Thursday, June 26, 2008


This Week's Posts


EMPLOYMENT: Director of Development Issues, Strategic Impact Team (InterAction)

The Director of Development Issues serves as the lead staff member on priority issues in international development, focusing on InterAction’s expanding work in agriculture and climate change. S/he is a member of the senior Leadership Team and reports to the Vice President for Strategic Impact.

Deadline is July 6, 2008,  [more]


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Competition for young professionals in science

A competition open to all young professionals (18-35 years) in sub-Saharan Africa seeks to promote scientific excellence and recognise and reward outstanding young professionals who are undertaking innovative research, technology development or agriculture-related activities and communicating their knowledge, technologies and approaches to improve agricultural performance in sub-Saharan Africa.

Deadline is August 15, 2008.   [more]


SCHOLARSHIPS: SEARCA PhD Research Scholarship

The SEARCA PhD Research Scholarship provides financial support to a limited number of qualified PhD students whose researches are relevant to the priority thrusts of SEARCA. Any graduate student who is a citizen of any SEAMEO member country and pursuing a PhD in agriculture or related sciences from any university in the world is eligible to apply for the scholarship.

Application deadlines are 1 April and 1 September each year.
More information at


FELLOWSHIPS: 2009-2010 Wilson Center Fellowships

The Wilson Center is now accepting applications for its 2009-2010 class of residential fellows. The Center awards approximately 20-25 residential fellowships annually to individuals with outstanding project proposals in a broad range of the social sciences and humanities on national and/or international issues. Topics and scholarship should relate to key public policy challenges or provide the historical and/or cultural framework to illuminate policy issues of contemporary importance.

Deadline is October 1, 2008. [more]


FELLOWSHIPS: The African Forest Research Network (AFORNET)

Junior Scientists Fellowship Program
The JSF program supports research in forest science and related areas. The grants are open to promising African scientists affiliated to training and research institutions in Africa who have shown the potential to undertake creative and innovative research in forestry in Africa, whether individually or as a team.

Deadline: 31st March and 30th September of each year. More information at

Senior Scientists Fellowship Program
AFORNET is also inviting African tree and forest scientists to submit multi-disciplinary and transnational research proposals that fall under one of the following thematic areas: woodland, natural forests and biodiversity conservation; community-based forestry; reforestation and rehabilitation of degraded and arid lands; socio-economics and policy issues; and non-timber forest products and lesser known timber. Grants are open to teams of senior scientists who are willing to undertake collaborative and transnational research in Africa. There is no age limit for the applicants to the Senior Scientists’ Fellowship Program.

Deadlines: 31st March and 30th September of each year. More information at


FELLOWSHIPS: The Bentley Cropping Systems Fellowship (IDRC)

This Fellowship provides assistance to Canadian and developing-country graduate students with a university degree in agriculture, forestry or biology, who wish to undertake postgraduate, applied, on-farm research with cooperating farmers in a developing country.

Deadline is 1 October 2008.   [more]


CALL FOR PAPERS: 9th International Conference on Development of Drylands

The Ninth International Conference on Dryland Development (ICDD) on “Sustainable Development in the Dry Lands - Meeting the Challenge of Global Climate Change” will be held on 7-10 November 2008 in Alexandria, Egypt. It will be organized under the auspices of the International Dry Lands Development Commission (IDDC).

Deadline for abstract submission is 30 June 2008. More information on the ICARDA Website or on the NDRD Events Website.



Southern Engines of Global Growth: Africa and CIBS (China, India, Brazil and South Africa)
4-6 September 2008, Johannesburg, South Africa
Submission deadline: 30 June 2008.

WIDER project workshop Beyond the Tipping Point: Asian Development in an Urban World
15-16 December 2008, Bangkok, Thailand
Submission deadline: 15 July 2008.


CALL FOR PAPERS: Conference on Natural Resource Management, Climate Change and Economic Development in Africa

The African Economic Research Consortium is hereby calling for papers for presentation at an international conference on Natural Resource Management, Climate Change and Economic Development in Africa.

