Thursday, September 21, 2006
We have developed our own blog in the last weeks to make the CAPRi Listserv contents more accessible to a wider range of people and to allow you to share its content, and give us feedback and additional information more easily.
We will continue to send out the CAPRi-L email once a week, plus special CAPRi announcements (and you can still subscribe by sending us an email), but you will be able to access the same information also in 2 additional ways: you can go read the entries online at http://www.capri.cgiar.org/caprinews/index.htm or subscribe to the RSS feed of CAPRi News. All posts will be kept in archives folders and are organized by categories, so you can easily search them if you look for some specific information.
Giving us feedback, adding information, or sharing any post can now also be done in other ways than replying to that email you might not have anymore. If you go to the blog, you can add comments to any post: you might have additional information or find it really interesting, or know of related events etc. You can also forward any post to other people, and link to any post from your own web pages or blog.
Let us know what you think. You can obviously continue to do that by sending us comments and suggestions directly.
The CAPRi Team
(Ruth, Esther, Helen, Chelo and Stephan)
For those of you who are not as familiar with internet terminology: Blog is the contraction universally used for weblog, a type of website where entries are made (such as in a journal or diary) in a reverse chronological order.
Blogs often provide commentary or news on a particular subject, such as food, politics, or local news; some function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. Most blogs are primarily textual although some focus on photographs (photoblog), videos (vlog), or audio (podcasting), and are part of a wider network of social media.
If you want to read up on RSS feeds, you can go to http://www.ifpri.org/whatisrss.asp/
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is recruiting a Global Coordinator to provide scientific leadership for ASB's global coordination team and the partnership as a whole. This work has major potential to raise income of rural households without increasing deforestation or undermining essential environmental services. Based at our Nairobi (Kenya) or Bogor (Indonesia) campus, the candidate will apply his research knowledge and background to lead a range of tasks, in research, fundraising, and management. ASB focus at the nexus of two important problems: tropical deforestation and human poverty.
Applications will be considered until 6th October, 2006, or until the position is filled. Learn more about ASB and the World Agroforestry Center by viewing http://www.asb.cgiar.org and http://www.worldagroforestry.org.
For more information contact the ASB Programme at ICRAF:
Tel: +254 20 722 4139/722 4000 or +1 650 833 6645
CALL FOR PAPERS: 5th International Water History Association (IWHA) Conference, "Past and Futures of Water"
The International Water History Association (IWHA) will hold its fifth biennial conference in Tampere, Finland, in June 2007.
The conference program addresses diverse topics related to water history and futures, and will provide an excellent opportunity for scholars and practitioners from a variety of disciplines and different parts of the world to meet and discuss the many fascinating aspects of water history.
You are requested to send your proposals for sessions and/or papers by 15 October 2006.
Major themes are: Water and the city; Water, health and sanitation; Water, food and economy; Water history research methodologies; and Water history and its relevance. Other relevant session topics are welcome.
Each session should have four or five papers. Proposals for individual papers may also be submitted. Please include also information on the session chair, a one-page CV for each author, and an abstract of max. 500 words, including the title and contact addresses. You can also send your proposal for a poster with max. of 500 words.
Women for Women International, a non-profit humanitarian organization, seeks submissions for the winter 2007 issue of its bi- annual academic journal, Critical Half. The journal is intended to raise awareness and spark debate among a variety of audiences by presenting various perspectives on economic, social, and political issues as they relate to women in international development and conflict and post-conflict societies.
Articles should be 2,000-2,500 words long. The submission deadline is October 15, 2006. Articles should be sent by e-mail. More at: http://www.womenforwomen.org/cfpapers.htm
Managing Natural Resources Towards Sustainable Development, 22 - 23 December 2006 at Hotel Villa Ocean View, Kaluthara, Sri Lanka
Eleventh Annual Symposium of the Department of Forestry and Environmental Science University of Sri Jayewardenepura
This symposium is a forum for researchers in the fields of Natural Resources Management, to present their research findings, and networking with policy makers and industry.
