EADI eNewsletter #2/2 2024 | Decolonising Knowledge for Development & More

Welcome to the fortnightly newsletter of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI).
 2nd Issue February 2024EditorialToday we’re excited to announce that we have formed a new task group for Decolonising Knowledge for Development. With a reflection paper and blog post, the group wants to kick off a broader conversation while bearing in mind the dangers of such discussion as being perceived as yet another form of intellectual colonisation. In relation to this, we also reiterate our invitation to the online launch of our latest book « Challenging Global Development » which is also part of our quest towards decoloniality and justice. Besides the usual news and picks, our thematic focus is on work this time. From our BlogReflections on Decolonising Knowledge for Development: An invitation to a conversation »In Development Studies, alongside many other debates on development and coloniality, interest has grown around intellectual ‘decolonisation’ or decolonising knowledge », writes Peter Taylor in our latest blog that introduces a new EADI reflection paper around this topic: « EADI represents an incredibly valuable resource of knowledge and experience to help inform and shape collective thinking around processes and approaches that can support decolonisation without reproducing it in yet new ways. » Read more and join the conversation! To the blog overview

EADI Reflection Paper on Decolonising Knowledge« Is Development Studies a neo-colonial endeavour, an anti-colonial endeavour, or a shifting, transforming and, sometimes, perplexing combination of both? How does this inform how, and under which contexts, development is pursued? And what are the implications for EADI’s engagement in efforts to decolonise knowledge for development?
The paper invites thoughts and ideas around four main questions: Whose knowledge counts? How can we decolonise knowledge asymmetries? How to promote learning and change? And what’s our own role in this?Read more

Call for Papers: Views from the Peripheries of Europe16-17 May 2024, HUN-REN Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, BudapestThe countries on the periphery of Europe have been an object of development policies themselves, some of them lived through quasi colonial periods and therefore, the relevance of decolonisation and development issues and their perceptions seem to be different from those in the core countries, which also happen to be the biggest aid donors 
Read more and submit by 10 March

Next EADI Event:
Book Launch 26 February (online)Challenging Global Development: Towards Decoloniality and Justice, 13.00 CETThe editors and some authors of our latest and very successful open access volume will be discussing the chapters’ contribution to promote and sustain new forms of solidarity and conviviality working towards achieving social justice. Besides the editors who will be giving a general introduction to the book, speakers are Emma Mawdsldey, Lata Narayanaswami and Juan TelleriaRegister here

Highlight: Energy, Power and TransitionThe State of Power reports are the flagship publications of the Transnational Institute. The 12th State of Power report centres around the fossil fuel-based energy system which has shaped capitalism and our geopolitical order.

The report unveils the corporate and financial actors that underpin this order, the dangers of an unjust energy transition, lessons for movements of resistance, and the possibilities for transformative change.Read more

Highlight: Europe Sustainable Development ReportThe Europe Sustainable Development Report 2023/24 (5th edition) provides an independent quantitative assessment of the progress by the European Union, its member states and partner countries towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In light of the upcoming European Elections and UN Summit of the future, this year’s edition identifies 10 priority actions for the incoming EU leadership to accelerate SDG implementation within Europe and internationally. In the context of a fragmented and multipolar world, it calls for decisive action by the EU to avoid dangerous environmental and social tipping points. Read more

Thematic Focus:

WorkThe Effect of COVID-19 on the Gender Employment Gap in Egyptian Manufacturing
World Bank paper – Amirah El-Haddad, Phoebe Ishak, Wasfy Saad – German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)

Mining Kambove and testing for trypanosomiasis: migrant labour, tsetse flies, and consumption, the establishment of colonial authority and suzerainty on the Luapula border,Northern Rhodesia Katanga, 1904-1914
Jan-Bart Gewald – African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL)

« Our Backs Are against the Wall »: The Story of a Bangladeshi Woman Garment Worker in the COVID-19 ‘New Normal’ 
Work, Employment and Society – Aysha Siddika, Anita Hammer, Peter Lund-Thomsen, Marie Vahl – Copenhagen Business School, Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)Market making and the production of nurses for export: A case study of India-UK health worker migration
BMJ Global Health – Sibille Merz, Ben Hunter, Ramila Bisht, Susan F Murray – Department of International Development King’s College London (DID)

Dispositions Towards the Living Wage Proposition: Baseline Report of the Rainforest Alliance Living Wage Strategy Evaluation
Giel Ton, Jodie Thorpe, Jacqueline Hicks et al. – Institute of Development Studies (IDS)

Norms that matter: Exploring the distribution of women’s work between income generation, expenditure-saving and unpaid domestic responsibilities in India
World Development – Ashwini Deshpande & Naila Kabeer – United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)Policy Publications by Members

Breaking the gridlock: Navigating the political economy of Africa’s energy systems
Poorva Karkare – European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)

Fiscal Measures to Support Post-Pandemic Resilience
Jayant Menon, Conrad van Gass, Mma Ekeruche et al. – Institute of Development Studies (IDS)

