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Trade, private sector and economic development - Archives


A Participatory Pathbreaker? - Experience with Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers from four South African countries

In this working paper produced by the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR), the author Einar Braathen examines experiences of Rural Producer Organisations in four countries – Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania and Uganda - from the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) processes. It synthesises and compares information based on reports from research partners in the Business Experience Exchange Programme (BEEP) – these sub-studies are included in this publication as attachments. The study concludes that participation varied much from one country to another. However, participation did not go very deep into the membership of the rural producer organisations in any country, and civic participation did not reach the level of real (joint) decision-making. Issues for follow-up action and research are suggested. For more information please read the working paper.


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.


Fair Trade/Sustainability Initiatives and Coffee Production

The Coffee Club and Centre for Business and Development Studies at CBS invite you to a seminar and debate on the significance of Fair Trade/Sustainability Initiatives for coffee producers in developing countries.

Date: September 26, 2007 - 15.00-17.30
Venue: Copenhagen Business School, room 201 (Danske Bank Auditorium), at Solbjerg Plads
Information and registration: www.kaffeklubben.net


Business engagement in humanitarian relief: key trends and policy implications
Background Paper
by the Humanitarian Policy Group, ODI, June 2007. Authors: Binder,A. and Witte, J. M.

The paper is part of a broader HPG study into the role of the private sector in support of humanitarian action. paper contributes by exploring systematically the new roles companies are playing in humanitarian action. It assesses the forms such engagement is taking, with a particular focus on partnerships, and explores the underlying motivations for engaging in new ways. To view the full document follow this link.


Measuring chronic non-income poverty

Working Paper 79. Manchester: IDPM/Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC), by .Günther, I. and Klasen, S. (2007).  The paper first critically discusses the conceptual and empirical potentials and limitations of analysing chronic poverty from a non-income perspective. Secondly, it proposes methods to empirically measure chronic non-income poverty, and demonstrates that a range of useful insights can be generated from such an analysis. In particular, it demonstrates that the correlation between chronic income and non-income poverty is rather low. To view the paper, please follow this link.


The state of responsible competetiveness 2007: making sustainable development count in global markets

This paper produced by AccountAbility (2007), reports on global responsible competitiveness indicators as well as discusses key issues related to the corporate social responsibility (CSR) agenda. The report includes a variety of chapters on key issues which include key issues in responsible competitiveness and country and regional CSR profiles. The paper is available online. Please follow this link.


New Directions in Business, Development and Society Research

The "New Directions in Business, Development, and Society Research" workshop at CBS offers an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to obtain an overview of some of the recent changes in the international CSR and development debate.

Date: September 12, 2007 at 09:00 - 13:30
Venue: Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark
For further information and registration, please visit the event's website.


The challenge of inequality

This issue of Poverty in Focus, produced by UNDP International Poverty Centre (2007), highlights inequality as one of the priority areas of research of UNDP International Poverty Centre. It provides a collection of recent research results on the extent of inequality in the distribution of wealth and incomes at both the global and national levels, on analytical aspects of causes and patterns, and on policy conclusions and recommendations. The paper is available online. Please follow this link.


The EU-Mexico Free Trade Agreement Seven Years On - A warning to the global South

This paper by Transnational Institute, Mexican Action Network on Free Trade (RMALC) and ICCO (2007) focuses on the EU-Mexico Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that has served as a model for Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements (IPPAs) between the EU and Latin American countries and regions since it came into force in 2000. The paper outlines the impact of the EU-Mexico FTA seven years on.

The paper is available online. Please follow this link.
[Source: www.eldis.org]


Development implications of the EU's Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with countries in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific (ACP)

The South Centre is producing a series of Fact Sheets to examine the existing material on EPAs and to provide an analysis of their potential impact on ACP countries. The Fact Sheets seek to increase the understanding of the substantive issues at stake in the negotiations, thereby enabling policy-makers, lobbyists and campaigners to make informed decisions about how to engage with EPAs.

For further reading, please download the following fact sheets, which are available online:
The value of EU preferences for the ACP and EPA contribution to market access (March 2007)
Aid for trade and financial assistance to implement the EPAs (May 2007)


From the slave trade to 'free trade': how trade undermines democracy and justice in Africa

Series of articles edited by P. Burnett and F. Manjii, produced by Fahamu (2007). This publication seeks to raise awareness and debate on issues of trade and justice. Articles are organised under the following themes: Trade, investment and the international institutions; Lessons from the slave trade;  Women and trade; Trade, environment and agriculture.

The publiation is available online. Please follow this link.
[Source: www.eldis.org]  


Engaging Business in Development: Results of an international benchmarking study

Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) Research Paper Series No. 8 (2007), by A. Binder, M. Palenberg and J.M. Witte. The paper presents the results from a study (implemented by GPPi) which focused on donor programs of 6 donors, designed to foster partnerships with business in the context of technical cooperation. The objective was to attain a comprehensive overview of existing partnership schemes – the different approaches donors have developed, the different tools they use – and to identify the potential for learning and cross-fertilization.

The paper is available online. Please follow this link.


Aiding Transparency: What We Can Learn About China ExIm Bank’s Concessional Loans

Center for Global Development (CGD), Working Paper Number 126 by Hubbard, Paul, September 2007. Relying on Chinese language sources, the authos describes one of the mechanisms the Chinese government uses to implement its aid—the Chinese Export-Import Bank—and helps illuminate the role of this important institution.
The paper is available online at the CGD website.


Changes in the Governance of Global Value Chains of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: Opportunities and Challenges for Producers in Sub-Saharan Africa

Research Paper No.12, South Centre, by Temu, A.E and Marwa, N.W, June 2007. The the paper provides recommendations on copping mechanisms, private sector strategies, and public policy responses that would enable developing countries’ producers, taking into account ownership and equity considerations, to appropriate a fair share of the rents in the fresh fruits and vegeetables (FFV) value chains. The paper is available online. Please follow this link.


Why Inclusion of Services in the EPAS is Problematic: Legal and Development Implications

Policy Brief No. 10, South Centre, August 2007. This Policy Brief analyses legal and development implications for Eastern and Southern African (ESA) countries in negotiating trade in services under the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). It concludes that ESA countries should focus on developing domestic capacity to provide universal access to basic services, develop export capacity in niche sectors, design and improve regulatory capacity and mainstream intra-regional trade.

The brief is available on the South Centre website [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].


Central banks, inflation targeting and employment creation

Economic and Labour Market Papers by Gerald Epstein, 2007/2, International Labour Organization. The purpose of this study is to improve knowledge on how best to place employment at the centre of economic and social policies, as mandated in by the Ministerial Declaration as well as the 2006 “Vision” document on Employment Strategies for Decent Work. This study argues that monetary policy should be expanded to consider employment creation along with inflation control, in those countries where unemployment and underemployment are a cause of concern. The author discusses a range of policy options that can be used to pursue this goal including credit allocation policies, supporting development banks and devising regulations in support of development lending.

The paper is available online on the ILO website [PDF].


