allocation, working conditions and brain drain. The HURAPRIM-project will develop innovative interventions and policies and address the HRH crisis. The objectives of the projects are to analyze the actual situation of HRH in Africa, to understand the complexity of the causes for the actual shortages in primary health care, to test interventions, strategies and policies that may improve the situation and to maximise networking and synergies. In order to achieve these goals, the project will assess the scope of the deficit in human resources and analyse the process of recruitment, undergraduate and postgraduate training, professional retention and unemployment and this for a variety of primary health care workers. The known complexity of the problem will prevent us from applying a "one size fits all"-approach. Therefore, the project consortium brings together three experienced and committed European partners and five African partners, representing different parts of Africa and specific situations in HRH. The designed interventions will be tested out through case-studies in these partner countries. The interventions will target different levels (capacity building, recruitment and retention, task differentiation and cooperation with informal sector/traditional healers), will addresses (in various degrees of importance) aspects at the micro-, meso and macro-levels and will be designed with involvement of all stakeholders, political authorities, NGOs and especially the local population. The frame of reference for the analysis will look at relevance, equity, quality, efficiency, acceptability, sustainability, participation and feasibility. Acceptance by policy makers, in close cooperation with stakeholders and of the local communities will be a main focus.

Botswana, Mali, South Africa, Uganda
Project name Human Resources for Primary Health Care in Africa (HURAPRIM): International collaborative research project
Affiliation Department of Family Medicine & Primary Health Care - Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences - UGent
Website http://www.huraprim.ugent.be/drupal/
Expertise Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Duration 2011-03-01 <> 2015-02-01
Keywords primary health care
Abstract HURAPRIM is an international collaborative research project that aims at developing and assessing policies and key interventions to address the personnel crisis in the health sector, especially in Africa. The program wants to analyze the current situation, understand the complexity of the topic, review and test possible interventions and strategies, and contribute to more equitable and efficient policy making in this area. This research project brings together 6 committed African partners in Botswana, Mali, Sudan, South Africa & Uganda, representing different parts of Africa and specific realities with respect to health workers. Also involved are 3 experienced European partner universities, the Department of Family Medicine and Primary Health Care at UGent being responsible for the overall coordination. HURAPRIM is a EC– financed FP7 program.
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Contact Points De Maeseneer Jan (Medicine & Health Sciences - UGent )
Burkina Faso, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa), Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Sudan, Tanzania
Project name International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH): All projects
Affiliation Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences - UGent
Website http://www.icrhk.org/projects
Expertise Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Keywords AIDS & HIV, cervical cancer, family planning & contraception, female genital mutilation, health (adolescent & youth), health (mother & child), health (reproductive), health systems, rights (reproductive), sexually transmitted infections (STI), violence (sexual & gender-based)
Abstract

The International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH) was established in 1994 in response to the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD, Cairo, 1994). ICRH Kenya was established as an international NGO in the year 2000.ICRH is a multidisciplinary centre operating within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Ghent University. Besides research activities, ICRH implements projects in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia with a focus on developing training programmes and takes actions to defend sexual and reproductive rights.

Fieldwork / Training / Topics

HIV & AIDS and STI
Health Systems Research
Adolescent and Youth Health
Cervical Cancer
Female Genital Mutilation
Sexual and Gender-based Violence
Mother and Child Health
Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights
Family Planning and Contraception

Contact Points Temmerman Marleen (Medicine & Health Sciences - UGent )
Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, South Africa
Project name Laboratory of Crop Protection Chemistry: All projects
Affiliation Department of Crop Protection - Faculty of Bioscience Engineering - UGent
Website http://www.labofyto.ugent.be/onderzoek_en.htm
Expertise Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Keywords crop protection chemistry, environmental impact of pesticides, fytofarmacie , musquito nets, pesticides
Abstract

The Laboratory of Crop Protection Chemistry, as part of the department of Crop Protection is particularly experienced in the study of pesticide residues in crops and environmental samples (soil, water and air) and the study of side effects of pesticide treatments.

https://biblio.ugent.be/person/001993462255

Jean Pierre Ouattara studies the efficiency of musquito nets. He determines the effect of washing and UV-light on the amount of insectices in and on the nets. Additionally he invesdtigates possible human health risks when touching the nets.(Burkina Fasso)

https://biblio.ugent.be/person/000100593545

Contact Points Spanoghe Pieter (Bioscience Engineering - UGent)
Burkina Faso, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique
Project name Missed Opportunities in Maternal & Infant Health: reducing maternal and newborn mortality & morbidity in the year after childbirth through combined facility- & community-based interventions (MOMI)
Affiliation Department of Uro-gynaecology - Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences - UGent
Website http://www.icrh.org/projects/momi-missed-opportunities-in-maternal-and-infant-health-reducing-maternal-and-newborn-morta
Expertise Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Keywords community- & facility-based services, integration of care, maternal & newborn mortality & morbidity, postpartum care
Abstract

The main objective of the MOMI project is to improve maternal and newborn health through a focus on the postpartum period, adopting context-specific strategies to strengthen health care delivery and services at both facility and community level in four sub-Saharan countries (Burkina Faso, Kenya, Malawi and Mozambique).

Improving maternal and newborn health requires innovative approaches that maximise opportunities for impact throughout the continuum of care. In the past decade, maternal health services have largely focused on the management of intrapartum complications and on rationalising the package of antenatal services to include emergency obstetric care provided by skilled birth attendants. These interventions have sought to target what are widely considered to be the most common and immediate causes of maternal death.
Yet this approach fails to address many underlying morbidities that are instrumental in generating high rates of maternal mortality, such as anaemia and inadequate birth spacing. Also missing is a direct focus on the substantial proportion of maternal deaths in the postpartum. Indeed, as a component of maternal health, postpartum care has been neglected, along with the whole field of newborn health in Africa. The essential package and optimum structure of postpartum services for women and newborns in Africa remains poorly defined, with many missed opportunities for improved care.
We thus propose developing a package of interventions targeting newborn health and women in the early postpartum period and throughout the first year after childbirth. This package will be delivered through a combined facility- and community-based approach designed to integrate services and strengthen health systems. It will be implemented in four African countries (Burkina Faso, Kenya, Malawi and Mozambique) by a consortium of five African and three European partners.
Intervention design will be preceded and informed by a situational analysis of postpartum policies and practices in the four countries and a feasibility assessment. This will ensure that interventions are amenable to scaling up and appropriately tailored to local contexts. Implementation will be followed by health systems research to evaluate effectiveness and impact, and to identify determinants of sustainable and scalable health care improvements. The project will help to define the optimum package of postpartum interventions required to improve maternal and newborn health in Africa and – through its ongoing policy outcomes – impact on overall maternal and child mortality, thus contributing to Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5.

Fieldwork / Training / Topics

Possibility for Fieldwork / Internship: yes.

More info

www.momiproject.eu

Contact Points Duysburgh Els (Medicine & Health Sciences - UGent)
Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa), Mali
Project name Conflict Research Group (CRG): All projects
Affiliation Department of Third World Studies - Faculty of Political & Social Sciences - UGent
Website http://www.psw.ugent.be/crg/research.aspx
Expertise Humanities & Social Sciences
Keywords authority, capacity building, climate change, community participation, conflicts (violent), decentralization, democratization, ethnicity, governance, legitimicacy, national parks, peacebuilding, rural studies, statebuilding, urbanisation, war, water resource management, women, youth
Abstract

The Conflict Research Group (CRG) is a multidisciplinary research unit at the Ghent University. We are primarily interested in the micro-level dynamics of civil conflicts and concentrate both on the impact of civil conflicts on local communities, and on the links between local and global dimensions of conflict. CRG's crosscutting analysis has led to the comparison of different geographical case studies, from Asia and sub-Sahara Africa to Latin America. Our research centres around three clusters: resources, governance and humanitarian aid.

