Thursday, March 31, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Marketing Specialist, International Potato Center (CIP). CIP is seeking a dynamic and innovative research professional with expertise in pro-poor market analysis, processing and value chain development. Deadline: April 15, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Senior Officer (Gender Policy). The incumbent will provide managerial and technical leadership of FAO’s Strategy Team responsible for the delivery of corporate results on gender equality in access to resources, goods, services and decision making in rural societies. Deadline: April 15, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: ICRISAT Opportunities in Empowering Women and Knowledge-Sharing & Innovation. ICRISAT is currently accepting applications for two Principal Scientist positions to be based in India. Deadline: April 30, 2011

FELLOWSHIP: Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (LEAP). The Borlaug LEAP Fellowship supports engaging a mentor at a Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) system center to support and enhance the thesis research and mentoring experience. Deadline: May 18, 2011

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: ICIMOD Small Grants Program. Institutions eligible for submission of a proposal can be academic, NGOs, or governmental institutions based in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, or Pakistan. Deadline: April 7, 2011

CALL FOR APPLICATION: USAID’s Graduation with Resilience to Achieve Sustainable Development (GRAD) program. The overall goal of this program is to support and enhance livelihood options of the chronically food insecure households. The objectives of the GRAD program will directly link with all of the core investment areas of USAID/Ethiopia’s Feed the Future (FTF) strategy. Deadline: April 22, 2011

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: International Workshop on Agroforestry. The workshop will be held on the 15th - 17th June, 2011 in Cottbus, Germany. Deadline April 25, 2011

PUBLICATION: Development Journal Issue on "Local Land Grabs”. The Society for International Development's flagship journal has published its first issue of the year entitled 'Local Land Grabs' featuring a number of interesting articles for free download.

PUBLICATIONS: Debating the Global Land Grab. The Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS) Forum on global land grabbing, with three leading commentators, debates the sometimes hidden impacts of land deals and sets the scene for wider debates at the upcoming conference.

ONLINE RESOURCE: Training Kit on Participatory Spatial Information Management and Communication (English & Spanish). The Training Kit has been developed with the objective "to support the spread of 'good practice' in generating, managing, analysing and communicating community spatial information".

ONLINE RESOURCE: Land Portal. The portal is an easy access, easy-to-use platform to share land related information, to monitor trends, and identify information gaps to promote effective and sustainable land governance.

 

ONLINE RESOURCE: Land Portal

The Land Portal is a new resource developed by the International Land Coalition (ILC) and Landtenure.info. The portal is an easy access, easy-to-use platform to share land related information, to monitor trends, and identify information gaps to promote effective and sustainable land governance. This partnership is open to other land-related organisations aimed to be actively engaged in the Land Portal development.

Watch the newly released promotional video below and visit the Land Portal at http://landportal.info/.

 

EMPLOYMENT: Marketing Specialist, International Potato Center (CIP)

The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking a dynamic and innovative research professional with expertise in pro-poor market analysis, processing and value chain development. He/she shall undertake studies and capacity building activities related to the planning, implementation and evaluation of action-oriented research on agricultural markets and value chains.

The Marketing Specialist will be based in Los Baños, The Philippines to support CIP’s work in Southeast and South Asia. He/she will primarily work with the Sweetpotato Geographic Program while contributing to the Highland Potato Geographic Program and other relevant themes under CIP’s Division for Integrated Social and Health Sciences.

More information.

Deadline: April 15, 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

 

FELLOWSHIP: Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (LEAP)

The Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (Borlaug LEAP) is a fellowship program, funded by USAID to enhance the quality of thesis research of graduate students from developing countries who show strong promise as leaders in the field of agriculture and related disciplines. LEAP is part of the overall Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellows Program sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The Borlaug LEAP Fellowship supports engaging a mentor at a Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) system center to support and enhance the thesis research and mentoring experience. Awards are made on a competitive basis to students who show strong scientific and leadership potential, have a well coordinated proposal between their home university, a US university mentor, and the CGIAR mentor, and whose research is related to a strong research and support project within the host country. Emphasis is placed on work that has relevance to the national development of the student's home country.

Currently there are two limited release Request for Applications (RFAs):

  1. Applications are requested for sub-Saharan African students conducting research on topics related to USAID's Feed the Future: Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative.  The focus region is sub-Saharan Africa.  All topics related to agriculture (as defined by Title XII) and food security are admissible.
  2. Applications are requested for developing country students conducting research in partnership with CRSPs (Collaborative Research Support Programs).  The focus region is global.  All topics related to agriculture (as defined by Title XII) and CRSP priorities are admissible.

More information.

Deadline: May 18, 2011

 

PUBLICATION: Development Journal Issue on "Local Land Grabs”

Development, the Society for International Development's flagship journal, has published its first issue of the year entitled 'Local Land Grabs'. A number of interesting articles on this theme are available for free download. See the issue’s Table of Contents below. Files are available for free download here.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Upfront

Editorial: No More Black Fridays. Illustrates how graphic unsustainability of consumerism and global land grabs as two sides of the same coin. By Wendy Harcourt.

Introduction: Global Land Grabs: Investments, risks and dangerous legacies. Argues that global land grabs are a continuation of the unjust development with devastating effects on small land holders.

Introduction: Rushing for Land: Equitable and sustainable development in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Documents the wide range of different drivers of the global land grab, showing that the process is much more extensive and faster than usually reported in the media. By Annelies Zoomers.

Thematic Section: Land Speculation, Commodity and Food Speculation

Food Sovereignty and Alternative Paradigms to Confront Land Grabbing and the Food and Climate Crises. Calls for a paradigm shift towards food sovereignty based on genuine agrarian reform. By Peter Rosset.

Rice Land Grabs Undermine Food Sovereignty in Africa. Exposes the double dealing of governments and business in Africa over rice land grabs. By KARAT.

