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Austrian Development Cooperation-Higher Education and Research for Development, Austria

The objective of appear is to strengthen institutional capacities in higher education, research and management in the key regions of the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) through academic partnerships with Austrian academic institutions and Master’s and PhD Programmes as a contribution to sustainable reduction of poverty. Appear wants to encourage researchers, professionals and academic institutions in the addressed countries and in Austria to share their knowledge and experiences, to design innovative projects targeting the general objective described above and to improve the overall standards in higher education, research and management.

Thematic focus All proposed activities are expected to be related to the thematic focus of appear. * Higher education and research for development * Water supply and sanitation, rural development, energy, private sector development, governance and human rights * Poverty reduction, environment and natural resources, peace building and conflict prevention, gender equality * Strengthening of skills in social sciences as an instrument to systematically analyze the reasons of poverty and to empower capacities in social science research

Eligible countries Partner institutions in the South, and participants of Master’s and PhD programmes at Austrian universities, come from the following countries: * Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya * Mozambique * Cape Verde, Burkina Faso, Senegal * Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala * Bhutan, Nepal * Palestinian Territories

Components The programme has two components whereby the focus is on the academic partnerships. However, this is closely related to Master’s and PhD programmes that mainly support students and academics from already existing partnerships to implement long lasting and sustainable cooperation. Both components share the overall objective to strengthen the institutional capacity of the partners in the South.

Component 1: * Academic partnerships in higher education, research and management to strengthen the institutional capacities of academic partner institutions in the South * Preparatory funding to support researchers and institutons who do not yet have well established links and to plan and jointly write a project proposal

Component 2: * Grants for Master’s and PhD programmes in Austria for students and professionals from eligible countries