Friday, October 23, 2009


This Week’s Posts


CALL FOR PAPERS: Fourth World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists

The Fourth World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists (WCERE) will be held in Montreal, June 28 to July 2, 2010, on the campus of the Université du Québec à Montréal. The congress is a joint initiative of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) and the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE). You are invited to submit theoretical and applied papers in all areas of environmental and natural resource economics for presentation at the world congress. Papers must be submitted through the conference website. [more information]

Deadline: January 31, 2010


EMPLOYMENT: IFAD Evaluation Officer

IFAD seeks a Rome-based evaluation officer to contribute to enhancing IFAD’s overall development effectiveness by conducting rigorous and evidence-based high quality evaluations in line with international good practice. IFAD’s Office of Evaluation (OE) is independent from Management and reports directly to the Fund’s Executive Board. OE’s key purpose is to conduct evaluations of the Fund’s projects, programmes and strategies in line with internationally recognized evaluation principles. Foremost among these are independence, accountability, learning and partnership building. [more information]

Deadline: November 9, 2009


BRIEF: Just Forest Governance: how small learning groups can have big impact

A recent brief by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) looks at how to use “learning groups” for effective forest management.

Forests are power bases, but often for the wrong people. As attention turns from making an international deal on REDD to making it work on the ground, the hunt will be on for practical ways of shifting power over forests towards those who enable and pursue sustainable forest-linked livelihoods. The Forest Governance Learning Group – an alliance active in Cameroon, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Uganda and Vietnam – has developed practical tactics for securing safe space, provoking dialogue, building constituencies, wielding evidence and interacting politically. It has begun to have significant impacts. To deepen and widen those impacts, FGLG seeks allies.

[read the whole brief]

Thursday, October 22, 2009


EMPLOYMENT: Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Nairobi

AGRA is currently seeking applications for two program officer positions to be based in its Nairobi, Kenya office.

  1. Program Officer, Market Access Program, for the Southern Africa region.  The Program Officer will manage a significant budget to develop and implement a holistic and impact-driven strategy to link African smallholder farmers to markets and create opportunities for economic transactions that generate income.
  2. Program Officer - Gender. The position will report to the President of AGRA and include a range of responsibilities relating to identifying gender knowledge needs and gaps in AGRA’s programs and developing and executing an overall strategic action plan for gender mainstreaming in consultation with AGRA stakeholders.

[more information on both positions]

Deadline (both positions): October 30, 2009


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Swiss National Science Foundation/Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), together with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, are launching a call for the submission of projects for research partnerships with developing countries, which are conceived and implemented on a partnership basis between Swiss researchers and researchers from developing countries and which address development-specific problems.  With this program, SNSF and SDC would like to support high quality research projects, concerning problems relevant to disadvantaged countries, encourage relations between researchers in Switzerland and the South and which contribute to strengthening the scientific potential of these countries. Applications are eligible from public research institutions in Switzerland and developing countries. Research partnerships are open to all scientific disciplines, including sociology, economics, law, political sciences, provided that projects address specific problems concerning developing countries. [more information]

Deadline: January 18, 2010


EMPLOYMENT: Senior Land Tenure and Gender Expert (RDI)

The Rural Development Institute (RDI) seeks a passionate, innovative individual committed to RDI’s mission of securing land rights for the world’s poorest in an effort to alleviate global poverty. The Senior Land Tenure and Gender Expert provides policy analysis, research and implementation expertise on current land tenure conditions and the prospects of reform in developing countries. This role will be fundamental in promoting RDI’s integration of gender considerations in all programs and projects, and will approach land tenure issues with specific emphasis on the impact on women and their families.Qualified candidates will bring seasoned experience in international development issues, specifically in land tenure and gender topics.  They must be dedicated to improving women’s land rights while remaining pragmatic and avoiding dogmatic ideology. [more information]

Deadline: open

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


FELLOWSHIPS: 2 Post-Doc Opportunities at IFPRI

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks 2 Postdoctoral Fellows/Research Fellows to be based at IFPRI headquarters in Washington, DC. One fellow, based in IFPRI’s Development Strategy and Governance Division (DSGD) will conduct research on household food security, nutrition and poverty in support of regional and country development strategies. The fellow will develop a cross-divisional research program to search for policy options and to design strategies to improve household welfare with an emphasis on food and nutrition security in developing countries. More specifically, the fellow will develop and coordinate the following research and outreach activities to:

  1. Support country strategy support programs in designing household surveys in collaboration with national statistical agencies
  2. Conduct research to analyze policy options to improve household welfare and integrate research to support national strategy development on food and nutrition security, and
  3. Strengthen capacity of national researchers in conducting research.

