Thursday, November 29, 2007


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Poverty and Economic Policy (PEP)

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 for any additional

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PhD POSITION: Environmental and Resource Economics

The Chair of Environmental Policy and Economics at the Institute for Environmental Decisions, ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), invites applications for one PhD position for three years, with one year of guaranteed funding. The starting date is expected to be in early 2008, depending on the successful candidate’s availability.

Increasing demand for biofuels has led to questions about their potential impacts on land use and household welfare in tropical countries. In particular, the expansion of biofuel plantations has reportedly led, directly and indirectly, to deforestation at the agricultural frontier with implications for policy related to energy use, land use, and climate change. This PhD position will investigate these impacts in detail, combining theoretical approaches with an empirical study in a country with biofuel ‘outgrower’ schemes, such as Indonesia, China or Brazil.

At present, the Chair has guaranteed funds for the first year of the PhD position, and is actively seeking funds for the second and third years in addition to funds for fieldwork. The successful candidate would be expected to assist in the search for funding.
The successful candidates will be full-time PhD student at ETH Zurich, under the supervision of Professor Stefanie Engel and Dr. Charles Palmer. In addition to their doctoral research and related PhD courses, they will provide part-time assistance (10%) to the Chair. More information about the Chair and its research interests is available at

Requirements: Candidates should have a Master's degree in Economics, Environmental and Resource Economics, or Agricultural Economics. Knowledge of agricultural household models is desirable. The position requires excellent communication and writing skills in English. Other languages relevant for fieldwork purposes would be desirable.

How to apply: To apply for these positions please E-mail a complete CV, including the following information, to: : (i) Educational history with the names of universities, years of attendance and completed degrees; (ii) a list of attended courses in economics (particularly microeconomics and econometrics) specifying the grades; (iii) names of two academic referees that could be contacted for more information.

The received applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Only those applicants whose profiles are likely to fit the positions will be notified for further details and interviews.


FELLOWSHPS: Sustainability Science (Harvard)

Fellowships in Sustainability Science at the Center for International Development, Harvard University

Due date for applications:  1 February 2008

The Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University’s Center for International Development invites applications for resident fellowships in sustainability science for the University’s academic year beginning in September 2008. The fellowship competition is open to advanced doctoral and post-doctoral students, and to professionals engaged in the practice of harnessing science and technology to promote sustainable development. Applicants should describe how their work would contribute to "sustainability science," the emerging field of use-inspired research seeking understanding of the interactions between human and environmental systems as well as the application of such knowledge to sustainability challenges relating to advancing development of agriculture, habitation, energy and materials, health and water while conserving the earth’s life support systems.  This year we will give some preference to applicants who address the challenges related to meeting human needs for water in the context of sustainable development. In addition to general funds available to support this fellowship offering, special funding for the Giorgio Ruffolo Fellowships in Sustainability Science is available to support citizens of Italy or developing countries who are therefore especially encouraged to apply.

For more information on the fellowships application process, see


TRAINING: Livelihoods Assessment and Analysis

This new E-learning Course and Resources for Trainers
( has been released by the EC-FAO Food Security Programme.

This course introduces the concept of livelihoods and the components of the livelihoods framework. It also provides guidance on assessing livelihoods in different food security contexts and on selecting and interpreting livelihoods indicators.

The course is available free of charge on-line and on CD-Rom.



The MDG Monitor shows how countries are progressing in their efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). With the 2015 target date fast approaching, it is more important than ever to understand where the goals are on track, and where additional efforts and support are needed, both globally and at the country level.

The MDG Monitor is designed as a tool for policymakers, development practitioners, journalists, students and others to:

TRACK progress through interactive maps and country-specific profiles

LEARN about countries' challenges and achievements and get the latest news

SUPPORT organizations working on the MDGs around the world

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


EMPLOYMENT: Gender and Diversity Program

The CGIAR Gender and Diversity Program (G&D) wishes to recruit a dynamic team to deliver an innovative new project to build up the talent pool of African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD). 

