Global South

UiO's partnerships in the Global South are based on joint research interests and complementary competencies and resources. They normally include research, education, innovation and outreach to society, often with a focus on capacity development in the South. 

Training midwives in Myanmar in DHIS2; the open source health information software. Photo: HISP project.

All UiO's faculties are involved in collaborative projects with the Global South.

  • In Africa most of the projects are in East Africa and Southern Africa: Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
  • In Asia we have collaborative projects in: Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Palestine and Vietnam.

Documentation of Ethiopian languages

The Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies at UiO cooperates with Ethiopian partner universities to develop resources for disadvantaged spoken and signed languages. This makes it possible for speakers of these languages to use them in education and other arenas that are important for the development of modern Ethiopia. The project "Linguistic Capacity Building - Tools for the inclusive development of Ethiopia", funded by the Norwegian NORHED programme, is strengthening existing MA and PhD programmes and developing language technology and resources. The project is coordinated by Addis Ababa University.

Mapping health challenges through health informatics

One of the most successful partnerships between UiO and partners in the Global South, is the Health Information Systems Programme (HISP). This is an interdisciplinary cooperation between Health sciences and informatics in a number of countries in the South. Their open source software, DHIS 2, is considered an international standard, and potentially cover more than 1.3 billion people.

Promotion of Human Rights

The Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (NCHR) has extensive cooperation in the Global South. In addition to research cooperation, they also have international programmes with  the aim of promoting the development, understanding and application of international human rights standards in Indonesia, Vietnam and China. In addition, the NCHR is working on the freedom of religion or belief through the Oslo Coalition.

Capacity building in medicine in Myanmar

Myanmar is moving rapidly towards democracy, and the government has instituted several reforms. This means more attention to education, including medical research training and research dissemination at university level. The MY-NORTH project aims to improve capacity and quality in basic medical sciences and public health in Myanmar. MY-NORTH is a cooperation with several universities in Myanmar and funded by the NORHED programme.

What works?

UiO and its global partners launched a massive open online course (MOOC) in 2015; "What works? Promising Practices in International Development". The partners are Stanford University, Malawi University, China Agricultural University and Norad. The first round of the course reached 7000 students around the world, and examined factors that make some types of development cooperation more successful than others.

External funding

Cooperation with the Global South is to a large extent reliant on external funding. The Norwegian government currently has two major funding programmes, NORHED and NORPART. Some former programmes that have been phased out include NUFU, NOMA and the Quota Scheme.

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