Call for papers for both Climate Change and Natural Resource Management aspects of the conference is open. Deadline: August 15, 2008,  [more]


CALL FOR PAPERS: 7th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities

The 7th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities will be held from January 9 (Friday) to January 12 (Monday), 2009 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa, in Honolulu, Hawaii. The conference will provide many opportunities for academicians and professionals from arts and humanities related fields to interact with members inside and outside their own particular disciplines. Cross-disciplinary submissions with other fields are welcome.

Deadline is August 22, 2008 [more]


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: International Conference on Reputation

The first International Conference on Reputation: Theory and Technology will provide a ground for the scientific discussion on Reputation Systems, with a perspective on policy and e-Government.

The role of reputation as a partner selection mechanism started to be appreciated in the study of cooperation in the early eighties. However, despite important advances in the study of cooperation networks, no explicit theory of the cognitive ingredients and processes which reputation is made of was provided, and Reputation is still viewed simply as an attribute in the decision for partner selection.

More at Abstract submission: September 15, 2008


RESOURCE: New Urban Harvest Website

Have a look at the new website of Urban Harvest at or

They completely redesigned the site in light of their project work both regionally and globally, and with reference to their research framework comprising livelihoods and markets, ecosystem health and stakeholder and policy dialogue.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


CAPRi/ UNDP Paper on Decentralization, Pro-poor Land Policies and Democratic Governance

In May this year the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre (OGC) launched a series of publications which explore the linkages between land policies and democratic governance. The briefs summarize debates on key issues, recognizing land not only as an economic asset for poverty reduction but also as part of intricate social relations and power structures. The discussion papers provide fresh understandings of state-society interactions for pro-poor land policy. They also raise issues of gender and conflict in multiple property systems and customary traditions in different countries across the world.

All papers and briefs can be downloaded on the OGC's page on Governance and Poverty Reduction.

CAPRi has contributed a brief and discussion paper, which is based on CAPRi's latest Working Paper on Decentralization, Pro-Poor Land Policies, and Democratic Governance (No. 80).

This paper provides a review of how the issues of decentralization are linked to land tenure reform, in theory and practice. In include a review of  the different types of land tenure reform and policy recommendations, considering how decentralized approaches to land tenure reform can contribute to goals such as gender equity, social cohesion, human rights, and the identity of indigenous peoples. [more]

Thursday, June 19, 2008


This Week's Posts


EMPLOYMENT: Environmental Economist (SANDEE)

The South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) is seeking an Environmental Economist to provide technical support to its research and training activities.

The Environmental Economist will be responsible for:

  1. Research review, advice and technical support to network researchers
  2. Planning and management of environmental economics and policy training activities
  3. Development of country-specific environmental economics programs
  4. Review and writing of technical and policy publications

Deadline is June 30th 2008,  [more]


EMPLOYMENT: Director of Programmes (FARM Africa)

FARM Africa is looking for a Director of Programmes to provide the strategic leadership, management and coordination for all of FARM-Africa's programmes. Developing and managing innovative and financially sustainable programmes across Africa, you will ensure 'new approaches' reach the field. You will proactively develop relationships with key donors and governments in order to strengthen operational partnerships and increase income.

For more information go to FARM Africa's website. CLOSING DATE is Friday 04 July.


EMPLOYMENT: Junior Economist (CIRAD)

CIRAD are seeking a junior economist, based in Montpellier, France (3 months) and Hanoi, Vietnam (15 months) to work with French and Vietnamese partners in an INRA-CIRAD project on the performance of producer collective action to guarantee vegetable quality and safety.

Closing date: 12 July 2008,  [more]



The United Nations University-World Institute for Development
Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) is seeking a new Director. The Director is the chief academic and administrative officer of the Institute and directs, organises and administers the programmes of the Institute in accordance with the policies established by the advisory board and the University Nations University Council.

