Welcome to Development Studies Association
The Development Studies Association is the UK's learned society and professional body for academic teaching and research, policy and practice in the field of international development.
While the annual conference is a principal focus for the association, the DSA is active throughout the year through its many Study Groups. All those involved in development whether as teachers, researchers, consultants or practitioners, are welcome to join both the Study Groups and the DSA itself.
DSA2017: registration remains OPEN but places are filling fast!
This year's annual conference will take place in the north of England from 6-8 September 2017. We hope to gather ~400 colleagues from the Development Studies community - practitioners, consultants, academics, NGO workers, graduate students and school students - for three stimulating days in Bradford.
Registration remains open, if you have not registered yet, please do so ASAP! ALL participants whatever your role need to register online. Even if you're one of your centre's nominations, you still need to register yourself - this cannot be done on your behalf. The full timetable is now posted on the website and it is possible to book accommodation for the conference through the University of Bradford - please find all instructions on the website.View the conference part of this site to register and book accommodation.
Development and Change Annual Lecture
Keynote: Michael Redclift (Kings College)
Sustainable development in the age of contradictions
Development Studies Association Annual Conference
September 6th, 17:45-19:00, Great Hall, Richmond building, University of Bradford
Sponsored by Development and Change
The lecture will be recorded and will be available on the journal’s website.
Call for conference hosts for the next two years
The DSA is seeking bids from colleagues to host the next two 'editions' of the DSA annual conference. Please read more about the process here, and submit your bids by 30th September 2017.
Call for Nominations to Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS)
Nominations are now being accepted for members of the development studies community to become AcSS fellows. Nominees are not required to be DSA members. If you have people you would like to nominate, please send these names with a subject line "AcSS Nominations" to: membershipadmin(at)devstud.org.uk. Self-nominations cannot be accepted. Deadline for nominations: 5th September 2017. See further details in the President's foreword above.
Election of DSA Council members
The DSA will hold elections for members of Council at the upcoming AGM during DSA2017 in Bradford, in September. We need members to stand for five vacant positions, including President and Treasurer. Please consider helping the association and the discipline by putting yourself forward or encouraging others to do so. You can find more information and download the necessary forms here.
The DSA AGM will take place on 8th Sept at 13:00-14:00 at University of Bradford, main items are the President's report, Approval of accounts and Election of new council members. The agenda can be viewed on the website here.
Dissertation Prize Awards
2015 saw the launch of an annual dissertation prize in partnership with the International Consulting Economists Association (ICEA). The annual prize of £1000 is awarded to the best Masters level dissertation in development studies or development economics. At DSA2017 we congratulate the two winners of the 2017 prize, Henna Akram (SOAS) and Paul Fenton Villar (UEA), but also the 2016 winner, Robert Mwanamanga (Bradford University). All three will be presenting their work within conference panels, and members are encouraged to look them up in the programme and attend.
DSA-OUP book series second & third titles are now available
Playing with Fire: Deepened Financial Integration and Changing Vulnerabilities of the Global South by Yilmaz Akyüz ISBN 9780198797173 2017
Taken for a Ride: Grounding Neoliberalism, Precarious Labour, and Public Transport in an African Metropolis by Matteo Rizzo ISBN 9780198794240 2017
IN: Critical Frontiers Of Theory, Research, And Policy In International Development Studies
Study group news
Links to future SG events can be seen in the side bar on the right (or beneath on narrower screens). Other news follows.
DSA Gender Policy and Practice Study Group
Meeting report and talks - April 2017 - on the SG webpage. There will be a follow-up meeting later in 2017.
DSA Scotland Study group
DSA Scotland provides an update from the Centre for African Research on Enterprise and Economic Development (CAREED) at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). Report of 2nd annual conference in April 2017 available here.
