NCCR "North-South – Research Partnerships for Mitigating Syndromes of Global Change" (2001-2013)

NCCR Director: Prof. Hans Hurni (2001-2013)

Home Institution: University of Bern

Research in the NCCR and major results

The NCCR North-South aimed to develop and consolidate an integrative research approach to generate knowledge for sustainable development in the context of global change in developing and transition countries. The programme brought together six Swiss research institutions and 140 partner institutions in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Building research partnerships between participants in the industrialised global "North" and their peers in the developing global "South" was central to the programme's success. It addressed topics such as poverty, conflict, health, sanitation, natural resources and governance.

The following examples illustrate some of the programme's highlights: researchers refined theories of "multi-locality", showing that in the context of migration a "household" should not be understood as a residential unit, but rather as a tight network of exchanges of support (e.g. remittances) and services between people living in different countries (e.g. Kyrgyzstan, India, Pakistan and Nepal). They provided evidence for linkages between sustainable land management and mitigation of climate change. Other groups tested the "One Health" approach – uniting doctors and veterinarians with very positive results. In Chad, mobile human–animal health campaigns markedly improved vaccination rates for serious illnesses.