Deadline is 31 July 2008,  [more]


FELLOWSHIPS: Third World Organization for Women in Science (TWOS)

Postgraduate training fellowships for women scientists from sub-Saharan Africa and least developed countries (LDC) at centers of excellence in the south. The general purpose of the scheme is to contribute to the emergence of a new generation of women leaders in science and technology, and to promote their effective participation in the scientific and technological development of their countries.

Deadline is 31 July 2008,  [more]


FELLOWSHIPS: The Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (LEAP)

The Borlaug LEAP is a fellowship program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to enhance the quality of thesis research of graduate students from developing countries who show strong promise as leaders in the field of agriculture and related disciplines. The LEAP program will support engaging a mentor at a CGIAR system center to support and enhance the thesis research and mentoring experience.

Deadline is August 8, 2007  [more]


GRANTS: SEARCA Travel Grants

SEARCA will provide Travel Grants to qualified agriculture and agriculture-related professionals and social scientists, including graduate students in an effort to reinforce the Center’s efforts and resources in the promotion of agricultural competitiveness and natural resource management toward food security and poverty reduction in the region. This Travel Grant will provide financial support of up to a maximum of US$1,200 to qualified applicants who will present scientific papers in international or local scientific fora.

The SEARCA Committee on Travel Grants evaluates applications on a quarterly basis. The application letter and supporting documents must be submitted on or before the second month of the quarter.



CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Research partnerships with developing countries (SNSF)

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”. Research institutes in Switzerland and developing countries are entitled to participate in the scheme.

Deadline is 11 July 2008,  [more]


CALLS FOR PROPOSALS: Africa Think Tank Initiative

The Think Tank Initiative is inviting applications from independent African organizations committed to using research to inform and influence social and economic policy. The Initiative will provide multiyear funding to promising think tanks and will work with successful applicants to improve their organizational performance.

For more information on the application process, visit the Call for Expressions of Interest section of the IDRC website.

Deadline: August 19, 2008


CALL FOR PAPERS: Poverty in South Africa (PLAAS)

PLAAS is commissioning research on various aspects of poverty in South Africa, and calling for proposals for working papers on chronic and structural poverty in relation to:

Each paper can be funded up to R50 000 and will be presented at a policy and research seminar in March 2009. For detailed information please consult the PLAAS website The closing date for proposals is 11 July 2008.



The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) just joined Greenpeace, Oxfam, and others on Facebook. If you are a member of Facebook, come check it out here and become a fan of IFPRI.

On this page, you can find selected IFPRI publications, videos and events and you can interact and connect with others who are interested in agricultural development issues.


Tuesday, June 17, 2008


4 New CAPRi Working Papers

We just published 4 new Working Papers. Another two papers from the CAPRi markets workshop, one on watershed management in Nepal and one of the role of social capital in forest management.

CAPRi Working Paper 76: Fluctuating Fortunes of a Collective Entreprise: The Case of the Agroforestry Tree Seeds Association of Lantapan (ATSAL) in the Philippines, by Delia Catacutan, Manuel Bertomeu, Lyndon Arbes, Caroline Duque, and Novie Butra -- Abstract | Full Text

CAPRi Working Paper 77: Making Market Information Services Work Better for the Poor in Uganda, by Shaun Ferris, Patrick Engoru, and Elly Kaganzi -- Abstract | Full Text

CAPRi Working Paper 78: Implications of Bulk Water Transfer on Local Water Management Institutions: A Case Study of the Melamchi Water Supply Project in Nepal, by Dhruba Pant, Madhusudan Bhattarai, and Govinda Basnet. -- Abstract | Full Text

CAPRi Working Paper 79: Bridging, Linking, and Bonding Social Capital in Collective Action: The Case of Kalahan Forest Reserve in the Philippines, by Ganga Ram Dahal, and Krishna Prasad Adhikari -- Abstract | Full Text

All previous CAPRi Working Papers can be accessed on our website.

