Thursday, April 17, 2008


This Week's Posts


EMPLOYMENT: Coordinator for CGIAR’s Amazon Initiative Ecoregional Program

The deadline to apply for the position of Coordinator for CGIAR’s Amazon Initiative Ecoregional Program is April 30, 2008.

We had posted on this position here and you can get additional information at Initiative website and on CIAT's website.


EMPLOYMENT: 4 Senior Scientists (CIFOR)

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is looking for creative and visionary candidates to
join its research team as Senior Scientists in the following areas:

Applications will be accepted until the suitable candidates are identified.


EMPLOYMENT: Programme Specialist, Gender and Governance (UNDP)

The Programme Specialist on Gender and Governance will be responsible for knowledge management, advisory work, and management of the governance-related advocacy and programming of the Governance Peace and Security section. Most immediately this will involve set-up, management, monitoring and on-going fund-raising of the global programme: 'Making Politics Work with Women: Beyond the Numbers', and subsequently support to the global programme: 'Gender and Democratic Governance'.

More information on the UNDP website. Application Deadline is 05-May-08.


FELLOWSHIPS: Rothamsted International African Fellows Programme

The Rothamsted International African Fellows Programme is now inviting pre-proposals under its 8th Call. The aim of the African Fellows Programme (AFP) is to support sustainable agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa by catalyzing 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. The potential impact of the project will be taken into account during the proposal assessment. 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. Research projects must: (a) focus on solving an agricultural problem or constraint; (b) demonstrate a clear path from research to application; and (c) be of benefit to small-holder African farmers and the rural economy.

Examples of potential project areas include crop nutrition, soil fertility, post-harvest technology, alternative crops, livestock management and plant protection. Please note that all projects must be focused on topics relevant to small farmers. The deadline for receipt of pre-proposals under the current call is August 6, 2008. For more information, click here.


CALL FOR INQUIRIES: Advancing Women's Rights via Strategic Partnership

The International Women's Program supports targeted funding for cutting-edge initiatives that indicate courage of human rights defenders or organizations calling for respect for the rights of particularly marginalized or vulnerable groups in societies around the world. Examples of target groups which may receive funding in this category include the following: lesbian and bisexual women, women with mental disabilities, minorities or “lower-caste” women (e.g., Dalits), women prisoners, and domestic workers. For more information, please see the "Advancing Women's Rights via Strategic Partnership" grant guidelines.

Inquiries will be accepted on a rolling basis. Uninvited proposals will not be considered.

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CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: Institutional Capacity Strengthening of African Public Policy Institutes to Support Inclusive Growth and the MDGs

The Global Development Network (GDN) and the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) are inviting expressions of interest to participate in their new activity “Institutional Capacity Strengthening of African Public Policy Institutes to Support Inclusive Growth and the MDGs”. The overarching objective of the project is to provide support to enhance knowledge management capacity for African Policy Research Institutes and networks with a particular focus on tackling the issues of poverty and hunger within the global Millennium Development Goals framework. It will seek to strengthen multi-disciplinary research capacity on poverty analysis and contribute to bridging the gap between research and policy on poverty reduction and sustainable development. The total budget of this project is $1,070,000, funded entirely by UNDP’s Bureau for Development Policy (BDP) and Regional Bureau for Africa (RBA). The project will run for approximately 18 months, from March 2008 – August 2009. GDN will be the implementing agency with support from AERC. The deadline for receiving expressions of interest is April 30, 2008. Details of the call are available here.


CALL FOR GRANT APPLICATIONS: Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility

The Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility invites applications from indigenous peoples’ organizations and communities, as well as organizations that work with them, for grants to fund projects, innovative approaches and partnerships that promote the development of indigenous peoples and help them fulfil their aspirations.

Grants range from US$10,000 to US$30,000. Applicants must meet specific requirements and their proposals should respond to the needs of indigenous peoples in any of IFAD’s Member States.

E-mail and mail your applications to IFAD. The closing date for applications is 30 June 2008. IFAD will not accept applications after that date.

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The Conference Fund of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) reimburses expenses, such as registration, travel, accommodation, meals, incidentals and visa fees, incurred to bring eligible delegates to conferences, workshops, seminars and related events that support CIDA's programming priorities. Delegates/participants may not apply to the Fund directly; the conference organizers must apply on their behalf.

