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Climate Change and Foreign Policy: An exploration of options for greater integration

The report by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) (2007) presents a series of recommendations on how foreign policy can help to foster international cooperation on climate change action. This opens up a broad array of new opportunities, because climate change is intimately connected with a wider social, economic and geopolitical agenda. The message of this report is clear: an integrated climate change–foreign policy approach has the potential to improve prospects for more effective efforts to address climate change at the national and international level. Please follow the link to the report.

Conference Proceedings: Danida Development Days

The Development Days held on June 11-13 2007 were carried out successfully and provided a good opportunity for strengthening dialogue between people working professionally with development issues in Denmark. The Technical Advisory Services (TAS) at Ministry of Foreign Affairs expect to hold DDD next year on June 9-11 at Eigtveds Pakhus.

All presentations and papers received, as well as the output reports from the workshops have now been uploaded on www.danidadevforum.um.dk/en

Connecting Science, Society and Development

Development Studies Association (DSA), Annual Conference 2007. Emerging patterns of scientific and technological change offer a new lens through which to consider major themes such as global inequality, power relations and governance, and the place of gender, social difference and culture. The conference will explore these issues by addressing topics such as agricultural biotechnologies, health technologies, climate change and citizen knowledge, and explore broader cross-cutting themes.

Date: September 18 - 20, 2007
Venue: Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex For more information please visit DSA'a website.

Poverty in Focus: Analysing and achieving Pro-Poor Growth

This article bye the International Poverty Centre (IPC), March 2007, is intended to illuminate the state-of-the art regarding the policy implications of the relationship between economic growth and income poverty reduction. The authors spell out and apply different definitions and measures in discussing various policy-related aspects of pro-poor growth and summarising research results. It is clear that much more pro-poor growth, whatever the definition, is needed in most countries if the first Millennum Development Goal is to be achieved. To read more follow the link to the article.


Globalaccess2 website launched

The globalaccess2 website is an experimental portal for tracking research literature availability, especially in the developing world. It is maintained by the Mann Library at the US-based Cornell University has been launched recently.
To enter the site follow this link.

South Asian Regional Conference - Invisible Faces of Violence on Women in Politics: Breaking the Silence

The Regional Conference is organised to bring women politicians, researchers, academicians, international and regional institutions and media persons of South Asia working on this and related issues, together on a common platform.

Date: September 18-20, 2007
Venue: Katmandhu, Nepal
For registration and more information visit the VAWIP website.

Donor Support to Political Parties: Status and Principles

Report by Inge Amundsen, Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Report R 2007: 6). This paper outlines the modalities, principles and practices of donor support to political parties, wchich, due to the political sensitivity of the issue, are supported by donors indirectly. To download the report, please follow this link.

Conflict and Security in Africa: The Present Challenges

At the seminar, seven researchers, all of whom are affiliated with the Africa Security Analysis Programme ASAP), will present some of their findings on topical issues. ASAP is the early warning and conflict analysis unit of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and tracks, monitors and provides analyses and policy options on a permanent and on-going basis on 11 Sub-Saharan African countries.

Date: Friday, September 28, 2007 - 09.00-16.00
Venue: Danish Institute for International Studies DIIS, Main Auditorium, Strandgade 71, Copenhagen K
Participation is free of charge. Registration online before September 27, 2007. Please vidsit DIIS website.

Research Partnership Programme (RPP)

The RPP, funded by the Danish International Development Assistance (Danida), and organised by The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) offers researchers from developing and transitional countries the unique opportunity of becoming a guest researcher at the DIHR for a semester of five months. Five guest researchers are affiliated with the DIHR from August to December each year.

The objective of the RPP is to build research capacity and thereby upgrading and expanding the resource bases within the field of human rights. All research projects in the field of human rights/including a strong human rights component are invited.

Application deadline: February 1, 2008. For further information, please visit the DIHR website or download the RPP brochure: English version [PDF], French version [PDF]. 

Assessing the Potential of Fair Trade for Poverty Reduction and Conflict Prevention: A Case Study of Bolivian Coffee Producers

By Sandra Imhof, swisspeace, and Andrew Lee, Europainstitut, University of Basel, June 2007. This study addresses the central question of whether Fair Trade – and in particular Fair Trade coffee – has the potential to be used as a comprehensive tool for poverty reduction. More specifically, it: 1) assesses the impact of Fair Trade on small-scale coffee producers in Bolivia; 2) analyses the impact of Fair Trade on producers not participating in Fair Trade; 3) explores the Fair Trade-conflict nexus by hypothesising a potential positive impact of Fair Trade on conflict prevention.

The study is available online on the swisspeace website [PDF].

Developmental States in the New Millennium: Concepts and Challenges for a New Aid Agenda

Development Policy Review, 2007, 25 (5): 531-552, by Verena Fritz and Alina Rocha Menocal. The developmental state is back at the centre of the international policy debate. But policy-makers still have much to learn from the large research-based literature on the subject. In introducing a theme issue of DPR on this subject, this article provides an overview of three central topics: the relationship between the project of building or rebuilding effective states and the ‘good governance’ agenda; the role of the international aid community in stimulating or hindering state-building; and the search for a way forward which incorporates awareness of the variety of successful development models and of the role that aid inevitably plays in the incentive structure of state elites in poor developing countries.

The article is available online. Please follow this link [PDF].

Peace Processes and Statebuilding: Economic and Institutional Provisions of Peace Agreements

Report was prepared for the World Bank and UNDP under the stewardship of the Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen (Norway) by Astri Suhrke, Torunn Wimpelmann and Marcia Dawes, March 2007. The study is intended to (i) provide an overview of the relevant literature on peace agreements in relation to state-and peace-building, and (ii) assess to what extent provisions relevant to statebuilding have been included in contemporary peace agreements, as well as the role of international aid agencies in the negotiating process. six categories of provisions that are relevant to statebuilding in a post-conflict setting. These are (i) security, (ii) public administration and governance, (iii) justice, (iv) economic recovery and reform, (v) political representation and accountability, and (vi) post-conflict integration.

The study is available online on the CMI website [PDF].

Public Event with the UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights

A public event will take place immediately following the International Business and Human Rights Conference 2007 where the UN Special Representative, John Ruggie, will present the main conclusions from the Conference. The public event will concern the question of the role of States in ensuring human rights protection in relation to violations which occur through acts of corporations.

Date: Friday, November 9, 2007 - 4.30pm – 6.00pm
Venue: Eigtveds Pakhus, Asiatisk Plads 2, 1402 Copenhagen K
For further details, please read the letter of invitation [pdf].

