Thursday, December 18, 2014


PUBLICATION: 2014 World Survey on the Role of Women in Development

The World Survey on the Role of Women in Development is a UN Secretary-General report mandated by the Second Committee of the General Assembly and comes out every five years. The 2014 report focuses on gender equality and sustainable development, with chapters on the green economy and care work, food security, population dynamics, and investments for gender-responsive sustainable development. The report comes at a crucial moment, as the global community grapples with the definition of the Sustainable Development Goals and the emergence of the post-2015 framework. Against this context, World Survey 2014 asserts the central role of gender equality in charting the rationale and the actions necessary to achieve sustainable development. The World Survey uses three criteria to assess whether policy actions and investments for sustainable development adequately address gender equality. Do they support women's capabilities and their enjoyment of rights? Do they reduce, rather than increase, women's unpaid care work? And do they embrace women's equal and meaningful participation as actors, leaders and decision-makers? It offers a comprehensive set of recommendations for gender-responsive policy actions and investments towards sustainable development overall, as well as for the selected areas which the World Survey emphasizes.  The full report is available here.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


PUBLICATIONS: Working Papers on Climate Change Governance


The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) recently published two working papers related to climate change adaptation, food security and governance: 

The paper, the Comparative Turn in Climate Change Adaptation and Food Security Governance Research (PDF), proposes that concepts and methods of comparative politics can shine light on political factors important for catalysing positive change on the governance climate change adaptation and food security in the developing world. Author Mark Purdon is an expert on climate change policy and international development, currently a visiting fellow at Le Centre d’études et de recherches internationales (CÉRIUM) at the Université de Montréal.

In Systematic Review Approach to identifying key trends in adaptation governance at the supranational level (PDF), authors have analyzed peer-reviewed literature on adaptation governance focused on food security at the supranational level. A total of 281 papers were collected, of which 52 met the focus. In these papers, authors explored key aspects of food security, identified types of governance measures and major challenges, and finally developed an understanding of the location of the research teams and involved countries. Authors, Livia Bizikova, Director of Knowledge for Integrated Decisions Program, Daniella Echeverría, Project Officer of Resilience Program and Energy Program, and Anne Hammill, Director of Resilience Program, are all affiliated with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).


RESOURCES: Open Data for Land Governance

the Land Portal launches an innovative and collaborative Open Data platform that combines data about land issues from diverse and credible sources around the world, enabling easy data exploration, manipulation and customization. The new Land Portal is a pioneering hub for ‘linked open data’ on land - non-proprietary data that uses semantic tools to share and connect data, information and knowledge. This enables the Land Portal to publish structured data in machine readable, standardized formats under open licenses that can be reused by anyone.


PUBLICATION: Special issue of Policy Matters

Special issue dedicated to remembering Elinor Ostrom: Her work and its contribution to the theory and practice of conservation and sustainable natural resource management.  Papers available here.


This Week’s Posts

PUBLICATION: Policy Reform toward Gender Equality in Ethiopia: Little by Little the Egg Begins to Walk A new article by IFPRI researchers Neha Kumar and Agnes Quisumbing  is available open access here

EMPLOYMENT: Executive Secretary for the Pan-African Farmers Organization.  Full details available here.

PUBLICATION: Feminist Economics Research Notes on gender and land tenure issues 

EMPLOYMENT: Associate Research Fellow (IFPRI) Full details available here

PUBLICATION: Special Issue on legal pluralism, governance, and aquatic resources This special issue in the journal Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (COSUST) on legal pluralism, governance and aquatic resources (fresh water and marine) can be viewed on http ://www . sciencedirect . com/science/journal/18773435/11

PUBLICATION: Policy Notes from “Enhancing Women’s Assets to Manage Risk under Climate Change”A new volume of policy notes summarizes the findings from the project “Enhancing Women’s Assets to Manage Risk under Climate Change: Potential for Group-Based Approaches.”Click here to download the full set.