GDNews is a bi-monthly wrap of news and events from the Global Development Network and its regional network partners. The current newsletter features news and updates for the months of December 2011 and January 2012.
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Deadline Extended: Apply Now for the 2011 Global Development Awards and Medals Competition The deadline for submitting applications has been extended to 13 February, 2012. Click here to Apply.
Global Research Competition
GDN will soon be launching its first round of the Global Research Competition (GRC). This inter-regional and multi-disciplinary competition will be open to teams of researchers from all social science disciplines. For further details email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
GDN 13th Annual Global Development Conference on Urbanization and Development
GDN hosts Global Policy Dialogue 'Vignettes in Global Development'
Dr. Gerardo della Paolera welcoming the audience and panelists at the GDN Global Policy Dialogue 'Vignettes in Global Development' held on 13 January, 2012 in New Delhi.
GDN hosted 'Vignettes in Global Development' in New Delhi on 13 January, 2012 as part of its GDN Global Policy Dialogue Series. The highly successful event was unique in bringing together some of the greatest minds on global economic development onto one platform. Speakers included Professor Abhijit Banerjee (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Professor François Bourguignon (Paris School of Economics), Santiago Levy (Vice President for Sectors & Knowledge, Inter-American Development Bank), Professor Nora Lustig (Tulane University) and Professor L. Alan Winters, Chairman, GDN Board of Directors and Professor of Economics, University of Sussex. The event was opened by Dr. Kaushik Basu, Chief Economic Adviser, Government of India.
Results from GDN's Project on 'Effective Public Service Delivery' in Bangladesh, India and Nepal presented at SANEI Annual Conference
Under GDN's Global Research Project 'Strengthening Institutions to Improve Public Expenditure Accountability' three partner organizations from Bangladesh, India and Nepal presented their key results and findings from their analysis in the education, health and water sectors at the South Asia Network of Economic Research Institutes 11th Annual SANEI Conference. The conference was held on 21-22 December, 2011 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. For more information on the project, click here.
Francophone African teams join the 'Varieties of Governance' Global Research Project
Two research teams from Francophone Africa, one each from Burkina Faso and Senegal, have joined the 14 multi-disciplinary research team strong GDN's Global Research Project (GRP) 'Varieties of Governance: Effective Public Service Delivery'. The teams, Centre for Applied Economic Research (CREA) from Senegal and Centre d'Analyses des Politiques Économiques et Sociales (CAPES) from Burkina Faso, are undertaking research into governance factors that influence adequacy, efficiency and quality of public service delivery in road infrastructure and drinking water in the urban sectors of their respective countries. The inclusion of the two research teams from Francophone Africa in the GRP is generously funded by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.
GDN President addresses Delhi Economics Conclave
GDN President, Dr. Gerardo della Paolera made a presentation on 'Global Financial Architecture: Towards Consensus' at the Delhi Economics Conclave, held on 15-16 December, 2011 in New Delhi. The event was organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), with support from the Ministry of Finance, Government of India to discuss a new global model of collaboration for examining international economic and financial issues. Chaired by Pranab Mukherjee, Honorable Finance Minister of India, other speakers included Professor Amartya Sen, Professor Richard Freeman, Professor Maurice Obstfeld (Berkley) and Dr. Kaushik Basu, Chief Economic Adviser, Government of India.
GDN President chairs session hosted by Pakistan Institute of Development Economics
GDN President, Dr. Gerardo della Paolera, chaired a discussion on 'Arguing Inequality: Reflection on a Societal Crisis' at the 27th Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Pakistan Society of Development Economists held on 13-15 December, 2011. The speaker was Ashwani Saith, Dean, International Institute of Social Studies, Hague, The Netherlands. The event was hosted by the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) in Islamabad, Pakistan. In addition, Dr. della Paolera was also a panelist on the panel discussion titled 'Economic Reforms and Competitiveness'.
The new strategic approach to building research capacity - Alliances with key institutes in India
As an integral part of the new business plan, GDN has embarked upon an endeavor to secure strategic alliances with key centers of higher learning in India. Initial responses to GDN's proposal for formalizing such alliances have been very encouraging. The President's trip to Hyderabad in end-November 2011 was the first step in that direction. His addresses at the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) and the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad were heavily attended by members of the faculty. Over and above that, ISB's flagship event, Indian Leadership Summit 2011, commenced with the inaugural presentation by GDN.
