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The DAAD and the Summer School

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), with financial support provided by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), supports academic qualification measures for individuals from developing countries who participate in the In-Country / In-Region Programme. Every year, the DAAD awards more than 1,000 BMZ-funded scholarships to junior researchers from Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, South East Asia and South Asia to help finance their Master or PhD programmes in their home country or region. The programme aims to enable trained professionals to address and deal with diverse societal, economic and ecological issues in developing countries. A further objective is to sustainably improve the teaching and research conditions in the partner regions and to strengthen their higher education profile.

As an additional offer for scholarship holders of the In-Country / In-Region Programme, the DAAD cooperates with German universities in organising a range of summer schools in Germany. These four-week measures give the students and young researchers an opportunity to take part in a high-class academic training in a selected subject area, meet and exchange with peers from across the world, and make their own, unique experiences of the German society, culture and history.
The selected candidates are always invited to Germany to attend the courses and get in touch with the German culture. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic induced restrictions the Summer School 2021 will be offered in an online format.


The WEF Security Nexus – Thematic Background

WEF (Security) Nexus thinking and research aims at understanding the interconnections, trade-offs and potential synergies between the water, energy and food (WEF) sectors. Systematic assessment approaches and a more profound knowledge about these WEF interconnections can support academia and policy-makers in promoting sustainable resources management and development.
The 5-week online summer school with the title “From Data to Decision: Assessment of the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Security Nexus” will support young researchers in understanding the cross sectoral character of sustainable resources management and development. They will be enabled to select and apply data and tools to assess Nexus system and to suggest adequate Nexus sound solutions.  
The summer school is structured in three different steps towards an integrated understanding and management of the WEF Security Nexus: 1) System understanding, 2.) qualitative and quantitative assessments and modelling tools 3.) Nexus related decision-making and planning.


Training Objectives

The overall objective of the summer school is to improve science based decision-making capacities of young academics (Master and PhD) towards the sustainable management of natural resources in the context of the WEF Security Nexus. Special emphasis is set on the development of interdisciplinary professional competencies to prepare the participants for a future career in the international academic community.

Therefore, the summer school will focus on:

  • Conceptual thinking: contributing to a deeper understanding of the WEF Security Nexus linkages and potential resources management scenarios.
  • Data, tools and solutions: strengthening skills and knowledge about tools and methods for WEF Security Nexus assessments and planning.
  • Connectivity: improving international communication between junior researchers, senior researchers and experts.

The summer school course will have the following content: 

  • Introduction to Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus Thinking
  • Water, Energy and Food Securities – concepts, dimensions and indicators to measure National Water Security
  • WEF Nexus Interconnections and case study examples
  • WEF Nexus data and assessment tools: qualitative, quantitative and governance related tools
  • Nexus Governance Solutions – case studies
  • Nexus sound solutions and technologies that support integrated resources management


Training Methodology

The five-week course will consist of online lectures, self-learning modules, reading materials, quizzes, inter-cultural virtual sessions, group work and peer to peer learning.



The following costs are covered by the DAAD, through funds provided by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ):

  • Course fees
  • Internet top up costs can be covered upon request


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