DSA Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change Study group
New book from members of the Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change study group - see SG webpage
DSA Women and Development Study Group and Centre for Global Development (CGD)
Workshop Report - 17 March 2017 - on the SG webpage
DSA Religion and Development Study group
Methodological challenges of researching religion in marginalized development contexts
Meeting report now on SG website
New book from the NGOs in Development SG
Negotiating Knowledge: evidence and experience in development NGOs, edited by Study Group members Rachel Hayman, Sophie King, Tiina Kontinen and Lata Narayanaswamy will shortly be published by Practical Action Publishing. The book has contributions from Kate Gooding, Kai Matturi, Erla Thrandardottir and Swetha Rao Dhananka. Read more.
DSA Urbanisation and Development SG briefing paper regarding the new Urban Agenda
Following on from a one-day workshop the Study group has produced a briefing paper on the draft of the new Urban Agenda. Read more.
Premium Member news
“Dams 2.0” was announced: an international consortium of researchers led by The University of Manchester will spend four years working to improve the economic, social and environmental impact of new dams in low and middle income countries, after it was awarded an £7.5 million grant by Research Councils UK as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund.
The “ICT4D North” Inaugural Workshop brought together a network of researchers at universities in northern England who work on digital technologies/data and international development. The workshop was co-sponsored by GDI’s Centre for Development Informatics and Sheffield’s Digital Technologies, Data and Innovation group.
GDI hosted “How can academics help change the world” and our Impact and Communications Manager Chris Jordan condensed down four key lessons on the GDI blog.
GDI also hosted a workshop on the theme "Rethinking development: from international to global", and we asked the participants what they see as the big changes in development.
The University of Manchester’s Migration Lab hosted a newspaper writing workshop that produced ‘Not the Fake News’ about refuge and asylum - written in one day by a group of displaced people in collaboration with Manchester-based journalists and UoM migration researchers.
GDI’s Professor Bina Agarwal was awarded the 2017 Louis Malassis International Prize for an “Outstanding Career in Agricultural Development”. The Prize of €20,000 is given once every two years by the Agropolis Fondation, Montpellier, to recognize individuals for their exemplary contributions to enhance food and agricultural systems sustainability, food security and poverty reduction.
Professor David Hulme paid tribute to Dr Saman Kelegama.
Collaborator of DPU MSc Social Development Practice, research group Lugar Comum from the Faculty of Architecture of Universidade Federal da Bahia, are organizing their annual conference exploring collective practices of producing cities. The DPU’s Alexandre Apsan Frediani has been involved in the organisation team of the conference, part of the group called 'International Actions'.
Last Thursday 20th July, Dr Alexandre Apsan Frediani (Senior Lecturer DPU), Dr Joseph M. Macarthy (Co-director of SLURC) and Milimer Morgado (DPU) presented their research entitled “Empowerment and Urban Humanitarian Responses: The case of Freetown” as part of the Dialogues in Development series hosted by the DPU.
Papers and outputs from the DPU hosted 7th International i-Rec Conference "Reconstruction and Recovery in Urban Contexts" in 2015 have now been published on the i-rec website.
Since its inception in 2010, the DPU summerLab has aimed to question the way in which urban environments are understood and produced, looking at the realities of different urbanisms and leveraging the city as a laboratory to think, learn and experiment socially responsive design strategies.
For those working for socially and environmentally just cities, the exclusion of young people from formal planning is of profound concern. This exclusion takes multiple forms, and relates as much to the marginalisation of young people from formal planning processes, as to their self-exclusion from procedures that too often seem impenetrable, and which they do not trust.
DPU lecturer and EngD candidate, Pascale Hofmann, recently led the DPU strand of UCL's Global Citizenship programme and reflects on how it related to her research experience in Dar es Salaam.
DPU's Adriana Allen has been contributing as a co-organiser and panel expert on the urban science-policy interface for global sustainability
New video output from a DPU-led workshop explores participatory video as a communication for development and social change methodology.
As part of a team of different Bartlett units (DPU, Space Syntax Lab and CASA), we are glad to present an introduction to ‘The Actual Spaces of Migration,’ a project developed under the Bartlett Research Materialisation Grant.
