EADI European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes

Karsten Weitzenegger is member of EADI, the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes, is the leading European network in the field of development research and training.

EADI is a Europe-wide network of institutes, researchers and students of various disciplines in the field of development studies. It organises activities and offers facilities for the international exchange of knowledge and experience in the professional field. Its most prominent activity is a General Conference devoted to a topical issue every three years. The official languages of EADI are English and French.

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  • New EADI Webinar: Generational Transfer of Disadvantages and Extreme Poverty, 29 April, 3:00pm CET
    on 29 April 2020 at 13:00

    In this webinar, Owasim Akram will shed light on the process of the generational transfer of disadvantages and how it shapes the extreme poverty trajectory, part of his doctoral research on ageing in extreme poverty in Bangladesh

  • New EADI Webinar: How to reach the (extreme) poor through inclusive development policies in sub Saharan Africa?, 16 April 1:00pm CET
    on 16 April 2020 at 11:00

    In this webinar "How to reach the (extreme) poor through inclusive development policies in sub Saharan Africa?", Nicky Pouw and Marleen Dekker will introduce a policy analysis framework to understand inclusive development from a bottom-up perspective of the poor and diversified vulnerable groups, the stakeholders involved and the importance of uncovering the transaction costs related to access and reaping the benefits of the interventions, programs and processes.

  • New on our blog: The Battle is on: Civic Space & Land Rights
    on 6 April 2020 at 10:57

    By Barbara Oosters and Saskia van Veen EADI/ISS Blog Series My (Barbara)’s fascination and interest for the issue of civic space started in Indonesia. Local organisations struggled with the introduction of a vaguely framed law for Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), warning them not to work on issues going against ‘’Indonesian’’ values. A few years later I found myself supporting initiatives in more than 15 countries spread across the globe, struggling with shifting and shrinking civic space.

  • "EADI is in solidarity particularly with the most vulnerable" - Statement on COVID 19
    on 2 April 2020 at 07:34

    In the light of the heavy implications of the COVID 19 crisis and the responses to it, EADI has issued a statement of solidarity, confirming "our common duty to stand by those that are most affected in our world of asymmetric power structures, privileges and marginalisation. Read the full statement

  • Call for online moderators – online activities on development studies
    on 30 March 2020 at 12:41

    EADI plans to hold workshops, seminars, meetings and trainings online and hereby solicits your proposals for the moderation of these online events. Proposals must be received by EADI no later 19 April 2020. Online session moderators will manage online seminars and participants’ online activities including discussion groups, live chats and polls.

  • EADI-ISS Conference 2020 postponed
    on 30 March 2020 at 10:29

    The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has forced EADI and ISS to postpone their joint conference planned for late June/early July (in The Hague) to next year (5-8 July 2021). This implies that the Development Dialogue (PhD conference) as well as other events linked to the EADI-ISS conference also will be postponed to next year. The unanimous decision by EADI and ISS also was driven by the conviction to leave no-one behind: especially the Global South is hit hard by the current crisis. The EADI-ISS Conference Team is convinced all preparations and lessons of the past years will contribute to an even more successful and inspiring event in 2021.

  • New on our blog: Resource Grabbing in a Changing Environment
    on 10 March 2020 at 11:10

    By Adwoa Yeboah Gyapong, Amod Shah, Corinne Lamain, Elyse Mills, Natacha Bruna, Sergio Coronado and Yukari Sekine | EADI/ISS Blog Series We are living in an era where people’s daily lives are deeply intertwined with the impacts of global markets and the threats of climate change. Even good intentions for mitigating and adapting to climate change can jeopardise natural resources and rural livelihoods. These seemingly abstract issues are becoming increasingly clear through both research and the role of the media...

  • Mining for Change. Natural Resources and Industry in Africa (Open Access Book)
    on 5 March 2020 at 11:20

    2020/02 – United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER); February 2020; Author(s): John Page; Finn Tarp The book presents research undertaken to understand how better management of the revenues and opportunities associated with natural resources can accelerate diversification and structural change in Africa. It begins with essays on managing the boom, the construction sector, and linking industry to the major issues that frame the question of how to use natural resources for structural change.