Gender justice. A citizen's guide to gender accountability at international financial institutions

Produced by Gender Action, July 2007. This guide describes and analyses international financial institution (IFI) gender policies and accountability mechanisms. It identifies weaknesses, and highlights policy provisions that affected communities can use to help prevent and mitigate adverse gender-related impacts.

The guide is available online on the Gender Action website [PDF].
(Source http://www.eldis.org)


New strategies for emerging domestic sovereign bond markets

OECD Development Centre, Working Paper No.260, by Blommestein,H. and Santiso,J., April 2007. The central thesis of the paper is that risk-based public debt management and liquid domestic bond markets are important mutually reinforcing strategies for developing countries and particularly for emerging financial markets to attain: i) enhanced financial stability; and ii) a more successful participation in the global financial landscape. It is also shown that this twinstrategies approach requires taking a policy-coherent macroeconomic perspective.

The Working Paper is available online on the OECD website [PDF].


The state of responsible business: global corporate response to environmental, social and governance (ESG) challenges

A report by Ethical Investment Research Services (EIRIS), written by Bob Gordon with special thanks to Stephen Hine and Niaz Alam, September 2007. This report provides an overview of the extent to which companies are addressing their environmental, social and governance (ESG) impacts. The companies examined are constituents of the FTSE All-World Developed Index and the data presented was extracted from databases maintained by EIRIS in March 2007. The data is presented by country/region and contextual analysis is provided. The issues covered are corporate governance, equal opportunities, human rights, supply chain labour standards, environmental responsibility and community involvement.

The report is available online on the EIRIS website [PDF].


Inclusive Growth toward a Prosperous Asia: Policy Implications

Working Paper No.97, Economics and Research Department, Asian Development Bank, by Ifzal Ali and Juzhong Zhuang, July 2007. Ifzal Ali and Juzhong Zhuang examine policy implications of adopting inclusive growth as the overarching goal for developing Asia. They argue that this would not only enable developing Asia to accomplish the agenda of eradicating extreme poverty, but also address the evelopment challenge arising from rising inequalities. Implications for the Asian Development Bank are discussed.

The paper is available online on the ADB website [PDF].


Sustainable Markets Investment Briefings

A series of five briefings by Lorenzo Cotula, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), which discuss the sustainable development issues raised by legal arrangements for the protection of foreign investment. The briefings are based on legal research by IIED and its partners. The goal is to provide accessible but accurate information for human rights, development and environmental organisations working on issues raised by foreign investment in low- and middle-income countries.

The briefs are available online on the IIED website.


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].


Seminar on Container Shipping and Economic Development

This seminar organised by Copenhagen Business School (CBS) will focus on the role of large container shipping companies in developing countries and emerging markets. This opens up for, among other issues, a discussion of the strategies of these companies. Moreover, it invites discussion about the implications for developing countries of the activities of global container shipping companies.

Date: November 7, 2007 - 14:00-16:30
Venue: Copenhagen Business School, Kilevej 14, 2000 Frederiksberg - Room K s.71
For further information and registration, please visit the CBS website.


Financing African Development: Global Capital Markets and EPAs

This seminar is organised by the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. It focuses on (1) sub-Saharan Africa’s access to global capital markets; and (2) the Economic Partnership Agreements proposed by the EU.

The objective of the seminar is to present recent work on these topics by DIIS researchers and open these to wider discussion. In particular, attention will be given to how traditional donors might respond to the evolving situation in sub-Saharan Africa.

Date: January 16, 2008 - 12.00-14.00
Venue: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Meeting Room M4, Asiatisk Plads 2, 1448 Copenhagen K.
For registration and information, please visit the Ministry's website.


Combating Corrupt Payments in Foreign Investment Concessions: Closing the Loopholes, Extending the Tools

Public event organised by the Center for Global Development (CDG), featuring Theodore Moran, Center for Global Development, and Howard Mann, Institute for Sustainable Development, Canada.

Date: January 30, 2008 - 14:00-16:00
Venue: CDG, Washington, DC
For more information and registration, please visit the CDG's website.


Fremtiden for bæredygtighed i kaffebranchen [in Danish]

Workshoppen er arrangeret af Kaffeklubben og giver deltagerne mulighed for at tilegne sig ny viden og diskutere emner som: ”Hvad er bæredygtighed?”, ”Kaffehandel og bæredygtig udvikling” samt ”Fremtiden for bæredygtige produkter i Danmark”.

Tid: Den 28. februar 2008 kl. 9-16
Sted: Life - det biovidenskabelige fakultet, Københavns Universitet, Thorvaldsensvej 40, 1870 Frederiksberg C
Læs mere på Kaffeklubbens hjemmeside.


Job: Research Assistant in the area of Business and Social Development, UNRISD

Under the research programme on Markets, Business and Regulation, the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) conducts projects that examine the role of business in social development and issues of corporate regulation. UNRISD requires a Research Assistant to work with the Deputy Director and Programme Co-ordinator, Peter Utting.

Closing date: March 9, 2008. For more information, please visit the UNRISD website.


IIED/nef Greening Economics Fellowship Programme

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and New Economics Foundation (nef) are launching a Fellowship Programme to bring new thinking to the challenges of applying economics to environment and development. The inaugural IIED-nef Fellowship prize will be awarded to an outstanding researcher through a competitive process.

Application deadline: March 1, 2008. For information, please visit the IIED website.


Firm Strategies and Business Sector Developments in Developing Countries

The Centre for Business and Development Studies and the Department of Intercultural Communication and Management invites to inaugural lecture and reception for Henrik Schaumburg-Müller who was appointed Professor by Copenhagen Business School (CBS).

Date: March 10, 2008 - 15:00-17:00
Venue: Copenhagen Business School, Porcelænshaven 26, DK-2000 Frederiksberg.
For more infrmation, please visit the website of CBS.


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

Seminar co-sponsored by DDRN on 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. The seminar 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 (DIIS), 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.


Copenhagen MDG3 Conference - Economic Empowerment of Women

The Danish Government and the Confederation of Danish Industries will host an international High-Level Conference  where decision makers, private sector leaders, experts, and civil society representatives are to discuss solutions to accelerating the implementation of MDG3.

Date: April 16-17 2008
For more information, please visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.


The Indian Budget 2008-09: Has India deserted the path of neo-liberal reform and reverted to a “populist” or socialist agenda?

Open seminar arranged by the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) with Professor Venkatesh Balasundaram Athreya from the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation. 

Date: May 19, 2008 - 10.00-11.00
Venue: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Leifsgade 33, 3rd
floor, 2300 Copenhagen S.

For more information, please visit the website of NIAS or contact Martin Bech, NIAS, Martin.bech@nias.ku.dk / +45 35 32 95 04.


’Emerging Multinationals’: Outward Foreign Direct Investment from Emerging and Developing Economies

Conference organised by the Department of International Economics and Management, Copenhagen Business School, to discuss challenges for theorists, business strategists, and
policymakers that arise from the emergence of multi national companies from emerging and developing economies.

Date: October 9-10, 2008
Venue: Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark
For more information, please visit CBS' website.


