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Profiles of South Africa interested Danish researchers

The Danish Embassy in South Africa has forwarded a request to DDRN regarding profiles of SA interested Danish researchers with expertise and competences within the focus areas of the Urban Environment Management Programme in South Africa. These are 1) Integrated Urban Planning, 2) Environmetal Health, 3) Waste Management and 4) Sustainable Energy. The catalogue of competence profiles will be an input to the further planning of the ‘knowledge management and civil Society Support’ component of the programme.

The catalogue was compiled in April 2007 by the network coordinator Anne Sørensen. If you are interested in reading this document, please send an email to Anne Sørensen.


After-work meeting on Global Ecotourism and the Galapagos Marine Reserve Management

Recently DDRN has supported two MSc. graduates in attending an international conference on Global Ecotourism and presenting their thesis and the network. The two graduates from the Department of Environment, Social and Spacial Change at Roskilde University, Vlada Fuks and Lucía Stacey, will present the results from their master thesis “Struggling for the Golden Egg: Conservation Politics of the Galapagos” as well as some main points from the Global Ecotourism Conference held in Oslo in May 2007. The meeting was planned for June 20, 2007 but has been postponed.

Date: September/October 2007 (to be announced)
Venue: Department of Geography and Geology, University of Copenhagen, Øster Voldgade 10, 1350 Copenhagen K
To read more about the conference, please visit the event's website. For details on the Master's thesis see the poster [PDF].


Seminar Proceedings: How can knowledge generation and utilisation improve development cooperation?

Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2007 - 15 - 17
Venue: Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), Pakhuset, Auditorium, Ground Floor, Strandgade 71, 1401 Copenhagen K.
DDRN invited the following panel to give their input to the discussion of how knowledge can best be
utilised and integrated in development planning, programming and implementation:
• Margrethe Holm Andersen, senior advisor Evaluation Department/Danida
• Helle Munk Ravnborg, senior researcher DIIS
• Poul Buch Hansen, partner Development Associates AS
• Hans Peter Dejgaard, Sustainability Watch

For information on the seminar you can download the following documents:

Seminar proceedings, by Lone Frederiksen [PDF]
Seminar invitation [PDF]


Workshop Proceedings: Shaping the new network: DDRN as a key agent of change or service provider?

This workshop held on March 13, 2007 was the first activity of DDRN. The main purpose of the workshop was to engage members in the process of shaping the network by contributing ideas for themes and activities. Enrique Mendizabal, who is a researcher from the Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) group at Overseas Development Institute (ODI), facilitated the workshop. Please read the following documents:

Workshop proceedings, by Lone Frederiksen [PDF]

Powerpoint presentation “Shaping the New Network: DDRN as a key agent of change or service provider?”, by Enrique Mendizabal [PDF]
Hand out  “Form and Function: Research Policy Networks”, by Enrique Mendizabal [PDF]
Working paper “Building Effective Research Policy Networks: Linking Function and Form”, by Enrique Mendizabal.


Poverty-environment working group

The working group discusses policy, research and practical issues related to the poverty – environment inter-linkages in a development context with special focus on natural resources. The working group strives to bring into play a broad range of experiences from research as well as from practical development work and advocacy.

Please read the full description.


Agriculture and Rural Development

The Danish Development Research Network (DDRN) and Danida will organise a joint international conference about agriculture and development in November 2007 (week 47).  The overall theme of the conference is Agriculture and Rural Development.

One part of the conference will focus on the World Development Report 2008 on Agriculture for Development, which will be published in September 2007, but the other topics and sub-themes of the conference are yet to be determined. In order to involve members in the planning and organising of the conference, including identification of topics and content of the porgramme, presenters etc. a working group consisting of DDRN members and representatives from Danida/Technical Advisory Services (TAS) is under establishment.

The working group is open to interested DDRN members (we aim at a group of around 10 people). If you are interested in participating in this group, please contact the academic secretary at DDRN, Lone Frederiksen, lf@ddrn.dk.

A first brainstorming meeting of the group will be held on Friday 6 July 2007, 9 - 10:30 AM at the DDRN coordination office. It will also be possible to join the group at a later stage.


Air Quality and Air Pollution Management in Urban Areas in Less Developed Countries

The working group will address the complexity of air pollution management in the growing urban sphere in the less developed countries, and will discus and evaluate how Danish and Scandinavian research institutions, universities and private companies can initiate a more progressive role in development aid and capacity development in relation to air pollution.

For further information on the objective, activities and dissemination plan, please read the full description.



DDRN workshop: Urban Environmental Management and Air Quality in Less Developed Countries

While urban air quality is improving in many industrialised countries, the opposite is the case in the fast growing metropoles in less developed countries. Air pollution problems in urban spheres are exceptionally complex and are due to a number of causes like lack of environmental education, insignificant use of air quality monitoring and modelling, poor policy implementation and limited international research cooperation.

The workshop will address the complexity of air pollution management in growing cities in less developed countries and discuss how Scandinavian air pollution research institutions can initiate a more progressive role in development aid and capacity development. The overall objective of the workshop is to present and discuss air pollution problems in relation to capacity development, policy implementation, and research and technology knowledge sharing.

Date: November 30, 2007
Venue: 
Carlsberg Academy, Gamle Carlsberg Vej 15, 2500 Valby.
For more information, please read the programme [pdf] or contact the main organiser Peter Vangsbo Madsen.

Please find below (some of ) the abstracts to be presented at the workshop:


Call for ideas: DDRN conferences 2008

In 2008 DDRN will hold 2-3 international conferences to share latest knowledge and provide input for further discussions within and outside the network.

Network members are encouraged to contribute their ideas and suggestions for relevant themes. A DDRN conference may focus on one of the thematic areas covered by network or have a cross-thematic topic.

If you wish to propose a theme for next year’s conferences, please send an email indicating the suggested theme and a few lines explaining the thematic approach to info@ddrn.dk with the heading “DDRN conference 2008” no later than September 5, 2008. We look forward to hearing from you!


Overview of competences and research results within governance

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is preparing a seminar for Danida advisers and embassy staff working with governance, to be held in Kampala in October 2007. DDRN has been invited to give a presentation on DDRN at the conference. As part of the preparation for this the secretariat wish to develop an overview of members’ individual competences within governance, and their research results from recent projects of relevance to governance.

The overview will be based on information submitted by members. Towards this end the secretariat has developed a form [Word] which you can download here.

The first part of the form focuses on your individual competences within the core areas of the Danish strategy for good governance and your experiences with mainstreaming of governance in other sectors. The second part focuses on results from your recently completed projects.

Please fill in the form and return it to ams@ddrn.dk by: Tuesday September 4, 2007.

The compiled overview will be disseminated at the conference and used in the further planning of activities relevant to governance.


Economic Rural Development

The Danish Development Research Network (DDRN) and Danida will organise a joint international conference about economic rural development in 2008.

In order to involve network members in the planning and organising of the conference, including identification of topics and content of the porgramme, presenters etc., a working group consisting of DDRN members and representatives from Danida/Technical Advisory Services (TAS) is under establishment. A first brainstorming meeting was held on July 6, 2007. A large number of network members has expressed interest in contributing to the preparation of the conference and a second meeting will be held with a minor group including representatives from the various stakeholders, constituting the core of the working group.