Specifically, G&D is looking for:

All three appointees will possess commitment to the professional development of women, knowledge of Sub-Saharan African agricultural science systems, and highly-developed team skills.

Application deadline: the deadline for receiving applications for all three positions is 21 December 2007.


EMPLOYMENT: Coordinator, CGIAR Systemwide Livestock Programme

The Systemwide Livestock Programme (SLP) contributes to the CGIAR goals of alleviating poverty in the developing world and protecting natural resources in order to achieve sustainable food security by building and strengthening links between diverse CGIAR centres and programmes, their partners and other stakeholders to develop integrated research on livestock related issues.

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) as the convener of the System-wide Livestock Progamme (SLP), seeks to recruit a coordinator to be based at the SLP coordination office at ILRI’s principal site in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The coordinator will provide intellectual leadership to the SLP and drive the strategic planning of the programme, lead fund raising for the programme, and facilitate the implementation of funded projects, monitor their progress and where appropriate to their own expertise, contribute to the research outputs. Duties will also include general programme management and promotion of the SLP and its achievements.

Closing date is 31/12/2007


EMPLOYMENT: Director Berghof Research Center, Berlin

The Berghof Research Center for Constructive Conflict Management, Berlin, Germany, was established by the Berghof Foundation for Conflict Studies in 1992, as an action-research institute focusing on the management, resolution and transformation of violent ethno-political conflict.

The Center is in the process of deciding on a new vision and agenda for the next five years, to expand and deepen its current work in peacemaking and peacebuilding. They seek a Director to join in the finalisation of the new agenda and the future concept of the Center. Candidates should have a substantial profile in peace research, including a PhD in a relevant discipline, along with extensive international experience in the practice and policy of conflict transformation.  The post involves directing a small, expert staff team producing practice-relevant research. Close co-operation with Berghof entities and with other practice organisations is necessary as well as international networking with INGOs, governments and civil society actors. Fluent English is required, and a willingness to learn German.

Closing date for applications is 15 December.


EMPLOYMENT: Chief of Party, Property Rights and Resource Governance

ARD, Inc. has become leader in the land tenure and property rights (LTPR) “practice area” for the United States Government. Our land tenure and property rights work includes land policy, land tenure legal reform, conflict and disputes resolution, broadening land access including land reform and resettlement, land administration, land markets, land use planning and natural resource property rights. This practice area continues to grow, and to meet immediate programming and technical needs, ARD seeks a highly qualified, home office-based Chief of Party.

For details go to

Applicants must complete the U.S. Department of Labor’s Equal Employment Opportunity form (available at: using Job Code: COP-PRRG.

Closing Date: Open


EMPLOYMENT: 2 Positions in Arabian Peninsula Regional Program of ICARDA

ICARDA is seeking a Range Ecology and Management Specialist and a Water.Irrigation Management Specialist to work within ICARDA's Arabian Peninsula Regional Program (APRP) on Technology Transfer to Enhance Rural Livelihoods and Natural Resource Management in the Arabian Peninsula. The project co- financed by the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the OPEC Fund for International Development aims at developing more productive and sustainable rangeland and irrigated production systems, including protected agriculture, through the more efficient use of the natural resources of the Arabian Peninsula, and by strengthening cooperation among the participating countries and with regional and international organization.

Range Ecology and Management Specialist:

Water/Irrigation Management Specialist:

Applications must be received by 29 November 2007.


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 14th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM)

ISSRM will be held on June 10-14, 2008 at the University of Vermont in Burlington. ISSRM is the official annual meeting of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources, and is the largest international gathering of academics, researchers, graduate students, and practitioners interested in the application of social science to natural resources and environmental issues. The theme of the 2008 Symposium is “People and Place: Linking Culture and Nature”, and will 1) emphasize the human dimensions of environmental and natural resources issues, 2) include the broad array of social science disciplines and related fields of study, and 3) illustrate the interdisciplinary, cooperative, and collaborative character of research and management.

