Tuesday, May 29, 2007

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: First International Development Conference (IDC 2007)

International Development Conference’s (IDC 2007) agenda is to provide a platform for debating and showcasing some past successes and failures of development activities and projects in various disciplines especially agriculture and other development sectors in many parts of the world as relates to the Millenium Development Goals of the United Nations. The possible way forward will be discussed as we are daily fast approaching the 2015 deadline that all goals and targets should have been met.

20 - 23 September 2007 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Last Date for Abstract: 1 June 2007; Contact email/website: Mr. A. Doherty, info@cefard.org; http://cefard.org/Events___Training_Programme.html

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EVENT: World Water Week

You can now register to participate in the upcoming World Water Week in Stockholm, August 12-18, 2007. The theme is Progress and Prospects on Water: Striving for Sustainability in a Changing World. Discounted registration is available until June 30. Single day and full week options are available. - http://www.worldwaterweek.org/

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EVENT: Marine Protected Areas; 5 years since Johannesburg - integrating social needs into policy

On Wednesday July 4, 2007, MARE (Centre for Maritime Research) organizes a Policy Daytha precedes the fourth MARE biannual conference "People and the Sea: Who owns the Coast?". The policy day will be held in Amsterdam. We are proud to present an impressive line up of speakers. In the attachment you find information about the programme and practical matters.

For information and recent updates see http://www.marecentre.nl/people_and_the_sea_4/PolicyDay2007.html
Registration is now possible online through http://www.marecentre.nl/people_and_the_sea_4/conferencefee.html

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TRAINING: Japan Capacity Building Program for African Agricultural Researchers

The Japan Capacity Building Program for African Agricultural Researchers FY2007 has been launched. The program is sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan and will be administered by Nagoya University. It was designed to strengthen African researchers' capacity through training programs led by Japanese and associated instructors.

Please find below the URL containing the Application Guidelines for this year's program as well as all the other supporting documents necessary for applications. Please use this site to download all necessary documents: http://iccae.agr.nagoya-u.ac.jp/events/nousui-e/iccae4africa2007-e.html

Deadline for submission of applications to International Cooperation Center for Agricultural Education is July 1, 2007.

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Society for Conservation Biology - SSWG Ambassadors

Opportunity for African Graduate Students and Young Researchers in the Social Sciences: The Social Science Working Group (SSWG), with funds provided by the Christiansen Fund, wishes to develop capacity and increase participation in the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) from conservation social scientists studying and working at African universities or NGOs. Our goal is to provide a mechanism to identify eight young conservation social scientists to serve as SSWG Ambassadors within their host institutions.

Read more at http://people.bu.edu/jdrew and http://www.africanconservation.org/dcforum/DCForumID28/197.html

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IDRC BOOK: Learning Participation in Action: Field Research Experiences in South Asia

CIP-UPWARD: Dindo Campilan, Arma Bertuso, Rajindra Ariyabandu, Lorna Sister

The PR&D South Asia Project aimed to strengthen regional capacity for PR&D in sustainable agriculture and natural resource management. The collaborative project was implemented in 2004-2006. This publication presents highlights of the field research activities in 2005. It presents an excellent collection of experiences in learning PR&D through field action.

http://www.idrc.ca/en/ev-110890-201-1-DO_TOPIC.html

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URBAN HARVEST WORKING PAPER: A Comparative Study of the Perceptions of Urban and Rural Farmer Field School Participants in Peru

By Maarten Warnaars and Willy Pradel
The importance of subjective research methods in development and research programs is vital in order to have a more holistic understanding of certain realities. The aim of this study is to determine whether the perceptions of Farmer Field School (FFS) participants from urban areas differ from their rural counterparts, particular in reference to time management.

http://www.cipotato.org/urbanharvest/documents/pdf/ffs.wp4.pdf

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

 

JOB OPENING: Post-Doctoral Scientist – Market Economist (ILRI)