  • New on our blog: Re-Politizing the European Aid Debate
    on 3 March 2020 at 08:24

    By Iliana Olivié and Aitor Pérez EADI/ISS Blog Series The economic, social and political crises that have erupted in Europe in the last decade might be shifting the academic debate on the drivers of aid from the more traditional selfish vs. solidary divide to a -somehow related- new divide on Nationalism vs. Liberalism-Cosmopolitanism. Recent examples are the Brexit process, or the rise of populist movements in Europe.

  • EADI Webinar Recording available: Rights and Accountability in ‘Making’ and ‘Shaping’ Social Protection, 28 February 1:00pm CET
    on 28 February 2020 at 12:16

    In this webinar "Linking social rights to active citizenship for the most vulnerable: the role of rights and accountability in the ‘making’ and ‘shaping’ of social protection?", Rachel Sabates-Wheeler discussed a conceptual framework she has developed through which citizens can be engaged and stimulated to make rights-based claims for social protection entitlements. See the video on the EADI You Tube Channel

  • Successful Accreditation of the Master in Development Studies Programme, National University of Samoa
    on 28 February 2020 at 10:46

    We are delighted to announce the successful accreditation of the Master in Development Studies (MDS) Programme at Centre for Samoan Studies, University of Samoa, by the IAC/EADI International Accreditation Council for Global Development Studies and Research. The programme  was launched in 2013 aiming at contributing to human resources development in Samoa, supporting the Key Outcome 7 of the Strategy for the Development of Samoa for “Education and training aligned to national human resource development priorities”.

  • Call for Abstracts: Degrowth meets Development Studies: Two EADI Sessions at Degrowth 2020 Manchester. Deadline extended to 15 March!
    on 27 February 2020 at 08:35

    Engaging perspectives on South-North / North South relations:EADI Roundtable and Workshop at the 7th International Degrowth Conference / 16th International Society of Ecological Economics Joint Conference, Manchester, 1st - 5th September 2020: “Building Alternative Livelihoods in times of ecological and political crisis” For both events we invite blog-style summaries of around 1000 words (7000 characters including spaces) Download the call

  • Creative Coalitions in a Fractured World: An Opportunity for Transformative Change?
    on 20 February 2020 at 11:02

    2020/02 – United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD); Occasional Paper 4; Author(s): Gabriele Köhler Citizens, activists and analysts around the world are alarmed by ever-increasing political, social, economic and climate inequalities and intensifying obstacles vis-à-vis the promises of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In many places, policy retrogression is undermining transformation towards economic, social and climate justice. Many of the growing fractures have their roots in the structures and trends of the economic system that prevails at national and global levels, and the social contract of democratic welfare statism is under threat. However, hitherto siloed activist communities are coalescing in the form of “creative” coalitions. This paper discusses their commonalities, strengths and shortcomings, and asks whether these creative coalitions could counter the power of economic interests and retrogressive government policies.

  • New on our blog: Rethinking Empowerment and Accountability in ‘Difficult Settings’
    on 18 February 2020 at 09:41

    By John Gaventa | EADI/ISS Blog Series Over the last two decades, development has been replete with theories and interventions focusing on ‘empowerment and accountability’, and how these could contribute to a range of outcomes, be they good governance, social inclusion, and social justice. Much of the early thinking on these approaches emerged from examples in countries which were then relative open, enjoying perhaps an opening of democratic spaces and opportunities, and a flourishing of civil society – one thinks for instance of Brazil, Philippines, Indonesia, India, South Africa and more?

  • Bridge 47 - EADI Webinar on Educational Partnerships and Knowledge Creation, 10 February 14:00 CET
    on 10 February 2020 at 13:00

    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, don't miss our webinar with the researcher-activist Ms. La Salete Coelho from the University of Porto and from the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, to question and re-imagine collaboration and knowledge creation. She will illustrate her reasoning on the example of the Sinergias ED Community, which aims to consolidate the dialogue between action and research in Development Education and GCE, researchers, practitioners and agents of intervention in the field, and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). Register here