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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

Video: Saving Humans: Risk, Intervention, Survival

Video: Saving Humans: Risk, Intervention, Survival
Description
'Saving Humans' is an innovative and timely theme which consolidates existing University research agendas, provides opportunities for creating novel and exciting partnerships, transcends divides between arts, social sciences and natural sciences and, most importantly, addresses broader issues of social, political and moral concern for humanity's future.
Date:
Friday 11th October 2013

Blog: It's all about the governance - and elections don't always solve anything

Blog: It's all about the governance - and elections don't always solve anything
Description
Written by Professor Paul Jackson. In early 2012 a group of Salafi-Jihadi militant groups took control of northern Mali's major population centres prompting a French-led international intervention that incorporated the African Union and other regional militaries. On January 11th 2013, French forces started a successful offensive that stopped Mali's complete collapse, allowing sufficient leeway to hold elections in July 2013 during which democracy was held to be the victor with many people openly defying threats of violence to cast their votes. Largely forgotten in the wake of the horrors of Islamic terrorism in Kenya and the continuing conflagration in Syria, could Mali offer a model of successful intervention in conflict?
Date:
Friday 4th October 2013

Blog: The unintended consequences of foreign intervention

Blog: The unintended consequences of foreign intervention
Description
Written by Professor Paul Jackson. After the horrors of the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, there will be inevitable questions about the nature of Islamic terrorism in East Africa. However, the attack itself is part of an on-going conflict in Kenya that in turn is part of a bigger regional conflagration based on Somalia. In fact the attack on the mall can be traced back to an international intervention that produced a number of unintended consequences, one of which has been the transformation of the group that perpetrated the attack, Al-Shabaab.
Date:
Tuesday 1st October 2013

Blog: Empire without End?

Blog: Empire without End?
Description
Adrian Campbell is a senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham's International Development Department. He is an organizational theorist with longstanding interests and experience in the associated fields of leadership and human resource management and he has researched, taught and consulted in these fields for over thirty years.
Date:
Tuesday 24th September 2013

Birmingham announced as University of the Year

Birmingham announced as University of the Year
Description
The University of Birmingham has been named University of the Year 2014 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.
Date:
Saturday 21st September 2013

Doctoral researcher profile: Sabarinath Krishnan

Doctoral researcher profile: Sabarinath Krishnan
Description
Public Private Partnerships for rural development
Date:
Saturday 21st September 2013

Doctoral Research profile: Charity Mbillah

Doctoral Research profile: Charity Mbillah
Description
Title of Research: Prosperity gospel and adherent social mobility in Ghana
Date:
Thursday 12th September 2013

Global ranking reinforces Birmingham's position as a world-class university

Global ranking reinforces Birmingham's position as a world-class university
Description
The University of Birmingham has made an impressive 15 place rise to 62nd in this year's QS World University Rankings, cementing its position in the top 100 universities globally and placing it 10th in the UK.
Date:
Tuesday 10th September 2013
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