EADI eNewsletter #8/3 2023 | Critical Global Development, Trade & More

Welcome to the fortnightly newsletter of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI).
3rd Issue August 2023
While we are busy preparing some new events for the months to come and collecting ideas for our 50th anniversary next year, we’ve published two new blog posts which critically discuss the root causes of contemporary crises. We’ve uploaded some new videos on our YouTube channel, two of them from our recent Lisbon conference, and look forward to reading today’s featured book « Introduction to Critical Global Development« . Our thematic focus is on trade and value chains today. Enjoy the read!
From our Blog
Water, Accumulation, and the Space In-Between Droughts, floods, shrinking water tables and growing competition to access what is becoming the new gold bring water governance at the centre of the global discourse. While evidently crucial, the governance question cannot be disentangled from the broader issue of the neoliberal agenda seeking the commodification of life, including water. Can sound resource management be achieved when states openly support private accumulation at the expense of nature and people? Madelaine Moore’s new book on Water struggles as resistance to neoliberal capitalism comes in handy to help us make sense of these questions by bringing insights from Australia and Ireland. Read more
Reflections on Development in Development Studies « We deal with Development in the shadow of centuries of a Eurocentric fabric, which managed to obtain global influence pretending to be a universal framework taken for granted. Its success lies in the acceptance and internalisation by people at the receiving end, and the creation of local elites benefitting from practices guided by this model. It reproduced asymmetric power structures and transcended the North-South divide into one of a global system. Such universality is one based on class interests, exclusion, and marginalisation. » Some reflections by our previous President Henning Melber. Read more
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EJDR August Issue & Latest Open Access Articles
The August issue of our Journal, the European Journal of Development Research is out, hot from the press, and can be read here
Apart from that, there are two new open access articles available:

Grower Power for Value Creation in High-Value Horticulture? The Case of Citrus in South Africa

‘Even Though I Get a Loan, My Husband Controls It’: Rhetoric Versus Reality of Empowering Bangladeshi Women Through Microfinance Programs
The EJDR is EADI’s Journal. Read it now!
Latest EADI Videos
Indebting the Green Transition The speakers of this session build on the EADI blog series « Debt and Green Transition » to examine and discuss the multiple ways in which debt and climate change are intertwined. The aim of the event was to facilitate a discussion about how to make room for a climate-friendly future that does not reinforce structural financial and economic inequalities, and to lay the foundations for long-term inter-disciplinary research around the convergence between debt and climate. Watch the video
Dudley Seers Lecture: Development Studies in an Age of Crisis It’s been quite a while since our recent Lisbon General Conference where the lecture was given, but this talk by Alfredo Saad Filho from King’s College, London, is a must-watch! He examines the challenges of the contemporary overlapping and mutually reinforcing 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. Watch the video
Opening Plenary: New paradigms in the struggles for Global Social Justice Revolutions happen when a general, growing awareness begins to develop that many of the social, economic, and political institutions as we know them are no longer suited to the needs that change has imposed. This plenary aimed to present some of the paths that the various actors of the so-called Global South, namely social movements, have taken to face these challenges and resist the advance of global social inequity. Watch the video
Highlight: Introduction to Critical Global Development
This is one of the rare cases in which we highlight a non-open access book, as its critical engagement with dominant, modernist and ahistorical narratives of development sits at the core of our discipline. One of the authors, Uma Kothari from the Global Development Institute in Manchester, has also been EADI Vice-President for six years. The authors argue that that development discourse and practice must remain aware of how historically unequal relations continue to be reproduced today and outlines a range of effective strategies for guiding change towards achieving global social justice. Read more Download flyer with discount code
Thematic Focus: Trade and Value Chains
The Promotion of Sustainable Supply Chains through German Development Cooperation based on the Example of the Textile Sector
Angela Heucher, Judith Ihl, Michèle Kiefer, Marcus Kaplan, Steffen Schimko, Kathrin Wolf – German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval)

Environment and the digital economy trade agenda
How do these two spheres fit together? – Sofia Scasserra – Transnational Institute TNI

Global Value Chains in Developing Countries: A Relational Perspective from Coffee and Garments
Journal of Economic Perspectives – Laura Boudreau, Julia Cajal-Grossi, Rocco Macchiavello – The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID)