South-South Cooperation for Technology Transfer and Development of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

International Conference aimed at learning the technology transfer models adopted by different developing countries and build up a mechanism for transfer of technologies between them in order to develop SMEs. The conference is organised by the Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre).

Date: August 18-22, 2008
Venue: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Experts and scientists desirous of participating in the conference, excepting those from Sri Lanka, are required to submit their nomination form directly to the NAM S&T Centre as early as possible, but latest by July 11, 2008. For more information, please follow this link.


ESRC Economic Growth in Developing Countries

The UK Economic and Social Research Council is supporting a series of three annual UK-based Development Economics conferences. The first conference will take place on:

Date: September 17-18, 2008
Venue:  Institute of Development Studies (IDS) University of Sussex, UK
For more information, please visit the IDS website.


Call for Proposals: Understanding Labor Market Informality in Developing Countries

For the research component of the Multi Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) “Labor Markets, Job Creation, and Economic Growth, Scaling up Research, Capacity Building, and Action on the Ground”, the World Bank is currently soliciting proposals from firms (including universities and research institutions) and/or individual researchers on the topic of: "Understanding Labor Market Informality in Developing Countries".

Application deadline: July 18, 2008. To read more, please follow this link


Call for Proposals: Migration & Labor Market Outcomes in Sending & ‘Southern’ Receiving Countries 

For the research component of the Multi Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) “Labor Markets, Job Creation, and Economic Growth, Scaling up Research, Capacity Building, and Action on the Ground”, the World Bank is currently soliciting proposals from firms (including universities and research institutions) and/or individual researchers on the topic of: “Migration and Labor Market Outcomes in Sending and ‘Southern’ Receiving Countries”.

Application deadline: July 18, 2008. For more information, please visit the website of the World Bank.


Theory and Evidence of Growth, Trade and Economic Development, with Special Reference to Latin America

Conference organised by the School of Economics, Instituto Politecnico Nacional (IPN), Mexico, with the support of COFAA (Comision de Operacion y Fomento de Actividades Academicas). It aims at providing a forum, open to both researchers and policymakers, to discuss and debate innovative theoretical and empirical research on growth, trade and development.

Date: September 8-9, 2008
Venue: Mexico City
For more information, please visit the website of the conference.


Job: Post Doctorial Scientist in Market Economics at ILRI

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a post-doctoral scientist in market economics to join a new regional project on in-situ conservation of endemic ruminant livestock in West Africa funded by the Global Environmental Fund.

The position will play a key role in this four-country project (Mali, Senegal, Gambia and Guinea) in implementing the component of the project dealing with commercialization and marketing systems of endemic ruminant livestock and
livestock products. 

Closing date: September 1, 2008. For more information, please follow this link.


Non-Aligned Movement and the Collapse of the Doha Round. South Bulletin: Reflections and Foresights, Issue 20, August 2008.


Equity and Economic Development 

15th Annual Conference of the Economic Research Forum (ERF). The conferences will provide an opportunity for researchers from the region to interact with one another and with international experts. It also will provide a venue for the presentation of multiple research papers, followed by discussions and feedback. In addition, the conference will feature selected research projects and celebrates excellence in research.

Date: November 23-25, 2008
Venue: Sanaa, Yemen 
For more information, please visit the website of ERF


Call for Papers: Field Actions Science (FACTS) Reports - Economy and Development

FACTS Reports is a forum that will publish manuscripts and opinion pieces related to field-based activities within various topic areas. During its first stage, FACTS Reports will:
• Primarily cover areas related to economic development and health;
• Provide a token of appreciation of 1000$ for each accepted article to authors from developing countries (temporary offer).

For more information, please follow this link.


ICRIER - SANEI- ADB Call for Proposals

ICRIER- SANEI is inviting research proposals to be funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB) under their on going Technical Assistance ( RETA 6417: Supporting Network for Research Institutes and Think Tanks in South Asia Phase II).

The RETA is designed to strengthen research networks in SAARC member countries. It will facilitate interaction among academics, policy makers and researchers on the basis of a series of research studies and workshops on development through regional cooperation.

Submission deadline: August 20, 2008. For more information, please read the Call for Proposals.


Job: Senior Research Scientist - Economics, WorldFish Center

The WorldFish Center is recruiting a Senior Research Scientist to lead the quantitative economic analysis components of the Center’s program of social science research on fisheries and aquaculture for poverty reduction and food security.

The initial screening of applicants will close on August 26, 2008, but the position will remain open until filled. Fore more information, please visit the website of the Center.


2008 African Economic Conference

Conference organised by the African Development Bank Group and the Economic Commission for Africa to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas among economists and policymakers with a view to improving access to information and research on economic issues and, as a consequence, the quality of economic policy-making in the region.

Date: November 12-14, 2008
Venue: Tunis, Tunisia
For more information, please 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 Danish
1) research competences and
2) ongoing and recently finished 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.

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].


Workshop on Gender Dimensions of Rural Employment

The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) of the United Nations announce a call for papers addressing "Gaps, trends and current research in gender dimensions of agricultural and rural employment: differentiated pathways out of poverty", to be presented at a three-day technical workshop.

Date: 3 days during week of 30 March - 3 April 2009 (exact dates to be announced later)
Venue: Rome, Italy
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:
1) Private sector development, public and private governance in trade, development intervention
2) Global Value Chains, development and upgrading
3) Global Value Chains, standards, Corporate Social Responsibility

Date: December 9, 2008 - 8:30-16:30
Venue: University of Copenhagen, Department of Geography and Geology, Øster Voldgade 10, Copenhagen K. 
Registration by email to Lone Frederiksen no later than December 1, 2008. For further information, please read the conference description.


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.


Understanding the Global Financial Crisis

Global Economy Monday seminar organised by the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) to address policy challenges posed by the worst financial crisis since the Depression of the 1930s.

Date: Monday, November 3, 2008 - 09.00-11.30
Venue: DIIS, Main Auditorium, Strandgade 71, 1401 Copenhagen K.
Registration deadline: October 30, 2008 at 12.00 noon. For information and registration, please visit DIIS' website.


Livelihoods, byudvikling og markeder i afrikanske og asiatiske 'frontier'-områder [in Danish]

Det Kongelige Danske Geografiske Selskab inviterer til 2. møde i sæsonen 2008-2009 med Professor Niels Fold, Institut for Geografi og Geologi, Københavns Universitet.

Tid: Onsdag den 5. november 2008, kl. 19.30
Sted: Institut for Geografi og Geologi, Københavns Universitet, Øster Voldgade 10, 3. Sal, Auditorium B.
For mere information se venligst invitationen [pdf, 24kB].


Information and discussion meeting: Eco-business as a driver of sustainable development in Central America?

In occasion of his visit to Denmark, Danida advisor Søren Borch has offered to share his experiences from the eco-business component of Premaca, Danida's Regional Environment Programme in Central America, with members of DDRN.

Date: Wednesday December 17, 2008 - 14:00-15:00
Venue: University of Copenhagen, Department of Geography and Geology
For more information, please follow this link.


