Thursday, January 31, 2013

 

ONLINE RESOURCE: Free MIT Online Course on "The Challenges of Global Poverty"

MIT professors Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, authors of the popular book Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty (2011), are offering an online course on “The Challenges of Global Poverty”.

This is a course for those who are interested in the challenge posed by massive and persistent world poverty, and are hopeful that economists might have something useful to say about this challenge. The questions we will take up include: Is extreme poverty a thing of the past? What is economic life like when living under a dollar per day? Are the poor always hungry? How do we make schools work for poor citizens? How do we deal with the disease burden? Is microfinance invaluable or overrated? Without property rights, is life destined to be "nasty, brutish and short"? Should we leave economic development to the market? Should we leave economic development to non-governmental organizations (NGOs)? Does foreign aid help or hinder? Where is the best place to intervene? And many others. At the end of this course, you should have a good sense of the key questions asked by scholars interested in poverty today, and hopefully a few answers as well.

The video below provides additional information. You can register for the course here. The course begins February 12, 2013.

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: ADB Biodiversity and Landscape Conservation Specialist, Greater Mekong Subregion. Activities will complement the Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Projects in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam and also the GEF financed GMS Forest and Biodiversity Program. Deadline: February 18, 2013

EMPLOYMENT: 2 Research Positions with Focus on Global Social-Ecological Dynamics & Marine Stewardship in a Global Context. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announces two positions as Early Career Academy Researcher, one for a scholar with a documented background in economics and one for a scholar with a documented background in research on social-ecological interactions. Deadline: February 20, 2013

SCHOLARSHIP: GWP-University of Dundee International Water Law Scholarship Programme. Global Water Partnership, together with the University of Dundee, will offer scholar-ships for 30 participants to undertake a module in International Water Law, in Dundee 10-21 June 2013. Deadline: February 7, 2013

FELLOWSHIP: International Scoping Study of the Role of Agrobiodiversity as an Instrument for Climate Change Adaptation. The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), offers a one year full time research fellowship with the level of financial support according to the academic and professional profile of the applicant. Deadline: February 15, 2013

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Perspectives on Forest Conservation – Tackling the Frontier between Policy and Conservation Science. This interdisciplinary workshop will be held in Freiburg, Germany, 19th-21st June 2013. Deadline: February 10, 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS: Large Scale Agricultural Investments in Pastoral Lowlands of the Horn of Africa. The Institute for Peace and Security Studies at Addis Ababa University is hosting a conference on this theme on April 26-27, 2013. Deadline: February 11, 2013

EVENT: International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition. The conference will increase understanding of the crucial role that forests, trees on farms and agroforestry systems can play in improving the food security and nutrition of rural people, especially in developing countries. Deadline for registration: February 15, 2013

PUBLICATION: The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program as a Collective Institution. A new IFPRI Discussion Paper.

 

FELLOWSHIP: International Scoping Study of the Role of Agrobiodiversity as an Instrument for Climate Change Adaptation

The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), offers a one year full time research fellowship (with the possibility of extension) with the level of financial support according to the academic and professional profile of the applicant.

The researcher would be physically located in Bilbao at BC3. In collaboration with Bioversity International the researcher would:

More information.

Deadline: February 15, 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

 

PUBLICATION: The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program as a Collective Institution

A new IFPRI Discussion Paper:

The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP), an initiative of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), was developed in response to the neglect of the agricultural sector by African governments as well as donors. The program is also a response to concerns about the ineffectiveness of development aid due to absence of ownership and fragmented development interventions. Similarly to other NEPAD initiatives, especially the African Peer Review Mechanism, CAADP can be understood as an institution by which African countries aim to build a collective reputation regarding their commitment to improve governance and to develop agriculture. Most member states expect improved reputation to be rewarded by increased and superior forms of aid. A number of factors favor a collective strategy for African countries to build their reputation regarding improved governance and commitment to agriculture. These include negative spillover effects of poor governance (for example, obstacles to developing regional markets), improved bargaining power of African governments vis-à-vis the donor community, long-standing political efforts to build a positive African identity, and a donor interest in reducing transaction costs by interacting with African countries though regional organizations rather than individually. While realizing these potentials, the CAADP effort to build collective rather than individual reputation involves the classical free-rider problem of collective action: Countries may not honor their commitments after having received increased aid—a strategy that will harm all member countries since it undermines the collective reputation. Since CAADP involves a collective commitment by the donor community as well, donors face similar problems of collective action. They, too, may fail to honor their commitments or revert to individual rather than harmonized approaches to support African agriculture. The paper discusses the strategies that CAADP can use to overcome these collective action challenges.

Available here.

 

EMPLOYMENT: 2 Research Positions with Focus on Global Social-Ecological Dynamics & Marine Stewardship in a Global Context

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences is pleased to announce two positions as Early Career Academy Researcher, one for a scholar with a documented background in economics and one for a scholar with a documented background in research on social-ecological interactions. The positions will be part of the Family Erling Persson’s Academy Program on The Ecological Economics of Global Change, lead by Prof. Carl Folke.

Human wellbeing and the Earth system on which it depends are in transition. In a globalised world the economy, society, technology and the environment interact in novel and even unexpected ways. A key challenge is to foster development that is favourable and sustainable for current and future generations, taking into account and respecting the capacity of the biosphere to support such development. Research will address the complex, multi-scale dynamics of social–ecological systems, economic development and critical ecosystem services in the new global context. The dynamics include nonlinear thresholds that can lead to large, persistent changes but also transformations of human actions toward stewardship of social–ecological systems for global sustainability. Part of the program will focus on marine issues in this context.

The Ecological Economics of Global Change program aims to address such challenges and is searching for key collaborators to achieve this. The positions are two plus three years, with potential for continuation. We envision a early career researchers at the level of post-doc or similar. Documented experience from interdisciplinary collaboration is a bonus. The two Early Career Academy Researcher positions will be part of a team with two Academy Researchers, a visiting professor and two other early career researchers, which will form the core of the program.