Gender and ‘Land Grabbing’ in Sub-Saharan Africa: Women's land rights and customary land tenure. Looks at the gender impacts of global land grabs in Africa. Jessica Chu.

Contexts and Procedures for Farmland Acquisitions in Africa: What outcomes for local people? Examines the problem of inadequate compensation for local people in Africa. By Lorenzo Cotula and Sonja Vermeulen.

La Via Campesina: Peasant-led agrarian reform and food sovereignty. Summarizes the findings of the Agrarian Reform Commission of La Via Campesina. By Faustino Torrez.

Dialogue: Land Grabs: Implications for equitable and sustainable development

Land in China: Struggle and reform. Describes the land grabs of the current agrarian reforms in China. By A C M (Guus) van Westen.

Special Economic Zones as New Forms of Corporate Land Grab: Experiences from India. Looks at the impact of land grabs for industrial parks at the expense of agricultural land. By Chigurupati Ramachandraiah and Ramasamy Srinivasan.

Land Alienation and Sustainability Issues in the Peri-urban Interface of South-West Nigeria. Discusses how to prevent land grabs in Nigeria. By Waheed Kadiri and Basirat Oyalowo.

Climate Crises: Defending the land. Argues that rural policy to support biodiversity, local knowledge of land and energy saving practices will help prevent climate crisis. By Shalmali Guttal and Sofia Monsalve.

Local/Global Encounters: Global Land ‘Negotiations’

Fuelling Conflicts: Overcoming asymmetry between global interests in Vietnam and Indonesia. Shows how large scale investments are not leading to poverty reduction are sources of conflict. By Paul Burgers, Rizki Pandu Permana and Tran Nam Tu.

Residential Tourism Causing Land Privatization and Alienation: New pressures on Costa Rica's coasts. Analyzes the struggles over land in Costa Rica. By Femke van Noorloos.

Whose Lands? Whose Resources? Describes the impact of land grab deals in Cambodia and Laos. By Shalmali Guttal.

Monocropping for Agrofuels: The case of Brazil Reveals the negative impact of agrofuels on the biodiversity of the Amazon and Cerrado. By Maria Luisa Mendona.

‘Through their Eyes’ – The photo exhibition. Presents images of women's economic activity throughout the CIS and EE region. By GRAIN

Book Review

Governance, Land and Development. Reviews three important studies with major impact on people, governance and land. By Giulia Frova and Wendy Harcourt

Book Shelf

Books and Reports on Land. Gives annotated descriptions of latest books on land and sustainable human development. By Laura Fano Morrissey.

Window on the World

Window on the World Features key civil society and social movement networks working on Land. By Laura Fano Morrissey.

Who's Who

Who's Who. Lists contacts and short bionotes of all the contributors

Last Word

Reclaiming Land and Livelihoods in Colombia: A photo essay. Depicts in pictures the impact of land grabs on peoples’ lives in Colombia. By Laura Fano Morrissey

 

ONLINE RESOURCE: Training Kit on Participatory Spatial Information Management and Communication (English & Spanish)

In response to constraints to the spread of participatory geographical information systems articulated at the 2005 conference on Mapping for Change, the EU-ACP Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) conceived this Training Kit in partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

The English and Spanish versions of the Training Kit were produced over a period of two and a half years (2008-2010) with the contributions of more than 40 international specialists representing civil society and academic and development agencies from across the globe.

The Training Kit has been developed with the objective "to support the spread of 'good practice' in generating, managing, analysing and communicating community spatial information".

Widespread use of the Training Kit, available online and on DVD, is expected to:

More information (en español)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: ICRISAT Opportunities in Empowering Women and Knowledge-Sharing & Innovation

ICRISAT is a non-profit, non-political organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world. ICRISAT and its partners help empower those living in the semi-arid tropics, especially smallholder farmers, to overcome poverty, hunger, malnutrition and a degraded environment through more efficient and profitable agriculture. ICRISAT is headquartered in Greater Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India and belongs to the Consortium of Centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

ICRISAT is currently accepting applications for two Principal Scientist positions to be based in India.

Deadline: April 30, 2011

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: ICIMOD Small Grants Program

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, ICIMOD, is pleased to announce the call for proposals for funding under the Abu Dhabi Dialogue Knowledge Forum-Small Grants Programme (ADDKF-SGP).

The objectives of SGP are to (i) to facilitate the quest to increase knowledge about water resources systems and their uses within the realm of the Greater Himalayas, particularly under stress from climate change and other drivers of change, including those arising from population and economic growth (ii) to facilitate collaboration among knowledge institutions from different countries sharing the rivers of the Greater Himalayas and (iii) to support them to work together in a collaborative manner. The outcome of the SGP is expected to: (a) initiate new knowledge generation, (b) expand current research activities across boundaries, and (c) disseminate knowledge within the region.

The priority research topics of interest are:

  1. Vulnerability, adaptation and impacts of climate change; 
  2. Integrated ecosystem and river basin management, including benefit sharing;
  3. Upstream-downstream impacts of water storage projects, covering both natural and artificial water storage systems;
  4. Management of water for enhancing food security.

Institutions eligible for submission of a proposal can be academic, NGOs, or governmental institutions (in cases where they also play such a function) based in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, or Pakistan.

More information.

Deadline: April 7, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Senior Officer (Gender Policy)

Under the general supervision of the Director, ESW, and as a member or leader of one or more task teams, the incumbent will:

More information (pdf).

Deadline: April 15, 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: International Workshop on Agroforestry

The International Workshop on Agroforestry will be held on the 15th to 17th June, 2011 in Cottbus, Germany. The occasion marks the 20th anniversary of Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus.

Topics that will be adressed during the workshop may include:

More information (pdf).

