Wednesday, December 03, 2008


This Week's Posts



IFPRI is pleased to invite you to respond to, and share widely, a call for nominations for a new IFPRI initiative on “Millions Fed: Proven Successes in Agricultural Development.” To submit a nomination or nominations, please visit

The Millions Fed project, supported by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will document evidence on “what works” in agriculture—what sorts of policies, programs, and investments in pro-poor agricultural development have had a proven impact on hunger and food security.

Please submit your nominations by December 31, 2008. Nominated interventions will be reviewed by a panel of international experts and, if selected, highlighted in the Millions Fed global communications initiative.  For more information on the selection criteria, nomination process, and the Millions Fed project in general, please see the attached flyer or visit


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

This is the second Call for Papers for a workshop on rights-based approaches in international forestry jointly held by the University of East Anglia and the University of California at Berkeley.

We covered this previously here. The workshop will be held at Berkeley on May 30-31, 2009. Please note that this is ONE DAY LATER than previously announced.

For more information, please see attachment or visit: or

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


CALL FOR PAPERS: Session on Innovative Approaches to IWRM for ISSRM

Saravanan.V.S and Peter Mollinga are proposing a session at the International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM) 2009 at Vienna, Austria in July 5-8, 2009.  This is a scientific meeting for academic, government bureaucrats, researchers, students, land managers and NGO representatives who are broadly interested in the human dimensions of natural resources and the environment. 

The proposed session aims to bring together the current polarised discourse facing the theory and practice of IWRM, without offering any constructive alternative to integrate water management.  On one hand, it has a strong normative and prescriptive ethics (such as rational choice institutionalism, social learning and adaptive management) on ‘how to integrate’. On the other hand, critics (from political ecology, hydropolitics and water politics) argue ‘how integration cannot be achieved’.  Both these discourses have their strengths – prescriptive ethics and strategic realism, which this session aims to complement.  We welcome contribution in identifying the challenges and opportunities involved in complementing these two discourses.  The contribution can be from theoretical literatures, empirical research, methodological discussions and application of transdisciplinary knowledge to understand and facilitate integration of water resource management. 

You can contact Saravanan.V.S at s.saravanan [at] or  vssaravzef [at]

Proposals for coordinated paper sessions & special sessions are due January 20, 2009.


CALL FOR PAPERS: Earth Charter Day Academic Conference

The Academy of Hotel Management & Facility Management, part of the NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands), and Green Cross Nederland are proud to announce the following joint conference: Earth Charter Day Academic Conference 2009 (EDAC2009). ECDAC2009 will take place in Eindhoven (the Netherlands) on July 2-5, 2009.

The overall theme for ECDAC2009 is the contribution of the academic world to achieving the objectives as established in the Earth Charter. The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society for the 21st century. This Charter has been formally endorsed by over 2,500 organizations, including global institutions such as UNESCO and the World Conservation Union (IUCN).

Abstract submission deadline: January 20, 2009.   [more information]


CALL FOR PAPERS: MARE Conference, People and the Sea

The Centre for Maritime Research (MARE) at the University of Amsterdam announces its fifth biennial conference, People and the Sea V: living with uncertainty and adapting to change'. The conference will take place from July 9-11, 2009, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The deadline for panel proposal and abstract submission is 31 January 2009.  [more information]


CALL FOR PAPERS: 17th Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists

The 17th Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from 24th -27th June, 2009. You are invited to submit theoretical and applied papers in all areas of environmental and natural resource economics for presentation at EAERE's annual conference.

Please visit for submission and conference detail. Deadline for submission of papers is February 1, 2009. Notification of acceptance will be sent by April 17, 2009.


EVENT: 2nd Annual Microfinance Forum

The 2nd Annual Microfinance Forum will be held on 19th & 20th March, 2009 in Vienna, Austria. Banks have started to consider a closer link between their micro-finance-oriented products and their ´normal´ business. There is increasing commitment to microfinance, greater variety in microfinance products and a closer focus on the market.

The conference brings together top representatives of the microfinance and banking environment as well as microfinance networks from all around the world. This is the place to learn from and share strategies with other professionals as well as to extend your network.

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Wikiforêts: Knowledge Base for African Forests
Just this week I came across a great example of using technology to harness and save local African knowledge and content. It’s called Wikiforêts, and it’s a living dictionary and encyclopedia, bringing together French speaking Africans who can share their knowledge of the indigenous forests in West and Central Africa. (...) read the full post at White African.

Governance for a Crowded Planet: The Need to Leap and to Innovate
In March, Jeffrey Sachs published his latest book Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet – an urgent plea for societies across the globe to reduce and better manage their impact on the earth’s ecosystems if we want to survive and prosper in an ever more crowded world. (...) read the full post at People, Spaces, Deliberation. You will also find Part II of this post there.

When should we collaborate?
Is it collaboration when you’re sent the yearly performance review spreadsheet and instructed to assess your staff’s performance? Absolutely not; it’s an act of co-ordination. Everyone is working separately to achieve the overall goal of conducting the performance reviews. Only a modicum of trust is required (trust in the system) to get the job done. (...) read the full post at Anecdote.