Wednesday, November 30, 2011
EMPLOYMENT: WorldFish Postdoctoral Fellow, Community-based natural resource management (Ghana)
The WorldFish Center seeks a Post doctoral Fellow to design and conduct research on integrated coastal management and fisheries governance in the Western Region of Ghana as part of the USAID funded HεN MPOANO (Our Coast)Initiative. Working with local, national and international partners the Initiative is focused on addressing coastal and fisheries governance issues in Ghana’s Western Region. Following a substantive period of diagnosis and background research, the Initiative is now moving to a stage of community level piloting. The post-doctoral fellow will work in selected coastal communities to design and monitor the implementation of pilots that incorporate concepts of livelihood resilience and ecosystem-based participatory fisheries governance. A particular focus will be research into effective ways of supporting or building local institutions that facilitate participation in governance processes and foster legitimacy in rule-making. The Fellow will also be involved in strengthening the capacity of national researchers in conducting research.
SCHOLARSHIP: PhD Opportunities in Environmental Economics in Birmingham
The Department of Economics in the University of Birmingham has recently been awarded two +3 PhD scholarships in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics.
- Climate, Hydropower and Economic Performance in Africa. This project aims to identify the economic implications of increasing hydropower investment in Africa in the face of climate change.
- The economic valuation of flood risk. This PhD proposes to use nonmarket valuation techniques such as the hedonic price technique and choice experiments empirically to determine the economic benefits to households of protection from flood risk.
Both offer fees and maintenance for UK/EU students.
Deadline: January 15, 2012
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
PUBLICATION: Green Economy for Sustainable Mountain Development : A concept paper for Rio+20 and beyond
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) announces the release of a new publication:
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) to be held in June 2012 will have green economy as one of its two main themes. This paper has been prepared to strengthen arguments for discussing mountain issues at Rio+20 and in other global discourses. The aim is to ensure renewed efforts and commitment by the global community at Rio+20 to prioritise mountain issues in development agendas and processes dealing with poverty reduction, food security, climate change, and other issues that are critical to sustainable development in mountain areas. The paper is the outcome of three days deliberation among key stakeholders at the International Conference on Green Economy and Sustainable Mountain Development, jointly organised by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Kathmandu, Nepal from 5 to 7 September 2011.
FELLOWSHIP: Inter-American Foundation Grassroots Development Fellowship Program
The Inter-American Foundation (IAF) was created in 1969 by the United States Congress to fund the self-help initiatives of the organized poor in Latin America and the Caribbean and the groups that directly support them. To complement its work, the IAF has reinstated its Fellowships for candidates for Ph.D. degrees from United States universities as they conduct their dissertation research. IAF's Fellowships are intended to increase awareness of grassroots development efforts while building a community of professionals and scholars knowledgeable in the subject. Fellows examine the efforts of the rural and urban poor to improve their lives, their methods of organization and production, and the policies and programs designed to alleviate their poverty. The IAF disseminates research findings of its Fellows to a broad audience concerned with development.
Deadline: January 17, 2012
Monday, November 28, 2011
CALL FOR PAPERS: Conference on the Economics of Ultrapoverty: Causes and Remedies
George Washington University will be hosting the "International conference on the Economics of Ultra-poverty: Causes and Remedies," on March 22 & 23, 2012. Topics of potential interest are: ultra-poverty measurement; chronic poverty; the ultra-poverty process (over the lifecycle); multidimensional poverty; identification, incidence, characteristics; relationship to health and nutrition; relation to disability, discrimination, gender, isolation, social exclusion, conflict; capabilities deprivation; modeling "poverty traps" and their evidence; effects of growth and inflation on the ultra-poor; natural resource dis-entitlements (e.g. "spontaneous privatization"); environmental degradations; food trends; advances in design and evaluation of programs and policies designed to address ultra-poverty; behavioral dimensions - economic psychology and behavior of people living in ultra-poverty; and extreme inequality (viz. the ultra-rich). The deadline for paper submission is January 2, 2012; an earlier "intent to submit" will be appreciated. Travel and expenses will be paid for presenters of selected papers.
Deadline: January 2, 2012
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Land Deal Policy Initiative (LPDI) Small grant competition Part 2
Land Deal Policy Initiative (LDPI) is launching a Small Grants Competition Part 2: 2011-12. Grants of up to US$3000 per study are available to successful applicants who wish to undertake original field research, carry out follow up fieldwork on an ongoing related initiative, or write up a paper based on research that is being/has been undertaken on any of the following themes (or combinations).
- What are some of the relevant emerging alternatives from key actors? Are some of the traditional policies such as
land reform, and some of the more recent alternative visions such as ‘food sovereignty’ (and ‘land sovereignty’)
relevant and useful in protecting and promoting the interest of the rural poor in the midst of these (trans)national commercial land deals?
- What is the range of reactions from local communities to these investments? To what extent have agrarian political struggles been provoked by the new land investment dynamics? What are the issues that unite or divide the rural poor, organized movements, and rural communities around the issue of land deals?
- What changes in broad agrarian structures are emerging? Are these new forms of agrarian capitalism or repeats of
- What is the nature and extent of rural social differentiation – in terms of class, gender, ethnicity – following
changes in land use and land property relations as well as organizations of production and exchange?
- Have land deals undermined local level and national food security? How and to what extent? What have been the
socially differentiated impacts on livelihoods by class, gender and ethnicity?
- What are the various competing policy and political narratives and discourses around the multiple crises of food,
energy, climate and finance, and how have these shaped and been reshaped by the land deal politics? How and to
what extent has (trans)national finance speculation played a role in land deals in the context of the convergence of food, fuels, climate and finance crises? What narratives exist around ‘investment, growth and modernization’
versus ‘marginalization, displacement and impoverishment’, and so on?
- How have competing frameworks and views on land property been deployed by various camps around the contested meanings of ‘marginal lands’ (or, idle’, ‘waste’, ‘unoccupied’ lands)?
- What are the emerging trends around dynamics of power, elites and corruption; land as a source of patronage? How can we make sense of the politics of land deals in different contexts?
- Have development-induced displacement and dispossession occurred? How and to what extent and with what
immediate and long-term outcomes and implications for rural livelihoods, including new rural refugees or
internally displaced peoples (IDPs)?
- Have global land policies of different overseas development agencies (World Bank, FAO, EU, IFAD, and so on)contributed to facilitating/encouraging or blocking/discouraging land deals? What are the limitations of ‘code of
conduct’, certification, regulation, information dissemination, and capacity-building strategies?
