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2nd Issue June 2020

Editorial

We are proud that EADI is committed to take a stand. Be it in solidarity with scholars from the Global South excluded from conferences in Europe, with the most vulnerable affected by the COVID19 pandemic or the global climate strikes. Our latest statement is in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and all who fight racism and oppression.
On another note we are happy that the Energy Supply for Healthcare Facilities in Ghana (EnerSHelF) project we are part of is taking shape, and we've got three new webinars, a blog post on decolonising our research practices and the usual bunch of news, publications, calls and vacancies. Our thematic focus today is on digitalisation and development finance. Enjoy the scroll!
EADI Takes a Knee in Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter
"The time has now come for us to once again take a stand by taking a knee. We condemn all forms of racism and discrimination. Human dignity and equality mean that #BlackLivesMatter. We understand and promote development as a social and inter-generational contract for the sustainable well-being of all life on earth. We are aware that the global asymmetries and inequalities within current power structures, in and between societies, are a far cry from such goals. As EADI we believe that there is strength in diversity and consider it our obligation to strengthen efforts towards the fulfilment of a fairer and more equal world." Read the full statement
Read all EADI Statements
From our Blog:  COVID19: Decolonising Development Research?
"For those of us who work in international development think tanks, research that requires fieldwork has been paused and left us fully reliant on local researchers. That has helped us recognise that ‘normal was the problem’. The ways in which we used to work and conduct research in development reproduced colonial practices that silence our research partners and ultimately our participants. By disrupting traditional research and development practices, Covid-19 could offer us an opportunity to put that right.": Melanie Pinet and Carmen Leon-Himmelstine identify five points that don't do well in the current research cycle and make six proposals to change for the better. Read the post
To the blog overview
New EADI Webinars: Save the Dates
22 July: The Rise and Fall of the Aid Effectiveness Norm. In this webinar, Prof. Stephen Brown will discuss his work on the effectiveness of foreign aid and will give an overview over 15 to 20 years of this agenda. Faced with often disappointing results from foreign aid, scholars, policy makers and practitioners have been trying for decades to determine what makes aid more effective. The Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, adopted in 2005, constituted the overarching norm for 21st-century development cooperation. However, its principles were only slowly and partially put into practice. As the Aid Effectiveness Agenda evolved, emerging donors were very reluctant to engage with the process, non-state actors remained rather peripheral, and more traditional donors lost interest. Read more and register
7 August: Bias aware practices: moving beyond unconscious bias training. Acknowledging our biases is uncomfortable. But unless we do so, we limit novelty and we risk affecting others and ourselves through discrimination and stereotypes.

Without bias mitigation, teaching, learning and institutional structures and practices undermine solidarity, peace and social justice. This webinar is not one-off unconscious bias training, about which there is increasing caution, but rather the opportunity to review and share approaches and ideas which may be transferrable interculturally and globally.
The webinar is part of the EADI/ISS "Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice" series. Read more and register

28 October: Towards a Wellbeing Economics. How and why we need to do economics differently. Economics should be more about human wellbeing and human-nature relationships than about growth. To address current global problems of rising inequality, climate change, migration and health pandemics requires a fundamental rethink of how we think about the economy and the ways we practice it. Sustainable and inclusive development can only be achieved if we transform our vision of the economy.

Dr Nicky Pouw from the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) will introduce her new book on 'Wellbeing Economics', which fosters us to rethink the fundamental principles of the economics discipline. Read more and register

