Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies, University of Bonn

The Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies (IOA) at the University of Bonn was established in 2005 and currently has approximately 1300 students and 45 academic staff (incl. 15 professors). The University of Bonn is a general university located in Bonn, Germany. It was founded in 1818 and is today considered one of the leading universities in Germany. The University of Bonn has 544 professors and 32,500 students. From 2012-2014, the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies at the IOA successfully implemented a research project on the 2011 upheavals in Yemen and the subsequent transition process. This project was funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and co-implemented with an independent Yemeni research institute, the Yemen Polling Center in Sanaa. It was headed by the coordinator of this project, Marie-Christine Heinze.


Gender Development Research & Studies Center, University of Sanaa

The Gender Development Research & Studies Center (GDRSC) was founded in 2003. It is institutionally part of Sanaa University, but financially independent from it. It offers a master in ‘International Development and Gender’ in English, providing students with concepts, theories and methodologies of development studies with a particular view to gender issues. Given the situation in the country over the past years, issues relating to peace and conflict studies have necessarily become a focus of staff research interests as well as training and consultancy. Two thirds of its students are female and – until the deterioration of the security situation– almost 90% were working in national and international institutions in the policy and development sector (World Bank, GIZ, Oxfam, CARE etc.) as well as at embassies. The master thus aims at linking research with policy.


Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient

The Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient (CARPO) was founded in 2014 by Germany-based academics trained in the fields of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Political Science and Social Anthropology. Its work is situated at the nexus of research, consultancy and exchange with a focus on implementing projects in close cooperation and partnership with stakeholders in the Orient. The researchers in CARPO’s network believe that a prosperous and peaceful future for the region can best be achieved through inclusive policy-making and economic investment that engages the creative and resourceful potential of all relevant actors. Therefore, CARPO opens enduring channels for interactive knowledge transfer between academics, citizens, entrepreneurs, and policy-makers.