Wednesday, May 21, 2008


This Week's Posts


EMPLOYMENT: Senior Economist (Climate Change, Energy and Trade)

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), a Canadian-based not-for-profit organisation with personnel in more than 30 countries, is seeking an experienced Senior Economist (Climate Change, Energy and Trade) to participate in research and projects within IISD, and to provide advice to the Swiss government on the links between climate change, trade, finance and economic development. The position is based in Geneva, Switzerland, at IISD's European office. Successful candidates would have a solid understanding of the international and European climate change regimes, their objectives and functions. Applicants must have a few years' experience and knowledge of international trade law and policy, particularly negotiations within the World Trade Organization as well as the regional and international investment systems. They must also have strong written and oral communication skills in English and French, with the ability to read German.

Please send a CV (no longer than 2 pages including the names, phone numbers and email addresses of 2 referees) as well as a covering letter (1 page) to Fariba Di Benedetto - For more information please see The deadline for applications is 31 May.


EMPLOYMENT: Consultancy on Carbon Financing in Rangelands (WISP)

The World Initiative for Sustainable Pastoralism (WISP) is a global knowledge and advocacy network of over 1000 pastoral institutions and experts that promotes understanding of sustainable pastoral development for both poverty reduction and conservation. The network enables pastoralists to demonstrate that their land use and production system are an efficient way of harnessing the natural resources of the world's rangelands. WISP is a programme of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and is currently funded by the Global Environment Facility, IFAD, and Oxfam GB.

This study entails a review of literature and online resources, along with interview of key informants, to capture the State of the Art knowledge on Carbon Financing as it applies to communal rangelands worldwide. The study will serve as a baseline on which WISP can develop future interventions, studies, advocacy messages and recommendations for policy and research. The study will examine the opportunities and constraints for Carbon Financing in the rangelands, existing mechanisms for carbon finance and challenges to applying them, the means of carbon sequestration and of reducing emissions in the rangelands, and other technologies and techniques that could enable pastoralists to benefit from carbon payments. The study will examine investment opportunities for carbon financing in the rangelands, the immediate prospects for carbon financing, potential options for the future, and the existing or likely constraints to each of these.

This study will be carried out over a period of approximately 15 days, starting during June 2008. The full Terms of Reference can be requested from


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Livelihood impacts of payment for environmental services

The Australian National University (ANU) is looking for authors interested to prepare ten papers on the livelihood impacts of payment for environmental services schemes, and implications for activities aimed to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. The case studies do not necessarily need to focus on forests.

ANU will pay AUD $6,000 per paper. They envision that these papers will be published in an edited book.

The terms of reference for the studies are available at

Further information on this project can be obtained at or via email. Proposals will be considered until ten case studies are selected. We would like to be able to contract the individual authors by the end of May 2008.


CALL FOR PAPERS: Gender and Climate Change (Oxfam)

The March 2009 issue of the international journal Gender and Development (published for Oxfam GB by Routledge/Taylor and Francis), will focus on Climate Change. Please note: this new issue follows the first issue on this topic published in 2002 (Vol. 10 No. 2). You can view the articles from this issue at

Deadline for Proposals: 10 June 2008


CALL FOR PAPERS: Conference on Provoking Change: Strategies to promote forest users in the Amazon

The International Congress "Provoking Change: Strategies to promote forest users in the Amazon", which will take place in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, from the 10th to the 14th of November 2008. The purpose of the event is to create a platform for dialogue between scientists, politicians, development agencies and representatives from civil society to catalyse a process of reflection on the options and requirements of a broader operational framework for sustainable development based on the use, management and conservation of the forests of the Amazon region.

Expressions of interest from the public at large to participate in the Congress and from those who would like to submit papers to present at the event are invited. Please send your expressions of interest to the Congress Secretary, Inka Montero, at

Full registration of participants for the Congress will be possible from 1st of May. Details of the procedure for the presentation of abstracts are available at Deadline for abstracts: June 30th, 2008.


PUBLICATION: Producer Organizations (Oxfam)

Producer Organisations: A Guide to Developing Collective Rural Enterprises is based on Oxfam GB's experience of working with small-scale agricultural producer organisations.