ISSRM offers many types of opportunities to participate, including traditional paper (oral) presentations, poster presentations, and a variety of sessions that can be organized by participants. Abstracts for all of these forms of participation are due by February 8, 2008. Details on abstract submission, as well as the Symposium program, registration, housing, travel, and other matters are included in the web site noted above. Please note that opportunities to help sponsor selected components of the Symposium, including the Student Forum, are available for those in a position to help. To receive more information about any aspect of the Symposium, please contact us at

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FELLOWSHIPS: Environmental Impact Assessment in Eastern and Southern Africa

The overall goal of the program Capacity Development and Linkages for Environmental Assessment in Africa (CLEAA) is to enhance EIA capacity through learning-by-doing, and to strengthen professional environmental assessment networks in the regions. Eight PD fellowships will be awarded through a highly competitive process. The application is opened for six weeks and the deadline will be on the 29 November 2007.

Additional information on the PD Fellowship program can be accessed at


SCHOLARSHIPS: Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

The Universiteit van Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. As from September 2007, outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

The tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students will rise considerably in the academic year 2007-2008. The Amsterdam Merit Scholarships (AMS) however are specifically designed by the Universiteit van Amsterdam to offer talented and hard-working non-EU/EEA students the possibility to pursue a degree in one of the academic fields covered by the UvA. The AMS programme is highly selective: only applicants with excellent study results and motivation may receive a scholarship.


TRAINING: Environmental Leadership Program (Beahrs)

The Environmental Leadership Program, University of California, Berkeley, USA, seeks applications from professionals and activists involved  in the field of environmental protection and strengthening methods of sustainable subsistence for a course leading to a summer certificate in Sustainable Environmental Management. The course combines capacity-building in the protection of the rural and urban environment, conservation of natural resources, combating poverty through integrated strategies and leadership in collaborative processes and social change. The course is international and will be held in English.
For further information and to apply for this course, please contact:  and Leslie Correll, Program Representative:


EVENT: 13th World Forestry Congress

The 13th World Forestry Congress will take place 18-25 October 2009 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The conference theme will be Forests in development – a vital balance. Please visit for more information. A first call for voluntary papers and posters will be announced soon.

For those of you with slow web connections open the HTML version - Link on the bottom of the page.

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EMPLOYMENT RESOURCE: is an International Development and Aid portal that offers information on job opportunities in developmental sector.


ONLINE RESOURCE: Value Chains for Development

KIT (Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam) has launched a new information portal on Value Chains for Development. This VC4D portal can be found at and provides access to free, full-text electronic documents on the VC4D approach, both as an analytical concept and a development tool. The target audience is formed by professionals, researchers, policy-makers and students, who are active in the field of pro-poor value chain development.

Furthermore, the portal provides access to newsletters, discussion groups, websites, bibliographic databases, and directories of organizations and projects. Subtopics include business development services, finance, governance, learning & innovation, public-private partnerships, standards & regulations, and sustainable procurement.


ONLINE RESOURCE: SAGE Journals Online Free Access Trial

SAGE has a Journals Online free access trial running until November 30, 2007.

To subscribe go to


PUBLICATION: Intellectual Property/Innovation Management Handbook

Available at

"Prepared by and for policy-makers, leaders of public sector research establishments, technology transfer professionals, licensing executives, and scientists, this online resource offers up-to-date information and strategies for utilizing the power of both intellectual property and the public domain. Emphasis is placed on advancing innovation in health and agriculture, though many of the principles outlined here are broadly applicable across technology fields."

