Wednesday, October 22, 2008


This Week's Posts


EMPLOYMENT: 3 Research Positions at CIMMYT

Associate Scientist – Conservation Agriculture, Ref. 2008/15

CIMMYT is seeking a suitable qualified candidate for the position of Associate Scientist to work on Conservation Agriculture (CA) projects being jointly implemented by CIMMYT and CIAT (International Center for Tropical Agriculture) in southern Africa. The position will be based at CIMMYT’s Regional Office in Harare, Zimbabwe, but the selected candidate will be expected to spend considerable periods of time at other research sites in Southern Africa. The appointment is initially for two years, with the opportunity for extension into a career

Deadline is November 7, 2008.   [more information]

PDF in Socioeconomics and Impact Assessment, Ref. 2008/16

CIMMYT is seeking an innovative, self-motivated, scientifically outstanding candidate for a postdoctoral fellow position in socioeconomics. The appointment is initially for two years, with the opportunity for extension into a career position. The projects on which the selected candidate will primarily participate are the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) and the Sasakawa-Nippon Impact assessment; as well as other ex-ante/ex-post research activities. The position will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with the possibility of work periods in Mexico, and research work in countries of Eastern and Southern Africa.

Deadline is November 20, 2008.   [more information]

Senior Agricultural Economist, Ref. 2008/14

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is seeking a suitable, qualified candidate for the position of Senior Agricultural Economist to lead a research program focused on the determinants of and interventions for in situ conservation of wheat diversity in the Middle East and North Africa Region.

Deadline is December 29, 2008.   [more information]


EMPLOYMENT: Principal Scientist/Global Theme Leader on Agro-Ecosystems (ICRISAT)

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) seeks a Principal Scientist/Global Theme Leader on Agro-Ecosystems to be based at one of its research locations in Asia or Africa.

The selected person will be expected to provide dynamic leadership to scientists in the Theme located throughout sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. The appointee will also establish his/her own cross-discipline research program to lead ICRISAT’s natural resource management research into an era during which the achievements of past research are translated into impacts in relieving poverty and improving the well being of the resource-poor farmers of the semi-arid tropics.

Applicants are requested to submit the application before 20 November 2008.   [more information]


EMPLOYMENT: Assistant Professor, Social Dimensions of Energy Development

The University of Colorado at Boulder is seeking to complement strengths in environmental and atmospheric sciences with a hire in the area of social and/or economic impacts and implications of energy development. Candidates are invited to apply for a tenure-track assistant professor position with a research focus in social dimensions of energy development including, but not limited to, environmental or energy economics, energy policy, geopolitics of energy, land/water resource management policy, the political economy of energy development, consumer behavior, and/or firm behavior. A regional focus on the American West is desirable but not required. Duties of the position include teaching, research, and service. Position requirements include a Ph.D. in a relevant field, commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching, and promise of excellence in research and ability to work in interdisciplinary teams. Rostering is flexible, with possible departmental home in Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, or Sociology.

Please see for a full job description. Initial review of the applications will begin on December 1, 2008, and will continue until a candidate is identified.


CALL FOR PAPERS: Workshop on Environmental Change and Migration

The Refugee Studies Centre and the International Migration Institute are organising the 'Environmental Change and Migration' workshop, which will take place on 8 - 9th January 2009 in Oxford. 

The workshop will take place over two days. The first will concentrate on questions of evidence and conceptualisation and will provide a forum for researchers and practitioners to present their findings from the field. The second will concentrate upon questions of protection and response, and provides a forum for researchers, activists and policy makers to consider the efficacy of the frameworks currently in place for protecting and aiding those displaced by environmental transformation, and to debate how more effective mechanisms might be developed, with a view to developing recommendations for action.

Deadline for abstracts is 31 October 2008.   [more information]


CALL FOR PAPERS: Asian Journal of Public Affairs

The Asian Journal of Public Affairs (AJPA) would like to invite you to contribute to our first print edition. Contributions can be made through scholarly papers, case studies and/or book reviews. Deadline for submissions is on November 15, 2008.

