The Center of Development Research: A Common Cause in West Africa
The Center for Development Research (www.zef.de) is a cross-faculty, interdisciplinary research center of the University of Bonn, Germany with major projects in the developing world. Around 150 Ph. D. students from around the world are associated with these projects at any one time. One of these projects, entitled Global Change and Water Availability in the Volta Basin, offers opportunities for association with research projects initiated at Virginia Tech. The Volta Basin project is a long-term collaboration with national counterparts to find ways to assist decision makers in the allocation of water resources and make necessary investments informed by science-based decision support systems. Dr. Paul Vlek of the University of Bonn, currently a Visiting Scholar at the Office of International Research, Education, and Development (OIRED), will introduce the center, discuss the project, and explore possibilities of linking with interested parties at Virginia Tech by nesting potential collaborative activities in the existing Volta Basin project structure. Possible areas of collaboration include related topics such as environmental flows, water use efficiency in agriculture, and energy use in rural areas.