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1st Issue May 2020


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.

In October 2020 we will choose the most inspiring three articles for the blog prize. The first prize will go along with a funded invitation to the next major public EADI Event. Authors of the best three articles will receive hard copies of our edited volume “Building Development Studies for the New Millennium”, as well as a free EADI membership which includes access to our journal, the “European Journal of Development Research (EJDR)Read more

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
More Webinars on the EADI YouTube Channel
Highlight: The Future is Public
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
Learn more about EADI Members
In Focus: Urban Development
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

Natural Disasters and Political Disorder: Why Urban Flooding Turns Violent. Applying a Fuzzy-Set Qualitative Comparative Analysis
2020/05 – Arnold Bergsträsser Institut (ABI); Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy; Author(s): Erik Plänitz

Public Policies Enabling the Social and Solidarity Economy in the City of Montreal
2020/05 – United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD); Working Paper; Author(s): Marguerite Mendell et al.

Trapped in the Prison of the Mind: Notions of Climate-Induced (Im)mobility Decision-Making and Wellbeing From an Urban Informal Settlement in Bangladesh
2020/04 – United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS); Palgraves Communication, 6(62), 1-15; Author(s): Ayeb-Karlsson et al.
More publications on urban development
In Focus: International Relations
Turning Points: Defining Moments for the International Civil Service at the United Nations (PDF)
2020/05 – Dag Hammarskjoeld Foundation (DHF); research paper; Author(s): Alanna O’Malley

With or Without You: How the G20 Could Advance Global Action Toward Climate-Friendly Sustainable Development
2020/05 – German Development Institute, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); Global Soutios Journal; Author(s): Steffen Bauer, Axel Berger, Gabriela Iacobuta

Turkey's NATO Future: Between Alliance Dependency, Russia, and Strategic Autonomy (PDF)
2020/05 – Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS); book; Author(s): Dr Jakob Lindgaard, Cecilie Stokholm Banke (Ed.)

Hammer or Nudge? New Brief on International Policy Options for COVID-19
2020/05 – United Nations University, Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT); briefing paper; Author(s): Luc Soete
More publications on international relations
Premium Member Publication Picks
Building Peaceful Societies: An Evidence Gap Map
2020/05 – Deutsches Evaluierungsinstitut, der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit gGmbH (DEval); research paper; Author(s): Ada Sonenfeld et al.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Remittances for Development in Africa
2020/05 – European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM); research paper; Author(s): Amanda Bisong, Pamella Eunice Ahainwe, Esther Njoroge

Impacts of School Closures on Children in Developing Countries: Can We Learn Something From the Past?
2020/05 – Chr.Michelsen Institute (CMI); CMI Brief; Author(s): Hilde Selbervik

Best Practices in Strengthening Evidence Use by Government in Education Policy and Beyond
2020/05 – Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton; research paper; Author(s): James Georgalakis, Alan Stanley
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.

Taking Stock of National Climate Policies to Evaluate Implementation of the Paris Agreement
2020/04 – German Development Institute, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); Nature Communications; Author(s): Mark Roelfsema, Heleen L. van Soest, Saritha Sudharmma Vishwanathan

Evaluating the Impact of Climate Change on Hydropower Availability in the Java-Bali Power System, Indonesia
2020/04 – Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainability, University of Twente (CSTM); research paper; Author(s): Kamia Handayani et al

More about EADI Members
Assistant Professor Urban Planning
2020/05 – Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR); Deadline: 18 May

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Intercultural Communication
2020/04 – Development Policy and Practice, the Open University (DPP); Deadline: 18 May

Lecturer in Geography
2020/04 – Development Policy and Practice, the Open University (DPP); Deadline: 19 May

Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Environmental Geography
2020/04 – Development Policy and Practice, the Open University (DPP); Deadline: 19 May

Researcher / Senior Researcher Research Programme on Inter- and Transnational Cooperation"
2020/05 – German Development Institute, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); Deadline: 19 May

PhD Project on Designing Sustainable Urban Practices and Their Governance
2020/05 – Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR); Deadline: 30 May

More jobs on the EADI Website
Blog: Condemned to Circularity: Thailand's Emerging Bioplastic Industry
2020/05 – Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung (ZEF); blog post; Author(s): Jan Janosch Förster

Blog: Disobedience, Protest, and the Pandemic: Climate Change and Citizen Action Under Conditions of Social Distancing
2020/05 – Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP); blog post; Author(s): Graeme Hayes

The Racialization of Pandemics
2020/05 – Global Research Programme on Inequality; blog post; Author(s): Edna Bonhomme

Blog: Pandemic Profiteers: How Foreign Investors Could Make Billions From Crisis Measures
2020/04 – Transnational Institute (TNI); blog post; Author(s): cecilia Olivet et al

Blog: Resources, Relevance and Impact – Key Challenges for African Universities
2020 – Nordic Africa Institute (NAI); blog post; Author(s): Kajsa Hallberg Adu

Blog: Who Gets to Work From Home?
2020/05 – United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER); blog post; Author(s): Piotr Lewandowski

Blog: Spain-China Relations and COVID-19: The Bright and Dark Sides of a Necessary Partnership for Spain
2020/05 – Real Instituto Elcano; blog post; Author(s): Mario Esteban; Ugo Armanini.