ILRI seeks to recruit a Post-Doctoral Market Economist to join the new project in Southern Africa on “Improving Market Participation by Small-Scale Livestock Producers”. The position will play a key coordinating role in a new project in Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe, conducted jointly by ILRI, ICRISAT and national partners. The main components of the project include: a) evaluation of constraints and opportunities for commercializing smallholder livestock production, b) testing and evaluation of alternative marketing and input delivery systems, c) and evaluation of impacts of market-led technology change. The postdoctoral economist will coordinate all the livestock and livestock-market related aspects of the project in the three countries, in consultation with the ILRI Regional Representative, and other ILRI, ICRISAT and national scientists. S/he would also play a key role in developing and sustaining the partnerships and communications activities needed to ensure that the project is conducted smoothly and achieves its objectives.

For more see http://www.ilri.org/research/jobsdt.asp?VacID=97; closing date 31/05/2007

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SCHOLARSHIPS: Distance Learning Masters scholarships for African women

An exciting opportunity has been offered by the UK Commonwealth Scholarships Commission to join an internationally recognised, cutting edge masters' programme and to become part of a community of learning and practice in Education for Sustainability(EFS). If eligible (see below), you are advised to apply as soon as possible. The deadline for applications to be received in our office is Monday May 28 2007.

See http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/efs/prospectus/africanscho.shtml and http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/efs/ for more information. Please contact Veronica Leacock for general queries on leacockv@lsbu.ac.uk.

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AWARDS: 2007 Global Development Awards and Medals Competition

2007 Global Development Awards and Medals Competition Submissions are being accepted for the 2007 round of the Global Development Awards and Medals Competition, which carries prizes in cash and travel of over US $180,000! Submissions can be for a new research proposal or for a completed research paper on any of the five themes below:

  1. Fragile States: Addressing Vulnerability
  2. Household Exposure to Risk: Effects on Poverty
  3. The Rule of Law: Providing Security for Development
  4. Women's Rights, Security and Development: Challenges and Opportunities
  5. Natural Resources: Risks and Implications for Sustaining Development

The deadline is September 17, 2007. Under each theme, GDN welcomes submissions from all branches of the social sciences (Economics, Political Science, Sociology etc), especially multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary projects. Submissions from qualified female researchers are particularly encouraged.

The finalists will present their papers and proposals at GDN's Annual Global Development Conference in Brisbane, Australia in January 2008. For more information on the competition, including full descriptions of the themes, visit our website at http://www.gdnet.org/2007awards.

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AWARDS: 2007 Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP) Competition

2007 Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP) Competition Submissions are welcome for the Global Development Network´s annual competition for the Most Innovative Development Project, which carries prizes in cash and travel of over US $50,000! The finalists will present their proposals at GDN´s Annual Global Development Conference in Brisbane, Australia in January 2008. Submissions are accepted for an ongoing development project implemented in a developing or transition country. Criteria include the degree of innovation and the potential for broad application of the project in other countries. Applicants are requested to use the new application template available on our website.

Deadline for submission: August 20, 2007. For more information on the competition visit our website at http://www.gdnet.org/2007awards.

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CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: International Conference on 'Poverty Reduction and Forests: Tenure, Market and Policy Reforms'

We would like to bring to your attention the forthcoming International Conference on 'Poverty Reduction and Forests: Tenure, Market and Policy Reforms'. The conference is organized by RECOFTC in collaboration with the Rights and Resources Initiative and will be held in Bangkok from 4 to 7 September 2007 (with pre-conference sessions on 3 September).

If you are interested to participate and contribute to the conference, you are invited to submit an abstract of your proposed contribution (poster and short paper) at your earliest convenience. A limited number of fellowships for participation in the conference will be awarded by the program committee based on the relevance of the submitted abstracts for the conference theme.

For more information about this event please visit: http://conference.recoftc.org

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CALL FOR ESSAYS: IFPRI 2020 Writing Contest

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is pleased to announce a writing contest for youth. We invite you to present your views on how to arrive at a world where no one lives in poverty and hunger.

