Wednesday, October 31, 2007

 

EMPLOYMENT: Program Officer, Agricultural Development (Gates Foundation)

http://tinyurl.com/37hzdf

The Agricultural Development Program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is focused on applying the latest biosciences to cropping systems important to the poor, increasing the quality and access of key inputs to the poor, such as improved seeds, fertilizers, and irrigation, and linking smallholder farmers to improved markets.

The Program Officer, Agricultural Development will be responsible for assisting in the development and management of strategies, plans and a portfolio of high-impact grants and will contribute to the identification and selection of partners and add creativity to the implementation and management of new and existing programs and partnerships.

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EMPLOYMENT: Young Social Scientist (World Bank)

The World Bank’s Research Department is one of the world’s leading centers for research on economic development (http://econ.worldbank.org/research). It aims to conduct fundamental and relevant research published in refereed academic journals, generate new knowledge and ideas about effective policy interventions, and provide policy and strategic advice to the World Bank’s operational staff. Although the department is primarily staffed by economists, it works on a broad range of issues beyond the traditional focus of development economics, including community development, culture, governance, comparative and international politics, networks and social capital, and other issues that are informed by disciplinary perspectives drawn from anthropology, law, political science, psychology and sociology.

To expand the group's capacity in these realms, they are hiring a “Young Social Scientist”: a recent PhD in one of the non-economic social sciences whose research demonstrates significant promise in understanding questions that relate to the problems of development. They are looking for a world-class researcher with excellent skills in qualitative methods, and with significant field experience in one or more developing countries. The ideal candidate should also be familiar with quantitative methods and be willing to interact and collaborate closely with development economists. S/he should be willing to engage closely and critically with issues that are centrally related to development policy. The position offers a very competitive salary and benefits.

Please send a cover letter describing your research and why this position if of interest, and a CV with the names of three references to: research@worldbank.org. At this stage candidates are requested to not send any more material. Candidates selected for the short-list will be requested to submit a more detailed application with writing samples, reference letters, etc. at a later stage. Deadline: December 15, 2007.

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FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM: Harvard Environmental Fellows

http://environment.harvard.edu/program/index.htm

The Harvard University Center for the Environment created the Environmental Fellows program to enable recent doctorate recipients to use and expand Harvard’s extraordinary resources to tackle complex environmental problems. The Environmental Fellows will work for two years with Harvard faculty members in any school or department to create new knowledge while also strengthening connections across the University’s academic disciplines. Environmental Fellows may include people with degrees in the sciences, social sciences, law, government, public policy, public health, medicine, design, and the full array of humanities.

Applications and all letters of reference must be received by the Center for the Environment by 5 pm Eastern Standard Time, Tuesday, January 15, 2008. The Center will announce the awards in April 2008.

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CALL FOR PRE-PROPOSALS: African Fellows Programme

http://www.rothamsted-international.org/HTML/Fellowships/AFP_main_page.html

The Rothamsted International African Fellows Programme aims to provide problem-focused training in Europe for mid-career African scientists.

The aim of the African Fellows Programme (AFP) is to support sustainable agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa by catalysing innovative solutions needed to achieve food security. Projects should aim to develop lasting partnerships and strategic alliances that will help in developing local scientific capacity relevant to sustainable agricultural production. African scientists will carry out research projects in a partner European research institute, or university, for periods normally of 6 to 8 months. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis in a two stage assessment process.

See http://www.rothamsted-international.org/HTML/Fellowships/AFP_main_page.html for further details.

The deadline for receipt of pre-proposals under the current call is 11 February 2008.

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CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: Measuring and Optimizing the Economic and Social Impacts of Migration

http://www.gdnet.org/pdf/global_research_projects/migration/GDN_IPPR_Expression_of_Interest.pdf

This ground-breaking, flagship project aims to contribute to research and policymaking on the impacts of migration on development. Six commissioned research teams will each undertake a study examining the impacts of international migration on development in their chosen country of study. Each study involves two key components:

Budget: US $500,000; Deadline: November 26, 2007

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Global Governance for Sustainable Development

http://eadi.org/gc2008/

The 12th European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) General Conference will focus on "Global Governance for Sustainable Development: The need for Policy Coherence and new Partnerships". The conference will be held from 24-28 June 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland and will present the perceptions of leading European development experts and their associates in the developing regions on dramatic global challenges and on possible policy options or governance models to meet those challenges.

