Friday, July 31, 2009


PUBLICATION: Discussion Paper on Commercial Pressures on Land

The International Land Coalition (ILC) just published a discussion paper on Increasing commercial pressure on land: Building a coordinated response. The authors Michael Taylor and Tim Bending are asking for comments and suggestions, so go check it out. From their blog:

Launched during the DPRN Expert seminar Commercial Pressures on Land: Rethinking policies and practice for development, held in Utrecht in July, this paper takes stock of current understandings of, and responses to, commercial pressures on land by organisations within and beyond ILC’s membership.

Download the full paper here. You can leave your feedback on the CPL blog.

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EMPLOYMENT: Programme Specialist, LINKS (UNESCO)

In the framework of UNESCO's Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (LINKS) Programme, we are seeking a Programme Specialist at P-3 level to work in UNESCO Headquarters, Paris (France). The incumbent shall ensure the planning, implementation and innovation of the Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (LINKS) programme, with particular attention to the development of policies and practices to enhance the dynamism and recognition of indigenous knowledge of the natural world, including its interface with the sciences, its role in sustainable development, and its inter-generational transmission.

The deadline has been recently extended to 16 September 2009. [more information]

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Thursday, July 30, 2009


EMPLOYMENT: Senior Economist and Economist (FAO)

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is seeking a Senior Economist (Food Policy/Food Security) and an Economist for their Agricultural Development Economics Division (ESA).

Senior Economist (Food Policy/Food Security), P-5
Deadline For Application: 8 October 2009 [more information]

Economist, P-3
Deadline For Application: 2 October 2009 [more information]

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009


PUBLICATION: Guide to Resource Mobilization

Resource Mobilization: A Practical Guide for Research and Community-Bbased Development Research Organizations

By addressing the resource mobilization needs of community-based development research organizations in a particular geographical context, this guidebook fills a gap in the material available on resource mobilization strategies and techniques. The guidebook documents the content of the trainings and capacity-building activities supported by IDRC (International Development Research Centre) and implemented by Venture for Fund Raising in Asia. It provides a collection of information and activities that can help development research non-profits to: plan resource mobilization in a strategic, mission-driven manner; build communications skills; design, implement and monitor resource mobilization activities; and learn from other's experiences. One of the key messages emerging from the guidebook is that resource mobilization is really not about the money, it's about the mission, commitment, and the steps taken to engage other people to support its fulfillment.

Download it

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Conference on Impact of Climate Change on Natural Resources

The Fourth international conference of SCU, ESES Impact of Climate Change on Natural Resources will take place on 10-11 November 2009 in Ismailia, Egypt. As in the past three years, this conference will offer outstanding international speakers. There will be ample time for abstracts, posters, and the many informal discussions that have helped make past meetings successful.

Deadline for registration will be on September 1st, 2009. Submit an Abstract by September 20th, 2009. [more information]

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Monday, July 27, 2009


CALL FOR PAPERS: Forum on System Dynamics and Innovation in Food Networks

The '4th International European Forum on System Dynamics and Innovation in Food Networks' (also known as 'Igls-Forum') is scheduled for February 8-12, 2010 in Igls, a mountainous suburb of Innsbruck/Austria. The focus of the forum is on the analysis of the food system dynamics and interdependencies; the identification of drivers for sustainable system dynamics in the decision sphere of the system actors (e.g. chain management, consumers, agencies, policy, etc.); and on the identification and promotion of potential system innovations.

Abstract submission deadline: October 15, 2009. [more information]

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Thursday, July 23, 2009


This Week's Posts

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CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: AfricaAdapt Knowledge Sharing Innovation Fund

AfricaAdapt aims to help researchers, policymakers, practitioners and communities share knowledge about adaptation both through our website and through face-to-face meetings. To help achieve this, we offer innovation grants to African-based initiatives that seek to address the barriers to knowledge sharing faced by marginalised or “hard to reach” communities affected by climate change. The AfricaAdapt Knowledge Sharing Innovation Fund is accepting expressions of interest for grants of up to US$10,000.

Deadline August 1st 2009. [more information]

Tags: calls, funding, Africa

Wednesday, July 22, 2009



The IDRC Internship awards provide exposure to research for international development through a program of training in research management and grant administration under the guidance of IDRC program staff. The internship is designed to provide hands-on learning experiences in research program management - in the creation, dissemination and utilization of knowledge from an international perspective. In principle, IDRC supports research on all parts of the developing regions of the world. At this time, the Centre Training and Awards Program is not supporting awards which involve research in Burma, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Eastern Europe or Central Asia.

Deadline: September 12, 2009   [more information]

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PUBLICATION: Institutional Economics Perspectives on African Agricultural Development

IFPRI just published a new text book on Institutional Economics Perspectives on African Agricultural Development edited by Johann F. Kirsten, Andrew R. Dorward, Colin Poulton, and Nick Vink. This book is a resource for training materials, and can be downloaded in full or chapter by chapter.

Professionals in economics and agricultural economics have been paying increasing attention to institutional issues and have developed strong concepts and analytical tools to do so. The core message of this book is that this new focus is particularly relevant to the problems of agricultural development in Africa. As a result, there is a need to consolidate the lessons learned into a textbook to illustrate the relevance and application of these concepts and tools. The core purpose of the book is, therefore, to provide an accessible text on the economics of institutions relevant to agricultural development in the African context. However, the book cannot be regarded as exhaustive: it should be used by the discerning student as a text to be supplemented by the reading lists and the large volume of literature cited throughout the volume.
The book is divided into four parts. The first part provides a conceptual framework for looking at the problems of agricultural development in Africa from an institutional perspective, and the next three parts address the institutional aspects of problems of exchange, natural resource management, and the state, respectively. The analysis in each of the latter three parts is supplemented by case studies.

Click here to download a copy

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Thursday, July 16, 2009


SCHOLARSHIPS: Endeavour Awards

The Endeavour Awards is the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program providing opportunities for citizens of the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Europe and the Americas to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia. Awards are also available for Australians to do the same abroad.

Applications for the 2010 Endeavour Awards will close on 31 July 2009. [more information]

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009


EMPLOYMENT: 4 Positions in FAO's Gender Division

FAO's Gender, Equity and Rural Employment Division is currently advertising four positions:

Technical officer (Rural Employment and Institutions), P4 – VA 2187-ESW, based in Rome
Deadline for application 21 July 2009

Gender, Equity & Rural Employment Officer, P4 – VA 2189 RAP, Regional office for Asia and Pacific based in Bangkok
Deadline for application 31 July 2009

Economist (Labour), P2 – VA 2186 ESW, position based in Rome
Deadline for application 04 September 2009

Gender and Development Officer, P1 – VA 2194 ESW, based in Rome
Deadline for application 04 September 2009

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009


This Week's Posts

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EMPLOYMENT: IISD President and Chief Executive Officer

For 20 years, the International Institute for Sustainable Development has been advancing change toward sustainable development. As an independent, non-profit policy research institute, we engage decision-makers in the development and implementation of policies that are simultaneously beneficial to the global economy, the global environment and to social well-being. IISD is looking for a full-time innovative and energetic President & CEO to lead the continued growth and expansion of the Institute as a global leader through the implementation of its new five-year strategic plan. He/she will lead and inspire a global network of over 110 staff and associates, with an annual budget exceeding CAD $15 million. IISD is headquartered in Canada, and has offices in Winnipeg, Ottawa, New York and Geneva.

Closing date for applications is September 30, 2009. [more information]

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Thursday, July 09, 2009


ONLINE RESOURCE: New PREVAL Web Portal in Spanish and English

PREVAL is launching its new bi-lingual web portal in Spanish and English, focusing on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PM&E) for rural development. Based on the concept of the Web 2.0, it provides opportunities for knowledge sharing and collaborative inter-learning, including On-line Courses and Communities of Practice, as well as a specialist electronic network and the PREVAL electronic Newsletter, which provides news and information on courses and events and job opportunities in the region on a regular basis. It includes BANSES, a database on PM&E experts that allows you to register and conduct searches on individuals and/or organisations according to their services.

The portal also includes PREVAL Publications and a Virtual Library featuring some one hundred publications by Approaches and Evaluation Areas; Useful Links, and a page on Specialist Issues, including guidance for those wishing to develop and implement Monitoring and Evaluation Systems and conduct systematisations, evaluations, participatory impact assessments and image-based evaluation, amongst others. The section on Good Practice is worth highlighting, with its methodological notes from IFAD co-funded projects in Latin America, as well as a Multimedia space with videos, photographs and audio clips developed both by IFAD-supported and other rural development projects. The portal was developed in partnership with CONDESAN-INFOANDINA (CGIAR).

Go the new portal at

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Wednesday, July 08, 2009


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Conservation agriculture production systems (SANREM CRSP)

The Office of International Research, Education, and Development (OIRED) at Virginia Tech is pleased to release a Request for Applications (RFA) for Long-Term Research Activities (LTRAs) under SANREM CRSP Phase IV. The focus of the LTRA RFA is the development of conservation agriculture production systems to increase agricultural productivity in food insecure countries. Approximately $8,100,000 in awards will be made.

LTRA applications are due September 2, 2009.   [more information]

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Tuesday, July 07, 2009


EMPLOYMENT: Project Co-ordinator, Gender (OECD)

The OECD Development Centre is looking for Project co-ordinator - Gender to co-ordinate the gender activities of the Centre with the ultimate goal of improving policies affecting gender imbalances. Serving as the focal point for mainstreaming gender in the work of the Development Centre, s/he will be responsible for developing the first OECD Gender Atlas, maintaining and developing the Centre’s Gender Institutions and Development Data Base, analytical work for main forthcoming publications such as the Global Development Outlook 2011 and dissemination as well as fundraising.

28 July 2009.   [more information - search for reference 3258]

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EMPLOYMENT: Land Tenure and Property Rights Specialist (RDI)

The Rural Development Institute (RDI) is looking for an experienced professional to lead and support project implementation, research, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities related to rural land tenure and agricultural livelihood projects in India and other countries.

No deadline specified. [more information]

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