To participate, you must be between 14 and 18 years old.
Deadline for submissions (typed and in English only): August 1, 2007
Length: 2,000 words maximum

Use your writing skills to write an essay, short story, poem, open letter to a national leader, short play, or other text on How we can make poverty and hunger problems of the past in all nations across the globe.

Prizes: First prize is US$ 500, plus a booklet in which your essay will be published with other high-quality contributions. Runner up prizes are US$ 250, plus a booklet in which your essay will be published. The booklet will be posted on IFPRI's website. The essays from the last contest are available at http://www.ifpri.org/pubs/books/oc45.htm.

For additional guidelines and details, please visit our website: http://www.ifpri.org/2020chinaconference/chconfcontest.asp

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CAPRi Working Paper 61: Women’s Collective Action and Sustainable Water Management: Case of SEWA’s Water Campaign in Gujarat, India

By Smita Michra-Panda http://dx.doi.org/10.2499/CAPRiWP61

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 is available at http://www.capri.cgiar.org/pdf/capriwp61.pdf

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ONLINE RESOURCE: Gapminder: free software to visualise human development

Gapminder is a non-profit venture for development and provision of free software that can be used to help users to visualise human development. The development is done in collaboration with universities, UN organisations, public agencies and non-governmental organizations.

http://www.gapminder.org/

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Monday, May 14, 2007

 

CAPRi Working Paper 65: Gender, Wealth, and Participation in Community Groups in Meru Central District, Kenya

By Kristin E. Davis and Martha Negash

A mixed-methods, multiple-stage approach was used to obtain data on how gender and wealth affected participation in community groups in Meru, Kenya, and how men and women farmers obtain and diffuse agricultural information. Research techniques included participant observation, documentary analysis, semi-structured interviews, social mapping, group timelines, and structured questionnaires. Dairy-goat farmer groups were interviewed for the study. Qualitative data provided baseline information, and helped in the formulation of research questions. Quantitative data were analyzed using contingency tables, descriptive statistics, correlations, tests of significance, and regression. Factors that affected participation in different types of groups included household composition, age, and gender. Women made up 59 percent of the dairy-goat group (DGG) members, with the DGG project encouraging women’s participation. Women made up 76 percent of DGG treasurer positions; 43 percent of secretary positions, and 30 percent of chairperson positions. Gender also influenced participation in clan groups, water groups, and merry-go-round (savings and loans) groups. Wealth did not appear to have a significant effect on participation in community groups. Extension was the most important information source for both men and women farmers. However, church and indigenous knowledge (passed on from parents) seemed more important to women. Both men and women mentioned other farmers, groups, and “baraza” (public meetings used to make announcements and diffuse information) as important information sources, but they rated them at different levels of importance. Men were diffusing information to greater numbers of people than women, although men and women diffused to similar sources. This study shows that because men and women traditionally participate in different types of groups and receive agricultural information from different sources, development agencies must target different types of groups and institutions to reach men, women, or poor farmers. Mechanisms should be developed to include women, the poor, and other targeted groups in community associations that provide market and other income-earning opportunities.

Keywords: Gender, wealth, community and farmer groups, extension, Kenya

Abstract | Full Text

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CAPRi Working Paper 64: Gender and Collective Action: A Conceptual Framework for Analysis

By Lauren Pandolfelli, Ruth Meinzen-Dick, and Stephan Dohrn

This paper presents a framework for investigating the intersection of collective action and gender; i.e. how gender-oriented analysis can foster more effective collective action in the context of agriculture and natural resource management and how collective action can be used as a vehicle for gender equity. We begin with definitions of the key concepts and then present three entry points for a gendered analysis of collective action-motivations, effectiveness, and impact on gender equity- vis-à-vis the Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) framework (Oakerson 1992; Ostrom 1991). At the heart of this framework is the action arena, which is shaped by a host of initial conditions, including asset endowments, vulnerabilities, and legal and governance systems that influence a range of outcomes. Applying a gender lens to this framework, we present an analysis of how women and men experience the initial set of conditions differently and thus, have different motivations and capacities for engaging in collective action. Next, we look at how the gender composition of groups affects the effectiveness of collective action, and finally, at the impact of collective action on gender equity and women’s empowerment. We conclude with a discussion of how this framework can improve our understanding of gender and collective action in order to facilitate more effective collective action while fostering gender equity.

