EADI eNewsletter #6/1 2023 | Debt, Earth System Boundaries, Climate Compensation & More

Welcome to the fortnightly newsletter of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI).

  1st Issue June 2023 Editorial Today we’re excited because of the many new blog posts and events we can share with you: Andy Sumner reflects on the relationship between Development Studies and Economics, and there are two new posts in the « Debt and Green Transition Series » with five more to come in the course of this month. As for our upcoming events, we look forward to 3 July when all the authors of the blog series will be coming together to publicly discuss their insights, and are also happy to invite you to two public lectures alongside our upcoming Lisbon Conference! With two ground-breaking new papers and many other publications from our member community, our thematic focus is on the climate crisis today.
Message from the EADI President
Dear EADI members, At the recent EADI General Assembly, I presented a vision for EADI from 2023-2026 and introduced the Deputy President, Vice Presidents, and Treasurer who were elected. The theme of my comments then and here are the two crises of Development Studies – which I will come to in a moment – and EADI’s role in convening dialogue between researchers, civil society, and policy makers to respond to them. Read more

From our Blog:
Friends, foes, or frenemies? Reflecting on the Varieties of Development Studies and relations with Economics « As Development Studies and Economics have evolved over time, so have their attitudes towards one another », explains Andy Sumner in this post: « Development Studies for many defined itself in opposition to the orthodox economic approach and its associated policies », while  » the classical Development Studies approach is more economistic ». To understand the complex relationship between both, he calls for a « more nuanced understanding of the variety of approaches within each, as well as the relationship between the two areas. » Read more

Debt and Green Transition Blog Series
The narrow allure of bridging funding gaps with blended finance In this post, Patrick Bigger from the Climate and Community Project sheds the light on the downsides of blended finance – which are quite a few according to his analysis: « The political economic ramifications of depending on blended finance as a strategy for achieving public policy objectives are as clear as they are dangerous. Blended finance signals the retreat of the state (or multilateral institutions) from some of its historical responsibilities- like the provision and maintenance of public goods- while bolstering other, narrowly technical and upwardly redistributive, capacities. » Read more

Who decides what is ‘green’ enough to be ‘green’?
The author of this post raises key questions about green bonds, having in mind that they have become « the « preferred ‘green’ financial instrument to fund the green transition. » But in which way they become green? how do they obtain their green label or certification and who can wield the power to assert the qualifying title? She argues that the involved « mechanisms, external reviewers, standards, legal structures, and other topics related to ‘green finance’ must not be understated nor downplayed. » Read more
To the blog overview

Call for Papers: 19th Development Dialogue Reckoning with the past and imagining the futures of development research and practice We are proud and happy to be supporting partner of this PhD-Conference which will take place at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, The Netherlands, 13-14 November 2023.
The call is open until 30 June. Read more

Upcoming EADI Events (Online)
15 June, 11:00-12.30 and 13.00-14.30 CEST Knowledge Exchange Session on Pedagogical Innovations in International Development Anke Schwittay from the University of Sussex will present the outlines of a critical-creative pedagogy she has developed in response to her own students often feeling disillusioned and cynical when encountering hyper-critical teaching. in the afternoon workshop, participants will be invited to apply this to their own pedagogical practices. Read more and register

03 July, 15:00-16.30 CEST Indebting the green transition Authors of the posts in the EADI blog series will provide their inputs on the relationship between debt and climate governance, in conversation with academics and activists who are working at the intersection between climate breakdown, political economy, and socio-ecological justice. Read more and register

10 July, 19.00 CEST (hybrid) Development Studies in an Age of Crisis With Alfredo Saad-Filho. As usual, the traditional Dudley Seers Lecture is embedded in our General Conference and is open to the public. It will examine the challenges of these crises to developing countries, to the prospects for development, and the lessons for Development Studies, in the light of the foundational contributions of Dudley Seers. Read more and register
12 July, 20.00 CEST (hybrid) Soft Authoritarianism: Marching to a Different Drum of Democracy With Shalini Randeria. We are very happy to have teamed up with the Kapuscinski Development Lectures for our conference. The talk will delineate how new political practices of « soft authoritarianism use very similar instruments in various societies, which allow soft authoritarian leaders to also keep in step with one another. Read more and register

Safe and Just Earth System Boundaries New research published in Nature defines a set of Earth System Boundaries that scientifically quantify safety of people as well as stability of the planet – which until now have not been measured in the same units. Co-authored by over forty leading natural and social scientists from the Earth Commission, and led by Johan Rockström, Joyeeta Gupta and Qin Dahe, the research provides a scientific foundation for assessing the stability and resilience of the planet and the connection therein with human wellbeing. In connection with this research, Joyeeta Gupta has been awarded the prestigious Spinoza prize, also called « the Dutch Nobel Prize » Read more

Compensation for Atmospheric Appropriation Research on carbon inequalities shows that some countries are overshooting their fair share of the remaining carbon budget and hold disproportionate responsibility for climate breakdown. Scholars argue that overshooting countries owe compensation or reparations to undershooting countries for atmospheric appropriation and climate-related damages. This paper in Nature Sustainability, co-authored by Andrew Fanning from the Sustainability Research Institute in Leeds, develops a procedure to quantify the level of compensation owed in a ‘net zero’ scenario where all countries decarbonize by 2050. Read more ….