Public Opinion of the 2030 Agenda: A Mid-Term Review
Sebastian H. Schneider, Alexandra Gödderz, Helge Zille, Martin Bruder – German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval)

Evolving anti-corruption practice in rebuilding Ukraine: The Agency for Restoration and Infrastructure Development
Iaroslav Gregirchak, Sofie Arjon Schütte – Chr.Michelsen Institute (CMI)

Displaced people in Afghanistan’s cities need support
Nassim Majidi , Stefanie Barratt – International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)Premium Members Publication Picks

The criticality of lithium and the finance-sustainability nexus: Supply-demand perceptions, state policies, production networks, and financial actors
The Extractive Industries and Society – Aleksandra Natalia Wojewska. Cornelia Staritz, Bernhard Tröster, Luisa Leisenheimer – Austrian Foundation for Development Research (ÖFSE)

The Relevance of the Concept of Cumulative Causation: Understanding growth trajectories in Sub-Saharan Africa
Alice Nicole Sindzingre – Centre for African and Development Studies CESA-ISEG

Market making and the production of nurses for export: A case study of India-UK health worker migration
BMJ Global Health – Sibille Merz, Ben Hunter, Ramila Bisht, Susan F Murray – Department of International Development King’s College London (DID)

Publication bias in export promotion impact on export market entry: evidence from a meta-regression analysis
Applied Economics Letters – Binyam Afewerk Demena – International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
 The Construction of Europe
Eline Ruëll – Ghent Centre for Global Studies (GCGS – UGent)

Are Trade Rules Undermining Taxation of the Digital Economy in Africa?
Karishma Banga, Alexander Beyleveld – Institute of Development Studies (IDS)

Development Finance Institutions: New directions for the future
William Paul FORSTER, Olivier CHARNOZ – The Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

Aid Unchained: Examining Development Project Management Practices at Aid Chain Interfaces
Progress in Development Studies – Lena Gutheil, Dirk-Jan Koch – German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)

Conflict and Unconstitutional Change of Government in Africa: Is there still a role for the EU-AU Partnership?”
ETTG Report – Francesca Caruso, Lidet Tadesse Shiferaw, Kawsar Laanani et al. – German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) | European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)
Read more about EADI Members
Call for Applications: 2 Short-Term Visiting Researchers (f/m/diverse) “Transformation of Economic and Social Systems”
Deadline: 25 February 2024 – German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)

Call for applications: Join the Network of Afghan and Iranian Water Scholars
Deadline: 21 March 2024 – IHE Delft Institute for Water Education (IHE Delft)

Statebuilding in conflict-affected contexts: The role of taxation
Deadline: 30 March 2024 – United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)

See more calls on the EADI Website
The cost of transgender visibility
Sophie Dodsworth – The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London SOAS

Defending community rights in the march towards green energy
Nikita Sud – Oxford Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House (ODID)

EU’s 2040 climate target: a framework to keep on track
Nicolas Berghmans – Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (IDDRI)

States must act now to stop Israel’s genocidal war on Gaza
Niamh Ní Bhriain – Transnational Institute TNI

Solving problems and shifting systems with intentional ethical leadership
Edit Morin-Kovacs – Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation (DHF)

Loss and damage fund: two funding frameworks reimagining climate finance delivery
Ritu Bharadwaj – International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Development Dialogue 19 | Reckoning with the past and imagining the futures of development research and practice
Jonathan Moniz – International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)JobsMECAM Outreach & Transfer Manager / Postdoctoral Research Fellow (m/f/d)
German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) – Deadline: 03 March 2024

Research Associate (PSA), Pretoria, South Africa
United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) -Deadline: 11 March

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Global Development: Poverty and Inequality
Global Development Institute (GDI) – Deadline: 12 March 2024

Reader/Professor in Climate Change Governance and Global Development
Global Development Institute (GDI) – Deadline: 12 March 2024

Doctoral Student in Development Economics (100%)
ETH Zürich, Centre for Development and Cooperation (NADEL) – Deadline: 15 March 2024

Post-doc Researcher (m/f/m) (100% working time limited for 24 months) or a Doctoral student (m/f/d) (65% working time limited for 36 months)
Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung ZEF – Deadline: 22 March 2024

Vice Rector
IHE Delft Institute for Water Education (IHE Delft) – Deadline: 31 March 2024

PhD IDS intake 2024
Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) – Deadline: 31 March 2024

See more job offers on the EADI website

Opinions contitued

CDI at 10: An enduring curiosity in evaluating real-world impact
Chris Barnett – Institute of Development Studies (IDS)

Can we bring digitalisation and the environment together? Agenda and coalitions beyond techno-fix illusions
Simone Lucatello, Wulf Reiners – German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)

2024: A significant year for global digital and AI governance
Chloe Teevan – European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)
Tracking alliances in a fragmented and geopolitical world: the US according to Elcano Global Presence Index
Manuel Gracia Santos & Iliana Olivié – Real Instituto Elcano