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The Conversation: Joseph Kony peace talks may be just another tactic

The Conversation: Joseph Kony peace talks may be just another tactic
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Written by Professor Paul Jackson. The government of the Central African Republic claims to be in talks with one of the world's most enigmatic African guerrilla leaders, Joseph Kony. But Kony has entered talks before with no intention of backing down. This latest announcement follows all the same patterns and should be treated with scepticism.
Date:
Monday 25th November 2013

Listen to our latest podcasts

Listen to our latest podcasts
Description
Listen to the latest podcasts from across the School of Government and Society. Podcasts include our Departmental termly seminar series, academic research and current affairs.
Date:
Friday 22nd November 2013

ESRC grant success for Birmingham

ESRC grant success for Birmingham
Description
We are delighted to announce that the University of Birmingham has risen to third in the UK with Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) grant success in terms of values of award according to the Times Higher statistics.
Date:
Wednesday 20th November 2013

Blog: Making 'climate compatible development' possible in coastal areas

Blog: Making 'climate compatible development' possible in coastal areas
Description
Fiona Nunan is Lecturer in Environment and Development in IDD, specialising in natural resource governance and management in developing country settings, particularly within inland fisheries and coastal locations in East and Southern Africa, and in exploring the links between poverty and the environment.
Date:
Tuesday 19th November 2013

IDD Academic interviewed for Sky News on David Cameron's Sri Lanka trip

IDD Academic interviewed for Sky News on David Cameron's Sri Lanka trip
Description
On Saturday 16 November Dr Danielle Beswick, IDD Lecturer and Director of Research, was interviewed live on Sky News about UK Prime Minister David Cameron's trip to Sri Lanka for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). From 2010-12 Danielle undertook British Academy funded research into the politics of identity in post conflict Sri Lanka, delivering a briefing on this for a donor roundtable at the British High Commission in 2011.
Date:
Tuesday 19th November 2013

IAS Blog: Thinking and working politically in development interventions. Workshop round-up from Jonathan Fisher

IAS Blog: Thinking and working politically in development interventions. Workshop round-up from Jonathan Fisher
Description
Written by Jonathan Fisher. Friday's workshop – and Sam Hickey's keynote which followed it – saw a mammoth amount of discussion, presentation and critical reflection packed in to one day. Podcasts of the 14 – yes 14! – presentations which took place will shortly be available to listen to for those who couldn't attend; keep an eye on #mpolprac for this where you can also follow the discussion courtesy of our live-tweeters from the day.
Date:
Monday 18th November 2013

IAS Blog: Making politics practical

IAS Blog: Making politics practical
Description
Today's blog is – I am afraid – something of a place-holder. As we speak, academics, policy-makers and practitioners from across the globe are meeting at Birmingham University to discuss how to turn 'thinking politically' into 'working politically'.
Date:
Friday 15th November 2013

IAS Blog: From "thinking politically" to "working politically"

IAS Blog: From "thinking politically" to "working politically"
Description
Written by Dr Jonathan Fisher. Most people involved in the development enterprise, however, are 'doers' as well as 'thinkers' – far more of my students hope to work for donor agencies, NGOs or charities than within university faculties or think tanks. A key challenge for proponents of the 'thinking politically' agenda, therefore, comes with the 'operationalization' of said agenda.
Date:
Thursday 14th November 2013

IAS Blog: Thinking politically - Part III

IAS Blog: Thinking politically - Part III
Description
Written by Dr Jonathan Fisher. Another way in which 'politics' has often been understood by donor officials has been as a 'problem' – as Laura Routley and David Hulme have recently pointed out (Routley and Hulme 2013: 15-16). The introduction of 'political economy analyses' (see tomorrow's blog) of development programmes and interventions in recent years has – for many donors – simply flagged-up all the obstacles 'politics' poses to the successful implementation of an otherwise well-designed project.
Date:
Wednesday 13th November 2013