Friday, June 06, 2008


Download CAPRi Special Journal Issue on Gender and Collective Action (JID)

The first 2008 issue of the Journal for International Development is made available free and open access as a sample to promote the journal.  That issue happens to be the special issue that CAPRi edited on gender and collective action! 

Click on the journal title below to access the issue:

Special Issue: Gender and Collective Action: Motivations, Effectiveness and Impact, JID, Vol. 20(1), January 2008: 1-116

All the papers from our workshop on Gender and Collective Action (including longer versions of the special issue papers) are also available on the CAPRi Website.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008


This Week's Posts


EMPLOYMENT: Range Ecology and Management Specialist (ICARDA)

ICARDA is seeking a Range Ecology and 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.

Applications must be received by 15 June 2008. The full announcement can be accessed on the ICARDA website.


EMPLOYMENT: Deputy Director General for Research (CIAT)

CIAT is seeking applications for the Deputy Director General for Research (DDG-R) position. He/she is a member of CIAT's Senior Management Team who, under the overall leadership of the Director General, is responsible for developing the institute's research strategy and for overseeing its implementation.

Closing date for applications is 30 June 2008 or until a suitable candidate is identified. The full announcement can be accessed at the CIAT website.


EMPLOYMENT: Social Scientist (WARDA)

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 June 30 2008 or until the position is filled. The full announcement can be downloaded from the WARDA website.


EMPLOYMENT: 3 Senior Researchers (ICRAF)

The World Agroforestry Centre is looking for candidate for the following positions to be based 'in Nairobi, Kenya. Application Deadline is 30 June 2008.

Leader, Climate Change Research
The objective of the Global Research Project on Climate Change is to improve the stability of farming systems and livelihood strategies of smallholder farmers in the face of current climate variability as well as long-term climate change, through the increased use of trees for intensification, diversification and buffering of farming systems. --Announcement

Senior Agro-Ecologist
The senior scientist will co-lead the Global Research Project (GRP) on Improving on-farm productivity of trees and agroforestry systems. --Announcement

Marketing Specialist
The senior research scientist will provide research leadership and support to tree marketing and enterprise development research in World Agroforestry’s six regional programmes. --Announcement


EMPLOYMENT: Science and Impact Directors (CPWF)

The CGIAR Challenge Program for Water and Food is seeking a Science and an Impact Director. Application deadline for both is 18 July 2008.

CPWF Science Director
The Science Director will provide leadership in the design and implementation of all scientific research conducted by the CPWF. Go to the accouncement.

CPWF Impact Director
The Impact Director will provide leadership in the design and implementation of all program activities relating to generating and evaluating outcomes and impacts. Go to the accouncement.


EMPLOYMENT: Post-Doctoral Fellow Agricultural Economics (ICRISAT)

ICRISAT seeks a Post-Doctoral Fellow (PDF) to undertake applied economics research in relation to improving the productivity and market competitiveness of dryland legumes (groundnuts, chickpea and pigeonpea) in collaboration with a team of scientists. The PDF will be based at ICRISAT’s Regional Program for Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Applications will be received until 31 July 2008, or until the position is filled. The full announcement can be accessed on ICIRSAT's website.


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Research Grants, Environmental Economics Issues in Africa

With funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA) will be implementing the first phase of a regional program to strengthen research capacity in environmental economics and policy in Africa over the next three years. Under this program, Research Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to research projects annually to increase capacity in research in environmental economics in the region. Eligible candidates include all researchers working in the field of environmental economics in Africa.

Proposals submitted before 31 July 2008 will be considered for presentation at the Sixth Biannual CEEPA Research Workshop to be held in 2 - 7 November 2008. The full announcement can be downloaded from CEEPA's website.


CALL FOR PAPERS: XIIIth World Forestry Congress

From October 18 to 25, 2009, the international forestry community will meet in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the XIIIth World Forestry Congress.