- Forest Resources Utilisation & Sustainable Management
- Sustainable Management of Natural Recourses
- Bio-diversity Conservation and Management
- Post-Tsunami Rehabilitation Related Research
- Energy Development & Conservation
- Waste Management & Pollution control
- Valuation of Natural Resources & Pollution
- Sociological, Legal & Institutional Aspects of Sustainable Development
- Biotechnology & Bio-safety
Abstracts are invited consisting of original research findings and comprehensive reviews on the above areas. Preference will be given for those papers that contain information which are applicable in national development. The deadline for submission of abstracts through our website is 27 October 2006 23:59 (GMT + 05:30)
Submission of abstracts, latest news on symposium activities and to read past abstracts please visit http://www.environmentlanka.com/sympo/
If you need any other information please contact Dr. Hiran Amarasekara (mailto:email@example.com) chair of the symposium, coordinator Dr. Prasanthi Gunawardane (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) or other member of the SOC (mailto:email@example.com)
International symposium on Community Activities for the Conservation of Water Environment, Bangkok
The Water Environment Partnership in Asia (WEPA) will hold an international symposium on "Community Activities for the Conservation of Water Environment" on 8 December 2006 in Bangkok, as a side event of "The 4th International Symposium on Southeast Asian Water Environment" organised by the University of Tokyo and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT).
To commemorate the holding of this symposium, the WEPA Secretariat is requesting papers on the theme "Community Activities for the Conservation of Water Environment". Selected papers will be published during the symposium proceedings and also on the publicly-accessible WEPA database, as examples of community activity.
Submission Deadline: 31 October 2006. More at http://www.iges.or.jp/en/fw/0612callforpapers.html
CALL FOR ARTICLES: Writing Contest for young post graduate and PhD students (a+rd)
The German/English magazine entwicklung & laendlicher raum (e+lr)/agriculture & rural development (a+rd) invites young post graduate and PhD students to enter an article-writing contest focusing on 8 topical issues in the field of agriculture and rural development.
The 7 most outstanding papers will be published in the 1-2007 edition of e+lr and rewarded with € 400. The winning articles will be selected by a jury of scientists, practitioners, and journalists.
Young authors are asked to
- present their own innovative ideas on one of the WDR 2008 topics listed below;
- describe or propose trend-setting best practices in the context of these topics;
- write their articles in a journalistic rather than a "scientific" style.
The overarching question to be addressed is: "What agricultural policies do we need to reach the poor (MDG 1)?"
Young authors can choose between eight topics:
- Agricultural price and market policies, subsidies and the WTO system; (How can the poor also benefit from this system?);
- A new structure of value-added chains (the shifting demand to high value products);
- A new institutional architecture (producer organizations, financial services, risk and disaster management etc.);
- The new role of the private sector - where are potentials and limits?
- Harnessing modern science & technology for pro-poor growth;
- Agriculture - preserving natural resources such as land and water (MDG 7);
- New approaches for marginal and food-insecure areas;
- The future of the "family farm" in view of emerging transformation processes (globalization, supermarkets, small farm vs. agri-business).
The World Development Report (WDR) is the annual flagship of the World Bank and a guide to the economic, social, and environmental state of the world. It provides an in- depth review of a specific theme deemed to be important and topical within the current development agenda. WDR 2008 will focus on agriculture and development.
Articles are to be written in English. Articles should not exceed 16 000 characters - spaces included. Each article should start with a short 5-line leader and be structured by subheadings. Deadline for submission: 6 October 2006
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
VACANCIES: 2 Professorships, Centre for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (Philipps-Universität Marburg)
For the foundation of its Centre for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS) Philipps-Universität Marburg invites applications for the following positions to be appointed for the summer term 2007.