More information.

Deadline: February 20, 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: ADB Biodiversity and Landscape Conservation Specialist, Greater Mekong Subregion

The Biodiversity and Landscape Conservation Specialist will be responsible for implementation of Component 2: Biodiversity Landscapes and Livelihoods. Activities under this component aim to support biodiversity conservation in critical transboundary landscapes within the GMS while also supporting sustainable livelihoods for local communities. Activities include: (i) improving and updating biodiversity profiles in conservation landscapes; (ii) providing economic and other analysis to support the development of value chains of ecosystem-based goods and services that will promote rural livelihoods; and (iii) strengthening biodiversity conservation corridor management and monitoring; and (iv) improving compliance with multilateral environmental agreements on the movement of wildlife, timber, and other natural resources. Activities will complement the Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Projects in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam and also the GEF financed GMS Forest and Biodiversity Program.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: February 18, 2013

 

EVENT: International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition

The International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition will increase understanding of the crucial role that forests, trees on farms and agroforestry systems can play in improving the food security and nutrition of rural people, especially in developing countries. It will propose ways to integrate this knowledge in policy decisions at the national and international levels.

Specifically, the conference objectives are to:

The conference will take place from May 13 to May 15 at FAO in Rome.

More information.

Deadline for registration: February 15, 2013

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Perspectives on Forest Conservation – Tackling the Frontier between Policy and Conservation Science

This interdisciplinary workshop will be held in Freiburg, Germany, 19th-21st June 2013.

In this workshop, we aim to address the frontier between forest ecology and conservation science, and the social and political sciences analysis of forest conservation. Our main goal is to facilitate, but also to critically reflect on bridges built for forest conservation. We have three objectives:

  1. To facilitate exchange between ecological and social science researchers on the topic of forest conservation, including sustainable management,
  2. To provide a platform for intensive discussion on selected papers that tackle the frontier between both conservation ecology and social/political sciences,
  3. To collate the most innovative contributions in a special issue publication of a relevant interdisciplinary journal, for instance, Ecology and Society.

For this purpose, we invite theoretical and empirical papers that:

  • combine both ecological and social science analysis of forest conservation related topics,
  • assess the political feasibility and effects of ecological knowledge and conservation concepts for forest conservation policy making,
  • address the role of ecological knowledge and concepts in forest policy conflicts and policy making,
  • assess the role of diverse types of knowledge (ecological, social science) at the science/policy interface in forest conservation
  • address innovative processes and instruments that aim to improve the communication of different types of knowledge in forest conservation policy

More information (pdf).

Deadline: February 10, 2013

Monday, January 28, 2013

 

SCHOLARSHIP: GWP-University of Dundee International Water Law Scholarship Programme

As capacity-building support to its Partner organizations, Global Water Partnership (GWP), together with the University of Dundee, will offer scholar-ships for 30 participants to undertake a module in International Water Law, in Dundee 10-21 June 2013.

The module is aimed at persons working in water resources who wish to acquire specialist knowledge of international water law, especially as it relates to transboundary water challenges in the GWP regions. The module will be highly appropriate for those with a law degree and environmental science background who want to specialize in transboundary water. The primary target is mid- to high- level practitioners and professionals from governments, NGOs, international organizations, academia, and the private sector.

More information.

Deadline: February 7, 2013

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Large Scale Agricultural Investments in Pastoral Lowlands of the Horn of Africa

The Institute for Peace and Security Studies at Addis Ababa University is hosting a conference on the them of “Large Scale Agricultural Investments in Pastoral Lowlands of the Horn of Africa: Implications for Minority Rights and Pastoral Conflicts” on April 26-27, 2013.

The conference will focus on the broad theme of socio-political and conflict implications of large scale agricultural investments in pastoral lowlands of the Horn of Africa. Preference will be given to abstracts based on case studies referring to a particular investment. Comparative cases from other regions will also be accepted. Papers could fall within, but not be restricted to, the following sub-themes:

More information(pdf).

Deadline: February 11, 2013

Thursday, January 24, 2013

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: World Agroforestry Center Economist/Adaptation Specialist. The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is an independent research institution which generates science-based knowledge about the complex role trees play in agricultural landscapes and rural livelihoods. Deadline: February 15, 2013

EMPLOYMENT: Land and Natural Resources Tenure Experts (GLTN). GLTN is currently building a roster of consultants with land and natural resources tenure expertise for various projects and initiatives particularly those with substantial experience in developing countries. Deadline: February 15, 2013

SCHOLARSHIP: Impacts of Ecosystem Service Payments in Coupled Natural and Human Systems. A doctoral graduate student is sought to join an interdisciplinary project “CNH: Sustainability of Payments for Ecosystem Services in Coupled Natural and Human Systems”, which is newly funded by NSF’s Coupled Natural and Human Systems Program. Deadline for application: February 1, 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS: Risk and Vulnerability: World Bank ABCDE Conference 2013. The ABCDE Organizing Committee is issuing a call for papers that examine in innovative ways how to manage risk and vulnerability at the individual, household, firm, financial sector, and country level. Deadline: January 31, 2013

TRAINING: Certificate Course on Using ICT Tools for Effective Monitoring, Impact Evaluation and Research. The Development CAFE offers an online course intended to introduce students to tools and techniques to measure and report project/programme outcomes to stakeholders. Deadline: open

TRAINING: SANDEE-Summer School in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics. The South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics is organizing a three-week training course in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics for Economists from 29 April - 17 May, 2013. Deadline: January 26, 2013