- What are the dynamics of international politics of land grabs in the broader context of energy, mining, forestry and conservation; and the role of big capital and powerful interests?
Deadline: December 15, 2011
EMPLOYMENT: Professorship in Social Sciences from Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) and University of Bremen
The Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology and the University of Bremen invite applications for a joint professorship in Social Sciences (tenure as W2 University Professor).
Tropical coastal ecosystems are highly productive habitats with increasing ecological and economic importance. The Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) is dedicated to the study of these ecosystems and the services they provide to human society. The mission of ZMT is therefore the investigation of tropical marine ecosystems, their resources, their sensitivity and the responses to natural environmental changes and human interactions. The aim of ZMT is to develop concepts for integrated coastal zone management based on the scientific analysis of tropical ecosystems in their complexity. To address this topic, ZMT is designed as trans- and interdisciplinary institute.
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Humans are intimately involved in the status and development of most coastal areas of the modern world. Therefore, ZMT looks for an innovative researcher, who provides additional perspectives for understanding the sustainable governance of marine and coastal resources. Currently, in the Social Science Department, the ZMT has a SocialEcological Systems Group and an Institutional and Behavioural Economics Group. The new professor should complement the existing approaches with new views and ideas, igniting synergies with the current ZMT perspectives. ZMT focuses on the empirical and theoretical study of small-scale dynamics of social-ecological interactions on the scale of individuals and small societal groups. The successful candidate is expected to complement and strengthen this approach especially in the field of ecosystem services and their relation to human actions.
Deadline: January 6, 2012
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
This Week’s Posts
EMPLOYMENT: Research Fellow with IDDRI’s CapAdapt Project (Paris). The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), an independent policy research institute based at Sciences Po (Institute for Political Studies) in Paris, is seeking an outstanding candidate for a position of Research Fellow within the context of the CapAdapt project. Deadline: open
EMPLOYMENT: ICIMOD Lead Atmosphere Scientist and Coordinator. The Lead Scientist will spearhead the programme and coordinate it in the regional member countries in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas and with global networks. Deadline: December 5, 2011
FELLOWSHIP: Research Fellow Partnership Program (RFPP), ETH-Zurich. The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich is offering doctoral and post-doctoral research fellowships in agriculture, forestry, and natural resources related to development to Swiss residents under age 36 and citizens of developing and transition countries through age 40. Deadline: December 31, 2011
FUNDING: Orskov Foundation Grants for Students & Communities. Grants to support individual students and community projects related to agricultural education. Deadline: December 31, 2011
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Annual Conference of the Society for Tropical Ecology. The conference aims at maximizing interactions among scientists of all disciplines and backgrounds who are interested in tropical biogeography and biodiversity. Deadline: November 30, 2011
CALL FOR INPUT: Governance and economic incentives for reducing the contribution of tropical deforestation to climate change. Experts on governance and forests invite you to participate in a study led by Australian National University on deforestation, decentralization and forest governance. Deadline: December 11, 2011
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 2012 Tech4Dev International Conference. The conference will look at how science and technologies can support both sustainable development in developing and emerging countries and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as defined by the United Nations in 2000. Deadline: December 15, 2011
PUBLICATION: Rights to Resources in Crisis: Reviewing the Fate of Customary Tenure in Africa. A five brief series analyzes the roots of African land tenure systems, recent policy trends, and the phenomenon of large scale land acquisitions.
PUBLICATION: World Agroforestry Center’s Review of guidelines and manuals for value chain analysis for agricultural and forest products. A review of 32 value chain analysis manuals concerning agriculture and forestry aiming to help users identify which manuals which will be most applicable for their specific needs and circumstances.
PUBLICATION: Women and Land: Securing Rights for Better Lives. A new IDRC publication by Debbie Budlender and Eileen Alma is available online.
PUBLICATION: World Agroforestry Center’s Review of guidelines and manuals for value chain analysis for agricultural and forest products
The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has published a review of 32 value chain analysis manuals concerning agriculture and forestry. The review aims to help the user identify which manuals which will be most applicable for their specific needs and circumstances.
This paper gives an overview of guidelines and manuals for value chain analysis in agriculture and forestry. The publications were compiled through web search using key words such as value chain manuals, value chain guidelines, value chain handbooks. Information was also gathered by requesting key informants to provide any guidelines they knew of. The value chain concept has been applied in different ways by different organizations. Thus, this paper starts by reviewing the commonalities and differences in the definition of value chain and other relevant terms. Four stages of value chain analysis are described: appraisal, design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation. It then lists 32 guidelines and manuals, breaking them into four groups: (1) those that deal with all four stages of value chain analysis, (2) those focusing on the first two stages, appraisal and design, (3) those that focus on forest products, and (4) those examining special topics cutting across the other guidelines such as collective marketing, farmer-trader relations or gender analysis. For each guideline or manual, there is a brief overview of the contents,
the specific survey instruments, case studies and the web address or other means of accessing it. Future work should include a more detailed analysis of the approaches and methods used in the different manuals and their strengths and weaknesses.
PUBLICATION: Women and Land: Securing Rights for Better Lives
A new IDRC publication by Debbie Budlender and Eileen Alma is available online.
Land is an important source of security against poverty across the developing world, but, in many places, unequal rights to land put women at a disadvantage, perpetuates poverty, and entrenches gender inequality. Surprisingly little detailed information exists on women’s relationship to land, and even less is informed by women themselves. This book aims to help fill that gap, drawing on research funded by IDRC over many years.
The core of the book focuses on recent findings from sub-Saharan Africa, where researchers in 14 countries explored the topic from many angles – legal, customary, political, and economic. Researchers from non-governmental organizations, academics, and grassroots activists worked together with communities on the research, exploring the experiences of women in specific contexts.
Grounded in local realities, the evidence gathered in this book aims to capture the diversity and complexity of women’s experiences. Most importantly, it provides fresh insights for policymakers and others working to secure women’s rights to land and thus strengthen the communities in which they live.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
FELLOWSHIP: Research Fellow Partnership Program (RFPP), ETH-Zurich
The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich is offering doctoral and post-doctoral research fellowships in agriculture, forestry, and natural resources related to development. Fellows in Research Fellow Partnership Program (RFPP) are Swiss residents under age 36, and citizens of developing and transition countries through age 40. Projects have to be embedded in research partnerships between a CGIAR center (or equivalent) and ETH Zurich.
