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New Thesis Published in UAMR Studies on Development and Global Governance

uamr_studies64_coverCarlos Gustavo Villela Zavala, former PhD student at the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy, has published his Ph.D. thesis “Understanding Institutionalized Collective Remittances: The Mexican Tres por Uno Program in Zacatecas”, in the series "UAMR Studies on Devellopment and Global Governance.

This book considers the activities of migrant organizations in the face of state diaspora engagement policies in their members' countries of origin. The case study is the Programa Tres por Uno para los Migrantes in the Mexican state of Zacatecas. The research uses events - understood as festivities and work meetings - as lenses. They offer a door to access the actors' reality and furthermore serve as an object of analysis themselves.
The study combines analysis of biographical interviews at the microlevel with that of organizations' work meetings at the mesolevel and the analysis of the staging in public events as way to access the macrolevel. The work concludes that institutionalizing collective remittances enhances the capital- skills (cultural capital), relations (social capital) and economic resources (economic capital)- generated by lives and practices taking place in a transnational way. The work proposes the term diasporic capital. Diasporic capital creates the identity of and nurtures the belonging to a distinct class. As a result, migrant organizations participating in the Tres por Uno Program are given legitimacy to speak in the name of all the nationals living abroad and their leaders to claim a higher social status.

More information here.

 
Paper of Callistus Agbaam and Mulugeta Dinbabo published

Callistus Agbaam, Alumni of Ruhr University's MA in Development Management at the South African - German Centre for Development Research, together with Mulugeta F. Dinbabo, staff member of the centre, published an article on "Social Grants and Poverty Reduction at the Household Level: Empirical Evidence from Ghana" in the Journal of Social Science. The article can be downloaded here.

 
Members of the PhD IDS Participated Successfully in the Class ‘Microeconomics of Competitiveness’

It was the first time that the innovative course, developed by the Harvard Business School, was launched by the working group for Urban and Regional Economy at the Geographical Institute of the Ruhr-University Bochum. An interdisciplinary group of students discussed case studies on competiveness of several countries and regions, companies and their regional concentration in so-called clusters. Mohamed Dawude Temory, Lesley Hope and Anne Siebert gave a presentation on the case of ‘The Afghan Carpet Cluster’ and will submit their working paper soon.

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Foto: Nils Fonteyne

The course will be offered again in the winter term 2014/15, and is open for registration.

More info: http://www.geographie.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/arbeitsbereiche/stadt-und-regionaloekonomie/homenews/details/article/microeconomics-of-competitiveness-1/ (German)

 

IEE on Tour

July 4 - 21:
Ruth Knoblich and Dr. Meik Nowak
at UWC, Cape Town, lecturing for the MADM Programme

July 10:
Anne Siebert
at GIZ, Bonn, for a discussion in the event series 'Research meets practice: international cooperation for sustainable development': "Organic food for all - can organic farming feed the world?"

July 12:
Dr. Anja Zorob
at Philipps-University Marburg, offering a seminar

July 24 - 29:
Lucía Martínez Ordóñez
at St John's College, Cambridge, for a Master Class on Military Warfare

On Field Research

Sascha Rosenberger
in Paraguay until June 2014
Project: Factors Affecting the Development of an Epistemic Landscape in Paraguay as a Developing Country
(abstract)

Jurek Seifert
in Brazil until September 2014
Project: The Function of South-South Cooperation within the Foreign Policy of Emerging Powers
(abstract)


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