For information on the process, please download the minutes of the first meeting [PDF]. For further information please contact the academic secretary at DDRN, Lone Frederiksen 


DDRN-BiosafeTrain Workshop: Environmental consequences of growing GM crops in the developing countries

The issue of genetically modified (GM) plants as a means of achieving food security in developing countries has generated a lot of debate. Developing countries are unwilling to take over others' data and risk assessment. Existing laws mostly specify in-country assessments that need significant research. Consequently, the assessment of GM plants and the building of legislative framework should be supported by vigorous research activities, specifically targeted to these countries. 

The objective of the meeting is to present a state-of-the-art of GM environmental impact knowledge with specific relevance to the developing countries, and to identify and discuss the main points of uncertainty.

Date: November 29-30, 2007
Venue: Department of Geography and Geology, University of Copenhagen, Øster Voldgade 10, 1350 Copenhagen K. Room 05.2.527 
For more information, please read the programme [pdf] or contact the main organiser, Dr. Gabor Lovei


China – Friend or Foe
Trade Monday seminar organised by the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), WTRADE, the Japanese Embassy in Copenhagen and co-sponsored by DDRN.

The economic and political rise of China in recent years has already changed the structure of international relations in many ways. China has become a trading giant, its presence in Africa has attracted a great deal of attention, its relations to other Asian countries define the speed of progress in the region and China´s relation with the US and EU shapes our international system. However one basic question has not been answered yet: Is China a friend or a foe? This seminar presents some answers to this question by looking at China-Japan and China-US economic and trade relation.

Date: November 5, 2007, 14.00-16.00
Venue: DIIS, Main Auditorium, Strandgade 71, 1401 Copenhagen K
For further information, please see the seminar flyer [PDF].


Planning meeting: FAU Conference 2008

The planning proces for next year's FAU Conference has started. The suggested theme is Environment, Cities and Development. The planning group still welcomes new members and suggestions for themes and workshops.

The next planning meeting will be held on:
Date: October 25, 2007 - 15.00
Venue: DIIS, Room 0.12, Strandgade 71, Copenhagen K
For further inforamtion, please read the revised draft of the workshop themes [Word] (in Danish).


After work meeting: DDRN held a successful workshop in Uganda on governance research

Election procedures, democracy, land rights and the role of civil society in good governance… These are just some of the topics and research ideas presented by governance researchers in Uganda during a successful workshop held in Kampala in October 2007. The workshop was organised in collaboration with the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) based in Kampala.

42 researchers, programme advisers and NGO representatives shared research ideas and knowledge needs within governance issues across disciplines and stakeholders with great motivation and professional focus. If you want to hear more about the workshop and its outcomes, come to our next informal after work meeting, where Preben Kaarsholm, associate professor at Roskilde University and Lluís Armangué, coordinator at DDRN, will share their impressions from participating in the workshop with you and answer questions about governance research collaboration with Uganda.

Date: Wednesday, 14 November, 2007 – 15:30 - 17:00
Venue: Department of Geography and Geology, room 5.1.535, University of Copenhagen, Øster Voldgade 10, 1350 Copenhagen K.
Registration is not required, but if you are sure you are coming please send an email to info@ddrn.dk before November 12, 2007.


Short term consultancy: DDRN overview of competences and research within Urban Environmental Management in Southern Africa

DDRN is organising two workshops on Urban Environmental Management (UEM) in connection to the 1st SANORD Conference to take place in South Africa on December 5-7, 2007. As an input to the workshops and a tool to promote future North/South cooperation, DDRN is looking for a candidate for a consultancy of one month starting as soon as possible. The main purpose of the consultancy is to provide
 
a) a profile of individual Danish, South African, Mozambiquan, and Zambian competences within UEM; and
b) an overview of the results from ongoing and recently completed collaboration research projects on UEM in relation to Danish support to UEM in South Africa, Mozambique and Zambia.

Please read the draft Terms of Reference [pdf].

We are looking for a person specialised in UEM knowledge and development in developing countries who is able to take up this assignment immediately. Knowledge of and work experience from Southern Africa is an advantage, but not a necessary requirement. Only candidates with extensive experience will be considered.

If you are qualified for and interested in the consultancy, please send an email with your CV and a brief description of your motivation for taking up the assignemnt to the network coordinator, Anne Sørensen, at ams@ddrn.dk no later than November 13, 2007.


Urban Environmental Management knowledge and research for development  - workshops and competence catalogue

DDRN is organising a pre-conference workshop and a symposium within the framework of the 1st Annual SANORD Conference. The DDRN events on UEM aim to enable researchers and other key stakeholders from Denmark and Southern Africa to meet and present their research ideas, collaboration and knowledge needs to each other; identify and discuss challenges and opportunities in development oriented North/South research collaboration; and create a space for North and South to network and further develop current relationships and establish new ones.

As announced through calls issued on our website and newsmails, DDRN disposes of means to promote participation in the pre-conference workshop and symposium on urban environmental management to be carried out on December 5-7, 2007. DDRN has decided to sponsor two researchers from Denmark, two researchers from South Africa and one researcher from Mozambique. Furthermore, DDRN has hired a consultant to prepare an overview of UEM research projects and competences in Southern Africa.   

Furthermore, DDRN is compiling a competence catalogue including individual profiles of experts on UEM in Southern Africa. Deadline for submission November 30, 2007 to maf@ddrn.dk.

Please read the following documents:
Concept paper and draft programme [pdf]
Letter of invitation and call for contributions [Word]
UEM profile format [Word]
Registration form researchers [Word]
Registration form other [Word]

Date: December 5-7, 2007
Venue: Cape Town, South Africa
Registration to the DDRN events by email to maf@ddrn.dk using registration form above. To register for the SANORD conference, please use the SANORD website.


After work meeting: Opportunities for scientific interrelation between research institutions in Scandinavia and the industry sector in developing countries

DDRN invites you to participate in an informal debate with Mr. Avishkar Koosialee, SASOL (South Africa’s largest petrochemical industry), Researcher Julião J. Cumbane, Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique, Noor Z. Yahaya, University Malaysia Dr. Tim Chatterton,  University of the West of England, and Dr. Kevin W. Hicks, Stockholm Environmental Institute, York.

Issues to be discusse are among others: Opportunities for scientific interrelation between research and the industry sector in developing countries; the industrial sectors opportunity and motivation in Public-private partnership; challenges and opportunities in order to foster mutually beneficial relationships between the industrial sector and governments.

Date: November 29, 2007, 16.30 – 18.00
Venue: Department of Geography and Geology (Room 05.1.535), University of Copenhagen, Øster Voldgade 10, 1350 Copenhagen K.
For information and registration, please send an email to Peter Vangsbo Madsen. Please also read the letter of invitation [pdf].


Seminar: Environmental certification and the poor - POSTPONED!!

Ideally, organic and ecologically sustainable production and associated standards harbours much potential for small-scale farmers in rural areas. But what is the de facto scope of such approaches in terms of securing both environmental and social sustainability? What, in particular, are the major constraints in terms of eg the costs of certification for marginalized groups? And is there a role for fair trade and the private sector in this?