Deadline: December 31, 2011
FUNDING: Orskov Foundation Grants form Students & Communities
The Orskov Foundation offers grants to support individual students and community projects related to agricultural education:
The Orskov Foundation promotes sustainable development for the poorest rural communities in the world. We aim to achieve this through the integration of agricultural education with community projects. The resultant sharing of knowledge, experience and information will be key factors to enable people and communities to find their own solutions to the complex problems they face and move towards self-sufficiency on their own terms. We support both individual students and a programme of community projects. Each of the community projects we fund is set up using a revolving-fund. This is a simple method of providing access to affordable credit to buy what the communities deem to be most useful. When they are able they then pay back to the fund to enable others to benefit. Each project, its goals and management, is set up in partnership with the active participation of the community groups involved.
Deadline: December 31, 2011
CALL FOR INPUT: Governance and economic incentives for reducing the contribution of tropical deforestation to climate change
Experts on governance and forests invite you to participate in a study led by Australian National University on deforestation, decentralization and forest governance. More specifically, they are interested in the perceptions of forest management experts of several issues:
- The agents and causes of deforestation in the country in which you work.
- The relationships between decentralisation, forest governance and deforestation in the country in which you work. This section also asks about your perceptions of the presence or absence of illegal logging and/or corruption in forest management.
- The effectiveness of policies to address forest governance problems and deforestation. Your views are also sought about policies that could work but which have not been implemented, and whether there are any other policies (and what they are) that could be more effective in contributing to reduced deforestation.
The survey is entirely anonymous. No personal data is collected, and there will be no way of identifying individuals from the responses provided.
Participation in the survey should take no more than 25 minutes of your time.
Deadline: December 11, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 2012 Tech4Dev International Conference
Deadline: December 15, 2011
The conference will look at how science and technologies can support both sustainable development in developing and emerging countries and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as defined by the United Nations in 2000. It will bring researchers and practitioners together in order to bridge the gap between the two communities, focusing on collaboration, methodologies, instruments and policies that could be used and/or encouraged. The possibility of a universal tool and policies for science, technology and innovation that could be of assistance in future collaborations will also be introduced.
The conference will offer unique opportunities for the acquisition of skills, information-sharing and networking and will be conducive to:
- Improving research adapted to the beneficiaries;
- Enhancing research practices;
- Developing better integrated and interdisciplinary research;
- Involving professional and practitioners in these efforts.
Deadline: December 15, 2011
PUBLICATION: Rights to Resources in Crisis: Reviewing the Fate of Customary Tenure in Africa
A five brief series analyzes the roots of African land tenure systems, recent policy trends, and the phenomenon of large scale land acquisitions.
In a series of 5 new briefs Liz Alden Wily analyzes the roots of African land tenure systems, recent policy trends and the phenomenon of large scale land acquisitions. The 5 brief series Rights to Resources in Crisis: Reviewing the Fate of Customary Tenure in Africa assesses the status of customary land rights and the forces that will affect them as Africa develops. This suite of briefs includes: • Customary Land Tenure in the Modern World • Putting 20th-Century Land Policies in Perspective • Land Reform in Africa: A Reappraisal • The Status of Customary Land Rights in Africa Today • The Global Land Rush: What this Means for Customary Land Rights
Sunday, November 20, 2011
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Annual Conference of the Society for Tropical Ecology
The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to November 30th. In 2012, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg will host the Annual Conference of the Society for Tropical Ecology (Gesellschaft für Tropenökologie, gtö), focusing on the Islands in land- and seascape. The conference will run from February 22 to 25, 2012 in Erlangen, Germany. The conference aims at maximizing interactions among scientists of all disciplines and backgrounds who are interested in tropical biogeography and biodiversity.
Deadline: November 30, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
EMPLOYMENT: ICIMOD Lead Atmosphere Scientist and Coordinator
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is a regional knowledge development and learning centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas (HKH) – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan.
ICIMOD is looking to hire a Lead Atmosphere Scientist and Coordinator. Under the overall supervision of the Director of Programme Operations and the direct supervision of the concerned Programme Head/Manager, the Lead Scientist will spearhead the programme and coordinate it in the regional member countries in the HKH and with global networks. He or she will:
- Contribute to the development of SLCF reduction strategies suitable for mountain communities
- Lead scientific research in SLCFs and establish linkages with partners in RMCs and relevant programmes (e.g. SERVIR and Cryosphere Monitoring) within ICIMOD
- Monitor implementation of various components and ensure their interlinkages
- Assist in organising the communication and general outreach of the programme
- Organise meetings and interactions with the promoters and ensure transparent communication
Deadline: December 5, 2011
EMPLOYMENT: Research Fellow with IDDRI’s CapAdapt Project (Paris)
The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), an independent policy research institute based at Sciences Po (Institute for Political Studies) in Paris, is seeking an outstanding candidate for a position of Research Fellow within the context of the CapAdapt project.
Preconceived ideas on adaptation to climate change are numerous. Their persistence is essentially due to a relative lack of comprehensive knowledge, including on influential factors, underlying processes (political, social, economic...), the role of environmental conditions, relevant spatial and temporal scales, levers and barriers. In order to promote a holistic, systemic and contextualised understanding of adaptation and vulnerability to climate change, the CapAdapt project focuses on adaptive capacity with the ambition of elaborating new scientific bases for the development of integrated analyses. The project is based upon fieldwork in 2 low-‐lying coastal areas (Bangladesh in the Indian Ocean, Kiribati in the Pacific).
