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CAPTURED is a new programme (funded by DGIS for the period 2008-2012) of cooperation between universities and research centres, NGOs and rural communities in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe. It has emerged from the consortium of universities cooperating in the COMPAS programme. The main aim of the programme is to develop the institutional capacity for universities and research centres in the south to carry out strategic research, development and capacity building programmes that strengthen Endogenous Development for poverty reduction.

CAPTURED brings together 16 universities from four continents to cooperate and share experiences in enhancing research, capacity building and field work in support of Endogenous Development. The University of Development Studies (UDS) in Ghana and the Universidad Mayor de San Simon (UMSS) in Bolivia have played a pioneering role in this consortium in developing theories, research and field methods and curricula related to endogenous development and in outreach of these activities to universities in their respective regions. The Foundation for the Revitalisation of Indigenous Health Traditions (FRLHT) in India has been a pioneer in developing field methods for revitalising indigenous health traditions, and in research and curriculum development in a similar domain in India.

This programme follows an approach in three steps.

First a deliberate activity to enhance the capacities of the three lead agencies in each of the three continents (2008-2010). For this, the three lead universities will develop curricula and train BSc, MSc and PhD students in the theories and methods of Endogenous Development, and embark on research and theory building  that build on local and indigenous knowledge from the Andes, West Africa and India. Newly trained staff will be employed by the universities to increase the human capacities for education and research. 

Second, activities will be undertaken to outreach these activities and enhance the capacities of 13 other universities in the regions (2010-2011).

Third, to deepen and broaden the activities, more in depth studies, more initiatives in development or poverty reduction, and international policy and scientific dialogues, involving many more scientific and development institutions will be initiated (beyond 2011).

Bertus Haverkort (www.bhaverkort.nl) and Stephan Rist (www.cde.unibe.ch) are visiting professors and research fellow in the CAPTURED Programme.

The programme is funded by DGIS for the period 2008-2012.

In January 2008 the three lead universities, COMPAS and expatriate supported met to formulate their programmes for the planning workshop.

For more information contact Prof. Dr. David Millar cecik@africaonline.com.gh