04.12.2013 | Publikation
Global health 2035: a world converging within a generation
Prompted by the 20th anniversary of the 1993 World Development Report, a Lancet Commission revisited the case for investment in health and developed a new investment framework to achieve dramatic health gains by 2035. The report has four key messages, each accompanied by opportunities for action by national governments of low-income and middle-income countries and by the international community.
04.12.2013 | Ankündigung
ISCB 2nd call for pre-poposal (pigeon pea)
ISCB invites pre-proposals on genetic improvement of the pigeon pea crop employing modern biotechnology tools and techniques along with relevant socio-economic research proposals from individual scientists of Indian and Swiss institutions to be submitted either independently or jointly (preferred with shared objectives) with other (Indian or Swiss) investigators.
03.12.2013 | Anderes
Launch of new online database of partner institutions for research
03.12.2013 | Publikation
Developing Research in Developing Countries
Research Trends Issue 35:
This issue contains five articles that provide a bibliometric view of scientifically developing
countries from different angles. First, Sarah Huggett reveals how these countries are scientifically maturing, while Ylann Schlemm discusses how the availability of scientific literature has a positive effect on this development. Gali Halevi shows how developing countries participate in international research networks and in a second piece, how approaches originating from them have had and still have a great impact on modern science. Finally Daphne van Weijen explains how authors from developing countries may overcome language obstacles to publication.
02.12.2013 | Job
Chief Operating Officer (80-100%) - swisspeace
swisspeace is looking for a Chief Operating Officer
starting by 1 April 2014
02.12.2013 | Ankündigung
IFS - Individual Research Grants
International Foundation for Science (IFS) - Individual Research Grants 2014. The IFS calls for applications from early-career scientists in the developing world for research in any of the themes of sustainable management of natural resources; water and aquatic resources; and food production, food security, and nutrition. Applicants must be attached to a national research institute in an eligible developing country (IFS lists them), and they must meet the IFS criteria on age and educational level.
28.11.2013 | Anderes
Africa’s young researchers have a long road ahead
Early-career researchers in Africa must receive better financial support from their governments if they are to establish themselves in their fields and if the continent’s higher education capacity is to increase, some of Africa’s top young scientists said at a recent gathering.
Networking opportunities, quality of teaching and the range of doctorate subjects offered by institutions are other areas that must be improved, they said.
28.11.2013 | Anderes
African PhDs in Focus - a podcast series of SciDev.Net
The challenges facing doctoral education in Sub-Saharan Africa are diverse. Many of them relate to infrastructure and funding shortfalls: in the face of often meagre governmental support, universities can struggle to sustain PhD programmes, provide adequate student supervision or ensure student access to world-class equipment and resources.
26.11.2013 | Anderes
MOOCs may not be reaching the poor
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) may not be reaching the poor, but instead be catering to the rich and well-educated in developing nations, research shows.
A global survey of almost 35,000 MOOC students engaged in courses of the online education service Coursera found that the majority were already well-educated and employed, and mostly males.
The survey’s results, published last week in a letter to Nature, suggests that MOOCs reinforce the advantages of the rich rather than educating those who most need access to free education.
21.11.2013 | Anderes
Science and food security
Access to an adequate and nutritious diet is about more than agricultural productivity. Which factors contribute to food insecurity, how do they relate to other development challenges, and what can scientific knowledge bring to efforts to tackle hunger and malnutrition?
A Spotlight by SciDevNet presents an in-depth analysis including opinions, facts and figures, multimedia, key reports and useful links.
19.11.2013 | Ankündigung
KFPE has published its Newsmail
19.11.2013 | Publikation
World Social Science Report 2013 (UNESCO)
The environmental challenges that confront society are unprecedented and staggering in their magnitude, scope, pace and complexity. They have potentially serious consequences for the well-being of people all over the world.
The Report issues an urgent call to action to the international social science community.
One of the key messages in this report is that social scientists need to collaborate more effectively with colleagues from the natural, human and engineering sciences to deliver relevant, credible knowledge that can help to address the most pressing of today’s environmental problems and sustainability challenges.
13.11.2013 | Anderes
Three r4d projects approved
The funding decisions for the second thematic research module have been made in the "Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development", the joint initiative of the SDC and the SNSF: three projects of the thematic research module "Employment in the context of sustainable development" (r4d Employment) are to be funded.
13.11.2013 | Anderes
The African Quest for Nurturing Doctoral Education
Now that African higher education is undergoing “massification,” the quest for PhDs for the proliferating new institutions has become paramount. The tension inherent between expansion and consolidation has been further exacerbated by the state of higher education, national development agendas and global competitiveness of the region.
12.11.2013 | Anderes
How complexity science can get aid working
Development needs more complexity science, says Paul van Gardingen (director of the United Kingdom’s Ecosystems Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA).
Andrée Carter argues that science must adapt too (director of the UK Collaborative on Development Sciences).