TRAINING: 2013 EAERE-FEEM-VIU European Summer School in Resource and Environmental Economics. The 2013 Summer School will take place from June 30 to July 6, at the VIU campus on the Island of San Servolo, in Venice, located just in front of St. Mark’s Square. The theme of this Summer School is Uncertainty, Innovation and Climate Change. Deadline: February 1, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: Land and Natural Resources Tenure Experts (GLTN)

In collaboration with partners, the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) as facilitated by UN-Habitat, is currently building a roster of consultants with land and natural resources tenure expertise (and other related expertise) for various projects and initiatives particularly those with substantial experience in the developing countries like in Africa. In the succeeding months, GLTN will be requiring various consultancy services with a short-term (few months) to long- term (at least a year) duration for several positions related to addressing land and natural resources tenure issues.  
It is intended that the roster will also be shared with other global/regional initiatives including with: the Land Policy Initiative for Africa, a joint programme of the tripartite consortium constituted by the African Union Commission, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the African Development Bank; International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and supported projects and programmes particularly in Africa and to other fifty (50) GLTN international partner-organisations (see www.gltn.netfor the list of partners and other information). 

Specific Areas of Expertise: GLTN is searching, but not limited to, the following related expertise: 1. Land and natural resources tenure security, 2. Land and natural resource management, 3. Land and natural resources policy, 4. Pro-poor land administration solutions, 5. Mapping land and natural resources rights, 6. Women’s access to land and tenure security, 7. Land and water governance and t tenure rights, 8. Group rights tenure and customary, 8. Inclusive business model for small scale farmers and investors, 9. Knowledge management and research on land and natural resources and 10. Tool and capacity development for tenure security improvement.

More information.

Deadline: February 15, 2013

 

TRAINING: SANDEE-Summer School in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

The South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) is organizing a three-week training course in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics for Economists from 29 April - 17 May, 2013. The main objective of the Summer School is to provide economists with the basic skills necessary to teach environmental and natural resource economics and to undertake research in this area. The course is meant for practicing South Asian economists interested in upgrading their knowledge on the linkages between economic development and the environment. The workshop also seeks to enable participants to develop research proposals for later submission to SANDEE.

What can you expect from the Summer School?

The course will cover economic issues underlying sustainable development, externalities and market failure, policy instruments, non-market valuation, poverty-environment interactions, and natural resource use and pollution management. Participants will be exposed to theoretical issues and economic tools and methodologies for analyzing environmental problems in developing countries. The course does not seek to be comprehensive but will provide a sound introduction to the literature. It will be taught by international and regional faculty including Sir Partha Dasgupta, Enamul Haque, Karl-Goran Maler, Mani Nepal and Jeffrey Vincent.

Who should attend the course?

The ideal participant has a Masters or Ph.D. in economics and a good understanding of microeconomics, calculus, and basic econometrics. Junior and mid-career faculty and researchers, especially women are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to university teachers and researchers who have submitted a research proposal to SANDEE on issues related to environment and resource economics. Those who have already had training in basic environmental economics through other programs or universities or are likely to go overseas for higher education within the next year, are not eligible.

What are you expected to do during the course?

Participants are expected to read material prior to the course and before each day of lectures, and participate in individual and group assignments and discussions. Working days on occasion will extend from 9 am to 9 pm because of assignments. Participants will also be expected to present an empirical paper and a research concept note during the course. Last year's course agenda is available at:
http://www.sandeeonline.org/uploads/documents/workshop/215_WRKDOC_EE_2012_Agenda.pdf. Each participant will be expected to share lodging with a colleague from a different South Asian country.

Application process

Interested and eligible candidates from South Asian countries should write to the SANDEE secretariat with the following information (not exceeding 5 pages total):

  1. a one-page cover letter indicating how such a course will be useful in teaching and research activities, the applicant's exposure to basic mathematics (e.g., calculus, linear algebra) and computing skills (e.g., spread sheet, statistical software), and the name of the person nominating him/her (if any).
  2. a three page research concept note (a precursor of a research proposal) in environmental economics. The concept note should include a discussion on the research problem and its policy relevance, the clear research question(s), a short literature review that discusses at least 3 key peer reviewed journal articles related to the proposed analytical framework, empirical methods (data requirement, collection and analysis) and expected outcomes.
  3. a brief CV (no more than one page) indicating professional responsibilities/activities, (please include current job and institutional details), educational qualifications, (highest degree/ institution), age and two most important research publications, if any.

Please email your application to Anuradha Kafle at application@sandeeonline.org by 26th January 2013.

Deadline: January 26, 2013

 

TRAINING: Certificate Course on Using ICT Tools for Effective Monitoring, Impact Evaluation and Research

The Development CAFE is offering a Certificate Course on Using ICT Tools for Effective Monitoring,  Impact Evaluation and Research.

About the Organization:

The Development CAFE is a registered nonprofit organization  aimed at enhancing information and communications technology (ICT) skills for development professionals, scientists, researchers and students  around the world.  DevCAFE'S  Professional Development for Development Professionals (PDDP) program aims to expand delivery of ICT skills to development professionals through innovative methods that meet the unique needs of learners.   Instruction is delivered through a completely online format, Offline (DVDs/email) are also available for those with limited internet access.

Overall Course Outcome:

The ICT tools for Monitoring and Evaluation course will introduce you to tools and techniques to measure and report project/programme outcomes to your stakeholders, including donors, funders, supervisors or the general public using innovative ICT based tools. At the end of the course, you will become familiar with the components of an effective monitoring and evaluation plan using ICT, and methods and tools to conduct data collection, statistical analysis and reporting.

Who Should Attend?

Professionals such as Monitoring and Evaluation Officers, Grant Managers, Social Entrepreneurs, Program Officers, Project managers, Research Scholars and Students and any other professionals who are involved in the monitoring and evaluation process will benefit from this course.

