DAAD Graduate School „Performing Sustainability. Cultures and Development in West-Africa“

More than two million internally displaced persons live in north-eastern Nigeria. Students and doctoral candidates from the Universities of Maiduguri/Nigeria, Cape Coast/Ghana and Hildesheim/Germany are working with the Graduate School "Performing Sustainability - Cultures and Development in West Africa" to develop local strategies for overcoming conflicts and traumatic experiences. "The task of the future will be to let communities emerge again. One of the lines of identification can be music," says Raimund Vogels, one of the programme directors. In the Graduate School, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service from 2016 to 2020 (and now extended until 2025), young academics conduct research in safety and help rebuild society, for example through local, community-building cultural and educational projects. The programme includes research and teaching stays of several months at the Center for World Music at the University of Hildesheim.

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"Performing Sustainability" launches the second phase of the project

The SDG Graduate School "Performing Sustainability. Cultures and Development in West Africa" started its second project phase in April 2021. It was initially supported and funded for the period 2016 to 2020 by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) programme "Bilateral SDG Graduate Schools" with funds from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The application for an extension of the project was approved, which secures further cooperation until the end of 2025.

In a virtual meeting of the participating institutions, scientists and scholarship holders from Ghana, Nigeria and Germany, the extension of the project came to a ceremonial start. Prof. Dr. May-Britt Kallenrode, the new President of the University of Hildesheim Foundation, Prof. Dora Francisca Edu-Buandoh, Deputy Rector of the University of Cape Coast and Prof. Dr. Aliyu Shugaba, Vice Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri expressed their congratulations and assured the Graduate School of their support.


The SDG Graduate School "Performing Sustainability. Cultures and Development in West Africa" is an interdisciplinary academic network for doctoral and master's students from the University of Maiduguri (Nigeria), the University of Cape Coast (Ghana) and the Foundation University of Hildesheim (Germany). It focuses on innovative research that combines performance, arts and cultural approaches to contribute to sustainable development. This is based on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed by the United Nations in 2015. In the sense of a global partnership, industrialised, emerging and developing countries are to make their contribution to achieving these goals.

Personal exchange is an integral part of the programme. For example, doctoral students from the universities in Ghana and Nigeria travel to Hildesheim for several months, and German students travel to Cape Coast and Maiduguri to conduct joint research. In addition, two-week workshops take place semi-annually: in autumn in Nigeria and in spring in Ghana.



The following volumes are dissertations by scholarship holders of the Graduate School

Asare, Amos Dwarka
Policy Strategies for a Performing Arts Sector: An Analysis of Cultural Support for the Performing Arts in Ghana.
2021, 224 pp., Publishing house: Universitätsverlag Hildesheim, DOI: https://doi.org/10.18442/173

Shallangwa, Zainab Musa
Effects of Displacement on Kanuri Cultural Practices of Internally Displaced Persons of Borno State, Northeast, Nigeria.
2021, 225 pp ., Publishing house: Universitätsverlag Hildesheim, DOI: https://doi.org/10.18442/148

Appiah-Boateng, Sabina
Land-Use Conflicts and Psychosocial Well-Being. A Study of Farmer-Herder Conflict in Asante Akyem North District of Ghana.
2020, 157 pp., Publishing house: Universitätsverlag Hildesheim, DOI: https://doi.org/10.18442/146

Ukuma, Shadrach Teryila
Cultural Performances: A Study on Managing Collective Trauma Amongst Displaced Persons in Daudu Community of Benue State, Nigeria.
2020, 176 pp., Publishing house: Peter-Lang-Verlagsgruppe, ISBN: 978-3-631-83955-3, DOI: https://doi.org/10.3726/b17754

Yusuf, Umar Lawal
Community Perception of the Role of Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) in Resisting Boko Haram Culture of Violence in Borno State, Nigeria.
2020, 102 pp., Publishing house: Universitätsverlag Hildesheim, DOI: https://doi.org/10.18442/142

Anima, Prisca Ama
Adaptation Strategies To Motherhood Challenges: A Study of Teenage Mothers in the Adaklu District of Ghana.
2019, 292 pp.

Osman, Adams
Landscape Change and Sustainability of Indigenous Culture ofthe Ga/Dangme in Greater Accra Region, Ghana.

Nyingchuo, Alasambom
Examination of Women’s Socio-Cultural Exclusion Through Film for Development in Kom, North West Region of Cameroon.

Cheri, Lawan
mplications of settling internally displaced persons in host communities on the management of common pool resources In Yobe State, Nigeria.

Bello, Madinatu
Building and Sustaining a Performing Arts Market in Cape Coast Metropolis of Ghana: A Study of Connections Among Universities and Non-Academic Performing Arts Organisations.



Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in the programme "Bilateral SDG Graduate Programmes" with funds from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)