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Global Value Chains and Multinational Corporations – how do they relate? Budapest, 9-10 December 2021 (hybrid), abstract due by 20 October

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20 Oct 2021

The EADI Working Group on Multinational Corporationst" invites you to a workshop on global value chains with the aim of organising a special issue in a renowned journal in 2022:

Global value chains have been proliferating in the global economy, and embrace the activities of an increasing number of industries and more and more locations in an increasing number of countries. Without including global value chains in the analysis, we cannot really understand numerous developments in the world economy. Multinational companies are the key and leading actors in global value chains.

New on our blog: How social accountability initiatives are helping pursue social justice

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20 Oct 2021

By Elsbet Lodenstein and Sylvia Bergh | EADI/ISS Blog Series

Achieving social justice in service delivery in the health, social welfare, and humanitarian sectors is still a formidable challenge in most developing countries. Poor and marginalised people generally lack the voice to make their demands heard and the awareness to claim their rights. However, social accountability initiatives have become a promising way to address these issues

Unmasking Disparities by Ethnicity, Caste and Gender

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15 Oct 2021

2021/10 – Oxford Department of International Development (ODID); Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2021

The global MPI report by the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and UNDP provides a comprehensive picture of acute multidimensional poverty to inform the work of countries and communities building a more just future for the global poor. Its findings are a call to action for policymakers everywhere. Across the 5.9 billion people who live in the 109 countries studied, more than one in five live in multidimensional poverty.

New on our blog: Sand and gravel: Rethinking aggregate consumption and distribution

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13 Oct 2021

By Arpita Bisht

Of all natural resources, mineral aggregates (sand and gravel) have been the fastest growing and most extracted material group over the 21st century. This growth has not only been associated with large-scale ecological degradation, but also with violent extractive operations on local levels.

Given that sand and gravel are heavily used in the construction industry, particularly in concrete production, it comes as no surprise that the growth of infrastructure is the main driver for the overall rise in their consumption. What’s more, since 1970, increasing aggregate consumption has largely been observed in the global South—in regions which have witnessed massive economic and infrastructure growth.

Origins, Evolution and Future of Global Development Cooperation: The Role of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC)

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30 Sep 2021

2021/09 – German Development Institute, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); book; Author(s): Gerardo Bracho, Richard Carey, Stephan Klingebiel, Alexandra Trzeciak-Duval (eds.)

Since its foundation in 1961, the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) – nerve centre of the aid effort of the “rich” countries – has played a central role in the post-war aid system. This open-access book traces the history of the institution and reflects on its future. How intense diplomacy led to the creation of the OECD itself and the DAC is disclosed here for the first time.

New on our blog: Development researchers as advocates: eight tips for more engaged scholarship

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22 Sep 2021

By Adinda Ceelen | EADI/ISS Blog Series

Research impact has become a strategic priority for many research institutes around the world, with an increasing focus on “bridging the gap” between research and society and positioning research in a way that ensures the knowledge it produces can contribute to bringing about change. Development researchers often find themselves straddling two worlds: the academic sector on the one hand, and the development sector on the other. But is there a moral imperative for development researchers to bridge these two realms by acting as advocates in ‘the real world’? If so, how can they best share knowledge in ways that contribute to solidarity, peace, and social justice?

New on our blog: Risk dumping in field research: some researchers are safer than others

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20 Sep 2021

By Linda Johnson and Rodrigo Mena | EADI/ISS Blog Series

A quick glance at who is out collecting data in ‘the field’, including in remote and sometimes hazardous environments, is enough to make our point clear: the main executors of in-situ research (also known as fieldwork research) are local researchers and research assistants, sometimes together with junior or PhD researchers from research institutions in the Global North. These groups are being systematically and disproportionately exposed to safety and security issues linked to field research.

Report: Interconnected Disaster Risks 2020/2021

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16 Sep 2021

2021/09 – United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS); Author(s): United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (Unu-Ehs)

This report analyses 10 interconnected disasters that took place in 2020/2021. They were selected for their notoriety and representation of larger global issues, which have changed or will change our lives across the world. Society will likely remember most of these disasters as tragic, but largely isolated events that affected certain parts of the world for a period of time. This report explains that these events are only the tip of the iceberg, by highlighting how these events are interconnected with each other, with other larger processes, as well as with our action or inaction. They can lead to future disasters or will worsen existing problems such as biodiversity loss or poverty.

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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