Fiji case study under GDN's Migration Global Research Project 'Development on the Move' jointly launched by USP and ODN
A 62-page report on GDN's Global Research Project (GRP) 'Development on the Move' was jointly launched by the University of South Pacific (USP) and the Oceania Development Network (ODN) on 12 December, 2011. The research publication focuses on the economic and social impacts of migration in Fiji and is one of the main outputs of the GRP aimed at comprehensively assessing how migration affects development in a number of different countries around the world. The countries studied were Colombia, Georgia, Ghana, Jamaica, Macedonia and Vietnam.
New 3ie Working Paper: Managing and conducting large scale impact evaluations in Colombia
How can we implement an 'ideal' impact evaluation, one that is technically robust, produces useful findings and influences policymakers? The authors of 3ie's new working paper 'Behind the scenes: Managing and conducting large scale impact evaluations in Colombia' address this question by drawing on the experience of implementing evaluations in Colombia. Based on a desk review as well as interviews with policymakers, evaluators and program managers, this paper offers lessons for conducting rigorous and influential impact evaluations. Read 3ie's new working paper by Bertha Briceño, Laura Cuesta and Orazio Attanasio.
NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS
LACEA XIV Workshop in International Economics and Finance LACEA XIV Workshop in International Economics and Finance will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 2-3 April, 2012 hosted by Universidad Tocuato Di Tella. For more information, click here.
UNIDO and CEU Summer University Course The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is organizing a Summer Course – 'Green Industry: Moving towards the industry of the future' in cooperation with the Central European University from 25 June – 6 July 2012 in Budapest, Hungary. To apply, visit www.summer.ceu.hu/green-2012. Deadline for applications is 29 February, 2012.
AusAID and JICA sign MOU for further cooperation
The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a new partnership on international development on 12 December, 2011. The MOU commits the two agencies to work more closely together to increase aid effectiveness.
CALL FOR PAPERS / PROPOSALS
EERC Spring 2012 Research Grant Competition The Economics Education and Research Consortium (EERC) announces its Spring 2012 research grant competition. Proposals are invited for policy-relevant research by Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) scholars. Applications are to be submitted online by 12 April, 2012, 24:00 Kyiv time.
Call for Proposals on Climate Change and Green Development The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) and the United Nations University's World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) invite proposals from the AERC network for research activities in the area of climate change and green development. Proposals will be evaluated and funded on a rolling basis through 31 March, 2012. Click here for full details.
Call for Abstracts – 2012 ODN Biennial Conference The Oceania Development Network (ODN) invites abstracts (not more than 300 words) of papers for presentation at the 2012 ODN Biennial Conference 'Urbanization in the Pacific: Trends, Characteristics and Challenges' to be held in September 2012 in Fiji. The deadline for the receipt of abstracts is 30 March, 2012 and should be forwarded to the ODN Secretariat Conference at email@example.com.
Request for Proposals for Rising Stars in Global Health Grand Challenges Canada has launched a Request for Proposals for Rising Stars in Global Health in which it is seeking to apply its Canadian Rising Stars in Global Health funding model to help support talented young innovators from low- and lower-middle-income countries. Completed proposals must be submitted by 23 March, 2012, 11:59 pm (ET).
PEG-LACEA Call for Papers: 13th Annual Meeting The 2012 meeting of the Political Economy Group (PEG) will take place in Cartagena, Colombia, on 24-25 May, 2012 and will be organized by Universidad de los Andes and Fedesarrollo. Full papers for presentation at the meeting must be submitted by 2 March, 2012 to Ana María Maldonado at firstname.lastname@example.org. Papers must be written in English to be considered.
Launch of the full set of Thematic windows:
Helping researchers connect with peers who work in the same field and making the 16,500 papers in the GDNet Knowledgebase easier to browse. Those are the aims of the new GDNet Thematic Windows. The full set of 23 Thematic Windows are now available for visitors to preview and test as beta versions. The themes have been selected to reflect GDN’s research agenda and the research interests of GDNet members and each window highlight recent research papers and researcher profiles on that theme (http://cloud2.gdnet.org/~thematicwindows ).
'Connect South’- An invitation to the world
There is interest in seeing Southern Research Knowledge make more of a global impact. GDNet's collaboration and cooperation with Southern individuals and organisations worldwide will be the key to campaign’s success. The campaign’s primary tool will be a Charter of Commitment based on GDNet’s strategic objectives and core values. The Connect South Campaign aims to drive debates on how to create a level playing field for southern research, foster Southern ownership of GDNet’s work, highlight the key challenges facing southern researchers, and put forward solutions. (http://cloud2.gdnet.org/~connectsouth)