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Rwanda Green Lighting

Rwanda Green Lighting, a startup from Rwanda, harnesses airborne electrical energy to power street lights and areas still off the grid in Rwanda. The Chief Executive Officer is Ms Diane Mumararungu. Winner of the AIT-SASBI Spring Conference 2023 and…

Last Modification: 2. June 2023


Cape Town based startup Lola Green converts waste products into sustainable construction materials. The founder is Mr Matimba Mabonda. Winner of the AIT-SASBI Spring Conference 2023 and participant of the Swiss Residency Week in Basel (Switzerland)….

Last Modification: 2. June 2023

Igugu Clean Tech

Igugu Clean Tech is a South African startup company that aims to produce biodiesel from nicotine-free tobacco plants for a cleaner, more environmentally friendly option than traditional diesel. The founder is Ms Zinhle Ngidi. Winner of the AIT-SASBI…

Last Modification: 2. June 2023

Developing an Online Teaching Course on Urban Food Systems

Dr. Lena Bloemertz, Physical Geography and Environmental Change, University of Basel, Switzerland Dr. Alex Awiti, Vice Provost East Africa and Interim Dean of The Graduate School of Media and Communications, Aga Khan University, Nairobi The aim of th…

Last Modification: 11. September 2020

IcanFarm – Kilimo ni Mali

The Problem: Access to affordable credit Over 90% of the sub-Saharan Africa’s 48 million smallholder farmers lack access to formal credit. Less than 6% of commercial loan recipients are smallholder farmers. Source: FAQ In Kenya, only about 10% of sma…

Last Modification: 17. April 2020

Soso Care: My Healthcare and I

About Soso Care: is a social enterprise that aims to use garbage as a financial resource to enable millions of uninsured slum dwellers especially pregnant women and kids to access micro health insurance as well as micro capital for petty trade. Our P…

Last Modification: 16. April 2020

Pennysmart – Next generation bank for African millennials.

One Line Pitch: Next generation bank for African millennials. Business Summary: Pennysmart is the next generation digital bank that helps Ghanaians save anytime, anywhere with no cost. We are a Tier-4 Operator under Bank of Ghana rules and regulation…

Last Modification: 16. April 2020


About Us eTrash2Cash (eT2C Company Nigeria) is the first of its kind social enterprise in northern Nigeria, which embodies the use of technology to solve environmental problems in the low-income communities. Its web, mobile app and SMS platform helps…

Last Modification: 16. April 2020

DIY Solar Lamps

Problem Currently, 44% of the over 100 million Ethiopian people have access to electricity while 56% of them risk their health by using traditional energy sources. Studies conducted by the World Bank shows that electrification is directly related to…

Last Modification: 16. April 2020

MPOWER VENTURES – eMPowering local entrepreneurs as the major driving force of solar energy in emerging markets

MPower is a tech4impact venture tackling the challenges of energy access and financial inclusion in emerging markets. As local SMEs are key to the socioeconomical development of these countries, MPower creates a B2B platform to empower the next gener…

Last Modification: 16. April 2020

Enable | Digital

Problem Enable has identified a significant problem in a highly underserved market: IT solutions for impact ventures in emerging markets.  In order to access the market, Enable has developed both a set of innovative technologies as well as a solid pr…

Last Modification: 16. April 2020


CommoChain is a web-based solution that allows Coffee Exporters to better track their samples and manage exporting documents. It delivers efficiency & traceability benefits to ultimately provide best coffee to clients. Pains for Coffee Exporters…

Last Modification: 16. April 2020

chiweto – Enhancing farmers farm production efficiency & livelihood through MobileTech solutions

Business Description We provide cow performance status diagnostic mobile phone app., information and insurance services to livestock farmers. Our services help farmers increase efficiency in detecting animals a high risk of nutrition and health probl…

Last Modification: 15. April 2020

South African Cropland Dust Emission Risks: Physical Thresholds, Environmental and Socio-Economic Patterns

