Eastern and Southern Africa Partnership Programme (ESAPP)
ESAPP in brief
ESAPP was a research implementation programme that sought to advance sustainable development through joint action and co-production of knowledge in the context of local and regional initiatives. It promoted sustainable land management and equity-oriented sustainable regional development in Eastern and Southern Africa, particularly Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, and Madagascar. It was funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), coordinated by the University of Bern’s Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), and implemented by CDE and a network of partner institutions in Eastern and Southern Africa. Launched in 1999, the programme concluded in 2015. More than 300 demand-driven smallgrant projects were carried out in that time, with careful efforts to systematically integrate, link, and build on the results of every project. Independent experts evaluated the programme on four occasions, highlighting the success of the approach each time.
The 15-year Eastern and Southern Africa Partnership Programme (ESAPP) has ended, summarizing its experiences and knowledge in a new publication. The publication, Highlights from 15 Years of Joint Action for Sustainable Development, showcases 24 representative highlights carefully selected from over 300 demand-driven, small-grant projects. It outlines some of the key principles and lessons learned during the course of the programme, which we believe will be of use in subsequent efforts to link knowledge generation and development action.