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. Regional Centres of Expertise for Education for Sustainable Development

    A Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) is a network of existing formal, non-formal and informal education organizations, mobilized to deliver education for sustainable development (ESD) to local and regional communities.

  2. Research Programme - Technology, Productivity, Economic Growth and Socio-Economic Development

    This programme addresses the role of technology in growth and development in both developed and developing countries.

  3. Role of Biotechnology in Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change Mitigation in Developing Countries (BioAfric)

    The project results will help provide some understanding of the level of adoption of biotechnology, scientific knowledge, policy formulation and implementation for improvements in agricultural production in developing nations.

  4. Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP) Initiative

    StEP is an initiative of various United Nations organizations with the overall aim to solve the e-waste problem.

  5. 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.

  6. The Politics of the Death Penalty in Countries in Transition

    This joint research project of UNU-ISP and Middlesex University (London, UK) focuses on the death penalty in transitional contexts: post-conflict situations, and in states attempting to move from authoritarian rule to democracy.

  7. The Quality of Life: Age-Specific Mortality, the Financing of Health Expenditures and Economic Growth

    The ambitious challenge of this project lays on public and private health expenditures, also on the instantaneous probability of death, labour productivity, life expectancy, savings and all variables which are age-dependent.

  8. The Responsibility to Protect and the Problem of the Kin-State

    This joint research project of UNU-ISP and the Centre for International Governance Innovation examined the concept of the responsibility to protect (R2P) in the context of minority protection, focusing on the role of the so-called “kin-state”.

  9. The Role of Innovation and Technology Transfer in the Ethiopian Cut-Flower Export Sector

    This project aims at analysing the triggering factor for the rapid growth of the flower sector in Ethiopia and how this success translates to the country’s overall industrial strategy and institutional environment.

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