EADI eNewsletter #8/1 2021 | Annual Report, Videos, Forests & More

 1st Issue August 2021


Today we are happy to present our Annual Report for 2020 which shows that we have been anything but idle over the last year, despite the constraints posed by the pandemic: with more than 20 public (virtual) events, a publication on the research-practice nexus, 33 blog posts, the accreditation of a master’s programme in Global Development Studies, two statements, the engagement in two projects and many working group activities we look back on a challenging and busy year. More forward-looking, we’ve put together some reading and watching recommendations as usual: our latest blog post offers an analysis of the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation, the recordings of the plenary sessions from our recent #Solidarity2021 conference are now available on our YouTube channel, and our premium member DIE has also produced some interesting new material. Apart from the recurring vacancy announcements, publication picks, calls and opinion pieces, today’s thematic focus is on forests.

From our Blog: The EU Conflict Minerals Regulation

The EU Conflict Minerals Regulation – a trial run for responsible sourcing of raw materials?
« On 1 January 2021 the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation entered into force. From now on, companies importing certain minerals into the EU must ensure that their sourcing practices do not contribute to conflict and human rights abuses. The regulation therefore introduces for the first time mandatory human rights due diligence for companies in the EU. In its current version, the scope of the regulation is extremely limited. Nevertheless, its implementation can provide important lessons for the upcoming comprehensive EU due diligence legislation. », writes Karin Küblböck from the Austrian Foundation for Development Research. Read moreTo the blog overview

EADI Annual Report 2020 Available

If you want to know more about what EADI is and does, the latest annual report is a good starting point, summarizing all our (virtual) events, working group activities, special issues of our journal, blog posts, projects, accreditation activities, publications and statements. And, last but not least, our values, because development, if taken seriously, is a value-based matter and requires us to take a stand, as EADI President Henning Melber emphasizes in his introductory message. Referring to the socio-economic misery in large parts of the world reinforced by the pandemic, he writes: « This is a painful reminder that something is utterly wrong with the dominant notion of “development” » Read the report

Watch the #Solidarity2021 Plenaries Online!

In case you have not attended our recent #Solidarity2021 conference, it’s worth watching the recordings of the plenary sessions: the opening plenary discussed how the Covid pandemic affected Global Solidarity, and how the practice of solidarity has changed our view on global transformations. Watch the video or read the discussion summary on our blog

In the second plenary « Questioning Development – Towards Solidarity, Decoloniality, Conviviality », panellists discuss their perspectives and approaches to decolonising development (studies), focusing specifically on how new forms of solidarity and conviviality can be promoted and sustained to achieve global social justice. Watch the video or read the discussion summary on our blog

Bridge 47: Partnerships for Sustainable Development

During its work, the Bridge 47 Project for Global Citizenship Education (GCE) has built many partnerships based on the belief that truly transformative education must step out of the comfort zone and connect with new stakeholders. The dedicatedpartnership website harvests the learning from these partnerships in publications, videos, case studies and other resources to inspire and build the capacity of others and to contribute to a wider reflection, dialogue and knowledge sharing within the GCE sector globally about the opportunities and challenges for advancing the mission of GCE through cross-sector partnerships. Read more

Featured EADI Member: German Development Institute

The German Development Institute, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)is one of the leading research institutions and think tanks for global development and international cooperation worldwide. It is located in the UN City of Bonn. DIE’s work is based on the interplay between Research, Policy Advice and Training. DIE is building bridges between theory and practice. Together with the International Trade Centre, the Institute has produced a brief video which provides key policy recommendations on how Investment Facilitation for Development agreement of the WTO can contribute to sustainable development. Watch the video

Highlight: Beyond Climate Neutrality

DIE has also contributed to a policy paper by the German Advisory Council on Global Change which recommends making national long-term strategies a key topic at the Glasgow climate conference in order to provide orientation for current climate policy. Up to now, countries have only been obliged to short-term ‘nationally determined contributions’ (NDCs) to climate-change mitigation. These need to become far more ambitious and also the climate crisis and the crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic must be tackled together. Read more

Thematic Focus: Forests

Forests: As Vital as They Are Vulnerable
2021/07 – Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

Unseen Foresters: An Assessment of Approaches for Wider Recognition and Spread of Sustainable Forest Management by Local Communities (PDF)2020/07 – International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED); research paper; Author(s): Duncan Macqueen; James Mayers

Commodity Prices and Robust Environmental Regulation: Evidence From Deforestation in Brazil
2021/07 – Lehr- und Forschungsgebiet Internationale Wirtschaftsbeziehungen (IW); Journal of environmental economics and management; Author(s): Torfinn Harding, Julika Herzberg, Karlygash Kuralabayeva

Post-Conflict Transition and REDD+ in Colombia: Challenges to Reducing Deforestation in the Amazon2021/06 – German Development Institute, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); Forest Policy and Economics; Author(s): Jean CarloRodríguez-de-Francisco et al,

A Low GHG Development Pathway Design Framework for Agriculture, Forestry and Land Use
2021/07 – Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (IDDRI); Energy Strategy Reviews; Author(s): Johannes Svensson, Henri Waisman, Chris Bataille, Pierre-Marie Aubert