Reminder: Civil Society in Constrained Settings, 29 June
Rethinking civil society in promoting solidarity and social change in constrained settings. A vibrant civil society enhances solidarity, social justice, and peace. However, opportunities to act for social change within civil societies are limited in many ways. Solidarity networks function in a way that might counter the conventional conceptualizations of civil society in Western scholarship. The panel explores elaboration of local conceptualizations of civil society and development with focus on authoritarian, conflict affected and fragile contexts characterized by lack or diminishing of democratic state-civil society relationships.
The webinar is part of the EADI/ISS "Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice" series. Read more and register
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Latest EADI Webinars Online
In this webinar, Jana Kleibert discusses her research on the opportunities and limitations of economic development models that build upon creating employment in information-technology enabled services. Drawing on the experiences of the Philippines, India and Kenya, she discusses the socio-spatial implications for economic development resulting for places that insert themselves into digitally-transmitted global production networks. Watch the video
Myanmar faces enormous development challenges in the midst of a rapidly changing and uncertain political and economic landscape. The European Journal of Development Research is pleased to present a special issue on development challenges in Myanmar. In this webinar, we draw on the findings of two open access papers within the special issue, examining gender in Myanmar. Watch the video
See all recorded EADI webinars
Masters Programmes Academic Coordinators Workshop
On 1 and 2 October we will be bringing together academic coordinators of Masters Programmes from EADI member institutes. Last year in September, we held the first event of this kind for coordinators of development studies programmes, and we intend to offer you again an open space to exchange peer-to-peer experiences. This time, we will focus on curriculum setting, interdisciplinarity and research masters/PhD programmes. If you're interested to attend, save the dates and watch this space for more information to come!
The new EJDR is out, hot from the press!
The July issue of our journal, the European Journal of Development Research (EJDR) is out with a particular focus on North-South research collaboration. All articles are free for our members, although not open access. However, there's a whole bunch of new open access articles as well, which is available here, for example:
Browse the latest issue
British EADI Members concerned over DFID Merger
The British Development Studies Association is deeply concerned over the decision  to merge the British Department for International Development (DFID) with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office: " At a time when the Government has committed itself to ‘follow the science’, we call on the Government to listen to the combined global development expertise that our Association represents and reverse this decision which has such potential to harm some of the world’s poorest people" Read the full statement
IDS Director Melissa Leach warns: "First and foremost is the risk this could pose to all that DFID did well". The Open University's Susan Newman and Sara Stevano argue that this "reflects a narrow nationalist agenda that stands opposed to the global upheaval against racism and the colonial past", and IIED Director Andrew Norton calls it a "clear sign that tackling poverty in developing countries is no longer a priority"
News Pick from Premium Members
The Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) launches a new online-lecture series on Decolonising Europe, which provides an opportunity for engaging with different scholars and academic debates in decolonialism, and to reflect and learn more about a variety of approaches and topics. Two of the lectures have already been held and are available online, three others are still open for registration. Read more
European Joint Doctorate: 15 PhDs for understanding poverty dynamics: The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) has been invited to set up a Training Network  that will train 15 PhD researchers to bridge the existing knowledge gap in understanding poverty dynamics. The project will start in spring 2021 and recruitment for PhD positions is expected to be completed before the start of the new academic year in 2021. Read more
Thematic Focus: Development Finance
The Role of Multilateral Development Banks in Financing the Sustainable Development Goals (PDF)
2020/06 – ETH Zürich, Centre for Development and Cooperation (NADEL); briefing paper; Author(s): Chris Humphrey

The Use of Development Funds for De-Risking Private Investment: How Effective Is It in Delivering Development Results? (PDF)
2020/05 – Global Development Institute (GDI); research paper; Author(s): Farwa Sial et al.

‘We Are Not a Partnership’ – Constructing and Contesting Legitimacy of Global Public–Private Partnerships: The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement
2020/06 – Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo (SUM); Globalizations; Author(s): Ann Louise Lie

Stimulating OECD Economies Post-Covid by Investing in Care (PDF)
2020/06 – Development Policy and Practice, the Open University (DPP); Working Paper; Author(s): Jerome de Henau; Susan Himmelweit

Succession Economics: Sustaining Prosperity Beyond Death (PDF)
2020/06 – Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP); research paper; Author(s): Will Davies
 
Premium Members Publication Picks
The Corronial Age
2020/06 – International Institute of Social Studies (ISS); Author(s): van Voorst, Roanne

Food Politics and Development
2020/06 – Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton; World Development; Author(s): Melissa Leach et al.

What the EU Should Do for Democracy Support in Africa: Ten Proposals for a New Strategic Initiative in Times of Polarisation
2020/06 – German Development Institute, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); research paper; Author(s): Christine Hackenesch, Julia Leininger, Karina Mross
Trilateral Cooperation in German Development Cooperation (PDF)
2020/06 – Deutsches Evaluierungsinstitut, der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit gGmbH (DEval); research paper; Author(s): Marcus Kaplan, Dennis Busemann, Kristina Wirtgen
Shutdown Policies and Worldwide Conflict
2020/06 – Graduate Institute (IHEID); Covid Economics: Vetted and Real-Time Papers; Author(s): Berman, Nicolas; Couttenier, Mathieu; Monnet, Nathalie; Ticku, Rohit

Preparing to Leave? Household Mobility Decisions in Climate Affected Areas of Coastal Bangladesh
2020/06 – Chr.Michelsen Institute (CMI); CMI Working Paper; Author(s): Arne Wiig; Minhaj Mahmud; Ivar Kolstad; Päivi Lujala; Sosina Bezu

