Thursday, March 20, 2008


This Week's Posts


EMPLOYMENT: Regional Coordinator, Drylands (IUCN)

The IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Programme operates in twenty-one countries in the Horn of Africa, East Africa, southern Africa and the Western Indian Ocean. The Regional Coordinator for Drylands oversees all aspects of the IUCN drylands projects and programmatic activities in Eastern and Southern Africa. S/he will inherit a portfolio of project activities for which s/he will be responsible for supporting implementation, monitoring performance, and ensuring efficiency, effectiveness and quality outputs. S/he will further build the Drylands Component Programme through the development of additional project interventions and the mobilization of resources. S/he will contribute to various regional and, through the IUCN Ecosystem Management Programme, international networks related to the management of dryland resources. The regional Drylands Component Programme is implemented in collaboration with IUCN members, partners, global thematic programmes and Commissions.

Applications should be submitted before 31 March 2008. The Reference is RC-DRYLANDS/NRB/08. For more information go to


EMPLOYMENT: Gender Facilitator (ICRAF)

The MDG Centre is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of a Gender Facilitator. The incumbent will be based in Kisumu at the community level and will work together with the Millennium Villages Project team and adolescent women’s and girl’s committees to design, evaluate, and implement village-specific priority interventions and a community action plan for implementation and management of those interventions in the Millennium Villages.

Applications shall be considered until 31st March 2008. Go to,, and for more information.


EMPLOYMENT: Social Scientists (IWMI)

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI is looking to recruit two social scientists:

These are internationally recruited staff positions and will be on two-year, fixed-term, renewable appointment.


FUNDING: Knowledge, Creativity and Freedom Program (Ford)

The Knowledge, Creativity, and Freedom program supports the perpetual human search for meaning and understanding in a fluid and interdependent, yet deeply unequal, world. The foundation’s work recognizes that traditions worldwide possess cultural and intellectual resources that broaden the vision of what it means to be human and offer wisdom that elevates what people believe they can achieve. To advance these goals, the program supports celebrating and understanding human diversity; civic engagement of creative talents; continued advancement of marginalized peoples; increased understanding of languages and cultures; and access to opportunities in education, media, and the arts.

Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for funding. The foundation reviews applications throughout the year.

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AWARD: ReSource Award for Sustainable Watershed Development 2009

SwissRe is announcing the ReSource Award for Sustainable Watershed Development 2009.

Deadline for initial submission is May 31, 2008. As indicated below, guidelines and application forms in French and Spanish can be downloaded from

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FELLOWSHIPS: Women’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (ICRAF)

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is establishing a Women’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Programme, with guidance from the CGIAR Gender & Diversity Programme. The launch of this new Fellowship Programme coincides with International Women’s Day to demonstrate our commitment to recognise and advance gender balance and equity.

Applications will be considered throughout the year although the first round will likely be decided by applications received before 4 April 2008. You can download the application form here.


FELLOWSHIPS: SANDEE – Jadavpur University M.A., M. Phil Fellowships 2008-2009's_new/pdf/SANDEE_announcement_2008-15.2.2008l.pdf

The South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) is offering two fellowships at Jadavpur University, Department of Economics at the M.A. and M. Phil level for candidates from under-served areas in South Asia – (Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka) who want to pursue research in environmental and natural resource economics. Jadavpur University is a Center for excellence in India.

The last date for receipt of application to the address below is 7th April, 2008. the full announcement can be downloaded at's_new/pdf/SANDEE_announcement_2008-15.2.2008l.pdf.


TRAVEL GRANTS: Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (IDRC)

IDRC’s Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (CCAA) program is now offering financial assistance to institutions soliciting CCAA’s support for Africa attendance to meetings or conferences in order to strengthen their capacity to contribute to climate change adaptation in Africa.

The due date for applications is on April 15, 2008. More information about funding criteria and application forms are available here.


CALL FOR PAPERS: Tropentag 2008

Tropentag 2008 on Competition for Resources in a Changing World - New Drive for Rural Development will be held on October 7–9, 2008 at the Centre for Agriculture in the Tropics and Subtropics, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart.

“Tropentag” is the annual International Conference on Tropical and Subtropical Agricultural and Natural Resource Management in Germany and is jointly organised by the universities of Bonn, Göttingen, Hohenheim, Kassel (Witzenhausen), Hamburg (2009), Zürich (2010) and the Council for Tropical and Subtropical Research (ATSAF e.V.) - in cooperation with the GTZ Advisory Service on Agricultural Research for Development (BEAF).