On Monday 10 July, the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics hosted a panel discussion on The Role of Higher Education in Ensuring Afghanistan’s Prosperous Future.
The event brought together experts from the field to discuss how higher education can serve to build the human capital necessary to place Afghanistan on a secure and stable path. The panel also discussed the role of the international community in supporting the country at this critical juncture. An enthusiastic audience of activists, academics, students, journalists and diplomats, further contributed to the discussion.
The panel was made up of the following distinguished guests: Dr Kenneth Holland, President at the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF); Dr Said Tayeb Jawad, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the UK; Yalda Hakim, award winning BBC World News anchor and correspondent; and Dr Sajjan Gohel, International Security Director at the Asia-Pacific Foundation and Guest Teacher in the Department of International History at the LSE.
A reflection of the event, written by chair to the panel, Dr Sajjan Gohel, can be read on the International Development Blog.
The Research and Evidence Facility, hosted at SOAS, is launching a field research project on rural to urban mobility together with the Rift Valley Institute. The research will take place in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda and will consider the movement and linkages between rural and urban areas in these countries, the drivers of mobility, and the challenges faced by migrants and local authorities.
We are also launching a research project on 'Migration in and from Darfur: conflict, livelihoods and food insecurity. A research proposal to examine migration trends and inform policy'. The work will be led by Dr Susanne Jaspars, Research Associate in the Food Studies Centre at SOAS and Margie Buchanan-Smith of the Overseas Development Institute. The work is co-funded by the European Union and the Netherlands Government, and will involve collaboration between the Research and Evidence Facility, ODI, the Centre d'études et de documentation économiques, juridiques et sociales au Soudan (CEDEJ), and Oxfam America.
Subir Sinha joined the International Advisory Committee of The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research – Science for Global Development (WOTRO) research programme Assumptions (Supporting the Political Role of Civil Society Organisations for Inclusive Development).
Alessandra Mezzadri and Subir Sinha gave lectures as part of the TOIndia summer school, 5-6 July at the University of Turin, Italy. Alessandra gave a lecture on the relevance of the debate on labour feminisation in India and Subir on authoritarian populism.
We look forward to playing a role in this new project under the Global Challenges Research Fund, under the overall leadership of the International Institute for Environment and Development, with nine other African and UK partners. Adrienne Martin will lead for NRI with a particular focus on research capacity building.
This project, launched this year with funding from DFID and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, aims to assess the feasibility and validity of innovative digital tools for evaluating the positive and negative impacts of agri-nutrition interventions on women’s time use and maternal and infant dietary practices in Uganda: life-logging GPS-linked wearable cameras and computerised interactive voice response diaries. Kate Wellard of NRI leads the project in partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Africa Innovations Institute.
VCA4D is a project of the Agrinatura Consortium, aiming to provide integrated economic, social and environmental analyses of key agricultural value chains across the developing world. Since the beginning of the programme in late 2016, NRI has provided economic and social specialists for studies of fisheries in Cambodia, palm oil in Sierra Leone, poultry and soya in Zambia, green beans in Kenya and livestock in Zimbabwe and Swaziland, and identified and mobilised national experts in those and several other countries.
Julian Quan of NRI, Team leader for DFID’s Land: Enhancing Governance for Economic Development (LEGEND) Programme, contributed as presenter, discussant and panel chair at the recent LANDac Conference: Leave No-One behind: Setting the Land Agenda to 2030.
A special issue of the journal Food Chain, guest-edited by Valerie Nelson, has now been re-issued in book form as “Fairtrade Impacts: Lessons from around the world”, with a new introduction, and two new chapters.
Several NRI researchers have contributed to the extensively revised and expanded second edition of Agricultural Systems: Agroecology and Rural Innovation for Development, an important guide to the interdisciplinary understanding of sustainable agricultural development. For the second edition, edited by Sieglinde Snapp of Michigan State University and Barry Pound, NRI Visiting Fellow, NRI researchers have contributed to a new introduction, and written or revised chapters on sustainable intensification, farming-related livelihoods, innovations approaches, livestock, and climate change.