Fieldwork / Training / Topics

1. Governance in conflict (Coordinator: Bert Suykens)

  • Violent conflict and urban transformation in the Eastern Congolese Periphery (contact: Karen Büscher)/Possibility for Fieldwork / Internship: yes.
  • Understanding informal dynamics of post-conflict peacebuilding, statebuilding and democratization in Burundi (contact: Tomas Van Acker) /Possibility for Fieldwork / Internship: yes.

2. Humanitarian aid and conflict (Coordinator: Bruno De Cordier)

  • The circulation and transformation of knowledge, discourses and practices in the global network of international development actors; The case of water (contact: Jan Cherlet)

3. Resources and conflict (Coordinator: Jeroen Adam)

  • Decentralization and pastoral women's participation in local governance: A study of Kondoa local authority in Tanzania (contact: Haidari Misafi)
  • The base and premises of administrative behavior on land ownership and use among women in Tanzania: the case of Kilosa district in Morogoro region (contact: Lucy Massoi)
  • Towards sustainable solutions for conflicts between local social actors and National Parks in Tanzania: Case study of Saadani National Park (contact: Michael Muganda)
  • Community participation in slum improvement/upgrading projects in informal settlements in Nairobi (contact: Sophie De Feyter)
  • The socio-economic impact of artisanal and small-scale mining in eastern DRC (contact: Jeroen Cuvelier)
More info

Department of Third World Studies / Faculty of Political and Social Sciences

Contact Points Büscher Karen (Political & Social Sciences - UGent), Cuvelier Jeroen (Political & Social Sciences - UGent )
Cameroon, Ghana
Project name Forest Management & Spatial Information Techniques (FORSIT): All projects
Affiliation Department of Forest & water management - Faculty of Bioscience Engineering - UGent
Website http://www.ugent.be/bw/dfwm/en/research/forsit/Projects/projects.htm
Expertise Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Duration 2008-01-01 <> 2014-01-01
Keywords charcoal production, forest management, non-timber forest products , woodlands
Abstract

Development of a multi-agent system to simulate charcoal production in the Forest Transition Zone of Ghana -ir. Isabelle Joos
The main goal of this study is to develop and parameterize an operational multi-agent simulation model that simulates land-use and land-cover change driven by charcoal production. The model is build in a spatially and temporal explicit way and can be potentially useful for exploring possible scenarios to improve rural livelihoods and their environment. The objectives are (1) to build a conceptual framework for modeling the coupled human-environment system at a landscape level in space and time under the influence of certain policies, (2) to calibrate a decision-making submodel of the human agents based on empirical data, (3) to calibrate ecological submodels of forested land patches based on pixel-based growth data collected at the study sites and (4) to develop an operational LU/LC model through implementing the parameterized and calibrated framework on a suitable computer platform and to explore the potential outcome of selected management alternatives at the study sites.

Impact of commercialization on the population parameters of Irvingia, a Non Timber Forest Products (NTFP) genus in Cameroon -ir. Hannes Cosyns Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) have the potential to alleviate poverty in combination with nature conservation. Hence, the commercialization of NTFPs has been widely promoted. Nevertheless, the actual impact of promoting and increasing NTFP commercialization on the environment and livelihoods of farmers has barely been assessed. Against this background, this study assessed the promotion of Ricinodendron heudelotii (Baill.) Pierre ex Pax. kernel (njansang) commercialization by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in project villages in Cameroon with the aim to alleviate poverty for small-scale farmers. The 5-year impact of development interventions on farmers livelihoods were investigated, comparing project and control households.. A five pillar framework was applied, tackling the financial, social, human, physical and natural assets of farmers.
Contact Points De Wulf Robert (Bioscience Engineering - UGent )
Cameroon, Morocco
Project name NO BUG - Novel Release System and Bio-Based Utilities for Insect Repellent Textiles and Garments
Affiliation Department of Textiles - Faculty of Engineering & Architecture - UGent
Website http://www.ugent.be/ea/textiles/en/projects/Lopende%20projecten/Nobug.htm
Expertise Applied Sciences
Duration 2009-10-01 <> 2013-09-01
Keywords insect repellency
Abstract

In several applications of professional textiles and clothes mosquito repellency is an important issue. Two major problems arise: repellents currently in use are harmful, resistance to conventional repellents increases, and the lifetime of release systems is too short. Solving these two problems are the main goals of the NO BUG project. Novel biorepellents will be considered and evaluated as well as two release systems (multilayer coating and textile bioaggregates) in order to repel mosquitoes causing malaria or dengue. Novel release concepts are multilayer coatings and in situ release of the active compounds. Targeted prototypes are textiles for health workers and bed nets (mosquitoes). The project will study what are the best conditions of use of the biorepellents and how to integrate them in the textile products. Testing, exploitation and dissemination will be an active part of the work.

Contact Points Gheysen Godelieve (Bioscience Engineering - UGent )
Central Africa
Project name TARSOS
Affiliation Institute for Psychoacoustics & Electronic Music (IPEM): Departement of Musicology- Faculty of Arts & Philosophy - UGent
Website http://tarsos.0110.be/
Expertise Applied Sciences, Humanities & Social Sciences
Keywords computational analysis, engineering, ethnomusicology, music information retrieval
Abstract

While practising ethnomusicological research on a large dataset we try to develop useful software called Tarsos for the (ethno)musicological research community. We want to create user friendly software that provides culture independent processing of MIR-features such as pitch, tempo and timbre.For the moment we are focusing on pitch related information such as tone scales. Tone scales of different cultures are hard to compare using a universal language. The typical sound of a musical tradition is based on its individual characteristics, its own language. Most pitch related software is geared towards tonal, well-tempered music and uses western concepts, jargon. The idea behind Tarsos is to use pitch tracking algorithms to identify defining tone scale features and to visualize, export those features in a culture independent manner. E.g. by using pitch class histograms.In the following years tempo and timbre will receive a similar treatment.

Fieldwork / Training / Topics

Possibility for Fieldwork / Internship (in english): yes

More info

Partners:University College Ghent /Faculty of Music;IPEM: The Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music is a research center for musicology in Belgium. IPEM belongs to the Music department at the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, at Ghent University /Royal Museum for Central Africa at Tervuren provides us with the dataset generated during the DEKKMMA project.

Contact Points (School of Arts, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Royal Conservatoire - Hogeschool Gent), (School of Arts, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Royal Conservatoire - Hogeschool Gent)
Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa), Ethiopia, Rwanda
Project name Isotope Bioscience Laboratory (Isofys): All projects
Affiliation Department of Applied Analytical & Physical Chemistry - Faculty of Bioscience Engineering - UGent
Website http://www.isofys.ugent.be
Expertise Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Physical Sciences
Keywords biodiversity, cassava, climate change, crop production, deforestation, ecosystems, eucalyptus, forest management, reducing emissions, soil, soil fertility management, termites
Fieldwork / Training / Topics Running International Projects:
Contact Points Baert Geert (Bioscience Engineering - Hogeschool Gent ), Boeckx Pascal (Bioscience Engineering - UGent ), De Neve Stefaan (Bioscience Engineering - UGent ), Van Ranst Eric (Sciences - UGent )
Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa)
Project name Bilateraal Akkoord tussen Hogeschool Gent (School of Arts, KASK – Koninklijk Conservatorium) en het Institut National des Arts (INA) in Kinshasa – RDC
Affiliation School of Arts: Royal Academy of Fine Arts: Royal Conservatoire - Hogeschool Gent
Website http://cons.hogent.be
Expertise Humanities & Social Sciences
Keywords education & training, international exchange, music, pedagogy & didactic
Abstract

In 2010, the Royal Conservatoire of Ghent started a partnership with INA (Institut National des Arts) in Kinshasa.

