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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  • EADI Seminar: How to Include the Extreme Poor through Inclusive Development? Amsterdam, 26 March
    on 26 March 2020 at 12:00

    You are kindly invited to attend the EADI seminar on 'How to Reach the Extreme Poor through Inclusive Development?' on 26 March, 13.00-18.00 at the University of Amsterdam. The seminar will consist of two keynote presentations by Professor Katja Bender, Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, on 'Social Protection and Inclusion of the Extreme Poor: An institutional perspective' and Professor Marleen Dekker, African Studies Centre, Leiden University, and Dr Nicky Pouw, University of Amsterdam, on 'Policies, Programs and Interventions for Inclusive Development in SSA: Empirical perspectives and conceptual refinement', followed by a discussion with the participants. 

  • New EADI Webinar: 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 will discuss a conceptual framework she has developed through which citizens can be engaged and stimulated to make rights-based claims for social protection entitlements.

  • 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

  • State of Power 2020: The Corporation
    on 7 February 2020 at 09:26

    2020/01 – Transnational Institute (TNI); State of Power report 11; Author(s): Grietje Baarset et al. The Corporation is capitalism's preeminent institution, dominating our economy, distorting our politics and reshaping society. TNI's ninth flagship State of Power report delves deep into the changing nature of the corporation in a time of digitalisation and financialisation and asks how we might best confront its power and construct alternatives.

  • Call for Abstracts: Degrowth meets Development Studies: Two EADI Sessions at Degrowth 2020 Manchester. Submit by 26 February!
    on 5 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

  • New EADI Webinar: This land is your land, this land is my land? 30 January, 3:00pm CET
    on 30 January 2020 at 14:00

    In this webinar, Sylvia Kay and Attila Szocs will discuss their research and activism on land grabbing, with a particular focus on Romania, and the implications for political struggles over land and territories.

  • New on our blog: Bridging EU- & Postdevelopment Studies: Four Avenues
    on 30 January 2020 at 09:43

    By Sarah Delputte and Jan Orbie   | EADI/ISS Blog Series In February 2019, we pushed ourselves out of our comfort zones to participate in a panel on “Re-thinking, Re-defining, Re-positioning: “Development” and the Question of “Alternatives”, convened by Julia Schöneberg at the Development Days Conference in Helsinki, in a first attempt to look at EU development policy from a postdevelopment perspective. As scholars studying the EU’s Development Policy we usually try to take a critical approach towards EU Development. However, and perhaps embarrassingly, postdevelopment debates were new to us.

  • The Many Hidden Faces of Extreme Poverty. Inclusion and Exclusion of Extreme Poor People in Development Interventions in Bangladesh, Benin and Ethiopia
    on 28 January 2020 at 10:12

    2020/01 – African Studies Centre (ASC); open access book; Author(s): Anika Altaf While the inclusion of extreme poor people is a noble and necessary objective, it is challenging. This book provides deeper understanding of the mechanisms of in- and exclusion of extreme poor people, the structural causes of extreme poverty and the desirability of a univocal definition of extreme poverty. The book contributes to such an understanding through an analysis of extreme poor and marginalised people and their multiple dimensions of wellbeing.

  • New on our blog: Empowering African Universities to have an impact
    on 27 January 2020 at 10:42

    By Liisa Laakso   | EADI/ISS Blog Series Discussions on the impact of higher education and research have increased, together with the rise of strategic thinking in the management of universities during the last decade. Governments, taxpayers and private funders want to know which benefits they get from universities. Academic Institutions, in turn, want to prove how their work is beneficial to society in multiple ways. This tells us much about the global management culture in public services – and about a new pressure against the academic authority and standing of universities.

  • Energy Supply for Healthcare Facilities in Ghana: Announcing the EnerSHelF website
    on 23 January 2020 at 09:25

    We are pleased to announce the launch of the website of the EnerSHelF project. This is an interdisciplinary German-Ghanaian project of political economists, engineers and partners from the private renewable energies sector. EnerSHelF deals with the sustainable and reliable energy supply for healthcare facilities in Ghana, and EADI is involved in the project as transfer and dissemination partner.

  • Successful accreditation of the “Master Degree Programme Management of Development”, offered by the Hogeschool Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences
    on 23 January 2020 at 09:17

    EADI is delighted to announce the successful accreditation of the “Master Degree Programme Management of Development", offered by the Hogeschool Van Hall Larenstein (VHL), University of Applied Sciences, in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. IAC/EADI wishes to congratulate Van Hall Larenstein on the excellent quality of the programme with its distinctive and dynamic features.

  • Attention Early Career Researchers: The Call for Abstracts for the 17th Development Dialogue is Open!
    on 15 January 2020 at 10:44

    Engaged Scholarship for Development: Building Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice:Invitation to PhDs and early-career researchers in development studies to share ideas on their research methodologies, findings and experiences towards solidarity, peace and social justice. Submit your abstract by 15 January 2020!

  • Envision 4.7: Roadmap in Support of SDG Target 4.7
    on 10 January 2020 at 08:30

    2019/12 – EADI; briefing paper; Author(s): Bridge 47 As part of the Bridge 47 Project on Global Citizenship Education, the participants of the "Envision 47 Event" last November in Helsinki have developed a set of policy recommendations and considerations to form the basis of frameworks that support life-long learning linked to sustainable development through formal, non-formal and informal education.

  • We wish you a happy festive season and will be back on 2 January
    on 23 December 2019 at 11:07

    Our office will be closed from 24 December 2019 to 2 January 2020. Until then, we wish you all the best and a good transition to the new year!

  • Sustainable Development Goals and Human Rights
    on 20 December 2019 at 11:10

    2019/11 – open access book; Author(s): Markus Kaltenborn, Markus Krajewski, Heike Kuhn (Editors) This book analyses the interplay of sustainable development and human rights from different perspectives including fight against poverty, health, gender equality, working conditions, climate change and the role of private actors. Each aspect is addressed from a more human rights-focused angle and a development-policy angle. This allows comparisons between the different approaches but also seeks to close gaps which would remain if only one perspective would be at the centre of the discussions.