Calling for Papers on Development – Global Development Network

Gear up to submit new research proposals and completed papers for the 2012 GDN Global Development Awards and Medals Competition (AMC). The Global Development Network is inviting researchers from developing countries and transition economies to submit proposals and completed papers. Here is your chance to receive up to US$ 30,000 as part of the Competition.

Application Deadline: 11 March, 2013.

Competition Categories:

  • Medals for Research on Development (Medals) for exceptional completed research papers
  • Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD) for original, policy-relevant research proposals

Research Themes: 
Proposals and completed research papers are being invited for the following themes:

  • Inequality
  • Social Protection and Social Policies
  • Inclusive Growth

To Apply: Please visit All applications and documents must be submitted electronically. For more info go here or write to


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MIT Climate CoLab Contest

Have an idea for how to address climate change? Join the crowd at the MIT Climate CoLab. 

Submit your own proposal, weigh-in on others’, or collaborate with members of the community. Work with people from all over the world to develop proposals to combat climate change. Current contests address

A grand prize of $10,000 will be awarded, and writers of winning proposals will present their ideas to the media, government officials, business executives, and scientists at MIT.

Proposals due April 15th 2013. 

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Movie Screening of Manufactured Landscapes

MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES is an award-winning documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky.

“The film follows him through China, as he shoots the evidence and effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution. With breathtaking sequences, such as the opening tracking shot through an almost endless factory, the filmmakers also extend the narratives of Burtynsky’s photographs, allowing us to meditate on our impact on the planet and witness both the epicenters of industrial endeavor and the dumping grounds of its waste.” (Zeitgeist Films)

We hope you will join us for this provocative film that raises questions about what development does, and should look like.Manufactured Landscapes will be screened at our Movie Night

When: Tuesday, February 26th, at 5:15- 7:00pm

Where: Multipurpose Room of the Liu Institute of Global Issues


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International Development Week at the Global Lounge!

For 23 years, IDW has explored Canada’s role in making differences around the world. This year the Global Lounge will be hosting 3 interesting events on the week of Feb 25 – Mar 1. These events aim to increase awareness of current global issues by highlighting the  problems developing countries face and the impacts of aid on the livelihood of the poor.  UBC research on these issues will also be explored. These are the events:

Movie: Pray the Devil Back to Hell
Monday, February 25, 2013, 5-7pm

Hosted by, Pray the Devil Back to Hell chronicles the story of Liberian women who came together and helped end the civil war in their country. The movie will be followed by a discussion and reflection. Watch the trailer here.

The Role and Effectiveness of ‘Band-aid’
Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 5-7pm
Dr. Kishor M. Wasan (Professor & Director and Co-Founder of the Neglected Global Diseases Initiative) and Dr. Blye Frank (Dean of the Faculty of Education) will discuss the impacts of different forms of aid on global health.

Quinoa Salad Anyone? 
Friday, March 1, 2013, 11am-1pm
With the aim to highlight some current issues surrounding the fair trade and sustainable foods movement, phd candidate Sara Elder will share about her current research investigating the impacts of participating in multinational retail supply chains on smallholder farmer livelihoods and food security in developing countries.

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Fair Trade, Sustainable Economic Development and the Law -IDLO

The International Development Law Organization (IDLO) is honored to extend this invitation to a special Roundtable Event on Fair Trade, Sustainable Economic Development and the Law. Law and policy experts will share recent developments and lessons learned in overcoming regulatory obstacles and implementing innovative legal practices for sustainable resources management, food security and fair trade, particularly low-carbon footprint labeled goods.

Discussions will draw on recent experiences supporting legal empowerment and access to new markets for communities in Ecuador and Kenya. The Roundtable will also launch a new documentary and outcomes of IDLO’s programming on Innovative Legal Practices for Fair and Sustainable Trade, and will shape the direction of future legal programs in this emerging field.

 When: February 20-21, 2013

Where: Viale Vaticano 106, 00165, Rome, Italy

RSVP: Keeley Bell at copying Fabiano de Andrade Correa at

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Your Solutions for International Sustainability

Sustainia is an international sustainability initiative that is launching Sustainia100, a global campaign to identify 100 readily available solutions with great potential to drive sustainable development across key industries and markets. From February 11th till March 22nd  passionate individuals, start-ups, NGOs and established companies can nominate solutions and projects or tip on potential Sustainia100 candidates.