The main purpose of this partnership is to increase the musical and pedagogical capacity of the INA, focusing on teacher and student exchanges.
Fieldwork / Training / Topics

Students music pedagogy of the Royal Conservatoire of Ghent can realize an internship of ca. 2 months in the INA Kinshasa.

Contact Points (School of Arts, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Royal Conservatoire - Hogeschool Gent)
Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa)
Project name Centre Æquatoria: Centre de Recherches Culturelles Africanistes
Affiliation Department of Languages & Cultures (Africa) - Faculty of Arts & Philosophy - UGent
Website http://www.aequatoria.be/04engels/010home_en.htm
Expertise Humanities & Social Sciences
Keywords linguistics, Mongo (language)
Abstract The Centre Æquatoria is a research center, library, and collection of archives, annex guesthouse, specialized in the languages, cultures, and the (pre-colonial and colonial) history of sub-Saharan Africa, with special emphasis on the peoples of the central Congo basin. It also produces a yearly africanist periodical, called 'Annales Æquatoria'. It is located on the premises of the Catholic mission station of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (Missionnaires du Sacré-Coeur, MSC) at Bamanya, a village some 10 kms out of Mbandaka, the capital city of the Equateur Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Contact Points Meeuwis Michael (Arts & Philosophy - UGent )
Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa)
Project name Congo.Music@Vlaanderen
Affiliation School of Arts: Royal Academy of Fine Arts: Royal Conservatoire - Hogeschool Gent
Website http://www.hogent.be/www/assets/File/111100_DelegatieCongo.pdf
Expertise Humanities & Social Sciences
Keywords music
Abstract

In this project , the Royal Conservatoire of Ghent is starting a partnership with INA (Institut National des Arts) in Kinshasa.

The main purpose of this project is to let Flemish (young) public get in contact with African Music, artistic creativity and culture. There is also an exchange between Congolese and Flemish teachers and students of both institutions. This project runs from 2011 until 2013.
Fieldwork / Training / Topics

Possibility for Fieldwork / Internship (in english): to be determined

Contact Points (School of Arts, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Royal Conservatoire - Hogeschool Gent)
Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa)
Project name Documentation of cultural heritage in three endangered Bantu languages of the Kwilu (DR Congo): Ngong, Nsong and Nsambaan
Affiliation Department of Languages & Cultures (Africa) - Faculty of Arts & Philosophy - UGent
Website http://www.kwilubantu.ugent.be/
Expertise Humanities & Social Sciences
Duration 2012-11-01 <> 2015-10-31
Keywords Bantu (language), endangered languages, ethnobiology, ethnobotany, oral literature, popular taxonomies
Abstract

This endangered language documentation project is funded by the DoBeS program of the Volkswagen foundation through a 3-year grant (2012-2015) and involves collaboration between Ghent University, Kinshasa University and the Humboldt University of Berlin.

Nsambaan, Nsong and Ngong are three closely related Bantu languages spoken in the vicinity of Kikwit Town (Kwilu district, Bandundu Province, DR Congo).

Due to increasing urbanisation and growing popularity of Kikongo and Lingala, the survival of these rural languages is severely endangered.

This project builds on a pilot PhD study which focused on the names and popular uses of animals, plants and mushrooms in five Bantu languages of the Kwilu (Hungan, Mbuun, Mpiin, Ngong and Nsong), of which two endangered languages will be further documented here, i.e. Nsong and Ngong.

The same effort to document endangered popular biological knowledge systems will be extended to a third hitherto undocumented threatened language, i.e. Nsambaan.

We aim at a more systematic documentation of the three languages in order to produce a representative sound and film archive of diverse communicative events, especially genres of oral literature, which will be transcribed and annotated and serve for future corpus-based lexical and grammatical descriptions.

Fieldwork / Training / Topics

Possibility for Fieldwork: yes.
We aim at recording a diverse as possible set of communicative events in all three speech communities. Special attention will be paid to speech forms linked with traditional knowledge and lore, which are also endangered. We think of genres of oral literature, such as proverbs, tales, riddles, praise poems, origin myths, historical accounts, traditional folk songs.
Literary genres involving paralinguistic performance will be video recorded. Such is the case for rites and ceremonies, such as name giving, marriages and funerals, which involve aesthetic and conventionalised forms of speech. It is obvious that community members will be heard when they oppose themselves to the recording of certain events, but they will also be invited to suggest themes or speech forms they want to see documented.
Kikwit-based radios will be involved in raising awareness of our project among community members and in inciting people to contribute to the documentation of certain forms of orature.

http://www.kwilubantu.ugent.be/fieldwork

Contact Points Bostoen Koen (Arts & Philosophy - UGent)
Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa)
Project name Kisangani vzw: All projects
Website http://www.kisangani.be/-Projecten-
Expertise Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Keywords agroforestry, breeding, fish farming, forest management, rice
Abstract Kisangani vzw supports the rural development project that started at the Science Faculty in Kisangani. We work with village communities and schools.
Fieldwork / Training / Topics

There are five subprojects:
Agroforestry with alley cropping
Fish farming
Breeding of pigs, poultry and rabbits
Cultivation of rice
The Mbiye island: breeding, cropping and protection of the forest

More info

U kunt Kisangani vzw contacteren op:

Contact Points Baert Geert (Bioscience Engineering - Hogeschool Gent )
Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa)
Project name Placide Tempels' 'Bantu Philosophy'
Affiliation Department of Languages & Cultures (Africa) - Faculty of Arts & Philosophy - UGent
Website http://www.aequatoria.be/tempels/index.htm
Expertise Humanities & Social Sciences
Keywords Bantu philosophy
Abstract

The purpose of this website is to make available a number of documents related to the life and work of Placide Tempels, author of the widely discussedBantu Philosophy.The website is an initiative of the Centre Æquatoria and Prof. Michael Meeuwis (Ghent University, Belgium).

Contact Points Meeuwis Michael (Arts & Philosophy - UGent )
Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa)
Project name Scholars at Risk (SAR)
Affiliation UGent
Website http://www.ugent.be/diversiteitengender/nl/diversiteitsbeleid/scholars.htm
Expertise Administrative
Keywords academic capacity building, academic freedom, human rights
Abstract

Scholars at Risk is an international network of institutions and individuals working to promote academic freedom and to defend the human rights of scholars worldwide.

Since early January 2013 Prof. Felix Kaputu is the first "Scholar at Risk" guest at Ghent University.Prof. Kaputu was born in 1959 in Lubumbashi. He is a professor of comparative literature and is an expert in the field of art education, writing, literary and political criticism and ancient religious studies.For his own safety he had to flee Congo and can now remain active, thanks to the “Scholars at Risk” network.

http://scholarsatrisk.nyu.edu/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scholars-at-Risk/228730320487174

Contact Points Kaputu Felix Ulombe (Arts & Philosophy - UGent)
Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa)
Project name Stad, architectuur en koloniale ruimte in Matadi en Lubumbashi, Congo. Een historische analyse vanuit translokaal perspectief
Affiliation Department of Architecture & Urban Planning - Faculty of Engineering & Architecture - UGent
Website http://www.architectuur.ugent.be/vakgroep/medewerkers/johan-lagae/
Expertise Applied Sciences
Duration 2008-11-14 <> 2012-12-31
Keywords architecture & urban planning, colonial heritage, urban & racial segregation
Abstract

Dit onderzoek wil nagaan hoe de specifieke koloniale stedelijke ruimtes van de Congolese steden Matadi en Lubumbashi zich hebbenontwikkeld tussen 1885 en 1960. De fysieke stedelijke ruimte zal op diverse schalen (stad, gebouw, straat, wijk) worden ontleed vanuit translokaalperspectief en worden gerelateerd aan sociaal-demografisch onderzoek dat de impact van diverse migratiestromen op de totstandkoming van dezesteden traceert.

