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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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  • Applications open: Online-Workshop for academic coordinators of Development Studies Programmes, 2 - 3 December 2021
    on 1 December 2021 at 23:00

    This years' workshop is entitled "Development studies and climate change: ways forward for curriculum building". Apply here by 12 November! As the effects of climate change become more and more visible, so does the necessity to incorporate teaching on this matter in development studies curricula. So far, while the effects of climate change are often discussed in international development courses, the approach remains topical and usually embedded within the traditional teaching frames. This workshop will discuss how programmes in development studies could include a stronger component relating to climate change so that it becomes as legitimate a building block as other components. Challenges related to inter- or trans-disciplinarity will also be discussed, given that a change in study programmes implies greater familiarity with disciplines outside the traditional frame of ‘social sciences’ (such natural sciences, or sustainability studies). As usual, the workshop will consist of a mix of presentations from academic coordinators and spaces to exchange, reflect and collaborate.

  • Research Advocacy, Decolonisation and Digital Divides: Development Research Communications Workshop, Thursday, 25 November, 10.00-17.00 CET
    on 25 November 2021 at 09:00

    EADI and the EADI Research Communications Working Group cordially invites communications professionals from our community and interested researchers to the 4th development research communications workshop (online) Register here Download the programme here

  • The 2021 EADI Directors' Meeting will take place on 12 November in Bonn
    on 12 November 2021 at 08:21

    We will be happy to present a programme on selected challenges in development research: Safety and security for researchers in difficult settings; influencing research funding policies; and academic freedom. The EADI Directors’ Meeting will once more connect research institutes for more effective co-operation by sharing ideas, identifying common problems, discussing new trends. The key is networking. In Europe, there is no better occasion for institute directors to meet, exchange and discuss.

  • EADI Virtual Dialogue: Indebting the green transition: critical notes on the expansion of green bonds in the South, 3 November, 15.00 CET
    on 3 November 2021 at 14:00

    Green bonds are among the most recent financial instruments to ‘join the ball’ of financing for climate change adaptation and mitigation. Green Bonds are nothing but a new form of raising debt and are increasingly being promoted throughout the Global South as a low cost and appealing way for public and private actors to access liquidity and contribute to climate change mitigation and (although in a limited way) adaptation. Register here

  • Global Value Chains and Multinational Corporations – how do they relate? Budapest, 9-10 December 2021 (hybrid), abstract due by 20 October
    on 20 October 2021 at 10:27

    The EADI Working Group on Multinational Corporationst" invites you to a workshop on global value chains with the aim of organising a special issue in a renowned journal in 2022: Global value chains have been proliferating in the global economy, and embrace the activities of an increasing number of industries and more and more locations in an increasing number of countries. Without including global value chains in the analysis, we cannot really understand numerous developments in the world economy. Multinational companies are the key and leading actors in global value chains.

  • New on our blog: How social accountability initiatives are helping pursue social justice
    on 20 October 2021 at 08:53

    By Elsbet Lodenstein and Sylvia Bergh | EADI/ISS Blog Series Achieving social justice in service delivery in the health, social welfare, and humanitarian sectors is still a formidable challenge in most developing countries. Poor and marginalised people generally lack the voice to make their demands heard and the awareness to claim their rights. However, social accountability initiatives have become a promising way to address these issues

  • Unmasking Disparities by Ethnicity, Caste and Gender
    on 15 October 2021 at 07:45

    2021/10 – Oxford Department of International Development (ODID); Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2021 The global MPI report by the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and UNDP provides a comprehensive picture of acute multidimensional poverty to inform the work of countries and communities building a more just future for the global poor. Its findings are a call to action for policymakers everywhere. Across the 5.9 billion people who live in the 109 countries studied, more than one in five live in multidimensional poverty.

  • New on our blog: Sand and gravel: Rethinking aggregate consumption and distribution
    on 13 October 2021 at 06:34

    By Arpita Bisht Of all natural resources, mineral aggregates (sand and gravel) have been the fastest growing and most extracted material group over the 21st century. This growth has not only been associated with large-scale ecological degradation, but also with violent extractive operations on local levels. Given that sand and gravel are heavily used in the construction industry, particularly in concrete production, it comes as no surprise that the growth of infrastructure is the main driver for the overall rise in their consumption. What’s more, since 1970, increasing aggregate consumption has largely been observed in the global South—in regions which have witnessed massive economic and infrastructure growth.

