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Conference on "Sustainable Development Goals and Human Rights"

2017-03 TheGlobalGoalsIn cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg (CHREN), the Institute for Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) will be holding a conference on "Sustainable Development Goals and Human Rights" from June 06-07, 2017. After the Millennium Development Goals have been very much in the focus of criticism from a human rights perspective, the conference is intended to clarify whether initial experiences with the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals indicate a change of direction in this regard. The keynote speech will be held by Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.

The venue is the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in Bonn.

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50 Years Institute of Development Research and Development Policy, Alumni Conference & 6th Development Day

On the eve of the Alumni-Conference "Doing Good with Business? Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Entrepreneurship, and Fair Trade" the IEE celebrated its 50th anniversary. IEE Alumni, starting from the founding generation, current institute members, students and partners met for an event which included a keynote speech of Prof. Christof Hartmann on Perspectives of Democracy in the Global South as well as a review of the institute’s activities over the last 50 years.

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International Alumni Conference from 9-11 of November 2016

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.

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Paper on Afghan Carpet Cluster by PhD IDS Students Made it to the Top-15 in Harvard Business School Competition

2015-07 Temory-Lesley-AnneLesley Hope, Mohamed Dawude Temory, and Anne Siebert participated in the innovative course ‘Microeconomics of Competitiveness: A Case Study Approach to Economic Development’ offered by Prof. Matthias Kiese and Julian Kahl (RUB, Institute of Geography, Urban and Regional Economics) last year. The course was developed by leading management professor Michael E. Porter at Harvard Business School. It is built around case studies on the competitiveness of countries, regions and firms, as well as their spatial concentration in so-called clusters.

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Britta Niklas Presentation (9th AAWE Conference Mendoza)

2015-07 BrittaNiklas YoutubeNiklasAAWE 9th Annual Conference 2015
in Mendoza, Argentina
(May 26-30, 2015)


Former MADM student Chifundo Patience Chilera has been named one of 26 Africa's Most Outstanding Emerging Women Leaders

We are very proud of our former MADM student Chifundo Patience Chilera, who has been named one of 26 Africa's Most Outstanding Emerging Women Leaders by the Moremi Initiative for Women Leadership in Africa. As a 2015 Fellow, she will be attending the Moremi Initiative Leadership, Empowerment and Development Institute hosted jointly with the University of Ghana in Accra, Ghana, this July.

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Two Interviews Published by IEE Member

KnoblichRecently, IEE Research Fellow Ruth Knoblich published two interviews on Theory Talks:

Theory Talk #67:
Dirk Messner on the dynamics of global change and the significance of international science and technology cooperation in the post-Western world (Jan. 30, 2015)

Theory Talk #68:
Loet Leydesdorff on the Triple Helix: 'How Synergies in University-Industry-Government Relations can Shape Innovation Systems' (March 11, 2015)

Approval of Funding for Joint UA Ruhr GC Research Project

The project entitled "Political authority in transnational governance arrangements: Regulation through public and private labour, social and environmental standards in the Asian textile and apparel industry" is the first research project under the umbrella of the UA-Ruhr Graduate Center to receive third-party funding. From the IEE, Markus Kaltenborn and Johannes Norpoth are part of the team of researchers. Read more about the interdisciplinary project funded by the Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR) at the Mercator Foundation on the website of the UA-Ruhr Graduate Center.

Congratulations Dr. Thürer!

After defense of his doctoral thesis on Tuesday, 28 October 2014, IEE member Tobias Thürer was awarded the degree of a Doctor (Dr. rer. oec.) of the Faculty of Economics at RUB.

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Urban Food Plus Summer School in Tamale, Ghana

This year’s Summer School of the BMBF-funded research project Urban Food Plus (UFP) took place from 30 September to 5 October 2014 in Tamale, Ghana. The Summer School was hosted by the University for Development Studies (UDS), one of the African partners within the UFP project that aims at enhancing resource use efficiency and improving food security in urban and peri-urban agriculture of West African cities. Wilhelm Löwenstein, Martina Shakya, Marc Hansen and Lesley Hope attended the Summer School on behalf of the IEE, which is implementing one sub-project of UFP.

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