Wednesday, March 21, 2007


EMPLOYMENT: Several vacancies at PLAAS

The Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) of the University of Western Cape, South Africa, has a reputation for excellence in research, policy development and post-graduate teaching on land and agrarian reform, rural governance and natural resource management. Staff members currently comprise 15 researchers and 7 support staff. PLAAS is currently expanding its research programme and a number of exciting new projects are being launched.

Closing date for applications: 30 March 2007. For more go to



EMPLOYMENT: Enhanced Associate Professional Officer Programme (IFAD)

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is committed to developing young professionals for an exciting career in development work and poverty eradication. EAPOP is designed for highly qualified, motivated young people with a passion for development work and supported by academic success.

Apply by 18 April 2007. For more information see



EMPLOYMENT: Junior Professional Officers Program

The Bank’s Junior Professional Officers Program is a donor-funded program that provides professionals from donor countries an opportunity to gain experience in an international organization. Currently the donor countries are Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. The age eligibility is 32 years old or younger, with Masters Degree and a minimum of two years' experience in related field.

Fluency in English is required. Depending on the donor Agreement, Junior Professional Officers are hired for two or three years, assigned in Washington, or a Bank country office. Positions are advertised by individual donors on a yearly basis.




FELLOWSHIPS: TWAS announces new south-south fellowships programmes

The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) offers a number of postgraduate and postdoctoral fellowships to young scientists from developing countries.

Three new programmes follow agreements with: the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS), Kolkata, India; the National Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology (CEMB), Lahore, Pakistan; and the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), Karachi, Pakistan, which includes the HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry and the Dr. Panjwani Centre for Molecular and Drug Research.

These new programmes complement TWAS's current South-South fellowship programme, which already provides for fellowships to be undertaken in institutions in India, Brazil and China.

For terms and conditions, closing dates and to download application forms, please visit the website at

Contact details: Cristina Simoes, Email: Tel: +39 040 2240 314

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FUNDING: The Small Grants Program for Civil Society (World Bank)

The Small Grants Program is one of the few global programs of the Bank that directly funds Civil Society Organizations. The program supports the organizations in their activities to enhance partnerships and promote dialogue and dissemination of information on development, focusing on civic engagement for the empowerment of marginalized and vulnerable groups. By involving citizens who are often excluded from the public arena and by increasing their capacity to influence policy and program decisions, the bank helps a broader sector of society take ownership of development initiatives. These grants are limited and usually managed through the bank's country offices.

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WOMEN SCIENTIST ROSTER: African Union Commission

The Commission is requesting for your support to encourage women scientists in Africa and from the Diaspora to send their detailed CVs to the Commission to enable it to establish a database of African women scientists. The commission and development partners will use this database whenever it has events that require the participation of women scientists.

During the First African Union Congress of Scientists and Policymakers we received about 27 women participants and we are sure that we can upgrade this database by getting more African women scientists on-board.

Contact: Masheleni,

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Sustainable Solutions, Focus on Africa (Delft University)

On November 1st and 2nd 2007 Delft University of Technology will organise a symposium on a similar subject called “Sustainable Solutions, Focus on Africa”. For details and more information see:

Deadline for the call for abstract is April 15, 2007. The call can be accessed at

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WIDER Development Conference on Southern Engines of Global Growth: China, India, Brazil, and South Africa (CIBS), 7-8 September 2007, Helsinki, Finland. Deadline for call for papers is 14 May 2007;

WIDER Project Workshop: Beyond the Tipping Point: Development in an Urban World, London School of Economics, 19-20 October 2007. Deadline for call for papers is 30 June 2007;

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Summer School on “Inequality, Growth and Human Development”

The 2007 Summer School on “Inequality, Growth and Human Development” organized by Unicredit Foundation (, the University of Florence ( and the European Development Network (EUDN) ( will provide an advanced training to some 20 young academics, PhD students or middle level practitioners from developing and advanced countries with specific academic training, experience and interest in topic of the summer school. The Summer School is fully financed and will be held in Civita Castellana (about an hour from Rome) between 1 and 6 July 2006.

On-line and paper applications should be submitted by 15 April, and those accepted will be notified by 11 May 2007.

