Thursday, January 24, 2008


This Week's Posts

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EMPLOYMENT: Manager Pastoral Programme


Oxfam GB is looking for a Programme Manager whose role will be to work with other stakeholders to Report on the Status of Pastoralism (ROSP).

As part of Oxfam's Regional Pastoral Programme team, and working with key stakeholders at national and regional levels, the manager's main task will be to manage the production of the first ever regional human development report focused on pastoralists in Eastern Africa. The report will look at the situation of pastoralists and others living in the Arid and Semi-Arid Areas in Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda. The role will also include provision of a clear strategic direction and leadership to the ROSP project as a whole including developing a strategy for future human development report and other ROSP reports.

Deadline is by 13 February 2008.


EMPLOYMENT: Advisor on Rural Innovation

The Royal Tropical Institute's (KIT) Development Policy and Practice department is looking for an Advisor Rural Innovation to work on the institutional dimension  of innovation. Responsibilities include facilitating multi-stakeholder  processes, strengthening the role of farmer organizations, analysing the  role of the private sector, carrying out capacity building, and doing  research on stakeholder-driven funding mechanisms for innovation.

Applications should be submitted before 15 February, 2008. More information at


CONSULTANCY: Women's Access to and Control over Land in Eastern and Southern Africa 

The International Land Coalition has recently started a new research and advocacy project on women's access to land in Eastern and Southern Africa which will be implemented in close collaboration with partner institutions in the region, the Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) in Uganda, and the Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) in South Africa.

The ILC is looking for a consultant with expertise in women's access to and control over land as well as knowledge of the Eastern and Southern African sub-regions. The consultant will work on a number of documents, including a background paper for a small grants programme that will link the workin the region to the global context and a toolkit on research methods to be used and complemented throughout the small grants programme.

The consultant will not only produce such documents, but will develop and facilitate training/capacity-building sessions for participating organisations. All tasks will be carried out in close collaboration with the regional research institutions and the ILC Secretariat programme staff.

For more details, and to request a copy of the ToR, plese contact Sabine Pallas at Application deadline is 4 February 2008.


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 2008 Development Marketplace competition on Sustainable Agriculture for Development

Close Date: 21 March 2008

Development Marketplace (DM) is a competitive grant program administered by the World Bank and supported by various partners that identifies and funds innovative, early-stage projects with high potential for development impact. Incubators and/or their client companies are eligible to apply, as long as they are partners with a local organization.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Gender and Development (Oxfam)

In November 2008, a special issue of the international journal, „Gender and Development", will focus on Gender, Development and Leadership. „Gender and Development" provides a opportunity for all involved in development which upholds gender equality and women's rights to reflect on their work and share learning. Published three times each year, each journal issue focuses on a particular 'hot topic' in gender and development. In addition there are resources listings and non-thematic  reviews of recent publications in the field, as well as a section on Views, Events and Debates.

Researchers, practitioners and activists are invited to submit their ideas for this issue, by a deadline of 7 February 2008.

For further information (including Guidelines for Contributors), please visit


PUBLICATION: New Journal of the Commons Issue

The second issue of the International Journal of the Commons is now online. This issue, guest-edited by Fikret Berkes, considers a variety of conceptual perspectives and lessons from cases to deal with the problems of a globalized, multi-level world. It aims to contribute to extending and elaborating commons theory; understanding the issue of scale and institutional linkages; and understanding multi-level governance of a commons with state, private and civil society actors. The issue is largely based on papers presented at the 2006 Biennial Conference of IASC in Bali,
Indonesia. Papers investigate partnerships, networks, and cross-scale institutional linkages in commons management, using a grassroots perspective, while taking into account multi-level governance.

The papers can be viewed and downloaded at


PUBLICATION: PovertyInFocus on Gender Equality

This issue of IPC’s journal Poverty in Focus presents a dozen articles summarising some of the most important recent research results and commentaries on the links between gender and poverty. Reducing gender inequality promises significant returns; empowering women by improving their living conditions and enabling them to actively participate in the social and economic life of a country may well be the key for long-term sustainable development.


PUBLICATION: Agricultural Indicators in the EPI

Ecoagriculture Partners collaborated on the agricultural section of the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ( to develop the set of agricultural indicators used in the index. For a detailed description of present and future indicators, please see the complete paper at A white paper with further analysis will be released shortly on the EP website.