Last Date for abstract: 28 November 2007

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics (MMS) Program

http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf04504

The Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics (MMS) Program of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) is an interdisciplinary program that supports the development of innovative methods and models for the social and behavioral sciences. In general, MMS seeks proposals that are interdisciplinary in nature, methodologically innovative, and grounded in theory. The MMS Program welcomes proposals in the following areas: general research and infrastructure activities; mid-career research fellowships; research on survey and statistical methodology; and doctoral dissertation research.

The closing dates for application are January 16, yearly and August 16, yearly.

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CALL FOR ARTICLES: LEISA Magazine

http://www.leisa.info

LEISA Magazine is looking for articles for future issues. The issues on Social inclusion (09/2008) and Building resilience (12/2008) might be of particular interest to you. Go to  http://www.leisa.info/index.php?url=magazine-list.tpl&p[source]=ILEIA for the list of all upcoming themes and the deadlines.

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PUBLICATIONS: Global Theme Issue on Poverty and Human Development

http://www.councilscienceeditors.org/globalthemeissue.cfm

The Council of Science Editors has organized a Global Theme Issue on Poverty and Human Development, in which science journals throughout the world simultaneously publish articles on this topic of worldwide interest on October 22, 2007. The goal of the CSE Global Theme Issue is to stimulate interest and research in poverty and human development and disseminate the results of this research as widely as possible. This is an international collaboration of 235 journals from developed and developing countries. Papers published are listed here: http://www.councilscienceeditors.org/globalthemeissue.cfm

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: IASC 2008 - Revised Deadlines

Due to the high level of interest and the large number of requests for an extension to the abstract deadlines the IASC has decided to extend the date for submitting abstracts to 14 January 2008.

For more information check out our post about the original call for abstracts:

Collective Action & Property Rights News: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Reminder Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC)

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Friday, October 26, 2007

 

CAPRi Working Papers on Market Access for Smallholders

These and several forthcoming Working Papers are all studies dealing with Collective Action and Market Access for Smallholders and were first presented at the CAPRi workshop on this theme.

CAPRi Working Paper 67: Farmer Organization, Collective Action and Market Access in Meso-America by Jon Hellin, Mark Lundy, and Madelon Meijer

Download the full paper at http://www.capri.cgiar.org/pdf/capriwp67.pdf

CAPRi Working Paper 68: Collective Action for Innovation and Small Farmer Market Access: The Papa Andina Experience by André Devaux, Claudio Velasco, Gastón López, Thomas Bernet, Miguel Ordinola, Hernán Pico, Graham Thiele, and Douglas Horton

Download the full paper at http://www.capri.cgiar.org/pdf/capriwp68.pdf

CAPRi Working Paper 69: Collective Action and Marketing of Underutilized Plant Species: The Case of Minor Millets in Kolli Hills, Tamil Nadu, India by Guillaume P. Gruère, Latha Nagarajan, and E.D.I. Oliver King

Download the full paper at http://www.capri.cgiar.org/pdf/capriwp69.pdf

CAPRi Working Paper 70: The Role of Public-Private Partnerships and Collective Action in Ensuring Smallholder Participation in High Value Fruit and Vegetable Supply Chains by Clare Narrod, Devesh Roy, Julius Okello, Belem Avendaño, Karl Rich.

Download the full paper at http://www.capri.cgiar.org/pdf/capriwp70.pdf

All CAPRi Working Papers can be accessed here.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

 

EMPLOYMENT: 5 Positions at University of Ottawa, Faculty of Social Sciences

http://www.academiccareers.uottawa.ca/E-DVM-07.PDF

The International Development and Globalization Program of the University of Ottawa seeks to fill four (4) tenure-track positions and one (1) replacement professor position, subject to budgetary approval.

The program in International Development and Globalization is seeking applicants with academic training and research experience in the field of international development in one of the following areas:

Preference for specialists in the geographic areas of Latin America and the Caribbean and Asia. Significant field experience is essential.

