Dossier: Research Cooperation with Developing Countries

Grasping opportunities – sponsoring research

In a globalised world, a country’s prospects for growth, affluence and social harmony are inextricably bound up with scientific and technical progress. Innovative know-how is, however, a desired object and modern knowledge societies all over the world invest huge sums competing with each other to acquire it.

This contest makes it particularly difficult for developing and threshold counties to develop functioning and internationally competitive science systems. How and where is the scientific training given to junior researchers really successful? How can academics be encouraged to address the special problems confronting the less developed countries in their research? At present, developing counties still face a serious imbalance in the distribution and focus of research activities which are largely oriented to the future issues occupying the industrialised nations worldwide.

But many problems can only be solved if developed and less developed countries cooperate with each more closely than they have so far. Climate change, future energy provision and combating infectious disease are examples for some of the challenges no nation can meet alone. They require international cooperation, in science, too.

The Humboldt Foundation’s answer to these issues and problems is targeted sponsorship for academic excellence in developing countries and the further consolidation of its transnational and transdisciplinary scientific networks in these regions.

In 2008 and 2009, the Foundation has targeted Africa for sponsorship. It has been participating in the “Aktion Afrika”, an initiative of the Federal Foreign Office, involving more than 20 scientific conferences in African countries.
 

Here you can find reports and documents relating to the Humboldt Foundation’s research cooperation with developing countries:

Humboldt Kolleg on "Synergy, Networking and the Role of Fundamental Research Development in ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)" from 8 to 11 July 2011 in Malang

Humboldt Kolleg on "Collaborative Research as an Integrative Tool for Strengthening Science and Technology in South Asia" from 15 to 18 November 2010 in Kathmandu

"From Knowledge to Development – promoting science as an instrument of development policy"
Lectures at the Humboldt Colloquium celebrating 10 years of the Georg Forster Programme on 17 and 18 April 2008 in Bonn

Humboldt-Kolloquium "Facing Africa's Future in a Global Era - The Power of Higher Education and Research" from 19 to 22 June 2008 in Addis Abeba

From Knowledge to Development. 11 recommendations for more intensive research cooperation with Africa.
Concluding report of an international meeting of experts held by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in July 2006 in Bonn

 

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