Only countries and territories eligible for Canadian Development Assistance. Only organizations may apply for funding towards a conference.

Proposals can be sent at any time during the year, but a complete application form with supporting documents must be received at least 16 weeks before the start date of a conference.


CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Social Movements & Civil Society Forum on Climate Change, Agrofuels and Sovereignty

To be held in parallel to the FAO High-Level Conference on World Food Security and the Challenges of Climate and Bioenergy, facilitated by the International NGO/CSO Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC) from 31 May – 4 June 2008 in Rome, Italy.

Invitación para participar en el foro para movimientos sociales y sociedad civil sobre cambio climático, agrofuels, y soberanía
En paralelo con la Conferencia de Alto Nivel sobre la Seguridad Alimentaría Mundial yu los Retos del Cambio Climático y la Bioenergía en la Sede de la FAO en Roma, 31 mayo – 4 junio 2008


CALL FOR POSTERS: Water for Development: Prospects for Integrated Water Resources Management

The North-South Centre of the ETH Zurich promotes research and capacity development in the field of international development and cooperation. On 4 June 2008, it will hold its annual conference Water for Development: Prospects for Integrated Water Resources Management in cooperation with the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag).

Posters are to be registered by a notice of intent by 30 April and submitted electronically by 21 May.

Further details, including the full call for posters and the conference program, are available on

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Capacity for a Change (IDS)
A new report based on a workshop convened by IDS calls for a sea change in approaches to ‘capacity development’ (CD). Capacity for a Change emphasizes dialogue, the importance of learning and promoting empowering relationships, rather than applying limited technical models. Download it here

Nesting community-based NRM for regional accountability and grassroots cooperation
The report is called 'Community-based regional delivery of natural resource management: Building system-wide capacities to motivate voluntary farmer adoption of conservation practices'.

The report's Executive Summary can be accessed at The full report CANNOT be downloaded from that address, but you can request the full report by writing to gmarshal [at] une [dot] edu [dot] au.

Farmer First Revisited Conference Summary
All papers presented at the Farmer First Revisited Conference are now posted at In addition, you can download a workshop summary at

The workshop organizers encourage everyone to reply and comment. In particular on the summary, they would like to know from you whether have we got the flavour of the discussions right? Are there critical things missing? Have they got any things plain wrong? You can also share your views on the blog at

We had previously posted about this conference here.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008


This Week's Posts


EMPLOYMENT: Gender Training Community of Practice Specialist (UN-INSTRAW)

The United Nations International research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW) is establishing a Community of Practice on Gender and is seeking qualified candidates to establish it.

The position is based in the Dominican Republic (the possibility of telecommuting exists, to be discussed with UN-INSTRAW management).

Deadline: April 30 2008. Click here to download the terms of reference.


EMPLOYMENT: Programme Officer, Asia and Pacific Region

The Global Mechanism (GM) of the UNCCD is seeking a Programme Officer (Asia and Pacific Region). Under the overall guidance of the Managing Director; and the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific desk, the incumbent plays a key role in achieving the goals of the GM. S/he would support the formulation and implementation of National Action Programmes that pursue effective paths of intervention, and thus improve the GM’s contribution to the implementation of the UNCCD.  The incumbent contributes to the strategic orientation of the GM by: (i) sharpening focus and improving delivery at the country and sub-region programme levels; (ii) building effective country, donor community and stakeholder partnerships; and (iii) developing results-based corporate practice and behaviours.

Deadline for applications: 02 May 2008.


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Financing facility for remittances (IFAD)

The Financing Facility for Remittances (FFR) builds on the successful experience of the Programme for Rural Development through Remittances. The facility aims to scale up and replicate the lessons learned worldwide.

The FFR will fund proposals that meet at least one of the objectives within the FFR windows. Although, proposals may address objectives from more than a window, applicants should select the window of activity that overall is most relevant to their proposal.

If eligible, the applicant will initiate the preselection phase and will be able to submit a concept proposal before the deadline of 30 May 2008.

Read the full announcement to find out about specific objectives, requirements and eligibility criteria.

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: APFED Showcase Programme 2008

To promote sustainable development in the Asia Pacific region, the Asia Pacific Forum for Environment and Development (APFED) launched the APFED Showcase Programme as one of the main activities.