Contact Points Lagae Johan (Engineering & Architecture - UGent ), Lecocq Baz (Arts & Philosophy - UGent)
Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa)
Project name University Quality Assurance (VLIR-UOS)
Affiliation Administrative - UGent
Expertise Administrative
Keywords scientific communication, university quality assurance
Abstract

Project "Assurance Qualité dans sept universités de la RDC" - "University Quality Assurance". At seven universities in the DRC, partners of VLIR-UOS, activities with regard to the installation of a quality assurance cell are supported; training is being given on several aspects of quality assurance at university level. The universities are UNIKIN, UCB, UCC, ISTA, UNILU, UNIKIS, UPN.

Fieldwork / Training / Topics

Possibility for fieldwork / internship: not in Belgium.

Contact Points Van Cleemput Oswald (Bioscience Engineering - UGent )
Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa), East Africa, South Africa
Project name Political Sciences: All projects
Affiliation Department of Political Sciences - Faculty of Political & Social Sciences - UGent
Website http://www.ugent.be/ps/politiekewetenschappen/en/research/research-groups
Expertise Humanities & Social Sciences
Keywords foreign policy, stakeholders
Abstract Ghent Institute for International Studies
The rechearch domains of the Ghent Institute for International Studies are World Politics, Global Governance, Foreign Politics and Diplomacy, Terrorism and Radicalisation. The Ghent Instititute for International Studies thereby focuses on some particular research interests. The historical dimension for example is very prominent, as we try to approach contemporary phenomena from a long term perspective, based on the conviction that today is build on yesterday and tomorrow on today. In compliance with the adagio of the Ghent University we strongly adhere to the principle of critical thinking. A critical approach is therefore the second pillar of our research.
  • Skander Nasra analyzes the role of small and medium sized member states in the foreign policy of the European Union. His current research looks into the role of Belgium in the relations between the EU and the Democratic Republic of the Congo; the role of Greece in EU-Turkey relations; and the role of Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden in the EU's representation in the G20.
Centre for EU Studies
  • How development friendly are the Economic Partnership Agreements? Perception of East and South African stakeholders. (VLIR-UOS-mandaat: Sarah Delputte / oktober 2009 - september 2013)
Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa), Egypt, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Rwanda, Sahara Region, Sahel, Tanzania, West Africa
Project name Communities Comparisons Connections (CCC): All projects
Website http://www.ccc.ugent.be
Expertise Humanities & Social Sciences
Keywords decolonisation, globalization, history, migration, nationalism, race, slavery, Tuareg, world history, world studies, world-systems analysis
Abstract The research group Communities Comparisons Connections brings together historians and social scientists who aim to study historical processes through the scope of a varying set of spatial, social, religious and political geographies in comparative perspective. Our focus on Communities Comparisons and Connections is applied to a variety of research topics: case- and regional studies in comparative perspective; broader societal shifts with global ramifications; and various models of explanation for social change on a global and longue-durée scale. We pay attention to different units of analysis (societies, states, civilizations, networks, systems etc.) and to methods to investigate processes on a global scale (comparative analysis, system-analysis, network-analysis etc.) CCC is a cross departmental research group, bringing together a varied group of scholars, focussing on a broad spectre of thematic, temporal and regional foci, ranging from the Middle-East, via Africa and Asia, to Europe and the Americas.
Fieldwork / Training / Topics
  • Congo: Bas De Roo - Fiscal interaction between state and society in the Congo Free State
  • DR Congo: Myriam Mertens - Pharmaceuticalisation of public health during the colonial period
  • DR Congo / Rwanda: Gillian Mathys - Borderland(s) in motion. Mobility and borders in the Lake Kivu region during the colonial period
  • DR Congo: Jan-Frederik Abbeloos - Controlling the copper: the governance of the copper production chain from a global perspective [case: the copper chain from Katanga (1908-1970)]
  • Sahel and Sahara Region: Baz Lecocq - Disputed Desert: Decolonisation, Competing Nationalisms and Tuareg Rebellions in Northern Mali
  • West Africa and Arabian Peninsula: Baz Lecocq - The Hajj from West Africa in the 20th Century (Regions: Mali - Niger - Mauritania - Sahel /Possibility for fieldwork: Yes /Internship: No)
More info

http://www.ccc.ugent.be/Mainresearchprojects

Contact Points Lecocq Baz (Arts & Philosophy - UGent), (Arts & Philosophy - UGent)
Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa), Rwanda, Zambia
Project name Soil Science: All projects
Affiliation Department of Geology & Soil Science - Faculty of Sciences - UGent
Website http://www.labsoilscience.ugent.be/projects.html
Expertise Physical Sciences
Keywords land evaluation, mineralogy, natural resources, soil, soil maps
Abstract
  • VLIR-UNZA Institutional University Co-operation Programme, with the “University of Zambia”, Lusaka, Zambia
  • Valorisation of the available data on "physical natural resources" of DR Congo for a rational and sustainable management of the land
  • Publication of a "Manual of the soils of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)", summarising the expertise and knowledge gathered during several previous research projects valorizing the available data on physical natural resources within DRC
  • Improvement of the fertility of highly weathered and acid soils in Katanga by using termite materials
Fieldwork / Training / Topics
  • Research in soil mineralogy, soil genesis and management of soils, with focus on tropical regions
  • Research in soil inventory and land evaluation
  • Interdisciplinary research
More info

http://issuu.com/vliruos/docs/vlir-uos_annual_report_2010/3

Soil Map of Rwanda: http://www.labsoilscience.ugent.be/soilmaprwandaintro.html

Contact Points Van Ranst Eric (Sciences - UGent )
Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa), Uganda
Project name Centre for Children in Vulnerable Situations (CCVS): All projects
Affiliation Department of Orthopedagogics - Faculty of Psychology & Educational Sciences - UGent
Website http://www.centreforchildren.be/about-ccvs
Expertise Humanities & Social Sciences
Keywords adolescents, child soldiers, conflicts (violent), health (adolescent & youth), mental health SEE health (mental), peacebuilding, post-conflict recovery, psychosocial support, psychosocial well-being, reconciliation, refugees, reintegration, resettlement, victims, violence (sexual & gender-based), war-trauma
Abstract The Centre for Children in Vulnerable Situations is a research centre, based on the cooperation between three Belgian universities: the Department of Clinical and Life Span Psychology of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Department of Orthopedagogics of Ghent University and the research group 'Education, Culture and Society' of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, of the University of Leuven (KU Leuven). The Centre's overall goal is to promote the psychosocial well-being of children and adolescents living in vulnerable situations in Southern countries. This is mainly effected through the execution of practice-oriented research.
Fieldwork / Training / Topics
  • Psychosocial well-being of adolescent victims of sexual violence in Eastern Congo
  • Psychosocial support centre in Eastern Congo
  • The impact of violent behaviour in adolescents on post-conflict recovery processes in Northern Uganda
  • War-trauma, attachment and risk behaviour in war-affected adolescents in Northern Uganda
  • Resources for former child soldiers after returning from the rebel faction
  • Resettlement of war-affected communities in northern uganda and the longitudinal follow-up of the reintegration process of former child soldiers
  • Psychosocial support centre Northern Uganda

Possibility for Fieldwork / Internship: yes.

