CLOC East Africa and the Horn

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The Cluster of Cooperation (CLOC) East Africa and the Horn is a network of researchers and institutions that aims to foster North–South partnerships for research and education. It works to strengthen the capacities needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and Africa’s strategic framework, Agenda 2063, by providing an adequate platform to promote knowledge generation, information exchange, and opportunities for academic collaboration between Swiss universities and key actors in East Africa and the Horn.

Breaking down academic silos and sectoral thinking

The network enables transformative research and education by breaking down academic silos and sectoral thinking, and it supports transdisciplinary approaches. It includes partners who play an active role in discussing, formulating, and implementing the most innovative sustainable development strategies and policies in the region.

Thematically, the CLOC East Africa and the Horn focuses on the following areas and their interlinkages:

  • Land and water management and governance
  • Food security and nutrition
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Health issues and the one health approach
  • Migration (rural–urban, internal, and outmigration)

Linking Swiss and African higher education institutions

It launched its activities in 2021. It is part of the swissuniversities Development and Cooperation Network (SUDAC). Its goals are:

  • To establish strong inter- and transdisciplinary research partnerships that generate policy-relevant research results on SDG-related key topics for the region and help guide decision-making processes.
  • To build capacities of researchers through a training and teaching programme that fosters transformative research and strengthens national-level collaboration between scientists, policymakers, and civil society.

Main activities

Networking and knowledge exchange

The CLOC is establishing a vibrant knowledge exchange platform linking scientists, policymakers, and civil society. Research and education priorities are developed in a transdisciplinary way, and strategic foresight is used to prepare for emerging debates.

Mobility programme

The network is fostering partnerships through a mobility programme among partners in East Africa and the Horn and Swiss higher education institutions.

Training and teaching events related to Sustainable Development

The CLOC coordinates and organizes training and teaching events on sustainable development and transformative research.

Looking for funding opportunities?

The funding instruments for bilateral research collaboration are open to researchers of all Swiss universities, universities of applied sciences, and public research institutions.

Interested to join?

Are you interested in becoming part of the network? If so, feel free to contact us anytime: isabelle.providoli(at)


Prof. Dr. Thomas Breu, CDE, University of Bern

Prof. Claudio Valsangiacomo, Centre for Development and Cooperation SUPSI

Project coodination unit
Prof. Sandro Cattacin, University of Geneva

Dr. Boniface Kiteme, CETRAD, Kenya

Dr. Gete Zeleke, WLRC, Ethiopia


Dr. Isabelle Providoli, CDE, University of Bern



Swiss partners

Centre for Development and Environment CDE, University of Bern

Centre for Development and Cooperation SUPSI

Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences

Institute of Environmental Engineering, ETH Zürich


Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute


University of Neuchâtel

University of Geneva

African partners

Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Ambo University, Ethiopia


Hawassa University, Ethiopia

Jigjiga University, Ethiopia

Jimma University, Ethiopia

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agricultures and Technology, Kenya

University of Nairobi, Kenya

Water and Land Resource Centre WLRC, Ethiopia