Go to http://www.academiccareers.uottawa.ca/E-DVM-07.PDF to read the full announcement. Consideration of applications will begin on October 22, 2007: application received after this date may be studied until the positions are successfully filled.

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EMPLOYMENT: Economist/Social Scientist (IRRI)

http://www.irri.org/jobs/international.asp#547

IRRI is seeking an economist/social scientist to be a member of its internationally-recruited staff. The position will be based in the Institute’s Social Sciences Division with an initial appointment of 3 years and renewable for subsequent multi-year contracts. Renewal is subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

As a part of IRRI’s multi-disciplinary research team, the economist/social scientist will focus on research on impact assessment. The work will help in priority setting for rice research considering impact on poverty reduction and environmental sustainability. The specific responsibilities include: a) Developing an innovative research agenda dealing with ex-post evaluation of impact resulting from improved technologies, practices, and policies and ex-ante assessment of rice research; b) Guiding IRRI’s overall activities related to impact assessment and auditing; c) Collaborating with scientists/research managers from national agricultural research and extension systems (NARES), other CGIAR centers, and developed countries to conduct impact assessment research; d) Contributing to IRRI’s research and training on impact assessment techniques and applications.

Applications will be received up until 15 November 2007. More at http://www.irri.org/jobs/international.asp#547

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EMPLOYMENT: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Agricultural Economics (ICRISAT)

http://www.icrisat.org/careers/post_doctoral_scientist.htm

ICRISAT seeks an Agricultural Economist (or related discipline) for a position to be based in Nairobi, Kenya or Lilongwe, Malawi. He/She should be capable of understanding the key constraints for enhancing agricultural productivity and articulating a strong vision of the opportunities for developing of smallholder agriculture in Eastern and Southern Africa's semi-arid topics. He/she should be able to translate this vision into a consistent and productive research offering a significant array of international public goods.

The Fellow will undertake applied economics research in relation to improving the productivity and market competitiveness of dryland legumes (groundnuts, chickpea and pigeonpea) in collaboration with a team of biophysical scientists. This would include carrying out baseline studies for project monitoring and evaluation, adoption and impact studies, input and output market analysis, institutional innovations for strengthening market linkages, and designing effective and sustainable seed delivery systems. These projects evaluate market-led technological and institutional innovations to revitalize semi-arid agriculture for smallholder competitiveness, income growth and diversification in the region.

Applications will be received until 20 November 2007, or until the position is filled. Go to http://www.icrisat.org/careers/post_doctoral_scientist.htm to see the full announcement.

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FELLOWSHIPS: Compton Foundation/PRB International Fellows

http://www.prb.org/Home/EventsTraining/InternationalTraining/ComptonFellows/ComptonInternationalFellows.aspx

Compton Foundation is making available fellowship opportunities through the Population Reference Bureau (PRB). The Fellowship is specifically designed for capstone/internship work and dissertation research on topics that examine the interactions linking population dynamics/family planning/reproductive health with environmental and/or human security issues.

PRB is accepting applications from citizens of developing countries who are from sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, currently enrolled full-time in Master’s or Ph.D. programs in academic institutions in the U.S. or Canada, and who plan to return to their home countries upon completion of their studies.

The deadline for applying is December 14, 2007. http://www.prb.org/Home/EventsTraining/InternationalTraining/ComptonFellows/ComptonInternationalFellows.aspx

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SCHOLARSHIPS: The World Bank’s Scholarship Program

http://go.worldbank.org/S4VXYKE480

The Scholarship Program and the Fellowships Program are vehicles for knowledge sharing and capacity building in the developing world. The Programs provide opportunities for graduate studies leading to master's degree in development-related fields for mid-career professionals from the Bank’s member countries, eligible to borrow. Nationals of other member countries, not eligible to borrow, and those who cannot meet the Programs' eligibility criteria would have opportunities with other sponsors.

