Today we are happy to launch the EADI Blog Prize for outstanding posts on PhD research, to be awarded in October this year. We've also got two new thematic posts on our blog: one discussing the role of the SDGs, the other the role of successful evaluation during the COVID19 pandemic. And in June, there will be two new EADI webinars, both based on the latest issue of our Journal, the EJDR, on development challenges in Myanmar. As for today's thematic focus, it is not COVID19, but urban development and international relations. However, in case you miss it: the latest member publications on COVID19 are available here. And as usual, open calls, member-webinars, vacancies and training opportunities are at the very bottom of this newsletter.
EADI Blog Prize and latest posts
We cordially invite everybody who has just finished a PhD in Development Studies or is in the final stage to present a catchy summary of the research findings on our blog. All accepted and published blog posts will be featured in this newsletter and via social media. During the publishing process, we will help with the editing, and with becoming familiar with the rather casual and journalistic blogging style.
Are the SDGs an "empty shell" in the light of the current crisis? In "The Coronavirus pandemic and the irrelevance of the SDGs" Remco van de Pas states that the SDGs are "conspicuously missing" in the emergency responses to the COVID19 pandemic. "SDGs are seemingly not a relevant framework for policy guidance during this global crisis", he writes, arguing that they "don’t improve health justice or that they are helpful now in the response during a pandemic". He calls for "health systems and their actors to become part of and be re-imagined as a new form of social and ecological contract along the lines of Raworth’s circular Doughnut economy as well as following Degrowth principles". The post is part of the SDG series at the Ghent Centre for Global Studies. Read more
What can we learn from previous epidemics and natural disasters for effective development co-operation in responding to the COVID19 Pandemic? Evaluation experts from the OECD DAC Network on Development Evaluation (EvalNet) and the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval) fear "that the pressure for urgent action can lead to critical missteps", and make the case for building on lessons learnt: "Evidence from past interventions during global or regional crises has shown that not all well-intended actions are effective. What is most important, and at the same time most challenging, is striking the right balance between quick and flexible responses on the one hand, and coordination, quality planning and context-sensitivity on the other hand." They make four major recommendations for effective development co-operations during the crisis. Read more
New EADI webinars: Development Challenges in Myanmar
Gender and development in Myanmar, 17 June, 4pm CET: Myanmar’s introduction of competitive elections after decades of military rule raised expectations for progress in economic and social development, including in the area of women’s rights. Mala Htun will draw on data from national surveys, interviews, and existing qualitative studies to explore public opinion on women’s rights and gender equality. Elisabeth Olivius will explore the gendered dynamics of Myanmar’s post-war economic reforms through an analysis of women’s experiences of development in Kayah (Karenni) state. Read more and register
Land conflict in Myanmar, 22 June, 12.00 CET: Competition over land is at the core of many sustainable development challenges in Myanmar: villagers, companies, governments, ethnic minority groups, civil society organisations and non-governmental organisations from local to the international level claim access to and decision-making power over the use of land. Lara Lundsgaard-Hansen will talk about research that investigates the actor interactions influencing land-use changes and their impacts on the supply of ecosystem services and human well-being. Dr Stefan Bächtold will address the land conflicts that have increased across the country’s ethnic-minority area, amid Myanmar’s political transition. Read more and register
Latest EADI webinar online
Generational Transfer of Disadvantages and Extreme Poverty: Why do the poor stay poor? And, crucially, why are their children likely to be poor and end up poor later in life? Based on a qualitative panel dataset from Bangladesh, Owasim Akram presents important policy and programme insights to tackle extreme poverty based on his PhD research. Watch
This open access book by the Transnational Institute (TNI) with the subtitle "Towards democratic ownership of public services" shows that public services are more important than ever in the face of the climate catastrophe, mounting inequalities, and growing political unrest. Together, civil society organisations, trade unions, and local authorities are crafting new templates for how to expand democratic public ownership to all levels of society and opening up new routes to community-led and climate conscious public service. TNI's research has identified more than 1,400 successful (re)municipalisation cases involving more than 2,400 cities in 58 countries around the world. Read more
Featured EADI Member: EBA
The Swedish Expert Group for Aid Studies (EBA) is a government committee mandated to evaluate and analyse the direction, governance and implementation of Sweden’s official development assistance with a specific focus on results and effectiveness. Its aim is to contribute to an efficient implementation of well-designed aid, primarily focusing on overarching issues, not on individual projects. EBA has just released a new report "Development Research in Sweden – A Dispersed Research Community Under Pressure" whose conclusions might also apply to for development research communities in other countries:
The study was initiated and conducted by the newly established Swedish Development Research Network (SweDev) with support from the Expert Group for Aid Studies (EBA). With participation of many active EADI members, it has sought to map the Swedish development research community, and to develop a better understanding of the discipline’s current standing as a research field and its connections with policy and practitioners." This study provides evidence that fragmentation and lack of collaboration have not only undermined individual research capacities, but also negatively affected research environments in the field". Read more
Deindustrialization in Cities of the Global South
2020/04 – Global Development Institute (GDI); Area Development and Policy; Author(s): Seth Schindler; Tom Gillespie; Nicola Banks; Mustafa Kemal Bayırbağ; Himanshu Burte; J. Miguel Kanai; Neha Sami
Biodiversity Policy Beyond Economic Growth
2020/04 – Department of International Environment and Development Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Noragric); Conservation Letters; Author(s): Iago Otero; Erik Gomez-Baggethun et al.
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