Socialt ansvarlig innovation – gør det billigere at være fattig! [in Danish]

Konferencen arrangeres af Udenrigsministeriet og UNDPs Nordiske Kontor, og vil give indsigt i og inspiration til, hvordan socialt ansvarlig innovation kan skabe nye forretningsmuligheder og samtidigt dække behov hos de fattige i den nederste del af indkomstpyramiden.

Tid: Torsdag den 4. december 2008 kl. 9.30-14.00
Sted: Kulturhuset, Islands Brygge, København
Du kan læse mere på Udenrigsministeriets hjemmeside.


Job: Visiting Researcher, Business and the Environment project, IGES

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) is looking for a Visiting researcher to join the Business and the Environment Project, that aims to propose pro-active policies and business strategies that facilitate the private sector to meet sustainable development needs.

Closing date: January 25, 2009. For more information, please visit the website of IGES.


Call for Submissions: 4th SEED Awards (2009)

Do you have an entrepreneurial and innovative idea that is locally-driven and has great potential to contribute to sustainable development in countries with developing or transition economies? If you meet SEED’s eligibility criteria, you could apply now for the 2009 SEED Awards for entrepreneurship in sustainable development.

Applicatione deadline: March 16, 2009. For more information, please visit the SEED website.


Call for Proposals: ACP Science and Technology Programme

The Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP - Secretariat) has launched a Call for Proposals of the “ACP Science and Technology Programme” and invites interested parties to participate herein.

One of the focus areas of the programme is: Sustainable trade in order to increase investments, encourage development in the private sector and improve the trading capacity of ACP Member States.

Application deadline: February 27, 2009 at 16:00 hours (Brussels time). For more information, please follow this link


Bistandsfagligt debatmøde om Afrika Kommissionens initiativområder I, II og IV [in Danish]

Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke (MS) inviterer til bistandsfagligt debatmøde, hvor Søren Jeppesen, lektor på CBS og Jakob Lindahl, ekstern lektor på RUC bl.a. diskuterer effekten af investering til små og mellemstore virksomheder samt værdikæde-tilgangen til udvikling.

Tid: 17. marts kl. 17.00-19.00
Sted: MS, Fælledvej 12, 2200 København N. opgang B, Auditoriet 1. sal.
For mere information se MSs hjemmeside, og de baggrundsnotater, som aftenens debat vil tage udgangspunkt i: 1) MS Notat om Afrika Kommissionen [pdf, 18kB] og 2) Presenters' recommendations to Africa Commission Initiative areas I, II and IV [pdf, 125kB].


NEW: Awakening Giants, Feet of Clay: A Comparative Economic Assessment of the Rise of China and India

Guest lectures with Professor Pranab Bardhan from the University of California, Berkeley, who is going to visit the Development Economics Research Group (DERG), Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen.

Lecture 1:
Date: April 23, 2009 - 14:00-16:00
Venue: University of Copenhagen, Anneks A, Studiestræde 6, 1455 Copenhagen K.
Lecture 2:
Date: April 24, 2009 - 14:00-16:00
Venue: University of Copenhagen, Alexandersalen, Bispetorvet 1-3, 1167 Copenhagen K
For more information, please visit the website of the University of Copenhagen.


Agribusiness Forum in Africa

The conference is hosted by the EMRC in partnership with the Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and Rabobank. Speakers from agribusiness companies, governments, banks, foundations and international organisations will discuss business, finance and investment opportunities for Africa’s agro-food industry.

Date: June 14-17, 2009
Venue: Cape Town, South Africa
For more information, please follow this link


Call for Papers: Second Annual International Business Conference (IBC2009)

The main aim of this conference, IBC2009, is to provide an international platform for academics, business professionals and government officials from all over the world to come together to exchange ideas on how to exploit global business management strategies for promoting global economic development.

Date: August 13-15, 2009
Venue: Dearborn, Metropolitan Detroit, Michigan, USA
Submission deadline: June 30, 2009. For more information, please visit the website of the event.


Feminized management: how do companies contribute to sustainable development in a context of crisis?

Event organised by ORGA GROUP with the partenership of the Association pour le Progrès des Dirigeants (APD) and Africa Femmes Performantes (AFP) to provide exchange between business women and company managers, academics, experts and representatives of international associations.

Date: June 26-27, 2009
Venue: Casablanca, Morocco.
For more information, please visit the website of the event. French.


Creating jobs for Africa's youth - Public debate with key members of the Africa Commission

Meeting organised by the University of Copenhagen where students, university staff and the public are invited to discuss the recommendations of the Africa Commission with the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, the Managing Director of the World Bank, the UN Deputy-Secretary General and other key members of the Commission.

Date: May 7, 2009 - 09:30 - 11:00
Venue: University of Copenhagen, Bispetorv Annekset, Bispetorv 1-3, Copenhagen K.
For registration and more information, please visit the website of the University of Copenhagen.


Afrika og EU – handel i en krisetid: Seminar om De Økonomiske Partnerskabsaftaler (EPA) mellem EU og de afrikanske lande [in Danish]

Midt i finanskrisen vil EU have nye handelsaftaler på plads med de afrikanske lande.  Men i Syd er der stor skepsis og modstand. De vil gøre ondt værre, mener mange. Dette seminar vil diskutere hvad status er for forhandlingerne, og hvad der kan gøres fra dansk side for retfærdige handelsaftaler.

Tid: Lørdag den 16. maj 2009 kl. 10:00-15:30
Sted: IBIS, Nørrebrogade 66B, København N
Læs mere på Afrika Kontakts hjemmeside.


Young Africans’ view on the Africa Commission

Meeting organised by the Centre of African Studies (CAS), University of Copenhagen, with 8 young Africans who have participated in the Danish Africa Commission, where you can debate and hear about their opinion of how Denmark and the Africa Commission can strengthen young people’s influence on the future of Africa.

Date: May 7, 2009 - 13:15 – 15:00
Venue: CAS, Auditorium 12, Købmagergade 46, Copenhagen K.
For more information, please read the full announcement [pdf, 21kB].


NEW: Trade policy in the crisis: What implications for development?

Overseas Development Institute (ODI) public event where leading experts will focus on three issues: whether and how the global crisis has affected trade policy across countries; the extent to which trade policy responses to the crisis have influenced developing countries’ capacity to trade; and finally, what types of policies may maximise the developmental benefits of trade during the crisis, as well as the possible role of multilateral institutions in promoting such policies.

Date: June 9, 2009 - 14:00-18:30
Venue: Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Westminster, London, UK
For more information, please visit the website of ODI.


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.


NEW: TWAS-AAS-Microsoft Award for Young Computer Scientists in Africa.

TWAS, in partnership with the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and Microsoft Research Ltd, has established the TWAS-AAS-Microsoft Award for Young Scientists for the three-year period 2009-2011.

The award aims at recognizing young scientists working and living in Africa whose research in computer science has had, or could have, a positive impact in the developing world.

The deadline to receive nominations is 31 July 2009.


ESRC - Rising Powers, Global Challenges and Social Change.

ESRC invites applications from networks researching the impacts of global rising powers (China, India, Brazil, Russia etc.). This call is for networks with embedded visiting fellowships only (a call for research awards follows in 2010).

