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/ISS Webinar: Rethinking civil society in promoting solidarity and social change in constrained settings, 29 June, 10.00 CET
    on 29 June 2020 at 08:00

    Webinar on EADI-ISS – Conference harvest panel 122, Time: 10:00-11:30 Coordinators: Kees Biekart, Tiina Kontinen, Marianne Millstein A vibrant civil society enhances solidarity, social justice, and peace. However, opportunities to act for social change within civil societies are limited in many ways. Solidarity networks function in a way that might counter the conventional conceptualizations of civil society in Western scholarship.

  • New EADI Webinar: Land conflict in Myanmar, 22 June, 12.00 CET
    on 22 June 2020 at 10:00

    With Lara Lundsgaard-Hansen and Dr Stefan Bächtold: Myanmar faces enormous development challenges in the midst of a rapidly changing and uncertain political and economic landscape. The European Journal of Development Research is pleased to present a special issue on development challenges in Myanmar. In this webinar, we draw on the findings of two papers within the special issue, examining land conflict in Myanmar.

  • New EADI Webinar: Gender and development in Myanmar, 17 June, 4pm CET
    on 17 June 2020 at 14:00

    With Professor Mala Htun and Dr. Elisabeth Olivius: Myanmar faces enormous development challenges in the midst of a rapidly changing and uncertain political and economic landscape. The European Journal of Development Research is pleased to present a special issue on development challenges in Myanmar. In this webinar, we draw on the findings of two open access papers within the special issue, examining gender in Myanmar.

  • Online Seminar: EU Development Policy Post 2020: norms and contestation, 16 June, 11am CEST
    on 16 June 2020 at 09:00

    Work in Progress Seminar: The EU as a development actor EADI Working Group The EU’s development policy is being strategically adjusting to respond to the shifting challenges of the international order. In doing so it is argued that this is undermining the EU’s core normative commitment to development. This seminar approaches the topic by exploring the extent to which the shift to ‘partnership’ in EU development rhetoric is a break with the past?

  • New EADI Webinar: Digital Work in the Global South: A Chance for Transformative Development? 10 June, 15.00 CET
    on 10 June 2020 at 13:00

    In this webinar, Jana Kleibert will discuss her research on the opportunities and limitations of economic development models that build upon creating employment in information-technology enabled services.

  • New on our blog: Researchers must improve the working conditions for local collaborators
    on 4 June 2020 at 09:55

    By Ananya Chakraborty and Lennart Kaplan There has been a spurt in research to design appropriate policy solutions for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Global South. Ironically, such research projects often build upon existing power hierarchies, which may result in unsafe and dangerous working conditions and undermine the Sustainable Development Goal for decent work (SDG 8).

  • Fair Research Contracting: A Self-Assesment Tool for Institutions
    on 28 May 2020 at 10:29

    2020/05 – Swiss Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE); publication; Author(s): André Lederer The fair research contracting self-assessment tool, developed by the Swiss Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries and the Council on Health Research for Development supports institutions to engage in fair and equitable negotiation processes for formal contracts despite recognised imbalances in institutional contracting capacities. The self-assessment tool provides a 10 steps approach for assessing an institution's capability to negotiate and conclude fair and equitable research agreements and contracts.

  • Vacancy Note: Senior Executive
    on 28 May 2020 at 08:19

    EADI is currently seeking to fill the position of Senior Executive from 1 July 2020 with a focus on conference and workshop coordination. The successful candidate will join our small and dynamic office, where everyone plays an important role and has an impact. Deadline for applications is 14 June. Download the announcement as PDF

  • New on our blog: From Science to Practice: Strengthening Research Uptake to Achieve the SDGs
    on 22 May 2020 at 09:36

    By Maggie Carter Humanity is currently facing a threat against which scientific knowledge is our most powerful weapon. Researchers are racing to learn more about the invisible enemy that is Covid-19. However, at the same time, we face another threat, one that has been rearing its head in recent years, but is becoming all the more visible in this unprecedented moment: a growing skepticism of and even hostility towards science.

  • The Future is Public: Towards Democratic Ownership of Public Services
    on 15 May 2020 at 09:01

    2020/05 – Transnational Institute (TNI); book; Author(s): Alexander Panez Pinto et al. This open access book shows that public services are more important than ever in the face of the climate catastrophe, mounting inequalities, and growing political unrest. Together, civil society organisations, trade unions, and local authorities are crafting new templates for how to expand democratic public ownership to all levels of society and opening up new routes to community-led and climate conscious public service. TNI's research has identified more than 1,400 successful (re)municipalisation cases involving more than 2,400 cities in 58 countries around the world.

  • New EADI webinar (in Spanish) "| “Adaptando los ODS a lo Local mediante la Educación para el Desarrollo. La experiencia de la Estrategia de la Cuidad de Valencia”, 14 May, 15.00 GMT
    on 14 May 2020 at 15:00

    This webinar is the third event of the Iberian Partnership under the umbrella of the Bridge47 project on Global Citizenship Education (GCE). It is. part of the Sinergias ED international webinar series on "Ibero-American Experiences on Collaboration between Higher Education Institutions and Civil Society"

  • New on our blog: COVID-19 and Development Co-operation: we know a lot about what works, let’s use the evidence
    on 13 May 2020 at 07:12

    By Per Øyvind Bastøe, Wendy Asbeek Brusse and Jörg Faust The recent statement from the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee calls for sustained action to address the crisis in the poorest countries of the planet. In these societies, the pandemic will encounter weak public health systems. Lock-down measures will crush fragile economic structures and worsen the social situation for many people, particularly among the most vulnerable groups in society.

  • New on our blog: The Coronavirus pandemic and the irrelevance of the SDGs
    on 13 May 2020 at 07:00

    By Remco van de Pas We are awakened to a new reality. The pandemic outbreak by an infectious pathogen comes to no surprise to the Global Health community. The World Health Organization (WHO) has prepared for pandemic scenarios and response plans since over a decade, albeit that they have been written for an influenza virus, not for the coronavirus disease (covid-19) pandemic that we currently face. What is unpresented though is how countries fall back on their own security and economic matters, and that multilateral cooperation is under severe constraints.

  • EADI Blog Prize for outstanding posts on PhD research
    on 8 May 2020 at 09:50

    We cordially invite you to present your PhD on the EADI blog "Debating Development Research"! All accepted and published blog posts will be featured in the fortnightly EADI newsletter and via social media. During the publishing process, we will help you with the editing and with becoming familiar with the rather casual and journalistic blogging style.

  • 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