More info

Coordinator CCVS - UGent: Ilse Derluyn (Vakgroep Orthopedagogiek H. Dunantlaan 2 9000 Ghent Belgium)

Collaborator CCVS DRCongo: An Verelst (Coordinator)

Collaborator CCVS Uganda: Lieve Milissen (Coordinator)

Contact us via

East Africa
Project name Palaeontology: All projects
Affiliation Department of Geology & Soil Science - Faculty of Sciences - UGent
Website http://www.paleo.ugent.be/research.php
Expertise Physical Sciences
Keywords molluscs, palaeobiology, palaeontology, paleoecology
Abstract

Palaeobiology of African freshwater molluscs and evolution of the Neogene freshwater molluscs of the East African Rift. This research integrates palaeoecology, biogeography, biostratigraphy and evolutionary pattern and process.

More info

Research Unit Palaeontology

http://www.paleo.ugent.be/dirk_van_damme.php

http://www.paleo.ugent.be/bert_van_bocxlaer.php

Contact Points Verniers Jacques (Sciences - UGent )
Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, North Africa
Project name Middle East and North Africa Research Group (MENARG): All projects
Affiliation Department of Third World Studies - Faculty of Political & Social Sciences - UGent
Website http://www.menarg.ugent.be/research
Expertise Humanities & Social Sciences
Keywords economy, politics, society
Abstract

The MENARG is a multidisciplinary research group housed within the Center for Third World Studies.The MENARG is primarily dedicated to the production of new knowledge about -and critical insight into- politics, society, and economy in the contemporary Middle East and North Africa.

Fieldwork / Training / Topics

Menarch Research -Funded research

  • The “emancipator elasticity” of Islam: the relation between divine authority, cultural authenticity, and human emancipation in the political discourse of Egyptian Muslim intellectuals
  • Democratic transitions in the Middle East and North Africa. A comparative study of Morocco and Egypt
  • The influence of transnational political mobilisation on homeland conflicts.
Menarch Research -Non-funded research
  • Religion and Politics in Islamic Northern Nigeria: A Case Study of Kaduna State
  • Criminalising the Other. The discursice imagination of ‘the Other’ from a “field-perspective”.
Joint Research
  • Political and religious equilibrium in the Arab World and Muslim community
  • The Impact of the ‘Global War on Terror’ on contemporary civil wars
More info

Department of Third World Studies / Faculty of Political & Social Sciences

Researchers:

Sami Zemni / Koenraad Bogaert / Christopher Parker / Marlies Casier / Pascal Debruyne / Brecht De Smet / Ico Maly / Thierry Limpens / Annemie Vermaelen / Artur Perchel / Omar Jabary Salamanca / Sigrid Vertommen / Marieke Krijnen /
Contact Points Bogaert Koenraad (Political & Social Sciences - UGent), Zemni Sami (Political & Social Sciences - UGent)
Egypt, South Africa
Project name Impact of Climate Change and Globalisation on Safety of Fresh Produce - Governing a Supply Chain of Uncompromised Food Sovereignty (Veg-i-Trade)
Affiliation Department of Food Safety & Food Quality - Faculty of Bio-Science Engineering - UGent
Website http://www.veg-i-trade.org/project/partners/ugent/ugent.php
Expertise Humanities & Social Sciences, Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Physical Sciences
Duration 2010-05-01 <> 2014-04-30
Keywords capacity building, climate change, crop protection, food safety, food sovereignty , logistics modelling, risk assessment, water treatment technology
Abstract

Veg-i-Trade provides platforms for the identification of the impact of anticipated climate change and globalisation of trade on food safety of fresh produce and derived food products. The project focuses on microbial safety (enteric bacteria, viruses and protozoa) and safety related to pesticide residues and emerging mycotoxins.The main pillars of the Veg-i-Trade project concern the mapping of the economical structure of the fresh produce supply chain as well as logistic modelling using plausible scenarios of climate change affecting trade flows on a European and global level.Using risk assessment as a tool, current and future risks will be ranked and risk-based sampling plans developed. Furthermore control measures (pre- and post- harvest) of managerial and technological nature will be developed in the fresh produce chain. This will imply the pro-active investigation of aspects of horticultural production practices, water quality and treatment and packaging technologies.Horticultural safety management systems (HSMS) belong to the corner stones of quality assurance programs. The development and validation of diagnostic instruments as tools to systematically assess the performance of HSMS from operators in various climate zones will lead to recommendations on the European and global levels concerning quality assurance and the setting of science-based performance objectives.

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Researchers from three departments of the Faculty of Bio-Science Engineeringand also from the Center of Excellence Food2Kow are involved in the Veg-i-Trade project .

Laboratory of Food Microbiology and Food Preservation
Research Group Food Chemistry and Human Nutrition
Food2Know
Laboratory of Crop Protection Chemistry
Laboratory for biology and molecular cytology

Contact Points Uyttendaele Mieke (Bioscience Engineering - UGent)
Ethiopia
Project name Course on Scientific Communication (VLIR-IUC)
Expertise Administrative, Applied Sciences, Humanities & Social Sciences, Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Physical Sciences
Keywords scientific communication, university quality assurance
Abstract

Theory and practical exercises are given with regard to all theoretical aspects of scientific communication including retrieving literature, writing a thesis and a scientific paper, making an attractive poster, and giving guidelines for a good oral presentation (Ethiopia: Jima, Mekelle). For M. Sc. students and staff members.Also exercises are foreseen.

Fieldwork / Training / Topics

Possibility for fieldwork / internship: not in Belgium.

Contact Points Van Cleemput Oswald (Bioscience Engineering - UGent )
Ethiopia
Project name Institutional University Cooperation with Jimma University - Ethiopia (IUC)
Affiliation Administrative - UGent
Website http://www.iucju.ugent.be/
Expertise Humanities & Social Sciences, Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Physical Sciences
Duration 2007-01-01 <> 2019-01-01
Keywords diseases (animal), diseases (infectious), ecology, epidemiology, health (environmental), health (mother & child), library (ICT), nutrition, research coordination, soil fertility management, zoonoses
Abstract

The Institutional University Cooperation project IUC-JU constitutes a collaboration betweenJimma Universityand the different Flemish universities under the umbrella of theFlemish Interuniversity Council(VLIR-UOS). The IUC programme aims at building the institutional capacity of a selected number of universities in the South. The IUC-JU project phocuses on the impact of the Gilgel Gibe hydro-electric dam in terms of human and animal health, ecology and agronomy. Joint research is undertaken in different disciplines in the Gilgel Gibe area to improve the life quality of communities. Furthermore, research and educational capacities of Jimma University academic staff will be extended.

