IEE Newsletter No. 20

IEE On Tour

External activities of IEE members.

Eva Mihalik, PhD IDS student, took part in the American University in Kosovo (A.U.K) A.U.K. Peacebuilding Post-Conflict Transformation and Development Programme in Pristina, Kosovo from 29 June to 1 August. Her participation in the Summer Programme was funded by the RUB Research School.

Annika Engelbert attended the International Anti-Corruption Summer Academy held at the International Anti-Corruption Academy in Laxenburg, Austria, from 3 to 12 July.

As part of the MADM curriculum, Meik Nowak and Ruth Knoblich taught a course on "Institutions and Development" at the University of the Western Cape, Belville, Cape Town, South Africa, from 7 to 18 July.

Lucia Martinez attended the "Graduate Warfare Class" at St. John's College at the University of Cambridge, UK, from 25 to 27 July.

As part of the MADM curriculum, Anne Siebert and Stefan Buchholz lectured on "Theories of Development and Underdevelopment: Social Science Perspectives" at the University of the Western Cape, Belville, Cape Town, South Africa, from 4 to 15 August 2014.

Raffael Beier contributed a presentation entitled "Between the Global War on Terror and Local Precariousness. – The U.S. Promotion of Affordable Housing Finance in Morocco" to the 18th International Summer School of the EU - Middle East Forum (EUMEF) of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) which was convened under the title "Constructive versus Destructive Engagement. – Drivers and Implications of External Actors' Policies for North Africa" in Berlin from 11 to 22 August.

Martina Shakya presented a poster on „The Role of Backyard Gardening in West African cities. - Evidence from Ghana and Burkina Faso" at the Tropentag which was held under the title of "Bridging the gap between increasing knowledge and decreasing resources" at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague from 17 to 19 September.

Anja Zorob chaired the panel "Economic Studies in the MENA Region" organized by the DAVO Working Group „Economics of the MENA Region" at the 21th International Congress of the German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation (DAVO), Cologne, 25 - 27 September 2013.

On 26 September PhD IDS associate Qin Tang participated in the workshop on "Political and Economic Development in the PR China under the New Leadership" organised at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg site.

Wilhelm Löwenstein, Martina Shakya, Lesley Hope and Marc Hansen participated in the Urban Food Plus Summer School on „Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture in West African Cities" at the University for Development Studies (UDS) in Tamale, Ghana, from 28 September to 3 October. For a detailed report on the Summer School and the presentations given by the IEE members please read Martina Shakya's contribution in this newsletter.

During his field research for the Urban Food Plus project in Tamale, Ghana, and Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, from 26 September to 26 October Marc Hansen also gave a presentation on the Urban Food Plus project at the University of Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana, as part of their research colloquium held on 9 October.

Raffael Beier gave a presentation on "Slum Clearance in Morocco. - Welfare Gains for Whom?" at the 12th Development Dialogue on "Rethinking Democracy" which was held at the ISS in The Hague, Netherlands, from 16 to 17 October. At the same conference Sascha Rosenberg presented a paper on "Preventing Democracy through Education" in the panel session "Rethinking Governance & Democracy". Anja Zorob and Wilhelm Löwenstein also attended the conference. You can find Raffael's detailed report on the conference here.

Gabriele Bäcker took part in the network meeting of the Centres of African Excellence which was held in Flensburg, Germany, from 22 to 25 October.

Johannes Norpoth attended the international conference on "Mega-Regionals and the Future of International Trade and Investment Law" held at Schloss Eckberg, Dresden, Germany, from 23 to 24 October.

Tobias Thürer and Catherine Biira attended the International SEPT Alumni Seminar 2014 on "Entrepreneurs, Firms, and Business Membership Organizations: Their Role in Politics" held in Leipzig, Germany, from 29 to 31 October. As one of the two IEE alumni selected to deliver a paper, PhD IDS student Catherine Biira spoke about the topic of "Business Membership Organisations and Their Role in Politics and Development: The case of the Kampala City Traders' Association."

PhD IDS associate Annalisa Addis attended a one-day workshop on research methodologies at the Tallinn University Institute of Political Science and Governance on 31 October. She held a presentation on "Linking Relief and Development Assistance: A Case Study from Ethiopia".

As part of the KAAD-AGGN workshop on "Population Growth: Chances and Challenges for Africa's Societies" which took place in Helmstedt, Germany, from 30 October to 2 November, Catherine Biira held a presentation entitled "Population Policies in Uganda: Experience and Practice at the Population Secretariat."

PhD IDS student Maruf Syed Ahmed attended the conference "Reflecting the Past – Forging the Future: Democracy and Human Rights in Bangladesh's Changing Social Landscape" which was organised by the Bangladesh Forum Germany on the premises of Bread for the World in Berlin from 6 to 7 November. Maruf participated in the working group on "Gender Equality in Bangladesh" that formulated policy recommendations to the government of Bangladesh as well as international bodies.

Raffael Beier held a presentation on "The European Migration Policy in the Mediterranean after the Arab Spring: Old Concepts in New Design?" at the 4th EUMEF Alumni reunion conference which was organised by the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) under the title of "The MENA Region in Turmoil: Causes and Ways out of the Crises" in Berlin from 13 to 15 November.

As part of the "Team Uganda", Catherine Biira participated in the Mittelständischer Unternehmertag Deutschland 2014 which took place in Leipzig, Germany, on 18 November.

PhD IDS associate Annalisa Addis delivered a guest lecture on "Linking Relief and Development: Ongoing Challenges" to students of the Joint Master's Programme in International Humanitarian Action (NOHA) at the Institute of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) at the Ruhr-University Bochum on 18 November.

Anja Zorob delivered a lecture on "Economic Reform in the MENA Region? A Close Look at the EU-Mediterranean Policy with a Focus on Trade Agreements" at the Midterm Conference of the Young Leaders' Regional Thematic Network Programme, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Berlin, 16 - 23 November 2014.

On 3 December Tobias Thürer gave a presentation on "Job Perspectives in the Field of International Development Cooperation" at the "Career Worldwide – Career Fair" held at the Justus Liebig-University of Gießen, Germany.

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