Wednesday, January 24, 2007


CAPRi Working Papers 60 and 61 online

CAPRi Working Papers 60 and 61 can now be downloaded from the CAPRi Website. To download them click on the links below the respective paper abstract.

Rural Institutions and Producer Organizations in Imperfect Markets: Experiences from Producer Marketing Groups in Semi-Arid Eastern Kenya. Bekele Shiferaw, Gideon Obare, and Geoffrey Muricho. CAPRi Working Paper No. 60.

Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa have liberalized markets to improve efficiency and enhance market linkages for smallholder farmers. The expected positive response by the private sector in areas with limited market infrastructure has however been disappointing. The functioning of markets is constrained by high transaction costs and coordination problems along the production-to-consumption value chain. [MORE] - Full Paper

Women’s Collective Action and Sustainable Water Management: Case of SEWA’s Water Campaign in Gujarat, India. Smita Mishra Panda. CAPRi Working Paper No. 61.

This paper discusses the case of the Self Employed Women’s Association’s (SEWA) Women, Water and Work Campaign which began in 1995 in the semi-arid regions of Gujarat. SEWA’s women’s groups, which are initiated through collective action, have been active in sustaining local water management through water harvesting, watershed management, handpump repair, pipeline maintenance and revival of traditional sources of water. [MORE] - Full Paper

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Friday, January 19, 2007


EMPLOYMENT: Gender, Participatory Research and Water in South Asia (SaciWATERS)

For its Crossing Boundaries. Regional Capacity Building on IWRM and Gender & Water in South Asia project SaciWATERs (South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies, is seeking appointment of a female academic professional ‘gender, participatory research and water in South Asia’, with a completed PhD and relevant experience from as soon as possible, to strengthen its project team in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. The appointed person will complete the three member team.

More information on the project, position and how to apply can be found at

Whether the vacancy is still open can be checked on the SaciWATERs/Crossing Boundaries website



EMPLOYMENT: Director, Program on Markets for Ecoagriculture Products and Services (Ecoagriculture Partners)

Ecoagriculture Partners ( is a small, rapidly-growing international non-profit organization working to facilitate landscape management approaches that simultaneously enhance agricultural production, support rural livelihoods and conserve ecosystem services. EP seeks a 3/4 to full-time Director for our new program on Markets for Ecoagriculture Products and Services, to join our committed team by July 1, 2007 or earliest available. The Director of the Markets Program will:



Salary and benefits:

Please send your C.V., a cover letter indicating your background and experience, and names and contact information for three references in an email with subject line ‘Director, Markets Program’ by January 31, 2007 to Seth Shames,



EMPLOYMENT: Senior NRM Scientist and Country Coordinator, China (ICRAF)

The country program in China of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has a focus on strategy and policy issues in relation to forestry and agriculture, conservation, rural development and poverty reduction. More information on country and regional programs are available at and The position is based in Beijing, China.

The Senior NRM Scientist and Country Coordinator will be responsible for leading the overall program in China, overseeing both offices in Beijing and Kunming. The overall responsibility covers assuring the quality, integration, planning and implementation of ICRAF activities in the country.

Application deadline is 31 January 2007. For more information go to

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PhD STUDENT or POSTDOC: Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (Michigan State)

A Ph.D. student or postdoctoral associate is sought to expand interdisciplinary studies on coupled human and natural systems (e.g., ecological and economic effects of natural resource management; effects of household dynamics on the environment such as biodiversity, landscapes, and natural resources; environmental effects of economic globalization; reciprocal interactions between human and natural systems such as ecosystem services). The department is looking for highly motivated applicants with backgrounds in one or more fields, such as ecology, human demography, sociology, economics, geography, wildlife biology, biodiversity conservation, land use and land cover change, policy analysis, and human-environment interactions. Interests in integrating natural and social sciences are required. Strong quantitative skills (e.g., remote sensing, geographic information systems, computer modeling, mathematics, and/or statistics) are desirable. Stipends/salaries and benefits are competitive. Start date is negotiable. Reviews of applications will be conducted periodically and will continue until the position is filled. Interested individuals are encouraged to provide the following materials as soon as possible: (1) cover letter indicating general and specific research interests/experiences, (2) statement of professional goals (e.g., plans after finishing the doctoral or postdoctoral training), (3) resume, (4) transcripts, (5) list of three references (names, email addresses, phone numbers, and postal addresses), and (6) GRE scores and TOEFL scores (TOEFL scores are required for applicants whose native language is not English). Please email, mail, or fax all application materials to: Dr. Jianguo (Jack) Liu, Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA, Fax +1-517-432-1699, email: jliu