Deadline April 25, 2011

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CALL FOR APPLICATION: USAID’s Graduation with Resilience to Achieve Sustainable Development (GRAD) program

USAID is seeking applications from qualified organizations for an Assistance Agreement funding to support a program entitled Graduation with Resilience to Achieve Sustainable Development (GRAD) Program. The overall goal of this program is to support and enhance livelihood options of the chronically food insecure households. The objectives of the GRAD program will directly link with all of the core investment areas of USAID/Ethiopia’s Feed the Future (FTF) strategy.

This request for applications (RFA) elicits proposals for a five year cooperative agreement designed to support and enhance livelihood options of the chronically food insecure households by promoting and supporting on-and off-farm income generating activities, facilitating output and input market linkages, increasing access to microfinance services, improving nutritional status of communities and assisting communities to adapt to climate change.

More information.

Deadline: April 22, 2011

 

PUBLICATIONS: Debating the Global Land Grab

A new report has been released to coincide with the forthcoming international conference  on the global land grab to be held at IDS, University of Sussex. The Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS) Forum on global land grabbing, with three leading commentators, debates the sometimes hidden impacts of land deals and sets the scene for wider debates at the upcoming conference.

Klaus Deininger, a senior economist at the World Bank examines the risks associated with single owners of large land holdings and the institutional reforms needed to make land deals successful. Olivier de Schutter, the UN Rapporteur for the Right to Food and Professor of Law and Human Rights at the Catholic University of Louvain, promotes small family farms and human rights in the context of contemporary debates on land grabbing. And Tania Murray Li, Canada Research Chair and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto, examines how land deals can lead to dispossession and “rural exclusion”.

Access the free articles here.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Deputy Director General, Research (Bioversity International). The successful incumbent will provide overall leadership in setting the strategic direction and priorities of Bioversity’s research and for ensuring the seamless and synergistic implementation of the organization’s research programme on agricultural biodiversity and the use and conservation of genetic resources. Deadline: April 8, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: The Nature Conservancy Global Strategy Director, Agriculture. The Director will lead the Conservancy’s organization-wide efforts to ensure that global efforts to achieve food security are pursued in a manner that safeguards biodiversity and ecosystem services. Deadline: April 15, 2011

FELLOWSHIP: Rotary Peace Fellowship. Fellows can earn either a master’s degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution. Deadline: July 1, 2011

AWARDS: IDRC Doctoral Research Awards. IDRC offers these awards twice a year in April and November to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing doctoral studies at a Canadian university. Deadline: April 1, 2011

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Sumernet-CDKN Pilot South East Asian Research Call for Concept Notes. This call is open to researchers  from Southeast Asian countries, and requires partnership between two or more countries in the region, with strong links with policy-makers in-country. Deadline: April 7, 2011

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Biodiversity and local knowledge. As part of its mandate to promote biodiversity and local skills, the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès is focusing on how the knowledge and expertise involved in local agriculture can help preserve and maintain biodiversity. Deadline: April 15, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Conference on Climate Change & Social Issues. An international Conference on Climate Change & Social Issues will take place in December, 2011. The theme of this conference highlights social issues of climate change, such as the impacts on communities including equity/ethical issues and gender inequality. Deadline: May 31, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: Traditional Knowledge, Spirituality and Lands. A call from the International Indigenous Policy Journal. Deadline: March 31, 2011

CONTEST: The World Bank Water Wikipedia writing contest. The contest is an effort by the World Bank to engage with universities for its Wikipedia Pilot Project. Deadline: May 13, 2011

PRESENTATIONS: 5 Perspectives on Forests and Rural Livelihoods. An interesting summary of perspectives from the Directors General of CIFOR and ICRAF as well as several IFAD staff.

PUBLICATION: Water Management: Communities rise to the challenge of providing clean water. A new brief from IDRC.

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Biodiversity and local knowledge

As part of its mandate to promote biodiversity and local skills, the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès is focusing on how the knowledge and expertise involved in local agriculture can help preserve and maintain biodiversity.

Proposals for action research must show the extent to which they will promote local practices and expertise for sustainable management of biodiversity. For this reason, they should focus on:

Preference will be given to projects that cannot be funded by traditional research channels (ANR, FP7 etc ..., which may be specified in the proposal), and that encourage support for local communities, while allowing an evaluation of the impact of these approaches in terms of biodiversity.

More information.

Deadline: April 15, 2011

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EMPLOYMENT: Deputy Director General, Research (Bioversity International)

Bioversity International is the world’s largest organization undertaking research on agricultural biodiversity, dedicated to addressing global issues related to food security, poverty, climate change, and environmental degradation. Bioversity undertakes, encourages and supports research and other activities aimed at improving the well-being of people in the developing world, by enhancing the sustainable use and conservation of agricultural biodiversity. We are a non profit organization, active in over 100 countries worldwide, with more than 350 staff working from some 18 country offices. We are one of 15 centres of the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centres (CGIAR).

The successful incumbent will be both an inspiring scientific leader and excellent research manager. Reporting to the Director General, the Deputy Director-General (Research) will provide overall leadership in setting the strategic direction and priorities of Bioversity’s research and for ensuring the seamless and synergistic implementation of the organization’s research programme on agricultural biodiversity and the use and conservation of genetic resources, ensuring the delivery of outcomes and impact.

More information (pdf). See Bioversity’s opportunities page to apply online.

Deadline: April 8, 2011

 

PRESENTATIONS: 5 Perspectives on Forests and Rural Livelihoods

An interesting post from IFAD’s social reporting blog reports on a meeting this month between the Directors General of CIFOR and ICRAF as well as key members of IFAD’s staff. The post includes 2 powerpoint presentations and summaries from several of the meetings participants. It offers and interesting summary of perspectives on forests and rural livelihoods. Take a look.

