The latest from EADI: Directors’ Meeting, Supply Chains & More

Welcome to the fortnightly newsletter of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI).
1st Issue September 2021


After the quiet summer time we are back organising events to connect our members and offer space for peer-to-peer exchange and collaboration: the next EADI Directors’ meetingwill take place on 12 November in Bonn, and for 2 and 3 December we are planning a virtual get-together of academic coordinators of Development Studies programmes, so please save the dates, further information will follow soon! Our latest blog post, published on the occasion of the World Water Week, argues that the debate around Water Operator Partnerships needs to be re-politicised, and our thematic focus is on global supply chains today. As usual, we have picked some highlights from the latest member publications, as well as blogs, online events, calls and vacancies.

From our Blog: Water Operator Partnerships

Water Operator Partnerships after 15 years: Re-politicising the debate
In our latest blog post Andrea Beck takes stock of the state of Water Operator Partnerships (WOPs), established in 2006 by the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation. She concludes that more critical discussions are needed for WOPs to « truly contribute to the goal of safe water and sanitation for all: support for new and existing partnerships financing and investment, and best practices and lessons learned are important topics to be addressed, but there are other, more political issues – relating to power dynamics, indicators, and pro-poor service provision – that should play a larger role in the current policy debate, including at the upcoming Global WOPs Congress. »  Read the postTo the blog overview

EADI Directors’ Meeting on 12 November in Bonn

After almost one and a half years of online events we are excited to plan our upcoming Directors’ meeting as a physical event – provided that the COVID-19 situation permits and that participants are happy with this. This time, the programme will focus on selected challenges in development research: Safety and security for researchers in difficult settings, influencing research funding policies, and academic freedom. As always, our Directors’ Meeting will provide an excellent opportunity to connect research institutes for more effective cooperation by sharing ideas, identifying common problems, discussing new trends. Read more

Next Academic Coordinators Workshop: 2-3 December

Save the Date: Development Studies and Climate Change: Ways Forward For Curriculum Building: on 2 and 3 December we will be holding our third expert workshop for coordinators of Development Studies programmes, this time with a focus on the climate change-development nexus and the resulting implications for building meaningful and contemporary Development Studies curricula. Just like last year the workshop will take place online. If you haven’t attended our workshops yet and would like to get an impression, read this blog post on the previous event More detailed information will follow soon, here and on the EADI website

EJDR: Latest Open Access Articles

Microcredit Impacts: Evidence from a Large-Scale Observational Study in Brazil
Agroforestry, Indigenous Tree Cover and Biodiversity Conservation: A Case Study of Mount Elgon in Uganda No One Left Behind: Using Mixed-Methods Research to Identify and Learn from Socially Marginalised Adolescents in Low- and Middle-Income Countries View all open access articles

Highlight: African Heterodox Ideologies 

Transboundaries. African heterodox ideologies for the realisation of sustainable development in the continent: This study by the Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC)  undertakes an analysis of Sub-Saharan African perspectives on ways leading to climate-friendly sustainable development pathways, through a heterodox lens. The study includes a broad mapping of ideas: from green growth to heterodox socio-economic models, from eco-theology to the philosophy of Ubuntu, from eco-feminism to using law as a ordering tool to enforce sustainable development. Read the study

Featured EADI Member: SUM, University of Oslo

The Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM) at the University of Oslo, Norway, is currently one of the few institutions in Scandinavia advancing interdisciplinary research on development and the environment. SUM was established in 1990 as a response to the Brundtland Report, “Our common future”. Its research expertise covers a number of fields, such as development policy, global health, global governance and international policy, rural change, energy justice and sustainable consumption. Read more

Do-Gooders at the End of Aid. Scandinavian Humanitarianism in the Twenty-First Century

This open access book  highlights how the political culture of Scandinavia is indeed characterized by the idea of doing good on the world stage, but then shows how this “Scandinavian Humanitarian Brand” is an asset that policymakers and others can capitalize on to legitimize policy interventions and ideas, or to advance commercial, diplomatic, and security interests. Providing case studies from all Scandinavian countries, this book shows how the brand is made, reinforced, and used in a variety of policy contexts. Read more

Thematic Focus: Globel Supply Chains

Southern Actors and the Governance of Labour Standards in Global Production Networks: The Case of South African Fruit and Wine2021/08 – Global Development Institute (GDI); Environment & Planning A; Author(s): Matthew Alford, Margareet Visser, Stephanie Barrientos

