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Anna Townsend, MSc Poverty, Inequality and Development by distance learning (2012)

Anna Townsend, MSc Poverty, Inequality and Development by distance learning (2012)
Description
Anna Townsend describes her experience of studying an MSc Poverty, Inequality and Development by distance learning at the International Development Department, University of Birmingham during her recent graduation.
Date:
Thursday 21st March 2013

Anthony Gething, MSc Public Administration and Development by distance learning (2012)

Anthony Gething, MSc Public Administration and Development by distance learning (2012)
Description
Anthony Gething describes his experience of studying an MSc Public Administration and Development by distance learning at the International Development Department, University of Birmingham during his recent graduation.
Date:
Thursday 21st March 2013

Libya two years on: the African Union perspective

Libya two years on: the African Union perspective
Description
Professor Paul Jackson's perspective piece, reflecting on Libya two years after the NATO's military intervention in the country.
Date:
Monday 18th March 2013

DSA Conference 2013

Description
IDD is pleased to announce that the 2013 conference of the Development Studies Association will be held at the University of Birmingham on 16th November.
Date:
Monday 11th March 2013

NGO Seminar Series podcast: What's Hot and What's Not: what's changed in development thinking in the last five years?

Description
Dr. Duncan Green, Director of Research, Oxfam and author of 'From Poverty to Power' gave a talk on 'What's Hot and What's Not: what's changed in development thinking in the last five years?' at the NGO Seminar Series, Spring term 2013.
Date:
Friday 8th March 2013

School of Government and Society Annual Postgraduate Colloquium

Description
This event is a brilliant opportunity for staff and students to find out what the School's PhD students are working on, as well as an opportunity for all our PhD students and staff to get together and discuss on-going research.
Date:
Wednesday 6th March 2013

Birmingham and Yale to establish global justice programme in India

Description
The University of Birmingham is joining forces with Yale to support the development of a pioneering global justice programme at the University of Delhi.
Date:
Thursday 28th February 2013

Student profile: Felix Cairns, International Model NATO Conference 2013

Student profile: Felix Cairns, International Model NATO Conference 2013
Description
All delegations stayed in the same hotel, so were advised to remain "in-role" throughout the conference. And we found ourselves becoming embroiled in fascinating debates over meals and drinks with some very capable students from universities across America, Canada and Europe. It became evident to me that diplomacy requires a constant engagement in and consideration for major world issues, and that productive discussion can occur anywhere, from the formal debates in the conference, to the less formal encounters in lifts and at the bar!
Date:
Wednesday 20th February 2013

Student profile: Brami Van Crombrugge, International Model NATO Conference 2013

Student profile: Brami Van Crombrugge, International Model NATO Conference 2013
Description
The general aura that surrounded the ongoing debates in the Defense Planning Group was indescribable. While certain delegates were returning to their 2nd/3rd Model NATO conference, others (such as Felix and I) were experiencing our very first. It was an absolute honour to be part of such an invaluable event and to be able to learn from such a diverse variety of students.
Date:
Wednesday 20th February 2013

Blog: Political Activism, Legal Discourses and Sexual violence in India: What Does the Delhi Rape Case Reveal?

Description
The brutal incident of rape and murder in December 2012 of a 23 year old student on a bus in Delhi has been the catalyst of intense social and political activism against sexual violence in India. Written by Geetanjali Gangoli and Martin Rew.
Date:
Monday 11th February 2013

Professor John Makumbe (1950 - 2013)

Description
Professor John Makumbe died on 24 January aged 63. Professor Makumbe was a member of the Department of Political and Administrative Studies of the University of Zimbabwe. The University of Birmingham awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2004 on the strength of his brave and principled commitment to truth and integrity in Zimbabwe and in Africa more broadly.
Date:
Friday 1st February 2013

Creating Change, Expanding Opportunity - IDD Annual Report 2012-13

Description
Browse an overview of IDD's recent research, teaching, consultancy and publications.
Date:
Thursday 24th January 2013

Blog: A small blow for people's history: the Paraguay Reader

Description
This post is based on the introduction to The Paraguay Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Duke University Press, 2012), edited with Peter Lambert. Andrew Nickson has extensive worldwide experience of teaching, research and consultancy on public administration reform, decentralisation, and the reform of basic service delivery and regulation of privatised public utilities.
Date:
Tuesday 22nd January 2013

IDD and ODI researchers examine the politics of public services in conflict-affected countries

Description
How can politics enable, as opposed to constrain, better public services in conflict-affected countries? IDD and ODI researchers have collaborated to examine the politics of progress on water and sanitation in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Date:
Thursday 17th January 2013

University of Birmingham delegation visits the Balkans

Description
A University of Birmingham delegation visited the Balkans from 04-08 December 2012. The delegation was headed by Professor Mark Webber, Head of the School of Government and Society, and its members included Professor Stefan Wolff, Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer (College of Social Sciences), Dr Graham Timmins, Director of Education in the School of Government and Society, and Dr Gëzim Alpion Director of Joint Honours Programmes (POLSIS).
Date:
Friday 11th January 2013

IDD Policy Brief: Rethinking the Institutional Approach to Statebuilding

Description
Nicolas Lemay-Hébert highlights the importance of a neglected question: what type of state does statebuilding seek to promote?
Date:
Friday 14th December 2012

UK universities embrace the free, open, online future of higher education

Description
Students from the UK and around the world will have free access to some of the country's top universities thanks to FutureLearn Ltd, an entirely new company being launched by The Open University (OU). The universities of Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Anglia, Exeter, King's College London, Lancaster, Leeds, Southampton, St Andrews and Warwick have all signed up to join FutureLearn.
Date:
Friday 14th December 2012

University of Birmingham launches new China Institute

Description
The University of Birmingham's China Institute celebrates its official opening today in the presence of His Excellency Mr Liu Xiaoming, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the UK.
Date:
Friday 14th December 2012

Economic and Social Research Council Scholarships

Description
The University of Birmingham is now accepting nominations for ESRC funding starting in October 2013. The University of Birmingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) is one of 21 across the UK that has been accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
Date:
Wednesday 12th December 2012

What should we vote for?

What should we vote for?
Description
Is there an ideal electorate system? As a recent Birmingham Brief demonstrated, we are often faced with a simple binary choice: do we want 'strong government' which can claim an empowering mandate, or do we want a government that represents, however messily, 'the will of the people'? If we want the former, in the UK at least, we have persisted with a first-past-the-post system. From time-to-time, though, we have had a dark night of the soul, wondered at the fairness of governments' claiming a mandate from a minority of voters actually supporting them, and flirted with alternatives.
Date:
Tuesday 11th December 2012
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