The Program aims to support projects that promote innovative policies, measures, and actions for sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region as recommended by the APFED Final Report.

For more information click here. Deadline for proposal submission is 31 May 2008.


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: EcoHealth, Healthy Environments, Healthy People' (English) (Francais)

From December 1st through 5th, 2008, researchers, policy makers and practitioners from around the globe will gather in Mérida, México for the International EcoHealth Forum entitled “EcoHealth: Healthy Environments, Healthy People”. To help make this a milestone event, Forum delegates are encouraged to think “outside the box”, taking on transdisciplinary approaches and bridging methodological gaps.

The objective is to learn about improvements in environmental/ecosystem management and community health through concrete experiences on how projects were implemented and outcomes used by policy-makers, other stakeholders, and community representatives.

The deadline for the submission of individual abstracts and parallel sessions is Sunday, June 1st, 2008.


ONLINE RESOURCE: UN Data for Research

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) launched today a new internet based data service for the global user community. It brings UN statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point ( Users can now search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN system.

Read a summary post about UN Data on ReadWriteWeb.



Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change
It will come of no surprise to readers of this blog that some of the first to suffer at the hands of climate change will be the so-called "indigenous peoples". (...)
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Campaign Maps: How 3 Nonprofit Organizations use Online Maps to Send a Message
Maps have come a long way from the traditional classroom wall map that many of us grew up with. Online, maps have taken on added dimension with multimedia mashups and a new level of interaction: the information they can deliver goes far beyond topographical features and geo-political boundaries. (...) The Seed Map is a project of USC Canada, a voluntary organization working with partner organizations in developing countries to promote strong rural communities, food security, healthy ecosystems, and social justice around the world. (...)
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Welcome to the New
In our mission to advance the commons, we at have embarked upon a number of major changes that we are thrilled to share with you. You’re looking at the most visible change, our new online home! Re-conceptualizing and revamping the website has been a lengthy process, and we are excited about the new look and navigation of the site. (...)
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Thursday, April 03, 2008


EMPLOYMENT: Director ILC Secretariat

The International Land Coalition (ILC) is seeking a forward-looking and results-oriented Director for its global secretariat, hosted in Rome by the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development. The position of Director offers a unique opportunity to work with intergovernmental and civil society stakeholders for pro-poor land governance. Responsible for the development and implementation of a multi-year Strategic Framework, the Director has overall responsibility for managing the secretariat operations, programmes and resource mobilisation including major representational roles with senior policy makers at national, regional and international levels.

You can download the full announcement here. Qualified candidates are invited to submit their application by not later than May 2, 2008.

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Wednesday, April 02, 2008


This Week's Posts


EMPLOYMENT: Director - Innovation, Policy and Science

The Director of Innovation, Policy and Science leads and manages the scientific and technical formulation and delivery of IDRC’s overall program as it relates to the role of innovation, science and technology policies in the context of development.  The Innovation, Policy and Science program area complements the work of the following program area: Environment and Natural Resources Management, Information and Communication Technologies for Development, and Social and Economic Policy. 

Additional information at Closing Date:  April 20, 2008 at midnight (Canadian EST)


EMPLOYMENT: AWARD Science Communications Specialist

The CGAR G&D program invites applications from qualified candidates for the position of Science Communications Specialist in the Gender & Diversity - African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) Program. The incumbent will be a communications professional with strategic and operational skills spanning a range of media. The AWARD team comprises a Project Manager, Mentoring and Training Specialist, and two administrative staff.

Applications close on 18 April 2008. For more information go to


EMPLOYMENT: Co-coordinator for the Amazon Initiative Ecoregional Program

CIAT, on behalf of the Amazon Initiative Consortium (AI) for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources, is looking for a Coordinator for a Collaborative Research Program in the Amazon based in Belém, Brazil.

The Coordinator of the Amazon Initiative Ecoregional Program (AI-EP) will be responsible for planning and implementing collaborative research conducted with the participation of member institutions of the Consortium in the four thematic areas: (1) Sustainable smallholder production in deforested and degraded areas; (2) Enhanced benefits from forests for livelihoods and the environment; (3) Mitigation and adaptation to climate change; (4) Market value chain development for Amazon products.

Application Deadline: 30 April 2008. More information on CIAT's website.