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FELLOWSHIPS: CHANGE (Certificate on Humans and the Global Environment) Graduate Training Program

University of Wisconsin faculty working on issues of vulnerability and sustainability of the global environment were recently awarded an IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education, Research, and Training) grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will provide two years of support to a small number of exceptional Ph.D. students and will establish a new graduate Certificate on Humans and the Global Environment (CHANGE). The CHANGE program involves faculty members in departments ranging across atmospheric and oceanic sciences, ecology, environmental studies, veterinary medicine to sociology. Features of the CHANGE-IGERT: Provides a two year stipend, tuition, and health insurance for 3-4 CHANGE Fellows each year. CHANGE Fellows are students who have been admitted to a UW-Madison Ph.D. program and have separately applied to receive IGERT support. View our CHANGE Fellows page for more information on these opportunities. Note: Only U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents can be funded as CHANGE Fellows. The program also incorporates a graduate certificate Certificate on Humans and the Global Environment (CHANGE) that can be added to any graduate degree in an environmentally related discipline. For more information, view the Certificate on Humans and the Global Environment web page:

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SCHOLARSHIPS: 2007 - 08 Joint Japan/ Bank Scholarship Applications Now Available

Applications for the Joint Japan/World Bank Scholarship Program for the 2007 - 08 academic years are now available. The Bank, with funding from the government of Japan, established the World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program for graduate studies in subjects related to economic development. Each year, the Program awards scholarships to individuals from the Bank’s member countries to undertake graduate studies at renowned universities throughout member countries of the Bank. Now in its 20th year, the Regular Program has awarded 2,613 scholarships, selected from nearly 53,000 applicants.

Application forms for the 2007 selection cycle of the Regular JJ/WBGSP are available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese from November 1, 2006 through January 31, 2007. The application together with ALL supporting documentation must be received in the Scholarship Program Office by March 31, 2007.

Read more here.

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TRAINING: Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program, University of California, Berkeley

2007 Summer Certificate Course: Sustainable Environmental Management, June 22 - July 14, 2007.

We are seeking applicants for the 2007 summer certificate course in Sustainable Environmental Management at the University of California, Berkeley. The 2007summer course brochure and application in MS Word and as a pdf may be downloaded from the website at Applications must be received no later than February 1, 2007.



CALL FOR PAPERS: International Conference on Environmental Flows (Nature Conservancy)

The Nature Conservancy is co-convening with the River Symposium an "International Conference on Environmental Flows" in Brisbane, Australia, 3-6 September 2007. The conference will bring together scientists, policy makers, water managers, engineers and others interested in the state of the world's freshwater resources to share knowledge and build bridges to sustainable solutions. For more information visit:

Abstract submission deadline: January 31, 2007.

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ONLINE RESOURCE: The Law, Environment and Development Journal (LEAD Journal)

The Law, Environment and Development Journal (LEAD Journal) is a peer-reviewed academic publication based in New Delhi and London and jointly managed by the School of Law of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) – University of London and the International Environmental Law Research Centre (IELRC).

LEAD is published biannually at

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007


Punto de enfoque: Acción Colectiva y Derechos de Propiedad para el Desarrollo Sostenible

The Spanish translation of the 2020 Focus 11: Collective Action and Property Rights for Sustainable Development is now available online.

La traducción del 2020 Punto de enfoque 11: Acción Colectiva y Derechos de Propiedad para el Desarrollo Sostenible esta disponible en línea.

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