Application deadline: 22 September, 2009. For more information, please follow this link.


Call for Proposals: The Microinsurance Innovation Facility.

The Microinsurance Innovation Facility and the European Development Research Network (EUDN) invite academic researchers to submit proposals for research that will contribute new knowledge to support microinsurance development in developing countries [French, Spanish].

Application deadline: October 30, 2009 at 12pm, Central European Time.



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


Mikrofinans - er mikrofinans udviklingsbistandens columbusæg? (in Danish)

Ingeniørforeningens Ulandsfagligt Selskab inviterer til debatmøde (afholdes på engelsk) om mikrofinans og udviklingsbistand. Indlæg ved Robert Stone - Oxford Policy Management, Jens Kovsted - CBS, Thomas Barnebeck Andersen - KU og Maria Ploug Petersen- Care Danmark.

Tid: Tirs. d. 22. september 2009, kl. 17.30 – 20.30
Sted: Ingeniørhuset, Kalvebod Brygge 31, København V
Tilmelding på ida.dk eller telefonisk på 33 18 48 18 (Arrangement nr. 92252).


Agribusiness and Economic Development

Seminar organised to discuss the role of Agribusiness in development and follow-up on the Africa Commission's recommendations. The presenters are from Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania), Danish Industry, Cornell University, FAO, Danida, MYC4 and the Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen (LIFE).

Date: October 30, 2009
Venue: Lecture Hall 1-01, Bülowsvej 17, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen.


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.

Date: October 29, 2009
Venue: Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen.


Interessetilkendegivelse til pilotforskningsprojekter med Tanzania [in Danish]

Danmark indgik i 2008 et forskningssamarbejde med programsamarbejdslandet Tanzania, med henblik på at styrke: 1) opbygningen af forskningskapacitet i Tanzania og; 2) det langsigtede samarbejde mellem danske institutioner og institutioner i Tanzania. Det Rådgivende Forskningsfaglige Udvalg for Udviklingsforskning har anbefalet 2 projekter fra Tanzania til videreudvikling sammen med danske institutioner.

FFU har lige annoncereet det første pilotprojekt: ”Urban-Rural Complementarities for Poverty Reduction: Identifying the contribution of Savings and Credit Facilities”, Sokoine University of Agriculture. Danske forskningsinstitutioner har nu mulighed for at tilkendegive deres interesse i at indgå i et samarbejde med de lokale forskningsinstitutioner om det pågældende projekt.

Deadline for indsendelse af interessetilkendegivelser er onsdag den 7.oktober 2009, kl. 12.00. Interessetilkendegivelser skal sendes til Danida Fellowship Centre på research@dfcentre.dk.


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 - Rethinking African Economic Policy in Light of the Global Economic and Financial Crisis

The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) is organizing a three-day conference on "Rethinking African Economic Policy in Light of the Global Economic and Financial Crisis". Authors wishing to present papers at the conference are invited to submit their papers addressing the implications of the financial crisis on African economies. For more information on sub-themes please visit the website.

Date: December 6-8, 2009
Venue: Nairobi, Kenya


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.


NEW: 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:
6. oktober 2009 - Globale udfordringer og bekæmpelse af fattigdom
21. oktober 2009 - Privat sektor, økonomisk vækst og beskæftigelse
12. november 2009 - Befolkningstilvækst, migration og urbanisering
9. december 2009 - Fred, sikkerhed og skrøbelige stater

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


NEW: Africa Seminar - Capital flight in Africa’s extractive industries; mechanisms and responsibilities

This Africa Seminar at the Centre of African Studies will be convened by Michael Brehm Christensen. With a case study from Tanzania's gold industry the seminar aims at unfolding the mechanisms that allow multinational companies to avoid taxation in African countries, and will discuss how this connects to legislation and decisions made by OECD countries' governments.

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


NEW: Remittances, Migration and the Financial Crisis

Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) seminar with Manuel Orozco, Senior Associate and Director of Remittances and Development at the Inter-American Dialogue.

Date: November 20, 2009, 14.00-16.00
Venue: DIIS, Main Auditorium


Climate Change Adaptation, Indigenous Peoples' Rights and the Value Chain Approach

Seminar organised by the Technical Advisory Services (TAS) of Danida to share experiences from the Danida-supported Regional Environment Programme in Central America (PREMACA).

Date: December 11, 2009 - 12:30-15:00
Venue: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Asiatisk Plads 2, Copenhagen K


Erhvervssektorbistand og dansk erhvervslivs rolle: Kan Danmark skabe økonomisk vækst i fattige lande? [in Danish]

Oplæg af seniorforsker på DIIS Lars Engberg-Pedersen, seniorkonsulent Jørgen Estrup, tidligere seniorforsker på DIIS Steen Folke og direktør i DI Thomas Bustrup.

Date: January 27, 2010
Venue: Dansk Institut for Internationale Studier, Copenhagen, Denmark
Registration deadline: January 26, 2010


NEW: Landbrug, uddannelse og beskæftigelse [in Danish]

Andet møde i møderækken arrangeret af Uddannelsesnetværket: Unge, uddannelse og beskæftigelse - nye partnerskaber i dansk bistand? Møderækken har til formål at skabe viden og koblinger mellem NGOer, erhvervssektoren og andre aktører med fokus på unge, uddannelse og beskæftigelse i udviklingslande.

Tid: 27. januar 2010, kl 16:00-18:30
Sted: Ibis, Nørrebrogade 68B, 3. sal, 2200 København N


Job: Senior Researcher in international economic and financial regulation, DIIS. A permanent position as senior researcher with focus on international economic and financial regulation is available at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) from May 2010. Closing date: March 24, 2010.


Annual World Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE): Development Challenges in a Post-crisis World

2010 Conference of the series organised by the World Bank to present new knowledge on development.

Date: May 30 - June 2, 2010
Venue: Stockholm, Sweden


Rethinking the World Bank

Seminar with Ngaire Woods, Founder and Director of the Global Economic Governance Programme at the University of Oxford, and Robert Wade, Professor of Political Economy at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), organised by the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS).

Date: March 29, 2010 - 14:00-16:45
Venue: DIIS, Main Auditorium, Strandgade 71, Copenhagen K.


Impacts, Responses & Initial Lessons of the Financial Crises for Low Income Countries

The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) will host a conference on the impacts, responses and lessons of the financial crisis for low income countries. The conference organizers kindly request scholarly papers that address themes that include, but are not exclusively limited to: 1) Crisis impacts, 2) Crisis responses, and 3) Initial lessons. Submissions are especially encouraged from researchers based in low income countries. Financial support is available for presenters to attend the conference.

Date: October 14-15, 2010
Venue: Copenhagen


Sustainable Food Day

The student organization WELL will be hosting Sustainable Food Day, which is a day dedicated to information and discussion about sustainable food.

Date: March 25, 2010
Venue: Copenhagen Business School (CBS) 


Intern: Civil Society and Business Regulation, UNRISD

The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) requires the assistance of an intern familiar with literature and debates on emerging forms of business regulation involving non-state actors, including civil society organizations.