The workshop is organised by DDRN's working group on Poverty and Environment. Invited presenter is Stefano Ponte, DIIS. Discussants: Tine Breinholt, Helle Munk Ravnborg, Jakob Kronik

Date: The seminar was supposed to be held on January 29, 2008, but has been postponed. A new date will be announced soon
Venue: Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), main auditorium, Strandgade 71, 1401 Copenhagen K
More detailed information will follow in January 2008.


Workshop: How can developing countries benefit from the growing markets for organic products?

Date: May 27, 2008
Venue: University of Copenhagen, Department of Geography and Geology, Auditorium A, area 3, 3rd Floor, Øster Voldgade 10, 1350 Copenhagen K.

Read more..


DDRN Chief Coordinator on support to development research in Danish newspaper Information

In December 2007 the chief coordinator of DDRN, Anne Sørensen, contributed to two articles on Danish support to development research published in the Danish newspaper Information.
The articles are available online on the newspapers' website. Please follow the links below to the two articles by Kirsten Sterling [in Danish].

Forskere er trætte af rod i Danidas udviklingsforskning.

Udviklingsforskning blafrer i 'øst og vest'

 


Conference: New Latin American Development Strategies in a Changing International Economic and Political Context

Understanding and analyzing development issues and national development strategies is at the core of the objectives of the conference. The main output of the conference is expected to be a book on current Latin American development strategies – where chapters reflect the contents of the different workshops and keynote presentations at the conference.

The conference is organised by Vibeke Andersson and Steen Fryba Christensen, Aalborg University, Denmark.
Date: May 20-22, 2008
Venue: Aalborg University
Submission of abstracts: Before March 15, 2008
Please download the preliminary conference programme [pdf] and the call for papers [pdf]. You can also visit the website of the conference.


Short term consultancy: DDRN overview of research within Rural Economic Development

DDRN and The Danish Ministry of Foreigns Affairs/Danida are organising the conference entitled “Rethinking rural economic development” to take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, on April 8-9, 2008.

The conference will promote a concept of rural economic development that is much broader than agricultural development, and will therefore emphasize the dialogue between development policy and practice and research within the following issues:

Governance:
- Aspects like: land reform, provision of agricultural extension, relations of power in rural elites, the role of donors, decentralisation, regional/local development strategy/policy, Community Based Natural Resource Management, security of tenure and tenure equity.

Rural business development:
- Aspects like: value chain and trade mechanisms, organic farming as opportunity, consequences of agribusiness on small-scale farmers, gender sensitive approaches to agribusiness, non-farm economic growth, diversification of incomes, deagrarianization of rural areas, food security.

As an input to the conference and a tool to promote a further re conceptualization of rural economic development, DDRN is looking for a candidate for a consultancy of four weeks starting on February 25, 2008. The main purpose of the consultancy is to provide:

a) a review of existing and on-going research on areas related to rural economic development, with a specific focus on the areas of governance and rural business development.
b) an overview of the Danish resource base with experiences in the areas of rural economic development and its related institutional and governance issues.
c) an overview of key international research and policy organizations working with rural economic development should also be included. The resource base in Danida partner countries may also be assessed to the extent possible.
Please read the Terms of Reference [pdf].

We are looking for a person specialised in rural economic development in developing countries who is able to take up this assignment immediately. Knowledge of the Danish resource base within the above mentioned sub-areas is important. Only candidates with prior experience in working with and carrying out research on areas related to rural economic development will be considered.

If you are interested in the consultancy, please send an email with your CV and a brief description of your motivation for taking up the assignment to Lluís Armangué, at la@ddrn.dk no later than February 18, 2008.

 


Trade Monday Seminar: Regional and Bilateral Trade Agreements in Africa: Current Developments

This seminar looks at current and likely future developments in the regional trade provisions of the East African Community, the only group of countries in Africa so far to sign an interim EPA arrangement with the EU as a region. It also looks at how the negotiations for full EPAs will take shape for African countries during 2008.

Date: Monday, April 7, 2008 -  13.30-15.30
Venue: Danish Institute for International Studies, Main Auditorium, Strandgade 71, ground floor, 1401 Copenhagen K.
Registration deadline: Friday, April 2008 4 at 12.00 noon. For more information, please visit DIIS' website.


Seminar Series on Poverty and Environment

The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) and DDRN have the pleasure of announcing the launch of a new seminar series arranged by the Poverty and Environment working group. Themes for 2008 are:

Local Water Governance in Developing Countries (Part II)
Date: December 9, 2008, 13:30-16:30
Venue: DIIS, Main Auditorium, Strandgade 71, ground floor, 1401 Copenhagen K.
Registration online on DIIS' website.


Cities, Climate Change and Development: Is Urban Change for Sustainability possible?

FAU Conference 2008 arranged by The Association of Development Researchers in Denmark and co-sponsored by DDRN. While the international literature, related to the ‘Cities, Climate Change and Development theme’ is vast, the main emphasis has in most cases, academically and practically, been mono-disciplinary and mono-functional, while the Urban development issues are interrelated and multidisciplinary by nature. Accordingly, the FAU Conference 2008 seeks to address the pertinent urban challenges in an interdisciplinary manner.

Date: May 14-15, 2008
Venue: Copenhagen Business School, Dalgas Have 15, 2000 Frederiksberg (Copenhagen)
For more information, please read the Conference folder [pdf].


Danida-DDRN Conference: Rural Economic Development: Opportunities and Challenges in Future Growth Strategies

The new chairperson of Danida’s Board, Klaus Bustrup, will open the conference on Rural Economic Development together with Mette Kjær, deputy chairperson of DDRN, on April 8, 2008.

The conference will include keynote speeches by the World Bank, the Agricultural Research for Development Countries (CIRAD), and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). The conference will also include two parallel workshops on governance of rural economic development and rural market and business development with participation of Danish and international researchers, consultants and NGOs.

Date: April 8-9, 2008
Venue: Eigtveds Pakhus, Asiatisk Plads 2, 1401 Copenhagen K.
Registration deadline extended: April 4, 2008 - by email to Lone Frederiksen.
For more information, please download the concept paper [pdf], the programme [pdf], and the conference poster [pdf].


Short term consultancy: Overview of Danish research projects on themes of relevance for climate change in developing countries

In order to facilitate the access of policy makers to Danish based research and facilitate networking and joint research proposals within climate change, the research networks: Danish Development Research Network (DDRN), Danish Water Forum (DWF), and the Danish Research Network for International Health (SUNNET) have decided to jointly develop a mapping of Danish research competences with regard to climate change and its implications for developing countries.

The mapping must cover past and ongoing research on areas related to climate change with relevance for developing countries. The focus will be on recent research since 2003, but earlier highly relevant work may be included.

The mapping, which is expected to be presented at Danida Development Days June 9-11, 2008, aims to make the Danish competences accessible to research partners in developing and other countries, to facilitate the development of research proposals, and to inform developing practices and policies within the areas covered by the networks.

Please read the draft Terms of Reference [pdf].

The mapping can be compiled by a researcher within one of the research fields covered by the networks or by a person holding at least a Master’s degree in one of these fields and with documented relevant working experience. Knowledge of the Danish resource base within the areas to be covered is important. The contract will last 5 weeks within the period April 21 – June 11, 2008.

Expressions of interest with curriculum vitae and proposed budget should be submitted by email to Lluís Armangué (la@ddrn.dk) no later than April 11, 2008.