The book opens with an explanation of why collective action in the form of producer organisations is a key strategy for increasing producers' access to and power in markets. It then describes different types of producer organisations and draws out learning points and key factors affecting their success based on case studies from Albania, Colombia, El Salvador, Georgia, India, Malawi, Mozambique, Palestine, Senegal and Viet Nam. The book provides step-by-step guidance for development practitioners and all those interested in how development organisations can help small-scale producers build effective collective businesses.

It is available to buy or download from the Oxfam GB website at



Microfinance, micro-impacts?
These few lines came to my mind after one of our Board of Directors’ meetings devoted, among other things, to a new participation in an important microfinance institution in Morocco - a country famous for its involvement in the sector. I have, for a long time, been an avid supporter of microfinance. (...) read the full post on the Ideas4Development Blog.

Int’l agencies call for a change in farming
A report of the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development was released yesterday, it calls for a real change in farming rules if the global community wants to effectively address such issues as the food crisis and climate change. The changes proposed by the report has the backing of 64 countries, as well as the World Bank and WHO. (...) read the full post at The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine.

Is Private Property Anti-Environment?
Has it ever occurred to you that the whole concept of private property might be innately harmful to the natural environment? While I’ve always recognized that indigenous cultures viewed the land as a blessing to all, not as something belonging to individuals, I never really made that concept personal until now. (...) read the full post at Green Options.

Knowledge network in Sub-Saharan Africa (ENB / IISD)
The UN International Fund for Agriculture (IFAD) has approved a grant to expand and support a knowledge network to connect development partners working on initiatives to reduce rural poverty in Western, Central, Eastern and Southern Africa. (...) read the full post at the Desertification blog.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


This Week's Posts


EMPLOYMENT: Coordinator, CGIAR Systemwide Program on Participatory Research and Gender Analysis

The PRGA Program is seeking applications for a Senior Research Fellow/Senior Scientist position to lead and coordinate the Program. The PRGA Program's hosting center, CIAT, offers internationally competitive salary packages, is an equal opportunity employer, and believes that the diversity of its staff contributes to excellence. CIAT is interested in increasing this diversity of its staff and particularly encourages applications from both women and developing country professionals.

Deadline for applications: May 31, 2008. The full announcement can be accessed here.


EMPLOYMENT: Junior Professorship, Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Resources

Robert Bosch Stiftung invites applications for the Robert Bosch Junior Professorship on research into the Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Resources together with a German university or research institution of your choice. Applicants of all nationalities are welcome.

See for more information. Application deadline: June 1st, 2008.


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Mobilizing Regional Capacity Initiatives in Africa

The Association of African Universities (AAU) has issued a Call for Proposals from their “Mobilizing Regional Capacity Initiatives” (MRCI) program. The program aims to build regional capacity to support African higher education institutions, research networks, and associations in Africa to act as catalyst for poverty reduction and sustainable development on the continent. The overall goal is for Higher Education Institutions (HEls) and networks in Africa to make a significant contribution to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and poverty reduction.

The deadline for applications is May 30, 2008. More details and information are available at


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Gender, Agriculture and Rural Development in the Information Society

The IAALD blog reports that the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), the Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (Hivos) and the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) are inviting applications for the third round of the GenARDIS small grants programme.

Submission Deadline: June 2, 2008.

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Research partnerships with developing countries

Research Partnerships enable researchers from Switzerland and developing countries to conduct joint research projects. They are designed to promote the urgently needed development of North/South scientific relationships and thus strengthen scientific competence and achievement of researchers and research institutions in the “South”.

A new call for Research Partnership is now open. You can submit your proposal electronically via mySNF before 11 July 2008.

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment

The Interdisciplinary Environmental Association (IEA) invites you to participate in the 14th International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment! The conference is motivated by the increasing need to combine ideas and research findings from different disciplines to enhance our understanding of the interactions between the natural environment and human institutions.

Place: Edmonton, Canada
Date: 30 June 2008 to 3 July 2008
Last Date for abstract: 18 May 2008

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TRAINING: IFRI Training Program 2008

The International Forest Resources and Institutions (IFRI) Program at the University of Michigan is offering an intensive nine-week training program on IFRI methods in the fall of 2008. The training program consists of three components: seminar sessions, fieldwork, and computer laboratory sessions. Seminar sessions introduce participants to IFRI's theoretical foundations, a larger body of work on local resource governance issues, the IFRI instruments and methods used in data collection, principles of research design, basic data analysis, and report-writing. Please feel free to share this announcement to those who you think would be interested in applying for this course.

