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Blog: Masters students on Kenya study tour 2014

Blog: Masters students on Kenya study tour 2014
Description
Written by Freyja Oddsdottir. For the past couple of years, the IDD has organised a field research trip to assist IDD Masters students with the logistics of field research, which is an optional component of their MSc degree. Last year, the destination was Kerala in South India. In June this year, a group of 16 students travelled to Nairobi, Kenya, along with Dr Jonathan Fisher and Freyja Oddsdottir, where they stayed for three weeks to conduct field research for their dissertation.
Date:
Monday 21st July 2014

A rigorous review of the role and impact of private schools in developing countries

A rigorous review of the role and impact of private schools in developing countries
Description
A new review analyses recent evidence on the role and impact of private schools on education for children in developing countries, focusing on the delivery of education for the poor.
Date:
Friday 4th July 2014

Field Study to Istanbul: Turkish delight for IDD students

Field Study to Istanbul: Turkish delight for IDD students
Description
This April more than 30 IDD masters students flew to Istanbul, Turkey, to participate in a field study organised with the help of IDD alumnus Dr Ali Ercan Ozgur, founder of IDEMA consulting. During this five-day study programme, more than fourteen speakers and nine host organizations shared their experience of government systems, business and public administration with the group.
Date:
Friday 27th June 2014

Blog: Politics shape services; and services shape politics

Blog: Politics shape services; and services shape politics
Description
Written by Professor Richard Batley. In governance circles, service delivery is often discussed as if it raised common issues across service sectors as diverse as health, education, water and sanitation. Yet within sectors, debates about governance issues are quite distinct.
Date:
Wednesday 25th June 2014

Podcast: Challenges to emerging and established powers: Brazil and the United Kingdom in the contemporary global order

Podcast: Challenges to emerging and established powers: Brazil and the United Kingdom in the contemporary global order
Description
This workshop organised by Dr Marco Vieira and Dr Jonathan Grix (30-31 May 2014) and hosted by the University of Birmingham aimed to critically examine the prospects of either cooperation or competition between Brazil and the United Kingdom in several dimensions of contemporary global order.
Date:
Friday 20th June 2014

IDD recruiting Teaching Fellow

IDD recruiting Teaching Fellow
Description
Applications are invited for a ten-month position of Teaching Fellow with the International Development Department.
Date:
Wednesday 11th June 2014

DLP consolidates its partnership with La Trobe University

DLP consolidates its partnership with La Trobe University
Description
DLP consolidates its partnership with La Trobe University, Australia, this week. On 13 June, DLP's directors, Dr Heather Marquette and Dr David Hudson, will meet with members of La Trobe's Institute for Human Security and Social Change to share research findings and plan future collaboration.
Date:
Wednesday 11th June 2014

The Conversation: NATO must take responsibility for spiralling violence in Libya

The Conversation: NATO must take responsibility for spiralling violence in Libya
Description
Written by Professor Paul Jackson. Libya has drifted out of our news recently, swamped and obscured by other conflicts. But the repercussions of the NATO intervention, and the subsequent failure of any credible central government to control the powerful militias, have led to a series of increasingly serious incidents.
Date:
Wednesday 28th May 2014

The Conversation: Meriam Ibrahim death sentence: West needs to give Sudan a bit of face time

The Conversation: Meriam Ibrahim death sentence: West needs to give Sudan a bit of face time
Description
Written by Dr Jonathan Fisher. The case of Meriam Ibrahim, a pregnant woman sentenced to death for apostasy by a Khartoum court, has rightly refocused international attention on the dire state of human rights in Sudan.
Date:
Friday 23rd May 2014

IDD 50 faces #10 - Professor Ken Davey, OBE (1969-2000)

IDD 50 faces #10 - Professor Ken Davey, OBE (1969-2000)
Description
I never dreamt that I would be involved in major reforms in countries as diverse as Indonesia, Slovakia and Ukraine. My time at Birmingham has been rich in opportunity and experience and rich in the friendship of likeminded colleagues both here and abroad.
Date:
Monday 12th May 2014

