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Call for Papers

10th UN-Research Colloquium:
"The United Nations and Resources"
8 - 10 October 2020 at the Ruhr-University Bochum

The colloquium is organized by the Working Group on Young UN Research (AG Junge UN-Forschung) in the United Nations Association of Germany (Deutsche Gesellschaft für die Vereinten Nationen, hereinafter DGVN) in cooperation with the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) and the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) of the Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB).

Under the topic "The United Nations and Resources" the role of resources (material and immaterial) for the stability of the UN as well as the global regulatory framework and peace between states, but also the resource focus of transnational corporations will be examined. In doing so, we want to shed light on "traditional" resources such as money, manpower, natural resources/land resources, water, land, but also on often forgotten resources such as political influence, trust, good governance and other soft power elements. Especially big global challenges like the current COVID-19 crisis raise questions about the distribution and value of these very diverse resources.

Deadline for abstracts: 1st August 2020

Please find more information in the full Call for Papers: English / German

New European Joint Doctorate Programme ADAPTED will start in 2021

The IEE as coordinator has successfully submitted a proposal for the implementation of a European Joint Doctorate (EJD) on the topic "Eradicating Poverty: Pathways towards Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals" (ADAPTED). The proposal has been evaluated within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Innovative Training Networks (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2020) and reached a top result of 98%.

ADAPTED

With a funding volume of 3.9 m. Euro, ADAPTED has a duration of four years and will start in February 2021. 15 PhD researchers will join the IEE and our partner institutions in Europe (International Institute for Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam, Kooijmans Institute for Law and Governance of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Department of Economics, Boğaziçi University, and Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne) in autumn next year. Additional partners are the Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungs-GmbH, Agence Française de Dévelopement, Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations, European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes, and six universities from five African countries.

More information will follow soon. See also the website of RUB for detailed information in German.

RUB Management visited SA-GER CDR

Accompanied by DAAD’s Secretary General Dr. Dorothea Rüland, RUB’s Rector Prof. Dr. Axel Schölmerich and Chancellor Dr. Christina Reinhardt visited the DAAD-funded South African-German Centre for Development Research (SA-GER CDR) as part of an information visit of management members of German universities.

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At the South African-German Centre for Development Research, they met our DAAD lecturer Ruth Knoblich, SA-GER CDR Steering-Committee member Prof. Julian May as well as further staff members and alumni of the centre.

Congratulations, Dr. Seeger!

After successful defence of her doctoral thesis on Tuesday, 19 November 2019, IEE member Christina Seeger has been awarded the degree of a Doctor (Dr. rer. oec.) of the Faculty of Economics at RUB.

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Prof. Dr. Manuel Frondel, Christina Seeger, Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein

Her thesis with the title "Trust and consumers' willingness to pay for safe and certified safe vegetables in West African cities: A comparative analysis of Tamale, Ouagadougou, Bamenda, and Bamako" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein and Prof. Dr. Manuel Frondel. Prof. Dr. Helmut Karl chaired the oral exam.

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

Visit of two members of the German Federal Parliament and the Consul General at the SA-GER CDR

On 7th February the two members of the "German Federal Parliament", Ulla Schmidt und Dagmar Freitag, who stayed in South Africa for taking part in the 2019 State of the Nation Address by the South African President Cyral Ramaphosa, used the opportunity to as well visit two DAAD funded Centres of Excellence in Cape Town together with the Consul General Matthias Hansen.

They first visited the African Institute for Mathematical Studies (AIMS) in Muizenberg and afterwards the South African-German Centre for Development Research (SA-GER CDR). Prof. Jullian May, the director of the SA-GER CDR at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), stressed the supra-regional importance of the Centre, the high number of Alumni who successfully work in development research or development co-operation and the strong motivation of these Alumni to build networks like the African Excellence Network of all DAAD African Excellence Centres, "Tumefika" (which means "We have arrived") which was constituted in 2018.

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During the occasion, current Phd scholarship holders of the SA-GER CDR presented on their research related to poverty reduction and public administration, current Master scholarship holders presented the different Master Programmes of the Centre and Ulla Schmidt, Dagmar Freitag and Matthias Hansen as well met DAAD-Alumna Prof. Pamela Dube, the current DVC for Student Development and Support at UWC, Winnie Sambu as the representative of “Tumefika” and several other DAAD scholarship holders studying at UWC.

Prof. Wilhelm Löwenstein, managing director of the IEE of Ruhr University Bochum, took part in the event by making use of the DAAD funded videoconference system ZOOM and presented his vision of an African Graduate School as one option to foster the sustainability of the DAAD African Excellence Centres.

10-Year Anniversary of the Centres of Excellence

On the occasion of the ten-year anniversary of the Centres of African Excellence initiative by the Federal Foreign Office and the DAAD, a large network meeting was held in Berlin.

There are now ten university Centres of African Excellence in Sub-Saharan Africa, set up to train highly qualified future managers and leaders in Africa by significantly contributing to the quality and relevance of selected disciplines at African universities, to the creation of research capacities to the establishment of networks between African universities and research institutes including German partners.

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The SA-GER CDR Team in Berlin: (from left): Isioma Ille, Stefan Buchholz, Britta Niklas, Gabriele Bäcker, Mulugeta Dinbabo and Ina Conradie

For the achievements of the South African-German Centre for Development Research and for more information on the network meeting please have a look at the upcoming IEE-Newsletter (December 2018).

Final EUSA_ID Meeting took place in Gordons Bay, South Africa

From 18-21 March the final EUSA_ID Meeting took place in Gordons Bay, South Africa.

All South African and European partners of the consortium took part in the meeting in order to discuss the results and the sustainability of the programme, challenges during the implementation phase and best practice examples. Several scholarship holders of the programme were invited to talk about their experiences at their respective host institutions. Alumni work and networking were as well part of the agenda and the selection committee selected some final staff grantees.

2018 04 EUSA IDAlltogether it was a successful meeting with promising ideas for future collaborations.

IEE Ph.D. Candidate presented Her Paper at 3rd NEEDS 2018

PellowskaDarina Pellowska, Ph.D. candidate at the IEE, participated at the 3rd NEEDS Conference (Northern European Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies) in Amsterdam, March 21-23. She participated in the Panel "Aidnography - The Everyday Practices of Humanitarian Assistance" and presented her paper "Towards Conceptualizing Humanitarian Aid Diversion – A Social Network Approach".

From November 26 to December 01 the International Alumni-Conference „Tackling the root causes of displacement in Sub-Sahara Africa” took place in Gordons Bay, South Africa

The Conference was the first joint Alumni Conference of all DAAD African Excellence Centres in Sub Sahara Africa (the Ghanian-German Centre for Development Studies at the University of Ghana, the Tanzanian-German Centre for Eastern African Legal Studies at the University of Dar es Salaam, the Namibian-German Centre for Logistics at Namibia University of Science and Technology, the South African-German Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice at UWC, the Congolese-German Centre for Microfinance at the Congo Protestant University, Kinshasa, the East and South African-German Centre for Educational Research at the Moi-University, Kenya, and the Kenyan Centre for Mining, Environmental Engineering and Resource Management at Taita Taveta University College in Voi, Kenya), organized by the South African-German Centre for Development Research (SA-GER CDR) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa, together with the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE), Ruhr-University Bochum), Germany.

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