Support for the Development of Africa from Boğaziçi University

Support for the Development of Africa from Boğaziçi University
Support for the Development of Africa from Boğaziçi University

With the European Union (EU) project, in which Boğaziçi University is also involved, it is aimed to support the development of Sub-Saharan Africa by examining the development processes in Ghana and Kenya on site.

With the ADAPTED Innovative Training Network (ADAPTED ITN) program supported by the European Union (EU) Horizon 2020, 10 young researchers from 15 universities, including Boğaziçi University, will conduct doctoral studies for the development of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Bogazici University Political Science and International Relations Department Lecturer Assoc. Dr. Under the direction of Zeynep Kadirbeyoğlu, the development projects in the two countries will be examined in terms of political ecology, thanks to field research to be conducted in Ghana and Kenya by Valentine Nandako Masika, a doctoral student in the same department. The first meeting of the network was held last month at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, the project coordinating body.

“IT AIMS TO EDUCATE QUALIFIED YOUTH RESEARCHERS”

Bogazici University Political Science and International Relations Department Lecturer Assoc. Dr. Zeynep Kadirbeyoğlu says that within the scope of Marie Skłodowska-Curie, there are five European, six African and four development implementation partners in the comprehensive project funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 ITN program. Assoc. Dr. Kadirbeyoğlu states that doctoral studies to be carried out in this context can lead to the development of important policies against poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa:

“While the program focuses on poverty eradication in Sub-Saharan Africa, it also aims to train qualified young researchers at the doctoral level. In this context, 15 PhD students from Europe and Africa will be supported. Our Kenyan doctoral student Valentine Nandako Masika will examine the development projects in Ghana and Kenya with the political ecology approach, with the field research he will do with the program supported by the EU. In addition, with this cooperation, he will have the opportunity to do research at the Sorbonne University for six months. With the program, our students will be supported for their work in the field as well as their monthly income.”

“I WILL MEET WITH AUTHORITIES ON THE FIELD”

Valentine Nandako Masika, who continues her doctoral studies at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University, thinks that the project itself, together with Kenya, can reveal very important findings in terms of understanding the development processes in Ghana.

Expressing that he will meet with various government officials, experts and civil society representatives in the two economies during this process, Nandako describes his doctoral project as follows:

“As part of my PhD project, I will explore growth-oriented paradigms and how they are put into practice in Ghana and Kenya. I will also have the opportunity to observe the relationship between economic growth and environmental sustainability within the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In this regard, I plan to hold various meetings with government officials, experts and civil society representatives in the field, as well as the outputs of prominent development projects in the two countries.”

Nandako adds that within the scope of the project, the Department of Economics of Paris Sorbonne University and the Department of Political Science and International Relations of Boğaziçi University will make a strong cooperation in this context.

THE FIRST ANNUAL MEETING OF THE PROGRAM WAS HELD IN GERMANY

The first annual meeting of ADAPTED ITN was held at the Ruhr University Bochum, the project coordinating body. 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) met physically for the first time with co-advisors and advisors from other universities. As part of the annual meeting, a two-day forum was also held where my young researchers introduced themselves, presented their research questions and explained how they came up with them.

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