NEWSLETTER: The Global Land Tool Network News

The newsletter is an update on GLTN events and other pro poor land related activities world wide. The purpose of GLTN News is to give an overview of the Global Land Tool Network as well as to inform you about upcoming events and activities. The newsletter is based on the information on the GLTN website. News of interest that is published on the GLTN website will be inserted in future newsletters. Therefore, feel free to register at the GLTN website ( and upload news, events and contribute to the user conferences.

Upcoming events announced in the last newsletter:


ONLINE RESOURCE: eldiscommunity

The information sharing platform Eldis has started eldiscommunity where groups can create spaces for information sharing and dialogue including discussion forums and blogs.  To make it more accessible for people with poor internet connection the site can also be view in low-band-width mode.

There are already quite a number of groups among which a blog of the Farmers First Revisited conference and one on web2 for development. Looks like you can create your own groups once you become a member and choose to include a blog, a discussion forum, a wiki and a calendar.



Household forestry in China gives tenure to millions

The household responsibility system, a program created in the 1980s in China, has been allocating the right to use land to individual farmer households for large periods of time, in some cases as many as 70 years. (...) read the full post at

Kenya: mapping the dark and the light

Like many of you, I’ve been following the events in Kenya closely the past three weeks. One way to measure the continuing protest and unrest is to follow the story through Ushahidi, a citizen media site put together by friends of mine to allow Kenyans to post news about post-election unrest and violence. (...) read the full post at

Proposed Actions [from Farmers First Revisited]

The good news from the UN’s recently released World Economic Situation and Prospects is that the developing world’s economies grew on average by just under 7% last year. (...) read the full post at


Wednesday, January 16, 2008


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EMPLOYMENT: Senior Program Officer or Specialist (IDRC)

IDRC is seeking a talented and qualified professional for the Climate Change Adaptation In Africa program as Senior Program Officer or Specialist.

Location:  Dakar, Senegal
Closing Date:  January 27, 2008

The purpose of the Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (CCAA) research and capacity development program is to significantly improve the capacity of African countries to adapt to climate change in ways that benefit the most vulnerable. The program involves and engages users from beginning to end  by actively promoting Participatory Action Research (PAR), to better  define questions and facilitate the process of transferring or devolving results and skills to those who will use them.


EMPLOYMENT: Assistant Professor in Ecological Economics or Bioeconomics

The School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in Ecological Economics or Bioeconomics at the Assistant Professor level.  The appointment supports an initiative to strengthen capacity in the field within the School of Life Sciences, and to promote collaboration with other academic units in ASU.

The successful candidate will be associated with the ecoSERVICES Group ASU, They will be required to teach graduate and undergraduate classes, conduct interdisciplinary research, seek external funding on their own or as part of a team, and publish in journals relevant to their areas of specialization, as well as perform appropriate university, professional, and community service.

The initial deadline for receipt of applications is February 15, 2008, with applications reviewed weekly thereafter until the search is closed.


EMPLOYMENT: Research Positions at INRA

The French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), has opened 6 tenure track positions of full-time researchers in economics that are of high interest for young economists .

Closing date is 28 February 2008.


INTERNSHIP: Africa Program of ILC

The secretariat of the International Land Coalition (ILC), based at the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Rome, is seeking an intern for its Africa programme working alongside the Programme Manager for Africa.

The primary responsibility of the intern will be to provide support, as required, to the Programme Manager for Africa, as well as programme officers and consultants working on initiatives in Africa. This is likely to include:

  1. Working with the steering group for Africa to facilitate the regionalisation process of ILC
  2. Providing support to ongoing initiatives with civil society organisations, research institutions and inter-governmental organisations in Africa
  3. Liaison with potential and existing donors
  4. Promoting linkages of programmes in Africa with the global and thematic work of ILC

Potential candidates should have:

Internship with UN agencies is subject to standard rules and procedures, including an allowance of USD 600 per month up to a maximum of six months.

The internship will preferably start before the end of February 2008. Interested applicants should send their CV with a letter of motivation to <> by no later than 1 February 2008, specifying “internship” in the subject category. Please provide the contact information for two references.

For further information, contact Michael Taylor, Programme Manager for Africa at +39 06 5459 2267 or


TRAINING: Livelihoods under Stress

The Feinstein International Center is organizing a Summer Institute on Livelihoods Under Stress in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia June 15 - 27, 2008 . The deadline for applications is January 31, 2008.

