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Associate Partners

The FONASO Associate Partners may act as hosts for thesis fieldwork and provide input to or conduct doctoral candidate courses. The Associate Partners - which each hold specific knowledge and have access to unique networks and infrastructure - may also be involved in defining research topics and as co-supervisors.

Associate partners in the FONASO Programme are:

Cambodia Development Resource Institute

As an independent Cambodian development policy research institute, the mission of the Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI) is to contribute to Cambodias sustainable development and the well-being of its people through the generation of high quality policy-relevant development research, knowledge dissemination and capacity building.
CDRI works to achieve this mission in partnership with Cambodian public institutions, civil society and their regional and international development partners, with respect for the capacity of the Cambodian people and their institutions, for the value of local knowledge and experience, and for Cambodias history and culture.

CDRI produces independent, objective, high quality policy-relevant development research, aiming to maximise its accessibility to policy makers, influencers and stakeholders, and to have it affect policy in five interrelated areas that are key for Cambodias sustainable development:

  • economy, trade and regional cooperation;
  • poverty reduction, agricultural development and rural livelihoods;
  • democratic governance and public sector reform;
  • natural resources and the environment;
  • human security, peace building and conflict transformation.

CDRI undertakes its programmes and projects in partnership with Cambodian government agencies and their international development partners, other research and tertiary education institutions and civil society organisations.
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CIFOR (Indonesia and Mexico)

Centre for Internatinal Forestry Research (CIFOR) is an international research and global knowledge institution, committed to censerving forests and improving the livelihoods of people in the tropics. It is a global leader in the supply of applied forest research. Established in 1993, CIFOR advances human wellbeing, environmental conservation, and equity by conducting research to inform policies and practices that affect forests in developing countries.

CIFOR is one of 15 centres within the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and the headquarters are in Bogor, Indonesia. CIFOR also has scientists and support staff posted at offices in Asia, Africa and South America and an annual budget of around US$ 21.5 million. Governed by an international board of trustees with 15 members from 12 countries, CIFOR receives contributions from over 50 governments and funding agencies. CIFOR work in more than 30 countries worldwide and have links with researchers in more than 50 international, regional and national organisations.
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Dalhoff Larsen & Hornemann A/S (DLH) is one of the world's major timber wholesalers with sales and procurement offices, warehouse and processing facilities in more than 30 countries on five continents. DLH is a Danish-owned Group quoted on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange and since 1908 trading in timber and wood products all over the world. DLH intends to expand its position as one of the worlds leading suppliers of timber and timber products manufactured from sustainably produced raw materials. Through profitable growth, organic as well as by acquisition, and the effective exploitation of the capital invested, DLH aims to create financial results that will secure shareholders a satisfactory return on their investments.

The DLH Group is organised under two divisions: the Hardwood Division and the Timber & Board Division. The Hardwood Division is a provider of tropical and temperate hardwood in the form of logs, sawn timber, components and finished products, part of which are manufactured by the groups own sawmills and processing facilities in the countries of origin. The products are sold partly through stockholding sales units in a vast number of countries in Europe and in the USA, and partly through sales offices in Europe and in the Far East. The Timber & Board Division distributes timber-based sheet materials and softwood, such as planks and boards. The division has its primary market in Europe and exports considerable quantities of sheet materials to the USA.
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Forest Resource Studies and Action Team (ForestAction) Nepal is a learning oriented, not-for-profit and politically non-aligned, self governed, professional civil society organization. It focuses on research and policy dialogue for productive, equitable and sustainable forest and natural resource management. It blends professional knowledge with citizen power to build pressure for change. Since establishment in 2000, it has been working as a key player in the forestry and natural resource management sector in Nepal through its dedicated and multidisciplinary team of professionals who combine their knowledge of natural and social science together in critical action research and policy dialogue.
The main areas of expertise are: policy process, decentralization, community and local governance, social learning, institutional processes, gender and social inclusion, livelihood promotion, innovation system, critical analysis, knowledge management and publication.

The goal is to influence public policy process and empower forest and natural resource dependent communities, particularly the poor, marginalized and vulnerable groups, in taking control and playing active roles in forest and natural resources management.
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James Cook University

James Cook University is Australia's leading tropical research university. The university commits itself to research of excellence and high impact, particularly on issues of critical importance to the world's tropics. Its name is taken from the eighteenth-century British navigator and explorer Captain James Cook, whose epic voyages contributed to the world of science. The University was proclaimed in Townsville on 20 April 1970, two hundred years after Cook charted the eastern seaboard of Australia, including northern Queensland.

James Cook University is a leader in research addressing the critical challenges facing the tropics, world-wide. A defining feature of JCU is its tropical location and its research excellence in disciplines of particular relevance to the tropics. As a comprehensive university in the tropics, JCU is well placed to foster cross-disciplinary collaborations to meet these challenges. JCU is committed to providing shape and direction to its research by alignment to the major themes: Tropical Ecosystems, Conservation and Climate Change, Industries and Economies in the Tropics, Peoples and Societies in the Tropics, Tropical Health, Medicine and Biosecurity
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Tribhuvan University, Institute of Forestry

Tribhuvan University (TU) is the first national institution of higher education in Nepal. The Institute of Forestry is one of five institutes at the university and the major objective of the institute is to provide students with an advanced training in forestry, natural resource conservation and management. Additional responsibilities of the institute include forestry research and the development of technology suitable to Nepal.