Course Outline:

Training Format:

Computing Requirements:

Participants will need access to a computer working on an operating system Windows XP or higher, and access to the internet for 4-5 hours per week at minimum 500+ KBPS.  Participants will need to use email, watch videos posted in YouTube format, listen to audio (mp3), upload and download word docs, PowerPoint files and PDFs, and post on the discussion board.   If you do not have internet speed sufficient to watch YouTube videos, then the offline DVD course may be the right alternative for you.

Materials Provided:

Online delivery of curriculum materials, exercises and templates.  Cerfiticate upon completion. (APPLY NOW)

Course Dates: The course is ongoing all times, given the volume of applications. So you can join anytime and finish it as per your convenience between 2, 3 or 6 month time periods.

Course Fees: (Developing Country Student USD300| Developed Country Student USD 400| Developing Country Professional| USD 550| Developed Country Professional USD 650|Organizational/Group Session USD 1000| (Upto 4 members)|Organizational for Developed Countries USD 1200 (4 Members)

List of Developing Countries that qualify for a discount.

How to register: Register Online or send an Email with your details.

Deadline: open

 

EMPLOYMENT: World Agroforestry Center Economist/Adaptation Specialist

The main purpose of the position will be to: a) learn from existing community and farmer practices to identify and map vulnerabilities and adaptation strategies to climate variability and change; b) quantify the effects of agroforestry and other improved management practices on climate risk at the household and landscape level; c) develop robust adaptation strategies and climate smart practices, with special focus on agroforestry systems and derive possible transition pathways; d) identify the limits of adaptation to weather extremes in agroforestry systems and devise opportunities for complementary safeguard systems.

Responsibilities

More information.

Deadline: February 15, 2013

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

 

SCHOLARSHIP: Impacts of Ecosystem Service Payments in Coupled Natural and Human Systems

A doctoral graduate student is sought to join an interdisciplinary project “CNH: Sustainability of Payments for Ecosystem Services in Coupled Natural and Human Systems”, which is newly funded by NSF’s Coupled Natural and Human Systems Program (PI: Dr. Li An). More information about the project is available here.

This PhD student assistantship position aims to investigate place attachment, a psychosocial and political dimension that is conducive to the sustainable livelihoods and perceived well-being of local villagers at Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve, China. The student will perform qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, contributing to the whole project by offering improved understanding about how place attachment may affect and be affected by human demography, livelihood decisions / activities, and the environment. Also the student will be involved in participatory mapping of local villagers’ resource collection activities.

Applicants should have strong interest or background in human and critical geography (a background in children, family and community geographies preferred), social demography or sociology, and related methodologies (skills in ethnography and survey methods required; econometrics preferred). Strong qualitative and quantitative skills, excellent interpersonal skills and writing capacity, and willingness to work under very different international and interdisciplinary contexts (e.g., work under variable topography or with people of varying background or culture) are desirable. Salaries and benefits are competitive. The ideal starting date will be the 2013 fall semester.

Applicants should visit the SDSU Geography departmental website regarding the SDSU-UCSB joint doctoral program at http://geography.sdsu.edu/Programs/phd.html, and follow the instructions there. In addition to following the Department’s application procedure, interested individuals shall email the following materials to Dr. Aitken and Dr. An: (1) statement of professional goals, (2) resume (including contact information of at least three references), (3) transcripts, and

(4) GRE scores (TOEFL scores for applicants whose native language is not English). Scanned copies or photocopies of transcripts and GRE/TOEFL scores are acceptable initially. Contact information:

Dr. Stuart C. Aitken, Professor and Chair, Department of Geography, Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Youth and Space (ISYS), San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182.

Email: saitken@mail.sdsu.edu | Web: http://geography.sdsu.edu/People/Faculty/aitken.html

Dr. Li An, PhD Associate Professor Department of Geography, San Diego State University Department of Geography, San Diego, CA 92182-4493

Email: lan@mail.sdsu.edu | Web: http://complexity.sdsu.edu/

Deadline for application: February 1, 2013

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Risk and Vulnerability: World Bank ABCDE Conference 2013

The Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE), organized by the World Bank Development Economics (DEC) Vice Presidency, is one of the world’s best known series of conferences for the presentation and discussion of new knowledge on development. The conference aims to promote the exchange of cutting-edge research among researchers, policymakers, and development practitioners. The next conference will take place on June 3–4, 2013, at World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  The theme of the conference will be “Risk and Vulnerability”.

The ABCDE Organizing Committee is issuing a call for papers that examine in innovative ways how to manage risk and vulnerability at the individual, household, firm, financial sector, and country level. The selected papers will be presented as main sessions of the conference agenda. Possible topics include:

Papers that do not fit into these categories, but are related to the main conference theme, are also welcome.

More information.

Deadline: January 31, 2013

 

TRAINING: 2013 EAERE-FEEM-VIU European Summer School in Resource and Environmental Economics

The European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE), Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) and Venice International University (VIU)  announce their annual European Summer School in Resource and Environmental Economics for postgraduate students.

The 2013 Summer School will take place from June 30 to July 6, at the VIU campus on the Island of San Servolo, in Venice, located just in front of St. Mark’s Square. The theme of this Summer School is Uncertainty, Innovation and Climate Change.

Uncertainty is a key component of climate change policy making. Although the anthropogenic warming of the planet is unquestioned, there still exist large uncertainties affecting several dimensions of the problem. From the severity and rapidity of changes, to effectiveness of innovation, the future is crucially characterised by uncertainty.

The Summer School will be of interest for students who have a thorough understanding of climate change economics and would like to contribute with original work focusing on the stochastic dimension of the problem.

The lectures will broadly cover:

More information.