Institutional Member news
Institute for Global Health and Development (IGHD), Queen Margaret University
Funding Awarded: IGHD awarded £3.5m grant to promote health services in fragile settings
A £3.5million research grant has been awarded to global health experts at Queen Margaret University (QMU), Edinburgh to strengthen mental health care and treatment of non-communicable diseases in countries with weak health systems.
The grant awarded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) will help researchers in QMU’s Institute for Global Health and Development work with colleagues in Lebanon and Sierra Leone where the ravages of war, civil unrest and the impact of the refugee crisis present huge challenges to the delivery of these vital services.
This is one of only 13 NIHR Global Health Research Units that was granted funding (in this round of grant distribution) across the UK, with four grants being awarded to Scottish institutions.
Find out more here.
Birkbeck, University of London
Equalities in Public Private Partnerships Workshop
On 13th and 14th July 2017 the EQUIPPPS (Equalities in Public Private Partnerships) ESRC GCRF strategic network, held a 2 day workshop at the London International Development Centre. The network, located within the Department of Geography, Birkbeck, University of London and led by Dr Jasmine Gideon brings together partners from South Africa, India, Belgium and the UK.
The workshop was attended by 16 academics and development practitioners with an interest in the role of Public Private Partnerships as a financing mechanism in the delivery of key public services, and how this is affecting levels of inequality. Ten presentations were given in total, covering different sectors and disciplines. This included education and healthcare delivery, and covered themes such as the public good, gender and the private turn in development finance.
The morning was given over to colleagues from South Africa and India who presented the initial findings from literature reviews conducted in the respective regions. Key points coming out of the workshop, based on findings from the literature reviews, include a lack of empirical evidence underpinning claims made about the benefits of PPPs; the need to better understand why PPPs tend to be located in urban rather than rural areas; and the importance of including Southern scholarship in this work. A summary blog of the workshop can be found here.
University of Leeds
Contemporary UK Development Aid
On July 6th The School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds hosted a one day conference exploring Britain’s role in contemporary development aid. Papers explored the relationship between political parties and development aid, issues around public opinion and austerity and securitization. The conference closed with an interesting discussion between Pauline Latham, Member of the International Development Committee and Dr Alex Vine OBE, Chatham House around the priorities for UK aid over the course of the next Parliament. Details of the conference can be found here.
'Decolonising Development: Whose Voice? Whose Agenda?’
The Centre for Global Development (CGD) at the University of Leeds in partnership with INTRAC held an online conference event ‘Decolonising Development: Whose Voice? Whose Agenda?’ in May 2017. The event brought together over 250 registered participants from around the world to discuss three key themes: Power, Voice and Inclusion; Accountability, Evidence and ‘Impact’; and Partnership and Capacity-Building. Summaries of each day’s thematic discussions are available on the CGD webpage here. The conference followed the ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund International Development Conference on Vulnerability held in Leeds in November 2016, and the launch of the book Negotiating Knowledge: Evidence and Experience in Development NGOs in June 2016.
Centre for Development Studies (CDS), University of Bath
CDS supported a workshop in New Delhi bringing together early career academics working in development studies and social policy to exchange research and ideas. The workshop was part of a series of meetings that have been supported by CDS and the DSA since 2013.
Dr Roy Maconachie from CDS has received a grant for a new research project that will map informal financial flows in gold mining communities in the Mano River Union Region.
The Indian Society Of Labour Economics
59th Annual Conference
16-18 December 2017, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Call for papers and invitation for participation
Visit the website for all the details.
Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG)
Donor exit, retreat and transition in a changing international development landscape.
Session sponsored by the Developing Areas Research Group (DARG)
29 August–1 September 2017, London.
The Second International Symposium on Development and Governance in the BRICS
Call for papers: International Development Aid in the BRICS
Date: 23-24 September 2017
Host and Venue: Fudan University, Shanghai, China
See all the details on the website.