The overall objectives of projects currently run at the Institute of Forestry are to enhance the capacity of teaching and research at the institute, to develop the institute facilities, to train faculty/staff and to develop networks and linkages with European and Asian Universities to ensure quality of teaching and research.

The Institute of Forestry has two campuses, one at Pokhara and the other at Hetauda. The campuses have facilities of laboratories, woodlots, arboreta, forest research centers, computer centres. The institute also has an affiliated campus, Kathmandu Forestry College, based in Kathmandu.
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Universidade Nacional de Asuncion

The National University of Asuncion, founded in 1889, is the oldest and most traditional university in Paraguay. Today the University has 12 faculties, offering students the most comprehensive range of training opportunities. The academic community is comprised of about 40,000 students and 6,200 teachers.

The Faculty of Agricultural Sciences (FCA) is one of the spearheads of the National University of Asunción (UNA). The faculty is located on the campus of the City of San Lorenzo, 11 km from Asuncion, capital of Paraguay and is composed of five departments; Agricultural Engineering, Forestry Engineering, Human Ecology Engineering, Environmental Engineering and the Bachelor of Agricultural Management.
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University of British Columbia

University of British Columbia (UBC) is one of Canada's finest universities. The outstanding Faculty of Forestry has three departments: Forest Resources Management, Forest Sciences, and Wood Science. These include research groups on forest economics and policy, applied conservation, forest ecosystem management, and sustainable forest management. The University of British Columbia was established in 1908.
UBC's research offices support the development of outstanding research in all disciplines including research carried out by graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and research associates. Their goals include increasing research funding from all sectors and to encourage local, national and international research partnerships and exchanges. Additionally, UBC research encourages and supports technology transfer and commercialisation of research discoveries through patents, licenses and spin off company creation and develop new models for knowledge translation. In 2005, UBC was listed as one of North America's top 10 universities for both the quantity and quality of life sciences patents issued. UBC researchers attract hundreds of millions of dollars in research funding annually from government, industry and non-profit foundations.
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University of Kordofan

The University of Kordofan was founded in 1990 and is recognized as one of the top universities in Sudan. It is one of the largest universities in Sudan and is located in El-Obied, 560 km to the southwest of Khartoum. The area of Kordofan has a fragile natural resource base. Desertification and soil degradation are very active and has a large influence on peoples livelihoods in the area.

The Faculty of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies was the first faculty established at the University of Kordofan and it has been chosen as a model faculty of its counterparts in Sudan. It is located in a fragile environment exacerbated by irrational use of natural resources coupled with natural hazards. The faculty consists of eight departments and is unique in terms of tackling agricultural sciences (crops & livestock, forestry & range sciences) with special emphasis on natural resources and environmental studies.

The objective of the University of Kordofan is to i) undertake oriented research towards biological sustainable development & rational resources use, ii) conduct research on environment conservation & biodiversity enrichment, iii) enhancing awareness of the community for agricultural production and rational use of natural resources and vi) developing linkages with counterpart institutions (nationally, regionally and internationally).
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World Agroforestry Centre (Kenya, Costa Rica and Bangladesh)

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is an international research and global knowledge institution, committed to generate science-based knowledge about the diverse roles that trees play in agricultural landscapes and to use its research to advance policies and practices that benefit the poor and the environment. ICRAF was established in 1978 to promote agroforestry research in developing countries. In 2002 the Centre acquired the brand name World Agroforestry Centre (it was formerly the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry and retains the use of the acronym ICRAF). The new name reflects the fact that the Centre is now recognised as the international leader in agroforestry research and development. 

The Centres vision is a rural transformation in the developing world where smallholder households massively increase their use of trees in agricultural landscapes to improve their food security, nutrition, income, health, shelter, energy resources and environmental sustainability. ICRAF undertakes its science agenda through four main approaches: Accelerating the Use and Impact of its Research, Enhancing Science Quality, Strengthening Partnerships, and Enhancing Operational Efficiency . Agroforestry is uniquely suited to address both (i) the requirement for improved food security and increased bio-mass resources for energy and (ii) the need to sustainably manage agricultural landscapes for the critical ecosystem services they provide.
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Makerere University

Makerere University is one of the oldest and most prestigious Universities in Africa. It was established in 1922 as a humble technical school. In January of that year, the school, which was later renamed Uganda Technical College, opened its doors to 14 day students who began studying Carpentry, Building and Mechanics. The College soon began offering various other courses in Medical Care, Agriculture , Veterinary Sciences and Teacher Training. It expanded over the years to become a Center for Higher Education in East Africa in 1935. In 1937, the College started developing into an institution of higher education, offering post-school certificate courses.

