A map of the world depicting a network betwenn Austria and African countries (opens image in lightbox) © Data sources:, Esri, Garmin, GEBCO, NOAA NGDC and other contributors

In the framework of the 1st Africa-UniNet call 20 cooperative research projects between universities and research institutions in Austria and in African countries were accepted for funding. They cover a variety of topics and set out to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The projects comprise partnerships with institutions in 11 countries in Africa: Burkina Faso, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. With six cooperations, Ethiopia leads the list of partner countries, followed by Uganda with five cooperations and Kenya and South Africa with four cooperations each. In total, 18 different universities and research institutions from the African member countries are involved. Moreover, 10 different universities located in six provinces of Austria participate in the projects, ranging from Carinthia University of Applied Sciences and University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, to University of Innsbruck, Paris Lodron University of Salzburg and University of Applied Arts Vienna. More than half of the projects are coordinated by the African partner institution.

The projects are financed by the BMBWF with a total funding amount of ca. 500,000 euros for a project duration of up to two years. Their topics cover a variety of disciplines ranging from medicine, health, social work and sociology to agriculture, water ressource management and arts. They all share a cooperative and participatory approach, as well as the objective to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The names and partner institutions of the financed projects are listed below. The projects are currently in the contracting process and will start within the next months. More information will be published upon project start.