London International Development Centre
Evaluation for Development Programmes short course
13 to 17 November 2017
London International Development Centre is excited to announce the launch of our 2017 Evaluation for Development Programmes Short Course!
If you want to enhance your skill set by improving your knowledge of monitoring and evaluating then register today.
For more details about the course, including information about the bursaries available and how to register, see our website here.
London School of Economics (LSE)
LSE launches new MSc programme for Health and International Development
The Department of International Development at the London School of Economics will offer students the opportunity to study for an MSc in Health and International Development from September this year.
The new programme will teach students how to understand the complex relationships between health, poverty and inequality in and across low and middle-income countries through evaluating multi-disciplinary evidence on a range of global health issues and interventions. Students will also learn to apply this evidence to policy analysis whilst developing and understanding how politics, power and moral frameworks influence global health policy.
University of Derby
Joint Honours Degree in Global Development
“The Joint Honours Degree in Global Development at the University of Derby adopts inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches to understanding the contemporary challenges associated with development. It emphasizes a critical understanding of development issues in economically developed and less developed countries from a local to global scale. The subject equips you with an appropriate set of specialist, intellectual and personal transferable skills of lifelong value that are required by graduate employers. The focus placed on practical experience and vocational placements provides you with opportunities to gain valuable real world experience.
For more information about our course, please visit the website.
IDS, University of Sussex
IDS MA Courses
Applications now being sought for IDS’ MA Programme. You can study the following courses full or part-time:
• MA Development Studies • MA Gender and Development
• MA Globalisation, Business and Development • MA Governance and Development
• MA Participation, Power and Social Change • MA Poverty and Development
• MSc Climate Change, Development and Policy
Full details on the study programme are here.
IDS Short Course
Participatory Video Processes: building inclusive engagement and community-led change
Monday 11 September 2017 - Friday 15 September 2017
10:00 to 17:00 , IDS Convening Space
Visit the website.
How can participatory video be applied ethically and effectively to support community-led change? In what ways can this methodology increase social and political influence for marginalised groups? How can facilitators of participatory video processes improve and deepen their practice?
CIDT, University of Wolverhampton
CIDT TO RUN A NEW MBA (INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT)
Launched for September 2017 by The Centre for International Development and Training at the University of Wolverhampton, this postgraduate degree is the first of its kind to be offered in UK.
The MBA will engage students with core and topical issues in the fast-changing landscape of international aid and equip them with key skills to design and manage successful projects and businesses within a developing country context. The course is ideal for anyone seeking a career in inter/national development management; managing business in the developing world, or managing private sector-society relationships. Teaching to this course is highly interactive and led by subject experts from across the University with strong consultancy and real world experience.
INTRAC (International NGO Training and Research Centre)
Advanced monitoring and evaluation, 11 – 15 September 2017 and 20 – 24 November 2017, Oxford
This course introduces the elements of Theory of Change and offers the opportunity for participants to apply and experiment with the key ideas and processes using their own case studies, as well as illustrative examples presented by the course facilitator.
Advocacy planning, monitoring and evaluation, 20 – 22 September 2017, Oxford
Building on INTRAC’s extensive experience in both monitoring and evaluating (M&E) and in advocacy, this course will support practitioners with how to ensure M&E is integrated into both planning advocacy initiatives and feeding into organisational learning and accountability.
Theory of change for planning and impact assessment, 2 – 6 October 2017, Oxford
This course introduces the elements of Theory of Change and offers the opportunity for participants to apply and experiment with the key ideas and processes using their own case studies, as well as illustrative examples presented by the course facilitator.
University of East London
PG Cert in NGO and Development Management
The PG Cert in NGO and Development Management via Distance Learning at UEL offers you the opportunity to examine the central issues facing developing countries in today’s globalized world and to learn practical skills to work in development. This course not only addresses the theories of development but also explores how development works at the grassroots. The distance learning delivery enables flexible learning so you can fit your study around work or other commitments.
Details of requirements and application procedures can be found at our website.