Report: Informal International Consultation on Farmers´ Rights, 18 - 20 September 2007, Lusaka, Zambia

Co-hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway, and the Zambia Agriculture Research Institute of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries. The report was published in October 2007 and summarises the presentations, discussions and conclusions of the consultations.

The report is available online on the website of the Norwegian Government [pdf].

Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration of Combatants: The Magic Bullet for Peace and Stability?

This seminar is organised by the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) and focuses on three main issues: 1) Major challenges for the social and economic reintegration of former combatants; 2) Civilian-Military relations in Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) programmes; 3) Gender aspects of DDR programmes and alternative approaches to conventional DDR.

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 10.00-12.00
Venue: DIIS, Main Auditorium, Strandgade 71, ground floor, 1401 Copenhagen K.
For further information and registration, please visit the DIIS website.

Public meeting on Human Rights and State Fragility

The Danish Institute for Human Rights and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are organising a joint arrangement aiming at reflecting and debating present trends and developments regarding linkages between human rights and state fragility and how this influence ways of working.

In addition the organsers will share with a wider audience the debates that took place at an international workshop on April 21, 2008, on Human Rights and Fragile States, convened by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2008 - 13.00-16.30
Venue: Danish Institute for Human Rights, Wilders Plads 8 H, Copenhagen K.
Participation is free, but you should register with Anders von Deden on 32698856 or avd@humanrights.dk before Friday, April 18, 2008. For more information, please see the programme [pdf].

Tematisk drøftelse om demokratisering og udvikling, herunder betydningen af effektive parlamenter og politiske partier samt frie medier og ytringsfrihed [in Danish]

Udenrigsministeriet inviterer den danske ressourcebase til en uformel temadebat. 

Tid: Fredag den 14. marts 2008 kl. 9-13
Sted: Eigtveds Pakhus, rum II, Asiatisk Plads, København K
For flere informationer se venligst Udenrigsministeriets hjemmeside.

Whole-of-Government Approaches to Public Finance Management in Fragile States

This conference organized by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) will be one of three thematic conferences to provide guidance on conducting whole of government approaches in fragile and conflict affected countries. 

Date: March 17-18, 2008
Venue: Paris, France
For more information, please visit the OECD website.

Offentligt debatmøde om det danske engagement i skrøbelige stater [in Danish]

Udenrigsministeriet er i øjeblikket i gang med formulering af et sæt vejledende principper for dansk engagement i skrøbelige stater og inviterer i den forbindelse den danske ressourcebase til et offentligt debatmøde.

Tid: Tirsdag den 25. marts 2008 kl. 13.00-17.00
Sted: Eigtveds Pakhus, Asiatisk Plads, København K.
For flere informationer se venligst Udenrigsministeriets hjemmeside

An End to Two Decades of War in Northern Uganda?
Negotiating Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration with the Lord’s Resistance Army

Anton Baaré, who was adviser to the team which mediated the peace agreement between the Ugandan government and the Lord's Resistance Army, will provide an insider's view on the mediation process, its trade-offs, tactics, strategies and results.

Date: Monday, June 2, 2008, 13.30-15.30
Venue: Danish Institute for International Studies, Main Auditorium, Strandgade 71, ground floor, 1401 Copenhagen K.
For more information, please visit DIIS' website.

Understanding Genocide

International research symposium on the promises and limits of psychological approaches to genocides and their implicationsat. The conference is for PhD students and others with an interest in theorizing mass violence and responses to genocide.

Date: August 25-28, 2008
Venue: University of Copenhagen
Fore more information, please visit DIIS' website

Future protection challenges - Responding to conflict and forced displacement

This conference will consider how factors generating conflict may evolve over the next 5-10 years, what that implies for the nature of forced displacement, and how the international community should respond to resulting future protection challenges.

Key note speech by UN High Commissioner for Refugees
António Guterres. The Conference will be opened by the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation
Ulla Tørnæs.

Date: June 4, 2008, 9:00-12:30
Venue: Ingeniørforeningens Mødecenter, Kalvebod Brygge 31-33, 1780 Copenhagen V.
For more information, please see the Humanitarian Space website.

State Recognition and Democratization in Sub-Saharan Africa - A New Dawn for Traditional Authorities?

The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) is organising a book launch. The book State Recognition and Democratization in Sub-Saharan Africa critically scrutinises the relationship between formal state recognition of traditional authority and democratisation in Mozambique, Zambia, Namibia, Malawi, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia, and relates these developments to the declining democracy in Zimbabwe and emerging states in Northern Somalia. 

Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2008, 14.00-16.30
Venue: DIIS, Main Auditorium, Strandgade 71, ground floor, 1401 Copenhagen K.
For more information and registration, please visit DIIS' website.

Call for Applications: MICROCON INCO Training Fund

The INCO Fund is intended to support and encourage the training and mobility of young and senior, male and female researchers from INCO countries - developing countries that have cooperation agreements with the European Union.

The Fund aims to allow researchers to participate actively in research activities being undertaken by MICROCON’s partners, and to share knowledge and experience. This will build their own expertise in the micro level analysis of violent conflict, and help them to build linkages with MICROCON.

Application deadline: September 30, 2008. For more information, please follow this link..

Restructured Eldis governance resource guide

Eldis has recently restructured its governance resource guide with new sub-themes. To see more, please follow this link..

4th EADI International Summer School: Recent Perspectives on Development Cooperation, Peace and Conflict

This Summer School is organised by HEGOA-Institute of Development and International Cooperation Studies, at the University of the Basque Country, in collaboration with the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI).

This Summer School is aimed at Masters and PhD students and professionals from NGOs, governmental institutions, research and training institutes, foundations, and other interested people.

Date: September 8-12, 2008
Venue: Bilbao, Spain
Registration deadline: July 15, 2008. For more information, please follow this link.

Job: Research Analyst on Democracy, Governance and Wellbeing at UNRISD

The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) requires a Research Analyst to work under the direction of the Research Co-ordinator responsible for the ‘Poverty Reduction and Policy Regimes’ project, the Flagship Report on Poverty to be published in 2009 and future projects under the ‘Democracy, Governance and Wellbeing’ programme.

Closing date: July 3, 2008. For more information, please visit the website of UNRISD.

Discussing the legitimacy and effectiveness of a human rights approach in Africa

Seminar series organised by the Research Partnership Programme at the Danish Institute for Human Rights.

Dates and themes:
September 24, 2008, 10:00–12:00 - Challenges for human rights intervention in fragile states
September 30, 2008, 10:00-12:00 - Human rights mechanisms in Africa – experiences and challenges (Not confirmed)
October 7, 2008, 10:00-12:00 - The Danish aid strategy on gender

Venue: Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), Copenhagen K
For more information, please read the announcement [pdf].

