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Applications open: Online-Workshop for academic coordinators of Development Studies Programmes, 2 - 3 December

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14 Sep 2021

This years' workshop is entitled "Development studies and climate change: ways forward for curriculum building".

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As the effects of climate change become more and more visible, so does the necessity to incorporate teaching on this matter in development studies curricula. So far, while the effects of climate change are often discussed in international development courses, the approach remains topical and usually embedded within the traditional teaching frames. This workshop will discuss how programmes in development studies could include a stronger component relating to climate change so that it becomes as legitimate a building block as other components. Challenges related to inter- or trans-disciplinarity will also be discussed, given that a change in study programmes implies greater familiarity with disciplines outside the traditional frame of ‘social sciences’ (such natural sciences, or sustainability studies). As usual, the workshop will consist of a mix of presentations...

New on our blog: Sustainable energy supply: the case of health facilities in Ghana

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07 Sep 2021

By Jonas Bauhof

Access to electricity is still a major problem

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), 770 million people lacked access to electricity in 2019 – set aside sustainable energy sources. Three-quarters of these people – around 575 million – are living in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). While the numbers declined over the past decade, the Covid-19 pandemic has reversed the trend. SSA has been hit hard economically and for the first time since 2013, the number of people with access to electricity is predicted to have decreased in 2020.

Transboundaries - African Heterodox Ideologies for the Realisation of Sustainable Development in the Continent

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02 Sep 2021

2021/08 – Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC); research paper; Author(s): Nicholas Orago

This study undertakes an analysis of Sub-Saharan African perspectives on ways leading to climate-friendly sustainable development pathways, through a heterodox lens. The study includes a broad mapping of ideas: from green growth to heterodox socio-economic models, from eco-theology to the philosophy of Ubuntu, from eco-feminism to using law as a ordering tool to enforce sustainable development.

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