The “Partnership for Poverty and Sustainable Development Studies” Project is based on mutual and synergistic academic interests in accordance with the participating institutions’ long term Strategic priorities. UKZN, CROP/UiB-ISSC and CODESRIA have drafted a model of international and multidisciplinary Cooperation that will be operationalised through successful funding.
The project is based on educational co-operation between the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and the University of Bergen (UiB) through the establishment of a series of joint activities to consolidate an international epistemic community in the field of sustainable development and poverty reduction. The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is a network partner for the project and will provide the opportunity for wider regional impact in the longer term.
The projects aim is to establish a joint course on “poverty and sustainable development” which will provide a state-of-the-art, research-led curriculum in these subjects and will be offered both online and on-site as an intensive/summer course.
Through providing a virtual library/reading room, with free and open access, students who are unable to travel or to attend the course will be enabled to benefit from the project.
Thanks to the project the mobility of graduate students, academic and administrative staff between South Africa and Norway will increase. The students will be included in research activities through the use of graduate students in fieldwork, data analysis and workshops (with a particular focus on female participation).