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PhD Thesis of Former EUSA_ID Scholarship Holder Published

2019 08 vanderMarkElise van der Mark, who stayed for 2.5 years at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) with an "EUSA_ID" scholarship, now graduated at the "Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam" and published her PhD thesis with the title "Against All Odds: Exploring wellbeing transformation with mothers of disabled children from poor urban settlements in Southern Africa". During her stay at UWC, her thesis was co-supervised by Dr. Ina Conradie. Congratulations!

Please find the thesis here

Congratulations, Dr. Hoedoafia!

After successful defence of her PhD Thesis on Friday, 23 August 2019, Mabel Akosua Hoedoafia from Ghana has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.).

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Prof. Dr. Helmut Karl, Mabel Hoedoafia with daughter, Prof. Dr. Matthias Busse

Her thesis with the title "International Trade and Private Sector Performance: A Critical Analysis of Ghana’s Manufacturing Sector" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Matthias Busse and Prof. Dr. Helmut Karl. Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein chaired the oral exam.

Congratulations, Dr. Hope!

After successful defence of her PhD Thesis on Monday, 12 August 2019, Lesley Hope from Ghana has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.).

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Her thesis with the title "Amending Biochar to Urban Farmlands: An Economic Evaluation of the Effects on Food Security in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and in Tamale (Ghana)" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein and Prof. Dr. Helmut Karl. Prof. Dr. Werner Voß chaired the oral exam.

New Journal Article by Two MADM Alumni

2019 08 ReviewsGlobalEcoNardos Legesse Beyene, Alumnus of IEE’s MA in Development Management, together with Mulugeta F. Dinbabo, also IEE Alumnus and nowadays Acting Director of the Institute for Social Development, IEE’s partner institution at the University of the Western Cape/South Africa, published an article on

An Empirical Evaluation of the Link between Women Participation in Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) and Poverty Reduction in Ethiopia

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MADM student wins MAXQDA Research Grant

2019 07 VanAalstLisa van Aalst, student of the Bochum Programme of Development Management in Cape Town, successfully won the MAXQDA Research Grant for her field research period in India. She will perform her field research for her master thesis research project titled "Collective Action and Access to Justice – A case study of Dalit Women Collectives in rural Uttar Pradesh, India". More information can be found here.

We congratulate Lisa for this award and wish her all the best for her field research.

Learning by Doing in the Field of Development

2019 07 BonomaliMacmillan Bonomali from Malawi has spent an internship period at UNU-FLORES in Dresden during his studies in the MA in Development Management programme. Find out about his experiences in an interview published by his internship organization.
Photo: UNU-FLORES

Call Extension: Alumni Conference 2019

We are happy to announce a call-extension for the upcoming alumni conference, titled "Evaluation of Development Interventions - Current Debates, Methods, and Best Practices", taking place Nov. 04-08 Nov. 2019. We would like to encourage alumni to apply also if they cannot propose a case study for the conference’s workshops.

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Call for Participation: International Forum on Refugee Protection & Migration Issues 2019

From 28 to 29 November 2019, IEE and IFHV at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum will be hosting the International Forum on Refugee Protection (IFRP 2019) & Migration Issues.

This 2-day forum (IFRP 2019) stems from the collaboration of PhD Students from various disciplines from the Institute for Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) and the Institute for International Law of Peace & Armed Conflict (IFHV), with support from the RUB Research School at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany.

The IFRP 2019 is a student-led initiative and offers an international platform for knowledge-exchange with fellow doctoral researchers, senior academics, and experts. The IFRP 2019 will include two keynote speakers, case study sessions, discussion sessions, lunch, refreshments, and an official forum dinner.

We invite submissions of participation from current or recently-graduated doctoral researchers in the field of international human rights law, international development studies, and other related disciplines.

Applicants do not need to be affiliated with any of the institutions listed above.

The call for participation is open until the 21 July 2019 on topics that address or touch on, one or several of the following sub-themes:

  • The Modern Refugee Crisis: Rights holders vs. Duty bearers
  • Impacts of securitization on refugees and migration policies
  • Bringing the law to life: Refugee protection at national, regional, and global levels
  • Relationship between crime and security in the age of refugee securitization
  • Regional cooperation and governance in development

The abstracts (500 words) for oral/poster presentation should include the preferred sub-theme, indication of the presentation type (oral/poster/both), full name, institutional affiliation, and contact details to, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 21st July 2019. A CV is also requested with submission.

Successful candidates will be notified by 21 August 2019.

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Alumni Conference 2019: Call for Abstracts

We are happy to announce the upcoming alumni conference, titled "Evaluation of Development Interventions - Current Debates, Methods, and Best Practices", taking place 04-08 November 2019 in Bochum / Germany.

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Congratulations, Dr. Beier - first joint PhD of IEE-RUB and ISS, The Hague

After successful defence of his PhD Thesis on Friday, 5 April 2019, IEE research fellow Raffael Beier has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.).

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Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein, Dr. Raffael Beier

His thesis entitled "From the City to the Desert. Analysing shantytown resettlement in Casablanca, Morocco, from residents’ perspectives" was jointly supervised by Prof. Dr. Mathias Kies and Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein (both RUB) and Prof. Irene van Staveren, Dr. Erhard Berner, and Dr. Sylvia Bergh (all ISS).

For the public defence, held in The Hague, a committee of in total eleven supervisors, examiners and other professors were sitting opposite him, including Rector Professor Inge Hutter who chaired the Full Doctoral Committee at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS).

Raffael Beier is the first PhD candidate graduated under a joint PhD agreement between the ISS and the IEE, which has been signed in 2014.