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Sumernet-CDKN Pilot South East Asian Research Call for Concept Notes

Joint Sumernet-CDKN research call on climate and development to teams of Southeast Asia country researchers studying on two themes: (i) Energy, urbanization & climate compatible development and (ii) Food security & the livelihoods of small-scale farmers. This call is open to researchers  from Southeast Asian countries, and requires partnership between two or more countries in the region, with strong links with policy-makers in-country.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: April 7, 2011

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Conference on Climate Change & Social Issues

An international Conference on Climate Change & Social Issues will take place on 13-15 December, 2011. The conference is being organized by Toulouse Business School (France) and Institute of Human Development and Training (IHDT) Sri Lanka , and hosted by Munasinghe Institute for Development (MIND) - Colombo Sri Lanka.

The theme of this conference highlights social issues of climate change, such as the impacts on communities including equity/ethical issues and gender inequality. This conference offers a forum that stimulates empirical discussions from multi-sectoral stakeholder groups. Such an initiative would enable us to share practical knowledge/experience, exchange ideas, develop collaborations, and set up working groups in order to take actions for climate change mitigation & adaptation. This conference will bring together inter-disciplinary researchers and practitioners to meet, discuss and debate the global impacts of climate change.

Key topics:

More information.

Deadline: May 31, 2011

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Traditional Knowledge, Spirituality and Lands

Call for papers from the International Indigenous Policy Journal:

There is evidence to suggest that cultural continuity of Aboriginal communities is a key aspect determining well-being among Aboriginal peoples. One of the most poignant aspects of traditional culture is spirituality. It is known that Aboriginal spiritualities are undergoing a period of revitalization throughout the world. For instance, in Canada between 1991 and 2001 Aboriginal spirituality was the only growing spiritual path found among First Nations communities. Similar spiritual revitalization is taking place in other jurisdictions. Questions that arise as a result of this spiritual renaissance include: What are the impacts of spiritual revitalization on Indigenous communities? How does the interrelation with ‘religion’ impact an individual’s and a community’s well-being? How is this revitalization being received in settler society? What are the implications for policy development? How far an international reach and to what degree are transnational connections being forged in the revitalization of traditional spirituality?

More information (scroll to the bottom of the page).

Deadline: March 31, 2011

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FELLOWSHIP: Rotary Peace Fellowship

Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities. Fellows can earn either a master’s degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution. Fellows are chosen from countries and cultures around the globe based on their ability to have a significant, positive impact on world peace and conflict resolution during their careers.

More information.

Deadline: July 1, 2011

 

PUBLICATION: Water Management: Communities rise to the challenge of providing clean water

A new brief from IDRC:

Solutions to the problem [of providing clean water for everyone] have long focused on increasing water supplies through technological means — dams, diversion of water streams, and desalination, among them. But they aren’t enough: meeting the world’s water needs also requires better water management and effective institutions — it needs people. That is the thrust of research supported by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The three projects described below — in Egypt, Bolivia, and Burkina Faso — tell a compelling story of water and people and show how science can support the formulation of sound policies, provide tools for communities to find their own solutions, and lead to strong institutions to ensure that the gains are sustained.

Available here.

 

AWARDS: IDRC Doctoral Research Awards

IDRC offers these awards twice a year in April and November to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing doctoral studies at a Canadian university. These awards are intended for field research in one or more developing countries. Candidates must conduct their research in areas corresponding to IDRC's research priorities.

Since 1982, IDRC has helped graduate students undertake thesis research in the field of international development. IDRC Doctoral Research Awards are intended to promote the growth of Canadian and developing-country capacity in research on sustainable and equitable development from an international perspective.

More information.

Deadline: April 1, 2011

 

CONTEST: The World Bank Water Wikipedia writing contest

The World Bank Water Wikipedia writing contest is an effort by the World Bank to engage with
Universities for its Wikipedia Pilot Project. The competition is open to students currently
enrolled at participating universities worldwide. First place contestants will be offered invitations
for a week-long paid mission trip with The World Bank.

What is the World Bank Wikipedia Pilot Project (WPP)?

The WPP seeks to provide relevant, reliable and up-to-date knowledge on water topics to
professionals and other users in an easily accessible, and interactive format. The WPP consists of
a series of articles posted on Wikipedia providing an overview of the water sector in a particular
country or city. Each note contains systematic information, data, useful external links and much
more. Content is drawn from publicly available sources and has been largely compiled by World
Bank staff so far. The World Bank now asks the broader academic community to participate in
the preparation and maintenance of Wikipedia water notes. The World Bank WPP website:
http://go.worldbank.org/33XZGJETV0

What is the contest about?

The World Bank Wikipedia writing contest includes three categories in which to compete. Each
contestant will choose ONE of the following three categories to compete in: (i) writing a new
Wikipedia article on a water topic, (ii) preparing a comparative analysis based on existing World
Bank WPP water notes, or (iii) updating current World Bank WPP water notes. A review panel
will evaluate each piece and choose one winner from each of three categories.

What can I win?

The World Bank will award three first-place recipients -one from each category- with invitations
for a week-long paid mission trip with the World Bank. In addition, winners may have an
opportunity to present their work and discuss projects with key World Bank staff.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: May 13, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: The Nature Conservancy Global Strategy Director, Agriculture

The  Global Strategy Director, Agriculture will lead the Conservancy’s organization-wide efforts to ensure that global efforts to achieve food security are pursued in a manner that safeguards biodiversity and ecosystem services.  Toward this end, the Director will play a leading role in engaging donor support for agriculture and conservation projects that meet Conservancy goals.  He/she will serve as a key contact to the agricultural sector, government agencies, other conservation organizations, foundations and the academic community.  He/she negotiates or informs the negotiation of complex and innovative solutions with government agencies, major institutions, and landowners related to conservation in the agricultural sector.  In consultation with government relations staff, he/she will develop policy platforms and then coordinate work to advocate for that platform with relevant government and international agencies. He/she will work with key Conservancy staff to coordinate and integrate the Conservancy’s many agriculture projects, helping the organization leverage its field successes into new policy and corporate engagement tools that dramatically increase the scale of our influence.

More information.