Application deadline: April 10, 2010


Juggernaut or Catalyst for African Industry? China’s New Overseas Economic Zones and Industrial Investment in Africa

The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) is hosting a seminar with Professor Deborah Brautigam from American University, a long-time observer of China in Africa, where she will discuss China’s engagement in African manufacturing and look at the involvement of the Chinese government, use of Chinese labour force and consequences of China's engagement for Africa's industrial development.

Date: June 10, 2010 - 10:30-12:00
Venue: DIIS, Strandgade 71, Copenhagen K


Standards, trade and Africa: research, capacity building and policy outcomes of the SAFE programme

This seminar will present the results of the four-year ‘Standards and Agro-Food Exports’ (SAFE) research and capacity building programme by the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) and Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania, which explored the use of standards in agro-food trade. It will also include the launch of the edited book, Global Agro-Food Trade and Standards: Challenges for Africa, published in May 2010 by Palgrave.

Date: June 14, 2010 - 10:00-11:45
Venue: DIIS, Strandgade 71, Copenhagen K.


Microinsurance research grants and fellowships

The Microinsurance Innovation Facility of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the European Development Research Network (EUDN) invite academic researchers to submit research proposals that will contribute to new knowledge and support microinsurance development in developing countries.
The Microinsurance Innovation Facility is furthermore opening a window of research fellowships for academics and researchers from developed and developing countries. The fellows will be placed with partners to help evaluate projects, fulfil their own research interests and gain practical field experience.

Deadline for expression of interest for fellowships: August 13, 2010
Application deadline for research grants: September 30, 2010 - 12:00


Towards Epistemic Sovereignty: (Re)-thinking Development in a Changing Global Political Economy

The aim of this multi-disciplinary conference is to encourage a critical examination of the neoliberal approach to development and all that it connotes. The conference seeks to encourage participants to consider alternative explanations for the Third World problematique of underdevelopment, as a precursor to “constructing a way forward”.

Date: November 22-24, 2010
Venue: St. Lucia


SEVEN Fund RFP: Enterprise-based Solutions to Poverty

The Social Equity Venture Fund (SEVEN) has issued a call for research proposals on entrepreneurship, economic growth and poverty alleviation. The Fund aims at supporting research that is foundational and integrative, with potentially significant and broad implications for the understanding of how entrepreneurs lift people out of poverty. The Fund welcomes proposals from researchers, think-tanks, NGOs, entrepreneurs, graduate students etc.

Application deadline: October 15, 2010


NEW: Carbon Footprints, Trade and Development

Carbon footprint labels and border measures are at the centre of current debates cutting across climate change, trade and development policies. This seminar brings together three contributions to this debate that focus on: (1) proposals aiming at taxing carbon emissions at the border with the aim of leveling the playing field between countries with different carbon emission limits; (2) plans to use product carbon footprint (PCF) labels to encourage climate-friendly consumption; (3) emerging carbon footprint standards and their possible trade impacts.

Date: August 11, 2010
Venue: Copenhagen, Denmark


Urban LandMark Conference - Rethinking emerging land markets in rapidly growing southern African cities

The objective of the the conference is to bring together key commentators on urban land issues in southern Africa (and beyond) to ascertain the state of knowledge on access to land and land markets by poor people, and build stronger links amongst practitioners and researchers.

Date: November 1-2, 2010
Venue: Johannesburg, South Africa


Job: Senior Agricultural Economist/Team Leader, ILRI

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Senior Agricultural Economist and Team Leader to play a key role within the Market Opportunities Theme in leading ILRI’s evolving and expanding portfolio of research addressing smallholder livestock producer competitiveness and technology uptake.

Screening of applications will commence on September 1, 2010 until the position is filled.


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


NEW: Public debate on entrepreneurship, growth and employment

Event organised by Copenhagen Business School (CBS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. The Minister for Development Cooperation, Søren Pind, will launch a debate on these central themes of the new Danish development strategy.

Date: September 7, 2010 - 14:00-17:00
Venue: CBS – Ovnhallen, Porcelænshaven 20, 2000 Frederiksberg
Registration by e-mail to: ikl.tilmelding@cbs.dk no later than August 31, 2010
Thanks for DDRN member Søren Jeppesen for sharing the news!


NEW: Combating Tax Avoidance by Multinational Corporations in Poor Countries: Will Country-by-Country Reporting Do the Job?

It has been estimated that the loss of corporate taxes, as a result of corporate tax evasion practices, amounts to $160 billion a year in developing countries, or almost 1.5 times the total amount of development assistance. Country-by-country reporting is a new system of accounting for multinational corporations that strives to enhance transparency and to ensure that more tax is paid in developing countries. However, sceptics argue that changing accounting standards for multinational corporations would be too costly for corporations and too complicated for auditors– in short, that it is unrealistic.

Date: September 7, 2010
Venue: Copenhagen, Denmark


NEW: 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
Venue: Institute of Geography and Geology, Copenhagen, Denmark


NEW: Sustainability in Global Value Chains: Cradle to Cradle seminar and workshop

The prevention of waste or production without waste is the core idea of the Cradle to Cradle approach to business development. This seminar will illustrate how C2C can be incorporated into core business in global/local value chains. Waste is not only a problem of tomorrow but of today. Thus, the seminar will be relevant for businesses, NGO’s and consultancy as well as research and students who wish to take responsibility for our common resources.

Date: September 24, 2010
Venue: Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark


NEW: Asia's Long-Term Growth and Development Prospects

This Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) seminar on the dual challenge of sustaining high growth levels in Asia and ensuring socio-economically inclusive growth will feature two speakers, Donghyun Park (Asian Development Bank) and Anthony P. D’Costa (Copenhagen Business School), both researchers in the areas of Asian economy and development.

Date: October 12, 2010
Venue: DIIS, Copenhagen, Denmark 


Microfinance as a Tool for Empowerment

This seminar aims to give participants a clear understanding of gender issues in micro-finance, share experience and ideas on innovation and possible ways forward, based on international experience and participant contributions, share resources and information available and develop a network of stakeholders from the Danish NGO sector around this issue as the basis for further capacity building and work on these issues.

Date: November 24, 2010 - 8:30-17:30 (incl public debate)
Venue: CBS, Frederiksberg, Denmark


Debat om mikrofinans og ligestilling - hør Søren Pind, Linda Mayoux & Ole Dahl Rasmussen [in Danish]

This public debate arranged by GenderNet and Danish Forum for Microfinance will discuss issues related to microfinance, equal rights and empowerment.

Date: November 24, 2010 - 15:15-17:30
Venue: Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Frederiksberg, 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


Changing Structure of International Trade and Investment: Implications for Growth and Development

The purpose of this conference is to shed further light on the broader linkages between trade, investment and growth, that is of particular importance for the economy in many developing countries, and where development concerns have frequently been raised.

Date: March 2-3, 2011
Venue: Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, India


2011 International Conference on Economics, Trade and Development (ICETD)

ICETD aims to bring together researchers, scientists, engineers, and scholar students to exchange and share their experiences, new ideas, and research results about all aspects of Economics, Trade and Development, and discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted.