For more information on the program schedule and speakers, download the Summer Institute registration packet at
or email


PUBLICATION: Environmental Governance and the Emergence of Forest-Based Social Movements

CIFOR Occasional Paper No. 49 on Environmental Governance and
the Emergence of Forest-Based Social Movements suggests that local communities can become effective forest stewards when acquired rights are duly recognized, avenues exist for meaningful participation, costs and benefits are distributed fairly, and appropriate external support is provided.


PUBLICATION: Ecological Pest Management (LEISA)[readOnly]=1&p[_id]=200554


"As our magazine has regularly shown, there have been many positive pest management experiences during the last 20 years. As a result of a comprehensive IPM approach, farmers have been able to increase their yields and incomes. Many examples have shown a reduced reliance on pesticides, effectively diminishing their use. EPM has had many successes, but the magnitude of the problem which farmers currently face forces us to look once again at pests and diseases and at their management. This issue has articles describing traditional practices in India, how the push-pull strategy has been successful in Kenya, and how Farmer Field Schools for pest management have developed and changed recently."

The current issue can be accessed here.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008


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EMPLOYMENT: Opportunities at the World Resources Institute (WRI)

Vice President for Science & Research

The Vice President for Science & Research (VP) is responsible for assuring that WRI’s research and publications meet the highest professional standards by ensuring that policy work is relevant and that it is based on sound science and/or data analysis.

Senior Associate, People and Ecosystems

The People and Ecosystems program at WRI is seeking a Senior Associate to join its Mainstreaming Ecosystem Services Initiative (MESI). MESI’s goal is to reduce ecosystem degradation by helping governments, businesses, and multilateral development banks integrate ecosystem services into their decision-making.  It will achieve this by providing information and tools that connect healthy ecosystems with the attainment of economic and social goals and by creating economic and policy incentives for restoring and sustaining ecosystems.


EMPLOYMENT: Senior Officer (Agricultural Research), CGIAR Science Council

CGIAR Science Council seeks a Senior Officer (Agricultural Research, P5) to provide technical support to Science Council and its Standing Panel(s), working groups, and task forces. In particular the Senior Officer will:

Deadline For Application: 15 February 2008

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EMPLOYMENT: Business Development Specialist

The National Cooperative Business Association  ( is requesting resumes and cover letters for the position of:  Component Leader/Business Development Specialist for Non Traditional Agriculture/Non-Timber Forest Products.

The Position will be based in Tambacounda with frequent travel  throughout Senegal. For more information click on above link or contact Vinh Do from Global Recruitment Specialists at


EMPLOYMENT: Post-doctoral Fellows Social Science (FARA)

Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) wishes to appoint 3 post-doctoral social scientists to carry out social science research on Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation within the Sub-Saharan Africa Challenge Program (SSA-CP).

Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation within the SSA-CP will serve several functions; (i) facilitate the operation of the innovation platforms (ii) track progress (iii) track learning and change (iv) collect data for testing hypothesis (v) collect data for project management (vi) write reports and spearhead the widespread dissemination of findings in the study.

The social scientist will therefore be responsible for conducting action research to develop appropriate monitoring and evaluation systems both that serve these functions at multiple levels (innovation platforms, community, research and development (R&D) institutional level) that can help to facilitate the monitoring and evaluation of organization and institutional change arising from the process, the effectiveness of the IAR4D, and impacts of agricultural innovations on livelihoods.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. preferably in Rural Sociology, Development Studies or any other relevant social science discipline, with practical experience in participatory monitoring and evaluation and applying qualitative and quantitative methods for research and data analysis. The candidate will have demonstrated skills in working as a member of a multicultural and multidisciplinary team and a solid record of research publication. Skills in organizing capacity-building activities are required. It is desirable that the candidate has leadership potential, the ability to foster development of teams, fluency in English. Depending on the location, ability to communicate in French or Portuguese will be an added advantage. Willingness to travel extensively and to spend a significant amount of time in the field working with rural communities and project teams is a must for this position. The appointment will be for two years starting immediately renewable subject to performance and availability of funds.

SSA CP works in three Pilot Learning Sites across SSA. These are (1) Kano-Katsina-Maradi axis covering part of Nigeria and Niger Republic in West Africa (2) Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi axis in Southern Africa and (3) Lake Kivu axis (Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo). Successful Candidates will be located with collaborating institutions in the sites.