Deadline: April 15, 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: ODI Programme Officer - Climate, Environment and Forests Programme. The Programme Officer will provide administrative and financial project management support to research staff at every stage – from proposals to completion – on a wide range of projects. Deadline: March 29, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Research Fellow - Water Policy. The candidate will work on water policies as they relate to food production in IFPRI’s water research group. Deadline: April 11, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: Post-Doctoral Research Fellows at German Institute of Global and Area Studies. The institute is currently accepting applications for 2 post-doctoral Research Fellows in political science and economics. Deadline: April 15, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: WorldFish Center Senior Gender Specialist. The Senior Gender Specialist will report to the Director of Policy, Economics and Social Science and work closely with other senior staff. Deadline: April 18, 2011

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: first International Conference on Water and Environment- WATEIC-2011. WATEIC provides an opportunity for scientists, industrials and professionals in the environmental and water fields to challenge and inspire the water and environmental community by sharing knowledge and best practices. Deadline: March 30, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: CIALCA Conference on Agricultural Intensification of the Humid-Highland Systems of sub-Saharan Africa. The Consortium for Improved Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa conference will be held in Kigali, Rwanda, 24-27 October 2011. Deadline: March 31, 2011

CALL FOR PRE-PROPOSALS: SANDEE Autumn 2011 Research Competition. SANDEE invites inter-disciplinary teams of economists and ecologists/field biologists/geographers, etc., to propose research on issues relating to conservation and protected areas. The research could be geographically focused on any one site or be a multi-site study in one or more countries in South Asia. Deadline: April 7, 2011

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Communicating the future - explaining climate change through graphics. The Minor Foundation for Major Challenges works to influence public opinion in favor of limiting human-caused climate change. The competition aims to inspire participants that have the ability to communicate a complex message in a way that might surprise or even awaken people. Deadline: April 30, 2011

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: African Union Research Grants. The African Union Commission is seeking proposals for research focusing on the following thematic priorities articulated in Africa’s Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action (CPA) and its Lighthouse Projects: (a) Post-harvest and Agriculture, (b) Renewable and Sustainable Energy, and (c) Water and Sanitation in Africa. Deadline: May 3, 2011

PUBLICATION: International Journal of the Commons special feature on Ostrom’s Governing the Commons. The current issue of the journal includes a special feature celebrating the 20th anniversary of Elinor Ostrom’s seminal 1990 publication.

PUBLICATION: Training Manual in Integrated Coastal Management. This manual provides university teachers with a three module course to train professional coastal managers. The focus is on embedding social science concepts and approaches into education for coastal management.

 

EMPLOYMENT: WorldFish Center Senior Gender Specialist

The WorldFish Center, headquartered on the island of Penang, Malaysia, is a world-class scientific research organization whose mission is to reduce poverty and hunger by improving fisheries and aquaculture.

The WorldFish Center is accepting applications for the position of Senior Gender Specialist:

The poor who depend upon aquatic agricultural ecosystems live highly gendered lives. They face strong gender disparities in control of assets and decision-making and in the opportunities open to them. The WorldFish Center is committed to understanding these disparities and working with CGIAR, NGO and government partners to help overcome them. To strengthen our work in this area, WorldFish is recruiting a senior scientist to lead our gender team and develop staff capacity. If you believe that you have the science, managerial and leadership skills to fulfill this role, please read below for further details. As Senior Gender Specialist you will report to the Director of Policy, Economics and Social Science and work closely with other senior staff.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: April 18, 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: ODI Programme Officer - Climate, Environment and Forests Programme

Brittan’s Overseas Development Institute (ODI) has a vacancy for the position of Program Officer in their Climate, Environment, and Forests Programme.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced administrator to support ODI’s Climate, Environment and Forests programme. The Programme Officer will provide administrative and financial project management support to research staff at every stage – from proposals to completion – on a wide range of projects. As well as providing general support, the successful candidate will facilitate information flows both internally and externally.

More information.

Deadline: March 29, 2011

 

PUBLICATION: International Journal of the Commons special feature on Ostrom’s Governing the Commons

The current issue of the International Journal of the Commons includes a special feature celebrating the 20th anniversary of Elinor Ostrom’s Governing the Commons.

Elinor Ostrom’s Governing the Commons celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2010. Since its appearance, the book has changed the agenda of commons research and practice. True to its title, it has sparked a search for ways to actually govern the commons – rather than simply declaring them anachronisms, for which there is no place in a world that looks to develop sustainably. Additionally, whereas since 1968 the commons debate was dominated by the ideas of one biologist, Governing the Commons opened up the quest for further understanding of commons questions to a great many other disciplines. In this special feature project we have sought to emphasize both aspects of the impact of the book.

The issue is available here.

 

CALL FOR PRE-PROPOSALS: SANDEE Autumn 2011 Research Competition

The South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) is a regional network that brings together and strengthens South Asian researchers and institutions interested in the inter-connections between development and the environment. In this call for research proposals, SANDEE will focus on the economics of conservation. About 13% of the world's surface area is "protected" for conservation of natural habitat. Anthropogenic pressures are constantly in contest with conservation and there is an urgent need to understand the trade-offs involved in policy options.

SANDEE invites inter-disciplinary teams of economists and ecologists/field biologists/geographers, etc., to propose research on issues relating to conservation and protected areas. The research could be geographically focused on any one site or be a multi-site study in one or more countries in South Asia. Multi-country proposals should preferably come from a coalition of research partners, but SANDEE may also help shortlisted researchers find partners in other countries. The deadline for submission of pre-proposals is April 7th, 2011. If accepted, this will lead to an invitation to submit a full research proposal.

More information.

Deadline: April 7, 2011

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: CIALCA Conference on Agricultural Intensification of the Humid-Highland Systems of sub-Saharan Africa

The Consortium for Improved Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa (CIALCA) conference on “Challenges and Opportunities for Agricultural Intensification of the Humid-Highland Systems of sub-Saharan Africa” will be held in Kigali, Rwanda, 24-27 October 2011.