Submission of abstracts: April 30, 2008. For more information go to the conference website, or download the Call for Papers at


TRAINING: Market Access for Sustainable Development (Wageningen)

A training course on Market access for sustainable development will be organized by Wageningen University from 3 Nov 2008 - 21 Nov 2008.

This international course is an introduction to how markets can be used as tools to alleviate poverty in a sustainable manner. It introduces participants to the conceptual frameworks related to market development which can be used to analyse the market context and identify pro-poor development opportunities within it. It provides practical tools and instruments to develop appropriate market-driven policies.

Application deadline:
With NFP funding - 1 June 2008 (fellowships available)
With other funding - 3 October 2008

For more information go to For information on other courses of Wageningen International go to


REPORTS: ILC Regionalization

For those of you who are interested in the activities of the International Land Coalition, here are the links to the Workshop reports of ILC's regional meetings:

ILC's Assembly of Members in 2007 had decided that the Coalition should regionalize some of its coordination to be more effective in promoting secure and equitable access to and control over land for poor women and men. For more information go to



African Agriculture and the World Bank: Development or impoverishment?
Agriculture’s dominant role in Sub-Saharan Africa’s local, national and regional economies and cultures throughout pre-colonial history has been foundational to 20th century colonial and post-colonial development. No other continent has been so closely identified with smallholder peasant farming. (...) read the full post at

Wangari Maathai - on equal distribution of land and natural resources in Kenya
In a recent opinion piece published in the Washington Post, Kenyan Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai discussed the steps to acheiving a lasting peace and good governance in Kenya. (...) read the full post at

Global View of Peopled Nature
The maps we make of the world say a lot about how we think of ourselves in it. Most world maps put people in one box and nature in another. (...) read the full post at

Forcing It, Word-of-Mouth, and Community “Factor X"
I’ve been writing quite a bit in this blog about the potential differences between corporately-sponsored, maintained, fostered and seeded communities, and the sorts of communities that organize themselves from the grassroots up. (...) read the full post at

Governing the Commons: Roommates Sharing Milk
This past weekend in his Dear economist column in the Financial Times, Tim Harford takes on the question of how to minimize free riding among roommates who share a refrigerator. (...) read the full post at

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


This Week's Posts


EMPLOYMENT: Social scientist, Africa Rice Center Scientist.pdf

The Africa Rice Center (WARDA) is looking for a highly qualified Social Scientist to join its Program for Partnerships, Learning & Innovation Systems. The focus of the research within this program is on scaling-up of farmer-education approaches, the strengthening of formal and informal seed systems, rice value chains and multi-stakeholder rice platforms, and questions related to social inclusion in rice R&D initiatives.

Applications will be considered up to 15 March 2008 or until the position is filled.


EMPLOYMENT: Young Professional, Natural Resource Management (GFA)

GFA Consulting Group is implementing a Young Professional Programme. Fur further information please refer to

GFA's Asia Department is looking for an enthusiastic and optimistic colleague for our strategic business area of Natural Resource Management. The candidate should have first working experiences in Asia and a broad knowledge of forestry issues, esp. Community Based Forest Management, Sustainable Forest Management, Afforestation and Reforestation as well as Agroforestry in Asia.

Application Date:  24 March 2008. More information here.


EMPLOYMENT: Coordinator for Africa (ILC)

The Africa node of the International Land Coalition (ILC) is looking for a regional coordinator. The secretariat of ILC is hosted by the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development in Rome. As a part of the process of decentralising some of the functions of the secretariat, Kenya Land Alliance (KLA), based in Nakuru, will be hosting a node for ILC Africa. A coordinator for the node will be based in the east African region, most probably in Nakuru, and provide support to the development of the ILC network in Africa.

An initial 12 month contract is offered at a salary commensurate with the regional nature of the post. The contract will be renewable subject to performance and availability of funding. Interested applicants should send their cvs and a letter of motivation (in French or English) to the Coordinator, Kenya Land Alliance, at, with a copy to Applications must be submitted before 28 March 2008. The full Terms of Reference can be found at

Les termes de référence complets peuvent être teléchargés ici.


