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Applications open: Online-Workshop for academic coordinators of Development Studies Programmes, 2 - 3 December 2021

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02 Dec 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...

The 2021 EADI Directors' Meeting will take place on 12 November in Bonn

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12 Nov 2021

We will be happy to present a programme on selected challenges in development research: Safety and security for researchers in difficult settings; influencing research funding policies; and academic freedom. The EADI Directors’ Meeting will once more connect research institutes for more effective co-operation by sharing ideas, identifying common problems, discussing new trends. The key is networking. In Europe, there is no better occasion for institute directors to meet, exchange and discuss.

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.

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.

New on our blog: Water Operator Partnerships after 15 years: Re-politicising the debate

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25 Aug 2021

By Andrea Beck

Just over 15 years have passed since the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) published a plan that proposed, inter alia, the concept of Water Operator Partnerships (WOPs). In this plan, which was released in March 2006, WOPs were envisioned as “a structured programme of cooperation among water operators, based on mutual support and on a not-for-profit basis.” The idea was to use peer-to-peer learning and knowledge exchange to develop the capacities of water operators, so that they could deliver reliable, good-quality services on the way to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Handbook on Social Protection Systems

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19 Aug 2021

2021/08 – German Development Institute, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); research paper; Author(s): Esther Schüring and Markus Loewe (eds.)

This exciting and innovative open access handbook provides readers with a comprehensive and globally relevant overview of the instruments, actors and design features of social protection systems, as well as their application and impacts in practice. It is the first book that centres around system building globally, a theme that has gained political importance yet has received relatively little attention in academia.

New on our blog: Seven principles for making development policy fit for the 21st century

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19 Aug 2021

By Anna-Katharina Hornidge and Imme Scholz

The political and economic environment in which development policy operates has undergone radical changes since the emergence of this policy field in the 1950s and 1960s. Back then, newly independent nation states made their first steps in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Many of them are now politically and economically established states.  According to the World Bank classification the number of middle-income countries now exceeds the number of low-income countries.

Recordings of #Solidarity2021 plenary sessions now available

05 Aug 2021

If you haven't been able to attend the recent EADI/ISS conference "Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice", it's worth watching the recordings of the plenary sessions:

The opening plenary "Global Solidarity & COVID-19" discusses how the Covid pandemic affected global solidarity, and how the practice of solidarity has changed our view on global transformations. Watch the video

In the second plenary "Questioning Development – Towards Solidarity, Decoloniality, Conviviality", panellists discuss their perspectives and approaches to decolonising development (studies), focusing specifically on how new forms of solidarity and conviviality can be promoted and sustained to achieve global social justice. Watch the video

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