Global Value Chains, Private Governance and Multiple End-Markets: Insights From Kenyan Leather2021/06 – Global Development Institute (GDI); Journal of Economic Geography; Author(s): Giovanni Pasquali, Matthew Alford

Is Production in Global Value Chains (GVCs) Sustainable? A Review of the Empirical Evidence on Social and Environmental Sustainabilitiy in GVCs2021/05 – Poverty Reduction, Equity, and Growth Network (PEGNet); research paper; Author(s): Michele DeleraChocolate Made in Ghana: Socially Responsible Production and Consumption Through Adding Value Locally2021/08 – Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE); Author(s): Britta Niklas, Tobias Bidlingmaier

Supply Chains, the Informal Economy, and the Worst Forms of Child Labour2021/07 – Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton; Working paper No 8; Author(s): Jody Aked

Mapping of Children Engaged in the Worst Forms of Child Labour in the Supply Chain of the Leather Industry in Bangladesh2021/07 – Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton; research paper; Author(s): A K M Maksud et al.

More publications on supply chains

Premium Members Publication Picks

An Individual-Based Index of Multidimensional Poverty for Low- and Middle-Income Countries
2021/08 – German Development Institute, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); Journal of Human Development and Capabilities; Author(s): Francesco Burchi, José Espinoza-Delgado, Claudio E. Montenegro, Nicole Rippin

The Future of UN Policing? The Norway-Led Specialized Police Team to Combat Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Haiti 2010–2019
2021/08 – Chr.Michelsen Institute (CMI); research paper; Author(s): Marianne Tøraasen

COVID-19 and the Unequalizing Infrastructures of Financial Inclusion in Tamil Nadu
2021/08 – King’s Department of International Development (DID);Development and Change; Author(s): Isabelle Guérin, Vincent Guermond, Nithya Joseph, Nithya Natarajan, Govindan VenkatasubramanianGender Equality and Social Inclusion Self-Assessment Tool
2021/08 – Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton; research paper; Author(s): Joanna Mott, Heather Brown, Di Kilsby, Emily Eller, Tshering Choden

The Effects of Growth on Women’s Employment in Pakistan
2021/08 – International Institute of Social Studies (ISS); Feminist Economics; Author(s): Hadia Majid, Karin Astrid Siegmann

Strengthening African-European Connections : Sharing Past and Future : Proceedings/actes
2021/07 – Ghent Centre for Global Studies (GCGS); research paper; Author(s): Koen Vlassenroot, Colin Hendrickx

Gender Just Energy Policy: Engendering the Energy Transition in Europe
2021/07 – Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainability, University of Twente (CSTM); research paper; Author(s): Mariëlle Henriëtte FeenstraRead more about EADI Members

Lecturer in International Development (Education)
King’s International Development Institute (IDI); Deadline: 9 September

Postdoctoral Researcher at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department Society Studies, Maastricht University
2021/08 – Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Maastricht (FASOS); Deadline: 14 September

Two Senior Researchers (F/m/diverse) Megatrends Africa
German Development Institute, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); Deadline: 19 September

Researcher (F/m/diverse) Megatrends Africa
German Development Institute, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); Deadline: 19 September

More jobs on the EADI WebsiteCallsClimate Change and Agrarian Struggles: An Invitation to Contribute to a JPS Forum
International Institute of Social Studies (ISS); The Journal of Peasant Studies; Author(s): Saturnino M. Borras Jr., Ian Scoones et al

Call for Abstracts Extended – DSAI Annual Conference 2021
Development Studies Association Ireland (DSAI); Deadline: 10 September

More calls on the EADI website


Opinion: The Taliban Back in Power: An Assessment of al-Qaeda and IS Two Decades After 9/11
2021/08 – Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS); Author(s): Dino Krause & Mona Kanwal Sheikh

Blog: Afghan Women, Serial Wars and Imperial Violence
2021/08 – Graduate Institute (IHEID); blog post; Author(s): Julie Billaud

Blog: Reviewing Climate Action: The Hidden Key for Greater Ambition
2021/08 – International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED); blog post; Author(s): Fernanda Alcobé

