NCCR North-South - Research Partnerships for Mitigating Syndromes of Global Change
Nationaler Forschungsschwerpunkt Nord-Süd
3012 Bern, Switzerland
The NCCR North-South is one of twenty National Centers of Competence in Research currently supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation. It was created in the understanding that development research and cooperation are matters of primary concern to Switzerland. The purpose of the NCCR North-South is to create an institutional structure for sustainable development studies in Switzerland.
Since its inception in 2001, the NCCR North-South has established a worldwide research network including seven institutional partners in Switzerland and some 130 research centres, universities and development organisations in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Approximately 400 researchers worldwide contribute to the activities of the NCCR North-South.
NCCR North-South supports research on issues relating to sustainable development, particularly in developing and transition countries, but also in Switzerland. The most salient features of the program are:
Research conducted under the auspices of the NCCR North-South is coordinated so as to allow for policy-oriented comparative analysis of pathways and potentials for mitigating the effects of global change that hinder sustainable development.
- North-South partnerships for scientific research
- Integration of disciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research
- Interactive exchange of development research and practice
As a contribution toward the strengthening of research capacities in partner regions, the NCCR North-South also conducts a programme of regional and interregional education and training workshops.
The NCCR North-South is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.