The Asian Journal of Public Affairs is a web-based, academic publication regarding public affairs issues in wider Asia including the Middle East, Central and South Asia and the Asia-Pacific region. Spearheaded by graduate students and published on a biannual basis, AJPA was established to analyse and influence policy-making through an interdisciplinary lens, including but not limited to Public Policy, Public Management, International Relations, International Political Economy, and Economics. Each edition features scholarly submissions, case studies, book reviews and commentaries.

Access AJPA's current issue at For further details or clarifications, please contact


CALL FOR PAPERS: Climate Change and Urban Poverty - Infrastructures of Development

BRAC University and University of Manchester are convening An international conference on Climate Change and Urban Poverty - Infrastructures of Development to be held at BRAC Centre Auditorium, Dhaka, Bangladesh on 28 January 2009.

There is now widespread agreement that global warming is taking place, and that the lives of the poor will be, and already are, negatively affected. Knowledge about the processes that will drive change, and the policies that would help poor people adapt to these changes, remains limited. This is particularly the case for the urban poor who, over the course of the next 25 years, will become the majority of the world’s poor people. In this context, the identification of best practice in how cities are designed, built, managed and occupied will be a key factor in shaping the well-being of the poor.

Deadline for abstract submission is 15 November 2008.   [more information]


CALL FOR PAPERS: Towards a rights-based agenda in international forestry?

The University of East Anglia and the University of California at Berkeley call for papers to be presented at an international workshop on rights-based approaches in international forestry. The workshop will bring together analytically-minded activists and activist scholars to discuss how an emerging rights-based agenda in international forestry might contribute to inclusive futures for people and sustainable forest management. Marcus Colchester (Forest Peoples Programme, tbc), Jesse Ribot (University of Illinois), and William Sunderlin (Rights and Resources Initiative) will deliver keynote presentations.

The workshop will be held at Berkeley on May 29-30, 2009. For more information, please visit or

Please send paper proposals (up to 300 words) as an Email attachment to Johannes Stahl ( by December 10, 2008.


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA) to Climate Change

The 3rd International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA) to Climate Change will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh in February 2009, two years after the second conference. The conference will consist of a two day field visit to community based adaptation projects in different ecosystems, and three days of interactive discussions on different thematic areas.

The workshop is open to anyone interested in community based adaptation including policymakers, non-government organizations, research and policy institutes, academics, plus practitioners with grassroots experience of adaptation projects. Attendance is limited to 100 participants. Self funded participants can apply till 31 December 2008. Participants (from developing countries only) requiring funding should send an abstract with a request for funding.

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PUBLICATIONS: Various Publications of Interest

The Challenges of Formulating a Land Policy in a Post Conflict Context: The Case of Afghanistan by Yohannes Gebremedhin. UNDP Oslo Governance Centre Discussion Paper 4

Focusing on the experience of Afghanistan, this paper provides an introduction to the importance and challenges of formulating and implementing land policy in post-conflict environments for UNDP field staff. Although, this paper is not, and cannot be, a template for land policy in all post-conflict situations, there are basic principle that may be adapted in other post-conflict situations.

Download the paper (PDF, 345k)

Adaptive Collaborative Management Can Help Us Cope With Climate Change. CIFOR Infobrief No. 13.

Download the Brief (also available in Indonesian and soon in French and Spanish)

Development in Practice special issue on participatory research and gender analysis
The journal Development in Practice just published a special issue on 'Operationalising participatory research and gender analysis.' This publication is a final outcome from the CIMMYT-PRGA Program Impact Assessment Workshop of October 2005.

Abstracts are freely available via Offprints are available from the individual authors. Moreover those of you with access to informaworld on-line (either as individuals or through your institutions) can access the individual articles via


ONLINE RESOURCE: Invent the Future of Food (IFTF)

The Institute for the Future, are launching an online game about the future. Many of you have seen their visual "Ten Year Forecast Maps"—well, this year they have decided to take an innovative approach and use a simulation game to do the "forecasting" and extract the crazy things that could happen in the future by tapping into our imaginations instead of projecting graphs of typical trends. Genius. Anyway, it will start on October 6 and go on for six weeks. For those of you who are interested in the "futures" work we are starting to do…

Monday, October 20, 2008


What do you think about CAPRi?

