CLOC Eastern Africa

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The Cluster of Cooperation (CLOC) Eastern Africa 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 Eastern Africa.

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 Eastern Africa 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 Eastern Africa 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. Gülcan Akkaya, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts

Dr. Boniface Kiteme, CETRAD, Kenya

Dr. Gete Zeleke, WLRC, Ethiopia

Prof. Dr. Argaw Ambelu, Addis Ababa University, 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

Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE)

Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences


Institute of Environmental Engineering, ETH Zürich

Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts


Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute



University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Western Switzerland

University of Basel

University of Fribourg

University of Geneva

University of Neuchâtel

University of Zurich

University of Teacher Education, Bern

University of Teacher Education (BEJUNE)

University of Teacher Education, Lucerne

University of Teacher Education Zürich

University of Teacher Education focusing on special needs education

Wyss Academy for Nature, Bern

African partners


Université de Djibouti


Addis Ababa University

Ambo University

Bahir Dar University

Hawassa University

Jigjiga University

Jimma University

University of Gondar

Water and Land Resource Centre WLRC



Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agricultures and Technology

SDSN Kenya

University of Nairobi


Tanzania Livestock Research Institute (TALIRI)