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17.09.2014  |  Anderes
Deconstructing Carbon before UN Climate Summit
Charged up by activists mobilizing for the UN Climate Summit in New York next week, the Global Footprint Network delved into their carbon Footprint data to see if they could shed light on the very intractable debates swirling around nations’ responsibilities for reducing emissions. The picture is interesting and not so simple.


11.09.2014  |  Ankündigung
KFPE has published its September newsmail


09.09.2014  |  Ankündigung
SNIS International Geneva Award 2014
The International Geneva Award has been established to encourage outstanding researchers in international studies to produce publications that are particularly relevant for International Organizations. The Award will be given to the three best papers published on a subject related to International Studies.


09.09.2014  |  Anderes
Open and collaborative science’s role in development
The three-year Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network – OCSDNet – intends to nurture an interactive community of open science practitioners and thinkers who are highly cross-disciplinary and will bring a diversity of perspectives on the role of openness in science and development.


09.09.2014  |  Anderes
Cape Town’s Across Africa online postgraduate courses
The University of Cape Town, or UCT, is sharpening its online learning strategy and is making moves to attract more students across Africa. The university has launched a series of postgraduate programmes that will bring together online education and face-to-face learning.


08.09.2014  |  Ankündigung
Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars
The Swiss Government awards postgraduate scholarships to foreign scholars and researchers. These scholarships provide graduates from all fields with the opportunity to pursue doctoral or postdoctoral research in Switzerland at one of the public funded universities or recognized institutions. Three years’ PhD scholarships and 12 months’ research scholarships at doctoral or postdoctoral level are available. The call for 2015 is now open.


27.08.2014  |  Medienmitteilung
Forschung fördert positive Entwicklungen im Rohstoffabbau
Rohstoffe könnten in Entwicklungsländern so abgebaut werden, dass mehr Menschen davon profitieren und weniger unter den negativen Folgen leiden. Gemeinsame Forschungsgruppen aus Norden und Süden liefern dazu notwendige Erkenntnisse, wie an einer Tagung der Kommission für Forschungspartnerschaften mit Entwicklungsländern (KFPE) am Mittwoch in Bern dargelegt wurde.


27.08.2014  |  Publikation
Assesment of scientific production in the African Union member states 2005-2010
This report on scientific production in Africa comes at a time when the African Union (AU) celebrates and commemorates its 50th anniversary and charts its development trajectory for the next half-century, which is now known as the ‘the African Union Agenda 2063’. The findings of this report offer an opportunity to take stock and reflect on Africa’s capabilities to produce and use knowledge for its development. Africa’s output is relatively small, but has grown rapidly between 2005 and 2010.


26.08.2014  |  Anderes
Ebola and general health research boosted by Wellcome Trust
Efforts to tackle the Ebola virus disease in West Africa received a multi-million pound emergency funding package for research that could help the sub-region contain the epidemic as well as future outbreaks of other infectious diseases. Wellcome Trust has instituted an Ebola research initiative and a £40 million long-term investment in health research in African.


19.08.2014  |  Publikation
The impact of research on international development
Governments of low-income countries and international development donors are increasing their funding for research at least in part on the assumption that research has positive impacts on socioeconomic development. Four pathways are commonly cited to describe how research will contribute to development:


04.08.2014  |  Anderes
Tackling global problems together
Knowledge is the key to growth and social transformation. Sharing knowledge therefore gives developing countries more independence. In Switzerland, principles of cooperative research have been brought updated. An Article in D+C (Development and Cooperation) by Jon-Andri Lys and Alex Schulze


31.07.2014  |  Anderes
German plan to boost Africa’s higher education teaching
Germany plans to help fund more scholarships and new centres of excellence for Sub-Saharan Africa.


30.07.2014  |  Ankündigung
Mise au concours du 8e Prix CSRS 2015
Créé à l’occasion du cinquantenaire du Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire (CSRS) en 2001, le « Prix CSRS pour la recherche scientifique en partenariat » est décerné tous les deux ans par la Fondation pour le CSRS. A partir de 2011, il est attribué avec le soutien financier du Fonds Eremitage à Bâle (Suisse).


07.07.2014  |  Anderes
Development journals dominated by Northern scholars
Elite journals in development studies are dominated by Northern scholars, with little developing world representation as either paper authors or on the publications' management boards, a study has found.


03.07.2014  |  Anderes
Project descriptions available on the r4d-website
Information listed includes the background, the aims and the relevance of each research project, but also the involved applicants and their partners.


03.07.2014  |  Ankündigung
Call for pre-proposals: thematic r4d module "Public Health"
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) have issued a joint call for pre-proposals for the thematic research module "Provision systems and financing mechanisms in the public health sector".


02.07.2014  |  Anderes
Power imbalances ‘still harming North-South alliances’
Researchers from developing countries still exert far too little influence in North-South collaborations, which leads to projects pursuing Western goals and values, and undermines scientific capacity building in the global South, a study has found. Project agendas are routinely set by Northern agencies and institutions, leaving partners from low-income countries on the fringes during the planning, implementation and publication of research, according to the study presented at the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) conference last week (23-26 June), in Bonn, Germany.


30.06.2014  |  Publikation
Seven principles for good practice in strengthening health research capacity
This good practice document of the ESSENCE on Health Research initiative is designed to provide broad guidance on how best to strengthen research capacity with the maximum possible benefit. The guidance has been broken down into a number of principles and accompanied by illustrative examples to show how they have been adopted in practice, as well as some of the most commonly encountered barriers to their effective implementation. Rather than being prescriptive, or staking any claim to being the gold standard of practice, the document has been developed as a tool for further discussion.


30.06.2014  |  Anderes
Making higher education work for Africa
A new spot Spotlight by SciDevNet: Higher education is taking a more prominent place in debates over Africa’s future. But efforts to boost advanced university degrees have been fraught with difficulties. How should graduate training change so it better aligns with development needs and employment opportunities? This Spotlight presents an in-depth analysis including opinions, features, facts and figures, and multimedia. It presents views by Goolam Mohamedbhai, former secretary-general of the Association of African Universities; Patrício V. Langa, from the Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique and Gerald Wangenge-Ouma from the University of Pretoria in South Africa; and Martin Bosompem, from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana.


19.06.2014  |  Anderes
New guide to policy engagement and influence
For many international development organisations, influencing policy is a critical means to achieve long term change. For over a decade, the Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) team at ODI has worked around the world to understand how to foster sustainable policy change. The result is ROMA – the RAPID Outcome Mapping Approach – a guide to understanding, engaging with and influencing policy.


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).