During a week, representatives of the public and private sectors, the scientific community, foresters, industrialists, professionals and other interested parties will have the chance to analyze, discuss and participate in the most important forestry meeting worldwide.

Under the theme Forests in development – a vital balance”, the Congress will address the sustainable development of forests from a global and integral perspective.

Authors are strongly encouraged to visit and upload their papers, including abstracts. Alternatively, a copy of the paper and its abstract can be sent before June 30, 2008. Further details at


CALL FOR PAPERS: International Conference on Traditional Forest-related Knowledge and Sustainable Forest Management in Africa

The conference will be held in Accra, Ghana from 13 to 16 October 2008. It will provide a platform for sharing of information and exchanging experiences among scientists, the holders and users of traditional forest-related knowledge, forest managers and other relevant stakeholders related to traditional forest-related knowledge in Africa.

Last Date for abstract: 30 June 2008

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CALL FOR PAPERS: 2nd International Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification

The Second International Conference on Desertification, scheduled for December 2008, will be hosted by the Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research (BIDR) of Ben Gurion University of the Negev. The BIDR has been a leading force in the investigation of drylands, deserts, and desertification for over thirty years. In November 2006 the BIDR held the first international conference on desertification, cosponsored by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is the international partner for the 2008 conference.

The call for papers can be accessed at The review process will be ongoing. Final date for submissions is September 1, 2008.


CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Series of Natural Resources Forum

The Natural Resources Forum, a quarterly journal issued by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and published by Blackwell, announces a call for papers for a special series over the 2007-2009 period on themes to be considered by the United Nations Commission of Sustainable Development in its 16 and 17th sessions: Africa, Agriculture, Desertification, Drought, Land, Rural Development.

Abstracts on the above issues will be accepted through 2009, however, articles for publishing in the November 2008 issue should be received no later than 30 June 2008. 

Natural Resources Forum is also inviting your views on the following question for the  Viewpoints section of the November 2008 issue: “Are women more severely affected by desertification, ...and if so, how?”

The deadline for submission to the Viewpoints for the November 2008 issue is: 31 July, 2008. 

FREE Access: Virtual Issue on Climate Change
The Natural Resources Forum announces a FREE Virtual Issue on Climate Change which has been developed in an effort to contribute to the intense public debate that surrounds this global challenge. Access the contents of this virtual issue, free online here.


ONLINE JOURNAL: Water Alternatives

Water Alternatives, An interdisciplinary journal on water, politics and development has published its first issue on June 1. 

As a worldwide high-quality peer-reviewed eJournal, WaA offers full and free access to articles, ensuring worldwide outreach and intellectual multiplier effect. The first issue is available at

Download the editorial Water, politics and development: Introducing Water Alternatives by François Molle, Peter P. Mollinga, Ruth Meinzen-Dick to see what the journal is about.


EVENT: Gender in Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction

The Center for Asia-Pacific Women in Politics (CAPWIP) and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UN/ISDR) is organizing the Third Global Congress of Women in Politics and Governance which will be held on October 19-22, 2008 at the Dusit Hotel, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines. The theme of the congress is “Gender in Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction.”

Please download the full information sheet and registration form for this Third Global Congress of Women in Politics and Governance from our website,

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ONLINE RESOURCE: Climate Change Adaptation Wiki (wikiADAPT)

wikiADAPT is a flexible, accessible, inclusive medium for enhancing the knowledge base of the climate adaptation community. This page provides information on the weADAPT collaboration and using, editing and navigating this site. To skip to more technical pages, please go straight to wikiADAPT.

The wiki is a collaborative project, and the idea is to have a community of contributors, not just users - so don't be afraid to add new pages or edit existing ones if you feel you can! The one thing we ask is for you to sign any work you've done in the Discussion Pages. Below you will find ideas on how to contribute, and guidance on how to edit the wiki, so get involved! We now have basic tutorials on editing and navigating wikiADAPT - take a look! - and an FTP space for storing very large files.