WAC-SRT students found an official Alumni Association during Summer School in Tamale, Ghana

September 22, 2023.  

The ZEF-led and DAAD-funded  "West African Center for Sustainable Rural Transformation" (WAC-SRT project) holds its Summer School at the University of Development Studies (UDS) in Tamale, northern Ghana, from mid September - mid October.  Around 35 master students, of whom 22 in-person and 13 from remote (students from Niger were not able to join in-person due to travel restrictions).

The Summer School is organized by the DAAD-funded West African Center for Sustainable Rural Transformation (WAC-SRT), led by ZEF senior researcher Dr. Wolfram Laube

The project's partner institutes are the University for Development Studies (UDS), Tamale/Ghana; SD Dombo Universoty of Business and Integrated Development Studies (UBIDS), Wa/Ghana and Abdou Moumouni University (UAM), Niamey/Niger. The students are joining from Ghana, Niger , Benin and Burkina Faso.

In this context, ten former WAC-SRT students met on September 21, 2023 for a constitutional meeting of a formal WAC-SRT Alumni Association. The main goal of this first official meeting is to finalize the constitution, hold an election to adopt the constitution, and elect an executive body.

A delegation from donor-organization DAAD has also been joining the WAC-SRT summer school and paid a visit to the UDS in Tamale on September 21-22, 2023. They met with the rector and president of the UDS, visited the WAC-SRT program facilities, and interacted with students and alumni. WAC-SRT alumnus Michael Ayamga has been welcoming the delegation and organizing the visit.


Also, the DAAD is holding its annual Centers of African Excellence Network Meeting in Ghana's capital Accra from September 25-28, 2023, with eleven Centers of Excellence participating. Before the official start of the network meeting a DAAD delegation visited the Institute of Statistical, Social And Economic Research (ISSER) at the University of Ghana, with whom ZEF is cooperating closely in different settings, among others in the Ghanaian-German Center for Development Studies (GGCDS). At ISSER they met with Professor Peter Quartey and Damaris Agyei-Frempong. 


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