Statement of Solidarity with the Austrian Commission for Development Research (KEF)

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18 Oct 2018

After 37 years of collaboration, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research has decided to terminate funding the Austrian Commission for Development Research (KEF). Members of the EADI Management Committee and participants of the recent EADI Directors' Meeting have issued a statement of solidarity with KEF calling on the Minister to revisit this decision.

Statement by Members of the Management Committee of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) and the participants of the EADI Directors’ Meeting held on 11/12 October 2018 at the Austrian Foundation of Development Research (ÖFSE) in Vienna

We are deeply concerned learning about the sudden decision of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research to terminate funding the Austrian Commission for Development Research (KEF). KEF is a member institution of EADI and represents Austria in our Executive Committee. Over the last 37 years, KEF has been substantively engaging in international research activities in Least Developed Countries (LDCs). KEF’s public activities in Austria have been invaluable contributions towards a broader acceptance of development research and cooperation. Especially in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals, the role of development research and related public awareness campaigns cannot be overestimated: eradicating poverty and bringing forward a social-ecological transformation must be our all utmost priority – not only in view of global migration.

In our capacity as representatives of leading development research institutes around Europe we stand in solidarity with our Austrian colleagues. Therefore, we appeal to the Ministry to revisit this decision. Terminating KEF would not only thwart decades of investment in a highly effective institution, but also damage the European and international collective efforts to build trustworthy partnerships with countries and people from the global South.

Vienna, 12 October 2018

Signatories:

Associate Professor Dr Isabel Álvarez, Director, Institute for International Studies, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Dr Meltem Aran, Executive Director, Development Analytics, United Kingdom

Professor Dr Elisabetta Basile, University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy

Professor Dr Johan Bastiaensen, Chair Institute of Development Policy (IOB), University of Antwerp, Belgium

Professor Dr Isa Baud, Chair INCLUDE Knowledge Platform, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Associate Professor Dr Kees Biekart, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Professor Dr Maja Bučar, Maja, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Professor Dr Laura Camfield, Vice President EADI, Head of School of International Development (DEV), University of East Anglia (UEA), United Kingdom

Professor Dr Claudio Cecchi, Director of European, International and Development Studies, EuroSapienza University of Rome, Italy

Dr Nick Chisholm, Director Center for Global Development, University College Cork, Centre for Global Development, Ireland

Professor Dr Petra Dannecker, Head of Department of Development Studies, University of Vienna, Austria

Dr Shai André Divon, Head of Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric), Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway

Dr Lenka Dušková, University Lecturer, Department of Development and Environmental Studies, Palacky University, Czech Republic

Dr Pedro Goulart, Deputy Director CAPP, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Professor Dr Inge Hutter, Rector, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Professor Dr Darley Jose Kjosavik, Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric), Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway

Professor Dr Uma Kothari, Vice President EADI, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester, UK

Dr Edith Kürzinger, PREMANET e.V., Germany

Professor Dr Melissa Leach, Director, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK

Associate Professor Dr Maggi Leung, Utrecht University,The Netherlands

Professor Dr Helena Lindholm, Global Studies, University of Gothenburg and Chairperson Expert Group for Aid Studies (EBA), Sweden

Natalia Lorenzoni, Managing Editor, European Journal of Development Research, United Kingdom

Dr Ottar Maestad, Director, Chr Michelsen Institute, Norway

Professor Dr Henning Melber, President, European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), Sweden

Adjunct Professor Dr Paola Minoia, University of Helsinki, Finland

Professor Dr Diana Mitlin, Managing Director, Global Development Institute, UK

Dr Lata Narayanaswamy, University Lecturer, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

Professor Dr Fiona Nunan, Head International Development Department, University of Birmingham United Kingdom

Professor Dr Karin Pfeffer, Professor, Faculty of Geo-Information and Earth Observation, University of Twente , The Netherlands

Dr Eija Ranta, University Lecturer, University of Helsinki, Finland

Professor Dr Sidsel Roalkvam, Director Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo, Norway

Associate Professor Dr Maria Sassi, Centre for International Cooperation and Development (CICOPS), University of Pavia, Italy

Dr Tore Saetersdal, Assistant Director, Center for International Health, University of Bergen Norway

Professor Dr Oliver Serfling, Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Mag. Iina Soiri, Director, The Nordic Africa Institute, Sweden

Mag. Sybille Straubinger, Director, Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation, Austria

Mag. Susanne von Itter, Executive Secretary, European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), Germany

Assistant Professor Dr Lauren B. Wagner, Programme Director, MA Globalisation and Development Studies, Department of Society Studies, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

Professor Dr Sarah C. White, President, Development Studies Association, United Kingdom

Dr Jürgen Wiemann, Vice President European Association of Development Research and Training

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