Faculty of Economics: Professor (W 3) for Economics of the Near and Middle East
Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy, School of Political Science: Professor (W 3) for Politics of the Near and Middle East
Appointees are expected to cooperate in a team which includes specialists from the other fields of the CNMS in the continuing development of its specific areas in teaching and research and to represent their own field fully and comprehensively. Applicants should have experience abroad and linguistic competence in the appropriate languages as well as experience in fund-raising.
The focus of these professorships will be on present-day issues of the Near and Middle East. The appointed professors will also cooperate with established specific areas and curricula of their faculty (e. g. 'International Development Studies', 'Conflict Studies'), and are expected to contribute to its course programme.
Appointments are subject to § 71 HHG (Hessian University Law). First appointments to a professorship are normally restricted to six years (with civil servant status), unless the appointee has already taught at a university for at least six years. Tenure is possible after assessment.
Philipps-Universität Marburg is committed to being an equal opportunities and pro-family employer. Women are therefore particularly encouraged to apply, as are applicants with children. Part-time work is possible. Handicapped applicants with equivalent qualification will be treated preferentially. Applications (with copies of documents, CV, list of publications, teaching experience and further relevant materials) must be received by the President of Philipps-Universität Marburg, Biegenstr. 10, 35032 Marburg, Germany, by 29 September 2006. Please send publications only on request.
VACANCY: Ass. Professor Environmental Studies/ International Intercultural Studies
Pitzer College invites applications for a full-time, tenure track Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies and International and Intercultural Studies to begin in the academic year 2007-2008. This is a joint position with an emphasis in comparative environmental policy and social justice. We are interested in candidates with expertise in urban environmental issues, environmental justice, comparative policy analysis, natural resource policy, and global and local connections.
Candidates should have a commitment to undergraduate teaching at a liberal arts college and are expected to engage in research and publication. Preference will be given to those candidates who have completed the Ph.D. and who have teaching experience. Pitzer College, a member of the Claremont Colleges, has a strong institutional commitment to the principles of diversity in all areas and strongly encourages candidates from underrepresented social groups. We favor candidates who can contribute to the College's distinctive educational objectives, which promote interdisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, and concern with social responsibility and the ethical implications of knowledge and action. Pitzer College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. For the successful applicant with the relevant interests, affiliations are possible with the intercollegiate departments of Asian American Studies, Black Studies, Chicano/Latino Studies, and/or Women's Studies.
To apply, send letter of application, curriculum vitae, selected evidence of excellence in teaching and research, statement of teaching philosophy, a description of your research, and three letters of recommendation to Alan Jones, Dean of Faculty, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont, CA, 91711. The deadline for applying is October 1, 2006, or until position is filled.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Community Natural Resource Management in Comparative Perspective, AAG 2007
Community natural resource management or CNRM has become a prominent approach to restructuring social relations, governance, and resource use practices in a wide variety of local and regional contexts around the world. For many, it has become a mainstay representing a way to navigate the extremes of laissez-faire exploitation on the one hand, and top-down, state-centred resource management on the other. Yet CNRM is not without its critics, many of whom see forms of devolution entirely consistent with neoliberalism, and others who see the transfer of significant power from states to local elites, promising little or no progressive social or environmental outcomes. Despite both widespread and official enthusiasm for CNRM oriented reforms, and the existence of a growing critical literature, there remains considerable room for critically informed, empirical analyses of specific CNRM projects and cases.
One of the pressing needs for research on CNRM is to address particularities in the design, implementation, representation and actual practices characterizing CNRM programs in different geographical and institutional settings at local, regional, national and international scales. One reason for this is simply that what might be generically referred to as CNRM encompasses a wide variety of projects and programs, from small-scale experiments in community scale forest management in British Columbia, Canada to post-Socialist restitutions of communal property regimes in Eastern and Central Europe, and from the resurgence of customary authority across Africa to the re-working of state-society relations in the context of political reforms in Indonesia and Mexico and the creation of co-management regimes in India.
