Tuesday, July 29, 2014

 

Employment: Senior climate change and research advisor (Rwanda)

Chemonics seeks a senior climate change and research advisor for the ongoing USAID-funded Rwanda LAND Project. The advisor will support programming and climate change adaptation activities related to land use and management. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include: 

Full details and application instructions here.

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

 

Power in Institutions and Institutional Analysis of Common-Pool Resources

For the International Association for the Study of Common Property (IASC) 15th Biennial Meeting, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in May 25-29, 2015

Coordinators:

Gustavo Garcia Lopez and Eric Coleman

Common pool resource (CPR) management institutions have important power asymmetries both within groups of resource users and between local users and state actors. Understanding how the institutions used to manage CPRs ameliorate or reinforce such power asymmetries is a foundationally important task for the social sciences. While scholars from diverse disciplines have studied how power permeates social relations, more work is needed to clarify these concepts, develop theoretical understandings of the role of power, and to test these theories through empirical analysis within the context of CPR theory. Therefore, we are soliciting  proposals for a special session organized during the 2015 IASC biennial meeting. We are interested in organizing two panels.

See the full call for further details.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

 

The program on Collective Action and Property Rights (CAPRi) , part of the CGIAR Research Programs on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM), Water, Land, and Ecosystems (WLE), and Forests, Trees, and Agroforestry (FTA), is accepting abstracts on the topic of “Institutions for Ecosystem Services” that will be presented at an international research workshop on October 27-29, 2014 at the International Food Policy Research Institute’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. The call is open for researchers and partners participating in PIM, WLE, and FTA projects.

Abstracts must be received by August 6, 2014.

Read more about the workshop and the abstract submission here.

Monday, June 23, 2014

 

PUBLICATION: Implications of community-based legal aid regulation on women’s land rights

A new IFPRI Research Brief

Improving women’s ability to securely access land is recognized as an effective means to increase gender equality and advance other key social and economic development goals. Despite progressive laws in many African countries, gender disparities commonly persist in women’s access and ownership of land. Although legal empowerment of women can help to strengthen their claims to land, developing country governments commonly lack the capacity to offer legal services. Civil society is increasingly stepping in to fill the wide gap in legal service provision, with the aim of empowering marginalized groups and individuals to exercise their legal rights. Although legal aid has wide application, this brief focuses on the consequences of regulating services provided at the community level to support women’s land rights.

Available here

Sunday, June 22, 2014

 

This Week’s Posts

YOUR INPUT NEEDED: Please Help Us Evaluate our Communications Efforts. If you have not already done so, please take 5 minutes to complete a survey to help CAPRi reevaluate our approach to outreach and communication.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: The Ramsar Wetland Conservation Awards. The Award was established in 1996 in order to recognize the contributions of individuals, organizations, and governments around the world towards promoting the conservation and wise use of wetlands. Deadline: July 15, 2014

TRAINING: Online Course on How to Design & Fund International Development Projects. The Center for Sustainable Development (CSDi) has announced a new 100% online course on designing and funding international development projects. Deadline: open

PUBLICATIONS: IGES Publications on Community-Based Forest Monitoring, REDD+ Project Design, and Verifying Legal Compliance. The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies has recently published the 4 new reports.

PUBLICATION: Tenure security and demand for land tenure regularization in Nigeria. IFPRI’s Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) has published a working paper presenting Empirical Evidence from Ondo and Kano States.

PUBLICATION: Intellectual Property Rights, Technology Diffusion, and Agricultural Development. Cross-Country evidence presented in a new IFPRI Discussion Paper by David Spielman and Xingliang Ma.

BRIEF: Local sources of resilience: Working with social capital. As part of the IFPRI 2020 Resilience Conference, CAPRi authors Quinn Bernier and Ruth Meinzen-Dick contributed a brief on “Local sources of resilience: Working with social capital”.

 

TRAINING: Online Course on How to Design & Fund International Development Projects

The Center for Sustainable Development (CSDi) has announced a new 100% online course on designing and funding international development projects. The course is free for citizens and full time residents of developing countries and half-price for citizens or residents of developed countries.

We actually combined two courses from the Center's course catalog in creating our new course:

  • 101: Designing and Funding International Development Projects and,
  • 102: Project Architecture additional

We've also included specialized course materials for:

  • OL 341 Community Based Adaptation 1

These are our flagship courses that we've been offering for close to five years now. Our development courses have been taken by people from 149 different countries and 500 organizations who have developed projects impacting over 360,000 people.

These courses if taken at the Center for Sustainable Development are fully facilitated—there is a live course facilitator who communicates with students on a weekly basis providing consultancy on their projects.

More information.

Deadline: open

 

PUBLICATIONS: IGES Publications on Community-Based Forest Monitoring, REDD+ Project Design, and Verifying Legal Compliance

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) has recently published the reports listed below.

  1. Community-based forest biomass monitoring: A manual for training local level facilitators. Community Based Forest Biomass Monitoring (CBFBM) is the monitoring of forest biomass by communities. It is a form of monitoring that ultimately aims to be “driven” and “owned” by the local communities and “guided” and “facilitated” by outside experts. The information that is generated from the monitoring aids the communities in making wise decisions about their forest management. This manual guides the training-of-trainers to build the capacity of the local level facilitators on selecting, testing and adapting the technical parameters and measurement methods for the forest monitoring, and on how to design an effective field training and practice effective facilitation skills that are essential for any participatory methodology with local communities. [Download]
  2. Community-based forest biomass monitoring: Action research in PNG, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR and Vietnam. IGES, together with some of our key partners and local communities, launched an action research project in five countries – Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR and Vietnam – in 2010 to develop and test approaches to engage local communities in forest biomass monitoring. This report reflects some of the knowledge acquired during the action research and describes how the action research evolved in each country. [Download]
  3. REDD+ Projects: Snapshots of REDD+ project designs – 2013. REDD+ projects are invariably complex. There is a need to extract and present the knowledge and lessons that are being generated by them in a systematic and accessible manner. The IGES publication REDD+ Projects: Snapshots of selected REDD+ project designs aims to contribute to meeting this need. This report aims to present a succinct overview of selected REDD+ project designs to provide an understanding of their key design elements and to enable comparison between them. The review covers eight projects using a “snapshot” descriptive template that covers key issues for REDD+ projects aiming to generate carbon offsets without adversely affecting the well-being of local communities and biodiversity. [Download]
  4. Managing forests as a renewable asset for present and future generations: Verifying Legal compliance in forestry in Papua New Guinea. This report aims to contribute to the management of PNG’s forests as a renewable natural asset for the collective benefit of all Papua New Guineans. It argues that to achieve these ends, illegalities in the forest sector need serious attention. The report aims to (i) provide a review of the illegal logging issue in PNG, (ii) identify the potential legality risks that are associated with unverified PNG timber, (iii) set out options for mitigating these risks, and (iv) provide an update on the development and uptake of legality and sustainability standards in PNG. The report is an output under the Responsible Asia Forestry and Trade partnership. [Download]
 

PUBLICATION: Tenure security and demand for land tenure regularization in Nigeria

IFPRI’s Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) has published a working paper presenting Empirical Evidence from Ondo and Kano States.

In line with the conventional view that customary land rights impede agricultural development, the traditional tenure system in Nigeria has been perceived to obstruct the achievement of efficient development and agricultural transformation. This led to the Land Use Act (LUA) of 1978. As a remedial measure to the perceived inadequacy of the traditional tenure system, the act nationalized the control of all land, empowering state governors and local governments with administration and management of land. The act conferred on state governors the custodian right to provide use rights (i.e., the ‘right of occupancy’) for land users in their state, dissolving any possessory (freehold) rights to land which were granted by the customary system.

Available here.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

 

YOUR INPUT NEEDED: Please Help Us Evaluate our Communications Efforts

CAPRi is currently undergoing a process of reevaluating our approach to outreach and communication, including our website, email list, blog, and training products. By completing this short survey you can help us understand where to focus our attention and efforts in the future.

The survey is very short (only 9 questions) and will only take you about 5 minutes to complete. We appreciate your time and suggestions. You can access the survey using the link below.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DV8KFP6

Thank you for your input.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

 

BRIEF: Local sources of resilience: Working with social capital

As part of the IFPRI 2020 Resilience Conference, IFPRI authors Quinn Bernier and Ruth Meinzen-Dick contributed a brief on “Local sources of resilience: Working with social capital”.

People have always faced shocks and have devised a variety of institutional responses to cope with, recover from, and prevent future impacts. Central to these shocks and this coping capacity, but often underexplored, is the role of social capital. Social capital includes “features of social organization, such as networks, norms, and social trust, that facilitate coordination and cooperation for mutual benefit” and can serve as an asset for communities, enabling them to engage in and benefit from collective action and cooperation. While social capital takes many forms, of particular interest here are local-level organizations and less formal social networks.

Having long played a role in individual, household, and community risk-smoothing and risk-sharing practices, social capital has also been identified as a vital component of adaptive capacity as well as a key factor contributing to post-disaster recovery. Practitioners often assume that the poor, who lack other assets, can develop, acquire, and utilize social capital instead; however, as many studies have illustrated, the poor face significant challenges in building and using this resource. Moreover, social capital by itself may not be sufficient to encourage proactive adaptive behaviors and changes; external interventions may be needed to strengthen indigenous associations and support for resilience. However, clearly understanding local-level social capital is necessary for such interventions to effectively engage with, and not erode, effective local responses. This brief explores how local forms of social capital can contribute to resilience and how policy interventions can build up, support, and deepen these connections.

The brief is available here. The full set of briefs from the resilience conference is here.

 

PUBLICATION: Intellectual Property Rights, Technology Diffusion, and Agricultural Development

Cross-Country evidence presented in a new IFPRI Discussion Paper by David Spielman and Xingliang Ma.

The role of intellectual property rights (IPRs) has been extensively debated in the literature on technology transfers and agricultural production in developing countries. However, few studies offer cross-country evidence on how IPRs affect yield growth, for example, by incentivizing private-sector investment in cultivar improvement. We address this knowledge gap by testing technology diffusion patterns for six major crops using a unique dataset for the period 1961–2010 and an Arellano–Bond linear dynamic panel-data estimation approach. Findings indicate that both biological and legal forms of IPRs tend to promote yield gap convergence between developed and developing countries, although effects vary between crops.

Available here.

 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: The Ramsar Wetland Conservation Awards

The Ramsar Wetland Conservation Award was established in 1996 in order to recognize the contributions of individuals, organizations, and governments around the world towards promoting the conservation and wise use of wetlands. The sixth edition of the award will be presented at the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties in Punta del Este, Uruguay, in June 2015. Three Awards will be given – each with a prize of US$10,000 – in the following categories:

More information.

Deadline: July 15, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014

 

This Week’s Posts

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: XVth Biannual Conference International Association for the Study of the Commons. The International Association for the Study of the Commons is meeting in Edmonton, Canada - May 25-29, 2015. The organizers welcome academics, community groups, government resource people, NGOs and commons practitioners to submit abstracts to participate. Deadline: July 1, 2014 (pane and group presentations) and July 31, 2014 (individual presentations).

EMPLOYMENT: ILRI Program Leader – Livelihood, Gender and Impact. The International Livestock Research Institute seeks a Program Leader to lead the Livelihood, Gender and Impact Program within the Integrated Sciences Division. Deadline: June 15, 2014

EMPLOYMENT: International Potato Center Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist. The International Potato Center is seeking a Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist for a three-year project in West Africa entitled Jumpstarting Orange-fleshed Sweetpotato in West Africa through Diversified Markets. Deadline: June 16, 2014

EMPLOYMENT: IWMI Theme Leader--Sustainable Agricultural Water Management. The International Water Management Institute is is recruiting for a Theme Leader to direct the research theme on Sustainable Agricultural Water Management. Deadline: June 30, 2014

FELLOWSHIP: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships at Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei. Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) supports Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship applications in its research areas in the field of economics, energy and sustainable development. Deadline: June 20, 2014

PUBLICATIONS: Lessons Learned from Community Forestry & Their Relevance for REDD+. The Forest Carbon, Markets and Communities (FCMC) Program is has made available a collection of four reports on Lessons Learned from Community Forestry and Their Relevance for REDD+, along with a set of accompanying briefs.

PUBLICATION: The Gendered Nature of Land and Property Rights in Post-Reform Rwanda. The USAID LAND Project has released a report on gender and property rights in Rwanda.

 

PUBLICATIONS: Lessons Learned from Community Forestry & Their Relevance for REDD+

The Forest Carbon, Markets and Communities (FCMC) Program is has made available a collection of four reports on Lessons Learned from Community Forestry and Their Relevance for REDD+, along with a set of briefs that accompany the full reports. The reports include:

The regional reports review lessons learned from decades of community forestry experiences in specific geographical locations, generating findings and recommendations for REDD+.  The synthesis report summarizes the conclusions of the three regional reports and provides broad thematic analysis of the linkage between community forestry and REDD+.

Available here.

 

EMPLOYMENT: IWMI Theme Leader--Sustainable Agricultural Water Management

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is is recruiting for a Theme Leader (TL) to direct the research theme on Sustainable Agricultural Water Management, and is looking to hire a highly motivated and skilled individual to fill the position. The TL will direct the respective IWMI research theme, and provide inspiring ‘research for development’ leadership of the theme that is seen as relevant to meeting today’s development challenges.

The TL will be responsible for leading the research carried out under the specific research theme; managing, coordinating and resourcing IWMI’s research for the theme; working with Uptake Specialists, Communications, Office Heads and Regional Directors to ensure that IWMI’s outputs have high impact; and working with IWMI’s business development staff to secure resources for the theme and support strategic business development. The TL will report to the Deputy Director General - Research and will be based either at IWMI’s headquarters in Colombo, Sri Lanka, or in one of IWMI’s main regional offices in Asia or Africa that is relevant to the subject area of the theme.

Theme

IWMI’s research theme on Sustainable Agricultural Water Management aims to intensify agricultural productivity sustainably, and improve access to water and land resources with a focus on smallholders. The theme will produce scalable and sustainable solutions to increase the productivity of water and land resources in resilient agricultural systems, with or without supplementary irrigation. Building on IWMI’s strong track record in this area, the theme will develop policy, legal and institutional frameworks and investment options that provide poor and vulnerable populations, especially in Africa, with access to water and land resources that provide livelihood opportunities in rural areas; and implement technical and policy interventions along the continuum from rainfed to irrigated agriculture with due consideration of the value of ecosystem services. Sustainable development and management of groundwater, and the policy, regulatory and institutional frameworks and incentives needed to both utilize and conserve this increasingly important resource is a major element of this theme.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: June 30, 2014