Meeting: How to approach regional cooperation within Urban Environmental Management in Southern Africa

Date: Friday, May 16, 2008  -  13:00 – 15:00
Venue: Department of Geography and Geology, Room 05.1.535, University of Copenhagen, Øster Voldgade 10, 1350 Copenhagen K.

Registration deadline: May 13, 2008, by email to Lone Frederiksen at lf@ddrn.dk. Read more.. 


Adaptation to climate change in Least Developed Countries – challenges, experiences, and ways forward 

Organised by the three Danish research networks: Danish Water Forum (DWF) Danish Research Network for International Health (ENRECAHEALTH), and DDRN, as a parallel session under the scientific congress "Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions" organised by the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) in connection with the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP15) at the end of 2009. 

Date: March 10-12, 2009
Venue: Copenhagen, Denmark
For more information, please follow this link.


Seminar 2-2/2008: Video Stories - digital opportunities for communication in research for development

In May 2008 a new series of workshops and seminars on research communciation was launched by the Danish Development Research Network, jointly with Danish Water Forum and Danish Research Netowrk for International Health. The second workshop of the series aimed to introduce participants to digital video primarily as a tool that can be used to strengthen dialogue, information sharing, participation and learning in research and development projects, and between projects and wider society.

A successful workshop was held on May 19, 2008, and now a second and improved version of the same workshop will be held on:

Date: December 11-12, 2008
Venue: University of Copenhagen, Department of Geography and Geology
For more information, please follow this link.


After work meeting: Enhanced collaboration between African and European universities

DDRN has the pleasure of inviting you to participate in an informal meeting on promotion of partnerships within Higher Education. Mogens Buch-Hansen from Roskilde University will give you a briefing on the Roundtable meeting of RUFORUM-NATURA on enhanced collaboration among African universities and collaboration with European universities that he attended on behalf of DDRN in Kampala, Uganda, in May 2008.

At the DDRN after work meeting, information will also be provided on the Ministerial Meeting on Higher Education in Africa that will be held on October 27-31, 2008, in Lusaka, Zambia, as a follow-up of the RUFORUM-NATURA meeting.

Date: September 16, 2008, 15.30 – 17.00
Venue: Department of Geography and Geology (Room 05.1.535), University of Copenhagen, Øster Voldgade 10, 1350 Copenhagen K.
For registration, please send an email to Lone Frederiksen (lf@ddrn.dk) no later than Monday, September 15, 2008, at 12AM.


Seminar: Achieving sustainable natural resource management in the Sahel after the era of desertification - Research findings, policy issues and communication strategy

The seminar will review and discuss factors that enable or constrain pathways of sustainable and pro-poor natural resource management (NRM) in the Sahel, and what Sahelian governments, NGOs and foreign donors might do to assist rural people in achieving more sustainable NRM while reducing poverty and vulnerability.

Date: October 6, 2008 - 9:15-12:00
Venue: Department of Geography and Geology, meeting room, 2nd floor, 5.2.527, staircase E, Øster Voldgade 10, 1350 Copenhagen K
For more information, please follow this link.


Public seminar: World Development Report 2009 - Spatial disparities in development

A group of key development scholars and a representative from the World Bank Report 2009 Core Group have been invited to present their views on the report World Bank Report 2009 entitled ’Reshaping economic geography’ to be launched in November 2008. A subsequent panel session will open for a broader discussion of the pertinent issues raised throughout the day.

Date: October 31, 2008 - 8:30-16:00
Venue: Department of Geography and Geology, University of Copenhagen, Auditorium I, Section 5, 2nd floor.
For more information, please follow this link.


Conference: Global Value Chains, Business and Development

The overall purpose of the conference is to provide a platform for dialogue between development researchers, private firms operating in developing countries, and development staff with the view to exchanging information on results, ongoing initiatives and tools related to the themes of the conference.

Date: December 9, 2008 - 8:30-16:30
Venue: University of Copenhagen, Department of Geography and Geology, Auditorium A, Øster Voldgade 10, Copenhagen K. 
For further information, follow this link.


Short term consultancy: Overview of Danish research competences and projects on Global Value Chains, Business and Development

DDRN is organising a conference on Global Value Chain, Business and Development  to be held on December 9, 2008. As an input to the conference, DDRN have decided to elaborate a mapping of:
1)  Danish research competences and
2) ongoing and recently finished Danish research projects within Global Value Chains (GVC) related to development countries from the perspectives of business and development.

The mapping aims at facilitating the access of policy-makers and other relevant actors within GVC to Danish knowledge and expertise related to the overall theme of the conference. Moreover the mapping will be a useful tool in identifying partners and supporting the development of future joint research proposals.

DDRN is now looking for a researcher within one of the mentioned research fields or a person holding at least a Master’s degree in one of the research fields and with documented relevant working experience. Knowledge of the Danish resource base within the areas to be covered is important.

Expressions of interest with curriculum vitae and proposed budget should be submitted by email to Lluís Armangué (la@ddrn.dk) no later than October 8, 2008.
For more information, please read the Terms of Reference [pdf, 50kB].


24-10-2008: DDRN Communication Needs Assessment just finalised

The assessment was based on a questionnaire survey and interviews gathered in 2007 and involving nearly 100 members of DDRN and interested key stakeholders from Denmark and developing countries. The report provides insight into expectations and habits of members as regards DDRN in general, and communication in the network in particular.

The report concludes that in order to meet needs in the network, information and communication in DDRN should be organised around three main tasks:

• Making already existing knowledge visible.  This includes dissemination activities, e.g. electronic news services, overviews, other channels for the South, seminars and conferences, mainly with focus on cross-sectorial and cross-disciplinary knowledge.

• Facilitating establishment of contacts to generate new knowledge. This includes promotion of N/N and N/S contacts among members as well as to other stakeholders through meetings and workshops, web-based member database, and other fora for interaction among members, e.g. posting of ideas for joint activities.

• Disseminating information of relevance to generation of new knowledge. This means helping members to access information about funding sources, donor policies and strategies etc. that might have influence on their future production of research and knowledge. Activities involve use of news services, meetings and lobbying with donors and research agencies.

To read more, you can download the report [pdf, 608kB].


Seminar 3/2008: Assessing and evaluating communication activities: Tools for improving communication of research and knowledge for development

Do you work with communication of research and/or knowledge for development and are you interested in knowing more about the results and impact of your activities?

This seminar will shed light on the quite new issue of monitoring and evaluating research communication and other development oriented communication. The main goal of the workshop is to provide inspiration on how to plan and implement communication activities strategically – and on how to approach the challenge of monitoring and evaluating these activities.

Date: December 4, 2008, 13:00 -16:30
Venue: University of Copenhagen, Department of Geography and Geology
For more information, please follow this link.


Consultancy assignements on climate change research in Southern Africa open to candidates from SADC region - deadline December 8, 2008

The Danish Development Research Network together with the two other Danish knowledge networks Enreca Health and Danish Water Forum is involved in a new network initiative aiming at creating a cross-sectoral North-South and South-South knowledge sharing network on climate change and health, water and food security in Southern Africa, represented by the SADC countries.

