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Finnish-Nepalese Project for Improving Capability of the Government of Nepal to respond to the increased risks related to weather related natural disasters caused by climate change (FNEP)

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The main focus of the project has been in Capacity Building in the area of Meteorological Network Design and Development, Hydrometeorological Data Management, Data Quality Control Procedures, Early Warning Systems and New Services Development.

Improving the Meteorological and Hydrological Services in Vietnam (PROMOSERV)

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The overall objective of this project between FMI and NHMS was the promotion of economic development and reduced risks for the loss of life and property caused by severe weather and climate events in the Vietnamese society. The Project Purpose was the increased capacity of the National Hydro-Meteorological Service in the reduction of natural disaster risks and adaptation to climate change of the Vietnamese society.

Detailed Design of the DHM System, Procurement and Implementation Support, Nepal PPCR Project Building Resilience to Climate-Related Hazards (BRCH)

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The Nepal PPCR Project Development Objective is to enhance government capacity to mitigate climate-related hazards by improving the accuracy and timeliness of weather and flood forecasts and warnings for climate-vulnerable communities, as well as developing agricultural management information system services to help farmers mitigate climate-related production risks.

Development of Energy Education in the Mekong area (DEEM)

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The project responds to the identified needs of the Mekong HEIs to: 1) create sustainable energy engineering curricula, 2) improvement of sustainable energy knowledge, innovative pedagogical approaches, skills to foster research oriented learning, 3) improvement of international, national and regional networks DEEM project aims to integrate futures and sustainability thinking, promote innovation and entrepreneurship, build public-private partnerships and include innovative teaching methods. Associate partners from the governments and civil society provide guidance on most relevant challenges and skills needed.
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Dr Jyrki Luukkanen, Mr. Mika Korkeakoski, Dr. Jari Kaivo-oja, Mr. Timo Nurmi

Family Changes after Suicide in China

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The main research purpose includes gaining understanding about the changes of living experiences of individuals in family and family as a whole post suicide over time; and gaining understanding about the differences between successful and unsuccessful cases for individuals and families in the grief process post suicide and the related causes underneath them. In practice, it is expected to apply the findings of this research to provide reference for psychological crisis intervention with suicide survivors particularly on how to meet the changing needs of mourning individuals and families.
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Yan Chen; Aarno Laitila; Hannu Räty

Quantifying and characterising poison use in the communal farmlands of Namibia

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Farmers using poison to control livestock predators is a major threat to vulture populations in Namibia and across Africa. In order to develop effective conservation strategies, it is important to understand the socio-ecological drivers that trigger poison use by farmers. While we know what these drivers are on the commercial farms of Namibia, the situation in the communal farmlands is not well understood. We aim to interview communal farmers in order to understand how frequently, why, which and how poisons are used. We will also assess the perception of communal farmers towards vultures and their conservation.
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Christie Craig, Robert Thomson, Holger Kolberg

Cross-border Investment Location Choices and Competitive Interactions of Mobile Network Operators in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Spurred by the quest for improved performance, industrial firms have often embraced the international market, consequent to which they are continually embroiled in cross-border competitive rivalries in multiple markets. Against this backdrop, this study explores the cross-border investment location choices and competitive interactions of mobile network operators (MNOs) in Sub-Saharan Africa, with particular focus on the 16 such firms that had proven significant presence across multiple countries in the region as of 2014.

Epidemiological studies of Maternity Health in Yemen with a reference to adolescents

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In Yemen the number of maternal and infant mortality and morbidity remains high and more women become disabled as a result of pregnancy and childbirth complications. In addition, Yemen is among the country where female genital mutilation/cutting stills practice and many girls are undergo circumcise. The Project focuses on estimating the socioeconomic and other contributed factors of both maternal and child health outcomes including maternal mortality in the community setting as well as maternal health care seeking behavior. Also, the project investigates the prevalence and determinant factors for female genital mutilation/cutting
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Abdullah Alosaimi (Yemen), Riitta Luoto (Finland), Abdul Wahed Al Serouri (Yemen), Bright Nwaru (Finland), Halima Mouniri (Morocco), Birgitta Essén (Sweden).

Tax/benefit microsimulation for Ghana

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The project builds a tax-benefit microsimulation model for Ghana and it is a part of the bigger SOUTHMOD work, see https://www.wider.unu.edu/project/southmod-simulating-tax-and-benefit-policies-development.
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Robert Osei, Kwabena Adu-Ababio

Tailored fermentation for delivery of wholegrain and cereal fibre-rich products: promoting dietary fiber intake in Africa and Europe.

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This project, aims to explore the advantages of traditional fermentations methods of whole grain consumption and current knowledge of cereal bioprocessing in order to develop affordable and acceptable cereal fibre-rich products for both Africa and Europe. The project takes a multidisciplinary approach, bringing together experts on food technology, food chemistry, microbiology and nutrition in Africa (Kenya and Burkina Faso) and Europe (Finland and Portugal).
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Prof. Kati Katina, Dos Rosanna Coda, Dr. Ndegwa Maina, Yagin Wang Prof. Elisabete Pinto, Prof. Ana Gomes, Dr. Ana Pimenta,Catarina Vila Real, Prof. Samuel Mbugua, Dr Catherine Kunyanga, Hanna Mugure Dr. Hagrétou SAWADOGO-LINGANI, Clarisse Dawende Compare, Diarra Compaore-Sereme