Read more at http://go.worldbank.org/S4VXYKE480

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Poverty and Economic Policy (PEP)

http://www.pep-net.org/NEW-PEP/Group/proposals/PEP_Call_for_Proposals_2008-final.pdf

Please find the Poverty and Economic Policy (PEP) Call for Proposals for its 2008 competition at http://www.pep-net.org/NEW-PEP/Group/proposals/PEP_Call_for_Proposals_2008-final.pdf. For this call up to 29 grants for a total value of $CAN 1,800,000 will be awarded.

PEP offers financial support and scientific and technical support to developing country researchers carrying out research on poverty issues. Note that the deadlines for submitting proposals are:

Please contact pep@ecn.ulaval.ca for any additional information.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: African Journal of Agricultural Research (AJAR)

http://www.academicjournals.org/ajar

The African Journal of Agricultural Research (AJAR) is currently accepting manuscripts for publication. AJAR publishes high-quality solicited and unsolicited articles, in English, in all areas of agriculture including arid soil research and rehabilitation, agricultural genomics, stored products research, tree fruit production, pesticide science, post harvest biology and technology, seed science research, irrigation, agricultural engineering, water resources management, marine sciences, agronomy, animal science, physiology and morphology, aquaculture, crop science, dairy science, entomology, fish and fisheries, forestry, freshwater science, horticulture, poultry science, soil science, systematic biology, veterinary, virology, viticulture, weed biology, agricultural economics and agribusiness. All articles published in AJAR will be peer-reviewed.

Instruction for authors and other details are available on our website http://www.academicjournals.org/ajar. Prospective authors should send their manuscript(s) to ajar@academicjournals.org. AJAR is also seeking for qualified reviewers as members of its editorial board. Please contact me if you are interested in serving as a reviewer.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Regulation & Governance Journal

http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/loi/REGO

Regulation & Governance aims to serve as a leading platform for the study of regulation and governance by political scientists, lawyers, sociologists, historians, criminologists, psychologists, anthropologists, economists, and others. Published quarterly by Blackwell as of March 2007, it provide a forum for open and critical scholarly dialogue from different disciplines, using diverse methodologies, and from any area of regulation and governance. The journal as wide scope of interest and its table of its content so-far is available at http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/loi/REGO

For further information about the journal, including submission instructions, please visit the website at: http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/rego. Manuscripts can be submitted online at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/reggov

You may want also to consider a visit to the regulation and governance website and to consider subscribing to its email list. To do see visit the following website: http://regulation.upf.edu

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TRAINING: Courses on Natural Resource Economics and Environmental Policy

http://www.hgu.gu.se/item.aspx?id=3476

Göteborg University is organizing two courses, Natural Resource Economics and Environmental Policy Instruments in February – April 2008.

Deadline for application is November 22, 2007. For further details please see http://www.hgu.gu.se/item.aspx?id=3476

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ONLINE JOURNAL: First issue of the International Journal of the Commons

http://www.thecommonsjournal.org

We are pleased to announce that the first issue of the International Journal of the Commons is now available. The IJC is dedicated to furthering our understanding of institutions for the use and management of resources that are (or could be) enjoyed collectively, or in short, ‘the commons’. The first issue of this open access journal, with guest editors Elinor Ostrom and Frank van Laerhoven, gives an overview of commons studies in different disciplines and from different perspectives and can now be browsed, downloaded, read, and copied (for more information on this issue, see below).

Please, visit the journal at http://www.thecommonsjournal.org, and register as a reader to receive regular updates on new articles. Of course, we also hope that you will consider the IJC as a suitable journal to publish your results on the commons.

The goals of the IJC are to present both reviews of recent research and cutting edge research articles, written by experts with different disciplinary backgrounds. We hope that this journal becomes an indispensable tool for students and scholars of commons, and a source of inspiration for administrators, looking for ideas about managing different types of commons.

The International Journal of the Commons is an open access e-journal. It is open access not as an advertising gimmick but as a matter of policy for managing the knowledge commons. Its articles can be freely used in teaching and distributed at conferences and workshops. So, please announce its presence to your students, colleagues and friends.

