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    South African German Centre for Development Research (SA GER CDR)

    at the University of the Western Cape , Bellville

    Content and Goals

    The SA-GER CDR at the University of the Western Cape trains the next generation of executive elites in Master’s and PhD degree programmes related to Development Studies. Students of the Centre are given the preparation needed to meet the specific economic, social and political challenges which will arise in the course of the region’s development processes.

    The courses offered by the Centre include seminars in economics and social sciences as well as public administration. All of these research-orientated degree programmes link the theoretical training with a strong empirical component. In terms of content, the degree programmes concentrate on case studies from the region. The programme content covers:

    • Characteristics and causes of growth deficits and the unequal distribution of resources in developing countries
    • Strategic approaches to reducing poverty
    • Roles of various players in the development process
    • Approaches to reforming areas of the domestic economy, foreign trade, and public administration
      (good governance, combating corruption, and reform)
    • Transformations of social and political systems

    Programmes and how to apply

    The research-oriented Master programmes of the SA-GER CDR have been cooperating for years and generate their courses from the disciplines of economics and social science (particularly macroeconomics and political science) and the administrative sciences. Courses are supplemented with substantial inputs from the fields of project management and empirical social research. The programmes are theory-based with a strong empirical focus. More specific information about about individual Master Programmes and as well on How to apply at the SA-GER CDR is available here:

    The SA-GER CDR at UWC as well offers a PhD programme in Development Studies and in Public Policy and Administration.

    The PhD in Public Policy and Administration is offered at the School of Government. More information can be found here.

    The PhD in Development in Studies is offered at the Institute of Social Development. More information can be found here.

    On the SA-GER CDR Website you find more information on “How to apply” for these programmes and scholarship options.

    Mozisha Employability Workshop at the SA-GER CDR

    On December 3,4 and 6, 2021 the South African-German Centre for Development Research hosted a workshop on 'How to get the feet on the ground…


    Participation in the DAAD Centres of African Excellence Online Research Fair

    On September 28-30, 2021, members of the 12 DAAD Centres of African Excellence, further experts from related institutions as well as colleagues from the DAAD…


    UWC Centres of Excellence training workshop on the new DigiFace digital teaching and learning platform

    In the first week of December 2020, the two UWC DAAD Centres of Excellence – the South African-German Centre for Development Research SA-GER CDR and…


    DAAD’s Secretary General Dr. Dorothea Rüland, RUB’s Rector Prof. Dr. Axel Schölmerich and Chancellor Dr. Christina Reinhardt visited the South African-German Centre for Development Research

    In early 2020, South Africa has welcomed and hosted the ’27th Delegation Visit for Leaders of German Higher Education Management’, organized by the International DAAD…


    Digitalization-Kick-off: New Digital Infrastructure for the Network of the DAAD Centres of Excellence

    On March 3-6, 2020 the Kick-off Meeting of the new digitalization project DigiFace took place at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth. DigiFace – short…


    Call for applications – International Alumni Conference

    The South African-German Centre for Development Research (SA-GER CDR) at UWC/Cape Town (South Africa) together with the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE)…


    Networking Visit of Prof. Julian May at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn

    As part of the networking activities between the Ghanaian-German Center for Development Studies (GGCDS) and the South African-German Centre for Development Research (SA-GER CDR), the…


    New Publications at the South African-German Centre for Development Research

    Davison Muchadenyika, PhD candidate at the SA-GER CDR published a new paper titled ‘Multi-Donor Trust Funds and Fragile States: Assessing the Aid Effectiveness of the Zimbabwe…



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