05.11.2013 | Ankündigung
Master of Advanced Studies ETH in Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit
Studienzyklus 2014 – 2016
Der zwanzigmonatige, multidisziplinäre MAS bildet Nachwuchskräfte mit einem Hochschulabschluss der Natur- und Ingenieurwissenschaften sowie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften für die Entwicklungszusammenarbeit aus. Ziel der Ausbildung ist der anschliessende Einstieg in das Berufsfeld.
31.10.2013 | Anderes
Migration and brain drain from Africa acute
One in every nine people who are born in Africa and have a university degree is a migrant in one of the 34 member states of the OECD – the world’s most developed countries.
According to a joint report on global migration released by the United Nations' Department of Economic and Social Affairs, or UN DESA, and the OECD secretariat, there are about 30 million African migrants out of the global total of 232 million migrants.
The emigration rates of highly educated citizens to OECD member countries is a major concern for the developing world.
According to the recently published statistical report, World Migration in Figures, brain drain is particularly acute for small countries and island states in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
30.10.2013 | Ankündigung
SNIS launches its seventh Call for Projects
The Swiss Network for International Studies offers project grants for pluri-disciplinary research teams. The project grants run for two years and range from 100’000 to 300’000 Swiss Francs.
28.10.2013 | Ankündigung
NADEL Weiterbildungskurse in Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit
Das NADEL der ETH Zürich bietet in Frühjahr 2014 wieder mehrere Weiterbildungskurse in Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit an. Diese können auch zum einem CAS (Certificate of Advanced Studies) zusammen gestellt werden.
24.10.2013 | Anderes
Parlamentariertreffen zu Umweltveränderungen und Migration in Entwicklungsländern
60. Parlamentariertreffen der Gruppe «Klimaänderung» vom 24. September 2013:
Umweltveränderungen und Migration in Entwicklungsländern: Was geht das uns an?
23.10.2013 | Ankündigung
MOOC Villes africaines: Introduction à la planification urbaine
Le MOOC Villes africaines : introduction à la planification urbaine est maintenant en ligne et ouvert aux inscriptions.
22.10.2013 | Publikation
2013 Global Hunger Index
The 2013 Global Hunger Index (GHI) report—the eighth in an annual series—presents a multidimensional measure of national, regional, and global hunger. It shows that the world has made some progress in reducing hunger since 1990, but still has far to go. World hunger remains “serious,” and 19 countries suffer from levels of hunger that are either “alarming” or “extremely alarming.”
21.10.2013 | Anderes
First r4d projects approved
Initial funding decisions have been made in the "Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development". Three projects of the thematic research module "Causes of and Solutions to Social Conflicts in the Contexts of Weak Public Institutions or State Fragility" and eleven projects of the thematically open call are to be funded.
21.10.2013 | Anderes
Students in Africa to benefit from MasterCard Global Education Initiative
17.10.2013 | Ankündigung
Seed Money for projects with Brazil
Seed Money grants aim at encouraging scientific partnerships with Brazil. Seed Money projects will be of short duration but the applicants should be able to demonstrate the perspective of becoming sustainable, i.e. gaining access to external funding after the end of the grant period.
A small but flexible budget (e.g. covering travel expenses, consumables, small workshops, salaries, etc.) will allow participants to tailor the grant to their needs in order to concretize an early stage partnership within a short time. In this way, Seed Money grants bring together various aspects of previous exchange instruments offered by the bilateral programmes, such as PEP, Institutional Partnerships, Faculty- and Student Exchange Grants.
17.10.2013 | Anderes
Global "Migration and Development" knowledge management platform
The Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) is envisaged to be a global hub of knowledge and policy expertise on migration and development issues.
16.10.2013 | Anderes
Swiss-South African Joint Research Programme: 25 applications approved
Within the scope of the Swiss-South African Joint Research Programme (SSAJRP), the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) received 65 applications by the end of February. All in all, the researchers on the Swiss side requested a total amount of CHF 14.2 million. Twenty-five applications were approved and awarded grants worth CHF 5.5 million in total. The success rate of the submitted projects was 38%.
14.10.2013 | Ankündigung
Health systems research initiative call 1
Providing evidence to strengthen health systems and improve health outcomes.
This call for proposals is the first of three annual Health Systems Research Initiative calls, jointly supported by the Department for International Development (DFID), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Wellcome Trust (WT).
24.09.2013 | Stellungnahme
Response of the global network of academies (IAP) to the post-2015 agenda
The Global Network of Science Academies, which comprises 106 science academies from both developed and developing countries, responded to the UN-established High Level Panel’s post-2015 agenda for global development and stressed the pivotal role of science in defining the agenda’s priorities. The world’s science academies stand ready to provide expert guidance to the panel and the international community as they further develop the agenda and take action to implement it, said IAP in a statement .
20.09.2013 | Publikation
What works in education in developing countries
A new report, reviewing evidence of what works in education in developing countries, shows that education interventions are not only getting more children into school and keeping them there but are also helping children to learn more.
The report, published by the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), a grant-making agency for evidence-based research, is the first systematic investigation into schooling outcomes and analyses evidence from 75 studies across a range of school interventions.