Education for Development (EFORD)

Project leader

Laurent Goetschel

Financed by


Time frame

01.07.2018 – 31.12.2020


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Research and education are fundamental to sustainable development. This project entitled Education for Development (EFORD) aims at improving academic and vocational education of researchers and professionals who work on and in development and conflict affected contexts. By improving the coordination between distinct educational institutions (universities, universities of applied sciences, vocational training schools, independent research centers) and their curricula it will reduce the gap between research results and their actual uptake.

Research Question

How are research results on development from social sciences, natural science and health science being fed back into and taken up by educational and vocational programs?

Research Strategy

EFORD follows an SDG16+ approach according to which the promotion of peace is closely linked to the development of just and inclusive societies. The project takes a meta-level focus on education and combines it with a thorough assessment of didactic practices and curricula in different disciplinary fields and their practical fields of application.

EFORD is coordinated by swisspeace, which already has contacts with the three partner institutions in the Global South (Birzeit University in Ramallah, University of Juba, Centre Suisse de Recherche Scientifique in Abidjan). The Swiss network includes the Center for Development and the Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern, the Swiss TPH (University of Basel) as well as the School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (HAFL) of the Bern University of Applied Sciences, the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET), and the Technical College for Higher Education (TCHE) in Biel. These three partners will contribute pedagogical, didactic and technical expertise needed to designate, analyse and fill the gaps between the different forms of education and curricula.