CIALCA invites submissions of abstracts for papers to be presented orally as well as posters to be displayed and discussed during designated poster sessions. Abstracts can be submitted under any one of the four conference themes:

More information. (en Francais)

Deadline: March 31, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Post-Doctoral Research Fellows at German Institute of Global and Area Studies

The GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies / Leibniz-Institut für Globale und Regionale Studien is currently accepting applications for 2 post-doctoral Research Fellows, starting 1 June 2011 at the earliest. Applications are invited for 2 full-time positions, each with an initial contract of 3 years with the possibility of extension. Salary is commensurate with 13 TV-AVH / TVöD.

Position 1: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Social Sciences, In particular Political Science or Economics (Ref.-No. GIGA-11-02). The successful candidate will:

Position 2: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Social Sciences, In particular Economics (Ref.-No. GIGA-11-03). The successful candidate will:

More information (pdf).

Deadline: April 15, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: first International Conference on Water and Environment- WATEIC-2011

Integrated management of water resources and protection of the environment have become a global priority for sustainable development. Several countries around the world are suffering from many problems related to water scarcity, unsustainable management of water resources, vulnerability to climate change, pollution and lack of sanitation infrastructure and suitable treatment technology. These problems are often worsened by lack of governance and development supporting legislative tools.

Aware of the socio-economic importance of water management and protection of the environment, the pole of competences on water and environment (PC2E) and its partners, through the organization of this first edition of the International Conference on Water and Environment (WATEIC-2011), aim to promote innovation, capacity building, dissemination and promotion of research and the creation and strengthening of networks of exchange and cooperation. WATEIC provides an excellent opportunity for scientists, industrials and professionals   in the environmental and water fields to challenge and inspire the water and environmental community by sharing knowledge and best practices.

More information.

Deadline: March 30, 2011

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: African Union Research Grants

The African Union Commission is seeking proposals for research focusing on the following thematic priorities articulated in Africa’s Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action (CPA) and its Lighthouse Projects: (a) Post-harvest and Agriculture, (b) Renewable and Sustainable Energy, and (c) Water and Sanitation in Africa. The programme is financed through the Financing Agreement between the European Commission and the ACP Group of States under the ACP Research for Sustainable Development Program of the 10th EDF Intra-ACP Envelop.

More information.

Deadline: May 3, 2011

 

PUBLICATION: Training Manual in Integrated Coastal Management

This manual provides university teachers with a three module course to train professional coastal managers. As many students and teachers in this field are from the natural sciences, the focus is on embedding social science concepts and approaches into education for coastal management. A recently revised hard copy version of the manual is available for purchase here. The digital version is available for free download here.

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Communicating the future - explaining climate change through graphics

The Minor Foundation for Major Challenges works to influence public opinion in favor of limiting human-caused climate change. It invites electronic presentations that communicate the causes and challenges of climate change for the general public and aims to select an extraordinarily good way of communicating the issue of man-made climate change. The competition aims to inspire participants that have the ability to communicate a complex message in a way that might surprise or even awaken people. The best three submissions will be awarded 100 thousand Norwegian kroner each. The overall winner will receive 500 thousand kroner to finance the completion and implementation of the submitted idea.

More information.

Deadline: April 30, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Research Fellow - Water Policy

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as Research Fellow in its Environment and Production Technology Division. This is a two-year, fixed term, renewable, exempt appointment based in Washington DC.

The candidate will work on water policies as they relate to food production in IFPRI’s water research group. IFPRI’s water research aims to reduce poverty by improving overall water use efficiency in developing countries, while improving water quality, reducing irrigated land degradation, increasing food security, and improving access to water by the poor, paying particular attention to the mechanisms, policies, and institutions needed to address these challenges. Research results provide policymakers with options to address growing water scarcity and water quality challenges through more efficient water allocation and improved water management across sectors and within the agricultural sector.

The Research Fellow will be responsible for developing, implementing and supporting a portfolio of water-related projects relating to constraints to agricultural productivity growth sustainable resource management, and equitable institutions for water access. The ideal Research Fellow will possess a passion for improving the lives of smallholder water users, and extensive knowledge on developing country water policy issues.

More information.

Deadline: April 11, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: IIRR African Regional Director. The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction is recruiting an African Regional Director to provide overall leadership and supervision in the planning and implementation of the Institute’s strategy and its rural development programs and operations in Africa. Deadline: March 18, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy Initiative. The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) invites applications for the post of Postdoctoral Research Associate for the Responsive Forest Governance Initiative (RFGI), undertaken in collaboration with The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Deadline: April 1, 2011

FELLOWSHIP: 2011 PopTech Social Innovation Fellow. The program serves visionary change agents who are incubating high-potential solutions to pressing national, regional and global challenges. Deadline: March 31, 2011

AWARD: Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship. The Skoll Foundation presents the Awards for Social Entrepreneurship to a small number of social entrepreneurs who are solving the world’s most pressing problems. Deadline: April 27, 2011

SCHOLARSHIP: MSc in Climate Change and Development at IDS/Sussex. A full scholarship funded through the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship scheme is available for applicants to the MSc in Climate Change and Development programme at University of Sussex/Institute for Development Studies, UK for entry October 2011. Deadline: May 1, 2011

SCHOLARSHIPS: SEARCA Scholarships 2012-2013 for Master and PhD in Agriculture. The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture invites applications for its graduate scholarship (MS and PhD) in agriculture and related fields for the academic year 2012-2013. Deadline: July 30, 2011

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Indigenous Peoples, Marginalized Populations and Climate Change. The aim of the workshops is to identify, compile and analyse relevant indigenous and local observations, knowledge and practices related to understanding climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation. Deadline: March 18, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: ‘Living Realities of Legal Pluralism' – Deadline Extended. The jubilee congress of the Commission on Legal Pluralism, entitled 'Living Realities of Legal Pluralism' will take place 8-11 September 2011 at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Deadline: April 1, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: EUDN PhD Workshop on Development Economics. The workshop aims at giving PhD students in Development Economics an opportunity to present papers in an informal environment, as well as to exchange the results of recent and ongoing research in different fields of development economics. Deadline: April 1, 2011.