Fieldwork / Training / Topics

The IUC-JU addresses the following research topics:

(1) Zoonotic and animal diseases
(2) Child health and nutrition
(3) Environmental health and ecology
(4) Epidemiology and modelling
(5) Soil fertility
(6) ICT and library
(7) Research co-ordination

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http://iuc.vliruos.be/index.php?language=EN&navid=461&direct_to=JU_Ethiopia

Contact Points Duchateau Luc (Veterinary Medicine - UGent ), Lens Luc (Sciences - UGent), Van Ranst Eric (Sciences - UGent ), Vercruysse Jozef (Veterinary Medicine - UGent )
Ethiopia
Project name Trace element deficiencies in cattle and their importance for nutrient use and productivity
Affiliation Department of Nutrition, Genetics & Ethology - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine - UGent
Website http://www.ugent.be/di/di07/nl/onderzoek/voeding/doctoraten/docveronique.htm
Expertise Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Keywords cattle, diseases (animal), health (animal), smallholder farmers, zebu, zoonoses
Abstract

This research project is performed in the context of PhD research. It is framed within Project 1 "Zoonotic and animal diseases" of the Institutional University Cooperation project IUC-JU, a collaboration between Jimma University (Ethiopia) and the different Flemish universities within the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR-UOS).The main objective of the project is to investigate the micromineral status of cattle in and around the town of Jimma, in the southwest of Ethiopia as well as to explore the impact of possible deficiencies on nutrient digestibility and general production/health parameters. In a later stage the effect of deficiencies on animal products as well as the search for alternative micromineral sources for smallholder farmers will be examined

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/ Department of Nutrition, Genetics and Ethology / Faculty of Veterinary Medicine / Ghent University

Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa
Project name Diagonal Interventions to Fast-Forward Enhanced Reproductive health (DIFFER)
Affiliation Department of Uro-gynaecology - Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences - UGent
Website http://www.icrh.org/projects/diagonal-interventions-to-fast-forward-enhanced-reproductive-health-differ
Expertise Humanities & Social Sciences, Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Duration 2011-01-01 <> 2016-09-30
Keywords AIDS & HIV, female sex workers, health (sexual & reproductive), health systems, most-at-risk populations
Abstract

Today the large majority of women in developing countries still lack access to even the most basic sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services. This is often the highest in marginalised populations, such as female sex workers (FSW), who face increased risks because of limited access to health services and increased exposure to infection.

The DIFFER project is a 5-years research project funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework programme. It aims at improving access to SRH services for the most vulnerable by identifying best practices in delivering comprehensive packages of SRH care and a better linkage between interventions targeted at female sex workers, and the general health services.

We will implement a ‘diagonal’ strategy, incorporating both ‘horizontal’ health systems strengthening and more targeted ‘vertical’ approaches. Horizontal programmes can reach large numbers of women, while vertical programmes target high-risk populations, difficult to reach through a horizontal approach.

The study is designed as a set of case studies, with the ‘case’ being a well-defined geographical area where sex work is common. These are Mysore, India; Mombassa, Kenya; Tete, Mozambique and Durban, South-Africa. The project will apply a methodological framework for health systems research. In year 1 each site will conduct a detailed situation and policy analysis that will inform the development of site and context-specific packages of interventions to strengthen SRH service delivery in year 2. These packages will be implemented beginning in year 2 through year 5. In years 4 to 5 the feasibility, acceptability, effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and sustainability of the intervention package will be studied, combining qualitative and quantitative research methods.

The project consortium brings together experts and practitioners from a variety of regions and disciplines and comprises research institutions and community-based organisations. The consortium is coordinated by the International Centre for Reproductive Health of the University of Ghent. The other partners being: Ashodaya Samithi (India) - International Centre for Reproductive Health Association (Kenya) - International Centre for Reproductive Health Association (Mozambique) - University of The Witwatersrand: MatCH & Centre for Health Policy (South Africa) - University College London, Centre for International Health & Development - United Kingdom.

Fieldwork / Training / Topics

Possibility for Fieldwork / Internship: yes.

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http://differproject.eu/
TEAM MEMBERS:Yves Lafort; Katherine Muylaert; Olivier Degomme; Marleen Temmerman.

Contact Points Lafort Yves (Medicine & Health Sciences - UGent)
Mali
Project name Menselijke Helminthianen in Mali
Affiliation Department of Virology, parasitology & immunology - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine - UGent
Expertise Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Keywords epidemiology
Abstract

Epidemiologie en controle van de menselijke helminthiases in Mali.

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Doctoral School of Life Sciences and Medicine

Contact Points Vercruysse Jozef (Veterinary Medicine - UGent )
Mozambique
Project name Improved Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights Services for Most at Risk Populations in Tete, Mozambique (Tete-MARP Project)
Affiliation Department of Uro-gynaecology - Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences - UGent
Website http://www.icrh.org/projects/improved-sexual-and-reproductive-health-and-rights-services-for-most-at-risk-populations-in
Expertise Humanities & Social Sciences, Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Duration 2010-10-01 <> 2013-09-30
Keywords AIDS & HIV, female sex workers, health (sexual & reproductive), most-at-risk populations
Abstract

The International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH) has been strengthening the Provincial and District health authorities of Tete province, Mozambique, in the area of sexual and reproductive health, since 2002. Among its activities, ICRH is supporting a stand-alone clinic targeting female sex workers (FSW) and long-distance truck drivers (LDD). The clinic provides information, education and communication on sexual health and HIV, care for sexually transmitted infections (STI), HIV and syphilis testing and contraception, and is complemented by outreach peer education and condom distribution. A performance assessment conducted in 2008 concluded that the model of a stand alone clinic is valid because of the large size of the target population, high client satisfaction and endorsement by provincial and district health policy makers, but is challenged by high incremental operational costs. The efficiency can be enhanced by broadening the range of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and HIV/AIDS services, expanding the geographical coverage and targeting additional most-at-risk populations (MARP). ICRH therefore initiated a public-private partnership with a consortium of mining and mine-construction companies, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Flemish International Cooperation Agency (FICA) to further expand the services.

The overall objective of the project is ‘To reduce the occurrence of STI, HIV and other SRHR problems among MARP in Tete Province’ and the specific objective as ‘To improve access to quality SRHR services to FSW and their clients’.
Interventions
The two key concepts of the program are to apply a ‘combination HIV prevention’ approach and to address SRHR in a comprehensive and holistic way. ICRH will build further on its previous experience and expand and improve the current services, centred around two main axes: (1) facility-based SRHR services specifically for MARP and (2) outreach community-based activities targeting MARP.
ICRH intends to continue and expand the model of stand-alone clinics for MARP and two new, more durable, premises will be built. The clinics will serve as a drop-in centre for all people who feel that they are at risk for HIV and other SRHR problems and provide a comprehensive package of basic SRHR services: information, education and communication (IEC) on all aspects of sexual health, condom distribution, STI care, HIV and syphilis testing and counselling, pre-ART monitoring of HIV infection and referral for ART or treatment of OI, contraceptive services, psychological support and PEP for victims of sexual-based violence, psychological support, counselling and post-abortion care for women with unwanted pregnancies, counselling on male circumcision and cervical cancer screening.
The facility-based services will be complemented by community outreach activities consisting of behaviour change communication (BCC) with the target populations and structural interventions to create a supportive environment for a sustained behaviour change. BCC activities will comprise peer education of FSW and of clients, workplace-based education at companies with important FSW client populations, mass-media campaigns and socio-cultural events. Special attention will be given to efficiently reaching occasional FSW and regular partners of FSW, and to factors that are known to be important determinants of a consistent condom use, such as alcohol or other substances. In addition, ICRH intends to initiate the creation of a more structured representation of FSW, empowerment of FSW through skills building, networking with other FSW representations and projects, sensitization of policy makers, health workers and gate keepers, advocacy for national policies on SRHR services for MARP, and income generation projects.

