The DAAD climapAfrica program in cooperation with the climate competence centers SASSCAL and WASCAL aims to foster application- oriented research results to tackle climate change in southern and western Africa.
The program funds postdoctoral research projects and offers a platform for collaboration in thematic working groups composed of postdoctoral fellows and African alumni of German funding initiatives with expertise in the field of climate research.
Fellows and Alumni experts will increase their research impact and output through a comprehensive training and support program, including general skills training, science policy advising and science management. The working groups serve as a platform to connect with peers, regional and international experts and practitioners and to build a growing professional network across Africa.
The call for the 2nd cohort of the climapAfrica Fellowship had attracted qualified applicants from 21 African countries (Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Ruanda, Senegal, South Africa, Togo, Zambia, and Zimbabwe).
On May 6th, a selection committee composed of German experts in the field of climate change research in the presence of the program partners WASCAL and SASSCAL, have selected 19 highly qualified postdocs as the 2nd cohort of climapAfrica postdoc fellows.
The 2nd cohort of climapAfrica postdoc fellows comes from Ghana (5), Angola (2), Nigeria (3), Burkina Faso (1), Benin (1), Mali (1), Kenia (1), Namibia (1), Zambia (2), Zimbabwe (1), and South Africa (1).
Six thematic working groups were established. They form the centerpiece of the climapAfrica program.
The working groups are composed by the cohorts of climapAfrica postdoctoral fellows and alumni of German funding initiatives with expertise in the field of climate change, climate protection and land use. The climapAfrica postdoc fellows are at the core of the working group.
Reflecting the horizontal research needs in the field of climate change, climate protection and land use, the goal of the working groups are to initiate new approaches and concrete measures that take into account the situation on the ground, aim at practical application.