It is over 4 years that we have asked for your feedback in form of a survey. Technology has advanced in major ways in these years offering new opportunities for engagement. We are thus particularly interested in finding out how you think we can make best use of these tools to make the CAPRi network more interactive.

You can access the survey at We will keep the survey open until November 10, 2008.

The purpose of this survey is to assess the effectiveness of CAPRi's communications efforts in contributing to policy and scholarship with the aim or improving the program's relevance for its members and their work.

We appreciate your time and suggestions. If you have additional ideas feel free to share them with us by sending an email to capri [at]

Ruth Meinzen-Dick
Coordinator, CAPRi program


Friday, October 10, 2008


This Week's Posts


EMPLOYMENT: Senior Program Officer population-health-environment (WWF-US)

WWF seeks a Senior Program Officer to join existing WWF-US population-health-environment (PHE) staff and manage the next phase of its PHE program. The program integrates health and family planning into conservation projects in several countries, in partnership with local health organizations. Specifically, the position will provide technical assistance and management support to PHE projects in Nepal, Kenya and Democratic Republic of Congo; advise WWF PHE projects in other countries; undertake PHE analysis, learning, communication and outreach; promote expansion of successful approaches; collaborate with international and domestic organizations and networks in this field; liaise with donors; and undertake project administration including planning, reporting and financial management.

The closing date for accepting applications to this position will be October 22, 2008. For more information go to and search for 'PHE'.


EMPLOYMENT: Water Management Specialist (ICARDA)

International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) is seeking a Water/Irrigation Management Specialist to work within ICARDA's Arabian Peninsula Regional Program on the project 'Technology Transfer to Enhance Rural Livelihoods and Natural Resource Management in the Arabian Peninsula'. The project aims at developing more productive and sustainable rangeland and irrigated production systems, including protected agriculture, through more efficient use of natural resources, and by strengthening cooperation among the participating countries and with regional and international organizations.

Deadline is 30 October 2008,   [more information]


EMPLOYMENT: Post-Doc and PhD Positions, MEGACITIES project

The project Climate and Energy in a Complex Transition Process towards Sustainable Hyderabad is looking for a PostDoc.

Full position – “Vgr. IIa BAT-O-“ according to “AnwTv HU”, (external funding), duration of employment: 36 months, after that possibility of an extension up to Project completion. The employment period is subjected to the successful evaluation of the Project after the first Project year. Project duration: 01.07.2008–30.06.2013; planned recruitment date: 15.12.2008. Your applications with usual documents have to be received by October 31, 2008, with the Identification No. DR/084/08.

In addition, several PhD Positions are availbale: 1/2 Part-time positions – “Vgr. IIa BAT-O-“ according to “AnwTv HU”, (external funding), duration of employment: 24 months, with an option to extend the employment up to 36 months. The employment period is subjected to the successful evaluation of the Project after the first Project year. Project duration: 01.07.2008–30.06.2013; planned recruitment date: 15.12.2008. Applications should contain a full CV and all relevant documentation and should quote reference number DR/083/08.

Both applications should be addressed to Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin, Landwirtschaftlich-Gaertnerische Fakultaet, Institut fuer Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften des Landbaus, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Konrad Hagedorn, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin.

More information about the project


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Sustainable Vision grants

Through our Sustainable Vision grants program, the NCIIA funds transformational education programs where breakthrough technologies are created and commercialized for the benefit of people living in poverty in the US and abroad.

Sustainable Vision program has a domestic or global outlook. In the past two years the NCIIA has funded U.S. programs with partners in Afghanistan, Burma, Cameroon, Ecuador, Honduras, Mali, Pakistan and Vietnam, as well as local partners.

Deadline for applications is October 17, 2008,   [more information]

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CALL FOR IDEAS: Project 10 to the 100

Project 10100 by Google is a call for ideas to change the world by helping as many people as possible.

