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NCCR North-South - Research Partnerships for Sustainable Development


Thank you for visiting the website of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South. The NCCR North-South programme formally ended in June 2014.

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NCCR North-South



The NCCR North-South was one of 27 National Centres of Competence in Research implemented by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Additional support was provided by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. >> More



NCCR North-SouthProgramme Concluded

Programme formally ends, but strong bridges between North and South remain
Begun in 2001, the NCCR North-South was a 12-year research programme that sought to aid development and show how it could be steered in a sustainable direction. Against the backdrop of global change, the programme established an integrative research approach to generate knowledge for sustainable development in developing and transition countries. Along the way, the programme built a network of partners in over 40 countries that continues to conduct research and provide support to decision-makers and policymakers, locally and globally.
Read more about the programme highlights

NCCR North-SouthFinal Report

Research highlights and policy implications
In this final brochure, we present some of the programme’s highlights and scientific achievements in the research fields of migration, conflict transformation, health care systems, sanitation and wastewater management, natural resources and sustainable regional development, and governance.
Download (English / PDF 4.3 MB)

NCCR North-SouthBrochure 2010

Research Partnerships for Sustainable Development
This brochure is a guide to the programme’s third and final phase, 2009-2013. During this time, the NCCR North-South consolidated a robust network of over 400 researchers worldwide. Efforts to transfer knowledge and experience from one region to another were often rewarded, such as when a Togolese researcher from Côte d’Ivoire helped devise a successful vaccination strategy to combat brucellosis in livestock in Kyrgyzstan.
Download (English / PDF 6.2 MB)


NCCR North-SouthBrochure 2008

Research for a changing world
This brochure reflects experience gained and lessons learned in the first two phases of the NCCR North-South programme. In the first phase, 30 core problems of global change were defined, and partnership regions and institutional partners were selected. The second phase served to deepen these relationships and present a synthesis of the work done so far.
Download (English / PDF 3.6 MB)

NCCR North-South Event

Research partnerships with the global South
At the programme’s final policy event, 4 June 2013, politicians and researchers discussed the potential of North-South research networks and debated the role of politics vis-à-vis successful development cooperation.
Press release (German / PDF 129 KB)
Link to flyer (German / PDF 178 KB)
Link to flyer (English / PDF 178 KB)
Photos of event

Clips of the following programme-supported films were shown at the event to illustrate the value of research partnerships:

  • Co-treating faecal sludge and solid waste [excerpt]
  • The other silk road [excerpt]
  • Monitoring of brucellosis control in Mongolia [excerpt]
  • Mount Kenya: solving water conflicts [excerpt]


  • NCCR North-SouthPublications

    How to find NCCR North-South publications
    You can search for publications by former members of the NCCR North-South programme on this web page. However, for technical reasons, not all publications are listed. A complete list of publications authorized by former NCCR North-South partners can be downloaded here (link: COMING SOON!). Or you may use the quick links listed below to access NCCR North-South special publication series, including Dialogues, Perspectives volumes, global and regional policy briefs, newsletters, and more.



    NCCR North-SouthAlumni Network

    North-South Alumni Network
    The North-South Alumni Network was created in August 2008. It fosters exchange and social networking among former PhD candidates who participated in the programme, ensuring that valuable experience and insights are continually shared. The North-South Alumni Network has formed a closed group on LinkedIn. Members are listed under “Alumni”.
    Link to Alumni Network

    NCCR North-SouthIGS North-South

    International Graduate School North-South
    The International Graduate School (IGS) North-South was founded as a successor PhD programme by four of the six Swiss institutional partners of the former NCCR North-South. The IGS North-South is dedicated to cultivating a leading international research and training network that analyses the impacts of global change and advances sustainable development worldwide. It emphasises an integrative, partnership-based research approach based on innovation, practical application, and PhD-level studies. Explore the IGS North-South’s current offerings.
    Link to IGS North-South

    NCCR North-SouthOnline Database

    New online database of partner institutions for transboundary research
    KFPE and the International Graduate School North-South launched an online database of research institutions with experience working as transboundary research partners in cooperation with Swiss research centres and others in countries of the global South and East. The database is a valuable resource for researchers who are seeking suitable research partners or wish to find institutions that possess key information or expertise.
    Link to database of partner institutions

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    The NCCR North-South is hosted by the University of Bern
    and funded jointly by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

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