Research capability assessments

This work package will undertake research capability assessments (RCAs) of partner institutions in the Horn of Africa. A UK team will assess the current and target research capabilities of partner institutions, propose plans to reach the target, implementing them and monitor progress. A reflective Learning and Evaluation Project will assess the success of the RCAs from a research perspective.


Training non-academics

This work package will provide training to non-research staff from these institutions. Depending on the outcome of Objective 1, non-research staff in roles that underpin research will be trained. This includes leadership training, placements/shadowing in research support, and training in laboratory skills.


Training academic researchers

This work package seeks to advance the knowledge and research skills of researchers from these institutions in generic, laboratory and subject-specific skills. Research staff from partner institutions will take part in 2-5 day workshops/short courses, 4-8 week masterclasses, and attend summer schools in aspects of One Health. An e-learning platform will be developed.


Learn on the job through basic and applied research in the area of One Health

This work package will undertake basic and applied research in the area of One Health. Researchers from institutes in Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somaliland will undertake 3-12 month research projects (totalling 50 person-years) in ‘research clusters’ in the Horn of Africa; throughout this process they will be mentored and supervised by UK and local academic partners. The research projects will be co-created at ‘sandpit’ events, themed according to the development challenges.


Image of staff and associates at HORN Project launch event in Kenya
HORN Workshop Launch, February 2018

Creation of the One Health Regional Network

This work package will create the One Health Regional Network – HORN. The proposed partnership, training of non-research and research staff, and research placements with mobility between countries will develop a regional network. This network will grow during the programme as more institutions join, supported by project partners and NGOs.