Application instructions: Background:

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NEW ONLINE JOURNAL: African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AfJARE)

The first issue of The African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AfJARE) has been launched in electronic form on the journal website while hard copies are being printed. You can access and download the Volume 1, No. 1 Issue articles through the Association website at

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ONLINE RESOURCE: Participatory GIS Search engine

A highly specialized Custom Search Engine reflecting knowledge and interests in Community Mapping, PGIS/PPGIS practice and science. Based ob Google-Coop technology it allows researchers and practitioners to freely collaborate in its development.


Tuesday, March 20, 2007


Launch of redesigned CAPRi website

We worked together with IFPRI's Communications Division to improve the accessibility of the CAPRi website and the resources it contains and we are very excited that we could finally launch it last week.

New features include improved search capabilities of publications and workshops, and an RSS feed that includes all website updates. We are planning to add more interactive features to the website in the coming months.

Best, The CAPRi team

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007


JOB VACANCY: Livelihoods Support Officer (Komku Trust)

Contact: Cgara Cgase
Komku Trust, P.O Box 934, Ghanzi, Botswana;

Job Location: Botswana (D'Kar, Gantsi District, North West Botswana)
Closing date: 09 Mar 2007
Job reference code: RW_6Y2JHM-62

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JOB VACANCY: Programme Coordinator, Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators Programme (NEPAD)

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) is the socio-economic programme of the African Union (AU). NEPAD’s Office of Science and Technology (OST) is the designated technical and administrative secretariat for the implementation of Africa’s Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action (CPA). Its mandate is to coordinate the implementation of the CPA and provide technical backstopping to the AU Commission and the African Ministerial Council on Science and Technology (AMCOST).

NEPAD OST seeks to recruit a coordinator for the new programme. Based in Pretoria South Africa, the coordinator will work under the guidance and direction of the Director of NEPAD OST. He or she will be responsible for provision of effective operational management and implementation of the programme.

Applications and CVs must be submitted to NEPAD Office of Science and Technology (NEPAD OST) not later than 20 March 2007.

See or for more information.

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Resources, Livelihood Management, Reforms, and Processes of Structural Change (Volkswagen Foundation)

The Volkswagen Foundation calls for pre-proposals to the theme "Resources, Livelihood Management, Reforms, and Processes of Structural Change" in Subsaharan Africa. The "call for pre-proposals" has been elaborated during the workshop at Gobabeb, Namibia in September 2006. Information on this workshop and on the corresponding "call for pre-proposals" can be found though this link:

Pre-proposals have to arrive by April 30, 2007.

For more information see:

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FUNDING: African Women's Development Fund (AWDF)

The African Women's Development Fund (AWDF) funds local, national, sub-regional and regional organisations in Africa working towards women’s empowerment, in particular programmes that give priority to key areas relating to women’s human rights, advocacy, empowerment, networking, and other important areas. The AWDF makes grants in three cycles each year and applications can be sent in at any time. For more information on the AWDF and the application process, please visit:

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CALL FOR PAPERS: XIIIth World Water Congress

Under the auspices of the International Water Resources Association – IWRA the XIIIth World Water Congress will be organized from 25 – 28 August 2008, in Montpellier (France).

Last Date for abstract: 31 March 2007


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CALL FOR PAPERS: Tropentag 2007 - 'Utilisation of diversity in land use systems: Sustainable and organic approaches to meet human needs'

Tropentag 2007 will take place in Witzenhausen, Germany, from the 9 to 11 October 2007. The call for papers and the first conference informations are now published on

The deadline for submission of abstract(s) is April 30th, 2007. For the submission of your abstracts, we kindly request you to use the online form available at The full call can be accessed at

Poster contributions will be grouped into thematic clusters and will be addressed in guided poster sessions. Authors of papers will have to submit a four page version of their paper by September 15th, 2007.

We especially encourage young scientists to submit their contributions. For more detailed information please see the call text at

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PRIZE COMPETITION: Veblen 150 Prize Competition

Thorstein Veblen was born on 30 July 1857. In order to commemorate the 150th anniversary of his birth, the Association for Evolutionary Economics (AFEE) and the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE) will co-sponsor the Veblen 150 Prize Competition.

Anyone may submit a written work. Those who submit written work will be considered a candidate for the prize.