An operational objective of the project is to show how a better understanding of adaptive capacity (driving factors and processes) may inform crucial current developments on adaptation to climate change: (i) its implementation, (ii) the improvement of the international adaptation funds’ disbursement criteria, and (iii) future environmental migration-related policies.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
This Week’s Posts
EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow, Nigeria Strategy Support Program. IFPRI seeks a qualified candidate to lead its country strategy support program in Nigeria for a two year, fixed-term, renewable appointment. Deadline: open
EMPLOYMENT: Director of Research, Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI). CDRI works in the fields of economy, trade and regional cooperation; poverty, agriculture and rural development; democratic governance and public sector reform; natural resources and the environment; social development. Deadline: November 30, 2011
EMPLOYMENT: Agricultural Systems/Climate Change Adaptation/Mitigation Positions with CIMMYT. The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is looking for innovative, results-oriented young scientists with excellent skills in agricultural systems analysis and modeling. Deadline: December 15, 2011
SCHOLARSHIP: 2 PhD Positions in Integrated Water Resources Management at ZEF. The successful candidates will conduct PhD research as part of the project on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in the Olifants basin of South Africa. Deadline: open
FELLOWSHIP/SCHOLARSHIP: New PhD and post-doc positions - The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. ICTA of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona offers 3 doctoral and 2 post-doctoral research positions supported by a combination of EU and Spanish funding. Deadline: December 1, 2011
FELLOWSHIPS: Sustainability Science Fellowships at Harvard University. The fellowship competition is open to advanced doctoral and post-doctoral students, and to mid-career professionals engaged in research or practice to facilitate the design, implementation, and evaluation of effective interventions that promote sustainable development. Deadline: January 15, 2012
FUNDING: USAID-Assets and Market Access Collaborative Research Support Program. Opportunities for U.S. universities & their partners for 1) global research on problems affecting food, agriculture, forestry, and fisheries; and 2) improved human capacity and institutional resource development for the global application of agriculture. Deadline: November 21, 2011
CALL FOR PAPERS: IASC 1st Thematic Conference on the Knowledge Commons. The conference on “Governing Pooled Knowledge Resources: Building Institutions for Sustainable Scientific, Cultural and genetic Resources” will be held in Belgium on September 12-14, 2012. Deadline: December 31, 2011
TRAINING: PhD Course in Political Ecology. The Graduate School of International Development Studies, Roskilde University, and Centre for Forests, Landscape and Planning, University of Copenhagen, are offering a PhD course in Political Ecology June 4-8, 2012. Deadline: March 1, 2012
PUBLICATION: Understanding the Nexus. A background paper for the International Conference “The Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus – Solutions for the Green Economy”.
VIDEO: Groundwater Security in Yemen: The Critical Role of Local Communities. The video provides an overview of 5 select cases of community-based organisations managing groundwater in various parts of Yemen.
PUBLICATION: Understanding the Nexus
“Understanding the Nexus”, the background paper for the International Conference “The Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus – Solutions for the Green Economy” from 16 to 18 November 2011 in Bonn, Germany, is now available online.
”There is a growing recognition that other sectors need to get involved in water governance”, explains the paper’s main author Holger Hoff, of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). ”Our paper addresses these interactions, and also presents initial evidence for how a nexus approach can enhance water, energy and food security and help to build a green economy by reducing trade-offs and building synergies across the three sectors.”
The Bonn2011 Nexus Conference Background paper highlights opportunities to increase efficiency, reduce wastage and alleviate poverty, and how to benefit from productive ecosystems.
SEI Centre Director Johan Kuylenstierna, co-author of “Understanding the Nexus”, makes clear: “Our world economy needs to rapidly become greener and more sustainable. Water plays a key role in food, biofuel and power production, and a nexus approach can help tackle the global water crisis by increasing water-use efficiency. This paper presents case studies that demonstrate related challenges and opportunities.”
The development of “Understanding the Nexus” has been coordinated and led by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). Other main contributors were the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), as well as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development WBCSD and the WWF.
VIDEO: Groundwater Security in Yemen: The Critical Role of Local Communities
A series of videos presents case studies on the role of local communities in managing groundwater resources in Yemen:
Yemen is most commonly identified with scarce resources and arid landscapes. Less known are its longstanding, users-led groundwater management systems. The ingenuity and efficiency of these systems was such that the country could meet its food/ water needs for about 1000 years, despite its climate and geography.
Of late, there has been an increase in population and indiscriminate drilling of wells. Consequently, water tables have depleted, and this has had a knock-on effect on agriculture/ food security.
Amid the discouraging scenario, recent research has brought to light some good practices. Many more farmers than expected have organised themselves into water users’ associations, mutually forming and observing rules restraining extraction/ use of groundwater.
Perhaps this tendency to cooperate (rather than clash) over scarce resources stems from Yemen’s ancient tradition of doing so. Or maybe it vindicates the unsophisticated assumption that human beings are likely to cooperate over managing common pool resources when they see that leading to mutual benefit.
In any case, such arrangements have proven to be effective responses to local water-issues across Yemen. Their success is a strong argument for building them into formal policy processes.
This series of videos, produced by Levert Culture and Communication , MetaMeta and Water & Environment Centre, Yemen attempts to document select cases and explore what lessons they hold for Yemen (and for the rest of the world grappling with increasing climate variability & water-scarcity).
The video, posted below, provides an overview of 5 select cases of community-based organisations managing groundwater in various parts of Yemen. Videos going into greater detail on the specific cases, along with other related information, are available here.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
FUNDING: USAID-Assets and Market Access Collaborative Research Support Program
USAID has opportunities under the Assets and Market Access Collaborative Research Support Program to provide support in mobilizing the capacities of U.S. universities and public and private partners of universities for 1) global research on problems affecting food, agriculture, forestry, and fisheries; and 2) improved human capacity and institutional resource development for the global application of agriculture and related environmental sciences. These activities are intended to benefit both developing countries and the U.S. CRSP activities are long-term in nature and emphasize equally: (1) the development of capacity of the developing country participants to ultimately meet their own knowledge requirements; (2) the creation of new technologies and solutions to existing constraints under the specific topic of the CRSP; and (3) economic, health and social impacts. Research activities are conducted in collaboration with host-country researchers and institutions, and are structured so as to have a returning benefit to the U.S. institutions or U.S. agriculture more broadly.
Deadline: November 21, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow, Nigeria Strategy Support Program
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow and Leader of its country strategy support program in Nigeria for a two year, fixed-term, renewable appointment. The position will be based in Abuja, Nigeria and reports to the Director of the Development Strategy and Governance Division. Grade level will be determined by demonstrated expertise and experience.
The Nigeria country strategy support program aims to enhance Nigerian capacity for evidence-based policymaking in the areas of agriculture and rural development and poverty reduction. It supports research and capacity strengthening for the implementation of Nigeria’s national and state development strategies. It addresses policy effectiveness and coherence within the agricultural sector as well as between the agricultural sector and other sectors key to economic growth and poverty reduction in that country. Key research and capacity strengthening activities will be carried out with a broad array of agricultural sector stakeholders, including Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, other concerned federal and state government departments, key Nigerian research institutes and universities, the National Assembly, and selected private sector and nongovernmental organizations.
SCHOLARSHIP: 2 PhD Positions in Integrated Water Resources Management at ZEF
The Department of Economics and Technological Change (ZEFb) of the Center for Development Research invites applications for two PhD positions beginning February 1, 2012 for 3 years. The successful candidate will conduct his/her PhD as part of the project on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in the Olifants basin of South Africa. The work will focus on the economic aspect of water value chain for improving IWRM in South Africa. The successful candidate is also expected to be integrated into the existing ZEF international Doctoral studies program.
