COOPERATION AND UNIVERSITY TRAINING FOR DEVELOPMENT

The University of Barcelona has its own workspace in the field of development cooperation which includes actions in the field of general training, specialised training, research applied to development, research cooperation with southern countries, etc.

Within this framework, UB Solidarity Foundation carries out development cooperation projects in different regions of the world, giving priority to inter-university cooperation. Among the main lines of work are projects dedicated to human rights, the environment and water, which are essential strategic sectors for a sustainable development at the environmental, social and political levels.

CAMBODIA, LAOS AND VIETNAM: Inow Asia

Period: 2021 – 2024


Project for the development of innovative multilevel formation programs for the new water leading professionals in Southeast Asia. With the support of the European Union, through the Erasmus+ program.

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This project is related to the following ODS of the Agenda 2030:

  • SDG 4. Quality education
    SDG 4. Quality education

    Target 4.7: D’aquí a 2030, assegurar que tot l’alumnat adquireixi els coneixements teòrics i pràctics necessaris per promoure el desenvolupament sostenible.

  • SDG 6. Clean water and sanitation
    SDG 6. Clean water and sanitation

    Target 6.4: By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater.

    Target 6.a: By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies.

  • SDG 17. Partnerships for the goals
    SDG 17. Partnerships for the goals

    Target 17.16: Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries.

SENEGAL: Support to the sustainable management of Saint Louis’ water resources (phase II)

Period: 2019 – 2021

Project that gives continuity to the initiative “Support to the sustainable management of Saint Louis’ water resources (Senegal)” (2016-2018). It affects the water and sanitation rights of the peri-urban areas of the Senegalese city of Saint Louis by strengthening the capacities of the holders of responsibilities and promoting innovative and ecological models of water management and sanitation through of schools. In collaboration with Gaston Berger University (UGB) and the Món-3 foundation, and with the support of Barcelona City Council.

This project is related to the following ODS of the Agenda 2030:

  • ODS 6. Clean water and sanitation
    ODS 6. Clean water and sanitation

    Target 6.a: By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies.

  • ODS 9. Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    ODS 9. Industries, innovation and infrastructure

    Target 9.a: Facilitate sustainable and resilient infrastructure development in developing countries through enhanced financial, technological and technical support to African countries, least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States.

SENEGAL: Natural technologies for a sustainable management of waste water

Period: 2017 – 2018

Project for the implementation of natural technologies for the sustainable management of waste water in rural and peri-urban areas of Senegal. With the support of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).

This project is related to the following ODS of the Agenda 2030:

  • ODS 6. Clean water and sanitation
    ODS 6. Clean water and sanitation

    Target 6.a: By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies.

  • ODS 9. Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    ODS 9. Industries, innovation and infrastructure

    Target 9.a: Facilitate sustainable and resilient infrastructure development in developing countries through enhanced financial, technological and technical support to African countries, least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States.

SENEGAL: Support to the sustainable management of Saint Louis’ water resources

Period: 2016 – 2018

Knowledge transfer project for the development of low-cost, sustainable and environmentally friendly sanitation techniques. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the promotion of a sustainable management of water resources in the Saint Louis region of Senegal, in order to improve the quality of life and well-being of the population. The specific objective of the project is to promote sustainable and ecological solutions for the management of waste water as well as to improve the capacity of local institutions to manage sanitation services. With the support of Barcelona City Council and the Barcelona Metropolitan Area.

This project is related to the following ODS of the Agenda 2030:

  • ODS 6. Clean water and sanitation
    ODS 6. Clean water and sanitation

    Target 6.a: By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies.

  • ODS 9. Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    ODS 9. Industries, innovation and infrastructure

    Target 9.a: Facilitate sustainable and resilient infrastructure development in developing countries through enhanced financial, technological and technical support to African countries, least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States.

COLOMBIA: Creation of the centre for a comprehensive education for young people of the “Indigenous protection La María”

Period: 2011 – 2013 colombia-resguardo-maria

The objective of this project is to improve the socio-economic conditions of the indigenous communities and to recover the ancestral traditions in cattle raising, dairy production and manufacture of derived dairy products (yoghurt, cheese, butter). This is done to avoid the enlistment of young people to armed groups and the loss of their own cultural values, which are two of the consequences of the structural poverty.

This project is related to the following ODS of the Agenda 2030:

  • ODS 1. No poverty
    ODS 1. No poverty

    Target 1.2: By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions.

  • ODS 8. Decent work and economic growth
    ODS 8. Decent work and economic growth

    Target 8.6: By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training.

  • ODS 11. Sustainable cities and communities
    ODS 11. Sustainable cities and communities

    Target 11.4: Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage.

  • ODS 12. Responsible consumption and production
    ODS 12. Responsible consumption and production

    Target 12.8: By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature.

    Target 12.a: Support developing countries to strengthen their scientific and technological capacity to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production.

VIETNAM: Treatment of industrial waste water in the provinces of Quang Ninh and Hanoi

Period: 2010 – 2013 vietnam-aigues-residuals

Financed by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and jointly with the National University of Vietnam, a waste water treatment facility has been set up in a seafood manufacturing industry in Halong Bay, which is an environment declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site (1994). The facility works with ecological systems and is the first infrastructure of its kind in Southeast Asia registered in the world register of constructed wetlands (Wetlands). The project has also included activities related to environmental awareness in urban and peri-urban areas of the provinces involved.

This project is related to the following ODS of the Agenda 2030:

  • ODS 6. Clean water and sanitation
    ODS 6. Clean water and sanitation

    Target 6.a: By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies.

  • ODS 9. Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    ODS 9. Industries, innovation and infrastructure

    Target 9.a: Facilitate sustainable and resilient infrastructure development in developing countries through enhanced financial, technological and technical support to African countries, least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States.

COLOMBIA: Inter-University Cooperation Program between the University of Barcelona and the Javeriana University of Cali

Period: 2008 – 2012 colombia-estudios-interculturales

The program aims to give voice and empowerment to the invisible victims of the armed conflict in Colombia (essentially, indigenous and Afro-descendant communities, women and peasants) so that they can act as fundamental agents of the peace process. With the support of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), this program offers three basic lines of action: indigenous rights and the defence of human rights; peace actions led by women, and the creation of the Institute for Intercultural Studies at the south west of Colombia.

This project is related to the following ODS of the Agenda 2030:

  • ODS 5. Gender equality
    ODS 5. Gender equality

    Target 5.5: Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decisionmaking in political, economic and public life.

  • ODS 11. Sustainable cities and communities
    ODS 11. Sustainable cities and communities

    Target 11.4: Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage.

  • ODS 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions
    ODS 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

    Target 16.7: Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels.

    Target 16.a: Strengthen relevant national institutions, including through international cooperation, for building capacity at all levels, in particular in developing countries, to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime.

MASTER’S DEGREE IN GLOBALISATION, DEVELOPMENT AND COOPERATION

A master’s degree organised jointly by the University of Barcelona, the Món-3 foundation and the UB Solidarity Foundation with the aim of training specialists who, reinforced by a solid theoretical and practical base, can intervene directly in the construction of development strategies and cooperation relations that underpin a possible world of solidarity and well-being, environmentally-friendly, hopeful for future generations and necessarily different from the present one.

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This project is related to the following ODS of the Agenda 2030:

  • ODS 4. Quality education
    ODS 4. Quality education

    Target 4.7: By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.

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