IDD 50 faces #11 - Dr Rosamund Thomas (1970-71)

IDD 50 faces #11 - Dr Rosamund Thomas (1970-71)
Description
Perhaps it was unusual but nevertheless at Birmingham University, in my time, I cross-read between several disciplines. At INLOGOV, my Master's degree (1970-71) permitted me to study not only UK central and local government, but also administration in developing countries. In addition, I read aspects of social policy and social administration in another department.
Date:
Monday 12th May 2014

IDD Guest Seminar Series 2013-14

IDD Guest Seminar Series 2013-14
Description
The International Development Department hosts a number of seminars throughout the autumn term which focuses on a number of different topics. The seminars are open to everyone. Listen to the latest podcasts from our recent events.
Date:
Tuesday 29th April 2014

DLP to present at UNDP/KPMG conference 'Leadership and the Challenge of Change'

DLP to present at UNDP/KPMG conference 'Leadership and the Challenge of Change'
Description
DLP will give a major presentation of its findings at UNDP/KPMG's 2014 International Development Conference in Singapore on 30 April 2014.
Date:
Thursday 17th April 2014

IDD 50 faces #09 - Ashok Kumar Jain (1990)

IDD 50 faces #09 - Ashok Kumar Jain (1990)
Description
My time at the IDD (1990) had been most enriching. I especially enjoyed learning how to organize thoughts, lateral thinking, information, time and resource management, converting ideas and academics into practice and gender sensitive development with the people especially the poor.
Date:
Tuesday 15th April 2014

IDD PGR podcast: The Ownership of Official Development Assistance in Jamaica 2005-2013

IDD PGR podcast: The Ownership of Official Development Assistance in Jamaica 2005-2013
Description
Speaker: Vaughn Graham (PhD researcher, University of Birmingham). The Ownership of Official Development Assistance in the Security and Justice Sector in Jamaica 2005-2013: How the Nature of Sectoral Policymaking Reflects and Challenges International Aid Policy.
Date:
Monday 14th April 2014

Remembering Rwanda: can we ever say 'never again'?

Remembering Rwanda: can we ever say 'never again'?
Description
This week marked the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. More than 800,000 Rwandans, mostly from the minority ethnic Tutsi group, were killed by their Hutu neighbours while the UN force in the country and Western powers looked on.
Date:
Thursday 10th April 2014

IDD 50 faces #07 - Lenni Montiel

IDD 50 faces #07 - Lenni Montiel
Description
Studying and living at the University of Birmingham has been for me one of the more rewarding experiences in my life. I got a PhD in Public Policy that allowed me to move forward in my career in international development. I was privileged to joint the Department when it was still the Development Administration Group (DAG) and was able to see and experience its day to day transformation into the International Development Department (IDD)
Date:
Thursday 10th April 2014

IDD 50 faces #08 - Matthew Craig

IDD 50 faces #08 - Matthew Craig
Description
I joined IDD in 2009 to complete an MSc in 'International Development, Conflict & Security' under the guidance of Paul Jackson, Danielle Beswick and Heather Marquette. Prior to the MSc, and on the advise of Paul Jackson, I had taken up a 12 month post with a Liberian NGO, in a Project Development role, with a focus on rehabilitating and repatriating Liberian child soldiers from the Buduburum Refugee Camp in Ghana.
Date:
Thursday 10th April 2014

New article: When does service delivery improve the legitimacy of a fragile state?

New article: When does service delivery improve the legitimacy of a fragile state?
Description
Claire Mcloughlin's new article in Governance takes stock of the theory and evidence on the relationship between service delivery and state legitimacy in fragile and conflict-affected states, challenging received wisdom.
Date:
Wednesday 9th April 2014

Prestigious research programme makes its home at IDD

Prestigious research programme makes its home at IDD
Description
A prestigious international research initiative, the Developmental Leadership Program, is to make its home at IDD with funding in place to continue its work for the next three years.
Date:
Wednesday 9th April 2014
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