Deadline: February 1, 2013

Thursday, January 17, 2013

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Consultancy to Support the International Land Coalition’s Asia Regional Platform. The ILC Secretariat is hiring consultant for a four-five month period to: (a) act as interim coordinator for about five months; (b) support the Asia regional Steering Committee in the recruitment of a new coordinator; and, (c) support the Asia Steering Committee in the selection of a new host organization for the regional coordination unit. Deadline: January 23, 2013

EMPLOYMENT: Water Footprint Network Knowledge Exchange and Engagement Officer. WFN is a dynamic, international, continuous learning community with hundreds of partners worldwide committed to promoting sustainable, equitable and efficient water use through the advancement of the Water Footprint. Deadline: January 28, 2013

EMPLOYMENT: Internationally Recruited Positions at ICARDA. ICARDA is accepting applications for a Senior Gender Specialist, a Regional Coordinator for the Nile Valley & Sub Saharan Africa Regional Program, and an Intellectual Property Manager. Deadline: January 31, 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS: Defragmenting African Natural Resource Management & Responsive Forest Resources Governance. The International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) Africa regional meeting will take place in Cape Town on April 9-11, 2013 on the theme of “Defragmenting African Natural Resource Management and Responsive Forest Resources Governance”. Deadline: January 21, 2013

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Water, Environment and Agriculture: Challenges for Sustainable Development. The 1st Inter-regional Conference on Land and Water Challenges will be held in Bari (Italy), from 10 to 14 September 2013. The main objective is to present and discuss the latest achievements in the field of sustainable use of natural resources (land and water) at different scales and to promote a better development of agriculture in the future. Deadline: March 31, 2013

PUBLICATION: Special Issue on Land Grabbing in Latin America. The Canadian Journal of Development Studies has released a special issue on Land Grabbing in Latin America.

PUBLICATION: Information & Collective Action in Community-Based School Monitoring in Uganda. A preliminary paper from Abigail Barr, Frederick Mugisha, Pieter Serneels, and Andrew Zeitlin.

 

PUBLICATION: Special Issue on Land Grabbing in Latin America

The Canadian Journal of Development Studies has released a special issue on Land Grabbing in Latin America.

There are eight articles in this Special Issue: seven research articles plus the guest editors’ introductory essay, covering country experiences in Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, Guatemala and Mexico. A close reading of the contributions to this Special Issue can contribute important insights into the debate on land grabbing. In addition to introducing a previously under-explored geographic region into the emerging land grab literature, they also provide insights into the distinct political economy of the region that informs the way land grabs actually occur, and are perceived and understood. The contribution of these papers to the broader scholarship on land grabbing can be seen in at least seven ways elaborated in the introductory essay.

All articles in the special issue are open-access until May 31, 2013. To access the articles you will need to have a (free) online account with Taylor & Francis Online. Follow this link and either register (if you do not already have an account) or sign in (if you do).

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

 

PUBLICATION: Information & Collective Action in Community-Based School Monitoring in Uganda

A preliminary paper from Abigail Barr, Frederick Mugisha, Pieter Serneels, and Andrew Zeitlin.

Community-based monitoring of public services provides a possible solution to accountability problems when state oversight is limited. However, the mechanisms through which such policies can be effective are not well understood. Are community-monitoring interventions successful because they improve information alone, or do they also need to overcome collective action problems in local communities in order to be effective? We investigate this question by implementing a combined field and lab experiment in 100 Ugandan primary schools, which randomly assigns schools and their Management Committees (SMCs) either to standard community-based monitoring, to a participatory variation that addresses coordination problems, or to a control group. We find substantial impacts of the participatory treatment on pupil test scores as well as pupil and teacher absenteeism, while the standard treatment has small and insignificant effects, and we develop a test using randomization inference to show that differences in these joint outcomes between treated groups are statistically significant. Combining this evidence with SMC member behavior in laboratory games, we find evidence that improved collective action explains these differences. The results have implications for the design of community-based monitoring policies, and help to explain their variable effectiveness across contexts.

Available here (pdf).

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: Internationally Recruited Positions at ICARDA

The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) is an international autonomous, non-profit, research center supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). ICARDA has several vacancies that may be of interest to CAPRi readers.

Senior Gender Specialist. This position will lead the gender research at ICARDA and in particular the gender component of the Dryland Systems CGRIAR Research Program (CRP). The Dryland Systems CRP is one of the CGIAR research programs which aims to improve the livelihoods of rural communities in dry lands through reducing vulnerability of the most marginal agricultural production systems to climatic and market variations, and sustainable intensification of agro-ecosystems with higher production potential. The Gender Specialist will lead, facilitate and support capacity building and efforts to mainstream gender in all program activities and facilitate the development of mechanisms to monitor the performance of different research themes with regard to gender.

Regional Coordinator – Nile Valley & Sub Saharan Africa Regional Program. The Regional Coordinator Serves as the Chief Manager in the region representing ICARDA, providing liaison services among ICARDA headquarters, national partners, project leaders, national leaders, donors, national authorities and other CG centres in the region.

Intellectual Property Manager. This person will be responsible for establishing the Center’s system for managing its intellectual assets and will serve as the Center’s focal point on all matters relating to the management of the Center’s intellectual assets and intellectual property rights, in accordance with the CGIAR Principles on the Management of Intellectual Assets Principles (the CGIAR IA Principles).

More information about these positions available here.

Deadline: January 31, 2013

Monday, January 14, 2013

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Water, Environment and Agriculture: Challenges for Sustainable Development

The 1st Inter-regional Conference on Land and Water Challenges, entitled “Water, environment and agriculture: challenges for sustainable development,” will be held in Bari (Italy), from 10 to 14 September 2013. The main objective is to present and discuss the latest achievements in the field of sustainable use of natural resources (land and water) at different scales and to promote a better development of agriculture in the future.

Conference Themes (preliminary):

  1. Water use performance and water productivity
  2. Conservation agriculture and water saving
  3. Sustainability of groundwater exploitation for agriculture
  4. Decision support systems and modelling tools
  5. Innovative data-acquisition and information and communication technologies
  6. Irrigation technologies and management practices for environmental upgrading
  7. Use of treated and low quality water in agriculture
  8. Climate change: adaptation and mitigation
  9. Drought risk management
  10. Socio-economic aspects of land and water management
  11. Policies, governance and institutional development.

