Tuesday, March 31, 2009


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CALL FOR PAPERS: International Journal of Social Forestry

The International Journal of Social Forestry (IJSF) herewith releases a Call for Papers for Volume 2 Number 1, where its theme is still on general issues of social forestry, both theoretical and empirical research papers, and experiences in dealing with social forestry issues in any particular country. The Editors welcome manuscripts that bring new knowledge, experiences, and lessons learned for people with other nationalities.

The deadline to submit articles is on May 1, 2009.   [more information]

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Monday, March 30, 2009


CAPRi Working Papers 92-94

CAPRi Working Paper 92: Forest Incomes after Uganda's Forest Sector Reform: Are the Rural Poor Gaining?
by Pamela Jagger

Forest sector governance reform is frequently promoted as a policy tool for achieving favorable livelihood outcomes in the low income tropics. However, there is a dearth of empirical evidence to support this claim, particularly at the household level. Drawing on the case of a major forest sector governance reform implemented in Uganda in 2003, this study seeks to fill that gap. (...) read more - download the paper

CAPRi Working Paper 93: Effectiveness of bylaws in the management of natural resources: The West African experience
by Koffi Alinon, and Antoine Kalinganire

The role of various stakeholders in the management of natural resources is not clear in the West African countries. This paper discusses the historical changes in power delegation from central origins to peripheral institutions. The analysis covers the rise of bylaws across the Western African countries and links the multiplicity of bylaws to the amplification of the decentralization movement. (...) read more - download the paper

CAPRi Working Paper 94: Everyday Forms of Collective Action in Bangladesh: Learning from Fifteen Cases
by Peter Davis

This paper examines fifteen cases of collective action in six villages in rural Bangladesh. Collective action was defined broadly and identified from significant episodes in previous life-history research in the same villages. The types of collective action identified were catalyzed by marriage; dowry and domestic violence; disputes over land; illness, injury and death in accidents; and theft and cheating. (...) read more - download the paper

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Friday, March 27, 2009


CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: World Challenge 09

Now in its fifth year, World Challenge 09 is a global competition aimed at finding projects or small businesses from around the world that have shown enterprise and innovation at a grass roots level. World Challenge 09 is brought to you by BBC World News and Newsweek, in association with Shell, and is about championing and rewarding projects and business which really make a difference.

Nominations must be received no later than midnight (GMT) 22nd May 2009. [more information]

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CALL FOR PAPERS: 2nd Gender and Forestry Conference (update)

The Call for Papers and Posters for the 2nd Gender and Forestry Conference: Making a difference in theory and practice was extended to April 15 2009!

We shared details on this conference in this previous post.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009


CALL FOR PAPERS: Challenges of Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Ghana's Development

The Regional Institute for Population Studies [RIPS] and the Department of Geography & Resource Development, University of Ghana, with support of Centre for Human & Environmental Security [CHES] and Ecological Laboratory, Legon, is announcing a 3-Day Summit on Climate Change, Variability and Society from August 12-14, 2009 at the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra.

Deadline: April 06, 2009 [more information]

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CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: Centre for Climate and Development (DfID)

The UK's Department for International Development (DFID) wishes to engage a service provider to establish and manage a major new Centre for Climate and Development to deliver a set of knowledge management, research and tailored advisory services for developing countries and other stakeholders. The aim is to support policy-making and practice on adaptation and low carbon development in developing countries.

The deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest is 20 March 2009. [more information]

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Monday, March 23, 2009


EMPLOYMENT: Scientist, Impact Assessment (CIFOR)

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is looking for a Scientist, Impact Assessment Natural Resources Impact Assessment, Monitoring and Reporting

The specific responsibilities for this position are among others:  

Applications will be considered until a candidate is hired. [more information]

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Thursday, March 19, 2009


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EMPLOYMENT: Executive Director, International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change

The Secretariat of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change ( IHDP) based in Bonn, Germany, is inviting applications for the position of Executive Director (L6). The Executive Director, in co-operation with the IHDP Scientific Committee and its Chairperson, facilitates the expeditious development, implementation, and evaluation of the IHDP Programme. The successful candidate shall have proven leadership capabilities and international research reputation in a relevant social science discipline, which is documented in a PhD degree, publications, and a distinguished task record.

Please submit your applications by 31 March 2009. Download the Formal Vacancy Announcement here. [more information]

Source: PERN list

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EMPLOYMENT: Senior Associate and Project Manager, Governance of Forests Initiative (WRI)

The World Resources Institute (WRI) is seeking a qualified candidate to manage the Governance of Forests Initiative (GFI) team. This Initiative seeks to bring principles of good governance to bear on the complex challenges of the forest sector, particularly in the context of efforts under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to create new incentives for sustainable forest management and protection.