Tuesday, November 06, 2007


EMPLOYMENT: Agricultural economist (CIP)

The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking an economist / agricultural economist with skills and experience in technology adoption studies, research priority setting and impact assessment. The candidate should be committed to using research for development in a complex cooperative environment of research and development partners. CIP seeks diversity and gender balance in its staff. Women and citizens of developing countries are particularly urged to apply.

Screening of applications will begin on 15 November 2007 and will continue until the post is filled.


FELLOWSHIPS: IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program

IIASA has begun accepting applications for the 2008 Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP). Each summer the unique three-month program offers 50 successful applicants the opportunity to work alongside distinguished IIASA scientists on a project related to their own doctoral research. The deadline for applying is January 15th. Flyer.

Registration will be open until 15 January 2008.


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: AWID International Forum on Women's Rights and Development

The 11th AWID International Forum on Women's Rights and Development: The Power of Movements will be held from November 14-17, 2008 in Cape Town, South Africa.

AWID invites you to contribute to this urgent discussion by submitting a proposal to organize a session at the 11th AWID Forum: The Power of Movements

Submit your proposal online at

Email for more information or a
Word version/hard copy of the application form

Submission Deadline is January 28, 2008.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: International Social Capital Conference (TSCF)

The Social Capital Foundation invites papers and  proposals for the  TSCF 2008 International Social Capital Conference, "Perspectives on Social Capital and Social Inclusion", Buggiba, Malta, 19-22 September 2008. The call will open on 2 January 2008. All papers and proposals should be submitted by 30 July 2008. For more detailed information (including guidelines, themes, submission and registration forms)  go to the conference website.

To submit a paper, a roundtable or to volunteer to serve as a chair or discussant, please contact

Papers submitted and accepted before 31 January 2008 will be inserted into the programme of the conference. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Knowledge and Technology Management for Sustainable Development in Africa

Special Issue on: "Knowledge and Technology Management for Sustainable Development in Africa"; Guest Editor: Allam Ahmed, University of Sussex, UK

The objectives of this special issue are to provide an overview of the important role of knowledge management in achieving sustainable development (SD) in Africa and provide an opportunity to discuss and clarify how universities can contribute to the generation of wealth in Africa through the transfer of finalised knowledge and the creation of new firms, new industries and business opportunities.

Paper title and a single page abstract with names of all authors, their affiliations and emails with corresponding author specified by asterisk: November 15, 2007

Submission of full manuscript with names, affiliations, emails and addresses of 3 potential reviewers who will be available for review of the manuscript: December 15, 2007.


EVENT: 5th World Water Forum

The World Water Forum is the main water-related event in the world, aimed at putting water firmly on the international agenda. A stepping stone towards global collaboration on water problems, the Forum offers the water community and policy-and-decision-makers from all over the world the unique opportunity to come together to create links, debate and attempts to find solutions to achieve water security.

The 5th World Water Forum will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, from 16 to 22 March 2009.

Go to to read the First Announcement.

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A new Social Contract?

Friday, November 2, at the University of Michigan, game-theorist Brian Skyrms gave the Tanner Lecture on Human Values, and his topic was "The Evolution of the Social Contract."
Saturday, November 3, there was a symposium to respond to and discuss his lecture. Invited speakers were Elinor Ostrom, Michael Smith, and Peyton Young. (...) read the full post at

Uganda Protects Rainforest Over Biofuels - Motives Unclear

Whenever Lloyd has dared to question the logic of the Malaysian palm oil industry in clearing rainforests for biofuels, he has attracted furious responses from supporters of the industry. However, it seems that the Ugandan government may have avoided a similar controversy before it has even started, dropping plans to allow a private company to grow sugar cane for biofuels in a forest reserve that is home to more than 300 species of birds, (...) read the full post at

Land security leading to food security in Guatemala

Guatemala's 36-year civil war ended in 1996 and the country now enjoys political stability. But the years of conflict, coupled with long-standing oppression of indigenous peoples, has left Guatemalans with a crippling legacy of poverty and insecurity. (...) read the full post at