Our Donors

OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)

The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) is an intergovernmental development finance institution which seeks to promote cooperation between member states of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other developing countries.OFID's key aim is to foster social and economic progress in the developing world through the provision of concessional financing for developing countries. However, OFID's work goes beyond simply dispensing aid; one of its central aims has always been to advance ‘South-South’ solidarity in every way available to it. OFID funds CDRs Internationale Training Course on Organic Agriculture. 


Biovision was founded in 1998 by Swiss World Food Prize recipient Dr. Hans Rudolf Herren, with the aim of sustainably improving life for people in Africa while conserving the environment as the basis for all life. Biovision Foundation combats hunger and poverty, and is committed to the dissemination and application of ecological methods that sustainably improve living conditions in Africa whilst also conserving the environment. Biovision renders ‚help for self-help‘ and promotes ecological thought and action in both North and South. Biovision supports several of CDRs projects.

Karl Kahane Foundation (KKF)

The Karl Kahane Foundation (KKF) was established in 1991 by the late Karl Kahane as an independent, privately-funded, non-political and non-religious charitable foundation. Seat of the foundation is Celerina, Switzerland. The KKF enters into a dialogue with project initiators and local people who know best what their needs are. Where necessary, the KKF helps to find experts, advisors and sponsors. The KKF funds CDRs' International Trainings Course on Organic Agriculture in Uganda, the projects in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 'Sustainable Solid Waste Management'and  in Bangladesh 'Fostering women voices through videos'.


The OeAD-GmbH advises, promotes and supports international cooperation in education, science and research. They support strategic development and accompany implementation measures. The main idea is the rooting of the development policy approach in the field of science and research. The CDR hosts OEAD-scholarship holders. 


The consortium Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD-GmbH) and Latin-America Institute (LAI) implements the new programme of Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) for the promotion of academic partnerships between 'South and North'.The objectives are to improve the quality in teaching and research, to make the management and the administration at the involved institutions more effective and to strengthen the scientific dialogue nationally and internationally.

Derag Livinghotels

The concept of the Hotel Kaiser Franz Joseph member of the Derag Livinghotels group caters to the needs of guests interested in both short and extended stays. Therefore the company offers Serviced Apartments with fully equipped kitchenettes and freely selectable value-added services for extended stays as well as hotel rooms with traditional hotel services for short stays. The main target groups in the apartment segment are business travellers and 2-city-commuters staying in a city for extended periods of time for business purposes. To be added are people moving home and expecting a prolonged stay as well as families. The hotel rooms are aiming at "traditional" upper class city hotel guests.

Our Research Partners


The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for sustainable development with the funders of this work. The funders include developing and industrialized country governments, foundations, and international and regional organizations.CDR works with the following CGIAR organisations: IITA, IWMI, CIAT, ILRI, ICARDA. 

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is Africa's leading research partner in finding solutions for hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. Our award-winning research for development (R4D) addresses the development needs of sub-Saharan Africa. IITA works with partners to enhance crop quality and productivity, reduce producer and consumer risks, and generate wealth from agriculture. IITA currently supports our project 'Participatory production of safe vegetable in peri - urban coastal zones of West Africa'.

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

IWMI is one of 15 international research centers supported by the network of 60 governments, private foundations and international and regional organizations collectively known as CGIAR. IWMI targets water and land management challenges faced by poor communities in the developing world/or in developing countries and through this contributes towards the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of reducing poverty, hunger and maintaining a sustainable environment.


CIAT is a leading not-for-profit organization and we have been helping smallholders grow more food and earn more money for 40 years. Established in 1970, as one of the four original research centers in the CGIAR, CIAT now works in more than 50 countries worldwide. CIAT is an agricultural research institution. We focus on scientific solutions to hunger in the tropics. We believe eco-efficient agriculture—developing sustainable methods of food production—is the best way to eradicate hunger and improve livelihoods in the region. 