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ONLINE RESOURCES: Free Access to Publications

1. FREE Online Access to SAGE Development Studies Journals, including:

Access ends 31st October, 2007. Link: http://online.sagepub.com/cgi/register?registration=FT74021

2. Oxfam publishing web portal of resources:

Oxfam is continually developing a publishing web portal of resources. It currently has 2000 free online resources on development and humanitarian policy, practice and research (peer reviewed journal articles, manuals, short guides, full-length books all available on a wide range of issues). These resources will be free to download for the foreseeable future. The search page can be found at http://publications.oxfam.org.uk/oxfam/search_research.asp

Also, http://www.developmentinpractice.org has many free articles and books available on it, many translated and also further resource guides. The links to free resource pages are on the homepage in French, Spanish, Portuguese and English.

3. UNESCO and Library of Congress sign agreement for World Digital Library:

"The World Digital Library initiative has been designed to promote international and inter-cultural understanding, increase the quality and diversity of cultural content on the internet, and contribute to education and scholarship. Individuals and institutions in more than 40 countries and the IFLA have participated in working groups and expert meetings to plan the World Digital Library."

For More Information: http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=40277&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html or http://www.worlddigitallibrary.org/project/english/index.html

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WHAT OTHERS ARE BLOGGING: World Development Report 2008

Agriculture's Role in Addressing Poverty; New York Times Article

Last week, New York Times Reporter Celia Dugger wrote an interesting article highlighting how the development community is prioritizing agriculture in development plans. (…) read the full post at http://blog.worldcocoafoundation.org/2007/10/agricultures_role_in_addressin.php

Agriculture for Development: World Development Report Gets It Half Right

Last week’s release of the “2008 World Development Report: Agriculture for Development” by the World Bank urged for a renewed attention and increasing funding for agriculture in developing countries if the fight to end global hunger, poverty and instability is to prove successful. (…) read the full post at http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/10/agriculture_world_bank_report.php

World Development Report 2008-You Can Eat GDP

Read the post at http://bayesianheresy.blogspot.com/2007/10/world-development-report-2008-you-can.html

New Farm Production and Food Security in LDCs (dgAlert)

dgFood Security New Highlight on How New Farm Production Impacts Food Security in LDCs. This highlight launches a special series on ‘The Changing Agricultural Sector’ by David Bigman, a new Guide of the Food Security dgCommunity. (…) read the full post at http://desertification.wordpress.com/2007/08/24/new-farm-production-and-food-security-in-ldcs-dgalert/

World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2007

(…) 3. World Development Report 2008: Agriculture for development. After a 25-year hiatus, the Bank has once again focused its flagship annual publication on agriculture. (…) read the full post at http://brettonwoodsproject.org/art-557733

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Monday, October 15, 2007

 

BLOG ACTION DAY: Lessons from CAPRi

The aim of Blog Action Day is to get everyone talking towards a better future. Today bloggers around the web are thus posting about the environment in their own way and relating to their own topic. The CAPRi program is concerned with the role that collective action and property rights institutions play in influencing the efficiency, equity, and sustainability of natural resource use, so we decided to join in and share some of the lessons we learned in the last years.

  1. Both collective action and secure property rights are needed to sustainably manage natural resource systems such as forests, rangelands, fisheries, or watersheds. Resources that extend beyond a single farm plot or even stretch beyond one single community cannot be managed without some form of coordination among users, including functioning enforcement and sanctioning mechanisms. Secure resource rights provide individuals and groups with the incentives to conserve and even invest in the resource.
  2. Effective property rights or collective action arrangements need not be formalized. In many examples throughout the world, indigenous systems provide appropriate incentives for the development of natural resource management systems.
  3. Securing property rights is a highly complex venture. In most settings different sets of norms co-exist (statutory, religious, customary or indigenous law, but also rules of projects, and rules made by user groups) and different people can have different levels of rights: from access only to use or management rights up to full ownership rights.
  4. Management arrangements of sustainable resource systems may require access rights to be limited to some users and to exclude others, often resulting in conflicts. This may be the case in rangelands where sedentary farmers and pastoralists share the same land. Population dynamics, climate change, larger scale conflicts, and other drivers of change often exacerbate the tensions between different resource users.
  5. Managing natural resource systems as commons has proven very efficient for both environmental conservation and providing livelihood security to poor people. However, local institutions have been weakened by migration, excessive state intervention and other drivers of change. Local users' sense of solidarity and trust in their institutions can be strengthened by helping them to identify ways to diversify their income sources, thus creating a future perspective for life in rural areas.