Keywords: gender, collective action, motivation, effectiveness, impact, action resources, institutional change

Abstract  |  Full Text

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

 

JOB OPENINGS: Associate Expert positions (Bioversity)

Associate Expert, Assessing the potential contribution of banana-based production systems to improve the nutrition of smallholder communities in Eastern Africa - Kampala, Uganda. The post is open to Developing Country nationals under 32 years of age on the date of application. Note: Nationals of the post location are not eligible. See the section on "Further Information" for details on eligible countries. More details

Associate Expert, Economic and Social Aspects of Agrobiodiversity - Rome, Italy (with long term field missions in Central Asia). The post is open to Dutch nationals under 32 years of age on the date of application. More details

Associate Expert, Communicating Agrobiodiversity science for problem-based learning - Nairobi, Kenya (possible relocation to the office for West and Central Africa in Cotonou, Benin, after 2 years in Nairobi). The post is open to Dutch Nationals under 32 years of age on the date of application. More details

Application Deadline for all 3 posts is May 18, 2007.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

 

JOB OPENING: Scientist (Village Level Studies), ICRISAT

ICRISAT seeks applications for Scientist (Village Level Studies) , to be based at Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh , India.

Village-Level Studies (VLS) were initiated by ICRISAT's Economics Program in India in 1975, and later extended to Africa . The studies have provided important insights about changing household and village livelihoods and helped scientists identify and understand socioeconomic, agro-biological, and institutional constraints to agricultural development in the Semi-Arid Tropics (SAT). In recognition of the profound economic and social changes that have affected the SAT over the past decade, the Social Science research team at ICRISAT, in partnership with national research programs and leading institutes worldwide, resumed its VLS in Asia.

For more information on the job, and how to apply go to http://www.icrisat.org/careers/Scientist(VLS).htm

Applications should sent by 30 May 2007.

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JOB OPENING: Junior Professionals Program for Afro-Descendants (World Bank)

The Junior Professionals Program for Afro-Descendants 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. Applications are currently being accepted through June.

Read more http://go.worldbank.org/EVYC5743U0

For a full list of open positions and scholarships: http://www.worldbank.org/jobs

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JOB OPENING: Assistant Director, ICRA

ICRA invites applications for the position of Assistant Director. Preference is given to applicants from developing countries and from ICRA’s European core donors (France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, UK).

ICRA is a capacity building organisation. It stimulates innovation by strengthening the competencies of people and organisations in the rural sector, research and education to collaborate as equal partners and learn from each other. These competencies make partners more effective, as a group, in achieving innovation in technology, markets, policies and social organisation to reduce poverty, enhance competitiveness of product chains and small-scale enterprises and ensure sustainable use of natural resources.

Full Vacancy Announcement: http://www.icra-edu.org/objects/public_eng/Vacancy_announcement_ICRA_Assistant_Director_(2).doc

Deadline for applications: 15 June 2007.

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Research and Exploration Grants from the National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society awards grants for scientific field research and exploration. All proposed projects must have both a geographical dimension and relevance to other scientific fields and be of broad scientific interest. Applications are generally limited to the following disciplines: anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, biology, botany, geography, geology, oceanography, paleontology, and zoology. In addition the committee is emphasizing multidisciplinary projects that address environmental issues (e.g., loss of biodiversity and habitat, effects of human-population pressures). While grant amounts vary greatly, most range from U.S. $15,000 to $20,000. There is no set quantity of grants awarded, but budget constraints keep the number to approximately 250 per year.

For more information see http://www.nationalgeographic.com/research/grant_application.html.

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FELLOWSHIPS: Borlaug International Science and Technology Fellows Program for Cameroon

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is pleased to announce the initiation of The Norman E. Borlaug International Science and Technology Fellows Program (Borlaug Fellows Program) for Cameroon. The Borlaug Fellows Program offers training and collaborative research opportunities in international agricultural science, leadership and policy. Training venues usually include U.S. universities, government agencies, and international agricultural research centers. Each Fellow works one-on-one with a mentor who coordinates the Fellow's training and visits the Fellow's home institution after completion of the training.