Candidates will be expected to submit written works on the nature of institutions, the theory of institutional evolution, the philosophical foundations of institutional and evolutionary economics, or the application of institutional or evolutionary theory to economic policy.

Submitted works may be unpublished, or published no earlier than 2005. Books, articles or PhD theses may be considered. Up to four prizes shall be awarded. For each of group (1) and group (2) there will be up to two prizes of 2,000 GBP each.

Candidates must submit their work to Geoff Hodgson, to be received by 30 June 2007. Submissions must be on a single electronic file (to or six printed copies of the work (to Prof G Hodgson, The Business School, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL10 9AB, UK).

See for details.

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: WWSF Prize 2007 for Rural Women

WWSF Women's World Summit Foundation invites nominations for the 13th annual Prize for Women's creativity in Rural Life award, honoring creative and courageous women and women's organizations working to improve the quality of life in rural communities around the world.

Given your experience, interest and perspective with regard to issues of development, human rights, micro-credit, peace building and empowerment of women, WWSF greatly appreciates your participation and would like to thank you in advance for sending them your candidates. 15 to 20 prize winners will again be selected in 2007, and several of them will be invited to Geneva to personally present their work at an award ceremony.

Deadline: March 31, 2007. For more information (including the prize nomination form), please visit

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TRAINING: IFRI Training – Fall, 2007

The International Forestry Resources and Institutions Research Program (IFRI) is holding its Training Program at Indiana University in the fall of 2007 (From August 27 through mid-October). The IFRI program is an interdisciplinary, cross-national effort to explore the factors affecting forest conditions at the local level, especially those that influence a community’s relationship to its forest.

Both popular and scientific concern over deforestation is at a historically high level. Yet standard macro-level explanations for deforestation such as population growth, poverty, conversion of forest to agriculture, and the penetration of global markets do not consistently account for the variation found in forest condition and forest use at the micro (local) level. This nine-week course explores theoretical and methodological approaches for exploring human-environment interactions. It focuses on community level forest management, and the interaction of institutional, socioeconomic and ecological factors that influence sustainability. It provides training in data collection methods, including participatory techniques, individual and group interviews, and forest measurement. Students apply their training in field research in a forest community in Southern Indiana. The course specifically exposes students to IFRI. The methods used are drawn from the social, natural, and physical sciences in order to achieve a comprehensive understanding of local-level processes. Students who undergo training also gain first hand exposure to the unique IFRI database and learn how to enter data and use queries to create datasets.

This course is designed for graduate students who seek to learn theories and methods relevant for social-environmental research, and particularly the approaches of an active, ongoing research program applicable to the human dimensions of environmental change. Students should be aware that this is an intensive course scheduled for the first nine weeks of the semester.

As a Visiting Scholar in this Indiana University training program, there are several practical issues you need to consider. Among them are the costs of the program. There are two types of costs associated with the IFRI training: (i) Training Fees; and (ii) Living Expenses. The total of these two costs come to approximately USD $12,200.

You also need to think about applications for Visas. It is important to notify us as soon as possible about your participation in this year’s training in order for Nicole Todd ( to begin making arrangements for your Visa and housing.

On some occasions in the past, we have been able to waive the training fee, but we do not have local funds to cover the actual training costs.

As you apply for funding, we really do want you to include the training fee as part of your application since we do face real costs every fall and the training fee is very important to our being able to offer this program. Please notify Nicole Todd ( by April 1, 2007 if you plan to send a trainee for this fall’s IFRI training course.

More information on the International Forestry Resources and Institutions Research Program can be found at

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ONLINE RESOURCE: The LearningForSustainability website

LearningForSustainability is a new resource for NGOs and other community groups working to support multi-stakeholder learning processes. This guide to on-line resources highlights a number of activity areas that are prerequisites for social learning. These include topics such as networking, dialogue, adaptive management, knowledge management and evaluation. The growing role of the Internet is treated as a separate section. A short introduction to each section outlines the nature of the resource links provided, and provides pointers to other topic areas which are closely related in use. A separate section links to key manuals and guides on the Internet for facilitating participation and engagement.

Feed back on the LearningForSustainability site ( is welcomed. If you have particular guides on the Internet that you find useful in practice please suggest them as a future resource to add and share with others.