The network is still under establishment and as a first step a core group of researchers from Denmark and Southern Africa met for a planning workshop in Botswana on November 11-13, 2008. As a follow-up of this workshop, it was decided to conduct three separate desk studies mapping research results and institutions working within the focal themes, i.e.:

i. Research projects on climate change and human health (overview 1)
ii. Research projects on climate change and water (overview 2), and
iii. Research projects on climate change and food security (overview 3)

We are now looking for three researchers from within the SADC region who can deliver the three separate overviews.  The studies will feed into a planned workshop on “Climate Change, impacts on food security, human health and water” to be held in South Africa in February 2009 (still in planning) and provide input to a paper for a conference on climate change held in Copenhagen in March 2009. Furthermore, it will facilitate the development of joint research proposals, and inform developing practices and policies within the areas covered by the networks.

For more information, please read the Terms of Reference [pdf, 48kB] .

Closing date: December 8, 2008.
Please note that only expression of interests for the consultancy on climate change and food security (overview 3) should be sent to DDRN: ams@ddrn.dk. For the other two consultancies (health and water) please see the attached ToR.


19-12-2008: Member-led activities funded by DDRN under Call 4/2008

At the board meeting held on December 15, 2008, the board of DDRN assessed the applications for member-led activities received under Call 4/2008. The board decided to fund the following:

- One-day workshop in connection to the First African Organic Conference, to be held in Uganda in May 2009;
- One-day seminar: ‘Inter-Cultural Management in Development’, to be held in Aalborg (DK) in Spring 2009;
- Participation of a member in the Erasmus Mundus Conference – Higher Education and Climate Change (Budapest, February 2009);
- Participation of a member in International Conference Sustainable Animal Production in the Humid Tropics (Guadeloupe, March 2009).

Information about the workshops and reports from the attended events will be posted on the DDRN website in 2009.


16-01-2009: Student assistant position available at the DDRN secretariat

DDRN is looking for a student to assist the secretariat staff with a series of tasks related to administration of the network and development of new activities.

Tasks include:
• Updating of website and member profiles, including introduction of new features on www.ddrn.dk;  
• Writing of minutes and reports of meetings, workshops, and conferences;
• Logistical and practical assistance in relation to meetings etc.;
• Administration of payments of travel grants for master’s students.

Application deadline: February 1, 2009 by email to lf@ddrn.dk. For more information, please read the position announcement [pdf, 33kB].


22-01-2009: Thanks to former staff member at the DDRN secretariat, Lluís Armangué

Lluís Armangué has in January 2009 decided to take up a new assignement in another organisation. The management of the network wishes to thank Lluís for his efforts and contributions to the network.



25-02-2009: Job: Akademisk medarbejder til DDRN [in Danish]

Under forudsætning af fornøden bevilling er en stilling som akademisk medarbejder ved DDRN ledig til besættelse snarest. Den akademiske medarbejder vil indgå i netværkets sekretariat og refererer til netværkskoordinatoren, der er leder af sekretariatet. Stillingen er normeret til 37 timer/uge.

Ansøgningsfrist er den 16. marts 2009. Læs jobopslaget på KUs hjemmeside.


Meeting on New GDN Global Research Project - The Climate Challenge: Sustaining Development Progress in a Warming World

Joint meeting organised by DDRN and the Global Development Network (GDN) to present and discuss research themes for the new GDN research project on climate change.

Date: March 9, 2009 - 14.00-17.00
Venue: University of Copenhagen, Department of Geography and Geology, Øster Voldgade 10, 1350 Copenhagen K. Meeting Room 06.0.613
Read more..


Transnational forms of cooperation and intercultural dialogues: towards alternatives to human development and rights

The main objective of this international workshop is to consolidate a transnational and transdisciplinary North-South working group within the DDRN concerned with intercultural exchange, knowledge construction and development through an initial approach to human development and intercultural and transsectorial communication.

Date: May 11-19, 2009
Venue: La Paz, Bolivia
Registration deadline: April 25, 2009. For more information, please read the letter of invitation [pdf, 121kB].


Strategic Collaboration on Higher Education and Research for Development - Drivers and Challenges

DDRN is organising this international conference in view of discussing approaches of how to meet new challenges of a changing policy framework and increased recognition of higher education and research as drivers of sustainable development. 

Date: May 25-26, 2009
Venue: University of Aarhus, Denmark
For more information, please follow this link.


13-03-2009: Short term consultancy for DDRN

In preparation of the upcoming DDRN conference ‘Strategic Collaboration on Higher Education and Research for Development’, which will take place at University of Aarhus, Denmark on May 25-26, 2009, the network is commissioning the production of a 'Review of Institutional Framework in Selected European Countries for Strategic Collaboration on Higher Education and Research for Development.'

The purpose of this consultancy is:
• To provide a knowledge base on the institutional framework in selected European countries of strategic collaboration on higher education and research for development, so we in Denmark can supplement our strategies and recommendations with experience from other European countries
• To synthesize presentations and discussions during the above-mentioned conference.

The assignment will involve one and a half person months of work and be carried out during the period March 2009 – June 2009.

Expressions of interest with curriculum vitae and proposed budget should be submitted by email no later than March 20, 2009 to Anne Sørensen, Chief Coordinator of DDRN.

For more information, please read the Terms of Reference [pdf, 82kB].


First African Organic Conference 2009: Fast tracking sustainable development in Africa through harnessing Organic Agriculture and Biotechnology

This Conference will focus on clearly bringing out attributes of Organic Agriculture as a science relevant to food security, poverty alleviation and natural resources conservation in Africa. The workshop on May 22, 2009, is specifically addressed to bringing recent report results on food security and organic farming into focus and future development, and this workshop is supported by DDRN.

Date: May 18-22, 2009
Venue: Kampala, Uganda
For more information, please follow this link.


Poverty, Forests and Climate Change – Practical Strategies for Ensuring Pro-Poor Approaches to REDD

Seminar organised by the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) and the Poverty and Environment Working Group, financed by DDRN.

Date: April 21, 2009 - 10:00-16:00
Venue: DIIS, Strandgade 71, ground floor, Copenhagen K.
For more information and registration, please visit the website of DIIS.


FAU Conference 2009: Bringing the State back in: New roles and responsibilities for the 21th Century State

This year’s conference includes workshops on: 1. The (Asian) Developmental State: Still relevant?; 2. The Decentralised State: A contradiction in terms?; 3. States in Transition and in Fragility; 4. State and Citizens in multilevel governance; 5. The Bureaucratic State and Implementation.

Date: May 12-13, 2009
Venue: Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Dalgas Have 15 & Solbjerg Plads 3, 2000 Frederiksberg (Copenhagen)
For more information, please read the full announcement [pdf, 51kB].


General Assembly 2009

DDRN will hold its annual General Assembly (GA) on:

Date: Monday, May 25, 2009 – 10:30-12:15
Venue: Søauditorium 4, Building 1252, Universitetsparken, Aarhus University.
For more information, please follow this link.


Meeting presenting new network initiative on climate change to promote research cooperation and North-South knowledge sharing

The aim of this meeting is to present a newly established network on climate change in the SADC region for a Danish audience of researchers and practitioners who are working within food security, health and water, and who may be interested in joining the network and/or participating in North-South research projects. 

Date: May 14, 2009 – 14:30-16:30
Venue: University of Copenhagen, Department of Geography and Geology, Meeting Room 13 (06.2.667), Øster Voldgade 10, 1350 Copenhagen K.
For more information, please see the meeting announcement [pdf, 106kB].