ICRH intends to measure the impact of the intervention in a scientific way. During year one, a situation assessment will be conducted focusing on a better understanding of the sex work networks and the determinants of sexual practices, exploring further the needs, perceptions and priorities of FSW and their partners, and document the level of occurrence of STI, HIV and other SRHR problems. The results of the situation assessment will on the one hand provide the information needed to further improve the model of SRHR services for MARP, and on the other hand provide the baseline data for measuring the impact of the intervention. The assessment will comprise qualitative methods as well as a cross-sectional quantitative survey among the target populations. During the last six months of the program, the situational assessment will be repeated to measure the progress made. The long-term sustainability of SRHR services for MARP is an important concern and ICRH will therefore conduct a detailed cost-effectiveness analysis of the services and evaluate if the model is sustainable beyond the duration of the program.

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Possibility for Fieldwork / Internship: yes.

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TEAM MEMBERS:Yves Lafort; Olivier Degomme; Marleen Temmerman.

Contact Points Lafort Yves (Medicine & Health Sciences - UGent)
Mozambique
Project name Institutional University Cooperation with Eduardo Mondlane University - Maputo Mozambique (Desafio - IUC)
Affiliation Administrative - UGent
Website http://iuc.vliruos.be/index.php?language=EN&navid=489&direct_to=UEM_Mozambique
Expertise Administrative, Humanities & Social Sciences, Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Duration 2008-04-01 <> 2018-01-01
Keywords AIDS & HIV, capacity building, health (reproductive), human rights, scientific communication, social protection, social rights, support services, university quality assurance
Abstract

Institutional University Cooperation with University Eduardo Mondlane - Maputo (Mozambique) is a development programme in reproductive health, HIV-AIDS and family issues through inter-university and interdisciplinary research. This project contains 8 sub-projects which address the issue of HIV-AIDS and reproductive health from an interdisciplinary viewpoint.The central theme of the Desafio programme is ’Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS’ and the objective is to strengthen the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM, Maputo) as a developmental actor in Mozambican society in this area, to improve reproductive health in society and contribute to the national fight against HIV/AIDS.

Fieldwork / Training / Topics

Possibilities for Fieldwork and Internship: yes.

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For more information on UEM you can consult the Programme Mission Report that is the result of the ex-ante evaluation undertaken by independent consultants contracted by VLIR-UOS to appraise the candidacy of UEM as an IUC partner university. For more information on the university, please check the website: www.uem.mz. IUS-UGent: http://www.ugent.be/nl/onderzoek/ontwikkelingssamenwerking/ius.htm
The programme is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Marleen Temmerman (Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences - UGent) and Prof. Dr. Nafissa Bique Osman (Faculty of Medicine - UEM). More information: .

Contact Points Brems Eva (Law - UGent ), (Law - UGent ), Temmerman Marleen (Medicine & Health Sciences - UGent ), Valcke Martin (Psychology & Educational Sciences - UGent ), (Doza - UGent )
Namibia, South Africa
Project name Afrikaans Linguistics (partim of course: 'Afrikaans: Linguistics and Literature')
Affiliation Department of Linguistics - Faculty of Arts & Philosophy - UGent
Expertise Humanities & Social Sciences
Keywords Afrikaans (language), linguistics
Fieldwork / Training / Topics

Possibility for fieldwork: yes.

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Jacques Van Keymeulen ismember of the committee organizing the "InternationaalSeminarie Afrikaans".

Contact Points Van Keymeulen Jacques (Arts & Philosophy - UGent )
SADEC countries, South Africa
Project name Framework for Education and Training in Water resources management (Fet-Water)
Affiliation Department of Civil Engineering - Faculty of Engineering & Architecture - UGent
Website http://fust.iode.org/index.php/water/fetwater
Expertise Applied Sciences, Physical Sciences
Keywords education & training, water resource management, wetlands
Abstract

Several interuniversitary networks are joining effortselaborate course material and to organise education and training indifferent aspects of water resources management. Training courses areorganised in different locations to give students the opportunity toupgrade their knowledge in an aspect of water resources management (seewebsite for more information).

Fieldwork / Training / Topics

Most courses contain a fieldwork part.Interships in Flanders for teachers as well as students are available.

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Director Hydraulics Laboratory

Contact Points Verhoeven Ronny (Engineering & Architecture - UGent )
South Africa
Project name Capacity building, education and training in health related radiation biology through a North-South-South cooperation
Affiliation Department of Basic Medical Sciences - Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences) - UGent
Website http://www.ugent.be/ge/mbw/nl/onderzoek/stralingenrepair
Expertise Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Duration 2011-12-01 <> 2015-12-01
Keywords capacity building, education & training, histology, radiation biology
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Anne Vral (Histology): / Hubert Thierens: /Samenwerkingsverbanden: Prof. Dr. Jacobus. P. Slabbert (iThemba Labs, Radiobiology Research Unit, Cape Town, South Africa) http://www.tlabs.ac.za/index.html

South Africa
Project name Institutional University Cooperation with the University of the Western Cape - South Africa (IUC)
Affiliation Administrative - UGent
Website http://iuc.vliruos.be/index.php?language=EN&navid=465&direct_to=UWC_South_Africa
Expertise Humanities & Social Sciences, Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Physical Sciences
Duration 2003-01-01 <> 2013-01-01
Keywords academic capacity building, AIDS & HIV, children, community development, culture, governance, ICT support, identity, policy management, poverty alleviation, student development, sustainable development, water resource management, youth
Abstract

The University of the Western Cape (UWC), in partnership with the Flemish Inter-University Council (VLIR) embarked on a 10-year joint programme on "Dynamics of Building a Better Society" in April 2004. The ten years consists of 2 five-year phases the second of which starts on 1 April 2008.

The Phase II programme consists of seven very interesting projects, each of which has been designed to support the University in achieving certain of its strategic objectives, which are linked to national goals and priorities for the South African higher education sector. These projects mainly focus on multidisciplinary research and postgraduate development and they are predominantly based in four UWC faculties: Arts, Community & Health Sciences, Economic and Management Sciences, and Natural Sciences. They offer exciting opportunities for Masters and Doctoral students to work in niche areas that will impact on nation building as well as opportunities to work in multi-disciplinary teams that will include both UWC as well as Flemish academics.

Title of the seven projects:

1.African Centre for Citizenship and Democracy

2.Sports Sciences for Development Project

3.HIV Prevention and Care

4.Water Project

5.Multilingual Citizenship and Cities in Transition

6.Student Leadership Development and Quality of Campus Life

7.Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Coordinator: Marleen Temmerman
Fieldwork / Training / Topics

Possibility for Fieldwork / Internship (in english) - yes

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http://dbbs.uwc.ac.za/

Contact Points Slembrouck Stef (Arts & Philosophy - UGent ), Verdoolaege Annelies (Arts & Philosophy - UGent )
South Africa
Project name Reconciling Human Rights and Customary Justice: The Right to a Fair Trial
Affiliation Department of Public Law - Faculty of Law - UGent
Website http://www.ugent.be/re/publiekrecht/en/department/human-rights/publications/fairtrial.pdf
Expertise Humanities & Social Sciences
Duration 2011-01-01 <> 2014-01-01
Keywords customary justice, fair trial, human rights
Abstract

The main goal of the present research is to provide an interpretive framework for the implementation of the right to a fair trial within customary jurisdictions from a cross-cultural perspective. In addition, it aims at filling a knowledge gap with regards to one of the main areas of tension between customary justice and human rights: the right to a fair trial. This choice is motivated by the fact that this right is one of the cornerstones of the rule of law and democracy, and it is therefore strongly linked to sustainable development. In addition, the research will test concepts and theories on customary justice and legal pluralism emerging from Latin America on the African context and vice versa, therebycontributing to building a bridge on this topic between both developing regions.