Date: April 1-3, 2011
Venue: Bali, Indonesia


Job: Economist – Agricultural Water Management

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) seeks an economist to work on existing projects and undertake project development activities to sustain partnerships within IWMI’s strategic plan and Theme priorities, specifically in relation to policy options for scaling-up high performance irrigation investments so as to improving agricultural productivity and consequently the specific contribution of improved water management to economic growth, poverty reduction and food security.

Deadline for submission of applications: December 13, 2010


NEW: Seminar on 'energizing consumers as responsible citizens on sustainable issues'

The third seminar about sustainability in global vaule chains. This time focus is on consumer behaviour and opportunities for NGOs and businesses to play and active role in transforming habits related to consumption. The two workshops following the plenum session will be explorative in nature and focus on identifyig concrete apporaches and opportunities.

Date: January 21, 2011
Venue: Copenhagen Business School, Denmark


The Sustainable Business Summit - Business in Evolution

The case for environmentally and socially sustainable business grows ever stronger. Consumers are more vocal, governments more strict, pressure groups more powerful and competitors more savvy, meaning that corporate social responsibility has moved from a ‘nice-to-have’ to a key strategic issue. The conference will examine the rationale for truly sustainable businesses - adaptable, resilient, responsive - and show how putting environmental and social responsibility at the heart of management practices is key to securing the long-term future of companies.

Date: March 17, 2011
Venue: London, United Kingdom


Impact Assessment and Responsible Development for Infrastructure, Business and Industry (IAIA 11)

What are the consequences to ecosystems, cultural heritage and human well-being -in the short and long run- of decisions taken by infrastructure developers, industry executives and managers, financial agents and business leaders? At IAIA11, ideas and experiences on this theme will be shared by experts from around the globe, with the end result being a better collective knowledge about how to ensure a better future.

Date: May 28 - June 4, 2011
Venue: Puebla, Mexico


COMESA Investment Forum 2011

COMESA is Africa's largest economic community made up of 19 member states in Eastern and Southern Africa. The conference will provide a platform to find out about the opportunities in the region, where investors and business leaders are putting their money, and how they are going about generating high long-term returns. The agenda will focus on 5 key sectors: Trade, Finance, Logistics, Agriculture/Agribusiness and Infrastructure.

Date: March 23-24, 2011
Venue: Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Call for Applications: Pilot Research Cooperation Program (PRCP) between Ghana and Denmark 2011-2013

Research institutes and universities in the private and public sectors throughout Ghana are invited to forward applications for joint research projects under the Ghana-Denmark 2011 Pilot Research Cooperation Program (PRCP). The topics of research are:
1) Growth and Employment
2) Climate Variability and Natural Resource Management
3) Governance
The specific topic selected for research must take as a point of departure, and be relevant for, the bilateral development cooperation between Ghana and Denmark.

Application deadline: March 15, 2011


Will the ‘BRICs Decade’ continue? – Prospects for trade and growth

The Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe (IAMO) Forum 2011 will address growth and trade in the world’s leading emerging economies Brazil, Russia, India, and China (BRICs) and the repercussions on the world economy. Besides macroeconomic questions the Forum 2011 will focus on agriculture, global food security, and the stabilisation of highly erratic international commodity markets. 

Date: June 23-24, 2011
Venue: Halle, Germany


Business Politics and Hierarchical Capitalism in Latin America

Ben Ross Schneider will open the Business-State Relations and Economic Development seminar series with a paper that explores business politics in Latin America. Sprawling family-owned business groups (or conglomerates) and multinational companies dominate the corporate landscape in hierarchical capitalism in Latin America. Understanding how firms pursue their unique preferences is the aim.

Date: March 9, 2011
Venue: Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) Main Auditorium


Job: Research Fellow - Growth and Equity

Overseas Development Institute (ODI) seeks a Research Fellow to support a portfolio of research, policy advice and public affairs work. The successful candidate will join an established team of independent researchers working on a wide range of research areas relating to growth and equity.

Application deadline: March 18, 2011


Cracking the Nut Conference: Overcoming Obstacles to Rural and Agricultural Finance

Rural and Agricultural Finance have long been considered tough nuts to crack. The Cracking the Nut Conference will unite participants working with rural and agricultural finance in a collaborative pursuit of learning, leverage and large scale change.

Date: June 20-21, 2011
Venue: Washington D.C., United States


Contemporary Micro-finance: Institutions, Policies, and Performance

While there is evidence that microcredit can have a positive impact on the economic wellbeing of borrower households, the empowerment of women and on rural community development, questions of a mission drift in microfinance emerged in recent years. Do formal and mature systems of microfinance still target the vulnerable poor? This and other questions are sought clarified through this conference on micro-finance.

Date: September 5-7, 2011
Venue: Cairo, Egypt


Firm heterogeneity and development

This conference aims at exploring the role of firm heterogeneity in the development process.

Date: October 6-7, 2011
Venue: Utrecht, Netherlands


Danida Business-Dag 2011 [in Danish]

På konferencen vil hovedlinjerne for de moderniserede instrumenter, Danida Business Finance og Danida Business Partnerships, blive introduceret. Erfaringer og mulighederne for at få støtte fra Danida til at investere i udviklingslande belyses gennem konkrete virksomheds- præsentationer.

Date: April 5, 2011
Venue: Eigtveds Pakhus, Copenhagen, Denmark


Africa International Business and Management (AIBUMA) Conference 2011

The AIBUMA Conference is an annual event that seeks to showcase world class research that is relevant for Africa from that in academia and from practitioners. The emphasis of AIBUMA will be on real-world business applications. Therefore, submitted papers should highlight the benefits and applications of business and management practices that are relevant for Africa.

Date: August 25-26, 2011
Venue: Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi, Kenya


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


The Politics of Large-Scale Mining in Tanzania: Between Domestic Policy and Global Economic Processes 

Using the case of Tanzania’s gold mining industry, France Bourgouin examines the active role played by host countries in orchestrating and controlling FDI and reconsiders the implications of MNC involvement in resource-rich developing countries on growth and poverty reduction, drawing out the implications for the country’s economic development.

Date: April 7, 2011 - 13.00-15.00
Venue: Danish Institute for International Studies main auditorium, Copenhagen, Denmark


From Collusion to Collaboration? State-Business Relations and Economic Performance in India

In this seminar professor Kunal Sen will explore how come the close, collaborative and beneficial relationship between state and business (known as 'embedded autonomy') has emerged in some sub-national Indian states while being absent in others. The developmental state, characterized by 'embedded autonomy', has been observed to foster economic growth in East Asia.

Date: April 1, 2011
Venue: Danish Institute for International Studies main auditorium, Copenhagen, Denmark


10th EUDN PhD Workshop on Development Economics

The European Development Research Network (EUDN), along with the Tinbergen Institute, invites PhD students from all fields of development economics to participate in a student workshop with the aim to exchange research results, as well as to present papers in an informal environment. Participation is free, travel reimbursement can be applied for.