ONLINE RESOURCE: Double Bladed Axe, A New Forestry Film Web Page. A new web page provides information on and access to the 2 films and accompanying educational materials based on stories addressing obstacles to the making and implementation of fair forest management policies.

REQUEST FOR INPUT: Gendered Farming Systems in Africa. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) request your help in their ongoing effort to underte a gender mapping of agriculture in Africa in order to better understand how to best target small-scale water management strategies to farmers. Deadline: April 1, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy Initiative

The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) invites applications for the post of Postdoctoral Research Associate for the Responsive Forest Governance Initiative (RFGI) which is being undertaken in collaboration with The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The objective of the RFGI research program is to provide insights and guidance to increase representative local forest governance and responsible natural resources management in at least 10 country-based landscapes in Africa, supported with handbooks for the design and improvement of accountable and responsive local forest-governance processes. The Postdoctoral Research Associate post is based at UIUC. The RFGI program will involve: collaborative development of research on local democracy in forestry; setting up and coordinating research teams in ten African countries; training and supervising of researchers; guiding young researchers through the research, analysis and writing process; publication of a working paper series, synthesis reports, policy briefs; co-authoring a forest governance handbook; and fundraising for future research in the arena of environmental governance. An overview of the program is attached.

More information. (Scroll down under RFGI to “CALL FOR POST-DOCTORAL CANDIDATES”.)

Deadline: April 1, 2011

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Indigenous Peoples, Marginalized Populations and Climate Change

United Nations University (UNU), Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are co-organising two workshops on “Indigenous Peoples, Marginalized Populations and Climate Change.” The workshops will bring together representatives of indigenous peoples and marginalized populations, natural and social scientists, and other experts in relevant domains. The aim of the workshops is to identify, compile and analyse relevant indigenous and local observations, knowledge and practices related to understanding climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation. The workshops will provide a key opportunity to ensure that experience, sources of information and knowledge (scientific, indigenous and local), along with data and literature (scientific and grey), focusing on vulnerable and marginalized regions of the world are made available to the authors of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report and the global community.

The workshop secretariat is now calling for the submission of abstracts for the first workshop, which will focus on Climate Change Vulnerability, Adaptation and Traditional Knowledge. The workshop will be held in collaboration with the Mexican National Institute of Ecology (INE) from 19-21 July 2011 in Mexico City, Mexico.

Submissions should be relevant to the workshop theme – Climate Change Vulnerability, Adaptation and Traditional Knowledge. Submissions are sought from researchers and knowledge holders from around the globe. Contributions from individuals and communities in developing countries and/or marginalised regions are encouraged.

More information.

Deadline: March 18, 2011

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SCHOLARSHIPS: SEARCA Scholarships 2012-2013 for Master and PhD in Agriculture

The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) invites applications for its graduate scholarship (MS and PhD) in agriculture and related fields (including biological sciences, social sciences, economics and statistics, forestry and fisheries, environmental sciences, agro-industrial technology and engineering, biochemistry, and development management) for the academic year 2012-2013.

The scholarship is open to nationals of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam who are regular employees of academic or research institutions or government agencies and not older than 35 years old.

More information.

Deadline: July 30, 2011

 

FELLOWSHIP: 2011 PopTech Social Innovation Fellow

The Social Innovation Fellows Program serves visionary change agents who are incubating high-potential solutions to pressing national, regional and global challenges. The program is designed to provide a toolkit for creating real and lasting impact. Fellows also gain increased visibility, access to a year-round community of peers in many sectors and a world-class network of experts and supporters.

The program is highly selective, with 10 to 20 Social Innovation Fellows selected annually from among hundreds of nominations.

Before submitting a nomination, please read carefully the following eligibility criteria. Successful candidates:

Fellows may be working within various models – for-profit companies, not-for-profit organizations, hybrid efforts and open-source platforms. Fellows come from a wide variety of geographies, and international candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Fellows may be nominated by another individual or organization, self-nominated, or nominated from within the PopTech network.

More information.

Deadline: March 31, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: IIRR African Regional Director

The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) is recruiting an African Regional Director to provide overall leadership and supervision in the planning and implementation of the Institute’s strategy and its rural development programs and operations in Africa.  The primary functions include but are not limited to resource generation, mobilization, and development initiatives to support program and management goals, and program and Human Resources management and growth. The African Regional Director will be based in Nairobi, Kenya but will provide leadership and oversight for a staff of professionals located throughout Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Sudan, (along with 2 new countries over the next 5 years). The Director reports directly to the President and is a senior member of the Institute’s Global Management Team.

More information.

Deadline: March 18, 2011

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

 

SCHOLARSHIP: MSc in Climate Change and Development at IDS/Sussex

A full scholarship (fees plus maintenance and travel) funded through the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship scheme is available for applicants to the MSc in Climate Change and Development programme at University of Sussex/Institute for Development Studies, UK for entry October 2011.

Potential applicants must undertake the following process in the order stated.

  1. Check their eligibility for the award (see criteria below)
  2. Submit an application for the MSc in Climate Change and Development using the online application facility at http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/2011/taught/3331/23691
  3. Only after applicants have received an offer of a place on the course should they request an application form for the scholarship, be contacting climate@sussex.ac.uk. The deadline for applications for the scholarship is 1st May 2011.