It is the second year, Sustainia will be publishing its list of 100 inspiring and groundbreaking sustainability and climate solutions. The campaign, Sustainia100, is also open to submissions of international projects, technologies, and state-of-art innovation in at least one of 10 categories: Buildings, food, fashion, transportation, IT, education, energy, health, cities, and resources.

Behind the initiative is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s green initiative Regions20, UN Global Compact and the Nobel Sustainability Trust, among many others. This year to further raise awareness of the potential of existing solutions, Sustainia is teaming up with the European Commission’s campaign ‘A world you like. With a climate you like’.


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Field Debrief on Doing Research in South Africa
Fri, Feb 15, 12-2pm

The Liu Institute for Global Issues and the International Development Research Network (IDRN)


A Field Debrief on Fri., Feb 15th, 12:00pm-2:00pm




Led by Lucy Rodina, Masters’ student at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability

Moderated by Megan Peloso

“Why are you here, umlungu?”

Doing fieldwork in the slums of Cape Town, South Africa

Fri., Feb 15th, 12:00-2:00pm – 3rd floor boardroom of the Liu Institute


Credit: Lucy Rodina

Lucy Rodina is a Masters student, working with Dr. Leila Harris on water governance and the human right to water in South Africa. She has a BA in International Relations from the University of British Columbia (2010).

Before starting her Masters, Lucy was involved in a local village development committee in Lahachawk, Nepal, building irrigation canals and shaping strategies for future water development projects. Currently, Lucy is a Steering Committee member of the International Development Research Network at UBC and a member of the EDGES research collaborative and the Program on Water Governance.

Lucy’s research is focused on the lived experiences of residents of informal settlements in Cape Town with access to water and with policies that realize the human right to water. In addition, she is interested in investigating the engagement of these communities with formal and informal water governance.


Please RSVP if you plan to attend–attendance is free



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Field Debrief on Doing Research in South Africa
Fri, Feb 15, 12-2pm

IRSA releases UBC International Relations newsletter

Via UBC’s International Relations Student Association

IRSA and the International Relations programme are excited to announce the release of the premier issue of the IR programme alumni newsletter! The newsletter will be released bi-annually to update students, faculty and alumni on the current ongoings within the IR community at UBC.

 You can access the direct link here:

ATTN: The newsletter committee is hiring!! If you are interested in collaborating on this awesome new project, please email Alyssa (

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International Development Week is here!

International Development Week (IDW) is an opportunity to explore how Canada and Canadians are making a difference around the world. During the week of February 3rd to the 9th, various projects about development awareness are being organized across Canada. In BC, the BC Council for International Cooperation, is organizing a Local 2 Global event on February 6th. In partnership with Gen Why Media, they invite us all to participate in an exciting afternoon of networking, sharing, and inspiring each other for those 29 and under.

Registration is FREE but space is limited, sign up today! RSVP by NOON on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013.

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EVENT — Feb 6, 11:30am-2:00pm
IDRN Campus Dialogue | What Is International Development?

The Liu Institute for Global Issues and
the International Development Research Network (IDRN) present: 

What is international development?

A critical discussion on how to advance the study and teaching of development at UBC

Is this development? (Reuters 2011)

Feb 6th, 11:30am – 2:00pm

Multi-Purpose Room,
Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC


Free PIZZA served                       from 11:30-12:00!


…How should we teach development at UBC?

Do you have an idea for a course on global issues?…

…What can we do at UBC to better engage with the South?

Are you ready to enter the field?…

…What do you wish you understood better about development?


Come share your ideas! We want your input!


RSVP now to save a space


This Campus Dialogue will explore ways we can advance
development education at UBC in order to:

– better prepare UBC students for international development work
and high-level scholarship; and

– ensure international development practice better reflects
cutting-edge theory and research.

The Dialogue will feature (1) an interdisciplinary panel of speakers with critical views on international development, and development education.

Panel presentations will be followed by (2) a moderated dialogue
amongst the panelists and the audience.

For those interested, break-out groups (3) will follow, focusing on
ways to improve and enrich development education on campus.

The conclusions of the breakout groups will be publicized by IDRN,
and distributed to relevant UBC departments.



Dr. Patrick Francois (Economics)

Dr. Sean Smukler (Land and Food Systems) 

Dr. Benita Bunjun (Women’s and Gender Studies)

Dr.  Michael Leaf (School of Community and Regional Planning)


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IDRN Campus Dialogue | What Is International Development?