The 2007 Borlaug Fellows Program for Cameroon is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) in cooperation with the government of Cameroon and the World Agroforestry Center.

Application form http://www.fas.usda.gov/icd/borlaug/cameroon.htm

The application deadline is May 18, 2007. If you have any problems, please contact Daniel Agoons (AgoonsDO@state.gov).

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FELLOWSHIP: Alcoa Practitioner Fellowship for Conservation and Sustainability Research Projects

Practitioner Fellowships provide a non-degree opportunity for qualified mid-level professionals from NGOs (and in some cases, government) to conduct approved six- to twelve-month intensive applied research projects in conservation and sustainability. Fellows work from their home organization and are mentored remotely by an expert from a selected Sustainability Institute. The Sustainability Institutes are: The World Conservation Union (IUCN), Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), World Wildlife Fund - United States (WWF-US). Each Sustainability Institute has a series of topics in Conservation and Sustainability for which they will be mentoring Practitioner Fellows. Topics fall under one of the four themes that make up the research areas for the Fellowship Program: Conservation of Fragile Ecosystems and Biodiversity, Climate Change and Energy, Sustainability, Livelihoods and Economic Growth and Integrating Sustainability into Public Policy and Governance. Fellows receive a grant of $10,000 and reimbursement for travel to an Orientation and a Program Conference. The deadline to apply is May 31 2007.

For more information and to download the application, see http://www.alcoafoundationfellows.org/page/pf2007.

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PhD OPPORTUNITIES: Research/teaching assistants at University of Iowa

The Department of Geography at the University of Iowa is seeking to recruit three additional research/teaching assistants in for this academic year. The areas of interest for which funding is available include:

Funding for up to 5 years is available. RA/TA stipends start at >$16K for a 9 month academic year, with additional funding available over summer, health benefits, tuition scholarship, and a relatively low cost of living.

For more information contact Naresh Kumar (naresh-kumar@uiowa.edu) or Prof. George Malanson (george-malanson@uiowa.edu). See also http://www.grad.uiowa.edu/students/prospective/

Applicants interested in these positions must submit their application through our graduate program as soon as possible. Good score in GRE and strong quantitative skills are key requirements.

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PhD SCHOLARSHIPS: Farm-level Development and Rural Development, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart (Germany)

The International Research Training Group „Modeling Material Flows and Production Systems for Sustainable Resource Use in Intensified Crop Production in the North China Plain”, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, is seeking highly qualified and motivated candidates for 2 PhD scholarships starting June 1st, 2007 for 2 years with an option for a third year, subject to prolongation of funding by DFG. The PhD grant amounts to 1,103 € net per month (+ allowances for family and stays in Beijing).

Successful applicants will work on one of the following research topics:

http://www.inomics.com/cgi/job?action=detail&nr=5487; Applications have to be received by 30 June 2007.

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CALL FOR PANELS: 2008 Conference of the Commission on Folk Law and Legal Pluralism

Commission on Folk Law and Legal Pluralism invites proposals for panels for the IUAES conference in Kunming, China, July 2008 on Legal Pluralist Perspectives on Humanity, Development and Cultural Diversity.

The Deadline for all panel applications is 15 July 2007. For more information go to http://www.commission-on-legal-pluralism.ch/china08.html; the Full call can be accessed at: http://www.commission-on-legal-pluralism.ch/CallforPanels.doc

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Gender, development and rural live (Gender & Development Journal)

Gender & Development is an activist-oriented journal, published by Oxfam GB. It is read and written by development policy makers, researchers, and feminist activists, in over 90 countries. The journal aims to share learning and insights from people who have experience of development work and who are keen to share their insights with others. In doing so, our primary aim is to support development work which promotes gender equality and women's rights.

The March 2008 issue of Gender & Development journal will look at gender, development, and rural livelihoods.

