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DARA is a UK-South African project, in collaboration with institutes and universities in eight African Partner countries (APC). See below for a summary of who is involved and more details of the contacts at each partner institute team.

Partner Countries

DARA works with institutes in each of the eight African Partner Counties (APCs): Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Mauritius. For more details of the contacts at each DARA partner institute, please click here.  


The UK team consists of a number of universities who are all involved in radio astronomy, big data and earth observation as well as industrial partners. Our collaboration brings the combination of academic and industrial experience to the DARA trainees and partners. Many have interests or collaborations with Africa and especially South Africa teams involved in the run up to the MeerKAT and Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescopes. This gives rise to the great commitment of this team to devote their time to using radio astronomy for the purposes of helping development in Africa. For more information on the relevant DARA contact at each UK partner institute, click here.

South African Partners

The South African team is lead by Carla Mitchell at SARAO. The Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) is the base for practical radio astronomy training and the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) provides computer training. Other members are from universities that have leading radio astronomy research groups, many of whom have some collaborative links with the UK team. For more information on the relevant DARA contact each South African partner institute, click here. 

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