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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  • Distinguished Guest Lecture: Agrarian Challenges in India, 18 February, 11.00 CET
    on 18 February 2021 at 10:00

    With Madhura Swaminathan This lecture traces the trajectory of growth of Indian agriculture over the last 5 decades. From the mid 1960s through the 1980s, rapid growth in production and productivity of food grain, rice and wheat, in particular, resulted in big gains in output and reduced dependence on imports to meet domestic consumption requirements. The trajectory has been more uneven in the 1990s and after. The lecture argues that there are huge problems that beset agrarian India, arising out of inequalities across crops, regions and classes.

  • New Virtual Dialogue: Consistent Injustice Within Environment-Development Intervention in Sub-Saharan Africa and Possible Ways Forward, 11 February, 11.00 CET
    on 11 February 2021 at 10:00

    Possible ways forward to (re)negotiate rural livelihood and landscape resilience: Susannah Sallu from the Sustainability Research Institute of the University of Leeds will bring together and reflect on her recent portfolio of case study research on climate change, conservation and agricultural development intervention, largely conducted in Tanzania.

  • Bridge 47: Inequalities and Solidarities: Knowledge Exchange Partnerships for Critical Global Citizenship Education
    on 20 January 2021 at 09:15

    Following the success of the previous Knowledge Exchange events in the Bridge 47 project for the Iberian, South Eastern Europe, and Northern Europe partnerships, EADI and Bridge 47 are pleased to announce our Knowledge Exchange Partnerships Seminar. The seminar will take place online on 20 and 21 January 2021.

  • New Virtual Dialogue: Modeling a Pandemic (COVID-19) Management Strategy for Urban Slums Using Social Geometry Framework, 19 January, 11.00 CET
    on 19 January 2021 at 10:00

    The purpose of this virtual dialogue is to utilize social geometry framework to model a pandemic (COVID-19) management strategy in densely populated informal settlements in Kenya. Our central claim is that the containment strategy that was instituted to control spread of COVID-19 failed to recognize the socio-cultural and livelihood complexities of the urban slum residents.

  • The Palgrave Handbook of Development Cooperation for Achieving the 2030 Agenda (Open Access)
    on 8 January 2021 at 08:17

    2020/12 – book; Author(s): Sachin Chaturvedi, Heiner Janus, Stephan Klingebiel et al. This book offers a sound and clear understanding of the narratives, norms, and institutions as far as development cooperation in the context of Agenda 2030 is concerned.The authors emphasize the role of collective action as a method to foster the attainment of global policy frameworks such as Agenda 2030 across national, regional, and global levels, and diverse policy areas. However, regardless of the mechanism set to attain the SDGs, they doubt that its attainment is still feasible due to the characteristics of power struggles and unresolved contestations surrounding this global development agenda

  • Call for Book Proposals – EADI Global Development Series
    on 6 January 2021 at 08:30

    The ‘EADI Global Development Series’, edited in partnership with Palgrave, is inviting proposals for a new volume in any sub-field of Development Studies. The series reflects the multi-disciplinary character of EADI member institutes and the association at large and aims at broadening our understanding of the processes that advance or impede human development, whether from a political, economic, sociological or anthropological perspective.

  • We wish you a happy festive season and will be back on 3 January
    on 23 December 2020 at 09:55

    Our office will be closed from 24 December 2020 to 3 January 2021. Until then, we wish you all the best and a happy new year!

  • New on our blog: Behind the Scenes: The Strong Voice of Pacific Women in Climate Negotiations
    on 16 December 2020 at 08:07

    By George Carter and Elise Howard Women from Pacific Island countries have long been strategic and decisive leaders in climate negotiations, yet their stories are relatively unknown.  Our recent work explores women’s leadership at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the making of the Paris Agreement 2015. We provide a snapshot of one year in  three decades of climate negotiations and explore, how women played strategic roles to elevate the Pacific’s position on a global stage.

  • New Limited Call for Abstracts, "Solidarity, Peace, and Social Justice"
    on 9 December 2020 at 10:12

    After the postponement of the EADI/ISS conference"Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice" to July 2021, the convenors of four seed panels and seven harvest panels cordially invite you to submit your abstracts. Once the deadline of 15 February 2021 is over, panel convenors will review new submissions, and inform applicants whether their contribution is accepted for the online conference in July 2021.

  • JUMP Journal Mentoring Programme for Southern Researchers: Call for Applications open until 31 January
    on 4 December 2020 at 10:22

    The JUMP Mentoring Programme offers (young) Southern researchers the opportunity to work closely with an experienced scholar from their field of interest with the aim of preparing a paper that is (subject to the regular peer-review process) accepted for publication in the European Journal of Development Research (EJDR) or any other scientific journal.

  • New on our blog: Hidden Hands of the City: How the Pandemic Unveiled the Systematic Neglect of Indian Migrant Workers
    on 3 December 2020 at 11:07

    By Nitya Rao, Ayesha Pattnaik, Arundhita Bhanjdeo and Nivedita Narain India’s national lockdown announced on March 24th, 2020 came into force 12 hours later. Within a few days, the big story emerging from across Indian cities was of inter-state migrant workers, stranded in cities without work, money or food. With no public transport, many started walking hundreds of kilometres to their homes. Those who stayed, exhausted their savings and were further sucked into debt. The lockdown drew attention to the invisibility of migrant workers in the policy space, and the systematic neglect of their basic rights: at origin, in transit and at destination.

  • Call for Expressions of Interest: Early Career Editor, The European Journal of Development Research (EJDR)
    on 3 December 2020 at 10:28

    The European Journal of Development Research (EJDR) redefines and modernises what international development is, recognising the many schools of thought on what human development constitutes. It encourages debate between competing approaches to understanding global development and international social development.

  • Series of Blog-Posts on Myanmar, Based on Special Issue in the EJDR!
    on 26 November 2020 at 11:48

    The PK (Paung Ku, Burmese for bridging or connection) Forum has published several blog posts based on papers from the EJDR special issue "Development Challenges in Myanmar", all with a Burmese translation!

  • New on our blog: How Can Development Cooperation Be More Sensitive To Power Relations?
    on 26 November 2020 at 11:34

    By Tim Kornprobst and Anna Schwachula Ever since development cooperation began in the 1950s, it has fallen under suspicion of upholding colonial conditions. Proponents of post-development theories therefore stress that the concept of development cooperation is problematic in the way it divides the world into “developed” countries on the one hand and “less developed” countries on the other, as this is considered to represent a Western, capitalist paradigm. In the eyes of critics, this bifurcation serves to perpetuate a colonial power structure in which experts from the global North recommend solutions to societies of the global South they consider to be “backwards”.

  • Online-Workshop for academic coordinators of Development Studies Programmes, 19-20 November
    on 19 November 2020 at 09:00

    Following the success of its 2019 edition, we are pleased to announce our 2020 Academic Coordinators Workshop. The workshop will take place online on 19-20 November. Download the programme