What are your insights regarding collective action, property rights and the environment? Would you agree with these points? Do you have any other general lessons? What can we do concretely to promote collective action and to secure property rights? Feel free to leave a comment below this post.

Do you want to read more?

Collective Action and Property Rights for Sustainable Development. Ruth Meinzen-Dick and Monica Di Gregorio (eds.). 2020 Focus 11. Washington DC: IFPRI. February 2004. Tambien disponible en Español. Collective Action and Property Rights for Sustainable Rangeland Management. Esther Mwangi (ed.) CAPRi Research Brief. Washington DC: IFPRI. February 2005. Securing the Commons. Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Esther Mwangi, and Stephan Dohrn. CAPRi Policy Brief 4. Washington DC: IFPRI. May 2006.

Or go to the home page to access more briefs, working papers and other resources.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

 

EMPLOYMENT: Senior Program Officer /Senior Program Specialist, CCAA

In May 2006, in partnership with the UK Department for International Development (DfID), IDRC launched a programme to support research on adaptation to climate variability and change in Africa. The goal of the Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (CCAA) programme is to assist African countries in adapting to climate change, and to support poor and vulnerable populations to find the most effective ways of adjusting to current and unavoidable implications. IDRC is seeking a Senior Program Officer/Senior Programme Specialist to join the CCAA, to be based in IDRC's Regional Office in Dakar. The selected candidate will contribute to programme development and support the programme's partner organisations, by providing expertise and intellectual leadership in Participatory Action Research (PAR). Bilingual (English-French) candidates with extensive experience of PAR in Africa and a PhD in a disciplinary field relevant to adaptation, are encouraged to apply.

Closing Date: October 17, 2007 (Job Ref.: 741); for more information: http://www.idrc.ca/en/ev-115760-201-1-DO_TOPIC.html

Informations en Français : http://www.idrc.ca/fr/ev-115760-201-1-DO_TOPIC.html

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CALL FOR PRE-PROPOSALS: SANDEE Research Competition

The South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) announced that their Research Guidelines for Summer 2008 Research Competition are posted at www.sandeeonline.org. SANDEE invites preproposals on the inter-linkages among economic development, poverty and environmental change. Preproposals, if accepted, will lead to an invitation to submit a full research proposal. Two thematic areas have been identified for the current round of research grants. Researchers can explore a wide range of issues within each sub-area.

They welcome pre-proposals from South Asian researchers by 31 October, 2007.

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 2008-2010 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postodoctoral Fellowship Program

The HRC awards up to three postdoctoral fellowships for two-year appointments. The Fellowships are designed to encourage interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching. Fellows teach two courses per academic year, and are expected to make significant progress in their research. Applicants are eligible to apply from all humanities disciplines including, but not limited to, history, philosophy, languages, literature, linguistics, religious studies, art history and the arts. Proposals employing humanistic approaches are welcome from the social sciences, natural sciences, music, architecture, and engineering.

Deadline: December 10, 2007. For details on the program and how to apply go to http://hrc.rice.edu/fellowships_mellon.html

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CALL FOR PAPERS: 3rd International Eco Community Conference on Community Development and Ecology

The conference on Engaging Ecological Sustainability through Community Development will be held in Melbourne, Australia from 26 – 28 March 2008. Last Date for abstract submission is 31 October 2007.

Contact email/website: Anne O'Keefe, aok@deakin.edu.au; http://www.deakin.edu.au/arts/cchr/eco-cd-conf08/index.php

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Rethinking Impact: Capturing the Complexity of Poverty and Change

Rethinking Impact: Capturing the Complexity of Poverty and Change, March 26-28, 2008 at the Headquarters of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Cali, Colombia. Deadline for abstracts: November 9, 2007

The objective of the workshop is to draw from the experiences of professionals from multiple disciplines of natural and social sciences regarding evaluation of research aimed at poverty reduction, social inclusion and sustainable development. We are particularly interested in new methods and metrics that have been developed and tested in ongoing evaluations and impact assessment efforts supporting learning.

