Thursday, January 28, 2010


This Week’s Posts


PUBLICATIONS: Two New CAPRi Working Papers

CAPRi has recently published two new CAPRi Working Papers, which are now online and available for download. Abstracts are provided below.

CAPRI Working Paper 95: Looking Beyond the Obvious: Uncovering the Features of Natural Resource Conflicts in Uganda, by Ephraim Nkonya and Helen Markelova:

Disputes over land, water, forests, rangelands, and other resources, both privately and commonly-held, are omnipresent across Africa and increasing in number due to the socioeconomic and environmental changes happening on micro- and macro-levels. Communities in Africa have a variety of mechanisms rooted in customary and statutory institutions to deal with disputes. This paper uses community-level survey data from Uganda to investigate the determinants of natural resource conflicts and the type of institutions people turn to for conflict resolution. The findings identify four primary types of conflicts (over private land boundaries, common-pool resources other than water, water resources, and conflicts over other resources) and reveal that several factors such as agroecological potential, poverty level, population density, and proximity to roads and markets affect the likelihood of a resource-related conflict. The results also show that even though most people turn to the local government (a formal institution) for arbitration, customary institutions still play an important role in conflict management, especially for the poorer communities where formal institutions are weak. The type of conflict also matters for the type of institution chosen to resolve it with the conflicts over commons being mediated through customary institutions, while all the others are usually channeled though the local government. The findings point to the importance of both customary and formal institutions for conflict resolution options in Uganda, highlighting the need to examine their potential complementarities. [download]

CAPRI Working Paper 96: Beyond the Bari: Gender, Groups, and Social Relations in Rural Bangladesh, by Agnes R. Quisumbing:

This paper uses a longitudinal data set from rural Bangladesh to analyze the factors that affect men’s and women’s ability to participate in groups and to engage in relationships with powerful and influential people. Unlike studies from other countries that find group membership to be positively correlated with wealth, this study finds that group membership, which is driven mostly by women’s membership in NGOs, is progressive, with higher participation rates among the poor and those with smaller sizes of owned land. This is in large part due to the targeting mechanism and pro-poor orientation of NGOs. In contrast to group membership, however, the strength of relationships with most types of influential persons increases with human and physical wealth. Consistent with a collective model of household decision-making, husband’s and wife’s human and physical assets do not have the same influence on group membership and relationship strength. Indicators of relative bargaining power within marriage also have differential effects on group membership and social relations. Women who bring more assets to marriage, who live closer to their natal villages, and who have sons are more likely to belong to a group. Assets at marriage and distance to village of husbands and wives also have differential effects on relationship strength, indicating that spouses may not share the same preferences nor pool their resources when investing in relationships with powerful and influential people. [download]

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


ONLINE RESOURCE: Mapping Population and Climate Change

Population Action International has produced an online interactive world map: “Mapping Population and Climate Change.” Climate change impacts, demographic trends and reproductive health needs are likely to affect countries’ abilities to adapt to climate change. The map highlights the potential impacts of climate change on people and the environment, projected population changes in the short- and long-term, and why responses to climate change should include family planning and reproductive health. View the map here.


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Josef G. Knoll European Science Award

This science award has been presented every two years since 1986 with the aim of supporting young academics whose work focuses on helping to reduce hunger and malnutrition in developing countries. The award is named after Professor Dr. Josef G. Knoll, the pioneer of agricultural research in Germany with regard to developing countries.

The objective of the award is to encourage young academics whose research concentrates on solutions to mitigate hunger in food deficit countries. The research findings must be user-oriented and suitable to contribute towards:

Eligible are individuals under the age of 40 and teams whose members have not reached their 40th birthday by the application deadline, providing they have successfully completed a doctorate at a European university.

More information available here (see the link to download the application on the right-hand side of the page).

Deadline: April 30, 2010

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010



The United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) was established in 1986 with a mission to support the building of African capacity by strengthening national institutions to promote sustainable use of the continent’s natural resources for development. UNU-INRA’s research and training activities are targeted at ensuring that African scientists, technologists and institutions acquire capabilities to generate, adapt, and apply knowledge and technology to promote more efficient utilization of natural resources for self-reliant development and thus contribute to eradicating rural poverty and improving food security.

The Director is the chief academic and administrative officer of UNU-INRA and has overall responsibility for the direction, organization, administration and programmes of the Institute on behalf of and under the authority of the Rector of the UNU.

Required qualifications:

More information here (pdf).

Deadline: open (disregard previously listed closing date)


FELLOWSHIP: Compton Foundation/PRB International Fellows

Since 2001 the Compton Foundation and the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) have collaborated to increase the capacity of outstanding graduate students from sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America to affect policy and/or improve the effectiveness of population, family planning, and reproductive health programs in the developing world.

In the spirit of this collaboration and to fulfill its objectives, the Compton Foundation is making available Fellowships through the PRB for capstone/internship work and dissertation research on topics that examine the interactions linking family planning and reproductive health with environmental/sustainability and/or human security issues. This Fellowship provides highly motivated individuals with a unique opportunity to explore these very important interactions.

Fellowship recipients must also be committed to returning to their country or region of origin to apply the skills and education they acquired and make substantial contributions to the field.

More information here.

Deadline: February 22, 2010 (note: deadline was extended from January 25th)

Monday, January 25, 2010


FUNDING: DFID’s Development Innovation Fund

DFID is establishing a new funding stream aimed at community based organisations involved in providing specific small scale, one-off support that directly targets poverty in the developing world and includes a significant development awareness component in the UK.  The Fund will be operational for an initial 16 months from 2010. The Fund is intended to offer funding opportunities to not for profit organisations but is not intended to replace or overlap with other DFID funding mechanisms.

Some key elements of the fund:

More information available here.


PUBLICATION: Foreign land purchases for agriculture: what impact on sustainable development?

A new policy brief published by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) - Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) examines the impact of foreign land purchases for agriculture on sustainable development.

[T]hese proposed investments often have little connection to a country’s domestic plans to develop the agriculture sector, when such plans exist. These developments are creating risks that local food needs, and land and water users, will be displaced. This Brief examines this new trend and its possible implications for sustainable development in the countries that are hosting such foreign investments.

This brief and others are available for download here.



A 'Call for Participation' was launched last week for Women's Worlds 2011, a global feminist conference being held in Ottawa-Gatineau in July of 2011. Since its first congress in 1981, Women's Worlds has grown from a modest academic gathering to a distinguished international and interdisciplinary event. The 30th anniversary of Women's Worlds in 2011 will potentially be the largest gathering of its kind in Canadian history.

Acknowledging that important insights come from academia, community, and everywhere in between, organizers have deliberately dubbed this a 'Call for Participation'. Potential presenters are being invited to submit proposals under the main congress theme, "Inclusions, exclusions, and seclusions: Living in a globalized world". [more information]

Deadline: September 15, 2010

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Friday, January 22, 2010


CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: The Prosper.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Award in Sustainable Development

The Prosper.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Award in Sustainable Development is given annually to young scientists or researchers, based in the Asia-Pacific region, who have made significant contributions in the area of Sustainable Development. For 2010, awards will be given in each of four areas: Energy, Water, Agriculture & Food Security, and Economics, Business, & Management.

The award is open to those engaged in graduate education and research activities that emphasize sustainable development in any of the above four areas. Candidates are expected to be employed at institutions of higher education in the Asia-Pacific region (excluding USA and Canada), and should be less than 40 years old as of 1 July 2010. Candidates may be put forth by nomination or direct application. Nominations and applications must be supported by two letters of recommendation.

More information here.

Deadline: May 3, 2010

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PUBLICATIONS: New Analyses by the Rights and Resources Initiative

The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) has released several new strategic analyses covering a wide range of topics including the intersection of rights and conflict, "rethinking forest regulations," the state of Liberian forestry sector management, and China's recent forest land reforms. And in reaction to the renewed attention on forests in 2009, RRI has produced an "annual report" on the status of rights and resources globally - and the issues that affected them - in 2009.  The report is designed to both review the status and issues of 2009 and also preview what to watch for in 2010.


ONLINE RESOURCE: Gender, Agriculture, and Land on Facebook

There is now a group on Facebook for people interested in issues of gender, agriculture, and land. The GAL group is one way for like-minded activists, practitioners and researchers working on gender, agriculture, food securty and land issues to stay in touch with each other, as well as exchange information on upoming events, initiatives and meetings.

Thursday, January 21, 2010


This Week’s Posts


FELLOWSHIPS: PhDs and Postdocs at United Nations University Institutes in Japan

Every year the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) and Institute of Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) offer 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 fellowship programme provides the successful applicant with a unique opportunity to:

The Fellows are resident at UNU-IAS in Yokohama, UNU-IAS OUIK in Kanazawa, or UNU-ISP in Tokyo, Japan for the full term of the fellowship. This gives the PhD and Postdoctoral Fellows the opportunity to gain from the broader research programme of lectures, seminars, workshops and conferences arranged by UNU-IAS and UNU-ISP. UNU's close institutional links with Japanese affiliated professors and researchers from key universities and think tanks in Japan and around the world also allows Fellows to link into the broader Japanese academic and research community. Since the start of the fellowship programme at UNU-IAS in 1996, more than 180 young scholars, 70% of which from the developing world, have benefited from collaboration with UNU-IAS/UNU-ISP and Japanese scholars in this way. [more information]

Deadline: February 28, 2010


EMPLOYMENT: Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow, Policies and Institutions for Cutting Hunger & Poverty (IFPRI)

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a Research/Senior Research Fellow to coordinate development of large, strategic, cross-cutting research programs related to policies and institutions for cutting hunger and poverty in developing countries. The senior research fellow/program development coordinator will report to the director general and will draw inputs from and work closely with IFPRI’s research Divisions in developing these programs. He/she will also interact frequently with CGIAR centers and IFPRI partners to ensure that research programs developed are collaborative under the newly reformed CGIAR. This position is based at IFPRI headquarters located in Washington, D.C. The final grade level will be determined by demonstrated experience and track record of publications. [more information]

Deadline: open



The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to fill a Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow (RF/SRF) position for coordinating impact assessment of policy research at IFPRI. This position builds on IFPRI’s long-standing and well recognized efforts in impact assessment research. IFPRI notes that impact assessment of policy research is a methodologically complex issue and a politically sensitive matter. IFPRI’s focus is on having impact on poverty reduction and improved food and nutrition security through research, capacity strengthening and communication. The RF/SRF will be responsible for coordinating and leading the development and implementation of IFPRI’s strategy for impact assessment. This is a three-year, fixed term, renewable appointment based at IFPRI’s headquarters in Washington, DC. The final grade level will be determined by demonstrated experience and track record of publications. [more information]

Deadline: February 19, 2010


EMPLOYMENT: Program Officer, Agricultural Policy and Statistics-Research & Analysis (Gates Foundation)

The purpose of the Program Officer for Research and Analysis position on the Ag P&S team is to develop and manage communications-based strategies and analysis that supports the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s information and learning goals in agricultural development and policy. The Program Officer will develop a detailed research and analysis system to respond to all high level requests made by the Co-chairs and Director’s offices, as well as perform in depth reporting for both the P&S and global development teams. This position will manage key relationships with internal and external collaborators. S/he will play a leadership role in researching and analyzing key literature and data for the Agricultural Development and Leadership teams in support of strategy development, grant making, grantee management, and impact evaluation.

For more information, go to the Foundation’s jobs page and search for requisition number 1850BR.

Deadline: open


PUBLICATIONS: New IFPRI Discussion Papers

IFPRI has published several recent discussion papers that may be of interest to CAPRi members.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: The RUFORUM Community Action Research Programme

The RUFORUM Community Action Research Programme (CARP) has announced its first call for Concept Notes. The purpose of the Programme is to demonstrate innovative approaches towards strengthened University engagement with development practice in Eastern and Southern Africa. Initially, priority will be given to projects that focus on scaling-up and out research outputs from the most successful RUFORUM CGS projects. Projects to be funded will be action research closely linking participating university researchers with all stakeholders along the value chain, including national and international research and development agencies, where appropriate. This pilot program will support multi-year research projects each to a ceiling of $300,000. More information available here (.pdf).

Deadline: February 15, 2010


PUBLICATION: Protecting Community Rights over Traditional Knowledge

A recent publication from IIED presents key findings and recommendations on protecting community rights over traditional knowledge:

Since January 2005, this action-research project has focused on developing alternative tools to protect traditional knowledge (TK) which are rooted in local customary laws rather than based on existing Intellectual Property standards. The project explored customary laws, values and practices relating to TK and biodiversity with indigenous and local communities in Peru, Panama, India, China and Kenya; and developed local tools for protecting TK and biocultural systems. This publication presents the project's objectives methodology, key findings and recommendations for TK and for the international ABS regime. It also includes 6 country case studies.

The publication is available for download here.


EMPLOYMENT: Regional Facilitators – Climate Change Challenge Program

The Challenge Program for Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) is seeking Regional Facilitators for West Africa, East Africa and the Indo-Gangetic Plains. CCAFS is a joint program of the Consultative Group of international Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the Earth Systems Science Program (ESSP). The positions will be hosted by CGIAR centers in the regions and will involve coordinating research, facilitating multi-stakeholder engagement, and ensuring outcomes and impact. Candidates need to have 5+ years experience, preferably a PhD, and experience with multiple partners in the region. For more information see

Deadline: February 20, 2010

Thursday, January 14, 2010


This Week’s Posts


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Sustaining Commons: Sustaining our Future (IASC)

The 13th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) will be held in Hyderabad, India from January 10th to 14th, 2011. The theme for the 2011 Conference is Sustaining Commons: Sustaining our Future. The Conference is being held in South Asia for the first time; and in a departure from the past, will be hosted by a practitioner organization - Foundation for Ecological Security (FES). The Conference is not only a platform for furthering scholarship and debates centered around Commons, but also a space where practitioners, policy makers and researchers from across the world enrich the collective understanding on common property resources and identify areas and measures to inform policy and programmatic action as well as guide future research.

The Conference will deal with physical common resources such as Forests, Grazing resources, Protected Areas, Water Resources, Fisheries, Coastal Commons, Lagoon Commons, Irrigation Systems, Livestock and Commons as well as New Commons such as Information Commons, Cultural Commons, Genetic Resources, Patents, Climate, etc. The above subjects would be captured under the following sub-themes:

Please note that the papers may cut across more than one of the seven sub-themes. The illustrative sub-theme questions and topics below are intended to help contributors and are in no way binding.

Abstracts are invited for papers, panels, posters, and videos. More information is available on the conference website.

Deadline for Abstracts: March 31, 2010


ONLINE RESOURCE: ResearchGATE Scientific Network

Researchgate is a free, online professional network for scientists. It was designed to facilitate networking among researchers and to allow for easier collaboration and information sharing. Take a look.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Sustainable Development and Job Creation

The Fondation Ensemble, a private foundation with the mission to fight poverty while working towards long-term environmental protection, has launched a call for proposals for "Sustainable Development and Job Creation, supporting the emergence of local, environmentally friendly and job-creating microstructures". With this call for proposals the Foundation wishes, in particular, to support innovative initiatives that can respond to human and environmental needs expressed locally and that can promote the emergence of local, job-creating economic structures. [more information]

Deadline: March 5, 2010


CALL FOR PAPERS: Sustainable Resource Use and Economic Dynamics (SURED 2010)

ETH Zurich (CER-ETH and CEPE) and Tilburg University invite you to submit a paper to the SURED conference 2010. contributions from the following fields are welcome:

The conference is open to all interested researchers. The following topics covering dynamic issues of the natural environment are of particular relevance: the transition from quantitative to qualitative growth; welfare, discounting and sustainable development; uncertainty and irreversibilities in resource use and dynamics; economic integration, growth and the environment; theoretical foundations of environmental policy; the Green New Deal; and the natural resource curse. For Ph.D. students there will be the possibility to present their work in regular sessions or in young economist sessions. [more information]

Deadline: January 31, 2010


Thursday, January 07, 2010


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Community-Based Coping Mechanisms

The Bill & Melinda Gates foundation has launched the Community-based Coping Mechanisms for Agricultural Risk RFP. Your are invited to present concept notes that explore community-based coping mechanisms for managing agricultural risks. Community-based coping mechanisms are defined as strategies used by “groups and communities building on traditional notions of social responsibility and communalism to assist one another to survive shocks”. The foundation is looking to support research on community- based risk coping mechanisms and the institutions required to successfully govern them. They will also evaluate the potential to formulate strategies to scale up coping mechanisms. The foundation seeks to fund 2 to 3 grants between $100,000 to $750,000 over 24 months.

For more information and to submit proposals you must go to this website, create and account, and sign-in. You will then be able to download the Proposal Application Template and receive instructions on how to upload your final Concept Note. Questions about this RFP should be directed to CCMMAR[at]

Deadline: February 16, 2010

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PUBLICATION: Water and Conflict: Incorporating peacebuilding into water development

A new publication by Catholic Relief Services explores the links between water scarcity and conflict.

This document is intended to assist water development practitioners, civil society peacebuilders, and human rights advocates seeking to integrate water and peacebuilding in their work. The purpose is twofold: to furnish a conceptual framework for understanding problems of scarcity and equity, and to provide practical guidance and tools for action.

The book is available for free download here.


EMPLOYMENT: Post-Doc Sociologist Fellow at CSIRO Sustainably Ecosystems, Australia

CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems is seeking to recruit a highly motivated and capable Postdoctoral Fellow to conduct innovative research on Indigenous NRM-based livelihood development. The primary focus of this position is to develop a general framework for sustainable NRM-based livelihoods that meet broader social, cultural, environmental and economic objectives of remote Indigenous communities in northern Australia, and to apply this framework to sustainable livelihood development on the Tiwi Islands near Darwin in the Northern Territory. [more information]

Deadline: January 26, 2010


SCHOLARSHIPS: Food Security Center, University of Hohenheim

The Food Security Center (FSC) is a newly established university center of excellence in development collaboration at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany. FSC’s mission is to make effective and innovative scientific contributions in research, teaching, and policy advice to eradicate hunger and achieve food security in collaboration with partner Higher Education Institutions in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and national and international development and research organizations. Thematically, FSC’s activities deal with issues of sustainable food availability, food access, food use, and food utilization.

FSC awards up to 29 scholarships for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers for a period of 4 to 36 months, starting April 15, 2010. The Center wishes to attract outstanding PhD students and postdoctoral fellows pursuing a career in academia or development collaboration. The scholarships aim at increasing their previously gained scientific knowledge and skills relevant to food security related issues. Furthermore, FSC aims at establishing an active, long-lasting collaboration with the supported researchers and their home institutions.

FSC offers three categories of scholarships:

  1. Sandwich scholarships for PhD students (6 months)
  2. Research scholarships for visiting postdoctoral researchers (4 months)
  3. Excellence scholarships for FSC-supported PhD program “Young Excellence School” (36

More information on FSC scholarships available here.

Deadline: January 30, 2010

Tuesday, January 05, 2010


CALL FOR CONCEPT NOTES: Economics of Climate Change

Human activity is altering the earth's climate with serious implications for food security, health, biodiversity and natural disasters. South Asian countries will need to respond with strategies to both mitigate green house gases and adapt to climate change. The South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) would like to increase its support for research on the economics of climate change. SANDEE is currently inviting research pre-proposals on the Economics of Climate Change. Pre-proposals, if accepted, will lead to an invitation to submit a full research proposal.

SANDEE is soliciting concept notes on the following topics: a) The benefits, costs and distributional impacts of specific adaptation or mitigation strategies. b) Economy wide impacts of climate change policies through the use of macro-economic models. c) Incentives related to international climate mitigation/adaptation instruments and climate negotiations. d) Economic analyses of local and regional climate problems such as haze and black carbon and strategies to mitigate these. e) Extreme events and the economic viability of ‘adaptation instruments' such as insurance, improved natural barriers or institutional responses. [more information]

Deadline: January 30, 2010


TRAINING: SANDEE Course in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

The South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) is organizing a three-week training course in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics for Economists from 3rd - 21st May, 2010, in Bangkok, Thailand. The course is meant for practicing South Asian economists interested in upgrading their skills and learning related to environmental and natural resource economics.

The workshop seeks to provide economists with the basic skills necessary to teach environmental and natural resource economics and to undertake research in this area. The course will cover economic issues underlying sustainable development, externalities and market failure, policy instruments, non-market valuation, poverty-environment interactions, and natural resource use and pollution management. Participants will be exposed to basic theoretical issues and economic tools and methodologies for analyzing environmental problems in developing countries. The course does not seek to be comprehensive but will provide a sound introduction to the literature. [more information]

Deadline for application: January 29, 2010


EVENT & CALL FOR CASE STUDIES: Capacity is Development

Amidst financial and ecological crises, food shortages and conflicts, capable institutions are needed now more than ever to deliver against 21st century development challenges. UNDP, co-host of the ‘Capacity is Development' Global Event, works with governments to identify, assess and strengthen local and national capacities. This conference will bring leaders, thinkers and practitioners together to discuss and learn from the successes and failures in policy choices, investment decisions and institutional reforms for capacity development. The event will be held in Marrakech, Morocco and is scheduled for 17-19 March, 2010.

The event includes a Virtual Knowledge Fair, a competition to encourage the discovery and discussion of policies, investments and programmes that increase human and institutional capacity. The Knowledge Fair seeks to collect experiences on policies, investments and programs that have proven successful in driving capacity development in diverse settings around the world.  Attention is especially focused on three specific contexts:

You are encouraged to contribute a two-page case story, short video or image that will showcase how your initiative made an impact. The top five finalists will win a trip to Marrakech, Morocco 17-19 March, 2010 to feature their entry at the 'Capacity is Development' global event.

For more information about the 'Capacity is Development' global event and to submit case studies, please visit

Deadline for entries: January 29, 2010.

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