No deadline mentioned. [more information]

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009


PUBLICATIONS: Gender and Food Security

For recent World Women's Day, the Food Security Editor at Eldis compiled a series of documents exploring a range of issues and perspectives. To access the list, visit http://www.eldis.org/go/topics/resource-guides/food-security/food-security-list

Source: Urban Harvest List

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ONLINE RESOURCE: Commercial Pressures on Land Initiative

The International Land Coalition started a research/ stock-taking initiative on commercial pressures on land. Raising global awareness amongst the international community, deepening the issue’s understanding through research based activities and advocating for effective measures to be adopted through a constant engagement into international fora, are the objectives at the centre of the initiative ILC is leading on Commercial Pressures on Land. This initiative intends to promote a wide collaboration between CSOs, IGOs and research based institutes.

To achieve these objectives, the International Land Coalition has launched the following activities:

1. Compilation and regular update of an annotated bibliography of documents coming from a number of relevant CSOs, IGOs and research institutes addressing the issue, a case studies database and a collection of relevant press articles coming from the international media;

2. Facilitation of a collaborative research project on Commercial Pressures on Land. Launched at the beginning of 2009, this study is intended to provide a global overview of ongoing land acquisitions, to analyze its underlying causes and mechanisms and to explore related risks and opportunities for local poor land users.

3. Engagement into relevant international fora, ensured either by ILC member organizations or by Secretariat staff.

All documents, reports, studies, case studies and press articles are made available on this web section through the ILC Commercial Pressures blog. This is a moderated space within ILC website where interested users are welcome to share resources and opinions. Detailed information about ILC’s engagement into international events, reports, presentations, background papers and summaries are available into this section’s dedicated pages.

To receive updates go to the blog and subscribe to the RSS feed or the email list.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009


EMPLOYMENT: Forestry Officer (Economics), FAO

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is seeking a Forestry Officer (Economics). Under the overall supervision of the Director, Forest Economics and Policy Division, and the direct supervision of the Chief, Forest Policy Service, the incumbent will assist in undertaking economic analysis relating to forestry.

Professional Vacancy Announcement No: 2161-FOE

Deadline For Application: 6 May 2009 [more information]

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Friday, March 13, 2009



Check out the new GFAR website at www.egfar.org.

From the CGIAR's ICT-KM blog:

The web space features the new look of GFAR, while building on its role as a Global Forum for all those who care about the future of agriculture.

As a member of “e-GFAR”, you will be able to participate in Forum debates, post news items and also submit reports, papers and other information regarding ARD on the open site.

Also remember not to miss out in taking advantage of GFAR’s extensive document repository, which features over 1,000 publications from GFAR and it’s Regional Fora dealing with important areas of focus such as both new and learned methods of research, innovation, regional research priorities and more.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009


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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Cultivating Innovation - Solutions for Rural Communitities

Ashoka’s Changemakers invites you to be part of the global movement to harvest sustainable change in rural development and agriculture under the title Cultivating Innovation: Solutions for Rural Communitities.

Collaborative competitions “open source” innovative, workable solutions to the world’s most entrenched social problems. Competition entries are posted transparently online and available for anyone to view and collaborate with by providing new ideas, asking insightful questions, and providing connections to new resources. The collaboration provides the competitor with information to be used in refining their entry until the entry deadline, meaning the earlier you apply the more you gain.

Enter the competition by May 13, 2009. Voting begins on Jun 24, 2009, and the winners are announced on Jul 13, 2009.

For more information go to http://www.changemakers.net/en-us/agriculture.

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EVENT: Conference on Land Governance

The conference on Land Governance in Support of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): Responding to New Challenges took place at the World Bank in Washington, DC on March 9-10, 2009.

Good governance is generally recognized as critical for sustainable growth and poverty reduction. At the same time, the impact of the legal and institutional framework that defines gender-differentiated property rights to land, determines how public and private land is managed and can be acquired or transferred, and conflicts surrounding it are resolved, has only recently been fully appreciated. Institutional arrangements in this area have in many cases undermined transparency, investment, and productivity of land use, fostered social exclusion, and contributed to environmental degradation. While addressing these issues is often politically sensitive and technically complex, recognition of their importance, decentralization, and technological developments prompted the emergence of new and promising approaches to improve the functioning of land institutions. The conference will illustrate the far-reaching impacts of land institutions, highlight success, failure and remaining challenges for improving land governance, and identify resources that can be drawn upon by interested parties.

The presentations can be accessed on the Conference website.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009


CALL FOR CONCEPT NOTES: Community-based Ecosystem Management Interventions for Disease Prevention

The UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), in collaboration with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), invites concept notes for research projects on innovative community-based ecosystem management approaches to dengue and Chagas disease prevention in low and middle-income countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). It is expected that projects funded under this initiative will:

Deadline: April 15, 2009;   [more information in English; Français; Español; Português]

Tags: calls, funding, LatinAmerica


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Doctoral Programme in African Studies

The Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies, BIGSAS, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) as part of the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments, will admit PhD students to its doctoral programme beginning October 1, 2009. Five of the successful candidates will receive a Graduate School grant for three years.

The Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies brings together outstanding young African and non-African scholars to work jointly in the field of African Studies. It offers a centre of creative and innovative PhD training that enables the doctoral students to finish their thesis within three years.