Fieldwork / Training / Topics

Possibilities for Fieldwork and Internship: no.

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Human Rights Centre. FWO Research project / Researcher: Giselle Corradi / Promoter: prof. Dr. Eva Brems.

Contact Points Brems Eva (Law - UGent )
South Africa
Project name Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South African research (TRC research)
Affiliation Department of Languages & Cultures (Africa) - Faculty of Arts & Philosophy - UGent
Website http://www.avrug.be/trc.htm
Expertise Humanities & Social Sciences
Keywords conflict resolution, post-apartheid , post-conflict recovery, reconciliation, transitional justice, truth & reconciliation
Abstract

Research on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its influence on present day South African political and socio-economic society.

This doctoral research on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) resulted in a successful PhD defence and in a publication in 2008 (Reconciliation Discourse: The case of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, John Benjamins). The research involved a critical discourse analysis of the victim hearings given before the TRC and it tried to analyse the impact of the TRC discourse on post-apartheid South Africa. On a postdoctoral level, the scope of the research was broadened, as the focus is now on the socio-political history of post-apartheid South Africa, as well as on African conflict-resolving mechanisms in general.

Fieldwork / Training / Topics

Possibility for Fieldwork / Internship (in english): no

Contact Points Verdoolaege Annelies (Arts & Philosophy - UGent )
South Africa
Project name TshwaneDJe
Affiliation Department of Languages & Cultures (Africa) - Faculty of Arts & Philosophy - UGent
Website http://tshwanedje.com/members/gmds/cv.html#bmresearch
Expertise Humanities & Social Sciences
Duration 2007-07-01 <> 2013-06-30
Keywords dictionary software, language technology, terminology software, translation
Contact Points De Schryver Gilles-Maurice (Arts & Philosophy - UGent )
South Africa, Uganda
Project name Accessing Medicines in Africa and South Asia (AMASA)
Affiliation Department of General practice & primary health care - Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences - UGent
Website http://www.amasa-project.eu/
Expertise Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Duration 2012-05-05 <> 2013-01-01
Keywords AIDS & HIV, diabetes, drug production facilities, health (reproductive), healthcare infrastructure, malaria, medicines, pain management, patent regimes, pharmaceutical regulations, tuberculosis
Abstract

Accessing Medicines in Africa and South Asia (AMASA) is a 3-year research project funded under the European Union's Framework Programme 7. It is led by the University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with partners in Belgium, Switzerland, Uganda, South Africa and India. The research investigates how the interplay of patent regimes, pharmaceutical regulation, availability of drug production facilities, health care infrastructure, service provision, and engagement by foreign donors influence appropriate, affordable access to medicines. The project examines the production, distribution, supply and consumption of medicines within seven health care areas – HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Reproductive Health, Tuberculosis (TB) Control, Mental Health, Pain Management and Diabetes.

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http://www.amasa-project.eu/ughent-participants/

Contact Points De Maeseneer Jan (Medicine & Health Sciences - UGent )
Tanzania
Project name Institutional cooperation with Mzumbe University: Governance and entrepreneurship through Research, Education, Access and Technology (GRE@T)
Affiliation Department of Languages and Cultures - Faculty of Arts - UGent
Website http://www.vliruos.be/en/ongoing-projects/overview-of-ongoing-projects/iuc/institutional-cooperation-with-mzumbe-university-%28mu-t%29,-tanzania/
Expertise Humanities & Social Sciences
Keywords capacity building, community-based activities, e-learning, education, entrepreneurship, governance, ICT infrastructure, institutional cooperation, research capacity, teaching capacity, technology
Abstract

“Governance and entrepreneurship through Research, Education, Access and Technology (GRE@T)” is the theme of this IUC which intends to build the capacity of Mzumbe University (near Morogoro) in the areas of training, education, research, infrastructure and institutional management, specifically with regard to good governance and demand-driven entrepreneurship, while ensuring sustainable support of these through (e-learning) pedagogy and ICT technology.

The first two transversal projects start from MU capacity building and support all projects in terms of (1) Strengthening capacity in teaching, research and community outreach services and (2) Improving ICT infrastructure and integrating ICT in teaching and learning . The two thematic projects deal with (3) promoting good governance through integrated community-based activities and (4) promoting entrepreneurship development through integrated community-based activities."

Fieldwork / Training / Topics

Fieldwork is possible.
Research can be done in any of the four sub-themes.

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Institutional cooperation with Mzumbe University (MU-T), Tanzania / Flemish programme coordinator: Koenraad Stroeken (Ghent University) / Local programme coordinator: Aurelia Kamuzora / Operational coordination: Annick Verheylezoon (ICOS Ghent University) and Benjamin Nyamanyi

1. Strengthening teaching capacity/ research capacity/ organisational capacity

Flemish project leader: Zhu Chang (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Local project leader: Jennifer Sessabo

2. Improving ICT infrastructure and integrating ICT in teaching and learning

Flemish project leader: Egbert De Smet (University of Antwerp)

Local project leader: Albosta Musabila

3. Promoting good governance through integrated community-based activities

Flemish project leader: Nathalie Holvoet (University of Antwerp)

Local project leader: Boniface Mgonja

4. Promoting entrepreneurship development through integrated community-based activities

Flemish project leader: Wim Vanhaverbeke (University of Hasselt)

Local project leader: Hawa Tundui

Contact Points (Arts & Philosophy - UGent), Verdoolaege Annelies (Arts & Philosophy - UGent ), (Doza - UGent )
Tanzania
Project name Kigoma Community College by Radio (KICORA)
Affiliation Africa Association of Ghent University (AVRUG)
Website http://www.kicora.net/
Expertise Humanities & Social Sciences, Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Keywords agroforestry, biology, education, local development
Abstract

KICORA is a short form of Kigoma Community College by Radio. It was registered in Tanzania in 2008 with an original idea to start a program for distance learning for adults and a community radio. The objectives are to empower local communities through this community radio - also the remote areas where no car can arrive because of the lack of infrastructure.
KICORA has decided to launch the CARD program. CARD, which stands for the Comprehensive Approach for Rural Development, is an umbrella for five programs; each one having a responsible person and all the programs being under the follow up of the community radio. KICORA runs a program on distance education for adults, it has a program on micro-credits for women, a program on health care, a program on capacity building for the human resources and a program on environmental restoration.
More information:http://www.kicora.net/

Fieldwork / Training / Topics

Fieldwork is possible.

Contact Points Verdoolaege Annelies (Arts & Philosophy - UGent ), Vervaet Alfons (Engineering & Architecture - UGent )
Uganda
Project name Creation of a Reference Centre for Congentital Facial Cleft (CFC) and Benign Jaw Tumours (BJT)
Affiliation Department of Oto-rhino-laryngology & logopaedic-audiologic sciences - Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences - UGent
Website http://www.researchportal.be/project/creation-of-a-reference-centre-for-congentital-facial-cleft-cfc-and-benign-jaw-tumours-bjt--(UG_1494193780)/
Expertise Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Duration 2013-04-01 <> 2015-03-31
Keywords plastic surgery, speech therapy
Abstract

This project is a joint effort with the Plastic Surgery Department of CoRSU Hospital (Kampala-Ug). We research the cleft surgery patients (Prof K. Van Lierde) and the group of benign mandibular tumours (Prof. H. Vermeersch). This clinical cooperation facilitates our endeavour to try to help realise an Mmed Programm Plastic Surgery (Mbarara) and a Master Programm in Speech Therapy (Makarere).

Contact Points Vermeersch Hubert (Medicine & Health Sciences - UGent)