AfricaArray CARTA - Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa
GLU - Global Labour University JCU-WITS Short Course (Australia Awards in Africa 2012-2013)
SAVUSA - South Africa- VU University Amsterdam-Strategic Alliances SSAJRP - Swiss South Africa Joint Research Programme
WAXI - West African eXploration Initiative WBCA - Wits/Brown/Colorado/African Population and Health Research Centre

WAXI - West African eXploration Initiative

The focus of WAXI is on the Tectonics & Mineral Resources of West Africa.

WAXI is a public-private partnership co-funded by industry and governments coordinated by AMIRA International

  • A network of 40 African and International Organisations. 
  • First stage ran from 2006-2007. 
  • Second stage commenced 1 March 2010 and will run until mid 2013. 
  • Current funding is greater tha 6 million dollars. 
  • Bilingual English-French consortium. 

Features of WAXI included Integrated programs of Research, Data Integration and Management and Capacity Building through courses and scholarships

Provides a powerful networking forum that includes major stakeholders in West Africa like industry, Geological Surveys and Ministries of Mines, Universities in West and South Africa, France and Australia and Aid agencies (AusAid).

Any questions can be directed to:

CARTA - Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa

Carta is a program in SubSaharan Africa implemented locally by individual partner institutions. The goal of the program is to train African scholars who can generate credible research to inform policies and programs that can improve health in sub-Saharan Africa. This goal is pursued through the training of individual researchers from partner institutions as well as institutional transformation.

Carta currently has 20 partners who are categorized as follows:

Nine Public African Universities  - Makerere University, Uganda; Moi University, Kenya; National University of Rwanda; Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria; University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; University of Ibadan, Nigeria; University of Malawi; University of Nairobi, Kenya; University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Four Research Institutes in Africa - African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Kenya; Agincourt Health and Population Unit, South Africa; Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania;
KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya

Seven Northern Partners - Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR) , Canada; Monash University, Australia; Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Switzerland; University of Colorado, USA; University of Warwick, UK; WHO Special Programme for Training and Research in Tropical Diseases (TDR), Switzerland; The Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden 

For more information, you may email: or visit the website:

 WBCA - Wits/Brown/Colorado/African Population and Health Research Centre

The WBCA is a collaboration in health and population research and academic training between four pre-eminent institutions: University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, SA),  Brown University (Providence, USA), Colorado University (Boulder, USA), and the African Population and Health Research Centre (Nairobi, Kenya).

Through the collaboration, partnerships in public and population health research and training have grown and strengthened, creating an international network of scholars based on the principle of “mutuality”.

The WBCA group converges annually to advance ongoing research, plan for the future, provide opportunity for new collaborations, strengthen advanced academic training in demography and population studies in sub-Saharan Africa, and extend and strengthen its academic partnerships.

The 10th Colloquium was held at Wits from 30 May to 2 June 2012 and consisted of a dynamic programme of networking sessions, scientific and methodological presentations, and roundtable discussions.

Please contact Dawn Dalby, for more information or Tel: +27 11 717 2085 

SSAJRP - Swiss South Africa Joint Research Programme

The Swiss South African Joint Research Programme (SSAJRP) is a bilateral research cooperation programme, established in 2007 by the Swiss and South African governments. Jointly funded by both governments, the programme aims at promoting scientific and technological cooperation between Switzerland and South Africa.

In South Africa, SSAJRP is governed by the Department of Science and Technology ( and coordinated by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research ( On the Swiss side, SSAJRP is administrated by the State Secretariat for Education and Research ( The University of Basel (, as the Swiss Leading House for South Africa, and the Swiss Tropical Institute (, as the Associated Leading House, jointly assume coordination and management responsibilities for Switzerland.

Under the programme 16 Joint Research Projects have been granted for the funding period 2008-2011 in the priority research areas Public Health & Biomedicine, Bio- & Nanotechnologies, and Human & Social Sciences. Currently the programme is providing funds for Student and Faculty Exchanges as networking instruments between Switzerland and South Africa (2009/2010).