Deadline: April 1, 2009 [more information]

Tags: calls, scholarships, funding, Africa

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


CAPRi REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: Securing Access to Natural Resources

CAPRi is seeking proposals from CGIAR centers and their partners to undertake empirical research on the topic Securing Access to Natural Resources. The main objective of this call for proposals is to develop policy-relevant findings on the threats that the poor face in accessing resources vital for their livelihoods and the approaches they currently use or can potentially use to secure access to these resources based on the institutions of collective action and property rights. The proposed research should aim to develop and disseminate best practices for methodologies to investigate the challenges to access to natural resources and how these challenges can be countered with mechanisms based on the institutions of collective action and property rights.

Proposals have to be submitted through a CGIAR center and should address at least one of the following topics:

Deadline is April 15, 2009. For more information about the RFP, the requirements and the application process, and to download the application form go to http://www.capri.cgiar.org/nrmaccess_rfp.asp.

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Monday, March 09, 2009


FELLOWSHIPS: UNU-IAS PhD and Postdoctoral fellowships

Every year UNU-IAS offers PhD and Postdoctoral fellowships to provide young scholars and policy-makers, especially from the developing world, with a multi-disciplinarily context within which to pursue advanced research and training that is of professional interest to the successful applicant and of direct relevance to the research agenda of their selected UNU-IAS or UNU-ISP programme.

The application deadline is 31 March 2009 (17h00 Tokyo time).   [more information]

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Knowledge Management for Development Journal

The Knowledge Management for Development Journal (KM4D Journal) is a peer-reviewed, community-based journal on knowledge management for development – for and by development practitioners, researchers and policymakers. The journal is closely related to the KM4Dev community of practice.

Volume 5, Issue 2, to be published in September 2009, will be a non-thematic issue. They are looking for articles, including research papers, case studies and short ‘community notes’ which have a knowledge management component and relate to international development. Development in this specific context relates to such topics as aid/assistance to developing countries, international cooperation and poverty alleviation. Examples of sub-sectors are health, agriculture, education, gender empowerment, policy issues, and so forth.

Submission deadline for title and abstract is 20 March 2009.   [more information]

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Wednesday, March 04, 2009


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EMPLOYMENT: Project Coordinator, Rural Poverty and Environment

In partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development(IFAD), IDRC will launch the Scaling-up Rural Campesinos Innovation project (based mainly on IFAD Peru experiences over the past 15 years and the joint research efforts of IDRC and IFAD in the specific Corredor Puno-Cusco project). This initiative will seek to identify, understand and expand the use of successful rural innovations that value the strategies and assets of the rural poor and encourage public policies and investment that facilitate the sustained, decentralized scaling-up over the Andean region of these innovations.

Based in Montevideo, Uruguay, the Project Coordinator, under the guidance of the Program Leader, Rural Poverty and Environment (RPE) Program Initiative within the Environment and Natural Resources Management (ENRM) Program Area of IDRC and the Regional Office Director, will ensure the delivery of this initiative. In addition to being responsible for research management, the Project Coordinator will be responsible, during the Initiative‚s initial start-up period, for developing a draft design of the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system, and draft characteristics of mid-term and final evaluations. The Project Coordinator will also be responsible for forming the Initiative Advisory Committee.

Closing Date: March 22, 2009 (tentative) [more information in English, Información adicional en Español]

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Tuesday, March 03, 2009


CALL FOR PAPERS: 2nd Gender and Forestry Conference

The 2nd Gender and Forestry Conference: Making a Difference in Theory and Practice aims to take another step towards a better understanding of gender in the forestry sector and hopes to generate ideas for resolving gender issues. The organizers seek reports on progress and backlashes to help identify the means and actions that have proven to be effective. Those will be organized into the following topics:

  1. Making a difference through education, knowledge exchange, and capacity building
  2. Making a difference through policies and statistical analysis
  3. Making a difference through cooperation, networking and the establishments of role models
  4. Making a difference through advances in theoretical and empirical research

The conference will be held in Umea, Sweden from 15 to 18 June 2009.

Last Date for abstract: 15 March 2009 [more information]

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Monday, March 02, 2009


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Poster Exhibition at Science Forum 2009

GFAR and its partners will be organizing a poster competition as part of the Science Forum 2009 Wageningen, The Netherlands on 16-17 June 2009.

The theme of the competition is ICTs: Enabling Agricultural Science to be a Social Endeavor. We are interested in presenting how Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) are enabling agricultural science to be a social endeavor by communities rather something done in laboratories by professional scientists.

Initial submissions of the Poster as a A4 sized Adobe PDF file with an abstract of not more than 400 words describing the ICT activity should reach the GFAR Secretariat by March 30, 2009. [more information]

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ONLINE SURVEY: Advancing Conservation in a Social Context

Advancing Conservation in a Social Context (ACSC) is a five-year interdisciplinary research initiative designed to generate knowledge about, and promote potential solutions to, the trade-offs that characterize these complex ecological and social relationships.

The initiative is currently conducting a survey on the relationship between conservation and development goals as part of a broader research project. If you are professionally involved in conservation and/or development, including but not limited to students, practitioners, and professors we would like to invite you to participate in this survey at http://acscsurvey.asu.edu/.

More information at http://www.tradeoffs.org/.

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