Thematic Focus: Climate Crisis
Deciding whether it’s too late: How climate activists coordinate alternative futures in a post-apocalyptic present
Geoforum – Joost de Moor & Jens Marquardt – Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP)

Africa-EU climate and energy diplomacy in times of geopolitical crisis
Hanne Knaepen, Poorva Karkare, Alfonso Medinilla, Koen Dekeyser – European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)

Climate Policy and the Economy: Evidence from Europe’s Carbon Pricing Initiatives
Diego R. Känzig, Maximilian Konradt – The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID)

Climate adaptation in Kenya: narratives and frames shaping policy and practice
Ndesanjo, Ronald Boniphace; Asokan, Shilpa Muliyil – Nordic Africa Institute (NAI)

Energy security first. The New EU Climate and Energy Strategy in a time of war
Jakob Dreyer, Christine Nissen, Trine Villumsen Berling, Veronika Slakaityte – Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) Climate change and coastal megacities: Adapting through mobility
Global Environmental Change – Susan S. Ekoh, Lemir Teron, Idowu Ajibade – German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)

Energy security first. The New EU Climate and Energy Strategy in a time of war
Jakob Dreyer, Christine Nissen, Trine Villumsen Berling, Veronika Slakaityte – Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)

Climate Change Adaptation and the Water–Energy–Food Nexus in Tanzania: Policy Trends and Smallholder Livelihoods
Progress in Development Studies – Ronald Boniphace Ndesanjo, Shilpa Muliyil Asokan – Nordic Africa Institute (NAI)

Examining the Czech Presidency’s Role in the Convergence of the EU’s Energy-Climate Agenda
Czech Journal of International Relations – Izabela Surwillo – Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)

Premium Members Publication Picks

People’s Agenda for Pandemic Preparedness
Grant, Catherine; Achyut, Pranita; Akello, Grace et al. – Institute of Development Studies (IDS)

The role of social protection in environmental fiscal reforms
Daniele Malerba – German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)

Examining poverty and food insecurity in the context of long-term social-ecological changes in Afghanistan
Yograj Gautam, Anwesha Dutta, Patrick Jantz, Alark Saxena, Antonio De Lauri – Chr.Michelsen Institute (CMI)

Non‐trade in the MENA revisited: systematic review and gravity analysis
Libby Lahar, Binyam Afewerk Demena, Peter van Bergeijk – International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

Academic mobility the ‘other’ way : embodying simultaneous privilege and precarity
Migrant academics’ narratives of precarity and resilience in Europe – Karolina Kluczewska – Ghent Centre for Global Studies (GCGS – UGent)

VNRs and SDG Evaluations in Anglophone Africa and Latin America: A Mapping of Common Challenges and Emerging Good Practices (2022)
Dirk Hoffmannn, A. Dlakavu y K. Retama – German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval)

Who benefits from the procurement financed by multilateral development banks?
Journal of International Development – Martínez-Galán, E., e Proença, I – Centre for African and Development Studies CESA-ISEG
Read more about EADI Members
Grappling with unease – together: collective reflections on Migration Studies and Colonialism by Mayblin and Turner
Mahardhika Sjamsoe’oed Sadjad, Zeynep Kaşlı, Nanneke Winters et al. – International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

China and the fourth industrial revolution: a call for collaborative research
Jennifer Holdaway, Sarah Cook – Institute of Development Studies (IDS)

The “Crises” of Conflict and Food Insecurity
Anne Saab – The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID)

Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands reap the benefits of innovative financing
Jim Brands, Stefan Wandrag – European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)

Arctic cooperation beyond geopolitics: From Rovaniemi to Tromsø spirit?
Kirsti Methi, Dorothea Wehrmann – German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)

Is US dollar hegemony under threat?
Miguel Otero Iglesias & Agustín González-Agote – Real Instituto Elcano

Sowing the seeds of global food security with lessons from across Africa
Daniel D. Odongo – Institute for Development and Peace (INEF)

Future plastics treaty: diving into the heart of the negotiations
Lucien Chabason et al. – Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (IDDRI)

Future-proofing success: Why Emerging Market Companies are Embracing Sustainability
Nikolaus Lang & Burak Tansan – OECD Development Centre OECD/DC

COVID-19’s web of impact: rising inequality and intersectional vulnerabilities
Tracy Kajumba & Andrew Norton – International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

From Online Fieldwork to In-Person Discussions: Sharing Microfinance Research Findings in Rural Indonesia
Namira Samir – Global Development Institute (GDI)

Same flow, different outcomes: Bridging the divide between environmental and consumer studies
Amy Isham – Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP)

Negotiating the Self: Researching Your Own While Being the Other
Vibhor Mathur – Centre for Development Studies, University of Bath (CDS)

Toward a Sustainable Care Economy in South Asia: Exploring Challenges and Opportunities
Nawshin Tabassum – United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)

Working together on the puzzle of peace
Patricia Justino – United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)

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Cork University Business School Dean’s MBA Scholarship
Deadline: 23 June 2023  –  Department of Food Business and Development UCC-FBD

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Request for research proposals: South Africa’s electricity crisis: macroeconomic, macro sectoral, and fiscal consequences and policy actions required
Deadline: 18 June 2023 – United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)

Call for research expressions of interest: Commons and citizen participation from a social and environmental justice perspective
Deadline: 23 July 2023 – The Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

See more calls on the EADI website Jobs Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Specialist
Deadline: 12 June 2023 – Institute of Development Studies (IDS)

Research Assistant at the ETH Development Economics Group
Deadline: 15 June 2023 – ETH Zürich, Centre for Development and Cooperation (NADEL)

Assistant to the Director, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative
Deadline: 16 June 2023 – Oxford Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House (ODID)

Researcher (f/m/diverse) United Nations
Deadline: 25 June 2023 – German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)

Postdoctoral Researcher (100%) in Agricultural and/or Development Economics
Deadline: 30 June 2023 – Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung ZEF

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