Thematic Seminar on Agribusiness in Developing Countries

The aim of this thematic seminar is to:
1) take stock of the existing agribusiness research in Denmark
2) within the DDRN framework to create a network of researchers with a common interest in research and teaching in agribusiness related issues
3) outline an agenda for future research in agribusiness in developing countries.

The seminar will include two international keynote speakers, five invited presentations and 10 additional presentations by selected researchers. Researchers who are interested in presenting a research paper or an overview of their research activities with relevance for agribusiness (from a broad perspective) are invited to submit an abstract for selection.

Date: October 29, 2009
Venue: Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen
For more information, please read the Call for abstracts [pdf, 20kB].


1st Bolivian Conference on Development Economics

Conference supported by DDRN, jointly organised by the Institute for Advanced Development Studies (INESAD), the Society of Bolivian Economists (SBE), and Universidad Privada Boliviana (UPB). The conference aims at bringing together local and international scholars for the exchange of ideas and discussion of recent results within theoretical and applied development economics research.

Date: October 8-9, 2009
Venue: UPB’s Achocalla Campus in La Paz, Bolivia
For more information, please follow this link.


28-07-2009: Short term consultancy: DDRN overview of research projects and research capacity within Gender and Development in Denmark

Gendernet Dk’s member organisations, including DDRN, and UNDP Nordic Office are organizing a conference on Gendered Governance to take place in Copenhagen, Denmark on Sep 30 and Oct 1, 2009. This conference aims at facilitating a space for dialogue, sharing and learning related to gender and governance among a broad range of development actors.

As an input to the workshops and to make the Danish competences accessible to research partners in developing countries, to inform developing practices and policies, and to provide an input to future activities and events on gender and development, DDRN is looking for a candidate for a consulting assignment of 4 weeks duration, commencing as soon as possible and no later than Monday, August 24, 2009. The main purpose of the assignment is to:

·          Provide a detailed overview of existing and on-going research on areas related to gender and/in development, with a specific focus on issues related to agriculture, environment, and governance. Special attention should be given to:

o         Political space & accountability;

o         Governance reforms; and

o         Citizenship & rights.

·          Map the Danish resource base with experiences in the areas of gender and development in relation to agriculture, environment, and governance.

·          Assess the opportunities for integration of research aspects with operational activities within gender and development in relation to agriculture, environment, and governance.

For detailed information, please read the draft Terms of Reference [pdf, 35kB].
We are looking for a person experienced with working with and carrying out gender and development research. Knowledge of the Danish resource base within the areas to be covered is essential.

Expressions of interest with curriculum vitae and proposed budget should be submitted by email to Kris Prasada Rao at kpr@ddrn.dk, no later than 2.00 p.m., August 12, 2009.


24-08-2009: Short term consultancy: Overview of Danish and Nordic Initiatives and Thinking on Higher Education for Development

The Southern African-Nordic Centre (SANORD) is organizing a conference on “Inclusion and Exclusion in Higher Education” in South Africa, December 7-9, 2009, where DDRN is responsible for a parallel session on “Strategic Collaboration in Higher Education and Research for Development”.

As an input to the conference and and to make the Danish competences accessible to research partners in developing countries, to inform developing practices and policies, and to provide an input to future activities and events on higher education, DDRN is looking for a candidate for a consulting assignment of 4 weeks duration, commencing as soon as possible and no later than Monday, September 14th, 2009.
The main purpose of the assignment is to:

  • Capture current ideas and modes of thinking on collaboration in relation to higher education for development. To take stock of current trends and tangible plans for future initiatives.
  • Contribute to discussions on effective support to African institutions on higher education and research and provide the basis for informed decision-making.

For detailed information, please read the draft Terms of Reference [pdf].
The consultant should possess documented relevant working experience, preferably operational experience in research and higher education for development. Solid knowledge of the Danish university system (priorities, organisational structure and modes of operation) and the institutional landscape for higher education and development in Denmark and the Nordic countries is required.
Expressions of interest with curriculum vitae and proposed budget should be submitted by email to Kris Prasada Rao (kpr@ddrn.dk) no later than Monday, September 7, 2009.


Gendered Governance [pdf]

Two days of inspiration, new knowledge and insight on gender and governance practice and theory with a strong focus on civil society. The Conference will create a facilitated space for dialogue, sharing and learning among a broad range of development actors. The conference will shed light on gendered governance through inputs from qualified practitioners and researchers and through facilitated interactive workshops.

The Conference is organised by Gedernet, of which DDRN is a member.

Date: September 30 - October 1, 2009
Venue: Mogens Dahls Concerthal, Islands Brygge, Copenhagen


NEW: Seminar on Matchmaking between the Labour Market and Recently Graduated Master Students within the field of Development Work

A seminar that aims to discuss and debate how to begin a career in the development sector. The seminar is organised in cooperation between University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen Business School, and Roskilde University. The seminar is supported by DDRN.

Date: September 24, 2009
Venue: Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen

Registration to marc.d-j@hotmail.com. For more information, please follow this link.


NEW: The Role of the Private Sector in Sustainable Natural Resources Management and Poverty Alleviation in Developing Countries

This seminar is part of the Poverty and Environment Seminar Series and hosted by the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) and Danish Development Research Network (DDRN). The seminar will focus on how the private sector can be a positive player in sustainable natural resource management and povery alleviation in developing countries.

Date: October 6, 2009 - 13:00-16:00
Venue: DIIS, Main Auditorium, Strandgade 71, 1401 Copenhagen K.


Small-Scale Mining and Development Aid in Africa

The objectives of this seminar are to examine the nature of small-scale mining in Africa, assess international support initiatives targeting the sector, and investigate the impediments for effective and sustainable development aid to Africa’s growing small-scale mining populations.

Date: November 13, 2009 - 9:00 -15:30
Venue: Department of Geography & Geology, University of Copenhagen. Øster Voldgade 10, Copenhagen
Registration deadline: November 4, 2009


Workshop on the Role of Higher Education in Africa: ’Triple Helix’ Responses to Climate Change

This one-day workshop session seeks to explore the potentials for collaborative public-private-academic partnership approaches in climate change adaptation and mitigation, with the knowledge that assumptions on the functioning of such approaches might need a revised look in the African context.

Date: October 30, 2009 - 08:30-17:00
Venue: Department of Development and Planning, Aalborg University, Fibigerstræde 10, Auditorium (Room 8)
Registration deadline: October 26, 2009


Key drivers and challenges in strategic collaboration on Higher Education and Research in development

Parallel session at the SANORD conference 2009 "Inclusion and Exclusion in Higher Education", organised by University of Aarhus, University of Southern Denmark, and University of Aalborg together DDRN.

Date: December 7-9, 2009
Vanue: Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa 
In occasion of this event, the Chief coordinator of DDRN, Anne Sørensen, had compiled a survey entitled: Internationalisation of Higher Education and Research: The Case of SANORD [pdf, 2.133 kB]


NEW: Roskilde Development Day 2009

This event organised by the Centre for International Development Studies (CIDES) and co-funded by DDRN, will address three of the global crises confronting the developing world that have a significant impact upon growth prospects, poverty and life itself – the climate crisis, the global economic crisis and the AIDS crisis.

