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.

Master’s Degree in Globalisation, Development and Cooperation

A master’s degree organised jointly by the University of Barcelona, the Fundació Món-3 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.

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.

MOROCCO: Support for the good governance of the municipality of Figuig to contribute to the deployment of public policies related to the socioeconomic activation of its oasis

Period: 2008 – 2011

bona-governabilitat-marrocThe program involves the support for Figuig City Council. The actions range from the provision of certain infrastructures to the technical training of local staff, including advice on the policies of the municipality in the fields of the environment (water and waste) and tourism, the promotion of the participation of citizens and, more specifically, the coordination between the different actors and cooperation activities for the local development.

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

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

Target 8.9: By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products.

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

Target 11.b: By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change and resilience to disasters.

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

Target 16.6: Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels.

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

Target 16.b: Promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development.

ODS 17. Partnerships for the goals
ODS 17. Partnerships for the goals

Target 17.9: Enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building in developing countries to support national plans to implement all the sustainable development goals, including through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation.

MAURITANIA AND SENEGAL: Creation of a space for training and dissemination, advanced technology, and agricultural research from the perspective of sustainable regional development

Period: 2007 – 2012

mauritania-desenvolupament-sostenibleThis project is intended to create a space for training and research aimed at people who have acquired a certain technical level in studies related to agriculture and the environment to reach additional training to enable them to cope with the development of the region through a rational and sustainable exploitation of the natural environment. The main activity of the project is the Master’s Degree in Rural Development and Cooperation organised jointly by the Gaston Berger University of Saint Louis (Senegal), the University of Barcelona, the Barcelona School of Agricultural Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and the Món-3 Foundation.

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

ODS 4. Quality education
ODS 4. Quality education

Target 4.3: By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university.

Target 4.4: By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship.

Target 4.7: By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development.

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

Target 12.2: By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.

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.

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