Deadline: position is open until filled. [more information]

Another fellow, based in IFPRI’s Markets, Trade and Institutions Division (MTID) will conduct research on issues related to impact evaluation of institutions and infrastructure and on applied microeconomics. His/her essential duties will be to:

  1. Work on impact evaluation, mainly empirical micro econometric modeling, and household and intra household analysis.
  2. Help to research and test ways in which applied mechanism design can help to promote factor markets development in developing countries, through the use of experimental economics methods

Deadline: November 20, 2009. [more information]


FELLOWSHIP: REDD Research Fellow with CIFOR

CIFOR is looking for a Research Fellow to work on national policy processes and strategies related to reducing emissions (component 1) of the Global Comparative Study on REDD (GCS-REDD). GCS-REDD is a four-year global comparative research project on first-generation REDD demonstration and readiness activities in selected countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America. The goal is to provide REDD policy makers and practitioner communities with the information, analysis and tools they need to ensure effective and cost-efficient reduction of carbon emissions with equitable impacts and co-benefits – the ‘3E’ criteria. The project consists of four components: national initiatives around policy processes and strategies, demonstration activities, monitoring and reference levels, and knowledge sharing. The research fellow will be attached to the Forests and Governance Programme, responsible to the programme director and under the immediate supervision of a CIFOR senior scientist. [more information]

Deadline: October 31, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Doctoral Traineeship: Applied Biodiversity Science, Texas A&M University

Doctoral Traineeships are available through the Applied Biodiversity Science (ABS) NSF-IGERT Program at Texas A&M University.  The vision of the ABS Program is to achieve integration between research in the natural and social sciences and on-the-ground conservation practices. Research teams of faculty mentors and students, in collaboration with partners from sites in Latin American and the US-Mexico border region, develop complementary dissertations related to two research themes: (A) Communities and Governance; and (B) Ecological Functions and Biodiversity. It is the primary goal of the ABS NSF-IGERT to train scholars prepared to understand ecological functions ecosystems and the activities and needs of surrounding communities in wider social, economic, and political contexts. The ABS NSF-IGERT Traineeships are for two years and include an annual stipend of $30,000 plus $10,500 toward cost of education (tuition, fees, health insurance, and other benefits), as well as funding for field research and participation in a field course in the Peruvian Amazon. [more information]

Deadline: January 20, 2010


EMPLOYMENT: Amazon Watch Program Director

Founded in 1996, Amazon Watch is a dynamic nonprofit organization that protects the rainforest and advances the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin. In the coming years, the organization will expand public awareness and support of the intrinsic value of indigenous peoples stewardship and the significance of the Amazon rainforest, especially as it relates to climate change. The Program Director, based in San Francisco or Washington DC, is responsible for managing and directing program staff to deliver results in advocacy campaigns for human rights, corporate accountability and the preservation of the Amazon's ecological systems. The Program Director is also responsible for helping program teams deliver effective support to indigenous and local communities in the regions of the Amazon where we work. [more information]

Deadline: open until filled

Thursday, October 15, 2009


This Week’s Posts


The Significance of Elinor Ostrom’s Nobel

Over on the IFPRI blog, CAPRi coordinator Ruth Meinzen-Dick offers some thoughts on The Significance of Elinor Ostrom’s Nobel.

From this vantage point, let me point out two aspects of Prof. Ostrom’s work that are noteworthy, especially for a Nobel Laureate in Economics Sciences. The first is that her work is grounded in empirical observations. She draws on theory, but also questions the underlying assumptions and tests them against the actual behavior of people and institutions. (. . . ) The second significant aspect of her work is that she is transcends disciplines. A political scientist who wins the highest prize in economics, she works with the whole range of social scientists, but also with foresters, ecologists, mathematicians, . . . the list goes on.

Her complete post is available here. Meanwhile, Stephan Dohrn (who previously managed this blog) uses the occasion of Blog Action Day to offer some reflections on how Ostrom’s work is relevant to the discussion about climate change.


EVENT: International Workshop on Fairness and the Commons

An International Workshop on “Fairness and the Commons: Socio-economic Strategies and Resource Dynamics" will be held in Venice, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, on October 19-20, 2009. The workshop aims to bring a multidisciplinary approach to the environmental challenges inherent in the provision and utilization of the services originating from common-pool resources. By establishing bridges between the socio-economic, the ecological and the behavioural traditions, the goal is to find new insights into the mechanisms that can promote and sustain cooperation among the end-users of the commons. [more information]


EMPLOYMENT: Assistant Professor Conjunctive Water Management & Conflicts, South Asia (Wageningen University)

Wageningen University and Research centre is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Professor Conjunctive Water Management and Conflicts in South Asia. The prospective candidate will develop teaching inputs in MSc and BSc level courses as indicated in the further particulars for the post, and supervise PhD, MSc and BSc theses and student internships. [more information]

Deadline: October 23, 2009


BLOG ACTION DAY: Property Rights in Climate Change Mitigation

Today, October 15th, is Blog Action Day, on which thousands of participating blogs have agreed to write about the same issue on the same day. Blog Action Day 2009 focuses on the issue of climate change and this blog will contribute by briefly describing the importance of property rights in climate change mitigation strategies.

Land management practices such as tree planting, agroforestry, and zero-till agriculture may provide opportunities for smallholder farmers in developing countries to earn additional income through carbon sequestration payments. Moreover, the promise of such payments may provide the necessary incentive to induce farmers to invest time and resources in adopting these and other long-term conservation practices. It is crucial, however, that schemes designed to pay farmers for their carbon sequestration efforts account for the complexity of land tenure arrangements that exists in many parts of the world.

Millions of households in developing countries use a variety of informal and customary arrangements to govern access to land, forests, and other resources. Such informal tenure systems have often been in place for generations and are widely recognized, accepted, understood, and enforced by the resource users themselves, but often contradict property rights claims made by states or other holders of formal title. In Africa, for example, more than 90 percent of the land is formally claimed by the state. This complexity of property rights raises questions over who should receive compensation for activities that sequester carbon (or other greenhouse gases) on land where property rights are complex and/or ambiguous.

Current international funding mechanisms for greenhouse gas mitigation through afforestation and agriculture focus only on formal land owners and do not recognize or take into account the complexity of existing tenure arrangements. This should change. Future international agreements should consider approaches that recognize and reward those who undertake mitigation activities on customary or common property. Costa Rica and India offer examples where programs to compensate untitled landowners and users of common property for mitigation activities have been implemented with success.

In order to properly account for the importance of property rights in climate change mitigation, the upcoming negotiations in Copenhagen should focus on the following outcomes:

Read IFPRI’s policy brief on The Importance of Property Rights in Climate Change Mitigation for more information.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009


PUBLICATION: IFPRI 2009 Global Hunger Index

IFPRI has just released its 2009 Global Hunger Index.

The Global Hunger Index (GHI) shows that worldwide progress in reducing hunger remains slow. The 2009 global GHI has fallen by only one quarter from the 1990 GHI. Southeast Asia, the Near East and North Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean have reduced hunger significantly since 1990, but the GHI remains distressingly high in South Asia, which has made progress since 1990, and in Sub-Saharan Africa, where progress has been marginal.

The tool below allows you to compare the 2009 GHI value from country to country. The complete report is available for download here.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


PUBLICATION: Discourses and Expertise in Environmental and Forest Governance

Universitätsverlag Goettingen, Germany, has recently released a book titled Environmental and Forest Governance: The Role of Discourses and Expertise.

The main argument of this volume is that the rise of new modes of governance in environmental and forest-related political practice highlights the influence of discourses between societal, economic and state actors as well as the influence of expertise as important sources of knowledge for political actors and their decisions. The interplay between discourses and expertise plays an important role within new modes of governance in forest-related as well as in environmental policy. But why is this the case and which are the core principles of this interplay? What is new in this interplay reflecting the currently increasing debate on governance?

Order or download the entire volume here.


EVENT: Asian Pacific NGO Forum on Beijing + 15

The year 2010 marks the 15th year of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPFA). It has been half a generation since all member states of the United Nations agreed by consensus to act for Equality, Development and Peace in 12 critical areas of concern. In an effort to acknowledge and amplify the voices of Asia Pacific women in this process, the Asia Pacific Women’s Watch (APWW) is organizing the Asia Pacific NGO Forum on Beijing+15. All are welcome: activists and academics, professionals and politicians, community workers and policy advocates, young and elderly, grassroots women, human rights defenders, the LGBT community, men – everyone, provided that they affirm the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) and subscribe to the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Despite concerns that the recent floods in the Philippines would postpone the event, the Forum will will be held as scheduled on October 22-24, 2009 at Miriam College, Quezon City, Philippines. [more information]

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EMPLOYMENT: Director of PLAAS / Chair of Development Management

The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) is located in the School of Government within the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), Cape Town, South Africa. Applications are invited for the post of Director/Chair, to begin working on 1st January 2010. The Director/Chair will provide overall strategic management of PLAAS, supervise Senior Researchers and senior administrators, raise funds for core functions, work closely with finance staff in managing the Institute’s finances, report to donors and maintain good relations with them, ensure a high public profile for PLAAS, and represent PLAAS on university and non-academic bodies. In addition, the Director/Chair will actively pursue his/her own research and publications agenda, lead PLAAS’ policy engagement activities, teach on the post-graduate teaching programme, and supervise MPhil and Doctoral students. The incumbent will provide strong intellectual leadership for the Institute, and work closely with a recently funded DST/NRF Research Chair in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies. [more information]

Deadline: October 30, 2009

Friday, October 09, 2009


This Week’s Posts


FELLOWSHIP: Post-Doc Research Fellow, IFPRI New Delhi

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified Post-Doctoral Fellow/ Research Fellow for its program on agricultural science, technology, and innovation (ST&I) policy in its Knowledge, Capacity, and Innovation (KCID) division, with strong ties to the learning and capacity strengthening program. This is a two year, fixed-term, renewable appointment which is based in New Delhi, India. The final grade level will be determined by demonstrated experience and track record of publications. [more information]

Deadline: October 22, 2009. Or until filled.


EMPLOYMENT: Principal Scientist in Economics, Eastern & Southern Africa (ICRISAT)

ICRISAT invites applications for Principal Scientist (Economics), to be based at its Regional Hub for Eastern and Southern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya. S/he will report to the Global Theme Leader on Institutions, Markets, Policy and Impact, under the overall administrative supervision of the Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) and working in close collaboration with other global themes within ICRISAT. [more information]

Deadline: October 31, 2009

Wednesday, October 07, 2009


EMPLOYMENT: Research Area Director for LAC (CIAT)

CIAT is seeking applications for the newly created position of Research Area Director—Latin America and the Caribbean. The position will be based at CIAT headquarters (Cali, Colombia) under the Principal Manager Category and reports to the Director General. The LAC Research Area includes the following Programs: Decision and Policy Analysis, Amazon Ecoregional Program, Tropical Fruits, and the Agronatura Science Park which includes a CIAT Foundation (FundaCIAT) that is currently being established and which will provide the ground to achieve development impact in LAC. [more information]

Deadline: open until filled


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Workshop on Approaches to the Study of Local Politics in Developing Countries

The PhD Workshop on Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to the Study of Local Politics in Developing Countries, to be held at Denmark’s May 5-7, 2010, develops and discusses the theoretical and methodological aspects of studying local politics in developing countries with the aim of covering a wide range of social science issues, among others decentralisation, democratisation, resources access and control, conflict occurrences, migrations, border issues and the configuration of local powers. Common to all these themes are how a good researcher strives to produce worthy, original and insightful work where there is perhaps already an abundance of existing literature. [more information]

Deadline for applications: November 1, 2009

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Tuesday, October 06, 2009


PUBLICATION: Revitalizing the UNCCD

A recent paper, Revitalizing the UNCCD: discussion paper on policy options to respond to land degradation, was prepared to suggest innovative concepts and ideas for potential consideration at the ninth session of the Conference of Parties (COP9) of the UNCCD, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from September 21st to October 2nd. The policy oriented discussion paper emphasizes, inter alia, the following key points:

1. land degradation is a problem of global dimensions, and originates from a variety of causes, including unsustainable production and consumption practices taking place beyond drylands;

2. more rigorous biophysical and socio-economic scientific arguments are needed to better appreciate the issues and options at stake and substantiate decision-making;

3. the value of land, in particular, and its role in securing local and global common goods and services should be properly assessed in light of increasing demographic and economic pressures on this finite resource;

4. specific measures can be put in place to generate adequate incentives for sustainable use of natural resources and open up innovative financial opportunities for sustainable land management investments, such as market-based mechanisms to compensate for ecosystem goods and services; and

5. development aid should support the creation of a conducive environment for responsible private investment, for example by facilitating the transfer of technologies and strengthening relevant policy, institutional and regulatory frameworks.

[full document]


Ford Foundation International Fellows Program

The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program provides support for up to three years of formal graduate-level study leading to a masters or doctoral degree. Fellows are selected from countries and territories in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Russia and include Brazil, Chile, China, Egypt, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, Palestinian Territories, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, where the Ford Foundation maintains active overseas programs. [more information]

Deadline: variable, depends on IFP International Partners (see list here)


EMPLOYMENT: West Africa Financial Assets Program Officer (Ford Foundation)

The Program Officer will be responsible for developing, monitoring, and coordinating grant making activities to improve the livelihoods of poor rural and urban households. The goal of the livelihoods work is to reduce poverty in rural and urban areas by improving access to financial, business development, and organizational development services that promote the establishment and growth of micro and small enterprises, increase their productivity, and connect producers to markets for their goods and services. [more information]

Deadline: November 6, 2009

Monday, October 05, 2009


EMPLOYMENT: Director of Global Maize Program (CIMMYT)

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is seeking applications from outstanding, visionary, and highly-effective scientific leaders for the position of Director of a dynamic multidisciplinary team of scientists. The CIMMYT Global Maize Program (GMP) is challenged to provide solutions that will contribute to doubling maize yields in the developing world by 2050 under conditions of increasing scarcity of natural resources, impacts of climate change and consumer demand. The GMP is the foremost public provider of improved tropical maize germplasm and associated knowledge and information targeted to resource-poor farmers in the developing world, with a principal focus on developing stress tolerant and nutritionally enhanced maize. The program includes over 30 internationally recruited scientists and 150 research support staff posted in Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, and Zimbabwe. Research disciplines include genetics, molecular and field-oriented breeding, physiology, entomology, pathology, nutritional quality, and seed systems. The program leads several major multidisciplinary and multi-institutional initiatives involving public, private, local, and international partners. The position is to be based at one of CIMMYT’s main maize research locations and will involve extensive international travel. [more information]

Deadline: November 15, 2009

Friday, October 02, 2009


Campbell Fellowship for Women Scholar-Practitioners from Developing Nations

One six-month fellowship is available for a female social scientist from a developing nation, either pre- or post-doctoral, whose work addresses women’s economic and social empowerment in that nation. The goal of the program is twofold: to advance the scholarly careers of women social scientists from the developing world, and to support research that identifies causes of gender inequity in the developing world and that proposes practical solutions for promoting women’s economic and social empowerment. [more information]

Deadline: November 1, 2009

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Thursday, October 01, 2009


This Week’s Posts

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Fellowships in Sustainability Science: Harvard University's Center for International Development

The Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University's Center for International Development invites applications for resident fellowships in sustainability science for the University's academic year beginning in September 2010. The fellowship competition is open to advanced doctoral and post-doctoral students, and to mid-career professionals engaged in research or practice to facilitate the design, implementation, and evaluation of effective interventions that promote sustainable development. In addition to general funds available to support this fellowship offering, special funding for the Giorgio Ruffolo Fellowships in Sustainability Science is available to support citizens of Italy or developing countries who are therefore especially encouraged to apply. [more information]

Deadline: December 1, 2009

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PUBLICATION & ONLINE RESOURCE: Community Based Monitoring Systems

A new IDRC publication by Celia Reyes and Evan Due, Fighting Poverty with Facts: Community-Based Monitoring Systems, shows how accurate local information can help reduce poverty and improve governance.

This book presents the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS). CBMS recognizes that the poor must be involved in planning public programs that affect their well-being. It further recognizes that, to be effective, development programs must be targeted and informed by relevant, current, accurate disaggregated data. To accomplish this, CBMS brings together communities and local authorities to gather and monitor locally obtained, verifiable information about actual living conditions, and to use this information for planning and policy-making.

A variety of resources on community-based poverty monitoring, including the book itself as well as slide presentations, short stories, case studies, and research reports, is available on IDRC’s in_focus website.

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Advancing Sustainability in a Time of Crisis (ISEE 2010)

Abstracts for the 11th biennial conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics, "Advancing Sustainability in a Time of Crisis," to be held in Oldenburg and Bremen, Germany (22 - 25 August 2010) can now be submitted online. The Conference invites contributions that address the following main themes:

[more information]

Deadline for abstracts: October 31, 2009

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EVENT: Agriculture and Rural Development Day

Agriculture and Rural Development Day will be held at the Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen on 12 December 2009 coinciding with the United Nations Climate Negotiations (UNFCCC COP‐15). The main objective of the Event is to lay the groundwork for a workplan of strategies and actions that will see agriculture fully incorporated into the post‐Copenhagen agenda. Approximately 300 participants are expected. The Event will consist of an opening plenary with keynote presentations, roundtable discussions on specific themes, poster sessions and a closing plenary. The event will bring together policy makers and negotiators, rural development practitioners, producers, civil society and the agricultural and climate change scientific community. The event will identify the no‐regret priorities for agriculture and food security – stressing the areas where the world needs to act regardless of exactly how climate change plays out locally. [more information]

Tags: events, CGIAR