Monday, November 14, 2011
FELLOWSHIPS: Sustainability Science Fellowships at Harvard University
The Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University invites applications for resident fellowships in sustainability science for the academic year beginning in September 2012. The fellowship competition is open to advanced doctoral and post-doctoral students, and to mid-career professionals engaged in research or practice to facilitate the design, implementation, and evaluation of effective interventions that promote sustainable development. Some of the most serious constraints to sustainable development lie in the interconnections among sectors: energy’s growing need for water; the impacts of water use on human health; the competition for land among food, energy and conservation initiatives; and the cumulative impact of all sectoral initiatives on climate and other key environmental services. A central challenge moving forward is to develop an integrated understanding of how sectoral initiatives for sustainability can compete with and complement one another in particular regional contexts. The 2012-13 fellowship competition will therefore focus on regional initiatives pursing an integrated perspective on sustainable development in India, China and Brazil. It will also include a cross-cutting research initiative to integrate work focused on the theme of Innovation for Sustainable Development. Preference in this year’s competition will be given to applicants whose proposals complement one or more of these four initiatives. The Initiatives are led by Professors William Clark, Michael Kremer, Henry Lee, Paul Moorcroft, and Rohini Pande. The Program is also open, however, to strong proposals in any area of sustainability science. In addition to general funds available to support this fellowship offering, special funding for the Giorgio Ruffolo Fellowships in Sustainability Science is available to support citizens of Italy, Brazil, China, India or developing countries who are therefore especially encouraged to apply.
Deadline: January 15, 2012
EMPLOYMENT: Director of Research, Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI)
Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI) is seeking to appoint a Director of Research. CDRI works in the fields of economy, trade and regional cooperation; poverty, agriculture and rural development; democratic governance and public sector reform; natural resources and the environment; social development. The position offers an exciting and challenging opportunity to lead and manage CDRI's research programme, providing strategic direction and support to a team of Cambodian researchers.
The Director of Research fosters and strengthens the professional development and capacity building of CDRI researchers, promotes a collegial working environment conducive to scholarship, creativity and productivity, is responsible for the delivery of quality research outputs and ensures the effective dissemination of research findings and analysis.
Deadline: November 30, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
EMPLOYMENT: Agricultural Systems/Climate Change Adaptation/Mitigation Positions with CIMMYT
Achieving sustainable food security in a world of growing population and changing diets is a major challenge under climate change. The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is looking for innovative, results-oriented young scientists with excellent skills in agricultural systems analysis and modeling. The scientists will work as members of CIMMYT Global Conservation Agriculture Program (CIMMYT-GCAP), and will play a key role in a large multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional team. The selected scientists will work closely with CIMMYT’s research teams in the different regions where systems research is conducted, as well as partners in advanced research institutes, national research programs, and the CCAFS (CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security) community.
The following positions are available:
- Agricultural Systems/Climate Change Adaptation Post- Doctoral Fellow or Associate Scientist. The selected scientist will be responsible for assessing the potential of conservation agriculture as an adaption measure to climate change in the Indo Gangetic plains and East Africa, in coordination with similar studies in South Asia region and in East Africa. The position is supported by the CGIAR Research Program (CRP7-CCAFS) and other donors.
- Agricultural Systems/Climate Change Mitigation Post- Doctoral Fellow or Associate Scientist. The selected scientist will be responsible for evaluating the potential impact, in the Indo Gangetic plains, of improved agricultural management practices, including conservation agriculture, to mitigate climate change. The position is supported by the CGIAR Research Program (CRP7-CCAFS) and other donors.
Deadline: December 15, 2011
CALL FOR PAPERS: IASC 1st Thematic Conference on the Knowledge Commons
The conference on “Governing Pooled Knowledge Resources: Building Institutions for Sustainable Scientific, Cultural and genetic Resources” will be held in the Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve , Belgium, from 12th to 14th of September, 2012.
The 1st Global Thematic IASC Conference on the Knowledge Commons aims to bring together leading people from a number of international scientific research communities, social science researchers, practitioners and policy analysts, to discuss the rationale and practical feasibility of institutional arrangements designed to emulate key public domain conditions for collaborative research. A variety of initiatives and policies have been proposed that are going beyond “open access”, and aim to facilitate more effective and extensive (global) sharing on local and global pools of not only scientific information and data but also genetic resources and cultural expressions. There is thus a need to examine a number of these proposals’ conceptual foundations from the economic and legal perspectives and to analyze the roles of the public domain and commons in facilitating sharing of scientific and technical data, information and materials. But it is equally important to examine the available evidence about actual experience with concrete organizational initiatives in different, and to devise appropriate, contextually relevant methods of assessing effectiveness and identifying likely unintended and dysfunctional outcomes.
Deadline: December 31, 2011
FELLOWSHIP/SCHOLARSHIP: New PhD and post-doc positions - The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona offers 3 doctoral and 2 post-doctoral research positions on the following themes, supported by a combination of EU and Spanish funding:
- Biodiversity loss, policy instruments and economic incentives (2 PhD students and 1 Post-doc – contact: Prof. van den Bergh, firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Sustainability transitions, economic crisis and renewable energy (1 Post-doc – contact: Prof. van den Bergh, email@example.com).
- Urban biodiversity and ecosystem services: a tool for integrated policy evaluation (1 PhD student - contact: Dr. Gómez-Baggethun, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Interested candidates should send a CV including graduate and undergraduate degree qualifications, a description of research interests (300 words), and names of two referees before the 1st of December 2011 to the relevant investigator mentioned in between brackets above. Interviews with short-listed candidates will be conducted in mid-December and contracts can start by January 2012.
Deadline: December 1, 2011
TRAINING: PhD Course in Political Ecology
The Graduate School of International Development Studies, Roskilde University, and Centre for Forests, Landscape and Planning, University of Copenhagen, are offering a PhD course in Political Ecology June 4-8, 2012. The course features a distinguished group of lecturers including Tim Forsyth, Christian Lund, Anja Nygren, Jesse Ribot, and Jens Friis Lund.
