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Syria casts its shadow as G8 leaders gather

Syria casts its shadow as G8 leaders gather
Description
Professor Stefan Wolff: Where does all this leave Syria and its people? The short answer is "on their own". The pursuit of self-interest by powerful outsiders overlaps only marginally with what Syrians need in order to achieve an end to the violence they have suffered for more than two years now.
Date:
Friday 21st June 2013

Alumni Roundtable Event

Alumni Roundtable Event
Description
Alumnus, Miguel Castro Coelho (Senior Economist at the Institute for Government) hosted a roundtable at the University of Birmingham on Monday 10th June, 2013. Miguel gave current students and a fellow alumnus the opportunity to ask him questions about his time at Birmingham, his career to date as well as his thoughts on economic policies.
Date:
Friday 21st June 2013

New Masters module: Disability and Development

Description
This new module from the International Development Department which will be taught on our Masters and Distance Learning degrees will explore historical and current debates around the various perceptions of disability, and will consider their impact on international policy and practice, particularly in the areas of education, health, livelihoods and conflict recovery.
Date:
Thursday 13th June 2013

Guardian League Tables 2014

Guardian League Tables 2014
Description
In the latest Guardian University Guide 2014 Birmingham ranked 15th out of 128 institutions surveyed. The School of Government and Society performed well both with Politics and Sociology appearing in the top 10 in their respective fields.
Date:
Friday 7th June 2013

Blog: Helping donors to 'think politically': Going beyond the orthodoxy.

Blog: Helping donors to 'think politically': Going beyond the orthodoxy.
Description
This post marks the first of the series of papers that were presented by some members of IDD staff who attended the International Studies Association Conference at San Francisco in April 2013. Dr. Heather Marquette and Dr. Jonathan Fisher at the conference organised a panel called 'Politicising or Depoliticising Aid? The Political Economy of Political Economy Analysis', and presented a joint paper on 'Donors Doing Political Economy Analysis: From Process to Product (and back again?).
Date:
Thursday 6th June 2013

IDD academic was invited to speak at the OECD-DAC 17th GovNet Network on Governance Plenary Meeting

Description
Dr Heather Marquette, IDD's Director of Research and Academic Director of the GSDRC, was an invited speaker on 'Political Economy Analysis: Challenging the Orthodoxy?' at the OECD-DAC 17th GovNet Network on Governance Plenary Meeting, Paris, 24-25 April 2013.
Date:
Monday 3rd June 2013

Student profile: Jose Van Oosten, MSc International Development

Description
I chose to study at Birmingham because for me it offered a great balance between being at the heart of a dynamic city, having a really large campus, a really large university with lots of activities, the politics department which I'm involved in is in the top ten of the country and of course, Birmingham is in the top three of the British University sports rankings, which is a big seller for me.
Date:
Tuesday 21st May 2013

Masters taught module: Global Cooperation in Practice - Professor Mark Webber

Masters taught module: Global Cooperation in Practice - Professor Mark Webber
Description
This exciting taught module is offered as part of our new Global Cooperation and Security MSc. Taught by Professor Mark Webber Global Cooperation in Practice examines how academic debates on cooperation and policy-making stand up against the actual experience of implementation.
Date:
Tuesday 21st May 2013

Masters taught module: Theories of Global Cooperation - Professor Nicholas Wheeler

Masters taught module: Theories of Global Cooperation - Professor Nicholas Wheeler
Description
This exciting taught module is offered as part of our new Global Cooperation and Security MSc. Taught by Professor Nicholas Wheeler this module provides advanced theoretical training in how to think about the challenges of building security in an uncertain world characterised by multi-level interactions and unprecedented levels of global interconnectedness.
Date:
Tuesday 21st May 2013

New Masters degree: MSc Global Cooperation and Security

Description
This exciting degree programme is offered exclusively through the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS), comprised of a number of leading scholars in the field of security who regularly produce cutting edge, internationally renowned research.
Date:
Tuesday 21st May 2013

Evaluating the impact of aid: which way forward?

Description
IDD's Claire Mcloughlin was part of a panel of experts who took part in a Guardian Live debate on the best ways to evaluate the impact of development assistance.
Date:
Friday 17th May 2013

Blog: African donors and Somali ownership: The elephant at the Somalia Conference

Blog: African donors and Somali ownership: The elephant at the Somalia Conference
Description
And so it ends. After months of preparation, fretting over guest lists, measuring flags and re-drafting seating arrangements, the Somalia Conference is over. The final communiqué has been issued, the speeches uploaded to YouTube and the attendees prepped for the next leg of the reconstruction roadshow. Jonathan Fisher is a lecturer in international development, researching the relationship between Western aid donors and developing states.
Date:
Tuesday 14th May 2013

IDD staff attended the International Studies Association Conference, San Francisco, 3-6 April 2013

Description
Heather Marquette and Jonathan Fisher organised a panel called 'Politicising or Depoliticising Aid? The Political Economy of Political Economy Analysis', and presented a joint paper on 'Donors Doing Political Economy Analysis™: From Process to Product (and back again?). Claire Mcloughlin gave a paper on '(Re-) building State Legitimacy via Service Delivery: Beyond Institutional Approaches'. Nicolas Lemay-Hebert gave a paper on 'The Unfulfilled Potential of the Light Footprint Approach for Peace Missions'.
Date:
Thursday 9th May 2013

UK should revisit its decision on South Africa and its concept of aid

Description
Ending support for middle-income countries shows a misunderstanding about the role aid can play in increasingly better-off areas. Guardian "Poverty matters blog" written by Siân Herbert and John Glennie.
Date:
Friday 3rd May 2013

Brazil Workshop on accounting, accountability and service delivery (15-19 April 2013)

Description
From 15-19 April, the University of São Paulo (Ribeirao Preto campus) and the University of Birmingham are collaborating in a one week workshop which considers the development of new approaches to public accountability and accounting in service delivery.
Date:
Thursday 11th April 2013

Birmingham Teaching Heroes: Luis Cabrera

Birmingham Teaching Heroes: Luis Cabrera
Description
Experts who are shaping the world for future generations. With you.
Date:
Tuesday 26th March 2013

Call for papers: Making Politics Practical II: Development Politics and the Changing Aid Environment

Description
We welcome papers that further our understanding of the politics of development, whether this is within developing countries or the development community. Although we would like to keep this call for papers as open as possible, we have preference for papers that address one of the following: the politics of aid; political settlements within developing countries; political analysis/political economy analysis; new governance challenges; the politics of service delivery; state-building; and the challenges of delivering aid in fragile states.
Date:
Friday 22nd March 2013

Chris Woods, MSc Development Management (2012)

Chris Woods, MSc Development Management (2012)
Description
Chris Woods describes her experience of studying an MSc in Development Management at the International Development Department, University of Birmingham during her recent graduation.
Date:
Thursday 21st March 2013

Maria Anna Belka, MSc Development Management (Public Economic Management and Finance) (2012)

Maria Anna Belka, MSc Development Management (Public Economic Management and Finance) (2012)
Description
Maria Anna Belka describes her experience of studying an MSc in Development Management at the International Development Department, University of Birmingham during her recent graduation.
Date:
Thursday 21st March 2013

Pyone Kyaw, MSc International Development (2012)

Pyone Kyaw, MSc International Development (2012)
Description
Pyone Kyaw describes her experience of studying an MSc in Development Management at the International Development Department, University of Birmingham during her recent graduation.
Date:
Thursday 21st March 2013
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