Screening of CVs for this position will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications, including Curriculum vitae and the names and contact details of three professional referees (including telephone, fax numbers and email address), should be sent to Dr. Wale Adekunle, SSA CP Coordinator, FARA Headquarters, 2 Gowa Close, Roman Ridge, PMB CT 173, Accra Ghana. Email with a copy to Dr. Monty Jones, Executive Director of FARA; FARA Headquarters, 2 Gowa Close, Roman Ridge, PMB CT 173, Accra Ghana. Email

We invite you to learn more about SSA CP and FARA by accessing the web site


EMPLOYMENT: Post Doctoral Fellows (IWMI)

Post Doctoral Fellow, Political Ecology

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), requires a highly competent and motivated individual for the position of Postdoctoral Fellow – Political Ecology. The successful candidate will conduct research into changes in water resources management in the Mekong Basin and be based in IWMI’s sub-Regional Office for South East Asia, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Post Doctoral Fellow, Agricultural Economist

IWMI seeks a post-doctoral research fellow to contribute in the economic analyses of water and land resources development and management, and especially on issues aimed at increasing water productivity, groundwater management in South Asia, and smallholder’s irrigation practices. The incumbent will work primarily on IWMI’s bench mark River Basins in India, under the guidance of the Head-IWMI India and Nepal Offices. The position will be based in IWMI’s South Asia Regional office in New Delhi, India/Headquarters at Colombo, Sri Lanka.

To obtain further details about IWMI visit our website Interested candidates who meet the above requirements, please forward an application, resume, list of publications, and the names and addresses of three referees to Applications will be accepted until 15 February 2008 or until the positions are filled.


SCHOLARSHIPS: Women's Leadership Scholarship

The Women's Leadership Scholarship (WLS) (formerly the Native Leadership Scholarship) program creates educational opportunities for women who are grassroots leaders, organizers and activists from the Global South and/or from indigenous groups. WLS invests in women's leadership by supporting non-doctoral graduate education in human rights, sustainable development, and public health.

Pre-applications for the 2008-09 academic year will be available on our website beginning January 1, 2008.  For more information please visit (in English, Spanish and French).


CALL FOR PAPERS: Reminder for IASC Conference Call

Collective Action & Property Rights News: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: IASC 2008 - Revised Deadlines

Deadline for abstract submission in January 14, 2007.


CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy

The Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy will take place at Yale University, New Haven, USA, from May 10-11, 2008, in the margins of the 16th Session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. The event brings together academic experts and practitioners from governments, inter-governmental organizations, civil society and the private sector. Participants will take stock of contemporary research and knowledge gaps at the intersection of institutions, public participation and environmental sustainability. The objective of the Conference is to develop a research program and network to strengthen institutional approaches for effective and context-sensitive public participation in environmental governance. Discussions will cover various levels of environmental governance, including international, national, regional, local, and corporate governance. About 70-80 participants with diverse backgrounds and affiliations are expected to participate in the event. Scholars and practitioners interested in participating in the Conference should complete the Expression of Interest section of this webpage by January 25, 2008.


CALL FOR PAPERS: International Conference on Land Degradation

The 5th International Conference on Land Degradation will be held in Valenzano, Italy from 18 to 22 September 2008.

The conference theme is: "Moving ahead from assessments to actions: Could we win the struggle with land degradation?"

Last Date for abstract: 31 January 2008

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Symposium on Environment and Natural Resources

The 3rd Regional Symposium on Environment and Natural Resources will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 5 to 6 August 2008.

The organisers cordially invite scientific and policy papers addressing the symposium topics for either oral or poster presentation. Abstracts of less than 400 words (hardcopy & electronic form) in English should be submitted to the symposium secretariat by 1st March 2008. Full papers for oral and poster presentation should be submitted by 30th April 2008. For instructions on prepraring the abstract and manuscript, please refer to the Author's Instruction.

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TRAINING: EarthCorps training course

EarthCorps is now accepting international applications for a 6-month training course in Seattle, Washington, USA that brings together emerging environmental leaders to learn the fundamentals of:

Application deadline: January 31, 2008. Candidates should be referred to EarthCorps by an environmental organization (i.e. NGO, community group or student club). Materials are available online at