For more detailed information, please visit the workshop website: http://www.prgaprogram.org/riw

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 7th International Science Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change

This is a call to submit abstracts for the IHDP Open Meeting on 'Social Challenges of Global Change', - the 7th International Science Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, 16-19 October 2008, New Delhi, India. They are accepting abstract submissions for sessions, oral presentations, and posters until November 30th this year on the new Open Meeting Website: http://www.openmeeting2008.org. More information also at http://www.ihdp.org/.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: International Symposium on Interdependencies between upland and lowland agriculture and resource management

The symposium will be organized by the The Uplands Program of the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart (Germany) and held form 1-4 April 2008 in Stuttgart, Germany.

An improved understanding of the linkages and interdependencies between upland and lowland agriculture and resource management is crucial for improving livelihood opportunities of both upland and lowland dwellers and for striving towards ecosystem integrity and sustainability of watershed services. The objective of the symposium is therefore to bring together scholars and practitioners who share innovative methods of studying upland-lowland linkages, present multidisciplinary and integrated research outcomes and discuss successful policy measures and development approaches that consider upland-lowland interdependencies.

For Further Information on the Conference, The Abstract Submission and Registration Process Please Refer to the Conference Homepage Available in Due Time at http://www.uni-hohenheim.de/uplands2008

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TRAINING: Environmental Economics for Development Policy

The World Bank Institute in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA), IDRC and the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) is organizing a two week course on 'Environmental Economics for Development Policy' from January 14 - 25, 2008 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Application deadline is 20th October, 2007. Details and application requirements are in: http://worldbank.org/wbi/environment/eedp10

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TRAINING: Based Integrated Watershed Management (IIRR)

The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) is conducting a three week training course on Community Based Integrated Watershed Management (CBIWM) in the Philippines starting November 26th, 2007. Designed for middle and senior level officials, this course aims at strengthening capacities for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating community based integrated watershed management programs. The course fee is US$2700, which covers training costs, course-related local travel, training materials, meals, accident insurance, and shared double room accommodation (single room accommodation can be requested for an additional fee of US$10 per day of stay).

The deadline of application is November 2nd, 2007. Please visit the IIRR website at www.iirr.org for more information. The training flyer can be downloaded at http://www.iirr.org/coursepdfs/Watershed.pdf.

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PUBLICATION: A Participatory Guide to Developing Partnerships

This guide is the second in a series of documents designed to support agencies implementing participatory agro enterprise development programs operating within defined geographical areas.

Download the guide at http://www.ciat.cgiar.org/agroempresas/ingles/good_practice_guide_2.htm

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PUBLICATION: Socioeconomic Change and Land Use in Africa: The Transformation of Property Rights in Maasailand

Esther Mwangi’s study investigates how and why group ranch members in Kajiado District, Kenya, supported the subdivision of their collective landholdings into individual, titled units, and what outcomes resulted from this transition to individual rights. Viewed over a longer time scale, the author finds that politics is at the core of institutional change: land-owners increasingly seek exclusive rights in an effort to defend their land claims against threats of appropriation by the state, by Maasai elite, and by non-Maasai.

Esther also published a couple of related CAPRi Working Papers, which you can access here.

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WHAT OTHERS ARE BLOGGING: Blog Action Day

Next Monday is Blog Action Day. Bloggers around the web will unite to put a single important issue on everyone’s mind - the environment. Every blogger will post about the environment in their own way and relating to their own topic. Our aim is to get everyone talking towards a better future. More than 9,000 bloggers signed up already with many more signing up daily!

You can still sign up with your blog at http://blogactionday.org/. …and be sure to look check out the CAPRi post.

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Monday, October 01, 2007

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Reminder Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC)

This is to remind you that the deadline for papers and posters for the 12th Biennial Global IASC Conference (Governing shared resources: Connecting local experience to global challenges) is October 30, 2007.

The Conference will be hosted by the University of Gloucestershire located in Cheltenham, England and will be held from July 14 – July 18, 2008. We posted more on this conference here and you can go to the conference website to read the full announcment and find out about submission procedures and download the abstract template.

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