This collection of papers is aimed at bringing into conversation critical, theoretically informed analyses of specific instantiations of CNRM that can attend to their specificities, and at the same time analyze and contextualize them in contributing to an understanding of how and why particular programs have been designed and implemented, how and why differences between programs matter, and how these particular programs articulate with the now familiar discursive tropes of CNRM. In this context, key questions include the ostensibly simple issue of exactly how the notion of "community" is translated and enacted in actual practice (i.e. who are the individual and group actors prominent in these programs and how do they relate to one another?). What specific sets of property rights and obligations attend the development of CNRM, and why? What are the implications of CNRM for governance, and for the development and reform of resource use practices? Also, what regional, national, and international political economic and discursive conditions explain the emergence and shaped the design of particular programs and projects. How is evidence about the social, economic, and ecological outcomes of CNRM being mobilized in support of or opposition to them?
We welcome contributions from a variety of disciplinary and geographical origins and from scholars interested in building an international, substantive, and critically informed basis of understanding and comparing cases of CNRM in action. Please convey expressions of interest, questions, and abstracts to one or both organizers.
Organizers: Scott Prudham, Department of Geography and Centre for Environment, University of Toronto (firstname.lastname@example.org); Thomas Sikor, Junior Research Group on Postsocialist Land Relations, Humboldt University, Berlin (email@example.com)
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Auburn University's Center for Forest Sustainability and the USFS Southern Center for Wildland-Urban Interfaces Research and Information announce the Call for Abstracts for our conference, Emerging Issues Along Urban/Rural Interfaces: Linking Land-Use Science and Society, to be held at the Sheraton Atlanta April 9-12, 2007.
We seek to bring together researchers, practitioners, and policy makers to share current research results and to identify knowledge gaps regarding the interaction between urbanization, land-use change, and natural resources. In particular, approaches that focus on integrating socioeconomic and ecological research will be highlighted.
Paper topics of interest include:
- How ecosystems are being altered by human influences: direct and indirect stressors
- Restoring/rehabilitating terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems altered by urbanization
- Evaluating changes to ecosystem goods and services along urban/rural gradients
- Monitoring and predicting human influences on landscapes and ecosystems
- How urbanization alters the characteristics of natural disturbances
- The relationship(s) between land-use policies and ecological processes/disturbances along wildland/urban interfaces
- Informing policy makers, natural resource professionals, and private citizens
- Spatial/scale aspects of land-use change
- Application of ecological research in land-use planning
- Ecosystem impacts on human communities (e.g., human health, economic well-being, political action)
- Urban agriculture
For more information go to http://www.sfws.auburn.edu/urbanruralinterfaces/. Deadline for submission of abstracts is December 31, 2006.
The Vavilov-Frankel Fellowships Fund aims to encourage the conservation and use of plant genetic resources in developing countries by awarding Fellowships to outstanding young researchers to carry out relevant innovative research at an advanced research institute outside their own country for a period of between three months and one year.
The Fellowships are supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), Australia and Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., United States, a DuPont Company.
The closing date for this year's Fellowships is 6 November 2006.
Announcements, application forms and guidelines for preparation of research proposals are also available from IPGRI's web site http://www.ipgri.cgiar.org/training/vavilov.htm.
If you have any problem downloading files or if you would like to have additional information on the Scheme, please contact Elisabetta Rossetti, contact point for the Fellowships, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Watson Scholars program brings environmental leaders from university faculties, governments, and nongovernmental organizations throughout the developing world to Brown University for advanced training in land-change sciences and policies, providing them with tools to enhance the sustainable development capacity in their countries. Participants are expected to be at a mid-point within their careers in environmental science, policy, and technology fields.
The program offers an intensive program in sustainable land-use science to provide mastery of critical concepts, relevant tools, and transferable processes necessary for successfully managing land and ecosystems.
