Development Dialogue at #eadi2020iss, Scholarships
Attention early career researchers and scholars from the Global South: we strongly encourage PhD students and other early career researchers to share their ideas on their research methodologies, findings and experiences towards solidarity, peace and social justice at the 17th Development Dialogue, held alongside the 2020 EADI/ISS General Conference. The call for abstracts is open until 15 January. Read more
If you're a researcher from the Global South, we cordially invite you to submit your abstract to one of the 50 panel sessions of the main conference. A limited number of scholarships is available for scholars from the Global South whose papers are accepted. Read more
New on our Blog
"Recent evidence suggests that the growing divide between rich and poor threatens to destabilize democracies, undermines states’ economies and fuels a variety of injustices, either economically, socially, politically or ecologically. Despite certain variations, this holds true not only for rich economies, but also for low and middle income countries." In our third blog post in the Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice series, Rogelio Madrueño Aguilar, José María Larrú and David Castells-Quintana shed the light on growing and persisting inequalities, growth limits and social injustice from the perspective of social protests around the world. They also invite abstracts for their seed panel around these issues. Read the post
In "The Deadly Profits from EU Border Walls" Mark Akkerman summarises the results of his recent report for the Transnational Institute which explores the corporate profits from EU border politics: "The underlying narrative for the policies these companies profit from is the framing of migration as a security problem and a threat to the ‘European way of life‘. This narrative has been pushed by the military and security industry through effective lobbying, in which representatives of this industry present themselves as experts offering the solution: the use of their goods and services. It ignores that forced migration is predominantly a political and humanitarian problem that requires answers on these levels." Read the post
The Research – Practice Nexus: EADI World Café at GDN
The EADI World Café session at the recent 19th Global Development Conference in Bonn brought together researchers from different fields of study and practitioners to discuss ethical concerns, challenges and success factors of research-practice collaborations: asymmetric power relations were mentioned as the main ethical concern which, however can be addressed by including ethical facilitators sharing the results with the communities involved. As main challenges, especially in the field of evidence-based policy advice, participants discussed the political cycles which can distract from long-term perspectives, intransparent policies, finding sources of funding as well as the clash between research and political agendas. Read more
Bridge 47 Webinar on 11 December
Are you working in the area of Global Citizenship Education? Do you think that education can change the world around you for the better? If your answer is yes, Bridge 47 welcomes you to participate in a webinar on measuring on SDG target 4.7. We believe education can help us reverse negative global trends. In this webinar, the Bridge 47 Partnerships Team will discuss how to develop Global Citizenship Education partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders including private sector, parliamentarians, government entities, academia and more. Read more
Earlier this month, our Working Group on Research Communications had an inspiring get-together of 22 communications experts from member institutes - discussing issues such as ethics in development communication, getting development out of its niche, research activism and, not to forget, humour! If you appreciate a good laugh about stereotypes in development communications, watch this video!
"Crisis of Development? Crisis of Democracy" Insights from Southern Africa": our Working Group on Europe and Transitions in (Southern) Africa had a seminar at the University of Bologna with interesting speakers from Africa. Have a look at the programme
This book by UNU-WIDER, part of the WIDER Studies in Development series, challenges the common conception that the introduction of social protection schemes has been entirely driven by international development agencies, instead focusing on the critical role of political dynamics within specific African countries. It details how the power and politics at multiple levels of governance shapes the extent to which political elites are committed to social protection, the form that this commitment takes, and the implications that this has for future welfare regimes and state-citizen relations in Africa. It reveals how international pressures only take hold when they become aligned with the incentives and ideas of ruling
elites in particular contexts. It shows how elections, the politics of clientelism, political ideologies, and elite perceptions all play powerful roles in shaping when countries adopt social protection and at what levels, which groups receive benefits, and how programmes are delivered. Access the book
Featured: Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre, York
We are happy to present our latest EADI member. the IGDC at the University of York. Led by the Departments of Politics, Environment and Geography, and History, the IGDC works across and beyond the University to collaborate with partners worldwide to create new interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to tackle global challenges. It promotes interdisciplinary research.
and engagement that contribute to a transformative agenda that is equitable, fair and sustainable, and places people and environment at the centre of policy responses to global development. The centre has currently two open calls for papers:
Call for Papers: Development Alternatives within Contested Territories in Latin America Workshop, 29-30 January 2020, University of Sheffield.
Submit by 13. December 2019 in English, Portuguese or Spanish. Read more
Call for Papers: Bulletin of Latin American Research (BLAR) Special Issue on “Activism & Academia”, inviting manuscripts that explore the crucial, albeit tenuous, relationship between knowledge formation and public action in Latin America. Submit by 1 May 2020.
EADI is the leading professional network for development and regional studies in Europe. Our membership includes a wide range of development research and training organi- sations, think tanks, national bodies and researchers throughout Europe.
You can be part of this network as an individual member or if your institution joins.