More information.

Deadline: March 31, 2013

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Defragmenting African Natural Resource Management & Responsive Forest Resources Governance

The International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) Africa regional meeting will take place in Cape Town on April 9-11, 2013 on the theme of “Defragmenting African Natural Resource Management and Responsive Forest Resources Governance”.

Research has shown that success in dealing with problems facing Africa commons management may lie in addressing fragmentation of the knowledge base and, hence, management policy. Traditionally management has been carried out by government agencies that focus on a particular sector, e.g. fisheries, agriculture or forestry, using knowledge from scientists that specialise in that sector, and working with community groups to create and enforce rules developed for that sector. With the advent of the ecosystem approach to natural resource management, which is based in turn on a growing appreciation of the interrelatedness of both the ecological and socio-economic dynamics of natural resources, new cross-disciplinary scientific networks are needed that are able to identify specific areas of sectoral interconnections, articulate and implement the required research, and translate the results into advice for policy makers, development practitioners and resource users.

The objective of this Policy Forum is to bring such networks (formal or informal) together with policy makers and other stakeholders to curve the way forward for effective, integrated commons management. The panel therefore invites researchers working in these and related issues (e.g. poverty and gender) in the African contexts to submit abstracts for papers exploring the meeting themes and how dealing with them is affected by fragmented resources management systems and solutions required.

The full call for papers is available here.

Deadline: January 21, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: Water Footprint Network Knowledge Exchange and Engagement Officer

The Water Footprint Network (WFN) is a dynamic, international, continuous learning community with hundreds of partners worldwide committed to promoting sustainable, equitable and efficient water use through the advancement of the Water Footprint. Established in 2008 with partners from academia, NGOs, international organisations and business sectors, WFN is a fast growing organization at the cutting edge of the methodology, data, tools and application of the water footprint concept and Water Footprint Assessment. Currently the Water Footprint Network is seeking a Knowledge Exchange and Engagement Officer (m/f).

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

More information (pdf).

Deadline: January 28, 2013

Friday, January 11, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: Consultancy to Support the International Land Coalition’s Asia Regional Platform

Background

Members of the International Land Coalition (ILC) in Africa, Latin America and Asia are organized into regional platforms. Each regional platform meets once a year to approve ILC’s priority actions for the region, which are subsequently integrated in ILC’s global workplan. For each regional platform, a light regional coordination unit hosted by a member and headed by a Regional Coordinator supports the implementation of the regional component of the ILC work plan, under the oversight of a regional Steering Committee.

Since 1st of January 2013, the ILC Asia platform has entered a transition period, as a result of the ending of the hosting by ANGOC (an ILC member) of the regional coordination unit; and of the vacancy of the ILC Asia coordinator position. The process of identifying a new host organization is underway. The recruitment of a new coordinator is expected to be completed by end April.

The ILC Secretariat is hiring consultant for a four-five month period to: (a) act as interim coordinator for about five months; (b) support the Asia regional Steering Committee in the recruitment of a new coordinator; and, (c) support the Asia Steering Committee in the selection of a new host organization for the regional coordination unit.

Responsibilities and tasks

The key areas of responsibilities and specific tasks to be performed by the consultant are the following:

Reporting

The Consultant is part of the ILC Secretariat team. He/she reports to the Director of the ILC Secretariat, and to whoever is designated by the Director to act as direct supervisor on specific assignments.

Position

The consultant position is in principle based at ILC Secretariat in Rome, Italy. If needed, and especially where justified for an effective and efficient delivery of the work, an ILC member in Asia could be asked to host the position for part or the whole assignment period.

The Consultancy will be for the period of 1 February to 30 June 2013. The remuneration level is determined after review of the consultant’s skills and professional experience.

Expected skills and competencies

Submission of Applications

Interested candidates should send their Letter of Intent and Curriculum Vitae (CV) to ILC Secretariat (e.carrano@landcoalition.org ; or info@landcoalition.org )

ILC offers equal opportunity for both women and men.

Deadline: January 23, 2013

Thursday, January 10, 2013

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: North Carolina State University Assistant/Associate Professor in Development Economics. The new faculty member will be expected to develop a research program centered on issues related to the development and use of genetically modified organisms in low-income nations. Deadline: January 15, 2013

EMPLOYMENT: SEI Senior Research Fellow/Research Fellow in Economics and Policy Analysis, Stockholm. The Stockholm Environment Institute is recruiting a Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow in Economics and policy analysis with strong skills in energy and climate issues. Deadline: January 20, 2013

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Principal Officer (Policy and Governance) – Economic and Social Development Department. The Principal Officer will lead efforts to improve interdepartmental coordination between the Organization’s economic and social policy analysis, policy support to countries, and international governance processes. Deadline: January 21, 2013

EMPLOYMENT: CGIAR Consortium Communication Manager, Montpellier, France. The Communication Manager will lead all external and internal communication efforts on behalf of the Consortium. Deadline: January 22, 2013

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: International Foundation for Science Individual Research Grants. Proposals are sought under one of three research areas: (1) Sustainable Natural Resources Management, (2) Water and Aquatic Resources, and (3) Food Production, Food Security and Nutrition. Deadline: January 27, 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS: European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) Conference. The conference will be held in Toulouse, France, on June 26-29, 2013. Deadline: February 1, 2013

PUBLICATION: The role of rural producer organizations for agricultural service provision in fragile states. A new IFPRI discussion paper from Catherine Ragasa  and Jennifer Golan.

 

PUBLICATION: The role of rural producer organizations for agricultural service provision in fragile states

A new IFPRI discussion paper from Catherine Ragasa  and Jennifer Golan.