Date: November 3, 2009 - 9:30-16:00
Venue: Roskilde University, Building 25,1 Auditorium, Roskilde, Denmark


NEW: Pesticides, Livelihoods and Health in Smallholder Farmer Communities - CANCELLED!

Upcoming seminar in the Poverty and Environment Seminar Series organised and supported by the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) and the Danish Development Research Network (DDRN).

Date: November 5, 2009 - 14:00-16:30
A similar seminar will be held after COP15.


Developing and engaging community participation on urban air pollution and climate change

After work meeting organised by Community Enterprise Forum International (CEFI) and the DDRN Working Group on “Air Quality and Air Pollution Management in Urban Areas in Less Developing Countries”.

Date: November 30, 2009 - 15:30-17:30
Venue: Institute of Geography and Geology, University of Copenhagen, Classroom 13 (Area 6, second floor)
Fore registration please send an email to Peter Vangsbo no later than November 27, 2009.


NEW: Developing and engaging community participation in climate change initiative - PROGRAMME CHANGED!

After-work meeting organised by the DDRN Working Group on “Air Quality and Air Pollution Management in Urban Areas in Less Developing Countries” to develop a picture of the state of affairs on climate change in South Asia.

Date: December 18, 2009 - 15:00-17:00
Venue: COWI, Parallelvej 2, Lyngby, Denmark
Registration deadline: December 16, 2009 by email to Peter Vangsbo.


Southern African Nordic Centre (SANORD): Multilateral Networking, Cooperation and Mobility through Research and Higher Education – What is in it for you?

DDRN is inviting you to participate in an informal meeting on promotion of collaboration between Nordic and Southern African Institutions within Higher Education and Research. 

Date: February 3, 2010 – 15:00–16:30
Venue: Department of Geography and Geology, Øster Voldgade 10, Copenhagen K. 
Read more..


Agricultural development and support: Experience from the past, prospects for the future?

Meeting organised by the Evaluation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Denmark in cooperation with the Technical Advisory Services in the MFA and the Danish Development Research Network (DDRN). The meeting will bring together researchers, evaluators and experts in the field of agriculture, including participants from partner countries.

Date: March 18, 2010
Venue: Eigtveds Pakhus, Copenhagen
Read more.. 


Meeting on new possibilities for cooperation on development research at SDU

The Secretariat of DDRN will soon visit the University of Southern Denmark (SDU).

Date: March 2, 2010 – 10:00-12:00
Venue: Room 96, SDU, Campusvej 55, Odense
Read more..


Two student assistance positions vacant at the DDRN secretariat

DDRN is looking for two students to assist the secretariat, which is the implementing unit of the network, where information is gathered and disseminated. In collaboration with the DDRN board, the secretariat supports activities carried out by network members and organizes conferences and other meetings. Students are needed both for routine and development-oriented tasks to help the secretariat implement the work plan of DDRN. The work place will be at the secretariat in Copenhagen and the working hours for each student will be around 14 hours in average. Application deadline: Friday April 9, 2010. 

Please follow the link to the full job description.


Konference om dansk uddannelsesforskning rettet mod udviklingslande [in Danish]

Danmarks Pædagogiske Universitetsskole/Aarhus Universitet, Danish Development Research Network (DDRN) og Uddannelsesnetværket inviterer til debat om den nye undersøgelse om 'Dansk udviklingsrelateret uddannelsesforskning - erfaringer og perspektiver'. På baggrund af undersøgelsens resultater vil konferencen vil lægge op til debat om muligheden for at skabe fora for forskere og praktikere til tværfaglige forskningsprojekter samt initiativer til at styrke udviklingsrelateret uddannelsesforskning.

Dato: 27. maj 2010 - 10:00 - 17:00
Sted: DPU, Tuborgvej 164, 2400 København NV
Deadline for tilmelding: 13. maj 2010


International Conference on Climate Change and Human Mobility

The aim of the conference is to focus on emerging patterns of human mobility in relation to environmental change. The general ambition is to identify the complex patterns of causality inhering in human migration, and to highlight the range of human capacities for responding to environmental challenge.

Date: April 12-14, 2010
Venue: University of Copenhagen
Deadline for registration: March 26, 2010


Research for water, environment and development: Make sure that research is relevant for societies – and is being used

Joint seminar hosted by DDRN, DWF and ViVA. This seminar will present two initiatives related to research and communication: 1. The European project Splash, an Era-net linked to the European Water Initiative, and 2. Communication work and needs from the perspective of the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology. The seminar will include time for discussion and experience sharing. Please read the programme and concept note.

Date: May 6, 2010 - 14:00-16:30
Venue: GEUS, Øster Voldgade 10, 1350 København K.
More presentations are welcome. Please contact Miriam Feilberg before April 29, 2010. Registration to Hanne Berthelsen no later than May 4, 2010.


Workshop on Development in Indonesia

The Nordic Indonesia Studies Network (NISN) is hosting its second annual three-day workshop under the title Developing Indonesia. The workshop will focus on development in Indonesia since 1998; initiatives taken, the challenges encountered, and the experiences gained. Discussions will be from a range of perspectives and scholarly disciplines. International scholars and practitioners will present keynote speeches and moderate discussions in working groups.

Date: April 21-23, 2010
Venue: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS), Leifsgade 33, 3rd floor, 2300 Copenhagen S.
For additional information, please read the programme and contact one of the organisers. Registration (obligatory): norindostudies@gmail.com.


NEW: DDRN General Assembly 2010

This will be the fifth general assembly of DDRN. Five board members are on election and besides two substitutes should be elected, so you are welcome to consider putting yourself up as a candidate for the board. Below you can download the following documents:

1) Draft Agenda,
2) Guidelines for Running for the Board and for Election of Board Members,  
3) Articles of Association.

Date: May 26, 2010, 13:00-15:00
Venue: Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
For detailed deadlines and more information, please follow this link.


2010 Bolivian Conference on Development Economics (BCDE2010)

The conference aims at bringing together local and international scholars for the exchange of ideas and discussion of recent results within theoretical and applied development economics research. Female researchers and young Bolivian researchers are particularly encouraged to submit papers on all topics within the field of development economics.

Date: November 18-19, 2010
Venue: La Paz, Bolivia


Workshop - Initiate linking between Danish research and development institutions to promote opportunities for organic agriculture and demand-driven research. [in English] Workshop - Samarbejde mellem dansk forskning og NGOere om at udvikle et bæredygtigt økologisk landbrug. [in Danish]

The objectives of this workshop are to present, discuss and analyse the opportunities and limitations of collaboration between research institutions and NGOs focusing on organic and/or agro-ecological farming. The workshop will provide a space for discussing ideas on objectives and structure of a collaboration network between research and development organisations in Denmark as well as with research institutions, development organisations and farmers internationally.

Date: November 9, 2010
Venue: Århus, Denmark


Capacity Enhancement through Scientific Communication: Information Portals in Vietnam

The seminar aims to initiate a discussion among researchers, information specialists and representatives from the private sector and state in Vietnam on: 1) Creative approaches to scientific communication; how to enhance capacity through communication and dissemination; 2) New ways of making information partnerships work; 3) Collaborative working tools, sharing knowledge resources by using Portals and other forms for information infrastructure; and 4) The power/culture issues; private sector, state and information needs.