Economic and Social Research Council funding

Economic and Social Research Council funding
Description
We are able to offer 22 ESRC scholarships to fund postgraduate training and doctoral research, with both +3 (PhD) and 1+3 (Masters and PhD) funding available. A full ESRC scholarship comprises research fees, relevant bench fees, and an annual Research Council stipend (£13,726 in 2013/14). Applications for ESRC funding beginning in October 2014 are now being accepted.
Date:
Wednesday 13th November 2013

IAS Blog: Thinking politically - Part I

IAS Blog: Thinking politically - Part I
Description
Written by Dr Jonathan Fisher. The 'age of austerity' has not been kind to Western aid agencies and their staff or to those who would defend them. Though Britain's Department for International Development (DFID) has had its budget 'ring-fenced' since 2010 its counterparts elsewhere in Europe have not been so lucky while its equivalent in Australia – AusAID – has disappeared altogether as an independent entity, subsumed into the country's foreign ministry only weeks ago.
Date:
Tuesday 12th November 2013

IAS Blog: Thinking politically - Part II

IAS Blog: Thinking politically - Part II
Description
Written by Dr Jonathan Fisher. What, however, do we mean by 'political' in the context of development policy and thinking? Almost absent from development discourse prior to the 2000s – as scholar and practitioner Sue Unsworth points out (2009:883) – the word 'politics' has now become an integral part of development language albeit without ever having been clearly defined. Along with terms like 'ownership', 'agency' and even 'development' itself, 'politics' seems to mean something so intuitive and obvious to all that exploring its actual meaning seems like ivory tower navel-gazing to many policy-makers.
Date:
Tuesday 12th November 2013

IDD 50th anniversary event: Taking politics seriously: from development to social justice?

IDD 50th anniversary event: Taking politics seriously: from development to social justice?
Description
15th November 2013, 18.00 - 19.00. Speaker Professor Sam Hickey, Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester. A lecture to be given as part of the celebrations for the 50th Anniversary of the International Development Department and on the eve of the 2013 Development Studies Association conference to be hosted at the University of Birmingham
Date:
Wednesday 6th November 2013

Postgraduate Open Day - 27 November 2013

Postgraduate Open Day - 27 November 2013
Description
The next Postgraduate Open Day will be held on Wednesday 27 November 2013. You can now book your place.
Date:
Tuesday 5th November 2013

GSDRC / DLP job vacancy: Research Administrator

GSDRC / DLP job vacancy: Research Administrator
Description
IDD is looking for a talented administrator to support the management of two high-profile research initiatives: GSDRC and the Developmental Leadership Program (DLP). Apply by 04 November 2013.
Date:
Monday 28th October 2013

Developmental Leadership: Does Leadership Really Matter for Development?

Developmental Leadership: Does Leadership Really Matter for Development?
Description
On 21 October 2013 the UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence hosted academics and top officials for a rich exchange of views and experience with the Developmental Leadership Program (DLP) – one of the world's leading research programmes looking into governance challenges in international development.
Date:
Monday 28th October 2013

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Revisiting the Inequality and Conflict Nexus

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Revisiting the Inequality and Conflict Nexus
Description
Speaker: Professor Mansoob Murshed, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University of Rotterdam and Coventry University. 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.
Date:
Friday 25th October 2013

DLP job vacancy: Communications Support Officer

DLP job vacancy: Communications Support Officer
Description
The Developmental Leadership Program (DLP) is recruiting a Communications Support Officer to help make DLP's research findings more accessible to decision-makers. This is a varied and flexible part-time role with an application deadline of 04 November 2013.
Date:
Thursday 24th October 2013

What has worked in foreign aid to service delivery in fragile situations?

What has worked in foreign aid to service delivery in fragile situations?
Description
GSDRC researcher Claire Mcloughlin has taken part in a high-profile debate about the challenges and trade-offs development agencies encounter when trying to support service delivery in fragile and conflict-affected states.
Date:
Thursday 24th October 2013

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Addressing Tough Challenges in State-building One Step at a Time

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Addressing Tough Challenges in State-building One Step at a Time
Description
Speaker: Anne-Marie Brinkman, Independent Consultant, former advisor to UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Nairobi. 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.
Date:
Friday 18th October 2013
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