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3080 Tervuren - Belgium
Tel. (+32) 02 769 52 11
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Belgian Development Cooperation

The Belgian Development Cooperation (DGD – Directorate-general for development cooperation) is the RMCA’s main partner in financing its development cooperation activities.

The terms of reference for these activities can be found in the Cooperation Protocol signed between the Ministry for Science Policy and the Ministry for Development Cooperation.

The support from the Belgian Development Cooperation allows the RMCA to promote knowledge dissemination in Africa to a large audience that includes scientists and the general public. In providing assistance to African institutions in their mission and in joint research, the museum contributes to sustainable development in Africa.


D4D - Digital for Development

Prize D4D is a biennially initiative of the Royal Museum of Central Africa (RMCA) with the support of the Belgian Directorate-General for Development Cooperation (DGD).

This initiative is in line with the policy priorities of the Belgian development cooperation to use digitisation and (new) technologies as a lever for development. The combination of both responsibilities, 'Development Cooperation' and 'Digital Agenda', in the portfolio of Minister Alexander De Croo offers a range of unique possibilities. One of these new opportunities is the Prize D4D.

Prize D4D rewards outstanding initiatives that use digitisation and (new) technologies as a lever for development towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There are no restrictions as to the chosen themes, nor the target groups.  Everyone with a convincing project or innovative idea on 'Digital for Development' can participate. Applications are authorised for applicants with a Belgian nationality, incl. EU nationals or people with a right to a permanent residence in Belgium or applicants linked to a partner country. They can submit an innovative idea or startup in the category ‘iStartUp’, enter their success story in the category ‘iStandOut’ or compete for the public award in the category ‘iChoose’.

Closing of the call for applications: February 1, 2018.

The winners will receive their award at the award ceremony and the innovation fair that will take place in the third trimester of 2018.

More information: http://prized4d.africamuseum.be/en.

The ongoing 2014-2018 programme includes:


Awareness-building to spread knowledge on Africa, teach people about development and, on a broader scale, about global citizenship

RMCA activities for children and youth, teacher training courses, the vast educational and cultural programme for adults and families, temporary exhibits.
During the museum renovation, pop-up cultural and educational activities and exhibits will be designed and proposed to the public.
Scientific conferences on themes relevant to development issues and sub-Saharan Africa, (co)organized by the RMCA

Scientific research to inform policy choices on sub-Saharan Africa development issues

In 2014-2015, a project involving field work in the DRC will attempt to gather information on disturbances affecting two tree species in African tropical rainforest as well as possibilities of re-establishing them. The conclusions can be one of the tools for sustainable forest management.

Collaboration with African partner institutions

  • Central Africa
    • Centre de recherches géologiques et minières (Kinshasa, RDC):  strengthening the research and geological service capacities of the CRGM.
    • Production of reference works (monographs) on the future provinces of the Congo, to support a policy of good governance and decentralized management of the DRC and its provinces, in collaboration with the Centre d’Etudes Politiques, Université de Kinshasa, and the Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Documentaires sur l’Afrique Centrale, Université de Lubumbashi (among others).
    • Development of observation and research capacities for natural hazards in the North Kivu-Tanganyika region, in collaboration with the following: Université Officielle de Bukavu, Institut Supérieur Pédagogique (Bukavu), Observatoire Volcanologique de Goma, Centre de Recherches en Sciences Naturelles (Lwiro) in DRC and the Université de Burundi (Bujumbura) in Burundi.
    • Study of ichthyological diversity in the Congo Basin, allowing, among other things, the drafting of recommendations for sustainable management of fisheries resources as well as significant capacity-building for the partners involved. In collaboration with the following: Université de Kisangani, Institut Supérieur Pédagogique (Mbanza-Ngungu), Université de Lubumbashi, Centre de Recherche en Hydrobiologie (Uvira) in DRC, Université de Burundi (Bujumbura) in Burundi, and Université Marien Ngouabi (Brazzaville) in the Republic of the Congo
    • Support for the educational programme offered by the Musée National de Lubumbashi to primary and secondary school students.
  • Mozambique and Tanzania
    • Study of the spatio-temporal population dynamics of fruit flies in the province of Manica, in Mozambique, in collaboration with Eduardo Mondlane University, aimed at optimising the Integrated Pest Management programme developed by the RMCA with the Sokoine University of Agriculture, in Tanzania.

Trainings organized at the RMCA and in Africa for researchers affiliated with African museums and scientific institutions

For scientists from African institutes who are not part of the abovementioned cooperation projects, this programme allows them to carry out research, follow training, or acquire new knowledge related to the RMCA’s areas of expertise or collections.

The 2014-2018 programme provides for the following:

  • Individual trainings in African zoology and wood biology with the ABIC (African Biodiversity Information Centre), as well as other RMCA services
  • Annual group training on the use of FishBase and ichthyological taxonomy + follow-up trainings
  • Group training on georisks in Central Africa
  • Biannual group training on the taxonomy and systematics of African fruit flies
  • Biannual group training on archival and historical collection work for research support + follow-up trainings
  • Biannual group training on the conservation and digitisation of the geological and zoological collections of the museum

Overview of training courses

Activities promoting accessibility of information systems and sources to developing African countries

  • With its Knowledge Center, the RMCA seeks to provide African scientists, partner institutions, and public authorities with access to relevant information (collections, databases and publications, educational material on scientific disciplines) , via the Internet or other electronic means. Information dissemination is not limited to the RMCA website; it also occurs through international networks such as the FishBase online encyclopedia. 
  • To facilitate access to certain information sources from within the DRC, the RMCA has created mirror sites at the Centre de documentation de l'enseignement supérieur, universitaire et recherche de Kinshasa.






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