Joint Action for Sustainable Development –
A storymap

The Eastern and Southern Africa Partnership Programme (ESAPP) was launched in 1999 and concluded in 2015. This storymap summarizes experiences and knowledge gained from 15 years of partnership-based research and action in Africa. It presents 24 representative highlights carefully selected from over 300 small-grant projects carried out in Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Eritrea. 

Where our roses come from – commercial horticulture in Kenya

Growing flowers and vegetables for export is a vital source of revenue for Kenya and other East African countries. It provides jobs for local people, including women, and creates market channels for small-scale farmers to sell their crops. But working conditions and employment terms must be improved. Moreover, the industry is a major water consumer, competing for declining river water with other uses. This is a problem during the dry season, which corresponds with Europe's winter. Near Mt Kenya, the sector is shifting from using river water to relying more on stored water and boreholes. 

Socio-Economic Atlas of Kenya

Where in Kenya are most people poor, and where are the most poor people? Is Kenya’s richest county also the one with the greatest inequality? And where is the difference in wealth between the poorest and the richest people biggest? We answer these and more questions about welfare, poverty, and inequality in Kenya by means of interactive visualizations based on the recently published Socio-Economic Atlas of Kenya. 

Around the world with CDE publications in 2015

Set out on a journey from coffee plantations in Laos to protected areas in Switzerland and Austria. Cross the sea and take a break to receive decision-support for assessing land degradation in Tunisia. Continue on to explore potentials and limitations of biomass energy in Tanzania. And then head west to research conditions for crafting local ownership of institution-building processes in Bolivia. Take a trip around the world with publications from CDE researchers. 

Discharge simulations in the Blue Nile Basin for future climate change assessments

To be able to assess impact of climate change on watershed resources, for example the Blue Nile Basin, modelling of hydrology and sediment loss are crucial factors. Therefore calibrated models play an important role in the analysis of future risk and hazard assessment. This PhD in collaboration with the Water and Land Resource Centre in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia is trying to calibrate a hydrological model for the Blue Nile Basin and to apply a changing climate scenario for an assessment of risk and hazard. This blog post shows only an intermediate result of the final research.  

Migration patterns in Nepal: where do people go to for work

Labour migration in Nepal has existed for centuries, however for some years the rate has increased dramatically reaching about 1500 person per day leaving the country to find work abroad. How can migration flowpaths be visualized? Who and how many travel to what country for what reason? We try to visually describe migration flows from villages of origin in Nepal to people's respective destinations. At a glance migration clusters can be seen in this circlized migration graph.  

How poor are the poor in Laos? New approaches to measure poverty – Part 1

What exactly constitutes poverty? When is a person considered poor, and how many poor people are there worldwide? Are certain population segements at greater risk of being poor than others? The goal of halven the proportion of people living below USD 1.25 a day within the MDG-agenda has been reached in September 2013. But has the living situation of the world's poorest people really improved? In fact, our multidimensional poverty measure for Laos shows that social inequalities have increased, and that assessing poverty requires differentiated means of measurement