Just launched: ZEF Annual Report 2008/2009

December 09, 2009.  

2009 was the year of our students. Ten years ago ZEF started with a couple of students in the first doctoral course. By now, more than 400 students from around 80 countries have participated in the Bonn Interdisciplinary Graduate School for Development Research (BiGS-DR).


ZEF's Graduate School was one of the first graduate programs for development research in Germany. Today, it is well connected with partner institutions in Europe and all over the world in the fields of development research and cooperation. More than 80% of the students from developing countries have returned to their home regions in Africa, Asia and South America, thus contributing to development efforts at home.


However, this Annual Report will also inform you on our research activities on water as well as on our research on climate change, land use, biodiversity and health in Africa, Asia and Central Asia. Whereas some of ZEF's long-term projects are coming to an end, the Center managed to bring some new projects on board. Its success in this respect can definitely be attributed to the expertise which has been developed and quality of the research that was conducted in current and former projects.


As you can see from the budget included in this Report, ZEF obtains most of its funds on a competitive basis. We would like to express our gratitude to our main donors, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Robert Bosch Foundation as well as the Volkswagen Foundation, who continue to express confidence in ZEF through their support.


Above all, we wish you an interesting read.


For ordering a printed copy, please contact ZEF's press and public relations office at: presse.zef@uni-bonn.de



ZEF Annual Report 2008/2009



Alma van der Veen