For more information please contact K.E.Wright(at)uel.ac.uk
Global development practice and discourses have changed dramatically in the past two decades. The media, in the multiple and diverse forms they have assumed in the 21st century, are seeking to communicate and interpret this multi-dimensional development in new and innovative ways. This programme will equip you intellectually to make critical contributions to contemporary media and global development debates. You will also acquire advanced media production skills that would enable you to produce and distribute global development news and information in a variety of formats.
Core modules are:
- Critical Approaches to Media, Communication and Development (core)
- Development Management in the International Context (core)
- Research Methods in the Social Sciences (core)
- Dissertation (core)
University of East Anglia
Water Security & International Development Msc. At UEA
Drawing upon the skills and experience of researchers in the Schools of International Development and Environmental Science, the 12-month Water Security and International Development MSc offers world-class education in water security policy and science in developing country contexts.
As the flagship of the Water Security Research Centre, the MSc calls upon more than 30 water scientists based at UEA and specialist teaching staff at the forefront of water research, including Mark Zeitoun, Jessica Budds, Marisa Goulden, Dabo Guan and Bruce Lankford. MSc students benefit from participation in innovative lectures and interactive seminars, games and field trips, leading to a water security audit of a country, region or irrigation scheme of their choice. Highlights include visits to the Norwich Water Treatment Plant and Norfolk farms, regular guest talks by leading water professionals and development practitioners (Oxfam, WaterAid, WWF), opportunities to collaborate with the Water Security Research Centre on members’ research projects e.g. Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) and the Hydro-political study of the Yarmouk Basin and paddles to the pub (!) Over the past years, students have carried out internships at WWF-UK, Water Witness International and UN-Habitat, and this year had the opportunity to attend a workshop co-hosted by UEA and the Overseas Development Institute. Many of our alumni have gone on to work at internationally-renowned organizations, such as WaterAid and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, or pursued PhDs at major UK and US universities.
Short Courses for International Development Professionals
Ecosystem Services in Sustainable Development Short Course
11-16 September 2017
Sustainable management of natural capital underpins human development and well-being. Ecosystem services provide a conceptual framing to help identify and manage synergies and trade-offs in the natural capital, natural resource management, food security and biodiversity conservation domains.
For all the details about the course, visit the website and you can apply here.
This course is designed for practitioners working in government institutions, NGOs, international agencies and private sector with an interest in identifying, appraising and managing the synergies and trade offs among mulitple users and uses of natural resources and natural capital.
Course Fee: £1,850 – includes all tuition, daily lunches and refreshments.
Contact: devco.train(at)uea.ac.uk +44 1603 592340
Meetings & Seminars
IGHD, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
‘How to Rebuild a Life’
23 August 2017, 1.50-2:50
Newtown Theatre, 96 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3DH
Join IGHD Director, Professor Alastair Ager and colleagues as they share real life testimonies of how lives have been rebuilt after the Ebola epidemic, the Nepalese earthquake and war in Syria.
Tickets are £8 and can be bought here.
LIVE-STREAM: ‘People on the Move: Providing Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Refugees and Migrants’
18 September 2017, 13:30 – 17:30
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh EH21 6UU Large and small boardrooms
MHPSS.net, the global mental health and psychosocial support network established by a consortium led by Queen Margaret University, is hosting a gathering of leading practitioners and thinkers in this field. We invite you to join us to learn about current practices in providing Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for People on the Move across a range of global and local settings.
Free event with In-person and live-streaming tickets available, register here.
Four three-year postdoctoral Global Challenge Research Fellows.
Closing date 11th Sept 2017.
See the website for details and how to apply
SOS Sahel UK
SOS Sahel UK are currently recruiting for 2 trustees for our board.
More details are on our website.
Call for Nominations for GCRF Strategic Advisory Group
The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund set up as part of the UK Aid Strategy to ensure UK science takes the lead in addressing the problems faced by developing countries, whilst developing our ability to deliver cutting-edge research. The GCRF is an initiative led by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) which operates across a number of delivery partners, including the UK Research Councils, UK Higher Education Funding bodies, the Academy of Medical Sciences, Royal Society, British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and UK Space Agency.