Legal Empowerment of the Poor

A report launched by the High Level Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor in June 2008, found that four billion people – the majority of the world’s people – are excluded from the rule of law. The report will be discussed at this meeting.

Date: October 8, 2008, 13:00-17:15
Venue: Lund University, St Algatan 4, 1st floor, Lund, Sweden
For more information, please follow this link

Humanitarian space and military operations: Human rights and international humanitarian law perspectives

The symposium is organized by the Danish Institute for Human Rights, the Danish Red Cross, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Danish Ministry of Defence.

Date: November 26-27, 2008
Venue: Hall III, Eigtveds Pakhus, Asiatisk Plads 2 G, 1448 Copenhagen
Read more about the symposium on Humanitarian Space website.

DIHR presentation of research projects in Mali and Niger

The Research Partnership Programme of the Danish Institute for Human Rights invites you to the following presentation of two research projects by their visiting researchers from Mali and Niger:
- Les Multinationales face au respect des droits économiques, sociaux et culturels au Mali : Cas des Sociétés Minières de Morila et Sadiola.
- Quel droit applicable à la famille au Niger ? Le pluralisme juridique en question.

Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2008 - 13:00 -14:30 (followed by reception)
Venue: DIHR, Wilders plads 8H, Copenhaken K, Nordskov room
For more information, please read the full announcement [pdf, 23kB]. 

Call for Papers: CGD Fragile States Project

The Fragile States Initiative at the Center for Global Development (CGD) is soliciting papers for a new project on donor strategies to mitigate weaknesses and build sustainable economies in fragile states. In particular, the transition from immediate post-conflict assistance to longer-term development assistance needs to be better understood. 

Submission deadline: February 6, 2009. For more information, please visit the website of CGD.

Internship at the Danish Institute for Human Rights

The Human Rights & Business Project at the Danish Institute for Human Rights is seeking three interns who can start working with us in August 2009.

The applicants must have a high standard first degree in human rights, law, business studies, political science, anthropology, development studies, or related field.

Please send a cover letter, a CV and a writing sample in English. Applications must be submitted no later than March 23, 2009. For more information, please visit the website of DIHR

Public hearing on draft strategy for democracy and human rights in development cooperation [draft in Danish]

The Danish Government is working on a new strategy to foster democracy and human rights in development cooperation. This strategy will constitute the first specific implementation of the overall human rights strategy and will place focus on support for political processes and the establishment of legal systems.

The strategy suggests increased focus on the following action areas:

  • The development of pluralistic political systems, including the strengthening of parliaments and parliamentary processes in a working democracy as well as capacity development of political parties and cross-party dialogue.
  • The strengthening of national human rights institutions.
  • The improvement of poor and marginalised groups’ access to the legal system and to local conflict resolution, including support for informal legal systems that respect human rights.

The Danish Minister for Development Cooperation has launched a public hearing on the strategy. Deadline for submitting comments is Wednesday, March 25, 2009. The draft strategy is available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs [only in Danish]. For more information about the process in English, follow this link.

Taking up the Global Challenge: Analysing the implementation of innovations and governance for sustainable development

15th annual conference organised by the International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS). The conference will focus on the scientific analysis of the key factors explaining successes (and failure) in the many practices of implementation of innovations and governance for sustainable development.

Date: July 5-8, 2009
Venue: Utrecht University, Netherlands
For more information, ´please visit the website of the event.

Debatmøde: UM’s nye strategier på menneskerettigheder og demokratisering [in Danish]

Udenrigsministeriet har for nyligt lanceret to nye strategier vedrørende menneskerettigheder og demokrati. Institut for Menneskerettigheder og Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke (MS) arrangerer dette debatmøde for at mobilisere kræfterne og udtrykke visioner for det fremtidige danske engagement
på menneskerettigheder og demokratisering. 

Tid: Torsdag d. 26. marts 2009, kl. 14.00-17.00
Sted: MS Auditoriet, Fælledvej 12 (Opgang B)
For mere information se venligst programmet [pdf, 73kB].

Debatmøde: Global Governance - hvad nu? [in Danish]

Debatmøde arrangeret af Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke (MS) med: Sus Ulbæk, multilateral chef for Danida, Nanna Hvidt, direktør for DIIS, og Frans Mikael Jansen, generalsekretær for MS.

Tid: 16. april 2009 kl. 17:00-19:00
Sted: MS, Fælledvej 12, København N.
Læs mere om mødet på MSes hjemmeside.

Brown Bag Lunch: Public Financial Management Reforms

Technical Advisory Services (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark - MFA) and MFA Competence Centre invite to a brown bag lunch meeting with a presentation on public financial management reforms by Carole Pretorius, International PFM Experton.

Date: April 3, 2009 - 11.00-13.30
Venue: Meeting room 1, Arkitekternes Hus, Strandgade, Copenhagen K.
For more information, please visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   

E-Discussion on Working with Men to Promote Women in Politics

This E-Discussion launched by the International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics will create an opportunity for both men and women in politics to share their experiences, strategies and examples in building partnerships and addressing the imbalance for society as a whole when women are not involved in political processes. This E-Discussion will also seek to hear from men in politics on how they are supporting women in public life.

Date: March 16-31, 2009 - ONLINE
For more information, please follow this link.

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].

Call for Abstracts: Africa Focus 2008 - Theme: Governance in Africa

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) invites the scholarly community and policy intellectuals to send in extended abstracts of chapters for consideration for inclusion in the first issue of the HSRC’s new annual publication Africa Focus.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is: April 1, 2009. For more information, please follow this link.

Religion, Development and Good Governance

Seminar organised by the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), the Department for Anthropology and the Department for Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen.

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 14:00-16:30
Venue: DIIS, Strandgade 71, Copenhagen K.
For more information, please visit the website of DIIS.

Job: Research Fellow at IDS

The Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction (VPR) Team at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is seeking to recruit up to two Fellows, with the aim of strengthening the Team's capacities in respect of: the following areas: 1) Policy responses to vulnerability and poverty - interactions between poverty and the environment; 2) Policy responses to vulnerability and poverty - the relationships between poverty, conflict and social protection.

Closing date: May 22, 2009. For more information, please visit the website of IDS.

Citizenship, Democratic Participation and Civil Society in Global Perspective

Conference organised by the Centre for International Studies in Citizenship, Democratic Participation and Civil Society (CIPACI), Roskilde University in cooperation with the CINEFOGO Network of Excellence. The conference will be dedicated to a series of public lectures by distinguished scholars from Latin America, Asia and Africa with comments from discussants based at civil society studies centres in Europe.