Date: July 7-8, 2011
Venue: Amsterdam, Netherlands


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


Business Associations and Development in Globalizing Southeast Asia

In this Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) seminar Richard Doner will assess the alleged benefits of organized business representation and the political factors that account for developmentally productive associations from sectoral cases in Thailand and Malaysia.

Date: April 27, 2011
Venue: DIIS Main Auditorium, Copenhagen


NEW: Call for papers: Economía's 24th Panel Meeting

Economía, the Journal of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA), calls for papers to be presented at its 24th panel meeting. Accepted papers will be presented at its Fall panel meeting. Economía seeks papers on issues that are both at the forefront of the policy agenda and of broad interest to countries throughout the region.

Date: November 11-12, 2011
Venue: Santiago, Chile
Deadline for submission of papers: April 20, 2011


Course: Responsible sourcing of agricultural commodities: Understanding and managing responsible supply chains for agricultural commodity crops

By the end of this course which is part of the 10th Proforest Summer Training Programme you will understand the issues surrounding sustainable production and responsible sourcing of agricultural commodity products, will be familiar with the main sustainability standards and schemes relevant to oil palm, sugar cane, soy and cotton and will have insight on how to develop and deliver a responsible purchasing approach.

Date: July 19-20, 2011 - 9:00-17:30
Venue: Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom


Brand Aid: Shopping Well to Save the World

In this Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) seminar, Lisa Ann Richey and Stefano Ponte will present their book 'Brand Aid: Shopping Well to Save the World' which critiques  ‘compassionate consumption’. There will also be a panel discussion chaired by Lotte Folke Kaarsholm (Information) and including interventions from Susan Craddock (University of Minnesota), Michael K Goodman (King’s College London) and Tim Vang (MYC4).

Date: May 13, 2011
Venue: DIIS main auditorium, Copenhagen


CK Prahalad: Reaching Over Boundaries and Expanding Possibilities

In this conference, the aim is to examine the impact of CK Prahalad's research with business leaders, and discover different ways in which his ideas are being moved forward by scholars and researchers.

Date: June 10-12, 2011
Venue: San Diego, USA


Africa Digital Business Workshop: New Challenges in Creating Value for Consumers in the Digital World

The workshop will critically explore the contribution of African Telecoms and NGOs to business and development in Africa through the use of digital technologies, discuss the digitalization of tangible products and services, identify new challenges in managing and responding to the consumers in the digital world, explore the use of social media for business and non-profit institutions and address ethics, privacy and digital crime challenges.

Date: July 29, 2011
Venue: Alisa Hotel, Ridge, Accra, Ghana


NEW: Trade, Corporations and Natural Resources Conference

This one day international conference provides an opportunity to engage with academics, practitioners and NGO representatives to explore the tensions and interactions between states, individuals and multinational corporations operating in the field of natural resources.

Date: June 30, 2011
Venue: Waterside 3, Watershed Conference and Media Centre, Bristol, United Kingdom


Call for Papers: Special issue of the European Journal of Development Research

Theme: The Development Effects of Multinational Enterprises (MNEs)from Developing Countries. Papers from a variety of contexts that advance the current theoretical and empirical understanding of the processes that shape and determine the developmental dimensions of MNEs, whether from a sociological, political, or economic perspective.

Submission deadline: December 1, 2011


NEW: Terra Viva Grants Update October 2011

This newsletter from Terra Viva contains a series of calls for funding. Application deadlines are from August 2011 to April 2012.


NEW: Research seminar with Florence Palpacuer

The Centre for Business and Development Studies (CBDS) is hosting it's second research seminar on the topic: a Global Value Chain (GVC) approach for studying CSR and new social movements: the rise of the anti-sweatshop movement in global clothing chains in Europe, the US and Canada.

Date: November 23, 2011 - 14:00-16:00
Venue: Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark


Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE) Call for Papers

The ABCDE Organizing Committee is issuing a call for papers that examine in innovative ways the links between accountability, transparency, and development. The selected papers will be presented as main sessions of the conference agenda. Possible topics include the implications of accountability and transparency for:

    Public sector management and service delivery
    Political processes and outcomes
    Aid effectiveness
    Management of natural resources
    Stability and inclusion in the financial sector
    Firm performance and firm dynamics

Also of interest are means that can be used to effectively expand accountability and transparency, including the media and the internet, data collection and dissemination, and mandated versus voluntary disclosure of information.

Date: May 7-8, 2012
Venue: World Bank Headquarters, Washington DC, United States

Deadline for submissions: January 6, 2012


NEW: Aid, Growth and Macroeconomic Management - A ReCom results meeting

The Research and Communication Programme (ReCom) on Foreign Aid was launched by Danida and Sida in early 2011. It is undertaken by the UN University UNU-WIDER, DIIS and a global network of partners in the North and the South. The ReCom meeting on 27 January 2012 is the first public event that will present and discuss what ReCom found in 2011 about the impact and effectiveness of aid.

Date: January 27, 2012
Venue: Copenhagen, Denmark


Conference on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in Africa 2012

The conference organized by the Sub Saharan Consulting Group will bring together government representatives, business leaders and entrepreneurs, to explore several aspects of entrepreneurship and economic development in Africa. The discussion will reflect on practical experience, real success and future prospects for growth and opportunity in Africa. Further promises to stimulate thoughts and action with a view to promoting further trade and investment in Africa’s dynamic economies. 

Date: March 10, 2012
Venue: London, United Kingdom


World Economic Forum on Africa 2012

The 2012 World Economic Forum on Africa focuses on strengthening Africa’s leadership, accelerating investment in its frontier markets and scaling innovation as essential in transforming Africa’s growth story into shared opportunities for present and future generations.

Date: 9-11 May, 2012
Venue: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Deadline for registration: 18 April, 2012


NEW: Partnership 2012 NGO+Business Conference

Copenhagen Business School, the CSR Foundation, ISOBRO (The Danish professional association for fundraisers), the Confederation of Danish Industries, and the European Fundraising Association have organised the conference 'Partnership 2012', which will lead the way for good partnerships, with the participation of Kofi Annan, the former Secretary-General of the UN, who put social responsibility on the global agenda. The event marks an increased Danish and international focus on the necessity of partnerships to find solutions to some of the large societal and environmental problems - both from the Danish and international corporate sectors, the government and the Danish CSR Council.

Date: 10-12 June, 2012
Venue: Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark


NEW: African Business on the Rise?

The Centre for Business and Development Studies (CBDS) has invited two distinguished scholars on African enterprise development - Arne Bigsten, Professor in Development Economics at the University of Gothenburg, and John Kuada, Professor of International Management at Aalborg University, to discuss African business on the rise. Foreign investors are setting up businesses, local industries and entrepreneurship are flourishing, and a new generation of African business lions is finding its way through the challenging institutional environments.  The seminar will discuss what the major research agendas on the rise of African business, providing inputs to a major CBDS research project on ‘Successful African Firms and Institutional Change’ (The SAFIC Project) recently funded by the Danida Research Council

Date: 20 June, 2012 - 13:00-16:00
Venue: Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark

Deadline for registration: 15 June, 2012

     
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