EMPLOYMENT: Gender and Agricultural Specialist (ICRW)

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) is currently seeking an Gender and Agricultural Specialist for ICRW’s Gender, Violence and Property Rights (GVR) team in Washington, DC.

The Gender and Agricultural (“G&A”) Specialist will lead technical work on a new ICRW initiative on Gender and Agriculture. You will function as both a leader and team member and will have substantial research, technical and project management responsibility. This position will have responsibility for conducting and managing a range of technical research, coordination of project teams and their work, and supporting the project director in larger strategic thinking and donor/partner relations.

Send you application by or before April 30, 2008. More information here.



The Water Integrity Network launched the pilot phase of the WIN Small Grant Fund. The fund was set up with the intention of catalysing local actions by civil society organisations (CSOs) to promote transparency, accountability and integrity and to prevent corruption in the water sector. The WIN Small Grants Fund is a small, flexible project fund with relatively rapid deployment.

Micro grant applications may be submitted anytime. Micro grant applications will be evaluated continuously on a first-come, first-served basis until the available funds are committed.

Applications for small grants may be submitted anytime as well. However, there will be two formal cycles for the evaluation of the small grant applications in the pilot year:
First Deadline: 15 March 2008
Second Deadline: 15 May 2008

The objectives and instructions can be downloaded here. The application form here.

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CALL FOR PRE-PROPOSALS: SANDEE Winter 2008 Research Competition

The Research Guidelines for Winter 2008 Research Competition are posted in the SANDEE website.

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:

  1. Incentives, Regulations and the Implementation of Environmental Policies
  2. Economics of Climate Change

SANDEE welcome pre-proposals from South Asian researchers as per the guidelines; please visit for the full details and to submit your pre-proposals.

The deadline for the submission of the pre-proposals is 31st April 2008. If you have any specific query, please write to us at


CALL FOR PAPERS: Conference on Nature’s Accountability

The 2008 Conference on Nature’s Accountability: Aggregation and Governmentality in the History of Sustainability will be held Washington DC, USA from 9 to 11 October 2008.

This conference seeks to explore the ways that nature has been aggregated, normalized, and governed. We would like to address different formulations of environmental governmentality in economic and technoscientific administrations of nature, bringing regional-, national-, and global-scale perspectives into the analytic frame of biopolitics.

Last Date for abstract: 15 April 2008

Contact email/website: Bärbel Thomas at



Wikigender, an information sharing platform on gender equity, was officially launched on 7 March 2008 on the occasion of International Women's Day. The site is now open and freely accessible to the public.

Wikigender invites everybody to actively use and participate in this new online resource:

Wikigender is a project initiated by the OECD Development Centre to facilitate the exchange and improve the knowledge about gender-related issues around the world.


RESOURCE: id 21 natural resources highlights

id21 natural resources highlights are intended for people living in low and middle income countries. To subscribe for free, send your contact details to

The current research highlight can be downloaded at



Here are a couple of books we have recently read or are currently reading. We would be curious to find out which book you would place on this list. Share the title of one book you have read in the last 6-12 months and a one sentence summary with us. Send us an email or place a comment at the end of this post.

Decentralization, Forests and Rural Communities: Policy Outcomes in South and Southeast Asia, Edited by Edward L. Webb and Ganesh P. Shivakoti (Los Angeles: Sage, 2008)

This book is an interesting collection of papers from different countries in Asia, that shows the complexity that is often covered by the common term “decentralization”.  A final chapter by Shivakoti and Ostrom does a nice job of pulling together the threads from different country cases.

Group behavior and development: Is the market destroying cooperation? Edited by Heyer, J., Stewart, F., and R. Thorp (New York: Oxford University Press, 2002)

A volume of case-studies on producer groups in various regions of the world examining them in terms of their effectiveness to improve the well-being of smallholders. Especially interesting are chapters on Mongolian pastoralists (Sneath) and Colombian coffee federation (Thorp).

A Crowd of One: The Future of Individual Identity, by John Henry Clippinger (PublicAffairs, 2007)

This book examines social behavior and individual identity. It is based on the premise that our identity is derived from membership in groups and networks rather than from within each individual. A chapter on the renaissance shows how societal change does not stem from a few creative individuals but from a "societal shift that allowed innovation and creativity to flourish."