Decolonising EU Trade-Relations with the Global Souths?
Journal of Contemporary European Research – Antonio Salvador M. Alcazar III, Camille Nessel, Jan Orbie – Ghent Centre for Global Studies (GCGS – UGent)

Chronicle of a crisis foretold: how the WTO Appellate Body drove itself into a corner
Journal of International Economic Law – Jorge Miranda, Manuel Sánchez Miranda – The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID)

Trade exposure and social cohesion: evidence from Uganda
Kasper Vrolijk – German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) Premium Members Publication Picks

Using Participatory Methods to Explore Freedom of Religion and Belief. Whose Reality Counts?
Open access book – Jo Howard, Mariz Tadros (eds.) – Institute of Development Studies (IDS)

Attitudes towards Development Policy in the Context of the War against Ukraine
Policy Brief – Helge Zille, Alexandra Gödderz, Sebastian H. Schneider, Martin Bruder – German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval)

International economy: new landscape against the backdrop of déjà vu
Sylvain Bellefontaine, Maxime TERRIEUX, Benoît Jonveaux, Emmanuelle Mansart et al. – The Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

Online censorship and young people’s use of social media to get news
International Political Science Review – Pauline Lemaire – Chr.Michelsen Institute (CMI)

On Debt and climate
Oxford Open Economics – Patrick Bolton, Lee Buchheit, Mitu Gulati, Ugo Panizza, Beatrice Weder di Mauro, Jeromin Zettelmeyer – The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID)

Diverse values of nature for sustainability
Nature – Unai Pascual, Patricia Balvanera, Christopher B. Anderson, Rebecca Chaplin-Kramer, Michael Christie, David González-Jiménez, Adrian Martin, Christopher M. Raymond, Mette Termansen, Arild Vatn et al. – Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric)

What Do We Know about How Armed Conflict Affects Social Cohesion? A Review of the Empirical Literature
International Studies Review – Charlotte Fiedler – German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)
Read more about EADI Members
Opinions Women preventing inter-religious conflict in Pakistan
Miguel Loureiro, Yousuf Gill, Elaine Alam – Institute of Development Studies (IDS)

Nowhere to run: The dilemmas of Eritrean refugees in war-wrecked Sudan
Adam Babekir, Lovise Aalen – Chr.Michelsen Institute (CMI)

The BRICS bang! – Signals from BRICS enlargement to South, West and North
Sven Grimm – German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)

Reflections on the value of ‘intermediaries’ for fair and practical collaboration in international development research
Francesco Obino – Swiss Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE)

Zimbabweans want a leader who can build a strong economy, create jobs, and provide a decent living
Abel Gwaindepi – Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)

Developing ‘character-based’ leadership in low- and middle-income countries
Wei Wang – Oxford Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House (ODID)

Life under the Taliban
Shaahid Bashir – Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC)

Europe needs transformational adaptation: lessons from the frontline
Alexandre Fernandes – International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Getting the balance right between ideas and operations in Multilateral Development Banks
Rabah Arezki – OECD Development Centre OECD/DC

Only a minority of Zimbabweans consider elections free and fair
Henning Melber – Nordic Africa Institute (NAI)

Will a revenue boom support development in resource-rich economies?
A Savoia, T. Masi, R Ricciuti, K Sen – United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)

See more blogs and opinions on the EADI website

10 annual scholarships for international students “UniTo for Students at Risk”
Deadline: 12 September 2023

Challenging the mainstream. Critical, postcolonial and decolonial studies – Specialist course – November-December 2023
Ghent Centre for Global Studies (GCGS – UGent)

Decent work and economic growth: Achieving SDG 8
6-weeks massive open online course (MOOC)  –  United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)

See more courses and trainings on the EADI website Jobs 3 Research Assistants (f/m/diverse), Programme “Transformation of Economic and Social Systems”
German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) – Deadline: 12 September 2023

PhD Social Science: Focus on Networks of Global Production, Human Rights, Environmental Regulation
Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR) – Deadline: 15 September 2023

Position as a doctoral researcher
Deadline: 17 September 2023

Senior Program Manager in Global Development
ETH Zürich, Centre for Development and Cooperation (NADEL) – Deadline: 25 September 2023

Associate Professor in Political Economy of Development
International Development Department, University of Birmingham (IDD) – Deadline: 30 November 2023

See more job offers on the EADI website