If you would like to contribute, then please send a paragraph outlining your proposed idea to gadeditor@oxfam.org.uk, as soon as possible, and before the commissioning deadline: 29 May 2007.

For more information about Gender & Development, including guidelines for contributors, please visit http://www.oxfam.org.uk/what_we_do/issues/gender/gad/index.htm.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

 

JOB VACANCY: Associate, Land Tenure / Property Rights Specialist (ARD)

ARD, Inc. has an immediate home office staff opening for a Land Tenure / Property Rights (LTPR) Specialist. This person will participate in ARD’s Land Tenure and Property Rights Community of Practice and will support technical work in ARD’s core programming areas dealing with agricultural development, natural resources management, conflict management and mitigation, and governance and institutional development. ARD is already conducting significant work in support of LTPR programming in Latin America, the former Soviet Union, Asia and Africa.

Closing date: open; for more information see http://www.ardinc.com/careers/job_detail.php?tid=462

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JOB VACANCY: Poverty Reduction Economist (World Bank)

The unit of the Bank that acts as the central point for oversight of gender issues in Bank operations seeks an experienced economist to coordinate the implementation of sections of the Gender Action Plan, which seeks to intensify gender mainstreaming in the Bank operational portfolio in the economic sectors, among other duties. Minimum requirements include an advanced degree, preferably a PhD, in Economics or equivalent, and a minimum of five years of relevant work experience, as well as demonstrated experience and publishing in the analysis of microeconomic issues in developing regions.

Deadline for applications is May 7. Read more here

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JOB VACANCY: Lecturer in Public Policy and Development Management (ISS)

The Institute of Social Studies (The Hague) is recruiting for a lecturer / senior lecturer in Public Policy and Development Management. It is a tenure-track post.

We are looking for expertise in two of the following areas:

  1. governance and decentralization;
  2. organizational analysis, organizational change and public sector reform;
  3. methods and practice of policy-relevant research.

The deadline for applications is May 22.

http://www.iss.nl/about_iss/iss_vacancies/vacancy_for_a_full_time_senior_lecturer_in_public_policy_and_development_management

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JOB VACANCY: Director, Department of Policy Analysis and Communications (Africa Action)

Africa Action is seeking a highly qualified and experienced policy professional to head its Department of Policy Analysis and Communications.

May 24, 2007 is the target deadline for applications; however, the position will stay open until filled.

For more information go to http://www.africaaction.org/about/jobs.php

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Alcoa Practitioner Fellowship for Conservation and Sustainability Research Projects

Practitioner Fellowships provide a non-degree opportunity for qualified mid-level professionals from NGOs (and in some cases, government) to conduct approved six- to twelve-month intensive applied research projects in conservation and sustainability. Fellows work from their home organization and are mentored remotely by an expert from a selected Sustainability Institute. The Sustainability Institutes are: The World Conservation Union (IUCN), Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), World Wildlife Fund - United States (WWF-US). Each Sustainability Institute has a series of topics in Conservation and Sustainability for which they will be mentoring Practitioner Fellows.

Topics fall under one of the four themes that make up the research areas for the Fellowship Program: Conservation of Fragile Ecosystems and Biodiversity, Climate Change and Energy, Sustainability, Livelihoods and Economic Growth and Integrating Sustainability into Public Policy and Governance. Fellows receive a grant of $10,000 and reimbursement for travel to an Orientation and a Program Conference. The deadline to apply is May 31 2007.

For more information and to download the application, see www.alcoafoundationfellows.org/page/pf2007.

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: International Symposium on “Sustainable Solutions: Focus on Africa”

The Symposium will be held at Delft University of Technology, 1-2 November 2007, Delft, The Netherlands.

The importance of sustainability is recognized worldwide. However, developed and developing nations face different issues on the road to sustainable development. It seems to many that the Western world is consuming far more than its fair share, while developing nations struggle on under the burden of poverty, disease, poor governance, environmental decay, social unrest, rapid population increase, inequity, and gender inequality. Africa is a special case. Indeed, when compared with some countries in Asia, the pace at which living standards have risen in the past five decades has been glacial. The topical focus will be on food, water, energy, health care, urban areas, mobility, and resources, among others.

