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New on our blog: On Coloniality/Decoloniality in Knowledge Production and Societies

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02 Jun 2021

By Henning Melber

Social organisations tend to be based on asymmetric power relations – almost always, almost everywhere. Inequality characterises interaction both inside and in between societies. Class-based hierarchies, peppered by gender imbalances, sexism, racism, xenophobia, homophobia and many other forms of discrimination are the order of the day, both nationally as well as internationally.

Our Extractive Age. Expressions of Violence and Resistance (Open Access Book)

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28 May 2021

2021/05 – Department of International Environment and Development Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Noragric); book; Author(s): Judith Shapiro, John-Andrew McNeish (eds.)

The book emphasizes how the spectrum of violence associated with natural resource extraction permeates contemporary collective life. Chronicling the increasing rates of brutal suppression of local environmental and labour activists in rural and urban sites of extraction, this volume also foregrounds related violence in areas we might not expect, such as infrastructural developments, protected areas for nature conservation, and even geoengineering in the name of carbon mitigation. Contributors argue that extractive violence is not an accident or side effect, but rather a core logic of the 21st Century planetary experience.

Tender for a consultancy for The International Accreditation Council for Global Development Studies and Research (EADI / IAC)

Read more: Tender for a consultancy for  The International Accreditation Council for Global Development Studies and Research (EADI / IAC)
20 May 2021

Terms of Reference: EADI, the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes takes the leading role in the work on Knowledge Exchange Partnerships which serve to ensure a free flow of information and best practices between research institutions and civil society organisations. Download the tender

New on our blog: Advocacy in Fragile Contexts

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18 May 2021

By Margit van Wessel

There is a lot of interest in advocacy in the development sector. It is commonly accepted that projects in themselves are poorly geared to tackling structural causes of problems like poverty and injustice, and advocacy is taken by many as a necessary for addressing these structural causes.

However, despite all the interest in localization, and the acceptance that many important changes need to take place at country level rather than only in the Global North or international levels, there is little attention to how advocacy works in different national and sub-national contexts – the contexts in which many ‘partner organizations’ work.

Dialogue Virtuel EADI: Entre terrain de jeux géostratégiques et aspiration à maitriser son développement: quel futur pour l’Amérique centrale?, Le 18 Mai à 11h (CET)

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18 May 2021

Avec Hélène Roux: Fondée sur l’étude de divers conflits socio-environnementaux (barrages hydroélectriques ; complexes touristiques ; extraction minière ou programmes de conservation), la présentation porte sur le décalage entre les orientations liées au développement provenant « du haut » (les institutions supranationales, les États nationaux) et les aspirations provenant « du bas » (les populations concernées).

The European Journal of Development Research (EJDR) is seeking two co-editors

Read more: The European Journal of Development Research (EJDR) is seeking two co-editors
14 May 2021

Our Journal, the EJDR is seeking to recruit two new co-Editors to join its Editorial Team: One with expertise in International Development Practice, and one with expertise in the Sociological and Anthropological perspective and analysis of International Development. Deadline for applications is 31 July 2021

Covid-19: Should Intellectual Property Rights Be Challenged?

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14 May 2021

2021/05 – Foundation pour les Etudes et Recherches sur le Développement International (FERDI); briefing paper; Author(s): Étienne Billette de Villemeur, Vianney Dequiedt, Bruno Versaevel

This policy brief highlights the value of intellectual property pooling instruments such as the Medicines Patent Pool for the management of the Covid-19 health crisis by the international community. As an alternative between the suspension of intellectual property and bilateral cooperation agreements between firms, patent pools present advantages for both public health and the pharmaceutical industry alike

New EADI Policy Paper: Roles processes and risks within the research-practice nexus: Perspecives from academia

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10 May 2021

by Sonja Keller und Katja Bender (Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, University of Applied Sciences)

This explorative study was commissioned by EADI and conducted between October 2019 and July 2020. It aimed to assess from the perspective of academia facets of cooperation between development research and practice. This included identifying main groups of non-academic actors involved, analyzing motivations as well as enabling or disabling factors, and exploring ethical challenges of research-practice collaboration in development research. See all EADI Policy papers

MOOC on Global Citizenship Education - jointly developed by EADI, Bridge 47 and Centro per la Cooperazione Internazionale

Read more: MOOC on Global Citizenship Education - jointly developed by EADI, Bridge 47 and Centro per la Cooperazione Internazionale
10 May 2021

As part of our engagement in the Bridge 47 Project we were able to develop a massive open online course (MOOC) introducing the concept of Global Citizenship Education (GCE). It covers the basic concepts, the approaches, and the possible applications of GCE. The course is free and open to learners from all over the world with an interest in the topic. It is structured in nine Modules which are convened by academics and practitioners and the coordinators of the Knowledge Exchange Partnerships of Bridge 47.

New EADI Publication: Building Knowledge Exchange Partnerships. Dialogues across Europe

Read more: New EADI Publication: Building Knowledge Exchange Partnerships. Dialogues across Europe
04 May 2021

How do you bring together academics, practitioners, and policymakers to advocate and partner for Global Citizenship Education? This is what Bridge 47 – Building Global Citizenship has been doing since 2018 with partners from all over Europe for a common goal: to promote trans-formative change in society. EADI took the leading role in the work on Knowledge Exchange Partnerships whose results are now presented in this publication.

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