AGYA supports high-quality research jointly conducted by Arab and German scholars across a broad range of disciplines and regions. The interdisciplinary research projects contribute to the development of innovative academic approaches and new networks and yield valuable scientific results that are presented in a diverse array of conferences, workshops, publications, and policy briefs. Arab and German exchange (North-South cooperation) plays as much a role as collaboration between scholars from different Arab regions (North-South-South cooperation). Within AGYA, the members structure and realize their projects in three different funding formats: as a ‘Working Group Project/Meeting’ ‘Tandem Project’ or ‘Idea Competition’.
The tandem projects offer the opportunity to carry out joint research projects and academic exchange on a bilateral level. Under this format, one Arab and one German member of AGYA work together. Within this close collaborative partnership, the members can intensively learn from and with each other, beyond their disciplinary boundaries.
Working Group Projects
To date, AGYA members have established six thematic working groups. During their meetings, the working group members discuss, develop, and implement new interdisciplinary research projects that address the following topics: Arab and German Education; Common Heritage and Common Challenges; Energy, Water and Environment; Health & Society; Innovation and Transformation. In Working Group Projects under these headings, several Arab and German AGYA members jointly tackle questions of common concern through an interdisciplinary approach, with a focus on enhancing North-South-South cooperation.
In the framework of the idea competition, the most innovative ideas and projects are awarded by the AGYA members.
Since 2016, more than 100 projects have been implemented, including 36 Working Group Projects and 67 Tandem Projects. These projects have taken place in more than 40 locations in 18 countries: Austria, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tanzania, Turkey, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.