Blog: “People in the Informal Economy Will Suffer” - Voices From the Global South on the Corona Pandemic
2020/05 – Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC); blog post; Author(s): Lena Gruber

Blog: Kalifat: Scandinavian Political Drama at Its Best
2020/05 – Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS); blog post; Author(s): Jaume Castan Pinos

Blog: Lobbying and the Virus – Three Trends to Take Note Of - The BUSINESS of SOCIETY
2020/05 – Copenhagen Business School, Department of Intercultural Communication and Management (IKL); blog post; Author(s): Dieter Zinnbauer

Blog: Strengthening Water Security for Pandemic Preparedness
2020/05 – International Development Department, University of Birmingham (IDD); blog post; Author(s): Rachel Cooper

Blog: Build Back Better With Risk-Informed Development Co-Operation
2020/05 – OECD Development Centre (OECD/DC); blog post; Author(s): Navid Hanif

Blog: Burundi Before the Elections: Continuity Instead of Change
2020/05 – German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA); GIGA Focus Africa; Author(s): Gesine Ames; Julia Grauvogel

Blog: Corona Adds Weight to African Countries' Debt Burden
2020/05 – Nordic Africa Institute (NAI); blog post; Author(s): Johan Sävström

Blog: COVID-19 | How Kerala’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Highlighting Inadequate Responses Elsewhere in India
2020/05 – International Institute of Social Studies (ISS); blog post; Author(s): Sreerekha Sathi

Blog: Locked Out Under Coronavirus Lockdown – Continuing Exclusion of India’s Migrant Workforce
2020/05 – Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID); blog post; Author(s): Nabeela Ahmed; Priya Deshingkar

Blog: Curbing the Impacts of COVID-19 on Nepal’s Small-Scale Farmers and Seizing Opportunities for Food System Reform
2020/05 – International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED); blog post; Author(s): Jagat Deuja

Blog: Can the Global Green New Deal Movement Survive the Pandemic?
2020/04 – German Development Institute, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); blog post; Author(s): Anna Pegels, Clara Brandi

More blogs and opinion pieces on the EADI website
Global Call: Rearticulating Human Development
2020/05 – International Science Council; Deadline: 31 May

Call for Abstracts for a Special Issue on ‘Governing “European Values” Inside Data Flows’
2020/05 – Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR); Deadline: 19 June

Call for Papers: Coronavirus and the Future of Liberalism
2020/05 – Institute of International Relations (IIR); Deadline: 24 May, 2020

Call for Sessions DevNet2020 "Development Matters", New Zealand, 2-4 December 2020 (PDF)
2020/05 – Deadline: 1 June

Call: The Social & Inclusive Business Camp (SIBC) Commits Itself Alongside Entrepreneurs Operating in Africa to Address the Covid-19 Crisis
2020/05 – Agence Française de Développement (AFD); Deadline: not stated

More calls on the EADI Website
Call for Applications: Exciting New International MA Scholarships in International Development for 2020-21
2020/05 – Maynooth University Social Science Institute (MUSSI); Deadline: 22 June

Earth Economics - New Online Course
2020/05 – International Institute of Social Studies (ISS); Registration open
Open Online Activities
Webinar: Climate: Emergencies, Sustainability, Answers and Proposals
15 May – Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (IDDRI)

Online Seminar: The Austrian Asylum System in Times of the COVID 19 Pandemic
16 May – Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC)

Webinar: A ‘Good Deal’? U.S. Military Aid and Refugee Flows to the United States
18 May – Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches sur le Développement International (CERDI)

Webinar: Interlinkages Between Climate Change and Biodiversity: Maximising Synergies and Minimising Tradeoffs
19 May – Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (IDDRI)

Webinar: "How to Develop and Finance Projects and Development Strategies "Aligned With the 2030 Agenda"?"
19 May – Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (IDDRI)

Webinar: Kenya’s Coffee Sector in the COVID-19 Context: Can Producer Agency Be Sustained?
19 May – International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Webinar: Is Space Closing for Civil Society in Global Health? 73rd World Health Assembly Week
19 May – Graduate Institute (IHEID)

Online Book Launch: The Conservation Revolution
19 May – German Development Institute, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

Webinar: Social Innovation and Public Policy
20 May – School of Arts and Communication, University Malmö

Webinar: Risk Perception and Communication in Times of Crisis
20 May – Graduate Institute (IHEID)

Virtual Roundtable: Virtual Visions of Europe #4 - Changing Geopolitical Orders
20 May – Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR)

Webinar: Transparency and Access to Medicines: One Year After the WHA Resolution. 73rd World Health Assembly Week
21 May – Graduate Institute (IHEID)

Webinar: Masked Heroines? Building Resilience Begins With a Gender-Equitable Health Workforce. 73rd World Health Assembly Week
22 May – Graduate Institute (IHEID)

Webinar: Time to Get Our Act Together on Health Security and UHC. 73rd World Health Assembly Week
27 May – Graduate Institute (IHEID)

Virtual Roundtable: Virtual Visions of Europe #5 - W(h)ither the EU?
27 May – Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR)

Online Lecture: Sea-Level Rise: Displacement, Migration and Human Rights
28 May – Graduate Institute (IHEID)

Webinar: When COVID-19 meets centralized, personalized power
2 June – United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)

Webinar: Tax after the Pandemic: Can Africa Raise the Revenue It Needs?
15 June – United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)

Webinar: Responding to COVID-19 in Developing Countries
30 June .– United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)

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