Joint Projects Involving Wits:

Swiss Tropical Institute and the University of the Witwatersrand
Analyses of geographical patterns of malaria transmission and mortality in Africa using Bayesian spatio-temporal modelling, a project in the field of Medical Statistics.
CH: PD Dr. Penelope Vounatsou; SA: Dr. Kathleen Kahn

EPFL and the University of the Witwatersrand
Molecular mechanisms of propionate catabolism in Myobacterium tuberculosis, a project in the field of Experimental Microbiology.
CH: Prof. Dr. John McKinney; SA: Prof. Valerie Mizrahi 

University of Zurich and the University of the Witwatersrand
Stem cell activity in the adult human hippocampus: its chronological sequence in life span, and comparability to potential animal models, a project in the field of Neurophysiology and Brain Research.
CH: Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Lipp: SA: Dr. Amadi Ogonda Ihunwo

University of Basel and the University of Witwatersrand
Safeguarding Democracy - Contests of Memory and Heritage, a project in the field of General History.
CH: Prof. Dr. Patrick Harries; SA: Prof. Sheila Meintjes

For more information regarding the Swiss South Africa Joint Research Programme, you may visit the following website:

GLU - Global Labour University

The Department of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences in conjunction with the Society, Development and Work Institute (SWOP), the School of Economic and Business Sciences and the Department of History, is the African site of the Global Labour University launched by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva in 2002. This initiative arose out of the ILO report of the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalisation which described in-depth the deficiencies of the current form of globalisation and called for new efforts to address the needs for equity and fairness, particularly as it relates to sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa.

Wits is the second campus within the Global Labour University, after a joint Kassel and Berlin programme in Germany that offers a high quality Masters programme on Labour Policy and Globalisation.This programme has a special focus on Labour and Development and started in 2007. Since then two other campuses, the University of Campinas in Brazil and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in India have joined the network.The initial target of the South African programme was leaders in the African trade union movement as they are, on an increasing number of occasions, invited to particiapte in debates concerning necessary economic reforms.

For general questions regarding the Global Labour University, email:
You can also visit the website:


AfricaArray is an innovative programme to promote, strengthen and maintain a workforce of highly trained African geoscientists and researchers for Africa. Well-trained geoscience professionals are key to sustainable development as demand grows for Africa’s natural resources and as Africa's environment is impacted by global change.A 20-year initiative, AfricaArray refers to scientists working on arrays of continent-wide linked projects; arrays of shared training programmes and observational networks; and above all, a common vision that Africa will build and retain capacity in an array of technical and scientific fields.AfricaArray also is committed to enhancing the diversity of the geosciences workforce in Africa and the U.S.

Government, industry and academic institutions throughout Africa need highly trained geoscientists who are dedicated to building the African scientific community and who can play pivotal roles in the development and management of Africa's mineral and petroleum wealth, as well as its water and geothermal resources.

AfricaArray grew out of a partnership of three organizations - the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa); the Council for Geoscience, formerly the South African Geological Survey (Pretoria, South Africa); and the Pennsylvania State University. AfricaArray has built dozens of partnerships with universities, government institutions and companies both inside and outside of Africa. Those partnerships provide much of the funding for AfricaArray's academic programs including a geophysics field course, the geophysical observatories, bursary or scholarship programs and research projects throughout Africa.

For more information please consult the website or contact: Dr. Raymond Durrheim, School of Geosciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Private Bag 3 Wits 2050, Johannesburg, South Africa Email: Raymond.Durrheim | Telephone: +27 11 717-6547     

SAVUSA - South Africa- VU University Amsterdam-Strategic Alliances

Based on equal partnership between South Africa and the Netherlands, SAVUSA aims to contribute to the academic climate and the transfer of knowledge between both countries. SAVUSA offers South African PhD’s and Master’s students the opportunity to broaden their skills by carrying out a part of their studies in the Netherlands.

SAVUSA consists of two important programmes: the Desmond Tutu Programme and the SKILL programme. The Desmond Tutu Programme is hosting five Desmond Tutu Chair holders, stimulating and contributing to academic cooperation between the Netherlands and South Africa, through (joint) supervision of South African PhD’s students, through teaching Bachelor’s and Master’s students at and exchange students between VU University Amsterdam and South African universities. The SKILL programme aims at stimulating higher education and skills development in South Africa. This will be done focusing on South African Master's students, as well as prospective PhD candidates and a number of university staff members.

 SAVUSA cooperates with different partners in The Netherlands and South Africa. VU University Amsterdam has partnerships with seven universities in South Africa, instutionally embedding the relationship. These universities are: University of South Africa (UNISA), North-West University (NWU), University of Pretoria (UP), University of Johannesburg (UJ), University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (UKZN) and Stellenbosch University (SUN).

For more information, you may consult the website or send an email to: