Thursday, December 18, 2014

 

PUBLICATION: 2014 World Survey on the Role of Women in Development

The World Survey on the Role of Women in Development is a UN Secretary-General report mandated by the Second Committee of the General Assembly and comes out every five years. The 2014 report focuses on gender equality and sustainable development, with chapters on the green economy and care work, food security, population dynamics, and investments for gender-responsive sustainable development. The report comes at a crucial moment, as the global community grapples with the definition of the Sustainable Development Goals and the emergence of the post-2015 framework. Against this context, World Survey 2014 asserts the central role of gender equality in charting the rationale and the actions necessary to achieve sustainable development. The World Survey uses three criteria to assess whether policy actions and investments for sustainable development adequately address gender equality. Do they support women's capabilities and their enjoyment of rights? Do they reduce, rather than increase, women's unpaid care work? And do they embrace women's equal and meaningful participation as actors, leaders and decision-makers? It offers a comprehensive set of recommendations for gender-responsive policy actions and investments towards sustainable development overall, as well as for the selected areas which the World Survey emphasizes.  The full report is available here.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

 

PUBLICATIONS: Working Papers on Climate Change Governance

 

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) recently published two working papers related to climate change adaptation, food security and governance: 

The paper, the Comparative Turn in Climate Change Adaptation and Food Security Governance Research (PDF), proposes that concepts and methods of comparative politics can shine light on political factors important for catalysing positive change on the governance climate change adaptation and food security in the developing world. Author Mark Purdon is an expert on climate change policy and international development, currently a visiting fellow at Le Centre d’études et de recherches internationales (CÉRIUM) at the Université de Montréal.


In Systematic Review Approach to identifying key trends in adaptation governance at the supranational level (PDF), authors have analyzed peer-reviewed literature on adaptation governance focused on food security at the supranational level. A total of 281 papers were collected, of which 52 met the focus. In these papers, authors explored key aspects of food security, identified types of governance measures and major challenges, and finally developed an understanding of the location of the research teams and involved countries. Authors, Livia Bizikova, Director of Knowledge for Integrated Decisions Program, Daniella Echeverría, Project Officer of Resilience Program and Energy Program, and Anne Hammill, Director of Resilience Program, are all affiliated with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).

 

RESOURCES: Open Data for Land Governance

the Land Portal launches an innovative and collaborative Open Data platform that combines data about land issues from diverse and credible sources around the world, enabling easy data exploration, manipulation and customization. The new Land Portal is a pioneering hub for ‘linked open data’ on land - non-proprietary data that uses semantic tools to share and connect data, information and knowledge. This enables the Land Portal to publish structured data in machine readable, standardized formats under open licenses that can be reused by anyone.

 

PUBLICATION: Special issue of Policy Matters

Special issue dedicated to remembering Elinor Ostrom: Her work and its contribution to the theory and practice of conservation and sustainable natural resource management.  Papers available here.

 

This Week’s Posts

PUBLICATION: Policy Reform toward Gender Equality in Ethiopia: Little by Little the Egg Begins to Walk A new article by IFPRI researchers Neha Kumar and Agnes Quisumbing  is available open access here

EMPLOYMENT: Executive Secretary for the Pan-African Farmers Organization.  Full details available here.

PUBLICATION: Feminist Economics Research Notes on gender and land tenure issues 

EMPLOYMENT: Associate Research Fellow (IFPRI) Full details available here

PUBLICATION: Special Issue on legal pluralism, governance, and aquatic resources This special issue in the journal Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (COSUST) on legal pluralism, governance and aquatic resources (fresh water and marine) can be viewed on http ://www . sciencedirect . com/science/journal/18773435/11

PUBLICATION: Policy Notes from “Enhancing Women’s Assets to Manage Risk under Climate Change”A new volume of policy notes summarizes the findings from the project “Enhancing Women’s Assets to Manage Risk under Climate Change: Potential for Group-Based Approaches.”Click here to download the full set.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

 

PUBLICATION: Policy Reform toward Gender Equality in Ethiopia: Little by Little the Egg Begins to Walk

A new article by IFPRI researchers Neha Kumar and Agnes Quisumbing  is available open access here.  They use data from the Ethiopian Rural Household Survey (ERHS) to show how two seemingly unrelated reforms—community-based land registration, undertaken since 2003, and changes in the Family Code implemented in 2000—may have created conditions that reinforce each other in improving gender equity. Their findings suggest that the land registration process and the reform of the Family Code had mutually reinforcing effects on women’s rights and welfare.

 

EMPLOYMENT: Executive Secretary

 

The Pan-African Farmers Organization (PAFO) is launching a recruitment notice for the position of Executive Secretary of PAFO. This position is classified in the category of senior management of an international organization.

The full details are available here.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

 

PUBLICATION: Feminist Economics Research Notes on gender and land tenure issues

Feminist Economics Research Notes are short, open access summaries of various articles.  A series of Notes from Volume 20, Issue 1 relate to gender and land tenure issues.  To access volume 20, Issue 1, click on the link and scroll to the bottom of the page.

 

EMPLOYMENT: Associate Research Fellow (IFPRI)

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as an Associate Research Fellow/Research Fellow to:

· Conducting rigorous qualitative and quantitative research related to issues of state capacity, public sector reform, and the political economy of development policy processes.

· Analyzing the implications of different institutional and political settings for agricultural and rural development policy prioritization and implementation in sub-Saharan Africa.

Full details available here

 

PUBLICATION: Special Issue on legal pluralism, governance, and aquatic resources

Maarten Bavinck and Joyeeta Gupta of the University of Amsterdam have now edited a special issue in the journal Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (COSUST) on legal pluralism, governance and aquatic resources (fresh water and marine).  The opening article by the editors includes a typology on relations between legal systems that is utilized by all contributors to the special. The closing paper synthesizes the various contributions and suggests a way forward. The content of the special issue can be viewed on http ://www . sciencedirect . com/science/journal/18773435/11 Copies of relevant papers can be obtained from the authors.

 

PUBLICATION: Policy Notes from “Enhancing Women’s Assets to Manage Risk under Climate Change”

A new volume of policy notes summarizes the findings from the project “Enhancing Women’s Assets to Manage Risk under Climate Change: Potential for Group-Based Approaches.” From the IFPRI Research Program on Climate Change, Collective Action, and Women’s Assets, the notes in this collection explore how to protect or strengthen women’s control over critical assets, including natural resources and social capital. These notes also examine the potential for innovative and group-based approaches to increase women’s assets and strengthen their risk-management capabilities in the context of climate change.

Click here to download the full set.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

 

This Week’s Posts

PUBLICATION: Networks for resilience: The role of social capital: This report investigates the under-explored role that local forms of social capital, in particular local organizations and social networks, play in enhancing resilience. The case studies used are of Ethiopian funeral societies and Filipino migrant networks. Available here.

PUBLICATION: The IISD Guide to Negotiating Investment Contracts for Farmland and Water:This guide is a legal and policy tool and focuses on a particular type of contract involving long-term leases of farmland.  Available here.

PUBLICATION: Guiding Principles on Large Scale Land Based Investments in Africa

CALL FOR RESPONSES: Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog (WLE): What are the conditions for success in large-scale land initiatives?  WLE announces this newest month-long discussion topic in partnership with the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Blog (LPFN) and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture. Over the next month WLE will be accepting blog responses to the question posed above.

EMPLOYMENT: Senior Technical Specialist - Natural Resources Management (IFAD):  Her/his role will be to assist and advise both IFAD staff and client countries in designing sector management strategies, implementing sector programmes and projects in these fields, with special emphasis on integrated approaches,knowledge management and networking/partnership development at global, regional, national and local levels.

EMPLOYMENT: Tenure Analyst (RRI): The Tenure Analyst is responsible for conducting and managing original, high-quality research on forest and land tenure, climate, conservation, and women’s land rights in the world’s developing and forested countries, maintaining and advancing RRI’s global tenure methodologies and databases, coordinating collaborative work on RRI priority themes, and contributing to other aspects of RRI’s Global Programs and the Coalition.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

 

PUBLICATION: Networks for resilience: The role of social capital

This report investigates the under-explored role that local forms of social capital, in particular local organizations and social networks, play in enhancing resilience. The case studies used are of Ethiopian funeral societies and Filipino migrant networks.

Available here.

 

PUBLICATION: The IISD Guide to Negotiating Investment Contracts for Farmland and Water

The IISD Guide to Negotiating Investment Contracts for Farmland and Water is a legal and policy tool for governments and communities that are involved in negotiating investment contracts with foreign investors. The guide focuses on a particular type of contract involving long-term leases of farmland. Part I, Preparing for Negotiations, is designed to assist in the preparatory phase. Part 2, Model Contract, is structured like an investment contract for the lease of farmland and proposes model provisions.

Available here.

 

PUBLICATION: Guiding Principles on Large Scale Land Based Investments in Africa

Source: African Union, African Development Bank & Economic Commission for Africa

Download (855K pdf) -UNECA-