Scholarship Criteria

The applicants must:

  1. be nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country, and not currently be living or studying in a developed country (please see the booklet for a list of eligible countries)
  2. hold a first degree at either first or upper second class level;
  3. be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the course
  4. have not previously studied for one year or more in a developed country
  5. not be employed by a government department (for this purpose the Commission counts this as being employed by a Government Ministry).
  6. be able to confirm in writing that neither they or their families would otherwise be able to pay for the proposed course of study
  7. be willing to confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete

More information on MSc in Climate Change and Development.

More information (pdf) on the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme.

Deadline: May 1, 2011

 

ONLINE RESOURCE: Double Bladed Axe, A New Forestry Film Web Page

A new web page provides information on and access to the 2 films and accompanying educational materials based on stories by Jesse Ribot and co-directed and produced by Pape Faye and Jesse Ribot. The films both address obstacles to the making and implementation of fair forest management policies. The web page provides descriptions of each film, information on the research behind and making of the films, and access to copies of the films. The accompanying educational materials include links to published articles and working papers and a video of a lecture given by Jesse Ribot.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: EUDN PhD Workshop on Development Economics

The EUDN PhD Student Workshop aims at giving PhD students in Development Economics an opportunity to present papers in an informal environment, as well as to exchange the results of recent and ongoing research in different fields of development economics. In 2011, a seminar will be organized jointly by the EUDN and the Tinbergen Institute. The event will take place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, at short distance from International Airport Schiphol.

Contributions from all possible fields of development economics are welcome. Papers accepted for presentation will be assigned to a qualified discussant. There will be ample time for presentation and discussion to maximize comments from attending faculty. A key-note speech will be delivered by Prof. Stefan Dercon, Oxford University.

The workshop is taking place Thursday July 7th – Friday July 8th , 2011.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: April 1, 2011

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AWARD: Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship

Each year the Skoll Foundation presents the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship to a small number of social entrepreneurs who are solving the world’s most pressing problems. The Skoll Award includes a core support grant to the organization to be paid over three years and a noncash award to the social entrepreneur that is presented at the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship. The Skoll Foundation has an open application process for Awards consideration. However, to be considered for the Award, organizations must meet very specific Awards criteria: winners have a tested and proven social innovation that addresses an issue of critical importance and is positioned for large-scale impact.

More information.

Deadline: April 27, 2011

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REQUEST FOR INPUT: Gendered Farming Systems in Africa

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) are undertaking a gender mapping of agriculture in Africa in order to better understand how to best target small-scale water management strategies to farmers.  In order to ensure our information is as accurate as possible we are inviting people who are knowledgeable on the gender patterns of farming in specific African countries to provide information via a short online survey. 

If you consider yourself knowledgeable about farming system in any country or region in Sub-Saharan Africa we encourage you to fill out the survey and/or to share the survey link with knowledgeable colleagues.  Your participation in the survey is extremely valuable; this gender map will be used to develop recommendations for how to target different agriculture water management technologies to the farm’s main decision-makers.  Responses to the survey need to be in by April 1st.  Results will be sent to respondents and will also be made available on the web.

The survey can be accessed at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8SDH3HN

Friday, March 04, 2011

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: ‘Living Realities of Legal Pluralism' – Deadline Extended

The jubilee congress (1981-2011) of the Commission on Legal Pluralism, entitled 'Living Realities of Legal Pluralism' will take place 8-11 September 2011 at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. The Commission holds the congress in cooperation with the Centre for Legal and Applied Research (CLEAR), the Research Chair into African Customary Law and the Chair for Comparative Law in Africa of the University of Cape Town.

The deadline for submitting paper proposals has been extended to 1 April 2011.

Visit the conference website at  for an overview of the themes of the conference as well as the proposed panels. Please be aware that the overview of panels is work in progress, and new panels will be added shortly. Interested presenters can either indicate only the theme they wish to present their paper in, or the theme PLUS a specific panel.

More information.

Deadline: April 1, 2011

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Thursday, March 03, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Senior Policy Officer (Livestock-Environment). The incumbent will be responsible for the livestock-environment programme and the formulation of related strategies. Deadline: March 17, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Senior Research Fellow/Agriculture Extension (Ethiopia). IFPRI seeks a qualified candidate to serve as Senior Research Fellow/Agricultural Extension and Research Program in its Development, Strategy and Governance Division in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Deadline: March 22, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: CIMMYT GIS Expert/Crop Modeler – Associate Scientist or Scientist. The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is looking for a crop modeler/GIS expert to join their international team of scientists working on improving the livelihoods of maize and wheat farmers in the developing world. Deadline: March 25, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: Opportunities at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). IWMI is accepting applications for the positions of Asia Director and Researcher – Economics or Social Sciences. Deadline: March 31, 2011

FELLOWSHIP: Meridian Fellowship. The Meridian Institute Fellowship is a one to two year placement in Meridian’s Colorado or Washington, DC office that provides the opportunity to work on varied and highly complex public policy issues, learn about the field of multi-party collaborative problem solving, and engage with leaders from a variety of sectors and interest groups. Deadline: March 25, 2011

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: the 2011 ProSPER.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Award. 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. Deadline: April 30, 2011

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Lindbergh Foundation Grants. Grants are available for research and education in agriculture, conservation of natural resources, waste minimization, etc. Citizens of all countries are eligible to apply. Deadline: June 9, 2011

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: BBVA Foundation -- Awards in Frontiers of Knowledge 2011. The awards seek to recognize and encourage world-class research and artistic creation, prizing contributions of lasting impact for their originality, theoretical significance and ability to push back the frontiers of the known world. Deadline: June 30, 2011

PUBLICATION: ActionAid Report: Understanding Climate Change from Below, Addressing Barriers from Above. ActionAid has released a report that discusses the natural calamities that are interfering with development at the community level.

PUBLICATION: An Africa-focused Natural Resources Management Textbook. This book provides an understanding of the various levels at which NRM issues occur and are being addressed scientifically, economically, socially and politically.

VIDEO: Two Degrees Up: climate change photofilms. The Two Degrees Up photofilms mark the recent launch of the CGIAR’s research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).