The opportunity for participants entails increased levels of effectiveness, informing sound decision-making by enhancing abilities to rapidly integrate data from across disciplines. Investment in these leaders is strategic: participants are men and women capable of creating lasting and immediately favorable impacts on the sustainable development of their home institutions, eco-regions, and nations.
The program seeks individuals who want to forge new linkages among ideas and issues, to develop networks among leaders facing similar land-use issues, and to explore alliances with relevant colleagues and institutions for improved personal and institutional effectiveness in meeting the needs of humanity.
See http://www.watsoninstitute.org/ge/watson_scholars/ for more information. Application deadline is 15 October 2006.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Growth, Conservation and Responsibility, Promoting Good Governance and Corporate Stewardship through Impact Assessment
27th Annual Conference of IAIA, 2-9 June 2007, Seoul, Korea
Economic growth has been the desire of human society and a key objective of economic policy for almost every nation for the past two centuries. Yet economic growth without regard to sustainability often leads to irreversible changes in the environment. Economic growth with concern for environmental conservation and global responsibility is now a priority of every nation. How do we reconcile growth and sustainability? What is our role and responsibility?
Deadlines: 10 September 2006: abstracts for sessions, workshops, roundtables, panels, theme forums, and special meetings (i.e., any program element to be announced in the preliminary program) 31 January 2007: paper and poster abstracts 28 February 2007: presenting author registration
The Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries of Japan has instituted the inaugural Japan Africa Capacity Building Program for African Agricultural Researchers. This program has been designed to strengthen African researchers' capacity through training programs led by Japanese and associated instructors.
Applicants must submit their application form (Forms 1-5) via e-mail to the International Cooperation Center for Agricultural Education (ICCAE) by October 13, 2006 (E-mail address for submission: mailto:email@example.com). The application forms are available on the ICCAE web site at http://www.agr.nagoya-u.ac.jp/%7Eiccae.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Gender and Food Security (UNU-WIDER)
The World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) is organizing a workshop on "Gender and Food Security" in Kolkata, India, on December 12-13, 2006. We would like to invite papers on the following broad themes:
(1) The relation between the socio-economic status of women in a particular society and intra-household food security in that society.
(2) The relation between women's status and child health.
(3) Existence of gender discrimination in labor markets and its impact on household poverty.
(4) Property rights of women and the implication for poverty.
(5) Land rights of women and the implication for agricultural productivity and food security.
(6) Education of women and nutrition standards.
(7) Women's access to micro-credit and public works program and the impact on poverty.
Please submit an abstract and author CV(s) by October 15, 2006 to mailto:Basudeb@wider.unu.edu. Complete drafts will be due on November 15, 2006.
UNU-WIDER will consider providing funding for travel and accommodation on request.
IDRC's Poverty and Environment program announced their second Focus Cities Research Initiative Call for Concept Notes for multistakeholder city teams to participate in research on urban environmental issues in the Middle East and North Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean.
Deadline for submissions: September 22, 2006. More details are available at http://www.idrc.ca/en/ev-99092-201-1-DO_TOPIC.html.
Get Involved in the SARD Initiative's effort to report to CSD 16-17. Submit a Good Practice case study!
The Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (SARD) Initiative, facilitated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, announces a call for Good Practice case studies for a Compendium of Demonstrated Good Practices for SARD. The Compendium will be a collaborative piece, featuring submissions from different organizations, and be reported to the United Nations Commission of Sustainable Development in its 16 and 17th sessions (2008-2009) when Agriculture and Rural Development will be on the Agenda. This will be an important opportunity to put forward evidence and impact related to SARD good practices that might inform CSD decisions.
Researchers and practitioners working to contribute to achieve SARD and interested in proposing good practices for the Compendium should submit a case study by 30 September 2006. Good Practice case studies should be original in nature (not previously published anywhere else) and clearly state the problem and the approach followed to address it, highlighting any innovative elements, lessons learned, success factors and constraints for replication. The articles should also define the scale of impact, specifying simple measurements of economic, environmental and social impact. The material provided should not exceed 3,000 words (5 pages, plus annexes) and should be written in English, French or Spanish. All contributions will be reviewed according to their completeness, quality, scale of impact, relevance to SARD and the three dimensions of sustainability. The technical and editorial committee may request revisions prior to acceptance. Please contact the SARD-Initiative for more specific guidelines before submitting.
