Welcome to the website of the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (German acronym: IEE) of the Ruhr-University Bochum.
After successful defense of her PhD Thesis on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Annika Engelbert from Bochum, Germany, has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.). Her thesis on "Public Procurement Law in Sub-Saharan Africa—A means to Curb Corruption? was supervised by Prof. Dr. Markus Kaltenborn and Prof. Dr. Christof Hartmann. Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein chaired the oral exam.
With an opening reception on 23rd November the IEE welcomed the latest intake of the PhD programme in International Development Studies (PhD IDS).
This year, four full members and eight associate members were newly admitted to the PhD IDS Programme.
Vol. 68: Annika Engelbert, Markus Kaltenborn, and Nina-Annette Reit-Born:
Effective Corruption Ccontrol. Supplier remedies in public procurement in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania - A comparative analysis of mechanisms and their implementation.
This book presents the results of a three-year research project based at the Ruhr-University Bochum, financed by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Cologne. Corruption in public procurement is widespread and particularly damaging to development objectives, as it undermines any state's duty to maximize the social and economic welfare of its citizens. Yet, research on country-specific regulation meant to address this problem has remained scarce. ...
Vol. 69: Stefan Buchholz:
Dimensionen und Bestimmungsfaktoren der HIV/AIDS-bezogenen Stigmatisierung in der Republik Südafrika: Ergebnisse einer empirischen Untersuchung unter Studenten in der Metropolregion Kapstadt.
Stigmatisierungsprozesse gegenüber Menschen mit HIV/AIDS stellen ein elementares Hindernis im Kampf gegen die Immunschwächekrankheit dar. In Südafrika fielen diese in der Vergangenheit so drastisch aus, dass Betroffene das Bekanntwerden ihrer HIV-Infektion mit dem Leben bezahlt haben. Die vorliegende Arbeit stellt eine Ursachenanalyse HIV/AIDS-bezogener Stigmatisierungsprozesse in der südafrikanischen Gesellschaft dar. Basierend auf sozialwissenschaftlichen Theorien und empirischen Vorkenntnissen wird ein Erhebungsinstrument zur Erfassung stigmatisierender Einstellungen entwickelt. ...
Vol. 70: Elkhan Richard Sadik-Zada:
Oil Abundance and Economic Growth.
This book deals with the role of oil abundance in economic growth. The major theoretical contribution of the analysis is the transformation of the rentier state theory into the language of mathematical economics. The mathematical formalization of the rentier state theory enables a more sophisticated analytical tool for the assessment of the role of nonrenewable resource revenues in economic growth and institutional dynamics. The embedding of the elements of a rentier state into the labor surplus economy framework leads to grave consequences as reflected in the quantitative part of the survey. The augmented labor surplus economy model shows that both the political economy and the purely economic causes of the resource curse can have similar effects on the resource allocation in the affected nation. ...
Please find the full abstracts and more information here.
Amr Khafagy, PhD IDS student at the IEE, published an article in the Journal of Institutional Economics:
"Political institutions and financial cooperative development".
This paper analyses the influence of political institutions on the development of financial cooperatives. It proposes a political economy theory where autocratic regimes deliberately oppose the development of a well-functioning financial cooperative sector to maintain their political influence, and prevent the formation of strong pressure groups that can threaten the current political status quo and reduce the governing elites’ economic benefits from underdeveloped and exclusive financial sector. Using panel data from 65 developing countries from 1995–2014, the results show that democracy, political rights and civil liberties promote financial cooperative development. These results are robust in controlling for endogeneity as well as other economic and institutional factors.
Davison Muchadenyika from Zimbabwe, PhD candidate at the South African - German Centre for Development Research, published a new paper titled 'Multi-Donor Trust Funds and Fragile States: Assessing the Aid Effectiveness of the Zimbabwe Multi-Donor Trust Fund'.
Research for this paper was largely conducted during Davison worked on his Master thesis for the Bochum Programme of Development Management at the University of the Western Cape.