The deadline is extended: Authors are requested to submit an abstract electronically no later than 15 May 2007.

For more information visit http://www.tudelft.nl/live/pagina.jsp?id=e94fd9d4-f35d-4cb7-b565-25846f5c81bc&lang=en.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Integrating Conservation in Upland Agriculture in Southest Asia

International Agroforestry Education Conference on "Integrating Conservation in Upland Agriculture in Southest Asia" will be co-organized by the Southeast Asian Network for Agroforestry Education (SEANAFE) and Chiang Mai University (CMU) during 24 - 26 October 2007 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The deadline for submission of both paper and poster presentations is on 30 June 2007.

For more information go to http://www.worldagroforestry.org/sea/Seanafe

The Call for Papers can be accessed at http://www.worldagroforestry.org/sea/Portals/1/files/Announcement.pdf

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue of the Journal “Action Research”

The purpose of this special edition is to tease out and clarify the differing assumptions built into the diverse approaches that now constitute the action research landscape, and to explore the practices which result. It will therefore address the place of theory in action research, exploring suitable topics that might include: the role of theory and understanding in action research; the forms taken by theory in action research; practical processes for building theory and understanding; the relationship between tacit understanding and explicit theory; ways of engaging participants in reaching collective understanding or explicit theory; and the value of local theory and its generalizability or transferability. In the first instance, proposals of about 600 to 800 words are solicited. These should describe clearly the proposed approach, explain the contribution that would be made to the journal issue and to action research generally, and identify what readers will gain.

Proposals must be submitted by 31 September 2007, to Bob Dick, bd@uqconnect.net. From these proposals, guest editors will invite selected authors to submit full articles for review. The special issue is planned for Volume 7 No 1, final copy date October 2008 to be published in March 2009.

For more information visit http://www.sagepub.co.uk/resources/ARJ_cfp_theory.pdf.

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Marie Curie Training Course on Resource Property

The Institute of Agricultural Economics, Bucharest, and Humboldt University, Berlin organize a training course on resource property to take place in Sinaia, Romania, on 24-29 September 2007. The course will review key concepts in property theory and introduce applications in various fields, including agriculture, forestry, water management, and biodiversity conservation. Participants will also receive guidance on how to develop concrete proposals for research on property in agriculture and the natural resource sector. The invited lecturers are Dr. Stefan Dorondel (Romanian Academy of Sciences), Dr. Ivan Penov (Agricultural University Plovdiv), Dr. Mara Rusu (Institute of Agricultural Economics, Bucharest), and Thomas Sikor (Ph.D., Humboldt University, Berlin). Participants should have a background in the social sciences, preference being given to junior researchers enrolled in postgraduate and doctoral programs. They are eligible for full funding under the Marie Curie Program if they have completed their first university degree within the past four years.

The deadline for applications is June 15th, 2007. Applications need to include a short CV and a one-page proposal for research on property in agriculture or the natural resource sector. Please send applications and inquiries to Ms. Sandra Polsfuhs at the Junior Research Group on Postsocialist Land Relations, Luisenstr. 56, 10117 Berlin, Fax.: +49-30-2093-6427, Email: polsfuhs@hotmail.com. For further information on the MACE series of events, please visit http://mace-events.org/mace/mace.html.

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ONLINE RESOURCE: MIT OpenCourseWare

MIT OpenCourseWare (MIT OCW) is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to put all of the educational materials from MIT’s undergraduate- and graduate-level courses online, free and openly available to anyone, anywhere, by the year 2007. MIT OpenCourseWare can be considered a large-scale, web-based publication of MIT course materials.

http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/index.htm

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ONLINE RESOURCE: WiserEarth

WiserEarth (http://wiserearth.org/) is a community directory and networking forum for organizations addressing the central issues of our day: climate change, poverty, the environment, peace, water, hunger, social justice, conservation, human rights, and more. Content is created by people like you from around the world.

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