EMPLOYMENT: Deputy Director General for Research (ICRISAT)

ICRISAT is seeking a Deputy Director General for Research (DDG-R), to be located at its Headquarters in Patancheru, (near Hyderabad) India, reporting to the Director General.

The DDG-R is a member of the senior management team and primarily responsible to plan, lead, integrate and coordinate the research programs within established policies and strategic plans of the Institute; and to develop and maintain effective harmonious relations and collaborations between ICRISAT and National Agricultural Research and Extension Systems (NARES) in both developed and developing countries, with civil society organizations and private sector, with Advanced Research Institutions, and other International Agricultural Research Centers (IARCs) and the Alliance of Centers within the CGIAR within which the DDG-R is a member of a Committee of DDG-Rs of all 15 Centers.

Deadline for Application: 20 April 2008


AWARD: Equator Prize 2008

The Equator Initiative announces the opening of the call for nominations for the Equator Prize 2008: Celebrating Community Success in Biodiversity Conservation and Poverty Reduction.

This marks the fourth round of the internationally renowned Equator Prize. Awarded biennially, the Equator Prize recognizes community-based initiatives that demonstrate extraordinary achievement in reducing poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in the equatorial belt. Prize winners receive worldwide recognition for their work as well as an opportunity to help shape national and global policy and practice in the field.

The Equator Prize 2008 nomination process will be open through May 31, 2008. Details on the criteria for the Prize, information on the award process, and the online nomination system can be accessed through the Equator Initiative website at


TRAINING: Rural Property and Inequality

The Rural Property Network is inviting applications by PhD students to the interdisciplinary Research-Training Workshop on Rural Property and Inequality, to take place at the School of Development Studies of the University of East Anglia in Norwich on 1-2 September 2008. The workshop aims at training participants in analyzing questions of property in relation to social inequality.  It is organized by the School of Development Studies in collaboration with the Department of International Development Studies at Roskilde University (Denmark) and the Rural Property Network. 

For further information contact Dr. Thomas Sikor ( or go to the website of the rural poverty network. Deadline: 31 March 2008


EVENT: Conference on Human Development

The 7th Global Conference will take place over five days, from 11-15 November 2008 in Atami, Japan, and will include more than 1000 participants. It will bring together key stakeholders from civil society, government, and the private sector to explore our most pressing human development challenges and design groundbreaking approaches to resolving them. By bringing together peoples from the various sectors, as well as different fields within each sector, a tremendous opportunity for partnership is achieved. To guarantee the productive engagement of all participants, facilitators will be engaged to guide the conference process.

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NEW JOURNAL: Water Alternatives

A new electronic scientific Journal has just been launched: Water Alternatives: An interdisciplinary Journal on water, Politics and Development

For more details on its scope and editorial line, please visit its website at:

You may already register in order to receive alerts when a new issue is published and to submit your contributions. The first issue will be published on the 1st of June 2008.


PUBLICATION: Open Access PNAS issue on 'Going Beyond Panaceas'

Going Beyond Panaceas Special Feature contains 9 open access articles, which are available at


Relevant Publications

'So who owns the forest': An investigation into forest ownership and customary land rights in Liberia
by Liz Alden Wily. Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) and FERN. November 2007.

Rebuilding Common Property Management: A case study of community-based natural resource management in rural Guizhou, China
by Qui Sun. PhD-Thesis,  Wageningen University. Dec. 10, 2007.

Trading Millet and Sorghum Genetic Resources: Women Vendors in the Village Fairs of San and Douentza, Mali
by Melinda Smale, Lamissa Diakité, Brahima Dembélé, Issa Seni Traoré, Oumar Guindo, and Bouréma Konta. January 2008. Discussion Paper No. 746. International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Farm Radio Weekly published an interesting story about this paper.

Finding new things and ways that work: A Manual for Introducing Participatory Innovation Development (PID)
by Ueli Scheuermeier, Elisabeth Katz, Stephanie Heiland. LBL, Swiss Center for Agricultural Extension. March 2004. Download the manual in pdf format (there are 6 parts because the files are rather large) : Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI.

Critical Readings on Assessing and Learning for Social Change: A Review
by Irene Guijt. January 2008. Institute for Development Studies.


ONLINE RESOURCE: Participation Website (FAO)

The team of FAO's Participation Website summarized a CAPRi paper on Collective Action for Smallholder Market Access. The lessons can be accessed at

Go to for additional resources, case studies and tools.