The GCRF Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) provides external advice to the GCRF, reaching across the disciplines of all the delivery partners. We are now seeking to recruit 2-3 new members for this strategic advisory group. The call for nominations is now live and further information on the role and person specification and the nomination process can be found here.
Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP)
Call for Project Proposals
The Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) has launched a new call for project proposals on the theme of “Policy Analysis on Growth and Employment – PAGE-II” in developing countries.
Priority is given to low-income economies, fragile and/or conflict-affected situations (LFCs) but PEP invites proposals from all developing countries
Details about the call, eligibility and how to apply are available here.
Submission deadline: September 13, 2017.
NGOs and student internships: who benefits?
Discussions between academics and practitioners have highlighted that there are many opportunities for collaboration between NGOs and students, either directly or through the student’s institution, and a variety of outcomes for both parties from these collaborations.
As part of DSA's commitment to supporting and facilitating collaborations between under and postgraduate students and the development community in the form of short projects or longer internships in the UK and internationally, we would like to hear NGO experiences of hosting students, the forms this has taken, and what makes internships successful. Enter this conversation here.
Natural Resources Institute (NRI), University of Greenwich
Ademola A. Adenle, James D. Ford, John Morton et al. (2017) ‘Managing Climate Change Risks in Africa - A Global Perspective’ Ecological Economics, Vol. 141 pp.190-201.
Ayansina Ayanlade, Maren Radeny and John Morton (2017). ‘Comparing smallholder farmers’ perception of climate change with meteorological data: A case study from southwestern Nigeria’ Weather and Climate Extremes, Vol.15, 24-33.
Abrham Belay, John W. Recha, Teshale Woldeamanuel and John Morton (2017) ‘Smallholder farmers' adaptation to climate change and determinants of their adaptation decisions in the Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia’ Agriculture & Food Security, Vol. 6 (24).
Lucy Koechlin, Julian Quan and Hari Mulukutla (2016) Tackling corruption in land governance. A LEGEND Analytical Paper.
Baqir Lalani, Peter Dorward, Garth Holloway (2017) ‘Farm-level Economic Analysis - Is Conservation Agriculture Helping the Poor?’ Ecological Economics pp. 144-153.
Baqir Lalani, Peter Dorward, Amir Kassam, and J Dambiro (2017) ‘Innovation Systems and farmer perceptions regarding Conservation Agriculture in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique’ in Kassam, A. H., Mkomwa, S., Friedrich, T. (eds.), Conservation agriculture for Africa: building resilient farming systems in a changing climate. CABI.
Valerie Nelson, Jeremy Haggar et al. (2016) ‘Fairtrade coffee: A study to assess the impact of Fairtrade for coffee smallholders and producer organisations in Indonesia, Mexico, Peru and Tanzania’. NRI Report.
Please see under “Premium members’ news” for two new books.
Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London
De la mitigación de desastres a la interrupción de trampas de riesgo: La experiencia de aprendizaje-acción de cLIMA sin Riesgo
By Adriana Allen, Teresa Belkow, Carlos Escalante Estrada, Silvia de los Ríos, Marco Kamiya, Rita Lambert, Liliana Miranda, Julia Wesely, Linda Zilbert Soto
Intra-settlement politics and conflict in enumerations by Andrew Rigon
The field research – Learnings beyond the research itself
By Florie J Arlegui
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Guy Standing’s new book, Basic Income.....And how we can make it happen (London, Pelican, 2017) has just been published alongside the paperback version of his last book, The Corruption of Capitalism: Why Rentiers thrive and Work does not pay (London, Biteback).