Blog: ‘Pandemic Narratives’ Are Key to Understanding the Policy Responses of European Governments to Covid-19
2021/08 – German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA); blog post; Author(s): Amrita Narlikar, Cecilia Emma Sottilotta

Blog: Why Germany Should Promote Democracy Now More So Than Ever
2021/08 – German Development Institute, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); blog post; Author(s): Julia Leininger

Blog: Social Protection at a Crossroad 
2021/08 – United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER); blog post; Author(s): Annalena Oppel

Blog: Women Give Their Perspectives on Peace in East Sudan
2021/08 – Chr.Michelsen Institute (CMI); blog post; Author(s): Reem Abbas

Blog: Why Does Impact Investing Not (Yet) Work? A Few Reflections on a Recent Symposium
2021/07 – Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP); blog post; Author(s): Theresia Harrer & Othmar Lehner

Opinion: Earning Credentials: A Karenni Perspective on the Future of Burma/Myanmar
2021/08 – Transnational Institute (TNI); Author(s): Khun Bedu

Blog: The Ethiopian June 2021 Elections: A Step to Political Normality?
2021/08 – African Studies Centre (ASC); blog post; Author(s): Jon Abbink

More blogs and opinion pieces on the EADI websiteOpen Online ActivitiesOnline Conversation: An Overview of the New EU Taxonomy Regulation-Related Disclosures
3 September 12.00 CEST; Graduate Institute (IHEID);

Online Panel Discussion: Transform to Survive: A Sustainable Future for all? 
3 September 15.00 CEST; German Development Institute, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)

Urban Transformations and New Urban Challenges After the COVID-19 Pandemic in Amsterdam and Lima
6 September 16.00 CEST; Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR);

Online Conference: COVID-19 and Development – Effects and New Realities for the Global South
United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER); 06 – 8 September

Rights and Resilience 
7 September 13:00 CEST; Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)

Where Do Developing Countries Stand in the Debate on the New Rules for Taxing the Digital Economy? 
7 September 15:00 CET; Chr.Michelsen Institute (CMI)

Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems and COVID-19
7 & 14 September; International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Current Developments, Peace and Stability in the Horn of Africa
8 September 9:00 CEST; Nordic Africa Institute (NAI);

Online Lecture Series: Critical Reflections on Afro-European Relations in Migration Governance
8 September, 18:00 CEST; Arnold Bergsträsser Institut (ABI)

Online Event: The Future of Food Symposium 2021: From Recovery to Resilience
8 – 9 September 9:00 GMT+1; Centre for Trust Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR)

Changing Voices? European Civil Society in the Global Urban Development Discourse Annual Virtual Trialog Conference September 2021
8-25 September 2021; Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS)

Humanitarian Innovation: « Move Fast and Break Things…? »
9 September 10:30 GMT+1; Centre for Trust Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR)

Climate Ambition Beyond Emission Numbers: An Inside Look From Countries and Sectors
9 September 14.00 CEST; Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (IDDRI)

How Europe’s (Anti-)Migration Policies Are Fuelling a Humanitarian Crisis
9 September 15.00 CEST; International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

Virtual Panel Discussion and Book Launch: What Makes a Social Protection System?
9 September, 16.00 CEST; German Development Institute, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

Global Jihad 20 Years After 9/11
13 September 9:30 CEST; Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)

Rejuvenate Dialogue: Respond and Reflect on Child and Youth Rights 
14 September 12.00 GMT+1; Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton

The Land of Open Grave. Migrant life and death along the US/Mexico border
14 September 13:00 CEST; Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)

Child Poverty, Inequality, Social Protection, and Inclusion: Policy Options and Constraints Before and After COVID
14 September 15:00 CEST; Global Research Programme on Inequality (GRIP), International Social Science Council (ISSC)

Beyond Deglobalization and Globalization: “Policy Spaces for Social Ecological Transformation”
14 September 18.00 CEST; Austrian Research Foundation for International Development (ÖFSE)

The German Elections: Continuity or Change? – European Politics in Transition #5 
15 September 20:00 CEST; Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR)

Online Conference: PANDEMOCRACY – Conviviality and Everyday Politics in Times of Crisis 
15-16 September; School of Arts and Communication, University Malmö

The Emerging Climate Emergency: What Now for University Education?
16 September 14:00 CEST; UiB Global, University of Bergen

More online offers by members on the EADI Website