From 10-11 November 2016, the Institute for Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) together with the Gesellschaft für afrikanisches Recht (African Law Association) will organize a conference on
"Law for Development: Strengthening Social Protection Systems in Africa"
Experts from both African and European research institutes will discuss the current challenges of Social Protection Law in African countries. The conference will be hosted by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in Berlin.
Doing Good with Business?
– Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Entrepreneurship, and Fair Trade –
the submission date for proposals for the upcoming alumni conference (9-11 Nov. 2016), titled "Doing Good with Business? – Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Entrepreneurship, and Fair Trade", has passed. The proposals are currently reviewed. Notifications will be sent out mid of September 2016.
The conference is hosted by the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) in Bochum (Germany) and organised in collaboration with its partners from HTW Berlin, University of Leipzig, and University of Duisburg-Essen. Alumni of the MA programme in Development Management (MADM; IEE), the MA programme in International and Development Economics (MIDE; HTW Berlin), the Small Enterprise Promotion and Training Programme (SEPT; University of Leipzig), the MA programme in Development and Governance (Institute of Political Science (IfP); University of Duisburg-Essen), and the MA programme in International Relations and Development Policy (Institute for Development and Peace (INEF); University of Duisburg-Essen) are highly welcomed to submit proposals for participating at the conference. Selected participants who are international alumni of the cooperating institutions will receive funding for their flight and accommodation.
Please find more information in the call.
The Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) of Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany) is happy to host the international conference:
"Doing Good with Business?
Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Entrepreneurship, and Fair Trade"
taking place 9-11 of November 2016.
On three days, approximately 200 conference participants – practitioners, researchers, and students – discuss different approaches which aim at improving the social and environmental effects of production standards and business models: Corporate Social Responsibility, Fair Trade, and Social Entrepreneurship. Diverse questions are addressed, like to which extent those approaches actually fulfil the expectations set in them, whether they are economically viable, what the dominant current challenges as well as the prospects for future developments of these concepts are.
The Call for Applications for Master and PhD Scholarships is now open until 15th July 2016.
All applicants have to fill in an online application form.
Any applications sent via email or as a hard copy are not eligible!
Please go to the "How to apply" section of the respective programme you are interested in to get access to the online application form, or click here in order to get to the "How to apply page" directly:
- for the Master in Development Studies
- for the Master In Public Administration
- for the PhD in Development Studies or Public Policy
This year's Annual International PhD Conference in International Development will take place on September 5th & 6th 2016 at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.
Since the outbreak of the conflict in Syria in 2011 over 4.5 million people have fled the country to find safe havens in neighbouring countries, including Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. As of 2016 Lebanon is host to over 1 million Syrian refugees in addition to a population of over 400,000 Palestine refugees that have been living in a protracted refugee situation in the country.
A summer school for Asian Alumni of Master programmes at German universities on "Reconciling biodiversity conservation and livelihood needs in protected area management in Nepal" will take place from September 19th to 30th 2016 in Kathmandu and Chitwan National Park in Nepal. For further information and details regarding the application process please refer to the attached call. Though the deadline of the call has expired, applications are still possible.
Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr University Bochum
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December 01 - 03:
in Berlin at the Forum Transregionale Studien, attending the workshop "Envisioning the Future of Food Across North-South Divides: Transregional Food Networks and Movements" and giving a presentation
Three new UA Ruhr Sudies on Development and Global Governance:
Annika Engelbert, Markus Kaltenborn, Nina-Annette Reit-Born: Effective Corruption Control (vol. 68)
Stefan Buchholz: Dimensionen und Bestimmungsfaktoren der HIV/AIDS-bezogenen Stigmatisierung in der Republik Südafrika (vol. 69)
Elkhan Richard Sadik-Zada: Oil Abundance and Economic Growth (vol. 70)
Amr Khafagy: Political institutions and financial cooperative development
Davison Muchadenyika: Multi-Donor Trust Funds and Fragile States: Assessing the Aid Effectiveness of the Zimbabwe Multi-Donor Trust Fund
More information on the "New Publications" tab on the left.