Date: August 19, 2010 - 9:30-17
Venue: Central Institute of Economic Management, Hanoi, Vietnam


Climate Change Impact, Adaptation and Mitigation - Researchers' Day

This event aims to present an overview of Danish knowledge within climate change research related to international challenges and developing countries, increase cooperation between climate change researchers from different disciplines including natural, social, health and economic sciences and provide room for networking and discussion between climate change researchers.

Date: October 7, 2010
Venue: GEUS, Øster Voldgade 10, 1350 Copenhagen K, Denmark
Registration to hab@dhigroup.com no later than October 4, 2010.


Conference: Understanding the possibilities and limitations for Africa to access international markets: a good basis for real development

After decades of bilateral collaboration between Africa and Europe, it is now believed that the interest to have direct contact between African and European private companies will lead to development through the private sector as opposed to governments. In order to provide a good basis for this collaboration, it is important to understand the possibilities and limitations for African producers to be valuable partners for their European counterparts. This seminar invites scientific experts from Denmark and Africa to discuss the rules of international trade and their consequences for African producers' access to European markets.

Date: September 24, 2010 - 10:00-17:00
Venue: Lecture hall B, Institute of Geography and Geology, Copenhagen, Denmark


Climate Change Adaptation - linking policies and practice [updated programme]

A workshop on climate change challenges and options for Danish development assistance organised by the Climate Change Task Force in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Issues to be discussed:
• How will climate change affect economic growth in developing countries?´
• What are key lessons from and recommendations to climate change adaptation in developing countries?
• Which tools, methods and policies are recommended for Danish development assistance to improve adaptation to climate change in developing countries?

Date: November 22-23, 2010
Venue: Copenhagen, Denmark


How do we strengthen the potential outcome of networks in the development sector?

The main purpose of this seminar organised jointly by DDRN and NGO-forum, is to highlight current trends in the international thinking on networks and to introduce current approaches, tools and frameworks, which can be used in assessing, developing and strengthening networks.

Date: October 12, 2010 - 13:00-17:00
Venue: University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Life Sciences, Thorvaldsensvej 40, Frederiksberg, Denmark
Registration to Signe Lund Christensen, slc@dca.dk no later than October 5, 2010.


Rethinking foreign aid: Where do we go from here? 

Political scientist Göran Hydén will question the effects of delivering foreign aid in accordance with general guidelines based on international agreements like the Millennium Development Goals and the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.  Some basic questions about the relationship between foreign aid and development in the African context will be discussed., including the new Danish strategy on development assistance "Freedom from Poverty - Freedom to Change".

Date: October 6, 2010 - 15:00-17:00
Venue: Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), the Lecture Hall, Strandgade 71, ground floor, 1401 Copenhagen K
Registration to: Lone Frederiksen, DDRN lf@ddrn.dk


Inspiration Seminar for Master students

The objectives of the meeting are to draw the attention of master students to possibilities and challenges in work related to Danish development assistance and in carrying out field studies in a developing country.

Date: November 4, 2010, 13:15-15:00
Venue: Aarhus University, Denmark


Bangladesh Conference: Improving Research Infrastructures with Social Media

The Bangladesh Conference aims at helping institutes in Bangladesh and surrounding countries to develop effective research infrastructures by strengthening information skills of a target group of 60 students, researchers, policy-makers and individual practitioners in the field of global development studies and research. Through hands-on exercises the participants will be introduced to tools to present themselves, find experts, share knowledge and work together.

Date: February 24-25, 2011
Venue: Dhaka, Bangladesh


Perspectives on global warming and livestock in developing countries of Latin America. Spanish.

Livestock contribute to global warming worldwide. As well, the negative impact of global warming will be more pronounced on livestock of small producers in developing countries. This situation requires mitigation and adaptation strategies that will consider biological, economic and social aspects. These topics will be included in this symposium.

Date: May 10-12, 2011
Venue: Auditorium of Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, Lima, Peru


Global Value Chains and Sustainable Development

The global value chains perspective is gaining increasing importance in international development cooperation. Most private sector programs now include value chain interventions. Yet, pertinent questions remain unanswered: what are the impacts for producers, households and the local community? Do global value chain interventions contribute to sustainable development? How can impacts be measured? A new draft program is now available.

Date: May 24-25, 2011
Venue: Building 101, Auditorium 1, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Lyngby, Denmark
Registration deadline: May 19, 2011


Call for poster presentations: Global Value Chains and Sustainable Development

This conference arranged by the Global Value Chains in Business and Development Working Group of DDRN seeks to consolidate a research network on a key issue in development aid, which calls for a cross-disciplinary and a networked effort including researchers, aid practitioners, NGO representatives, and value chain stakeholders.

Date: May 24-25, 2011
Venue: Building 101, Auditorium 1, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Lyngby, Denmark
Deadline for registration and submission of posters: May 10, 2011


General Assembly 2011

On the background of many members' appreciation of DDRN's news services, North-South linkages and multi-stakeholder approach, efforts are being put into transforming the network to an association based on voluntary involvement when Danida funding expires by the end of June 2011. Together with a report on the activities carried out in 2010-2011, this issue will be the central one at the 6th DDRN General Assembly. Decisions will be taken on:

  • Proposals emerging from the initiatives taken at the brainstorming meeting on May 12, 2011
  • Amendment of Articles of Association
  • Election of a new board

It is important for the future of the network that many members contribute.

Date: June 15, 2011 - 13:45-16:00
Venue:  Room 6.1.611 (Area 6, 1st floor, Staff room),
Institute of Geography & Geology, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Registration deadline: June 14, 2011 at 10 a.m.


DDRN Seminar - North-South research cooperation on a win-win basis

Internationalisation of research is increasing and research for development needs to be approached from a global perspective. At the same time research partnerships and research cooperation for development happen in a much divided world.

  • So what are the opportunities, challenges and benefits of North-South research partnerships from the perspective of the Global South?
  • Is there anything to gain from a closer regional cooperation in networks and programmes?
  • What does it take to bridge the traditional North/South divide?
  • How do we best feed the research agenda into the policy agenda?

Are you interested in debating these issues and listening to voices and messages from South Africa and the Nordic countries, then register for the thematic seminar organised by DDRN. 

Date: June 15, 2011 - 9:30-13:45 (including lunch)
Venue: Room 6.1.611 (Area 6, 1st floor, Staff room) Institute of Geography and Geology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Registration deadline: June 14, 2011 at 10 a.m.


NEW: Green Growth & Low Carbon Development

Danish Technical University, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs & United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) are organising this 20 year anniversary seminar for the UNEP Risoe Centre.

Date: November 4, 2011 - 9:00-17:00
Venue: Danmarks Radio, Koncerthuset, Studie 4, Copenhagen, Denmark


Dialogue on Aid Interventions in Value Chains: Recent experiences and their implications for an aid strategy

The GVC working group is organizing a dialogue event focusing on poverty alleviation through donor support to the private sector, in particular through the development of value chains for agricultural products. See more information and the programme for the event here.

Date: February 29, 2012 - 16:00-17:45
Venue: Danish Federation of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Islands Brygge 26, 2300 København S

Participant fee: DKK 100 (includes refreshments)
Transfer DKK 100 to Reg.nr. 8401, konto 1167750 with your name and “GVC” in text field.

Deadline for registration: February 22, 2012
Send an e-mail to info@ddrn.dk with your name and affiliation

     
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