  • Origins, Evolution and Future of Global Development Cooperation: The Role of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC)
    on 30 September 2021 at 10:08

    2021/09 – German Development Institute, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); book; Author(s): Gerardo Bracho, Richard Carey, Stephan Klingebiel, Alexandra Trzeciak-Duval (eds.) Since its foundation in 1961, the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) – nerve centre of the aid effort of the “rich” countries – has played a central role in the post-war aid system. This open-access book traces the history of the institution and reflects on its future. How intense diplomacy led to the creation of the OECD itself and the DAC is disclosed here for the first time.

  • New on our blog: Development researchers as advocates: eight tips for more engaged scholarship
    on 22 September 2021 at 10:42

    By Adinda Ceelen | EADI/ISS Blog Series Research impact has become a strategic priority for many research institutes around the world, with an increasing focus on “bridging the gap” between research and society and positioning research in a way that ensures the knowledge it produces can contribute to bringing about change. Development researchers often find themselves straddling two worlds: the academic sector on the one hand, and the development sector on the other. But is there a moral imperative for development researchers to bridge these two realms by acting as advocates in ‘the real world’? If so, how can they best share knowledge in ways that contribute to solidarity, peace, and social justice?

  • New on our blog: Risk dumping in field research: some researchers are safer than others
    on 20 September 2021 at 08:54

    By Linda Johnson and Rodrigo Mena | EADI/ISS Blog Series A quick glance at who is out collecting data in ‘the field’, including in remote and sometimes hazardous environments, is enough to make our point clear: the main executors of in-situ research (also known as fieldwork research) are local researchers and research assistants, sometimes together with junior or PhD researchers from research institutions in the Global North. These groups are being systematically and disproportionately exposed to safety and security issues linked to field research.

  • Report: Interconnected Disaster Risks 2020/2021
    on 16 September 2021 at 08:02

    2021/09 – United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS); Author(s): United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (Unu-Ehs) This report analyses 10 interconnected disasters that took place in 2020/2021. They were selected for their notoriety and representation of larger global issues, which have changed or will change our lives across the world. Society will likely remember most of these disasters as tragic, but largely isolated events that affected certain parts of the world for a period of time. This report explains that these events are only the tip of the iceberg, by highlighting how these events are interconnected with each other, with other larger processes, as well as with our action or inaction. They can lead to future disasters or will worsen existing problems such as biodiversity loss or poverty.

  • New on our blog: Sustainable energy supply: the case of health facilities in Ghana
    on 7 September 2021 at 10:39

    By Jonas Bauhof Access to electricity is still a major problem According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), 770 million people lacked access to electricity in 2019 – set aside sustainable energy sources. Three-quarters of these people – around 575 million – are living in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). While the numbers declined over the past decade, the Covid-19 pandemic has reversed the trend. SSA has been hit hard economically and for the first time since 2013, the number of people with access to electricity is predicted to have decreased in 2020.

  • Transboundaries - African Heterodox Ideologies for the Realisation of Sustainable Development in the Continent
    on 2 September 2021 at 10:45

    2021/08 – Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC); research paper; Author(s): Nicholas Orago This study undertakes an analysis of Sub-Saharan African perspectives on ways leading to climate-friendly sustainable development pathways, through a heterodox lens. The study includes a broad mapping of ideas: from green growth to heterodox socio-economic models, from eco-theology to the philosophy of Ubuntu, from eco-feminism to using law as a ordering tool to enforce sustainable development.

  • New on our blog: Water Operator Partnerships after 15 years: Re-politicising the debate
    on 25 August 2021 at 09:55

    By Andrea Beck Just over 15 years have passed since the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) published a plan that proposed, inter alia, the concept of Water Operator Partnerships (WOPs). In this plan, which was released in March 2006, WOPs were envisioned as “a structured programme of cooperation among water operators, based on mutual support and on a not-for-profit basis.” The idea was to use peer-to-peer learning and knowledge exchange to develop the capacities of water operators, so that they could deliver reliable, good-quality services on the way to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).