Environmental conflict, land degradation, and environmental change are often defined in ‘apolitical’ terms such as ‘ecoscarcity’ or ‘modernisation’ and purported to be driven, among other things, by population growth; marginal people’s resource management; and lack of adoption and implementation of modern economic and scientific techniques. Political Ecology (PE) however, asserts that these environmental issues are inherently political and intrinsically linked to the political, economic and social context. Scholars from various disciplines and from different regions of the world have used PE to frame studies on resource and management challenges in fields such as environment and development, climate change, land-use, and conservation. This course will examine how PE has been used to frame research into natural resource management, including research design and methodologies, and will challenge students to explore the various ways this frame can be applied to their own projects.
This course aims to provide students with a general understanding of the main arguments within the discipline of PE while also allowing students to delve more deeply into the context of their individual PhD projects.
Deadline: March 1, 2012
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
This Week’s Posts
EMPLOYMENT: Global Coordinator, Implementing the Land Governance Assessment Framework (LGAF). World Bank is looking for a Global Coordinator to support the implementation of the Land Governance assessment Framework (LGAF) in a number of countries around the globe. Deadline: open
EMPLOYMENT: Opportunities at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). CIFOR is accepting applications for several global positions based in Bogor, Indonesia. Deadline: November 12-19, 2011
EMPLOYMENT: Middle East Water and Livelihoods Initiative (ICARDA). ICARDA has 2 vacancies related to its Middle East Water and Livelihoods Initiative (WLI). Deadline: November 30, 2011
SCHOLARSHIP: PhD Course in Natural Resource Economics, University of Gothenburg. A PhD course in natural resource economics will be offered from 19th January - 21st February, 2012, with full scholarship to 8 candidates. Deadline: November 30, 2011
FELLOWSHIP: Humboldt Foundation International Climate Protection Fellowships. The International Climate Protection Fellowships enable prospective leaders to conduct a research-related project of their own choice during a one-year stay in Germany. Deadline: December 15, 2011
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Making Rangelands Secure. The International Land Coalition (ILC) and partners have developed a learning initiative to identify better ways of securing rights to resources and land for local rangeland users. Deadline: November 11, 2011
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Knowledge Management in Rural Development in MENA Region (IDRC & IFAD). The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) announce a competitive call for innovative applied research proposals concerning knowledge management in rural development in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Deadline: December 1, 2011
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: IDB Calls for Civil Society Projects Focused on Poverty Reduction in Latin America and the Caribbean. The call is for projects to develop low-income communities and provide sustainable poverty reduction in 26 countries in the region. Deadline: December 31, 2011
CALL FOR PAPERS: Water Security, Risk, and Society. The International Water Security Conference will take place from April 16 to 18, 2012 in Oxford, UK. Deadline: November 18, 2011
PUBLICATION: The renewed case for farmers’ cooperatives: Diagnostics and implications from Ghana. A new IFPRI discussion paper by Gian Nicola Francesconi and Fleur Wouterse.
PUBLICATION: The renewed case for farmers’ cooperatives: Diagnostics and implications from Ghana
A new IFPRI discussion paper by Gian Nicola Francesconi and Fleur Wouterse.
This study presents a stylized but insightful diagnostic of the problems limiting collective action in Ghanaian farmer-based organizations (FBOs). In our analysis, we use a structure-conduct-performance framework, econometrics, and new primary data for 500 FBOs collected through surveys and games. We find that most Ghanaian FBOs are inactive, failing to mobilize their members into any sort of collective action. To understand why this is so, we postulate that in rural Ghana, four typologies can be used to classify FBOs and to distinguish them on the basis of their membership structure and rules of conduct. We then show that FBOs fail to mobilize collective action whenever their structure and conduct are not aligned. In particular, misalignment leads mainly to problems of access to external credit and to a lesser extent to problems of internal cohesion. To maximize collective action, this study recommends the diversification of policy through recognizing the four different types of FBOs, each facing particular and to some extent opposing problems.
FELLOWSHIP: Humboldt Foundation International Climate Protection Fellowships
The International Climate Protection Fellowships enable prospective leaders to conduct a research-related project of their own choice during a one-year stay in Germany. Submit an application if you are a prospective leader from a non-European threshold or developing country (see list of countries) working in the field of climate protection and resource conservation in academia, business or administration in your country. Applicants must provide a clearly visible leadership potential either by experience in a first leadership position or be able to provide appropriate references. They must also have completed their first university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent academic degree) less than 12 years prior to the start of the fellowship (1 September 2012) with outstanding results. They must also hold a further academic or professional qualification (Master’s, PhD, LL.M., MBA etc.) or have extensive professional experience in a leadership role (at least 48 months at the time of application). Furthermore, they are expected to have gained initial practical experience through involvement in projects related to climate protection and resource conservation. The fellowship will enable the recipients to conduct a research-related project of their own choice with hosts in Germany whom they are free to choose themselves.
Deadline: December 15, 2011
EMPLOYMENT: Global Coordinator, Implementing the Land Governance Assessment Framework (LGAF)
1. Background and justification
Building on the methodology piloted and documented in a 2010 study, and with support from a number of bilateral donors as well as the Land Governance Monitoring and Assessment Partnership (LGMAP), the World Bank is supporting the implementation of the Land Governance assessment Framework (LGAF) in a number of countries around the globe. The positive responses received from a number of stakeholders within and outside the Bank suggest that the LGAF can serve as a basis for:
- Translation of the assessment into policy recommendations and subsequent identification, implementation, and monitoring of specific (pilot) projects to address key bottlenecks emerging from the assessment.
- Continued participatory monitoring of land sector performance by the broad-based stakeholder group assembled to conduct the initial assessment of land governance;
- Systematic sharing of country reports as well as experience on best practice between countries who have implemented the initial assessment in the form of good practice notes.
- Dissemination to help use country experience with LGAF implementation and follow-up to inform global processes such as the tracking of progress under the AU/ECA/AfDB LPI, implementation of FAO’s VGs on tenure, and civil society land reporting initiatives
Taken together, this could help to mainstream land in the Bank’s agenda to link analytical efforts and impact evaluation to available existing instruments (e.g. policy-based lending, analytical work, specific investment projects, or projects for results) and, in doing so, allow the Bank to take a leadership role in the sector and help foster improvements in countries’ land governance through changes in policy, institutional arrangements, and specific programs. To facilitate this, the services of a consultant, based at World Bank HQ, will be required.
2. Specific tasks to be performed
As part of a larger team based at Bank HQ, and in close coordination with staff from Bank operational units in different regions, country coordinators, and other partners, the global coordinator will be responsible for three main tasks, namely (i) support to existing and new LGAF assessments; (ii) coordination within the Bank to use assessments as a basis for prioritized policy recommendations, (pilot) projects that can be evaluated rigorously, and continued review and monitoring of progress on land governance; and (iii) dissemination of results among client countries and partner institutions to facilitate sharing of experience on promising approaches and integration of lessons into global initiatives.