Makerere University college of Agricultural and Environmental sciences (CAES) is one of the eight colleges of Makerere University. It was formed by the integration of the Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Forestry and Nature Conservation, Makerere University Institute of Environment and Natural Resources (MUIENR) and the Department of Geography.

The university's vision is to be the leading institution for academic excellence and innovations in Africa. Their mission is to advance training, knowledge generation and service delivery in order to enhance agricultural development, sustainable natural resource utilization and environmental management.

Contact information: PO Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda. Professor Jacob Godfrey Agea,, Phone: +256 392945330
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University of Antananarivo

The University of Antananarivo was establised in 1961 and is the only university in Madagascar that offers Ph.D. level degrees.

In March 1963 the school of Agronomy was establised and was in the begining called Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique (ENSA), later it became l’Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Agronomiques, ESSA. ESSA is a unique public institution who educates people in agricultural engineering with sepcialization in one of five areas.


  • Department of Agriculture: Specialization in Plant Production.
  • Department of Farm Management: Specialization in Social Sciences, Economics and Management applied to Rural Development.
  • Department of Water and Forests: Specialization in Forestry and Forest and Environmental Management. 
  • Department of Animal Breeding: Specialization in Animal Production.
  • Department of Agricultural and Food Industries: Specialization in Conservation and Transformation of Plant and Animal Products. 

Contact information: B.P 175 – 101 Antananarivo, Madagascar. Director Prof. Jean Rasoarahona,, Phone: +261 (20) 24 393 53
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The Wildlife and We Protection Foundation

WWPF has specialization in development of Digital Planning and Management Support Systems for Protected Areas (Tiger Reserves, National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries). They are currently involved in development of Planning and Management Support Systems for the following Protected Areas:

1. Pench Tiger Reserve, Maharastra
2. Tadoba Tiger Reserve, Maharastra
3. Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary, Madhya Pradesh
4. Kanha Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh
5. Melghat Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra
6. Bhoramdeo Wildlife Sanctuary, Chhattisgarh
7. Barnavapara Wildlife Sanctuary, Chhattisgarh

They are also well equipped for providing consultancies to District Administrations for decentralized planning. They are attempting to encourage the District Administrations to adopt the Digital District Planning and Management Support Systems for better planning, management and implementation of various plans. They have been providing advice to the Forest Department and the District Administration in development of Ecotourism/Rural Tourism Planning and Management Support Systems.

Contact information: B-507 Nilgiri Upvan Apartment, Gawand Baug, Pokhran-2, Thane (West), Mumbai, India. Director General Dr. Shivaji Chavan,, Phone: +91 9993204708
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University of Chittagong />In the mid-sixties the then Government of Pakistan decided to establish the University of Chittagong because of a growing demand for a public university among people in the region. The Grand Port City of Chittagong in Bangladesh did not have a public university to meet the higher educational needs of the students of Chittagong division. The decision of building a university was gradually implemented at different phases. The major growth of this university occurred during the period following the emergence of Bangladesh as a sovereign country in 1971.

Originally, the Government of Pakistan planned to develop the University of Chittagong as a fully residential public university, but this goal could not be materialized at any point of time due to non-availability of adequate funds from relevant sources.

Contact information: Chittagong 4331, Bangladesh. Director Prof. Mohammed Jashimuddin,, Phone: +880 1819387122
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Consultative and Research Center on Natural Resource Management

Consultative and Research Center on Natural Resource Management (CORENARM) was established in 2005 and founded by young, enthusiastic and capability founders in order to implement and organize natural resource management related activities integrated with other community development programmes. The Founders are working in natural resources management and community development. They are all willing to transfer their experience and knowledge on Natural resource management and community development to local people and local staff in order to improve efficiency of current management patterns of natural resources (state, community, household, or specializing organizations). 

The Center's vision is to become a leading consultative and research center on natural resource management, environment and sustainable development in Southeast Asia. The mission is to contributes to management of natural resources and environment and in line with sustainable livelihood improvement strategy through highly quality research and advisory services.

Contact information: 38 Nguyen Cu Trinh Street, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam. Director Ngo Tri Dung,, Phone +84 054 3623600
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University of Michigan

The International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI) research network examines how governance arrangements affect forests and the people who depend on them. Our goal is to carry out rigorous research that can help policy makers and forest users design and implement improved evidence-based forest policies.

The IFRI network is comprised of 14 Collaborating Research Centers (CRCs) located around the globe. Our researchers use a common data collection method to ensure that sites can be compared across space and time. Our unique database contains information about biodiversity, livelihoods, institutions, and forest carbon for over 250 sites in 15 countries between 1992 and the present.

The IFRI research program was initiated by Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom in 1992. Elinor coordinated IFRI from Indiana University for 14 years. In 2006, IFRI’s administrative center moved to the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, where it is currently housed under the coordination of Arun Agrawal.
Contact information: 440 Church St., Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1041, USA. Professor Arun Agrawal,, Phone: +1 734-647-5948
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