Ideas are judged by the following criteria:

Submission Deadline October 20th, 2008,   more information at

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Addressing the climate vulnerabilities of urban Africa

To better prepare Africa’s urban settlements for climate variability and change, the Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (CCAA) program invites combined research and capacity building proposals that address the vulnerabilities of Africa’s urban centres to climate change, and will help urban stakeholders work together in developing adaptation options.

This call for proposals is co-funded by CCAA and IDRC's Urban Poverty and Environment program. The application and project development process is led by CCAA.

Full details on this call can be found at:; Completed applications, accompanied by full proposals, must be submitted no later than midnight, Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), November 30, 2008 to


CALLS for examples of impacts of IDRC-supported research

What are the lasting impacts of 40 years of IDRC-supported research? We’d like to find out. IDRC will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2010. To mark the occasion, we want to document and write stories about some of the projects and activities supported by IDRC since its creation that have had and continue to have an impact — that have improved people’s lives.

Closing Date: 15th December 2008.   [more information]


CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: Africa Conservation Conference

The Ecological Laboratory Unit of the University of Ghana in collaboration with the Africa Section of the Society for Conservation Biology and Living Earth Foundation Ghana wish to announce the 1st Africa Regional Conservation Science – Policy Conference to be held at the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra Ghana from January 28 – 30, 2009.

Call for contributions is open at The Deadline for Submission is November 04, 2008.

A gender workshop entitled “Mainstreaming Gender, Natural Resource Management and Poverty Reduction” has also be launched as a pre-conference event from 26-27 June, 2009

The conference email through which all communications must be channeled is:


EVENT: ClimAdapt - Innovative Responses in Sustainable Agriculture

An Open Space Event - 5-7 November 2008, Bonn, Germany

The ClimAdapt workshop will provide the space for professionals in rural development to present and discuss their questions, their potential solutions and their experiences with already existing adaptation to the effects of climate change. The exchange will spawn new ideas, encourage entry into new territory and trigger positive action - both individually and in joint initiatives of participants.

Further information can be found under or contact: AGRECOL e.V., E-mail: Tel. 06420 822870


AWARDS: Women's Rights Prize

Nominations for the Women's Rights Prize from the Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation are being accepted. An unrestricted $500,000 cash prize will be awarded to an individual who has "made contributions, often at personal or professional risk, to furthering the rights of women and girls in any area, and to advancing gender equity." Additional information is available on the foundation's Web site at

Individuals and organizations that are active in or have an appreciation for contemporary events in the field of women's rights may send nominations. The foundation prefers that nomination forms be submitted online or e-mailed to Self-nominations are not accepted. The deadline is on December 15, 2008. For more information, contact Sara Hreha, PPGF 140 West 57th Street, Suite 10C, New York, N.Y. 10019; (212) 247-8484, ext. 204; fax (212) 247-8549.

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ONLINE RESOURCE: Property Rights & Productivity: Toward an integrated agenda on legal empowerment of the poor

IFPRI Policy Seminar “Property Rights & Productivity: Toward an integrated agenda on legal empowerment of the poor” by Naresh Singh presentation and video are now available at:

The report of the Commission for Legal Empowerment can be accessed here. Naresh also mentioned the statement by religious leaders on legal empowerment of the poor, which is here.



More definitive evidence that property rights improve fishing yields and sustainability I've been enjoying this new research from environmental economist Chris Costello and his two co-authors, Steven Gaines and John Lynham: "Can Catch Shares Prevent Fisheries Collapse?" [...] read the full post at the Knowledge Problem.

Farmers Win Land Back From Tata Nano Factory Site You may have read how the future of construction on Indian car-maker Tata’s factory which would manufacture the Rs100,000 ($2,243) Nano had been suspended due to ongoing protests that land for the factory had been taken from local residents by the government of West Bengal without adequate compensation. [...] read the full post at treehugger.

Video Game Pits Commoners vs. Enclosure The commons has surely come of age now that there is a video game to illustrate the political dynamics of enclosure! A hearty commoners’ salute to Molleindustria, an Italian team of artists, designers and programmers who create “radical games against the dictatorship of entertainment.” Their latest creation is the flash-animation Free Culture Game: A Playable Theory. [...] read the full post at On The Commons.