Africa-focused UNU projects

The United Nations University (UNU) is currently engaged in over 50 projects focused on Africa. Please find below a list of Africa-focused UNU projects. [Stocktaking: October 2011]

  1. African Migrants and Remittances

    This study aims to promote financial access to migrants by fostering competition in the money transfer market, building partnerships between and among microfinance institutions in ten sub-Saharan African countries and migrant associations across Europe, and providing microfinance institutions in select African counties with the technical assistance to develop more competitive money transfer services.


    The "Impact of Free and Open Source Software for Sustainable Development in Sub-Saharan Africa" or FOSSINA is a fellowship research project funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). The aim of the research is to investigate the potential impact of FOSS for sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  3. Sustainable Management of Marginal Drylands (SUMAMAD)

    In light of the Convention to Combat Desertification (CCD), the project aims at enhancing the sustainable management and conservation of marginal drylands in Northern Africa and Asia.

  4. West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL)

    This project is a large-scale research-focused programme initiated to develop effective adaptation and mitigation measures to climate change.