Date: May 12, 2009 - 9:00-16:15
Venue: Roskilde University, building 25.1, Roskilde, Denmark
Registration deadline: May 4, 2009. For more information, please read the conference programme [pdf, 332kB].

Job: Anti-Corruption Research Fellow at IDLO

The International Development Law Organisation (IDLO) seeks an Anti-Corruption Research Fellow for its Headquarters in Rome, Italy to assist in the implementation of its 2009-2010 Coca-Cola Anti-Corruption Program.

Closing date: May 20, 2009. For more information, please follow this link.

International Conference on Public Policy for Sustainable Development

University of Malaya, through the International Institute of Public Policy and Management (INPUMA) will be organising this conference, which focuses on how institutions craft, shape,implement and enforce specific policies in addressing the complexities of sustainable development.

Date: August 4-5, 2009
Venue: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
For more information, please visit the website of INPUMA.

Japan’s UN Diplomacy in International Peace and Security: The Role of the UN Peacebuilding Commission and Beyond

Seminar organised by Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) with Toshiya Hoshino, Professor at Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University.

Date: May 19, 2009 - 10:00-12:00
Venue: DIIS; Main Auditorium, Strandgade 71, Copenhagen K.
For registration and further information, please see DIIS' website.

NEW: Failing States: Weapons Proliferation, Piracy and Organised Crime

This is the second seminar in a series of four organised by the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), where leading international experts on security seek to provide insights into the Security Challenges for the 21st century, Responding to New Threats.

Date: June 24, 2009 - 09:30-12:30
Venue: DIIS, Main Auditorium, Strandgade 71, Copenhagen K.

NEW: Call for Papers: Human rights during transition from plan to market

Conference organised by the Danish Institute of Human Rights (DIHR) to explore similarities and differences and improve the cooperation between scholars and activists working towards better protection of human rights in countries undergoing economic transition.

Date: November 19-20, 2009
Venue: DIHR, Copenhagen K.
Submission deadline: June 15, 2009. For more information, please follow this link.

Denmark’s new Humanitarian Strategy and the Responsibility to Protect (R2P).

The Strategy for Danish Humanitarian Action is undergoing revision. The draft strategy has been in public hearing and is about to be sent to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Danish Parliament for their comments.
As part of the strategy process, a half-day seminar on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) toke place in Parliament on 12 June 2009. The seminar focused on Protection of Civilians and the concept of R2P.

First Bolivian Conference on Development Economics (BCDE2009)

The Institute for Advanced Development Studies (INESAD), the Society of Bolivian Economists (SBE), and Universidad Privada Boliviana (UPB), are jointly organizing the first Bolivian Conference on Development Economics. The DDRN financed 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, La Paz, Bolivia

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

Job: Research fellow at the Institute of Development Studies - Governance Team

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is looking for a research fellow for the Governance Team to lead and conduct cutting edge, policy-oriented research on public authority, state-society relations, and state capacity at transnational, national and local levels. The successful candidate would contribute to defining and undertaking new research agendas, form partnerships with southern institutions and undertake some graduate teaching.

Closing date is October 29, 2009 - 12:00 (UK time).

Job: Seniorforsker i moderne terrorisme til DIIS [in Danish]

Dansk Institut for Internationale Studier (DIIS) søger pr. 1. januar 2010 en seniorforsker inden for moderne terrorismes betydning i international politik, terrorismens teori- og begrebshistorie samt Al-Qaeda-baseret terrorisme. Stillingen indbefatter bidragelse til den tematiske og teoretiske udvikling af forskningen i DIIS generelt samt til etableringen og/eller udviklingen af faglige netværk med relevante nationale myndigheder og medier samt med det øvrige nationale og internationale forskningsmiljø på området.

Ansøgningsfristen er 16. oktober 2009, kl. 12:00.

Democratization in Africa: Retrospective and Future Prospects

Workshop organised by the Working Group on Governance of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI). Participation is open to interested persons who are not members of the group, but please contact the workshop organisers.

Date: December 4-5, 2009
Venue: University of Leeds, UK

Promoting Global Value Chains: The Role of Governance

Workshop organised by the Working Group on Industrialisation Strategies of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), in co-operation with Maastricht School of Management. Participation is open to interested persons who are not members of the group, but please contact the workshop organisers.

Date: November 26-27, 2009
Venue: Maastricht, Holland

Call for papers: 2010 International Conference on Good Governance and Human Rights

The 2010 International Conference on Good Governance and Human Rights (CGGHR) will bring together researchers to address open issues in all aspects of good governance and human rights. In this relation, CGGHR has issued a call for papers on good governance and human rights to be solicited at the conference and published.

Date: February 26-29, 2010
Venue: Singapore
Deadline for submission is November 1, 2009.

Udviklingscaféer [in Danish]

Udenrigsministeriet inviterer til fire udviklingscaféer i efteråret 2009. Idéen med caféerne er at skabe en uformel ramme, hvor deltagerne kan tage del i dialogen om fremtidens udviklingspolitik. Arrangementerne er åbne for alle interesserede, men kræver tilmelding (for mere information se hjemmeside).

Dato og tema:
12. november 2009 - Befolkningstilvækst, migration og urbanisering
24. november 2009 [OBS NY DATO!]- Fred, sikkerhed og skrøbelige stater

Sted: Udenrigsministeriets kantine, Asiatisk Plads 2, indgang E, 1448 København K.

NEW: Africa Seminar - Somalia and the cost of state failure

At this Africa Seminar hosted by the Centre of African Studies, Nuradin Dirie, former presidential candidate in Somalia and senior special advisor at UNICEF, will discuss the current situation in Somalia, focussing not only on the human cost, but also the cost of (in)stability for Somalia, its neighbours and the rest of the world.

Date: October 8, 2009 - 15:15-17:00
Venue: Centre of African Studies, Købmagergade 46, 4. th. 1150 Copenhagen K

Governing through Standards

The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) is hosting an international symposium to be held on February 24-26, 2010 on governing through standards. The symposium aims at bringing together scholars studying standards, their new content and roles, across a wide range of areas - the financial sector, the environment and climate, labour and public management, the agro-food sector, health and safety etc.

Date: February 24-26, 2010
Venue: Copenhagen, Denmark

Enforcement, Evasion and Informality: Theory and Practice

The International Policy Center at the Gerard R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, and Cornell University are hosting this conference that will discuss theoretical, empirical and policy papers.

