With the Clusters of Cooperation (CLOCs) in selected regions of the Global South, the SUDAC Assembly has launched a second instrument of cooperation on May 17th 2019.
Following a call for CLOCs (January 2018-March 2019) with 9 proposals, 5 regions have been selected for funding between 2019-2022. The funded CLOCs will enhance collaboration efforts with the following regions:
- Latin America : CLOC Conectaté A+
- West Africa: CLOC West Africa
- East Africa: (tbd in 2020)
- MENA region: CLOC DEAR MENA
- South Asia: CLOC “Knowledge2Action”
These CLOCs are expected to serve as ‘regional hubs’, connecting a variety of ‘nodes’, such as existing research and education partnerships, regionally active COFER, local knowledge platforms and institutions. CLOCs shall also serve as contact points for Swiss higher education institutions of all types involved in the SUDAC programme and provide access to local higher education institutions and knowledge partners for education & research purposes.