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Interview with Prof. Dr. Hornidge
Interview with Prof. Dr. Hornidge

The 5th International Crossroads Asia: Area Studies Futures' from September 22-23 at ZEF.

Abstract:

The 5th International Crossroads Asia conference has provided a platform for sharing and discussing conceptual and methodological innovations in Area Studies research that transcend traditional disciplinary approaches. Among the questions that were addressed are:

  • How do globalisation, digitalisation, urbanisation and migration challenge concepts of ‘areas’?
  • How does space intersect with a sense of belonging, and how do spatial constellations shift through time?
  • How can Area Studies account for the Anthropocene?
  • What can contribute to overcoming epistemic hegemonies, ethnocentrism and "othering"?

About the speaker:

Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge is Professor of Development and Knowledge Society at the University of Bremen, as well as head of the Department of Social Sciences at the Leibniz-Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) in Bremen, Germany. As former coordinator and current executive board member of Crossroads Asia, sha has driven the network's activities on synthesizing empirical research for the rethinking of area studies. