Saturday, June 26, 2010
PUBLICATION: Sustainable Development in Practice: Lessons Learned from Amazonas (IIED)
The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) announces the publication of a new report. This publication, Sustainable Development in Practice: Lessons Learned from Amazonas, can be downloaded along with over 4,000 other resources, from their website.
This book is the result of a short sabbatical at IIED by Virgilio Viana to reflect on previous experiences while exploring options for more forest-friendly forms of development in the Amazon region. It tells the story of the Bolsa Floresta scheme and many other similar schemes, and of improving the mandates of environmental institutions so that they become sustainable development agents. The book closes with a proposal for a National Project for the Amazon, based on experience in Amazonas State. IIED believes that the ideas developed and honed over the last few years are both timely and inspiring – both for Brazil and for countries further afield, as they now search for new ‘green economies’.
FELLOWSHIPS: Post-Docs to Work on Global Development and Global Governance, Boston University
The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University invites applications for up to two post-doctoral research fellows for year-long appointments each, beginning in Fall 2010. Researchers working on issues related to (a) global development and/or (b) global governance are encouraged to apply.
Deadline: open until filled
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 2 DFID Programs (1) Future of Aid and Beyond, (2) New and Emerging Technologies
The DFID Research Strategy 2008–2013 recognised a key role for research was to help anticipate and respond to future trends and technology that will impact on the lives of poor people. To take this agenda forward DFID is now establishing two new research programmes, the Future of Aid and Beyond and New and Emerging Technologies.
Deadline: July 12, 2010
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Ester Boserup Conference 2010 – Deadline Extended
Ester Boserup was one of the pioneers of an integrated theoretical approach to questions of development and sustainability. 2010 marks the centennial of her birth. The international Boserup conference “Long-term trajectories in population, gender relations, land use, and the environment” wishes to pay tribute to her work and to her intellectual heritage. The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to July 12, 2010.
Deadline: July 12, 2010
PUBLICATION: The Politics of Poverty: Elites, Citizens and States (DFID)
A new DFID synthesis report, The Politics of Poverty: Elites, Citizens and States, shows how research from four major DFID-funded research programmes that are closing this year is changing academic and policy thinking on governance.
What difference does Governance make?
Governance is sometimes seen as an intangible concept. But at root it is a simple one. Governance describes the way countries and societies manage their affairs politically and the way power and authority are exercised. This makes a big difference to all our lives: it determines the security of our families from conflict, disease and destitution; our freedom to actively participate in our societies and to have a say in the way we are governed; and our opportunities to educate ourselves and to be economically productive, securing a better future for ourselves and our communities. Governance determines whether our states can collect taxes and use them responsibly to deliver public services. For the poorest and most vulnerable, the difference that good, or particularly bad, governance, makes to their lives is profound: the inability of government institutions to prevent conflict, provide basic security, or basic services can have life-or-death consequences; lack of opportunity can prevent generations of poor families from lifting themselves out of poverty; and the inability to grow economically and collect taxes can keep countries trapped in a cycle of aid-dependency.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
This Week’s Posts
- EMPLOYMENT: UNEP-WCMC Program Officer
- Deadline: July 12, 2010
- CALL FOR CONCEPT NOTES: SANDEE Economics of Climate Change
- Deadline: July 15, 2010
- CALL FOR PAPERS: Collaborate to Innovate
- Deadline: August 1, 2010
- CALL FOR PAPERS: Northeast Universities Development Consortium Conference 2010
- Deadline: August 2, 2010
- CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue of Population and Environment in Memoriam of Professor Daniel J. Hogan
- Deadline: November 30, 2010
- INTERNSHIP: IDRC Internship Awards
- Deadline: September 12, 2010
- EVENT: World Water Week in Stockholm
- Deadline: June 30, 2010
- ONLINE RESOURCE: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
CALL FOR PAPERS: Collaborate to Innovate
The University of the Western Cape from South Africa, together with Ghent University, Belgium (UGent) and Wageningen University Research (WUR) Centre for Development Innovation, the Netherlands, Nuffic (the Netherlands) and VLIR-UOS (Belgium) are organising an international workshop on the role of university collaboration in innovation strategies, to be hosted by the University of Western Cape. This workshop,organised within the framework of the Development Policy Review Network is scheduled to take place at the University of Western Cape, South Africa on 8-10 November 2010.
The workshop, which is to have a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, is designed to share best practices in our joint ambition to continue developing our economies, strengthening collaboration
and boosting innovation. The following themes will be specifically addressed, but interesting proposals outside of these areas will also be considered.
Small-scale innovative projects are often more realistic and more successful in economic and in social terms than large-scale new initiatives. Innovation can relate to tailor-made technologies but can also entail reusing old knowledge, or using local knowledge on a global scale. What characterises the difference between success and failure? Can we inspire each other with our best practices? Can we collaborate better to innovate better?
- University development cooperation: ways forward
University Development cooperation used to focus on bilateral research projects and educational cooperation. Often there is an emphasis on investing in infrastructure, ICT and human capital in a specific research domain with the ultimate goal being to build capacity. How can such projects contribute more effectively to institutional capacity building? How can they have a greater impact on society? How can they lead to increased sustainability? What direction should we take in future University Development Cooperation projects and which objectives should be met?
- The university's 3-fold mission: education, research, service to society
Universities have long been at the centre of education and research, but for effective innovation it is important that they engage actively with society and ‘transfer’ the knowledge being developed within academia. Papers are invited which demonstrate that collaboration with partners in the region, innovative services to society, developing local industries, or making the most of intellectual property can create a win-win situation for all.
- Brains on the move
How can the university invest in human capital? What are our best practices when it comes to training researchers effectively? What kind of talent does the labour market need in order to innovate? Can the labour market offer attractive careers to young graduates? Papers are invited from universities as well as from non-academic partners which deal with training graduates as ‘knowledge workers’, as researchers but also as entrepreneurs who make the most of the available knowledge.
Deadline: August 1, 2010
CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue of Population and Environment in Memoriam of Professor Daniel J. Hogan
In recognition of Dr. Hogan’s many contributions to the field, the editorial board of Population and Environment has agreed to dedicate a special issue to his memory. The guest editors for this issue will be Roberto do Carmo (IFCH, NEPO, Unicamp), Eduardo Marandola (NEPO, Unicamp), and Alex de Sherbinin (CIESIN, Columbia University). The editors are soliciting original research papers by former students or colleagues of Dr. Hogan, those who were influenced by his work, or by Brazilian and Latin American colleagues more generally. Contributions, within the broad framework of population-environment studies, may address the spatial distribution of population, migration, urbanization, water use, deforestation, climate change, vulnerability and risk. The editors also welcome contributions by demographers outside these themes who were influenced by Dr. Hogan’s work. Submissions must be in English and adhere to the journal guidelines.
Deadline: November 30, 2010
EMPLOYMENT: UNEP-WCMC Program Officer
UNEP-WCMC is seeking an experienced Programme Officer to develop and implement a range of projects relating to protected areas and other conservation areas, the management effectiveness of these areas, threats to these areas such as land use change and climate change, and responses to these threats such as connectivity conservation.
The successful candidate will act as UNEP-WCMC’s project coordinator for the UNEP project ‘Building a Global Network of Ecological Corridors’, coordinating the implementation of UNEPWCMC activities under this project and, as required, the activities of other project partners. S/he will hold a Higher Degree in natural or social sciences including conservation biology, environmental science, geography or international relations. We are looking for a candidate who has demonstrated relevant project development and management experience and a proven understanding of the issues and concepts related to biodiversity conservation, protected areas, climate change and sustainable development.
Deadline: July 12, 2010
INTERNSHIP: IDRC Internship Awards
The main goal of the Internship Awards is to 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. Internships are designed to provide hands-on learning experiences in research program management - in the creation, dissemination and utilization of knowledge from an international perspective.
The interns will undertake a program of research on the topic submitted when competing for the internship award. During a part (often around 50%) of their time, they will be trained in the techniques of research management through hands-on work experience with their chosen program’s programming and practices. They will work under the mentorship of a Program Officer(s).
For approximately 50% of the remainder of the time, the selected candidates will be expected to provide support to management and program staff in some of the following areas: synthesis of project outcomes; production of publications and dissemination materials or activities on research results; participation in team meetings; research tasks to locate, review and synthesize relevant material; preparation of state of the art reviews; preparation of correspondence, reports and presentations; assistance with the organization of meetings, workshops and seminars; preparation of minutes; updating and maintaining databases; and maintenance of the website; and exchange with other institutions working on a broad range of issues related to programming.
Deadline: September 12, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
ONLINE RESOURCE: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Volume 2, Issues 1&2 of Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, is now available on ScienceDirect. This issue, published in the International Year of Biodiversity, is entirely dedicated to 'Biodiversity, ecosystem services and human well-being' and is guest edited by Anne Larigauderie and Harold A. Mooney.
Click here for your gratis issue on ScienceDirect.
The journal was developed out of the recognition that it is increasingly difficult for specialists to keep up to date with the expanding volume of information published in the interdisciplinary research areas of environmental change and sustainability.
Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability aims to address all the economic, social, technological and institutional aspects related to the challenge of environmental sustainability by focussing on integration across academic disciplines. It will contain polished, concise and timely reviews and opinions.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Northeast Universities Development Consortium Conference 2010
The Northeast Universities Development Consortium (NEUDC) Conference is a major forum in development economics. NEUDC has organized annual conferences in development economics since 1967. The location and sponsorship of the annual NEUDC conference usually rotates among the organizing institutions: Boston University, Brown University, Cornell University, Harvard University, MIT, Tufts University, Williams College and Yale University. The 2010 NEUDC Conference will be held at MIT November 6th and 7th 2010.
Deadline: August 2, 2010
CALL FOR CONCEPT NOTES: SANDEE Economics of Climate Change
Human activity is altering the earth's climate with serious implications for global food security, human health, biodiversity and a variety of development investments. 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 support research on the economics of climate change, thus their call for research concept notes mainly focuses on climate change. They support economics research related to environmental problems. Thus, concept notes that do not have a strong economics component will not be considered. However, multi-disciplinary projects are encouraged. Visit the link below for more information including country-specific guidelines for the submission of concept notes.
Deadline: July 15, 2010
EVENT: World Water Week in Stockholm
The World Water Week in Stockholm is the annual meeting place for the planet’s most urgent water-related issues. Organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), it brings together 2500 experts, practitioners, decision makers and leaders from around the globe to exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop sustainable solutions to the management of the world’s water resources.
The thematic scope frames the key issues and discussion points related to the 2010 theme "The Water Quality Challenge - Prevention, Wise Use and Abatement". The intention is to deepen the understanding of, stimulate ideas on, and engage the water community around the challenges related to water quality.
Deadline for early registration: June 30, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
This Week’s Posts
- EMPLOYMENT: ICIMOD Gender Specialist (Nepal)
- Deadline: June 25, 2010
- EMPLOYMENT: Bioversity International Associate Expert, Enterprise and value chain strengthening
- Deadline: June 30, 2010
- TRAINING: CAPRi Course on Lessons for Territorial Management July 20 to 23 (in Spanish)
- Deadline for registration: July 1, 2010
- CALL FOR PAPERS: Law and Culture: Meaningful Legal Pluralism in the Pacific and Beyond
- Deadline: June 25, 2010
- CALL FOR PAPERS: Mediterranean Research Meeting
- Deadline: July 15, 2010
- CALL FOR PAPERS: Law for Social-Ecological Resilience
- Deadline: August 8, 2010
- PUBLICATION: The impacts of CGIAR research: A review of recent evidence
- PUBLICATION: Whose land are you giving away, Mr. President?
PUBLICATION: The impacts of CGIAR research: A review of recent evidence
We review evidence on the impacts of CGIAR research published since 2000 in order to provide insight into how successfully the CGIAR Centers have been in pursuing the System’s core missions. Our review suggests that CGIAR research contributions in crop genetic improvement, pest management, natural resources management, and policy research have, in the aggregate, yielded strongly positive impacts relative to investment, and appear likely to continue doing so. Crop genetic improvement research stands out as having had the most profound documented positive impacts. Substantial evidence exists that other research areas within the CGIAR have had large beneficial impacts although often locally and nationally rather than internationally. However, the “right-time, right-place” nature of successful policy research and the relatively limited geographic scale of much natural resource management research often limits the overall scale of impacts of these programmatic thrusts vis-à-vis genetic improvement research. We conclude that given the evidence available, the CGIAR’s portfolio of research allocations has become overly skewed toward natural resource management and policy research over time. Hence, restoring somewhat the share of resources allocated to crop genetic improvement is warranted. In addition, the CGIAR needs to prioritize impact assessment of resource management and policy research to deepen its understanding of the social and environmental impacts of its work.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Law and Culture: Meaningful Legal Pluralism in the Pacific and Beyond
The question of how to make law operate effectively whilst remaining culturally appropriate is critical for all Pacific islands.
In the Pacific, where much law is now made by local Parliaments we are moving beyond the immediately post-colonial discourse of law as —imposed by foreigners— but the position of State law within society is still not clearly situated. The uneasy relationship between law and culture is giving rise to a number of pressing contemporary issues so a conference on this topic is very timely.
Internationally the recognition (that may/should be) given to indigenous peoples by State law is evolving, particularly following the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007, so the issues facing Pacific islands have global resonance.
The issues that this conference topic give rise to are not strictly legal. Legal pluralism is a topic that is inherently interdisciplinary, and developing —meaningful legal pluralism— requires conversations across a range of disciplines. Pacific scholars from other subject areas, including anthropology, development studies, governance and political studies are encouraged to attend this conference.
As the conference organizers are committed to the development of young Pacific scholars, students and early career researchers from a range of disciplines are particularly encouraged to participate.
The call for papers is available on the conference website.
Deadline for abstracts: June 25, 2010
CALL FOR PAPERS: Law for Social-Ecological Resilience
Stockholm Environmental Law and Policy Centre and Stockholm Resilience Centre invite you to the Law for Social-Ecological Resilience Conference, 17-19 November 2010
Law for Social-Ecological Resilience is an international and transdisciplinary event that highlights the impact of law on environmental governance, ecosystem management and sustainability policies – ranging from local to global contexts.
Legal structures, principles and processes, as well as core concepts of the rule of law, impinge on the capacity of societies to manage ecosystems, withstand environmental degradation as well as economic shocks, and rebuild and renew themselves afterwards.
The aim of the Conference is to bring experts of different disciplines together to assess, analyse and debate the impact of law in these respects – and thus to further the understanding of the role of law and improve the prospects for environmental governance and sustainable development.
Deadline for abstracts: August 8, 2010
PUBLICATION: Whose land are you giving away, Mr. President?
Independent Land Tenure Specialist Liz Alden Wily writes:
Using Africa as example, this paper challenges the tenure grounds upon which third world governments are leasing land to foreign investors. It argues that most leased lands are ambivalently the property or right of governments to lease or alienate. The main basis of argument is that customary property rights have rarely been formally extinguished. Presumption by governments that this is unnecessary on grounds that the land is unowned or that customary land interests do not amount to property are egregiously flawed in historical and current reality. Even where customary ownership has been lawfully superseded by state ownership, the procedures followed have been
constitutionally questionable in most domestic laws and in international human rights law as necessarily encompassing land rights in agrarian societies.
There are also practical concerns of development and security soundness. With the exception of arrangements whereby farmers are directly contracted by investors, lazy, backward-looking approaches are being tolerated at the very time when felt gaps between rich and poor and state-people conflict makes an inclusive approach to natural asset-based capitalist transformation imperative. It is nonsensical for developing economies to once again miss the opportunity to equitably engage the majority rural poor as shareholders in agrarian enterprise (presuming this enterprise to be viable). While fault lies equally with the international aid and commerce community and with host governments which are putting their citizens’ lands in the global market place without their consent, the latter, not investors, are the land grabbers.
Codes of conduct and international trading regulation are insufficient brakes. More fundamental alteration is required in the identity of lessor and accordingly in the rights and duties of host governments. Remedy lies in accelerated domestic and international legal acknowledgement that customary and other longstanding unregistered land tenancy amounts to a real property interest, registered or not. This must be inclusive of collectively owned estates, a main casualty of large-scale leasing. Without this change, majority rural landholders remain little better than squatters on their own land, a condition already wrongfully endured for a century or more. Although some statutes in Africa have made this change, its pursuit is no easy challenge as more widely failing reformism demonstrates. While house plots and cultivated lands begin to be more easily secured, millions of hectares historically owned and use by rural populations are still being kept vulnerable to technically legal appropriation and reallocation by governments. While hardly new, the current wave of state-tostate backed leasing hardens an already dangerous dichotomy between the interests of governments and their people.
This reflects a thornier problem underwriting this issue; that tenure reforms and the democratizing trends within which they are nested continue to fail to challenge the embedded neo-patrimonialism upon which state-people relations are built in pre-open order societies (North et al., 2009) such as still dominate the agrarian world. In these countries, the rent-seeking marriage of political, traditional, and economic elites is so solidly embedded that there is little incentive for the kind of equitable participation which new generation capitalist transformation demands. Instead, in not grasping the nettle, governments are putting themselves in position for strife and civil war to eventually coerce this. In going along with the status quo the international community and investors share responsibility for this rising risk.
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
EMPLOYMENT: ICIMOD Gender Specialist (Nepal)
ICIMOD is a regional knowledge development and learning centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. We're working to develop an economically and environmentally sound mountain ecosystem to improve the living standards of mountain populations -– now, and for the future. In line with its new Strategic Framework, ICIMOD is strengthening its capacity to develop new approaches to meet the growing challenges in the region posed by climate change and globalization.
Under the overall guidance of the Director Programme Operations, and the direct supervision of the Gender and Governance Division Head, the Gender Specialist will contribute to enhance ICIMOD’s capacities to address gender issues in the mountain development. Specifically the Gender Specialist will perform the following tasks:
- Identify and document the gender issues related to natural resources management, livelihood, climate change adaptation, and hazard preparedness in the HKH;
- Contribute to the implementation of the existing gender equity policy of ICIMOD; support ICIMOD action areas in conducting gender analysis as a part of their projects and develop gender tools, frameworks, guidelines and monitoring systems;
- Develop knowledge sharing products and participate in advocacy initiatives;
- Organize and contribute to workshops on gender approach for ICIMOD staff and partners;
- Support the Gender and Governance Division Head in her role as a focal point for the gender and development network in ICIMOD and in the region;
- Work as a team player within ICIMOD to support other activities and promote institutional goals.
Deadline: June 25, 2010
EMPLOYMENT: Bioversity International Associate Expert, Enterprise and value chain strengthening
The post is open to:
- candidates who have Dutch nationality or a permanent residence status in the Netherlands; or candidates who have the nationality of another EU Member State; or
- candidates from eligible developing countries;
By their perishable nature, bananas must be sold as quickly as they are mature. This coupled with the lack of a reliable source of market information and with limited value-addition capacity, forces individual small scale farmers to sell their banana at any price offered by vendors. This has resulted in a stagnation of income and living conditions and increased poverty in small-scale farming communities in the great lakes region of east Africa. A frequently proposed alternative is for farmer organizations to improve understanding of markets and prices, to strengthen local negotiating power and to consolidate greater volumes of production. The implementation of such strategies is incipient and has often been based specialty crops such as cocoa, essential oils and natural medicinal products. The opportunities for refocusing value-chains for food crops towards greater farmer participation and greater value are abundant, but have not been the focus of most research projects. Bioversity International is undertaking new research grants with components focused on the marketing of banana biodiversity for increased added value to small-scale farmers and their rural community enterprises.
In these new grants, the proposed associate expert would work to integrate production technology testing and promotion with value addition and marketing initiatives in banana producing communities in six countries in the region. The associate expert will collaborate with Bioversity staff, external consultants and national counterparts in the development of strategies to improve the contribution of banana production and marketing to rural development and to the reduction of rural poverty.
Bioversity is seeking candidates prepared to make a three-year commitment with an anticipated start date by 1 October 2010.
Deadline: June 30, 2010
Monday, June 07, 2010
TRAINING: CAPRi Course on Lessons for Territorial Management July 20 to 21 (in Spanish)
CAPRi and Programa Salvadoreño de Investigación sobre Desarrollo y Medio Ambiente (PRISMA) will be holding a training course from July 20 to 21 on Collective Action, Property Rights, and Institutional Arrangements: Lessons for Territorial Management. The course will be broadcast online to encourage a broader audience, and will be conducted entirely in Spanish.
In this training course, territorial governance is, broadly, looked at to include environmental, economic and social measures and policies, as well as the institutions of collective action and property rights (both state and community arrangements) for participatory formulation, development, and implementation of policies for territorial and natural resource management and sustainable livelihoods.
The purpose of the course is to bring together professionals from a variety of state agencies whose mandates effect territorial and natural resource management processes and familiarize participants with key conceptual frameworks related to inclusive and sustainable territorial management, such as collective action, property rights, ecosystem services and institutional arrangements. The course seeks to facilitate a space for developing shared understanding of concepts, approaches and tools among various state agencies, in order to facilitate the coordination of actions, policies and programs that promote inclusive, effective and sustainable territorial and natural resource management.
Deadline for registration: July 1, 2010
CALL FOR PAPERS: Mediterranean Research Meeting
The Mediterranean Research Meeting (MRM) is scheduled for April 6-9, 2011, in Florence, Italy. Reaching its Twelfth Session, the MRM aims:
- to foster theoretical and empirical research and dialogue among scholars from countries across
the Mediterranean and with Mediterranean issue concerns;
- to reach as wide as possible coverage of all Mediterranean areas, with topics relating to the
Middle East, North Africa, Southern Europe and the Balkans, their mutual relationships and their relations with Europe;
- to focus on legal, historical, economic and socio-political issues;
- to enable junior scholars to meet more senior scholars in an interactive environment, and to promote further research collaboration;
- to encourage publication and dissemination of this research in edited volumes, thematic issues of learned journals, and Mediterranean Programme Working Papers.
The meeting will include workshops on the following topics:
- Social Policy and Religion in the Middle East: Questioning Existing Paradigms
- The Many Faces of Islamic Feminism
- Informal Challenges to the MENA Formal Politics
- Gender and Violence in the Middle East and North Africa
- Riots: Protest from the Margins or the Margins of Protest? Reconsidering Riots in Mediterranean Countries
- The Intersection of Migration, Entrepreneurship and Gender in the Mediterranean Region
- 7. Breakdowns of Democracy Re-visited: Transitions from Liberal-Democratic to Authoritarian Regimes around the Mediterranean Littoral
- Institutional reimagination of the Western Balkans
- State Economy and State of the Economy in the Mediterranean Area: the contribution of taxation to the development of Europe - Middle East relations
- The World Financial and Economic Crisis and its impact on the MENA region
- Migration and Dual Citizenship in Northern Africa and the Balkans
- Transnational family making: children, young people and migration
- Neo-liberal reforms, local elites, and accountability in public service provision in the MENA region
- Pre-Modern Attachment to Lands in the Islamic Middle East and North Africa
- What is New about “Neo-Liberal” Urbanism? Middle Eastern Cities in Comparative Perspective
- Productivity and Innovation in the MENA Region
- Politics in the Middle East and North Africa: Toward the Invention of Tradition?
- Women’s school–to-work transition in MENA countries
Deadline: July 15, 2010
Thursday, June 03, 2010
This Week’s Posts
- EMPLOYMENT: 2 Vacancies at PLAAS: 1) Senior Researcher; 2) Information & Communication Officer
- Deadline: June 11, 2010
- EMPLOYMENT: CGIAR Chief Executive Officer
- Deadline: June 25, 2010
- EMPLOYMENT: IWMI Researcher / Social Scientist (Hyderabad, India)
- Deadline: June 30, 2010
- CALL FOR PRE-PROPOSALS: Africa-Brazil Agricultural Innovation Marketplace
- Deadline: July 15, 2010
- ONLINE RESOURCE: Robert Chambers on Participatory Mapping and GIS (English, French, and Spanish Versions)
- ONLINE RESOURCE: Global Review of Good Agricultural Extension and Advisory Service Practices (and other readings)
- ONLINE RESOURCE: Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development (CIARD)
- VIDEO: Watch Elinor Ostrom’s Keynote Address from the World Bank’s Annual Conference on Land Policy and Administration
EMPLOYMENT: CGIAR Chief Executive Officer
In 2008, the CGIAR launched its Change Management Initiative to identify how best to adapt to and anticipate global changes and challenges, such as food price volatility, more extreme weather arising from climate change and the global financial crisis. This initiative culminated in the CGIAR’s decision in December 2008 to adopt a new business model that will enable the CGIAR do more and do better, as it fulfills its mandate to fight poverty and hunger while conserving the environment.
The core of the new model is a partnership between a Consortium that unites 15 CGIAR research Centers with 8,000 people and based in over 40 countries and a new Fund, built on a common vision of mobilizing agricultural research to reduce poverty and hunger, improve human health and nutrition, and enhance sustainable management of natural resources in the developing world.
The Consortium of CGIAR Centres is now seeking an exceptional person to be appointed as the first Chief Executive Officer. This role will report to the Chairman of the CGIAR Consortium Board.
Deadline: June 25, 2010
ONLINE RESOURCE: Robert Chambers on Participatory Mapping and GIS (English, French, and Spanish Versions)
Integrated Approaches to Participatory Development (IAPAD) has made several versions of Robert Chambers’ 2006 article on participatory mapping available through their website.
In recent years, changes in participatory methodologies (PMs) may have been even more rapid than those in spatial technologies. Local people's abilities to make maps only became widely known and facilitated in the early 1990s. In this article Dr. Robert Chambers argues that participatory mapping has spread like a pandemic with many variants and applications not only in natural resource management but also in many other domains. With mapping as one element, there are now signs of a new pluralist eclecticism and creativity in PMs. The medium and means of mapping, whether ground, paper or GIS and the style and mode of facilitation, influence who takes part, the nature of outcomes and power relationships. Much depends on the behaviour and attitudes of facilitators and who controls the process. Many ethical issues present troubling dilemmas, and lead to overarching questions about empowerment and ownership. Questions to be asked, again and again, are: Who is empowered and who disempowered? And, who gains and who loses?
Below is the original article published on EJISDC, an open access journal, and translations in French and Spanish done in the context of the development of the "Training Kit on Participatory Spatial Information Managamant and Communication" soon to be published by CTA and IFAD.
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
EMPLOYMENT: IWMI Researcher / Social Scientist (Hyderabad, India)
The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) seeks a highly competent and dynamic Researcher-Social Sciences to be based in its South Asia Office in Hyderabad, India. The Researcher will contribute to IWMI’s social science research capabilities in the South Asia region and to other regions when needed. More specifically, the Researcher will initially work on on-going projects on policy and institutional relationships in Indian watershed development programs and on the impacts of agricultural water management interventions in challenging contexts in Nepal and Sri Lanka. The Researcher will also contribute to the intellectual development and implementation of new projects and provide social science inputs into a variety of projects in IWMI’s research portfolio.
The purpose of the position is to develop innovative methodologies, guide their empirical implementation and provide insightful interpretation of data to address socio-economic and institutional issues relating to agricultural water management in developing countries. Results should provide recommendations to enable policy makers to make informed decisions on appropriate agricultural water management interventions.
More information available through IWMI’s vacancies web page.
Deadline: June 30, 2010
ONLINE RESOURCE: Global Review of Good Agricultural Extension and Advisory Service Practices (and other readings)
Prolinnova has made available on their website a 2008 publication from FAO on "Global Review of Good Agricultural Extension and Advisory Service Practices".
The purpose of this publication was to identify “good practices” within different agricultural extension and advisory service institutions that have implemented the use of new agricultural innovations in improving rural livelihoods and in educating farmers to use sustainable natural resource management practices in different countries.
The publication reviews the major objectives of extension systems in the agricultural development process. The four major types of objectives include: 1) technology transfer, especially for the staple food crops; 2) human capital development, especially the technical and management skills and knowledge that poorly educated farm-households need to increase farm income; 3) building social capital; and 4) educating farmers to manage natural resources sustainably. These major extension objectives are assessed under different models to draw conclusions as to the manner in which extension systems can be more effectively organized.
The full publication, along with a very good collection of other readings on Participatory Technology/Innovation Development (PTD/PID), are available on Prolinnova’s Selected PTD / PID Readings page.
ONLINE RESOURCE: Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development (CIARD)
At the XIIIth World Congress of IAALD held in Montpellier, the new website of the global initiative on Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development (CIARD) was launched by the principal partners. CIARD is a movement for coherence and collaboration in agricultural research information and communication that brings together institutions and people who want to make agricultural research outputs in the public domain truly accessible to all. The CIARD Manifesto and other tools provide a framework of policy and practices for those holding and creating information and knowledge to share their outputs globally and more efficiently.
CALL FOR PRE-PROPOSALS: Africa-Brazil Agricultural Innovation Marketplace
The Africa-Brazil Agricultural Innovation Marketplace is an international initiative supported by different donors aiming to link Brazilian and African experts and institutions to develop cooperative projects.
The Innovation Marketplace will be composed of three basic pillars:
- A policy dialogue between the main authorities from Africa and Brazil supporting institutions focused on the development of a mutually agreed framework for collaboration
- A forum for presentation and discussion of research for development ideas, including proposal selection, that would be competitively supported.
- Support and implementation of Africa-Brazil agricultural projects.
The priority areas are:
- Productivity Enhancing Technologies
- Natural Resource Management Improvement
- Policy, Institutional and Market Strengthening and Knowledge Management
- Smallholder and Poverty-Alleviation Targeted Technologies-Mechanization appropriate for smallholders
Public and private research and development organizations in Africa are encouraged to submit proposals for collaborative projects with Embrapa in Brazil.
Deadline: July 15, 2010