This paper assesses the role of rural institutions in the speedy recovery and growth of the agriculture and food sector in postconflict setting. This research was conducted to identify strategies and approaches to strengthen local institutions in the agricultural sector of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Using a semi-structured interview approach with 181 rural producer organizations in three provinces of western DRC, this study finds varying types of rural producer organizations in the study areas and shows various internal and external factors affecting these organizations’ capacity to provide and facilitate agricultural services for their members. Greater interactions with other organizations, membership commitment through financial contributions, management capacity, and formal governance structures contribute to explaining these organizations’ performance in agricultural service delivery. Exogenous events were also found to affect organizational performance and service delivery outcomes. Organizations closer to areas with past conflict events face greater risks of conflict re-occurrence and experience limited agricultural and rural development programs, which reduce their ability to provide and facilitate agricultural services to their members. This result implies some evidence of negative relationship of conflict and collective action, in contrast to several studies that show a positive relation.

Available here.

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: International Foundation for Science Individual Research Grants

This call is for early-career scientists in IFS eligible developing countries to apply for IFS Individual Research Grants and carry out research projects for a period of up to 3 years. An applicant must have at least an MSc/MA, be younger than 35 years of age (for men) or 40 years of age (for women) and must do the research project in an IFS eligible country.

In the Individual Research Approach, IFS continues its commitment to support excellent individual research and to build capability of early-career scientists in the developing world to undertake research on the sustainable management of biological and water resources. Applicants are encouraged to tackle research issues linked to these areas, and to develop solutions that are relevant to local contexts. By encouraging local researchers to work in their home countries, generating cutting-edge and locally relevant knowledge, we hope to contribute to strengthening their countries' research capability and ultimately contributing to a global research community aimed at reducing poverty and supporting sustainable development.

Proposals are sought under one of three research areas:

More information.

Deadline: January 27, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: North Carolina State University Assistant/Associate Professor in Development Economics

NC State seeks an assistant/associate professor with expertise in development economics and related areas. The new faculty member will be expected to develop a research program centered on issues related to the development and use of genetically modified organisms in low-income nations. She/he will contribute to the NSF-funded graduate training program titled Genetic Engineering and Society: The case of transgenic pests (Information on this program is available at http://geneticengsoc.ncsu.edu/), and will assist in developing a broader interdisciplinary Center for Genetic Engineering and Society.

It is anticipated that the selected candidate will be hired within the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE). Teaching, research and mentoring responsibilities will be allocated evenly between the needs of the home department and the interdisciplinary GES program. A detailed Statement of Expectations will be developed for the incumbent to insure that faculty roles and evaluation procedures are clear.

More information.

Deadline: January 15, 2013

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) Conference

The 20th Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) will be held in Toulouse, France, on June 26-29, 2013. Theoretical and applied papers in all areas of environmental and natural resource economics are invited for submission. Papers must be submitted through the conference’s online platform.

More information.

Deadline: February 1, 2013

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: CGIAR Consortium Communication Manager, Montpellier, France

The CGIAR Consortium Office, based in Montpellier, France, is building a new team and has established the position of Communication Manager in the Knowledge Management, Communication, and ICT (KMCI) unit in the Montpellier-based Consortium Office. This position will work closely with the Director of Knowledge Management and Communication, the Knowledge Exchange Manager, and the ICT Manager, along with the rest of the Consortium Office to help lead external and internal communication initiatives on behalf of the Consortium.

The Communication Manager will lead all external and internal communication efforts on behalf of the Consortium. Working with the KMCI team in the Consortium Office, as well as Communication Leads at the 15 Research Centers and 16 CGIAR Research Programs, the Communication Manager will be responsible for CGIAR’s media outreach, online presence, publications, events, and brand management.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: January 22, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: SEI Senior Research Fellow/Research Fellow in Economics and Policy Analysis, Stockholm

The Stockholm Environment Institute is accepting applications for the position of Senior Research Fellow/Research Fellow in Economics and Policy Analysis.

SEI has a growing international research portfolio in the fields of energy systems, climate change policy and global development. Through our programme we are supporting governments and multilateral agencies, development banks and other high level change agents around the world. We now need to expand our team. We are recruiting a Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow in Economics and policy analysis with strong skills in energy and climate issues. The new position presents an opportunity to join a leading research institute and contribute to the management of a growing dynamic research environment, with flexibility to follow one’s own interests. The level of the position will be determined based on the qualification of the selected candidate.

The successful candidate will:

Specific responsibilities include:

More information.

Deadline: January 20, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Principal Officer (Policy and Governance) – Economic and Social Development Department

Under the overall guidance of the Assistant Director General, Economic and Social Development Department (ES), and in close collaboration with the ES Management Team, the Principal Officer (Policy and Governance), will lead efforts to improve interdepartmental coordination between the Organization’s economic and social policy analysis, policy support to countries, and international governance processes. In particular, the Principal Officer will:

More information (pdf).

Deadline: January 21, 2013

Thursday, January 03, 2013

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Opportunities at the Forest Stewardship Council (Bonn, Germany). FSC is accepting application for Program Manager and Policy Officer positions. Deadline: January 11, 2013

EMPLOYMENT: CIAT Market Access Specialist for Eastern and Southern Africa. CIAT is accepting applications for this position to contribute to CIAT’s participation in the new CGIAR consortium research program on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM). Deadline: January 15, 2013

EMPLOYMENT: Senior Lecturer in the Political Ecology of Development, SOAS, University of London. The Department of Development Studies invites applications for a Senior Lecturer starting as soon as possible. Deadline: January 16, 2013

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Gender Aspects of Vulnerability and Resilience in Sahel 2012 Food Crisis (Oxfam). Oxfam in West Africa invites tenders from qualified research teams interested in a new ambitious and innovating research project aimed at “building a gender sensitive approach to food crises vulnerability and resilience among Sahel population: lessons from the 2012 crisis in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger”.  Deadline: January 16, 2013

TRAINING: CSDi Online Course on Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction. The Center for Sustainable Development is launching a course in beginning on January 16th.

PUBLICATION: Policy reform toward gender equality in Ethiopia. A new IFPRI Discussion Paper.

 

PUBLICATION: Policy reform toward gender equality in Ethiopia

A new IFPRI Discussion Paper by Neha Kumar and Agnes Quisumbing:

There is growing interest in the role of policy reforms to promote gender equality and empower women, two key objectives of development policy. From a policy perspective, it would be ideal for reforms undertaken in different policy areas to be consistent, so that they reinforce each other in improving gender equity. We use data from the Ethiopian Rural Household Survey (ERHS) to show how two seemingly unrelated reforms—community-based land registration, undertaken since 2003, and changes in the Family Code implemented in 2000—may have created conditions for mutually reinforcing gender-sensitive reforms. Our analysis confirms previous studies’ findings of gender gaps in awareness and information about the land registration process. Male-headed households are, on average, more likely to have heard about the process, to have attended meetings (and a greater number of meetings), and to have received some written material with information about the process. Having female members in the Land Administration Committee (LAC) has a positive impact on attendance at meetings relating to land registration. In our analysis of the changes in the family law, we find that awareness about the land registration process is positively correlated with the shift in perceptions toward equal division of land and livestock upon divorce. The presence of female members in the LAC also has a positive effect on the shift in perceptions toward a more equal division of assets upon divorce. Taken together, these findings suggest that the land registration process and the reform of the Family Code may have mutually reinforcing effects on women’s rights and welfare. While this example is obviously rooted in the Ethiopian context, it raises the possibility that similar reform efforts may be complementary in other countries as well.

Available here.

 

TRAINING: CSDi Online Course on Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction

The Center for Sustainable Development—CSDi—is launching a course in community-based disaster risk reduction beginning on January 16th.

This past year CSDi has participated in a number of DRR partner projects worldwide. We are seeing tremendous similarities between the projects: chiefly disasters caused by extreme weather events and flooding—and a lack of knowledge of effective techniques for disaster risk reduction. The disasters seen in student projects have lead to reduced harvests for smallholder farmers, reduced incomes, reduced food security, the destruction of homes and assets and the displacement of families.

The solutions that students have been developing for their projects include land management plans, watershed/forest restorations, rainy season drainage programs, community-based disaster preparedness and risk reduction programs, community-based flood mitigation and adaptation programs, community-based flash flood and landslide prevention programs, and advocacy programs for government flood response support.

In OL 345 students and their community members will first develop a participatory mapping of disaster risks, hazards, assets and community capacity, and then consult with a DRR expert to develop a participatory training process for developing a DRR Program specific to their local context.

More information (including course syllabus).

 

EMPLOYMENT: Senior Lecturer in the Political Ecology of Development, SOAS, University of London

The Department of Development Studies invites applications for a Senior Lecturer starting as soon as possible or by 1st September 2013 at the latest.

The successful candidate should have a strong publications and teaching record in political ecology and in development. They will coordinate, supervise and participate in the design and writing of new and revised courses, specifically: perform a key role in development of the new MSc Environment, Politics and Development teaching programme and general programme development, and act as the MSc Convenor. Subsequently, they will play a key role in the development of a Bachelor level programme.

More information.

Deadline: January 16, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: CIAT Market Access Specialist for Eastern and Southern Africa

CIAT is a participating center in the new CGIAR consortium research program on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM). PIM has three central themes: (a) Theme 1 - Effective policies and strategic investments; (b) Theme 2 - Inclusive governance and institutions; and, (c) Theme 3- Linking small producers to markets. The successful applicant to this position will work principally on Theme 3 with a clear focus on improving the performance of value chains and business models for smallholder producers through research for development partnerships.

Role and responsibilities:

More information.

Deadline: January 15, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: Opportunities at the Forest Stewardship Council (Bonn, Germany)

The Forest Stewardship Council is an independent, not for profit, non-governmental multi-stakeholder organization. FSC was established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. Today, FSC is the leading forest management certification system in the world.

FSC is accepting application for the following positions.

  1. Program Manager – Ecosystem Services. The Program Manager is responsible for the strategic planning, organization and coordination of projects and activities concerning the development of policies and standards for the certification of Ecosystem Services. For further information please download the job posting: http://ic.fsc.org/download.program-manager-ecosystem-services-2013.703.pdf
  2. Policy Officer – Ecosystem Services. The Policy Officer supports the work of the Ecosystem Services Program in relation to administration, communication, research, and norm development. For further information please download the job posting: http://ic.fsc.org/download.policy-officer-ecosystem-services-2013.704.pdf
  3. Policy Officer – Forest Management. The Policy Officer supports the development, maintenance and consistent implementation of FSC Policies and Standards within the Forest Management Program. For further information please download the job posting: http://ic.fsc.org/download.policy-officer-forest-management-2013.706.pdf

All positions are located in Bonn, Germany.

Deadline: January 11, 2013

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Gender Aspects of Vulnerability and Resilience in Sahel 2012 Food Crisis (Oxfam)

Oxfam in West Africa invites tenders from qualified research teams interested in a new ambitious and innovating research project aimed at “building a gender sensitive approach to food crises vulnerability and resilience among Sahel population: lessons from the 2012 crisis in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger”. The purpose of this research is to provide insight about the links between vulnerability to the food crisis and women and men differential access, control and ownership of resources within households and communities. The research will also look at both short term and long term interventions which can contribute to women’s and men’s food security and resilience as well as lead to transformational changes in gender dynamics in the region.

The research will take place during the first trimester of 2013, and will start by end of  January.

More information.

Deadline: January 16, 2013