For examples of good practices, browse through the SARD Initiative Good Practice database at: http://www.fao.org/sard/en/init/1574/1846/index.html
Questions, comments, and practices can be addressed to: Eve Crowley, Chapter 14 of Agenda 21 Task Manager and Elisa Distefano, SARD Consultant, mailto:SARD-Initiative@fao.org.
A significant element of the Forest Conservation Programme is funded by a coherent and carefully managed portfolio of field and policy projects. The Forest Conservation Programme is now looking for a highly motivated individual at the formative stage of their career (i.e. between two to five years' relevant practical experience) to take responsibility for the efficient and effective supervision of this portfolio. In particular the Project Officer will develop and maintain operational systems, procedures and networks, and provide technical input as required, that contribute to the effective delivery of the FCP project portfolio and thus contribute to the achievement of key programmatic result areas including pro-poor conservation and forest tenure reform, forest law enforcement and governance, forest landscape restoration and development of conservation activities in temperate and boreal forests.
Applicants who meet the qualification requirements are requested to submit at the latest by 15 September 2006.
Full announcement: http://www.iucn.org/en/about/vacancies/2006_09_project_officer_fcp.pdf
VACANCIES: Junior Professionals Program for Afro-Descendants (World Bank)
This Program provides young and motivated individuals with practical, on-the-job experience and training in a global development environment, while giving the Bank an opportunity to benefit from the knowledge, talent and diversity that they can bring to the institution. In addition, the program contributes to capacity-building efforts in the candidates' respective home countries, as some of the graduates choose to return to contribute economic development. The program is now accepting applications for 2007.
more at http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/EXTHRJOBS/0,,contentMDK:2051589 8~menuPK:64262360~pagePK:64262408~piPK:64262191~theSitePK:1058433,00.html
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2007 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize. The $1.5 million prize-the world's largest humanitarian award-is presented annually to an established nonprofit or non-governmental organization that has made extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering anywhere in the world. The prize is not only intended to recognize and advance the efforts of the recipient organization, but also to call attention to the worldwide need for humanitarian aid and encourage others to expand their support. Nominations must be postmarked by November 6, 2006.
Find out more: http://www.hiltonfoundation.org/main.asp?id=43&side=1.
Friday, September 01, 2006
A call for applications to take part in this event has been sent to the Centers supported by the CGIAR, to the CGIAR Challenge Programs and to nearly a 1000 CSOs collaborating with them. The Innovation Marketplace will take place during the CGIAR AGM06 at Washington, D.C., on December 3-5, 2006.
Call for Applications: http://www.cgiar.org/pdf/2006_Innovation%20Marketplace_call_for_applications_08_31_06.pdf
The purpose of the Innovation Marketplace is to acknowledge and learn from innovative collaboration between CSOs and the CGIAR. For this purpose, representatives of selected CSOs and the Center researchers with whom they work will prepare posters on their joint initiatives. These will be on display at the AGM, and the CSO representatives and their CGIAR partners will be present to share their experiences and ideas.
Up to four of the participating CSO organizations will receive cash prizes of US$30,000 each to fund further collaborative work. In addition, the partnership that receives the most votes cast by AGM06 participants will be given the People's Choice Award (also with a cash value of $30,000). The 25 cases will also feed into small-group discussions during the CSO-CGIAR Forum described below. The cases may further serve as a source of ideas for major new initiatives, which should be designed to foster effective partnerships between CSOs and the CGIAR and will be funded on a competitive basis, as described below.
More information at http://www.cgiar.org/meetings/agm06/agm06_stakeholder_cso.html