Vulnerability of Pastoralism: A Case Study From the High Mountainsof Nepal
2020/03 – Department of International Environment and Development Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Noragric); Sustainability; Author(s): Krishna Raj Tiwari; Bishal Kumar Sitaula; Roshan Man Bajracharya; Nani Raut; Prabin Bhusal; Mukunda Sengel
 
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Thematic Focus: Digitalization
Digitalization in Sub-Saharan Africa. (PDF)
2020/06 – Foundation pour les Etudes et Recherches sur le Développement International (FERDI); Author(s): Sampawende J.-A. Tapsoba

Information and Communication Technology in the Lives of Forcibly Displaced Persons in Kenya
2020/06 – German Development Institute, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); research paper; Author(s): Mirko Eppler et al

Digitizing Community Building and Reconciliation in Post-Conflict Communities: A Case of #Let’sTalkUganda in Northern Uganda
2020/06 – United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER); United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS); United Nations University, Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT); Social Media + Society; Author(s): Kasadha, Juma
 
Measuring the Global Broadband Divide Using Aggregated Crowdsourced Big Data: Digital Development (PDF)
2020/06 – Global Development Institute (GDI); Digital Development Working Paper; Author(s): Alfonso Rivera-Illingworth et al.
 
Exploring Open Digital Badges in Teacher Education: A Case Study From India (PDF)
2020/06 – Development Policy and Practice, the Open University (DPP); research paper; Author(s): Freda Wolfenden et al.

Collaborative Media Practices and Interconnected Digital Strategies of Islamic State (IS) and Pro-IS Supporter Networks on Telegram (PDF)
2020/03 – School of Arts and Communication, University Malmö; research paper; Author(s): MIchael Krona
Jobs
Junior Lecturers Political Science - AISSR - University of Amsterdam
2020/06 – Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR); Deadline: 28 June

Head of Communications and Engagement
2020/06 – Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton; Deadline: 29 June

Senior Gender Justice and Development Consultant
2020/06 – United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD); Deadline: 12 July 2020

Managing Editor for Journal of Development Studies
2020/06 – Development Studies Association of the UK and Ireland (DSA); Deadline: 24 July

PhD Position in Energy Transitions
2020/06 – UiB Global, University of Bergen; Deadline: 31 July

Senior Researcher Migration and Mobility
2020/06 – Nordic Africa Institute (NAI); Deadline: 14 August

Programme Manager - Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace
2020/06 – Dag Hammarskjoeld Foundation (DHF); Deadline: 14 August, 2020

Senior Researcher Conflict and Security
2020/06 – Nordic Africa Institute (NAI); Deadline: 14 August

PhD Position at the Department of Comparative Politics
2020/06 – UiB Global, University of Bergen; Deadline: 17 August

PhD Position in Global Challenges
2020/06 – UiB Global, University of Bergen; Deadline: 20 August

UEA-Copenhagen Joint PhD Scholarship in Religion and Social Change in Africa
2020/06 – Development Studies Association of the UK and Ireland (DSA); Deadline: 31 August 2020

Lecturer in International Development
2020/06 – Development Studies Association of the UK and Ireland (DSA); Deadline: 1 September 2020

More jobs on the EADI Website
Opinions
Blog: Black Lives Matter: A Rawls-Ian Moment
2020/06 – Graduate Institute (IHEID); blog post; Author(s): David Sylvan

Blog: The Race to Replace a Dying Neoliberalism
2020/05 – Transnational Institute (TNI); blog post; Author(s): Walden Bello

Blog: ‘I Will Not Return Unless the Regime of Assad Falls’
2020/06 – International Institute of Social Studies (ISS); blog post; Author(s): Nawras al Husein and Natascha Wagner

Blog: Blog: If We Want to Tackle Global Inequality, We Need Better Economic Theories
020/06 – Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre, University of York; blog post; Author(s): Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven

Blog: How to Avoid the Aid Trap in the AU-EU Strategic Relationship
2020/06 – European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM); blog post; Author(s): Fernando Jorge Cardoso

Blog: Growing Inequality Can Worsen the Pandemic’s Effects
2020/06 – German Development Institute, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); blog post; Author(s): Mario Negre, Daniel Gerszon Mahler, Christoph Lakner

Blog: Trump and ‘His’ Working Class
2020/06 – Real Instituto Elcano; blog post; Author(s): Andrés Ortega

Blog: The COVID-19 Crisis: A Vital Moment for Gender Equality in the Middle East and North Africa
2020/06 – OECD Development Centre (OECD/DC); blog post; Author(s): Gabriela Ramos

Blog: COVID-19 in Africa: The Fragility of Food Systems
2020/06 – Agence Française de Développement (AFD); blog post; Author(s): Nicole Madariaga, Alix Francoise, Chloe Pinty

