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.
Lesley 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.
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.
Recently, 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)
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.
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.
During the last week of September, several musical performances of the Iliso Youth Choir from Khayelitsha, Cape Town electrified the audience in Bochum. For most of the young people it was the first time abroad. Vivian Zilo, the founder of Iliso Care Society, accompanied the group. Besides their highly moving performances, the choir members gave an insight into life in a township and introduced the activities of the Iliso Care Society.