Dust emission is a growing issue affecting soil mass losses, ecosystem services, public health, and climate change. Understanding dust emission dynamics originating from farming in drylands is crucial not only to prepare and respond to the aforementi…

Last Modification: 20. September 2018

Information for international PhD Candidates

Doctoral Studies Before you begin the online application, please note the following: Degree programs An overview of the doctoral studies offered by the various faculties can be found in the information sheet: Doctoral studies issued by the specific f…

Last Modification: 12. December 2017

Transdisciplinary systems research to reduce cocoa swollen shoot virus disease in Ghana (TransdisCSSVD)

Ghana is among the world’s top producers of cocoa (The obroma cacao), with livelihoods of 800’000 farm families’ depending on the crop. The Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus Disease (CSSVD) is one of the major factors limiting cocoa productivity, and the onl…

Last Modification: 20. February 2017

Solar drying technology for lumber and food items in Ghana

The overall project is a contribution to the development of Cleaner Production Technologies in developing countries. The main aim is to create access to environmentally friendly, simple to handle, solar powered technology for drying food and material…

Last Modification: 11. December 2016

Assessment of food system resilience: the case of cocoa in Ghana

This research has the objective to assess the resilience of the cocoa value chain in Ghana. The cocoa value chain (production, processing, retailing and consumption) in Ghana is susceptible to various types of shocks (natural hazards, socio-political…

Last Modification: 11. December 2016

Cocoaagroforestry in Ghana

Even though world-wide demand for cocoa is increasing, cocoa producing regions are suffering from declining yields because of declining soil fertility, climate change, and disease, which significantly threatens cocoa supply chains. Agroforestry has b…

Last Modification: 11. December 2016

Developing joint research proposals in media & communication in various topics, e.g. “effectiveness of farmer communication”

“The Sabbatical of Christoph Spurk is used to develop various research proposals jointly with Kenyan researchers (Prof. Wambui Kiai and Dr. George Nyabuga) and make them ready for submission to donors. The idea is also to establish research cooperati…

Last Modification: 11. December 2016


Here we propose bioinformatics@makerere, a hands-on bioinformatics course at Makerere University of Kampala, Uganda. The course comprises lectures in the morning and computer practicals in the afternoon. It’s a four-day course targeted at 16 particip…

Last Modification: 11. December 2016

Urban food systems and rural relations

The aim of the proposed activities is to build up strong research links through the development of an innovative multi-disciplinary research approach on urban-rural/regional food systems in Kenya. Furthermore, through the development of common field…

Last Modification: 8. December 2016

SkyIsland Biodiversity Network: Biodiversity discovery through data capture and processing

Implementation of data management system for collecting, processing, analysing and promoting biodiversity data for the poorly known Mozambican region. This complements established projects in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania a…

Last Modification: 8. December 2016

Edge Effects of Anthropogenic Barriers on Protected Mammal Ecosystems

Comparative Risk Assessment of Physical and Metaphorical Fences to Mitigate Human-Wildlife Conflict PhD Project, Zoology Dep. Environmental Sciences at University of Basel in Cooperation with the Animal Demography Unit at University of Cape Town UCT…

Last Modification: 9. June 2016

Genomic tools to study the diversity of African cichlid fishes

“I propose to organize a joint kick-starting workshop in Basel, aiming at bringing together our African partners with local scientists and students. The research of my group focuses on two enigmatic species assemblages of cichlid fishes, the exceptio…

Last Modification: 9. June 2016

Cocoa agroforestry in Ghana

Ghana is the second largest producer of cocoa (Theobroma cacao) in the world, with livelihoods of approximately 800’000 farmer families partly depending on the crop. However, the sustainability of the cocoa production systems is challenged, mainly be…

Last Modification: 9. June 2016

Scientific Drilling at Lake Tanganyika, Africa: A Transformative Record for Understanding Evolution in Isolation and the Historical Biology of the African Continent

In collaboration with a large interdisciplinary team of international scientists including African collaborators, we propose to tap this unique historical record to understand how the ecosystems of both Lake Tanganyika and its surrounding watershed h…

Last Modification: 9. June 2016