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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

Exploring food choices and linking nutrition to landscape - understanding drivers of food and nutrition insecurity of a Sub-Saharan African Indigenous group

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Indigenous people who are historical creators of knowledge about food, are among the most impoverished, food insecure people of the contemporary world. This is often due to regulations over the usage of natural resources and very rapid changes in social settings, climatic patterns and cultural practices. This has significantly transformed the diets of indigenous people’s worldwide, non-exemption of the Khwe San indigenous people of Namibia. Today, not only are less food available to the Khwe, but also in reduced nutritional quality. The widely available processed foods and Food Aid deliveries have created dependencies and undermined traditional food systems and health.
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Prof. Juha Helenius, Dr. Aili Pyhälä

Multimarket Competition Strategies of Mobile Network Operators in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Given the growing importance of mobile telecoms in the economy of the fast-emerging Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), this research aims at exploring the multimarket competition strategies of the mobile network operators (MNOs) with cross-border activities in the region. It is, therefore, expected that the findings emanating from the study would deepen our present understanding of internationalization and multimarket competition, drawing from mobile telecoms in the emerging region context.

Religion and globalization: Evangelical Christianity and development in Africa

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This research focuses on FBOs (World Vision, Fida International and Free Pentecostal Church of Tanzania) and their development projects by employing the capability approach and examining how the faith base influences assessments of valued functionings as aspects of good life, capabilities, and freedoms. Research is based on fieldwork in several regions in Tanzania.

Robust walls, a resilient home? How disaster reconstruction housing supply network contributes to the resilience of a disaster-affected community: Comparing formal and informal settlements

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Robust walls, a resilient home? How disaster reconstruction housing supply network contributes to the resilience of a disaster-affected community: Comparing formal and informal settlements

Neo-Carbon Enabling Neo-Growth Society – Transformative Energy Futures 2050

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The foresight part of NEO-CARBON ENERGY explores possible futures of a new renewables-based energy production and storage system, which is being developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and University of Turku – Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC). This joint research project is one of the strategic research openings of Tekes – The Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation. The foresight work is conducted in the Finland Futures Research Centre. A possibly distributed energy production system of neo-/low-carbon technologies and emerging issues such as prosumerism can drive economic, political, cultural and social changes. Radically new innovations, services and practices could emerge as a result of the third industrial revolution.
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Sirkka Heinonen, Juho Ruotsalainen, Joni Karjalainen, Marjukka Parkkinen

Stability and Change in Language Contact: The Case of Southern Ndebele (South Africa)

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Compared to other official languages of South Africa, with 700,000 speakers S. Ndebele is a small language. Its speakers live close to major cities like Pretoria and Johannesburg and commonly use various other languages. Still, S. Ndebele speakers have been able to maintain their language. We want to find out how this works, and whether we can learn from this as a model for increasingly multilingual everyday lives that we live as Europeans.
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PhD Lotta Aunio, PhD Thera Crane, MA Stephan Schulz

Visualizing and Animating Large-scale Spatiotemporal Data

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Visual exploration of data enables users and analysts observe interesting patterns that can trigger new research for further investigation. With the increasing availability of Linked Data, facilitating support for making sense of the data via visual exploration tools for hypothesis generation is critical. Time and space play important roles in this because of their ability to illustrate dynamicity, from a spatial context. Yet, Linked Data visualization approaches typically have not made efficient use of time and space together, apart from typical rather static multivisualization approaches and mashups. We developed ELBAR explorer that visualizes a vast amount of scientific observational data about the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest. The core contribution is a novel mechanism for animating between the different observed values, thus illustrating the observed changes themselves.
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Tomi Kauppinen, Suvodeep Mazumdar

EU - LAC research consortium

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This is still a non-official project. The aim is to build a strong EU - LAC research consortium in order to apply EU/ H2020 research funding. The network building has begun and project data base is under development.
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Virpi Kaartti, Laurea UAS