For more information go to the IFRI website. Please notify Natalie Dushane ( by June 30th if you plan to attend this fall’s IFRI training course.

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TRAINING: MA Science, Society and Development (IDS)

Focusing on such pressing practical and policy questions in health, environment and agriculture, the MA Science, Society and Development program provides students with a solid grounding in development concepts and theories, in combination with an understanding of the politics and governance of scientific knowledge and policy processes. Through exploring a combination of theoretical and practical perspectives, the course asks how science and technology can contribute to poverty reduction, social justice and environmental sustainability in the developing world.

More information at

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, UK, and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission are offering two full scholarships in 2008-09 for students from Commonwealth countries in Africa. Full details, including entry requirements and application forms, can be found at:


ONLINE RESOURCE: Free Trial for SAGE Journals

SAGE is promoting free trial journal articles. You can register by visiting to get free access to relevant journal articles. The free trial journal articles are accessible freely until 31 may, 2008.



African Women Development Cooperative
African Women Development Cooperative is one of the gender development projects of the Centre for Policy and Development. A response to the gender economic divide and the gender based challenges of sustainable wealth creation, AWDC aims to facilitate access to financial services, provide capacity building in financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills as well training in building enterprising businesses and sustainable livelihoods for African women. (...) read the full post at

The World Needs a Farming Revolution! Declares U.N. Report
Oil is setting record high prices. People are rioting over the price of food in Haiti, Egypt, parts of West Africa and the Philippines. Since March 2007 the price of soybeans is up 87%, and the price of wheat has risen 130%. Global grain stores are at the lowest levels on record. Amid this turmoil the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) released its report this week on the state of agriculture. (...) read the full post at

Farmers and climate change
Two articles that look at the issue of how farmers are trying to adapt to harsher climatic conditions. The first one highlights the situation in Kenya and the second one looks at the situation from a global stand. (...) read the full post at

People, Spaces and Deliberation
More than 100 private radio stations have sprung up in Niger since the introduction of democracy in that Sub-Saharan country in 1990. There are shows on health, education, and gender issues, including the devastating impact of child marriage on women. The stirring story of how an old medium is bringing fresh ideas to Niger is posted in the World Bank's People, Spaces and Deliberation blog. The big role that religious faith plays in most developing countries can lead to the delicate problem of basing a claim for public policy change or the resistance of policy change on a variety of Deities. Join the conversation at

Monday, May 05, 2008


CAPRi Working Papers 74 and 75: Collective Action and Marketing

CAPRi Working Paper No. 74: Collective Action Initiatives to Improve Marketing Performance: Lessons from Farmer Groups in Tanzania
by James Barham, and Clarence Chitemi

The primary inquiry of this study is to identify and understand the underlying factors that enable smallholder farmer groups to improve their market situation. The specific objective of this paper is to examine to what extent certain group characteristics and asset endowments facilitate collective action initiatives to improve group marketing performance. This objective is approached through an evaluation of a government-led program in Tanzania, which is attempting to increase smallholder farmers' incomes and food security through a market-oriented intervention. (...) read more at

CAPRi Working Paper No. 75: Sustaining Linkages to High Value Markets through Collective Action in Uganda: The Case of the Nyabyumba Potato Farmers
by Elly Kaganzi, Shaun Ferris, James Barham, Annet Abenakyo, Pascal Sanginga, and Jemimah Njuki

Uganda's rapid urbanization, particularly in the capital city Kampala, offers new market opportunities for organized farmers to supply higher value produce for emerging growth markets such as multinational supermarket chains and fast food restaurants. Higher urban incomes allow consumers to shift from small shops and street food stalls to more formalized markets and modern food restaurants. These more formal market outlets provide both food safety and greater choice of produce. Supplying these outlets offers both higher income and improved business relations for farmers, but accessing these markets also requires significant upgrading in terms of product quality, more secure supply chains, and more efficient marketing and business management. (...) read more at