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The programme organizes meetings between visitors from Official Development Assistance (ODA)-recipient countries with a direct understanding of global challenges and individual Cambridge researchers, allowing focussed discussions about addressing such challenges.

If you would like a Global Visitor that you are hosting at Cambridge to meet other colleagues from the Cambridge global challenges community, please contact the Research Strategy Manager (Dr Sara Serradas O'Holleran,


The programme led by Cambridge Global Challenges has had a key role in the strategy that our University is establishing to tackle regional development and environmental issues such as drought periods, heavy rains, soil, coastal erosion and cyclones and it was already led to the design of a joint project with colleagues at Cambridge on microbial and electrochemical energy production systems.” 

João Salavessa, leading an institutional project at Universidade Lúrio planned with the government of Mozambique, to reduce poverty in the north of the country through relevant training in Agriculture, Engineering and Applied Sciences. 

Professor Keith Breckenridge (Deputy Director, Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, South Africa) – Visit to Cambridge: 28-30th March 2018

(i) Biometric technologies in global information governance; (ii) Mechanisms for collaboration between Cambridge, Wits, and intra-African research hubs; (iii) Capacity development for AI and data science in Africa; (iv) Policy questions in knowledge infrastructure: private, public and open data

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Mulugeta Gebru (Executive Director, JeCCDO, Ethiopia) – Visit to Cambridge: 18th July 2017

Research and Development opportunities for partnership in Ethiopia

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Dr Maneshree Jugmohan-Naidu (Director of Agricultural Biotechnology, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa) – Visit to Cambridge: 24-28th July 2017

Funding and collaborative opportunities between the Agricultural Sector of the South African National Bio-economy Strategy and University of Cambridge

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Welcome to Cambridge Global Challenges

Cambridge Global Challenges is the Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular focus on the poorest half of the world’s population.


Join the Strategic Research Initiative

Register to Cambridge Global Challenges and to the SRI's mailing list here.


Learn about the support we provide 

Information on how Cambridge Global Challenges can support your research is shared here.


Contribute to Cambridge's response to COVID-19 in the Global South

Join working groups that invite your collaboration, create a new working group and learn about available funding opportunities here.


Contact us

Research Strategy Manager (Dr Sara Serradas O'Holleran):​.