Global Africa Group

Who are we?

In 2015 WUN formed a Global Africa Group to enhance the opportunities - enabled by our global network - to build research collaborations, innovations and impact in support of Africa’s development agenda. The Global Africa Group builds on the existing expertise and international partnerships amongst the Worldwide Universities Network’s members, in Africa and abroad, to identify sustainable and equitable solutions to critical local, regional and global challenges of relevance to Africa.

What do we do?

Our targeted collaborative research program is designed to support sustainable development and capacity-building in Africa through providing the evidence-base for innovations and impacts in both the natural and social sciences. Our five research priorities sit at the intersection of WUN’s existing expertise and research collaborations, Africa’s development agenda as outlined in the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  

Our five research priorities:

• Environmental change and food security
• Public health 
• Governance, inequality and social inclusion 
• Higher education and research capacity
• Natural resources for inclusive growth and sustainable development
How do we do it?

Using a regional research hubs model centred upon our African members

 (University of Cape Town/Southern Africa; University of Ghana/West Africa; and University of Nairobi/East Africa), global-regional collaboration and mobility are the cornerstones of our approach. Our comparative advantage is that we provide practical opportunities for international and African researchers to connect both across and beyond the continent. Through people-to-people links and mutually-developed research programs, the WUN Global Africa Group is building research capacity to harness Africa’s vast potential with an African-centred research agenda. 

The three-year Strategic Plan 2016-18 for the WUN Global Africa Group aims to strengthen the depth of WUN’s engagement with Africa around our five African-focused research priorities. We work to achieve our objectives through local, regional and international development partnerships. 

Please get in touch if you would like to know more about the network and how to be involved. We look forward to hearing from you. 

Dr Divine Fuh, University of Cape Town
Associate Prof Isabella Aboderin, University of Bristol
Co-Chairs, WUN Global Africa Group
For more information, contact Wilna Venter, WUN Coordinator for the Global Africa Group.

GAG presentation at WUN AGM 2019 Dublin - "WUN Success Stories" session

Global Africa Group annual research workshop, 'Implementing the SDGs in East Africa: Translating Collaborative Research into Policy Impact', University of Nairobi, Kenya

Background workshop pre-reading materials

Global Africa Group public panel discussion on 'Africa and Sustainable Development Agendas', WUN Conference & AGM, UWA, Perth

University of Cape Town Vice-Chancellor's Inaugural Lecture, by Professor Maano Ramutsindela, Co-Chair, WUN Global Africa Group

Global Africa Group Collaborative Book Project - Africa and the Sustainable Development Goals

WUN delegation visit to University of Nairobi, 12-13 June 2017

Global Africa Group Launch and Inuagural Strategic Research Workshop, Accra 8-9 June 2017

Africa-related WUN-funded research projects

RDF 2017:

RDF 2015:

Please consult this overview of all active WUN Interdisciplinary Research Groups for other potential partners, such as:  

Funding Schemes 

  • Main links for schemes available to UK researchers

For Research Funding:

General information on funding opportunities in global development research available at UK Collaborative on Development Sciences

RCUK - Global Challenges Research Fund

British Council - The Newton Fund

Horizon 2020

The Wellcome Trust

British Council

For Partnerships:

UKAid Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform

  • Dr Divine Fuh, University of Cape Town (Co-chair)
  • A/Prof. Isabella Aboderin, University of Bristol (Co-chair)
  • Prof. Anne K. Bang, University of Bergen
  • Prof. Bukola (Oladunni) Salami, University of Alberta
  • Dr David Mickler, University of Western Australia
  • Dr Gerard McCann, University of York
  • Dr Han Aarts, Maastricht University
  • Dr Kate Ward, University of Southampton
  • Dr Lawal M. Marafa, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Dr Pei-Jung Lu, National Cheng Kung University
  • Prof. Rachael Gooberman-Hill, University of Bristol
  • Dr Robert Akparibo, University of Sheffield
  • A/Prof. Susannah Sallu, University of Leeds
  • Dr Brendon Nicholls, University of Leeds
  • Maria Norton, University of Southampton
  • Dr Susie Jim, University of Bristol
  • Dr Dorothy Okello, Makerere University