AfREC Fellows win several AAUN Partnership & Research Development Fund 2019 grants

AfREC Fellows have won a number of Australia Africa Universities Network(AAUN) Partnership and Research Development Fund (PRDF) grants in the recently announced 2019 round.

According to AAUN: “The AAUN PRDF Program is an annual competitive seed funding that builds teams to address mutual Australian African research challenges in environment, food and nutrition security, or in related aspects of higher education and economic development. We received 44 expressions of interest and 14 full proposals. We are awarding ten catalyst seed grants.”The “total number of AAUN programs and teams now formed are over 50 across Africa and Australia. This represents a significant critical mass and capacity to address mutual challenges in our areas of research and education; and to engage in the SDGs and relevant regional policy frameworks. We thank all of our University partners, researchers, educators and sponsors for their contributions to AAUN. We will be learning further from this 2019 round to increase teamwork, inclusiveness, quality and impact in PRDF 2020.”

See the full list of winning PRDF 2019 projects. Three of the ten winning PRDF 2019 projects are led by a UWA AfREC Principal Investigator (PI).

Dr Amin Mugera, an AfREC Research Fellow based in the School of Agriculture and Environment, is PI on the winning project “Collective Action for Sustainable Development: The Case of Smallholder Dairy Cooperatives in ODA Countries.” The project involves collaborators fromthe University of Ghana, the University of Nairobi (Kenya), the University of Bristol (UK), International Livestock Research Institute (Kenya) and Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (India). The project aims: “To develop a data collection protocol for benchmarking and evaluating the performance of smallholder dairy cooperatives in ODA countries. To identify best practice and barriers to optimal operation, and improve the performance of the cooperatives in meeting their mandates, enhance the welfare of people and animals at farm, cooperative and national level.”

Dr Tina Lavin, an AfREC Research Fellow based in the School of Population and Global Health, is PI on the winning project “Food Insecurity and Nutrition of African Refugee Children Prior to Resettlement.” The project includes AfREC Research Fellow Prof. Kadambot Siddique, Director of the UWA Institute of Agriculture, as well as other collaborators from the University of Ghana; University of Ibadan (Nigeria); University of Pretoria (South Africa), Curtin University (Australia), theUniversity of Alberta (Canada), University of Massachusetts (USA), Telethon Kids Institute (Australia) and the Center for Right to Health (Nigeria). The aim of this project is “To establish a multidisciplinary collaborative network across Australia, Africa, USA and Canada to conduct a scoping review of literature, establish future research priorities, and to share current methods used to address food insecurity in refugee populations in sub-Saharan Africa.”

Dr David Mickler, the AfREC Director based in the School of Social Sciences, is PI on the winning project “Development, diplomacy and the diaspora: Deepening engagement between African-Australians, the diplomatic corps and the African Union’s Agenda 2063.” The project includes AfREC Fellows A/Prof. Farida Fozdar, Dr Nikola Pijovic, Tinashe Jakwa and Nose Omokaro, as well as AfREC Advisory Board Member Prof. Samuel Makinda (Murdoch University, Australia), and collaborators from Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), the University of Melbourne (Australia), the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia), the African Union Commission (Ethiopia), The Australian Foreign Minister’s Advisory Group on Australia Africa Relations, the High Commissioner of Kenya to Australia, the Pan-African Australasian Diaspora Network (Australia) and the African Think Tank (Australia). The project aims “To identify existing and potential contributions by the African diaspora in Australia to both the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and to Australia-Africa relations. To explore how such diaspora contributions could be more effectively utilised and supported by innovative community engagement strategies and foreign/development policies.”

Congratulations to the winning projects and teams!

Further details and links to each project will be added to the AfREC Research webpage soon.


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