A major new SOAS Research and Evidence Facility (REF) report on migration between the Horn of Africa and Yemen has just been released ‘Migration Between the Horn of Africa and Yemen: A Study of Puntland, Djibouti and Yemen’
‘A Shelter or a Springboard? Somali migrant networks in Uganda between crisis and opportunities’, by Gianluca Iazzolino and Mohamed Hersi has also been published as a SOAS REF Working Paper
IGHD, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Editorial in BMJ Sexually Transmitted Infections
Karina Kielmann of IGHD (Institute for Global Health and Development) and Fabian Cataldo provide a thought-provoking editorial in a supplement of the BMJ Sexually Transmitted Infections that explores the bottlenecks in PLHIV’s engagement with HIV care and treatment in seven sub-Saharan African countries. “The quickly moving landscape of HIV care in Southern Africa ”, argue Kielmann and her colleague, “necessitates closer examination of both the linkages and the disjunctures between the local dynamics of provider-patient relations and the wider goals of these programmes at each critical step of the HIV care pathway.”
Read the editorial here.
Innovative social mapping tool shows the importance of faith for displaced people in times of crisis
Researchers Dr Alison Strang and Oonagh O’Brien from IGHD (Institute for Global Health and Development) have used an innovative social mapping tool which shows how important religion is to those on the move.
Read the press release with links to the report here.
Centre for Development Studies (CDS), University of Bath
Emmanuel Kumi analyses the domestic resource mobilisation strategies of National Non-Governmental Development Organisations in Ghana in a new working paper.
In her working paper Silvia Storchi offers a framework for understanding the connection between resource management strategies and people’s wellbeing in rural Kenya.
Oliver Walton blogs on the use of literary comics to understand the role of borderland brokers in post-war transitions
Jeremy Wildeman and Matteo Mazzoleni discuss the position of local NGOs in the global aid environment in their blog.
Introducing Business Strategy and Development
Call for Papers
Business Strategy and Development is a new addition to the leading European Research Press journal series. With the journal launching in 2018, the Editor is now inviting submissions highlighting the role of the private sector in promoting development and contributing to:
• The Sustainable development goals
• Poverty alleviation
• Profitable business opportunities that aid socio-economic conditions
• Linking business strategy to shared value opportunities
This journal offers an innovative outlet for practitioners and academics to publish their research, which will be accessible to over 4000 institutions and publicised within a 4-5 week time frame.
Routledge and DSA affiliate program
Browse Routledge’s extensive collection of development studies titles here, and get your 20% DSA discount by entering code AF039 at checkout!
New this month from our Critical Development Studies series:
The Essential Guide to Critical Development Studies
ed by Henry Veltmeyer and Paul Bowles
“an invaluable contribution to the understanding of the epochal crises and global transformations
taking place in our time.” – John Bellamy Foster, editor, Monthly Review, USA
“Not only will teachers and students find it indispensable but so also will everyone currently critical of
means to the ends of the world's Sustainable Development Goals.” – Barbara Harriss- White, Oxford University and Jawaharlal Nehru University, India.
The Class Struggle in Latin America: Making History Today
by James Petras and Henry Veltmeyer
“This book is a lively, engaging and lucid analysis of the
diverse practices of the class struggles taking place in
multiple sites by indigenous peoples, unemployed workers, landless peasants, local
communities and students.” — Cristóbal Kay, IISS, Erasmus University Rotterdam;
and SOAS, University of London.
Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS)
Call for papers - Vivir Bien/ Buen Vivir and post-neoliberal development paths in Latin America: Scope, strategies and the realities of implementation (Issue Editors: Kepa Artaraz; Melania Calestani; Mei L. Trueba).
This special issue invites academics to explore: i. the multifaceted meanings of Vivir Bien ; ii. this concept’s significance and potential as a driver of post-neoliberal development paths; iii. the presence of Vivir Bien in policy making frameworks across Latin America and the realities of implementation; iv. whether Vivir Bien may be meaningful beyond indigenous communities, on national and/or international scales.
We welcome submissions in multiple areas of Vivir Bien research.
For more information please contact Mei Trueba (m.trueba(at)bsms.ac.uk ) or visit the LAP website.