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is a non-profit-making and non-governmental organization with headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, and a second principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  ILRI works at the crossroads of livestock and poverty, bringing high-quality science and capacity-building to bear on poverty reduction and sustainable development. ILRI works in Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and China.

International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

ICARDA (International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas) works on improved land management, diversification of production systems, and value-added crop and livestock products. Social, economic and policy research is an integral component of ICARDA's research to better target poverty and to enhance the uptake and maximize impact of the research outputs. ICARDA has a global mandate for the improvement of barley, lentil and faba bean and serves the non-tropical dry areas for the improvement of on-farm water-use efficiency, rangeland and small-ruminant production.


ARARI is a research insitution situated in Amhara region in the north of Ethiopia. It strives to generate appropriate agricultural technologies that contribute to the enhanced and sustainable agricultural productivity, competitiveness, economic growth, food security and poverty eradication. ARARI is an associate partner in the project TRANSACT.

Our Partner Universities

Makerere University

Makerere University is the nationale university of the Republic of Uganda. Makerere University has twenty-two faculties/institutes/schools offering not only day but also evening and external study programmes to a student body of about 30,000 undergraduates and 3,000 postgraduates (both Ugandan and foreign). It is also a very active centre for research.

University of Nairobi (UoN)

The University of Nairobi (UoN) is a world class University committed to scholarly excellence with a mission to provide quality university education and training and to embody the aspirations of the Kenyan people and the global community through creation, preservation, integration, transmission and utilization of knowledge. The training programmes are regularly reviewed to incorporate emerging scientific and technological issues in the agricultural, food and environmental sciences. In May 2012, BOKU-CDR and UoN have reached a mutual understanding to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding. Both Parties agree to collaborate in academic training, research, capacity building, and institutional development.

Sokoine University of Agriculture

Sokoine University of Agriculture is situated in Tanzania, Morogoro Municipality. Sokoine University of Agriculture is currently offering 24 undergraduate and 39 postgraduate programmes in agriculture, forestry and veterinary medicine, environmental sciences and allied disciplines. To date, SUA is the only university, amongst 34 universities and university colleges in Tanzania that offers degree programmes in the broad field of agriculture.

Bahir Dar University (BDU)

Bahir Dar University (BDU) is located in North Ethiopia on the shore of Lake Tanan. BDU was inaugurated in May 1992 and has has four colleges, three faculties, five schools and two institutes. Located in the university main campus are the Education and Behavioral science, the College of Science, the Faculty of Social Science, Faculty of Arts, Language, Journalism & Communication, the College of Medical and Health Science and the School of Law. The College of Agriculture and Environmental Science, the various engineering schools as well as the Institute of Textile Garment & Fashion Engineering are found in the Engineering campus formerly known as the Polytechnic Institute.

University of Gondar

The University of Gondar is situated in the north of Ehtiopia. It serves a a beacon that amounts to being an exact place for innovations contributing to democracy and the development of the country. Half a century ago, the university was established as a Public Health College and Training Centre. Cruising on the right track for achieving its goals of pertaining quality education and provision of community services different faculties started to be opened. Hence the Faculty of Management Science and Ecomnomics, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities and the Faculty of Applied and Natural Sciences enabled the college to grow to a University in 2004. 

Our Partner NGOs


HORIZONT3000 is an Austrian NGO working in the area of development cooperation. With the mandate of its' member organisations of the catholic development sector they specialise in the monitoring and implementation of projects as well as in the provision of experts in developing countries.


As a Non Governmental Organization with a vision of improved and sustainable livelihoods for the smallholder households, A2N-Uganda is dedicated to contributing to the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger in Uganda by working towards its mission and objectives A2N-Uganda has been operating since 1990 by working with smallholder farmers and implements a number of on-going projects through donor support and collaboration with partner organizations.

GOAL - Global Options and Linkages

GOAL is a registered non-profit international institution based in Austria. It looks at a variety of global options to see how they may be linked to have a meaningful impact on the sustainable development and well-being of people and their organisations across the globe.