Date: June 4-6, 2010
Venue: Ford School in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Call for Expressions of Interest: New Research Programme Consortia on Effective and Fragile States, and Taxation
The Department for International Development (DFID) seeks service providers for several new Research Programmes. The purpose of the programmes is to generate new policy-relevant knowledge that will help DFID and the wider development community to eradicate world poverty.

Application deadline for the 4 contracts: January 5-8, 2010, depending on the topic.

Policy Forum 2010: Women Moderating Extremism

The Policy Forum will be the culmination of two weeks of consultations on combating extremism with women leaders from Pakistan, Bosnia, Lebanon, and Rwanda. Working to moderate the influence of those who promote violence and reject dialogue, these leaders demonstrate that women are one of the most important untapped resources to promote stable governments.

Date: January 19, 2010
Venue: Washington, DC, US

Opstartmøde om jordrettigheder [in Danish]

MS arbejder med jordrettigheder ud fra et governance perspektiv og synes, det kunne være frugtbart at få kontakt med andre, der har samme interesse. Efter et indledende møde mellem MS, DIIS og Care, er der blevet taget initiativ til at indkalde til et bredere møde med deltagere fra flere NGOer og universiteter.
Der er et behov fra NGO-siden for at styrke det analytiske niveau samt at udvikle metoder til at indsamle viden mhp. evidensbaseret advocacy. Samtidig har forskere brug for at samarbejde med NGOer ifm. deres forskning. Vi ser derfor nogle gode muligheder for at få gavn af hinandens viden og kontakter og dermed styrke kvaliteten af vort arbejde.

Tidspunkt: 8. December kl. 14.30 - 16.30
Sted: MS, Fælledvej 12, 2200 København N.

Upcoming call for systematic review groups: Systematic Reviews for International Development. The UK Department for International Development (DFID) is piloting a systematic review project that aims to strengthen evidence-informed decision making. DFID will commission 25 systematic reviews on February 1, 2010 focusing on 5 thematic areas: Agriculture and Food, Climate and the Environment, Governance in Challenging Environments, Growth and Human Development.

Job: Governance Team Leader at Institute of Development Studies (IDS). IDS is seeking a new Team Leader to join the Governance Team. IDS requires an individual who has a well-established academic reputation and strong management experience, to contribute to the strategic direction of the institute and provide intellectual leadership and direction to the team of professionals in conducting cutting-edge, policy-oriented research.

Application deadline: March 16, 2010 - 12.00 noon (UK time)

NEW: Mumbai to Manila: The consequences of using a language of doom to describe traditional and non-traditional security threats

Drawing on experiences from the cases of the Mumbai bombings and the flooding of Manila by Typhoon Ketsana, the seminar, organised by the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), will discuss the growing tendency amongst certain professionals to make use of apocalyptic terms to describe almost any crisis or emergency.

Date: April 27, 2010 - 10:00-12:00
Venue: DIIS, Main Auditorium, Strandgade 71, 1401 Copenhagen K
Deadline for registration: April 26, 2010 - 12.00

NEW: Sovereignty, territory and emerging geopolitics

This seminar held at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) will look at the changes that have occurred in traditional geopolitics in the past decades and discuss questions of territorial sovereignty, citizenship, geopolitics, the international order and international responsabilities.

Date: May 3, 2010 - 9.30-12.00
Venue: DIIS, Strandgade 71, 1401 Copenhagen K
Registration deadline: April 30, 2010 - 12:00

NEW: Forskningens døgn på Rehabiliterings- og Forskningscentret for Torturofre [in Danish]

Rehabiliterings- og Forskningscentret for Torturofre (RCT) holder i forbindelse med forskningens døgn åbent hus med forskellige foredrag:
 - Alternativ retspraksis og udenoms retslige mord i Kenya - om Mungiki bevægelsen og politiet, ved Jakob Rasmussen.
 - Unges involvering i voldelige politiske organisationer i Bangladesh - ved Morten K. Andersen.

Dato: 22. april 2010 - 14:00-17:30
Sted: RCT, Borgergade 13, 1300 København K

Human Rights and Human Development

The Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA) are organising this conference which will explore how human rights can be incorporated into the theoretical and empirical study of human development and economic analysis. The conference aims to promote high quality academic research, and original policy and practice.

Date: September 21-23, 2010
Venue: University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan

NEW: The Illusory Lure of ‘Good Governance’ and the Hard Realities of Growth in Poor Countries

The ‘Good Governance’ agenda identifies a host of desirable governance goals for developing countries but its implementation and results have been very poor. Professor Mushtaq Khan’s presentation examines the theoretical and empirical limits of the consensus agenda and identifies the types of governance reforms that are supported by historically informed theory.

Date: June 24, 2010 - 14:00-15:45
Venue: Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), Copenhagen K.

CEESP Sharing Power Conference

The conference 'Sharing Power: A New Vision for Development' focuses on the need for policy and decision makers in Governments and Corporations to accommodate a greater level of inclusion of indigenous peoples and all citizens, in national and international policies on the management and governance of bio-cultural resources, and advocates the rights of mother earth - the planet.

Date: January 10-15, 2011
Venue: Whakatâne, New Zealand

Health, Human Rights and Migration

Research seminar about human rights and migrants' access to health services.

Date: September 30, 2010
Venue: CSS, Copenhagen, Denmark

NEW: Call for proposals: GDN Global Research Project on Governance

The Global Development Network (GDN) is now inviting researchers (teams and organisations) to submit proposals for its 9th Global Research Project, ‘Varieties of Governance: Effective Public Service Delivery’. Within a political economy framework, the project seeks to explore how formal and informal institutions impact the access to, cost and quality of public service delivery in the areas of education, water supply and transport infrastructure. The proposed studies should focus specifically on developing and transition countries.

Deadline for submissions: August 30, 2010

NEW: What is the Responsibility to Protect?

This seminar, arranged by the Danish Institute of International Studies (DIIS), will draw attention to the principled debates about R2P (the responsibility to protect, defined as the responsibility to project populations from genocides, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity), its historical contexts, successes and failures, and directions for the future.

Date: September 17, 2010
Venue: DIIS, Copenhagen, Denmark

NEW: Legal Empowerment, Poverty Alleviation and Improved Governance: Indications of Impact and Implications for Development Assistance - Brown Bag Lunch

Stephen Golub will discuss the nature of legal empowerment, evidence of its impact, controversies surrounding it, and implications for Danish development assistance. In doing so, he will draw on his research and consulting for several national aid programs as well as for international organizations such as UNDP and the World Bank

Date: October 13, 2010, 12-13.30
Venue: Room 2AB, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Copenhagen, Denmark

The Social Accordances of New Media and Communication Technologies: Encouraging Civic Engagement, Good Governance and Democratisation?

This seminar will discuss the social affordance of ICT and 'other' mass media in relation to issues of civic engagement, an advocacy approach to communication and the struggle for a democratic public sphere.

Date: October 7, 2010
Venue: CBIT (43.3.29), Roskilde University, Roskilde, Denmark

Call for applications 2011 - Development Research

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark invites applications for research grants related to development research. The objective of the support is to generate knowledge in order to promote the overall objective of the Danish development assistance to reduce poverty and support sustainable development. Grants will be awarded to research projects generating new knowledge relevant to the needs and strategies of the developing countries and relevant to Denmark’s development assistance. Furthermore, it is important that the research contribute to the research capacity building in developing countries.

Applications are accepted within the following themes:
1) Climate, energy and sustainable use of natural resources
2) Economic growth, employment and property rights
3) Fragile states, conflict and civil society 

Deadline for prequalification applications for larger strategic projects: December 8, 2010
Deadline for individual PhD and post-doc applications: February 11, 2011

Udviklingsbistand til Good Governance- er donorstøtte til politiske reformer i udviklingslande en realitet eller fiktion? [in Danish]

Forelæsning på Institut for Statskundskab, ved Finn Skadkjær, konsulent, tidligere ansat i Udenrigsministeriet, EU-kommissionen og FN.

Tid: 27. oktober 2010 - 16:00-18:00
Sted: Institut for Statskundskab, CSS, Øster Farimagsgade 5, lokale 4.2.26.

Afghanistan: Civil støtte til fejlslagen stat - Når bistanden overhovedet frem til en af verdens mest prøvede befolkninger? [in Danish]

Humanity in Action inviterer til seminar om, hvordan det er gået med 10 års bistand til civil genopbygning i Afghanistan.

Tid: 27. oktober 2010 - 12:30-16:30
Sted: Auditoriet, DIIS, Strandgade 71, København

NEW: Battle for Freedom of Speech and Expression

This Africa Now seminar will feature the exiled Zimbabwean writer Tendai Frank Tagarira.

Date: November 4, 2010 - 13:15-15:00
Venue: Auditorium 12, Centre for African Studies, Copenhagen University, Copenhagen, Denmark

Second World Conference of Humanitarian Studies

The conference marks a major step in ratcheting up the quality of our understanding of the dynamics of societies in crisis, the resultant greater use of evidence based humanitarian programming and an increased professional approach to humanitarian work.

Date: June 2-5, 2010
Venue: Tufts University, Medford, USA

NEW: Research in Prevention of Torture and Organized Violence: The Case of the Philippines

Free seminar by Steffen Jensen, Senior Researcher, RCT, Jens Modvig, Programme Manager, RCT, and Karl Hapal, Researcher, Balay Rehab, Manila.

Date: November 4, 2010
Venue: Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims (RCT), Copenhagen, Denmark

NEW: Interpreting Islamic Politic Parties

The lecture addresses questions about how Islamic political parties espouse different orientations in respect to human rights and the position of women and minorities in Muslim societies. In this respect, Islamic political parties are not monolithic and have adopted rather diverse political orientations from the most radical to the moderate.

Date: November 11, 2010 - 13:15-15:00
Venue: Auditorium 12, Centre of African Studies, University of Copenhagen, Købmagergade 46, 4, 1150 Copenhagen K, Denmark

NEW: Caught in the Middle: China and India in Sudan’s Transition

How has the role of China and India in Sudan changed since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement? Has the investment of Asian national oil companies improved conditions for local populations living in oil-bearing regions? This seminar tackles these critical issues as Sudan’s referendum on the independence of southern Sudan draws near.

Date: November 23, 2010 - 9:30-12:00
Venue: Main Auditorium, Danish Institute for International Studies, Copenhagen, Denmark

Call for papers: special edition of the journal 'Human Rights and International Legal Discourse'

Call for abstracts for a special issue of the peer reviewed journal Human Rights and International Legal Discourse. The special issue topic is 'human rights challenges for multinational corporations working and investing in conflict zones.'

Human Rights & International Legal Discourse focuses on the interplay between human rights law and other specific domains of international law (see www.hrild.org). The 2012 Spring issue will focus on human rights challenges for multinational corporations working and investing in conflict zones.

Deadline for submission of papers: 15 February 2011

Zimbabwes sidste håb for demokratisk reform? Konference om forfatningsproces, folkeafstemning og potentielt parlamentsvalg [in Danish]

Zimbabwes udfordringer vokser fortsat, alt imens det internationale samfund debatterer, hvad der kan gøres for at bringe landet frem mod mere demokrati og større respekt for menneskerettigheder. NGO-forum har inviteret en række spændende gæster fra civilsamfundet i Zimbabwe til Danmark for at deltage i en debat om den nuværende situation i landet.

Dato: 9. december 2010 - 14:30-21:30
Sted: Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke, København, Danmark

Defeat or Sustainable Exit? The Comprehensive Approach and Military Capacity Building in Afghanistan

Two overall and crucial aspects of the Afghan campaign will be in focus at the conference; the Comprehensive Approach between the military and the civilian effort; and military capacity building of indigenous security forces.

Date: December 6-7, 2010
Venue: the Citadel, Copenhagen, Denmark

Job: Senior Researcher and Leader, Research Cluster on Conflict, Security and Democratic Transformation in Africa, NAI

The Nordic Africa Institute is seeking an experienced researcher of a professorial rank or its academic equivalent, with considerable administrative/management, mentoring, and publishing experience for the position of a senior researcher and leader of the research cluster on Conflict, Security and Democratic Transformation in Africa. 

Application deadline: January 31, 2011

NEW: Usikkerhedssituationen i Sahel [in Danish]

Venskabsforeningen Danmark Niger har inviteret Ulla Holm fra DIIS til at fortælle om usikkerhedssituationen i Sahel.

Tid: 15. december 2010 - 17.00-19.00
Sted: CARE Danmark, Nørrebrogade 66C, 1. sal, København N, Danmark

NEW: Seminar on 'Extremely Violent Societies: A New Approach to Understanding Mass Violence'

In his new book, Extremely Violent Societies: Mass Violence in the Twentieth-Century World (Cambridge, 2010), Christian Gerlach tackles the theme of mass violence from a comparative perspective. In his presentation, he suggests a new way to explain mass violence by concentrating on its participatory aspects, on the fact that often several groups are being targeted and not just one, and on the multitude of motives usually involved. The talk will illustrate the potential of this approach with a case study.

Date: January 27, 2011
Venue: Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) Main Auditorium, Copenhagen, Denmark

NEW: Futures in the making - youth, conflict and potentiality

The conference is a collaborative effort marking the conclusion of two research programs: ‘Youth, futurity and agency', based at Aarhus University, and ‘The violent mobilization of political youth', based at RCT and the University of Copenhagen. In addition to a series of invited keynote presentations, the conference will include two parallel workshops on 'Precarious prospects' and 'Youth between inertia and novelty', organized by the research programs.

Date: January 20, 2011
Venue: University of Copenhagen, Denmark

NEW: Aid, institutions and governance: what have we learned?

As its contribution to the Overseas Develepment Institute (ODI) at 50, Development Policy Review (DPR) has produced a special supplement containing reprints of nine key articles published over the last decade. This meeting, co-hosted by the APPP, will launch the DPR supplement and extend the debate about what we know, what gaps remain and what is emerging from current research.

Date: January 25, 2011
Venue: London, England, and live screening online

NEW: PhD candidate in development studies and the politics of sustainability

The Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences (IE&IS) is seeking applications for 1 PhD position in the field of development studies and the politics of sustainability. The research project “Biofuels: Sustainable Innovation or Gold Rush” is conducted within the Eindhoven Centre for Innovation Studies. All researchers will be based in The Netherlands. The PhD project will include considerable fieldwork in India.

Application deadline: February 15, 2011

5th Annual e-Gov Africa Forum 2011

This forum aims at promoting effective public service delivery through information and communication technologes (ICT). Key topics include e-Gov policy and implementation, adressing infrastructure, and the role of women, youth and rural communities.

Date: April 19-21, 2011
Venue: Yaounde, Cameroon

Conference on Displacement and Reconciliation

Drawing on a wide range of disciplinary perspectives and the contributions of researchers and practitioners from both the global North and South, the aim of the conference is to examine and enhance understanding of the relationship between reconciliation and displacement, in theory and in practice.

Date: June 9-10, 2011
Venue: Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada

Politics of Innocence – Hutu Identity, Conflict and Camp Life

How does a study of politics in a refugee camp contribute to theoretical debates in biopower, sovereignty and the exception? What does Simon Turner’s book, The Politics of Innocence, teach us about humanitarianism and (gendered) perceptions of victims? How does the book contribute to understandings of masculinity? Three invited scholars and practitioners will discuss these questions and the various aspects of the book.

Date: March 4, 2011
Venue: Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) Main Auditorium, Copenhagen, Denmark

Industrial Policy in Neo-Patrimonial Societies: Can it be Effective and Pro-Poor?

Latecomer countries need to pursue proactive industrial policies in order to mitigate rampant market failures and catch up. However, their capacities to do so are often limited weak institutions and neo-patrimonial politics. In this seminar Tilman Altenburg, based on a comparative analysis of 7 countries, will present his findings and draw up lessons learned.

Date: March 16, 2011
Venue: Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) Main Auditorium, Copenhagen, Denmark

Pre-doctoral fellowship - CCAPS program

The Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program will offer up to three pre-doctoral fellowships for the 2011-2012 academic year. The CCAPS pre-doctoral fellowship program aims to stimulate the development of the next generation of researchers and thought leaders on the topic of climate change and political stability in Africa.

Application deadline: March 31, 2011

Call for proposals: Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Support Programme to Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Countries (ACP-FLEGT Support Programme)

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) calls for proposals for either pilot projects or technical assistance from eligible stakeholders. Proposals must address one of the 9 FLEGT thematic areas in an ACP Country or Group of Countries. Special consideration will be given to proposals that support three underrepresented thematic areas: private sector organisation initiatives, domestic or regional market issues, and information or knowledge of FLEGT. Proposals that encourage multi-stakeholder processes or build partnerships are encouraged.

Deadline for submission of proposals: May 20, 2011

War and conflict in the Great Lakes Region: Rwanda's role and involvement in the wars in the Eastern DR. Congo. Causes and solutions to a chronic problem?

The Royal Danish Defence College (RDDC) and Centre for African Studies (CAS) are hosting this seminar with two researchers specialised in the conflicts in the Great Lakes Region, Ms Linda Melvern and Dr Gérard Prunier, to give the participants in the seminar insight into the dynamics of conflict in the region.

Date: April 1, 2011 - 13.30-15.30
Venue: "Kornloftet", Forsvarets Bibliotek, Kastellet, Copenhagen, Denmark

NEW: Transparency and accountability in fragile states: why it matters and lessons from experience

Drawing on evidence emerging from multi-country and cross-sectoral research, this event will explore how a new generation of transparency initiatives, including the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) and the Network for Integrity in Reconstruction, has sought to address corruption in fragile states, and draw lessons on what has and has not worked and why.

Date: April 15, 2011
Venue: London, United Kingdom, and live screening online

NEW: Public meeting: Review of Denmark's strategy for support to indigenous peoples

Minister for Development Cooperation Søren Pind and Premier of Greenland Kuupik Kleist are co-hosting this launch event where findings from the 'Review of Denmark’s Strategy for Support to Indigenous Peoples' will be presented and there will be an opportunity to discuss perspectives for future endeavours to promote indigenous peoples’ rights.

Date: April 8, 2011
Venue: Nordatlantens Brygge, Copenhagen, Denmark

Social Cohesion: The Missing Link in Regional Integration?

Regional integration refers to increasing interactions between territorial entities in the political, economic, security, social and cultural domains, leading to the creation of rules and institutions and the formation of new identities and political communities. The key question to be addressed is whether social cohesion (or elements thereof) is a prerequisite for or a product of regional integration schemes.

Date: November 30 - December 3, 2011
Venue: Rustenburg, South Africa

UniJos Peace Conference: Africa, Media and Peace Building

The goal of the conference is to examine media and its impact on peace and conflict in families, communities, workplaces, schools, and across nations while encouraging and enhancing peace through media.

Date: June 5-9, 2011
Venue: University of Jos Law Auditorium, Jos, Nigeria

NEW: Post-War Reconstruction and the Making of Angolan Capitalism

This Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) seminar will provide a portrait of Angola’s capitalism and seek to answer questions such as: What sort of ideas about the state and the economy prevail amongst this enormously wealthy and politically hegemonic group? Can the creation of a local capital-holding class have positive consequences, however counter-intuitive, for the poor masses?

Date: May 13, 2011
Venue: DIIS Main Auditorium, Copenhagen, Denmark

NEW: World Development Report 2011 om Skrøbelige Stater [in Danish]

Udviklingsminister Søren Pind indleder om Danmarks politik for indsatser i skrøbelige stater. Sarah Cliffe, som er leder af Verdensbankens arbejde med World Development Report 2011: "Conflict, security and development", præsenterer temaerne og anbefalingerne i rapporten og lægger op til spørgsmål og debat.

Date: May 19, 2011
Venue: Radisson Blu Scandinavia, Copenhagen

NEW: Youth for Democracy: Learning from Nonviolent Struggle Across the World. Humanity in Action (HIA) Denmark is organizing "Youth for Democracy" to bring together experts and activists and to learn from young people who are struggling for democracy. The conference will feature leaders of the uprisings in Egypt and Serbia, together with youth representatives from countries that are not yet democratic.

Date: October 28-29, 2011
Venue: Copenhagen, Denmark

Peace and Security Cooperation in Central Africa: Developments, Challenges and Prospects. The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation report, by Angela Meyer, September 2011.

NEW: Youth for Democracy: Learning from Nonviolent Struggle Across the World

Humanity in Action (HIA) Denmark is organizing "Youth for Democracy," a conference in Copenhagen for more than 200 participants from all across the world. The main goal of this conference is to bring together experts and activists and to learn from young people who are struggling for democracy. The conference will feature leaders of the uprisings in Egypt and Serbia, together with youth representatives from countries that are not yet democratic.

Date: October 28-29, 2011
Venue: Copenhagen, Denmark

NEW: Afternoon debate meeting: Political and Social Developments in Contemporary Africa and the role of civil society

At the afternoon debate meeting Victor Igreja, Rose Nakayi and Desmond Mudala Kaunda will shed light on the current political and social processes that affect the development of contemporary African socities and democracies. The focus will be on the complexities that shape the political, social and democratic contexts which civil society, donors and development organisations from the North and South operate in.

Date: November 16, 2011 - 16:00-18:00
Venue: Danish Institute for Human Rights, Wilder's Plads 8, Copenhagen

NEW: Islam in Africa: From Political Islam to Post-islamism?

African seminar at the Centre of African Studies (CAS) at University of Copenhagen. René Otayek, director of the research centre LAM (Les Afriques dans le Monde) at the Institute of Political Studies, Bordeaux in France will present the democratic transition that took place in Sub-Saharan Africa in the 1990s which have given rise to new dynamics and new Islamic actors. The discussion will focus on the idea of "Post-Islamism" as developed by scholars such as Olivier Roy and Gilles Kepel.  

Date: December 1, 2011, 15:15-17:00
Venue: Copenhagen, Denmark

NEW: The International Conference on the African Union & Cultural Diplomacy "Cultural Diplomacy as a Vehicle of Global Governance: The Role of Cultural Diplomacy and Soft Power in the Future of the African Union"

The African Union & Cultural Diplomacy Conference is the second of a series of four international conferences dedicated to enhancing awareness and understanding of international governing institutions The conference is organized by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) and other leading organizations.

Date: February 7-10, 2012
Venue: London, United Kingdom

The International Conference on Cultural Diplomacy & the UN
"Cultural Diplomacy & Soft Power in an Interdependent World: The Opportunities for Global Governance"

The “Conference on The United Nations and Cultural Diplomacy” is one of a three – part series of International Conferences held by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) on the issue of ‘International Institutions and Global Governance: The Role of Cultural Diplomacy’. The aim of the conference is to reflect on the role of institutions such as the United Nations within the international system, on global governance as a whole in terms of key international issues and on how Cultural Diplomacy takes place.

Date: February 21-24, 2012
Venue: New York, United States

NEW: Countries in Transition: Options for Women's political participation

This conference will focus on the challenges related to developing an enabling and democratic political culture for women in transitional periods.Leading civil society activists from Zimbabwe and Tunisia will present case studies and engage in discussions with international practitioners and researchers on barriers to women's political participation and inclusion in democratic processes.The conference will be a platform for the development of recommendations and action points for civil society, donors, governments and the international community.

Date: December 8, 2011
Venue: Copenhagen, Denmark
Deadline for registration: December 5, 2011

NEW: Arab Spring – Where are the Democratic Movements One Year Later?

Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) invites to a seminar addressing the question of where the popular democratic movements and demands stand to day, a year after the Arab ‘revolutions’. After the elections of Tunisia (October 2011) and Egypt (January 2012), speaker Samir Amin, a Franco-Egyptian economist, will address questions such as what is to be expected from the electoral victory of Political Islam? And what are the prospects for the ongoing developments in Syria?

Date: March 16, 2012 - 12:30-14:30
Venue: DIIS, Copenhagen, Denmark

Deadline for registration: 15 March, 2012 - 12:00

NEW: Local Communities and the State in Africa: Call for applications

The American Political Science Association (APSA) and the University of Botswana have announced a call for applications from individuals who would like to participate in a workshop on “Local Communities and the State in Africa” with a focus on field research methods. The two-week workshop will be held from July 15 to 27 at the University of Botswana, in Gaborone. The organizers, with a grant secured from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will cover all the costs of participation (including travel, lodging, meals, and workshop materials) for up to 26 qualified applicants. The working language of the workshop is English.

Deadline for submission of applications: 30 March 2012

NEW: Peace and Security Fellowship for African Women: Call for applications

The African Leadership Centre (ALC) was established in Kenya in June 2010 as a joint initiative of King’s College London and the University of Nairobi. The ALC has announced a call for applications for the Peace and Security Fellowship for African Women for 2012/2013. This Fellowship is an intellectual and financial award to those who have demonstrated obvious or potential capacity to make a change in their field.

Deadline for submission of applications: 12 April 2012

NEW: CALL FOR PAPERS: Transitional Justice in Africa: Reassessing the concept in light of its empirical complexities

The editors of Africa Spectrum invite empirically informed papers on the following subtopics:

  • Divergent conceptions and practices of justice after violent conflict
  • Competing “truths” about the past
  • The role of international involvement in local and national transitional justice processes

Deadline for submissions: 15 April 2012

NEW: Critical Peace and Conflict Studies

Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) is hosting a seminar which will look at different trends in the field in order to raise discussion about how the tradition of peace and conflict studies is currently being revitalized. Given that political and analytical changes during the past decade have challenged state-centric norms and theories of peace and state building, the seminar will give particular attention to the issue of authority, notions of ‘hybrid orders’, as well as ideas of informal, nested, outsourced, overlapping or fragmented sovereignty.
Date: 9 May, 2012
Venue: DIIS, Copenhagen, Denmark

Deadline for registration: 8 May, 2012

Development Dialogue 2012

The ISS Development Dialogue 2012 event entitled "Knowledges for Equality and Social Justice" is to be held 8-9 October, 2012 at the Hague and has opened a call for original research papers related to the theme.
Please see more here.

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