Deforestation in Tinigua National Natural Park: Socio-Economic Environmental Consequences of the Peace Agreement in Colombia2021/07 – Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung (ZEF); research paper; Author(s): Carolina Tobón Ramírez, David Zamora Ávila, Mauricio Ángel Macias, Eva Youkhana

The Production and Destruction of Forests Through the Lens of Landesque Capital Accumulation2021/05 – Department of International Environment and Development Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Noragric); Human Ecology; Author(s): Lowe Börjeson, Tola Gemechu Ango
 Premium Members Publication Picks

Global Access to COVID-19 Vaccines: Challenges in Production, Affordability, Distribution and Utilisation
2021/08 – German Development Institute, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); research paper; Author(s): Andreas Stamm, Christoph Strupat, Anna-Katharina Hornidge

Inequality Trends and Diagnostics in Kenya 2020
2021/07 – Agence Française de Développement (AFD); research paper; Author(s): Kenya National Bureau of Statistics on Multidimensional InequalitySupply Chains, the Informal Economy, and the Worst Forms of Child Labour
2021/07 – Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton; Working paper No 8; Author(s): Jody Aked

Digital Bodies and Digitalised Welfare: North-South Linkages in the Politics of Food Assistance and Social Welfare
2021/08 – International Institute of Social Studies (ISS); research paper; Author(s): Susanne Jaspars, C. Sathyamala

Read more about EADI Members

MOOC: Studying Cities: Social Science Methods for Urban Research
Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS)

More courses and trainings on the EADI websiteJobs

Consultancy: Development of DSAI Strategic Plan 2022-2025
Development Studies Association Ireland (DSAI); Deadline: 11 August

Researcher – Forests and Prosperity, Africa
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED); Deadline: 13 August

Research Manager in the Field of Belgian and European Social Inclusion Policy
Higher Institute of Labour Studies (HIVA); Deadline: 16 August

Postdoc Humanitarian Governance, Alternative Ethics and New Forms of Advocacy
International Institute of Social Studies (ISS); Deadline: 20 August

Research Communication Officer
International Institute of Social Studies (ISS); Deadline: 25 August

Lecturer in Environment and Development
Sustainability Research Institute; Deadline: 15 September

Project Staff – « Decent Work and GVC-Based Industrialization in Ethiopia »
Department of Development Studies, University of Vienna; Deadline: 19. September

More jobs on the EADI WebsiteCallsCall for Proposals: Think Visegrad Fellowship
Institute of International Relations (IIR); Deadline: 15 August

Call for Papers for the 2021 Social Policy in Africa Conference – Development, Democracy and Social Policy: Remembering Thandika Mkandawire
United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD); Deadline: 27 August

Call: Funding for Research Stays Abroad for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellows 
Research Council of Norway (RCN); Deadline: Open-ended

Call: Funding for Research Stays Abroad for Researchers
Research Council of Norway (RCN); Deadline: Open-ended

Call: Communication and Dissemination of Climate Research
Research Council of Norway (RCN); Deadline: Open-ended

More calls on the EADI websiteOpen Online Activities

The War on Drugs and the Denial of Indigenous Rights
9 August, 13:00 CEST; Transnational Institute (TNI)

6 Perspectives on Food Production and Pandemics
10 August, 18.00 CEST; Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo (SUM)

Online Conference: 8th International Degrowth Conference ‘Caring Communities for Radical Change’
24-28 August; International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

More online offers by members on the EADI Website


Blog: Billionaire Space Race: The Ultimate Symbol of Capitalism’s Flawed Obsession With Growth
2021/07 – Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP); blog post; Author(s): Tim Jackson

Blog: Beirut 4 August – Power to the People
2021/08 – Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton; blog post; Author(s): Pamela Hajal

Opinion: How Can Improving Ecosystems Contribute to Poverty Alleviation in the Global South?
2021/07 – International Development Department, University of Birmingham (IDD); Author(s): Fiona Nunan

Blog: India’s Manufacturing and Services Value-Chains Are Shifting South. A Curse or a Blessing? 
2021/07 – United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER); blog post; Author(s): Karishma Banga

Blog: A Cup of Trade-and-Environment Agreement (TEA)?
2021/07 – Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (IDDRI); blog post; Author(s): Tancrède Voituriez, Klaudija Cremers

Blog: Is COP26 Back on Track? The UN General Assembly Will Be a Pivotal Moment
2021/08 – International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED); blog post; Author(s): Andrew Norton

Blog: In the Horn of Africa, a Coalition to Prevent the Next Locust Invasion
2021/07 – Agence Française de Développement (AFD); blog post; Author(s): Kyle G. Brown

Blog: In the Global Race Over 5G, Liberalisation and Regulatory Independence Are Key
2021/07 – Foundation pour les Etudes et Recherches sur le Développement International (FERDI); blog post; Author(s): Rabah Arezki, Vianney Dequiedt, Rachel Yuting Fan, and Carlo Maria Rossotto

Blog: Understanding Dramatic Change in the UK’s International Development NGO Sector
2021/07 – Global Development Institute (GDI); blog post; Author(s): Nicola Banks

More blogs and opinion pieces on the EADI website