2.1 Support to existing and new assessments
The GC’s main focus under this heading will be on supporting the implementation of new assessments as well as the backstopping of ongoing ones, by directing them to appropriate documents in the Bank’s (protected) online library of relevant documents from existing LGAFs. This will be complemented by follow-up monitoring.
Implementation of new LGAFs: In line with the procedures set out in the operational manual for LGAF implementation, the GC will oversee the ongoing implementation and initiation of new LGAFs. This involves assistance in identifying CCs, assistance to TTLs in drafting of TOR, agreement of time plans with indicators that can be monitored, and backstopping of CCs in all steps of LGAF implementation, from elaboration of background reports, conduct of expert panels, derivation of policy recommendations, organization of in-country validation workshops, and follow up with policy dialogue and continued monitoring thereafter.
Backstopping of ongoing assessments: In addition to backstopping of processes on an ongoing basis, the GC will provide specific feedback and guidance to CCs in terms of selecting experts as well as panel members, by providing reviews and comments on background reports, panel aide memoires, draft final report, and policy recommendations. The GC will also provide advice on organization of technical validation workshops as well a policy dialogue with Government counterparts including preparation of an action plan for follow up activities, in close coordination with stakeholders from Government, development partners, and local academics and civil society.
Follow-up indicators: While the LGAF provides a useful snapshot, progress on land governance will need to be documented through continued monitoring of key qualitative and quantitative indicators. In coordination with the broader team, the GC will support select CCs in formulating such indicators and following up on their implementation in a participatory way that builds on the expertise assembled during the assessment phase of the LGAF. The GC will liaise with partners or Bank staff (e.g. TTLs of projects) to identify qualitative and quantitative indicators to track progress on key issues outlined in the LGAF at country level, design institutional mechanism for monitoring, and ensure that results from such an activity are properly disseminated within the country and at a global level.
2.2 Coordination within the Bank
Although the LGAF is implemented through a local effort independent of the Bank, Bank instruments for policy dialogue and institutional reform as well as technical and financial assistance will be of great help in specific countries to advance the land governance agenda as identified by the technical validation workshop. To allow that the potential in this respect be fully realized, it is important to formally and informally involve Bank staff working in relevant areas in the run-up to technical workshops, to ensure that follow-up actions are in line with the broader country program, and that Bank studies and projects draw on the lessons from LGAF implementation.
In-country policy-workshops: Experience suggests that, to translate broad LGAF conclusions into a set of recommendations that can be picked up in the Bank’s country dialogue at various levels, prioritization in light of the Bank’s overall country dialogue and its involvement at project-level will be required. To facilitate this, workshops with policy makers following the technical validation workshops and involving staff from the Bank’s operational and country departments have proven very useful. The GC will assist CCs in organizing these by coordinating input from the Bank side.
Dissemination targeted at TTLs for land admin. projects: One of the benefits of the LGAF is that it can provide a tool to monitor broad land policy developments in countries where the Bank is engaged in the sector, helping to reduce risks by highlighting issues that could develop into problems early on, and helping to monitor the extent to which projects contribute to overall economic and poverty reduction objectives. It is for this reason that some of the Bank’s regional departments have considered to use LGAF on a routine basis for countries with ongoing land administration projects. The GC will work with relevant staff to discuss the scope for this and develop modules and training courses accordingly.
Dialogue with Country Directors: In addition to its usefulness to contextualize and monitor interventions at project-level, the LGAF can be critical to help that critical land issues be properly highlighted in the policy dialogue as the Bank and other development partners move increasingly from individual projects towards output-based aid. The GC will help to use specific country examples where application of the LGAF has resulted in formulation of indicators for DPLs or other forms output-based support to document this potential and design strategies to initiate a dialogue that can more widely disseminate this potential to managers at country level within the Bank and beyond.
2.3 Dissemination with other partners and client countries
As the LGAF has been developed and is being implemented joint with other partners, it is critical for the GC to ensure not only that other partners are properly informed about progress but also that ways in which it can support other global and regional initiatives are properly highlighted. To this end, the GC will maintain close coordination with partners in the public and private sector, support the publication and dissemination of relevant LGAF material through appropriate channels, and provide input into fora aimed to promote such processes.
Dissemination of experience: The GC will support the publication of LGAF background reports as well as summaries of policy recommendations and follow-up monitoring activities through appropriate channels (web, books, policy notes, peer reviewed publications, etc.). A particular focus will be on maintaining informal communication among CCs to share lessons from follow-up monitoring across countries and to assist CCs in ‘new’ countries with tips on how to obtain desired results most effectively. Dissemination of LGAF results at country level through published articles will be undertaken where appropriate.
Input into other initiatives: The GC will ensure close links to initiatives currently undertaken at global level (FAO/CFS, UN-Habitat), support by regional governmental and non-governmental actors (CAADP, AU-LPI, EU, PCGAP), and specific sectors (e.g. civil society). In addition to ensuring that other actors are aware of the potential (and limitations) of LGAF, doing so will also help to incorporate good examples and practice from these efforts into activities undertaken to follow up on the diagnostic phase of LGAF. This includes establishing close links to bilateral donors in specific countries by CCs providing inputs into programming and informing development partners about LGAF activities and outcomes as needed.
3. Qualifications, budget, and time plan
The successful candidate will have (i) an advanced degree in a social science, law, or land-related disciplines; (ii) at least 8 years of experience in dealing with aspects of land administration and land governance; (iii) excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to coordinate different stakeholders and resolve conflicts, drive for results, and ability to work independently in a complex multi-cultural environment documented by a track record of professional outputs and publications; (iv) fluency in English and at least one other Bank language is required with knowledge of French a distinct advantage.
This is an extended term consultancy position based in Washington DC in the Development Research Group. The position is initially for a period of one-year, renewable upon satisfactory performance, ideally starting January 2012. The GC will report to K. Deininger but interact closely with the larger LGAF team, the Bank’s land thematic group, and stakeholders within and outside the Bank as needed. Applications, consisting of a CV as well as a 2-page note highlighting candidate’s qualifications and expectations from the assighment, should be sent to Klaus Deininger (kdeininger[at]worldbank[dot]org) with copy to Estella Malayika (emalayika[at]worldbank[dot]org).
SCHOLARSHIP: PhD Course in Natural Resource Economics, University of Gothenburg
A PhD course in natural resource economics will be offered at the University of Gothenburg from 19th January - 21st February, 2012. The University offers full scholarship to 8 candidates, which includes travel, accommodation and subsistence grant. You are welcome to apply by using the application form posted on the website below.
This course is intended to give an overview of natural resource economics with particular emphasis on resources that are important in a developing country context. It is an advanced graduate course. Students in Gothenburg will normally have taken courses in micro, welfare economics, public economics and environmental valuation. Students from outside should have as much as possible of the corresponding courses, particularly micro and suitable mathematics. The course will explain how natural resources would be used in an “optimal” allocation over time and space and how they tend to be allocated in real economies with different types of ownership patters, market or state planning. Although depletable resources will be included, the main focus will be on potentially renewable resources such as fisheries, forests and water. Compared to previous years the course will have a greater focus on spatial aspects as well as on climate economics.
Deadline: November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
EMPLOYMENT: Opportunities at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
CIFOR is an international research and global knowledge institution with a mission to contribute to the sustained well being of people in developing countries in the tropics. It achieves this through collaborative, strategic and applied research and by promoting the transfer and adoption of appropriate new technologies and social systems for national development.
CIFOR is accepting applications for the following five global positions, all based in Bogor, Indonesia:
Deputy Director General, Deadline: November 12, 2011
- Director, Forests and Environment Programme (Ref: 1146), Deadline: November 19, 2011
- Editorial & Multimedia Services Manager (Ref: 1157), Deadline: November 12, 2011
- Fundraising and Donor Relations Manager, Deadline: November 12, 2011
Scientist, Impact Assessment (Ref: 1103), Deadline: open
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Knowledge Management in Rural Development in MENA Region (IDRC & IFAD)
The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are pleased to announce a competitive call for innovative applied research proposals concerning knowledge management in rural development in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The deadline for submission is December 1st, 2011 Objectives of the call:
- To support research on adopting knowledge management and knowledge sharing that can be replicated in agriculture and rural development in the region
- To encourage innovation in validating (existing) and testing (new) tools and methods of knowledge management and knowledge sharing in the context of the MENA region
- To promote innovation in linking knowledge providers and brokers with knowledge seekers
- To identify ways of mainstreaming and institutionalizing knowledge management in local, national and regional policies and practices
Deadline: December 1, 2011
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Making Rangelands Secure
The International Land Coalition (ILC) and partners have developed a learning initiative to identify better ways of securing rights to resources and land for local rangeland users:
Many ILC and WISP members and their partners work to support positive change taking different approaches to securing rights to resources and land in the rangelands. Some of these are challenged by a lack of information on what constitutes good practice and what approaches are most suitable to different contexts and situations. In order to inform, develop and improve these programmes and to learn from other similar initiatives, ILC and WISP, together with Procasur, IFAD, FBSA and RECONCILE have developed a year-‐long learning initiative to identify better ways of securing rights to resources and land for local rangeland users.
WHAT IS A LEARNING INITIATIVE?
A Learning Initiative is an itinerant continuous process of exposure to new ideas and innovations, good (and bad) practice, and training in the field. It emphasises the experience and acknowledges the value of the learning knowledge and practices developed both at policy level and in the field by rural development practitioners. It is organised thematically, and structured in a way that develops different mediums of learning for the participants. It is anticipated that the learning generated will be shared with a wider audience and used to initiate positive change through the development of innovation plans and the creation of a virtual learning community.
Deadline: November 11, 2011
CALL FOR PAPERS: Water Security, Risk, and Society
The International Water Security Conference will take place from April 16 to 18, 2012 in Oxford, UK.
Water security is a defining challenge for society in the 21st century. The ancient struggle to cope with water access and shocks is now magnified by complex and uncertain processes of global change to societies, economies and climate at multiple scales. Water security in this context refers to societal goals of specific water outcomes, for example ensuring reliable access to particular water quantity and quality for people, agriculture, industry and ecosystems, as well as a tolerable level of risk of unpredictable water-related events, such as floods and droughts. This goal necessarily cuts across scales from individual access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities, to local water service providers for various uses, to transboundary river basins, and to regional and global water fluxes.
The symposium seeks to advance scientific inquiry and inform policy choices by developing an evidence base about the status of and pathways to water security in terms of multiple risks, scales, and actors. The symposium will address water security challenges in developed and developing countries and regions, seeking to identify and elucidate global interdependencies between different socio-economic and cultural contexts.
Deadline: November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 03, 2011
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: IDB Calls for Civil Society Projects Focused on Poverty Reduction in Latin America and the Caribbean
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is calling for civil society organizations to submit projects that support poverty reduction and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The call is for projects to develop low-income communities and provide sustainable poverty reduction in 26 countries in the region.
Proposals should focus on:
- Providing basic services, such as health (primary and reproductive), nutrition, early childhood development, education, and programs for vulnerable groups, such as at-risk children, youth, women, indigenous people, and people with disabilities.
- Supporting productive activities, such as business and technical training, sustainable microenterprise, and the development of marginal rural areas.
Projects will be funded through the IDB-administered Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction. The amounts range from US$300,000 for a project in a single community to $1.5 million for several communities within a country. The amounts requested should be consistent with the management capacity of the proposing organization.
Deadline: December 31, 2011
EMPLOYMENT: Middle East Water and Livelihoods Initiative (ICARDA)
Center for Agricultural Research for the Dry Areas (ICARDA) has two vacancies related to its Middle East Water and Livelihoods Initiative (WLI). The USAID-funded Middle East Water and Livelihoods Initiative (WLI) (www.icarda.org/wli) aims to contribute to the efficient, sustainable and productive use of water resources to improve rural livelihoods. The WLI is led by the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) and implemented jointly by a number of partners, with activities in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine, Syria and Yemen.
The WLI Manager will coordinate training and research programs with multiple components including socio-economic analysis, water resources assessment, water policy and management, and water use and productivity in agriculture. He/she will promote active stakeholder participation in all stages of planning and implementation, encourage the involvement of students and researchers from the seven countries and from the US, and participate in fundraising efforts.
The WLI Technical Coordinator will provide technical support to the research, training, and outreach and pilot programs with multiple components including irrigation and water management, water resources assessment, and water use and productivity in agriculture. He/she will promote active stakeholder participation in all stages of planning and implementation and the involvement of students and researchers from the seven countries and from the US.
Deadline: November 30, 2011