Project "Livelihood Management, Reforms and Processes of Structural Change" February 2021 - July 2024, funded by VolkswagenStiftung
The interdisciplinary fellowship project "Livelihood Management, Reforms and Processes of Structural Change" is part of the Volkswagen Foundation initiative "Knowledge for Tomorrow - Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa", which supports researchers who are based in sub-Saharan Africa. The initiative provides an opportunity to enhance academic qualifications and skills, and strengthens partnerships between African and German scholars by supporting the fellows to develop and extend their academic networks within Africa and beyond.
In its third phase (02-2021 to 07-2024), this project supports three scientists from South Africa, Kenya, and Benin to develop and conduct their own research projects during a period of two to three years.
The individual research projects deal with the question of how individual or collective social actors can manage and protect social-ecological resources efficiently and develop sustainable livelihood strategies under present economic, socio-political and environmental conditions and in view of locally and globally changing circumstances.
All projects have a strong focus on current questions and problems of their respective regions within Africa. Fields of interest are sustainable livelihood management strategies at communal or individual levels, thereby focusing on, e.g., non-state actors, local authorities, rural communities, farmers or micro-enterprises. Innovation processes, the conditions for success or failure of (new) resource management approaches, and the share and distribution of benefits are further questions that are addressed.
Project fellows and topics
Dr. Georges Djohy
Navigating Uncertainties: New livelihood trajectories by Fulani Pastoralist Youth in Northern Benin
Dr. Ruth Kansky
Stellenbosch (South Africa)
Towards Innovation in Wildlife Governance - a case study of Namibian Community Conservation
Dr. Robert Mbeche
Social - ecological Synergies and Tradeoffs in incentive-based Conservation in Kenya
Previous funding period (04-2017 to 09-2020)