21 new Africa-UniNet projects to start in 2022

3. March 2022
A map of the world depicting a network betwenn Austria and African countries
In the framework of the 2nd Africa-UniNet call 21 cooperative research projects between universities and research institutions in Austria and in African countries were accepted for funding.

The projects comprise partnerships with institutions in 12 different countries in Africa: Burkina Faso, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda.  With six cooperations Ethiopia leads the list of partner countries, followed by Kenya, South Africa and Uganda with five cooperation’s each. In total, 22 different African universities and research institutions out of 35 African member institutions are involved. Moreover, 11 different Austrian higher education institutions participate in the projects. 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. The themes of the projects cover a variety of disciplines ranging from medicine, health, agriculture, water resource management renewable energy to economics and education. 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.

  • P053_Kenya_Uganda | Marine spatial planning for sustainable use of Lake Victoria | Maseno University, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Nkumba University
  • P055_Kenya_Uganda_Ethiopia | Bio-ethanol producation from sweet sorghum stalks grown in varied agro-ecological zones in Africa | Maseno University, IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems, Nkumba University, Debre Markos University
  • P056_Eg_Gh_Ke_Moz_Ng_SA_Ug | Biosorbents for Sustainable Wastewater Treatment | Suez University, Danube University Krems, Johannes Kepler University of Linz, University of Development Studies, Maseno University, Universidade Zambeze, Redeemer’s University, University of Lagos, University of Pretoria, Gulu University, Kyambogo University, Nkumba University
  • P057_Namibia | Assessment of household plastic waste handling in the city of Windhoek | University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, University of Namibia
  • P058_Namibia_SouthAfrica | Sustainable Fertilisers from Fly ash | Danube University Krems, University of Pretoria, University of Namibia
  • P059_Kenya | Sustainable networks for using next generation quantitative genetics to modernize breeding programs in Kenya | Egerton University, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, African Centre for Technology Studies
  • P060_Kenya_Ethiopia_Uganda | Partnership Program in Integrated Agri-Aquaculture Systems for Food Security and Poverty Reduction in East Africa | Egerton University, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Laikipia University, Haramaya University, Gulu University
  • P062_SouthAfrica | Financing for Sustainable Development – Taxation, Illicit Financial Flows and the Potential for New Technologies | Vienna University of Economics and Business, University of Pretoria
  • P063_SouthAfrica | The impact of Covid-19 on neuropsychological functioning and latelife dementia risk: The role of inflammation and oxidative stress | Cape Peninsula University of Technology, University of Vienna
  • P064_DRCongo | The importance of soil communities in regrowing deforested Congo | University of Vienna, Université Catholique de Bukavu
  • P066_Uganda | Efficacy of COVID-19 surveillance applications in Uganda | Medical University of Graz, Kyambogo University
  • P067_Ethiopia | Sonic ethnographies and the second Italo-Ethiopian war. A restitution project | University of Innsbruck, Bahir Dar University
  • P068_Nigeria_Ethiopia | Quality Education for all: Designing and Implementing Digitized English Language Learning System for Secondary School Education in Africa | Redeemer’s University, University of Innsbruck, Debre Markos University
  • P069_Nigeria | Surveillance and Removal of Cyanobacteria and Antimicrobial Resistance Genes from Drinking Water Sources | Redeemer’s University, University of Innsbruck
  • P070_DRCongo | Mycotoxins and their Exposure Assessment in the Population in South-Kivu, DR Congo | Université Catholique de Bukavu, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
  • P071_Burkina Faso | Development of Training Program for Trainer of Kinesitherapy and Rehabilitation Therapy in Burkina Faso | Management Center Innsbruck, University of Ouahigouya
  • P072_Gabon | Bioinformatics primer for Gabon |Centre de Recherches Médicales de Lambaréné, Medical University of Vienna
  • P074_Ethiopia | Developing Air Processable Perovskite Solar Cells Compatible for African Laboratories | Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Addis Ababa Science and Technology University, Bahir Dar University
  • P076_Gabon | Establishing Galleria Mellonella culture for discovering plant-based anti-infective drugs | Medical University of Vienna, Centre de Recherches Médicales de Lambaréné
  • P078_SouthAfrica | From South to North: Comparative Microbiomes of export Produce and Indigenous Foods. Wholesome Health through the Analysis of Microbiomes | University of Pretoria, Graz University of Technology
  • P079_BurkinaFaso_Ethiopia | Rural women productive resources and their resilience to climate changes | University of Ouahigouya, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Bahir Dar University