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Advancing African scholarship

UCT aims to become an intellectual meeting place for international scholars who have an interest in Africa's place in the world.  These projects focus on meeting this goal.

African Climate and Development Initiative

(Fundraising needs: scholarships and chair.)      

The problem of responding to climate change while achieving sustainable forms of development is a high priority, both in Africa and globally.

But these problems are particularly difficult to manage on the African continent, due to:

  • high vulnerability to climate change impacts
  • developmental challenges
  • growing population numbers.

The African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) was established in 2011 to promote research in this field. ACDI's vision is to help transform our region into a low-carbon economy that is resilient to the adverse impacts of climate change.

With increased donor support, we aim to create an endowment for a Chair in Climate and Development.

Centre for African Studies Gallery

(Fundraising needs: staff, equipment and events.)      

The Centre for African Studies aims to promote African Studies at UCT and beyond. The centre focuses on research and teaching that is Africa focused.

The centre's gallery presents art and visual expressions of Africa in the form of:

  • art and photographic exhibitions
  • music
  • film screenings
  • mini festivals.

Supplementary funding from donors is critical if the Centre for African Studies Gallery is to achieve its aims. Such funding would allow the gallery to extend its work beyond exhibition into an academic hub that stimulates and collects new perspectives of Africa's heritage.

Three-way PhD global partnership programme

(Fundraising needs: scholarships.)     

Being an Afropolitan university means ensuring that our indigenous research contributes to resolving problems of global concern. The Three-way PhD partnership programme is an initiative of the University of Cape Town that aims develop the expertise of our PhD candidates by linking their research projects to global partners. Efforts are focused on creating a triangle of experience and skill. Greater exposure to research findings from our region ensures that our challenges are appreciated within the wider context of international development.

While the University of Cape Town provides financial assistance to postgraduate students from its reserves, the need far outweighs the fund. Donor funding is invited to support doctoral candidates embarking on the project.