Blog: The Role of Public Development Banks in Supporting the Post-COVID-19 Crisis Recovery in Emerging and Developing Countries
2020/06 – Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (IDDRI); blog post; Author(s): Maria Alejandra Riano

Blog: Uncertainty and Rumours After Burundi President Dies Unexpectedly
2020/06 – African Studies Centre (ASC); blog post; Author(s): Lidewyde Berckmoes

Blog: The Law of the High Seas
2020/06 – UiB Global, University of Bergen; blog post; Author(s): Sverre Ole Drønen

Blog: Common Cause With People in the Food Systems of the Majority
2020/06 – International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED); blog post; Author(s): Bill Vorley

Blog: Poverty and the Pandemic in the Pacific
2020/06 – United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER); blog post; Author(s): Chris Hoy

Blog: Corruption Limits Access to Safe Water and the Effectiveness of the Covid-19 Response in Developing Countries: The Case of Uganda
2020/06 – Chr.Michelsen Institute (CMI); blog post; Author(s): Monica Kirya

Blog: Do’s and Don’ts for Using Digital Tools in the Covid-19 Response
2020/06 – Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID); blog post; Author(s): Dorothea Kleine

More blogs and opinion pieces on the EADI website
Trainings
Master in Cooperation and Development Pavia
Centre for International Cooperation and Development (CICOPS)
Applications open!

Natural Resource Governance and Development: Policies and Practice
ETH Zürich, Centre for Development and Cooperation (NADEL); apply by 31 July!

Online course: Pastoralism and Uncertainty
Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton

More courses and trainings on the EADI Website
Calls
HiCN Call for Papers “Social Unrest and Violent Conflict in Times of Pandemics”
2020/06 – International Security and Development Center (ISDC); Deadline: 15 July 15, 2020

Call for Submissions: Geneva Trade Week, 28 September-2 October 2020 (PDF)
2020/06 – Graduate Institute (IHEID); Deadline: 15 July

Call for Papers: Drought Vulnerability, Risk, and Impact Assessments
2020/06 – United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS); Deadline: 31 July 2021

More calls on the EADI Website
Open Online Activities
Webinar: Support. Don't Punish: Future of Drug Policing
26 June, 17:30 CET; Transnational Institute (TNI)

Webinar: Corporate Tax and Inequality - What Are the Pressing Knowledge Gaps?
26 June, 12:15 CET; Copenhagen Business School, Department of Intercultural Communication and Management (IKL)

Webinar: How Covid-19 Calls for an Alliance for Financing
29 June, 15.00 CET; European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)

Webinar: Covid-19 and the ‘Global Development Industry’
29 June, 15.00 London Time; Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre, University of York

Webinar: A Simple Planning Problem for COVID-19 Lockdown
30 June, 14.00 CET; Graduate Institute (IHEID)

Webinar: Geopolitical Implications of COVID-19
30 June, 11:00 CET; German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA);

Webinar: Inequality in the Face of COVID-19: How Grassroots Communities Are Taking Action
2 July, 11.00 London time; International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Webinar: Resilience in Light of COVID-19: Climate Action on the Road to COP26
3 July, 10.00 London time;  International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Webinar: European Agriculture and Resilient Food Systems in a Post-Covid-19 World
3 July, 10:00 CET; Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (IDDRI)

Webinar: Building Stronger Health Systems Going Forward
6 July 15.00 CET; European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM);

Webinar: Climate Justice Movements and Covid in the Global South
7 July, 15:00 London Time; Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre, University of York

Webinar: How Did the 2003 SARS Epidemic Shape Chinese Trade?
7 July, 14.00 CET; Graduate Institute (IHEID)

Webinar: Poverty and COVID-19 in Developing Countries
7 July, 16:00 CET; United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)

Webinar: Do Rising Wages in China’s Industry Benefit Africa’s Prospects? - Institute of Development Studies
8 July 13.00 London Time; Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton

Webinar: UNRISD Sustainable and Just Economies: Lessons Learned From the COVID-19 Crisis and Enabling Factors for the SDGs
10 July, 15.00 CET; United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)

Webinar: How Should Policy Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic Differ in the Developing World?
14 July, 14.00 CET; Graduate Institute (IHEID)

Webinar: Pandemic Lockdown: The Role of Government Commitment
21 July, 14.00 CET; Graduate Institute (IHEID)

Webinar: Whats Next? Covid-19 and the Future World Order
17 September, 14:00 CET; Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo (SUM)

More online offers by members on the EADI Website
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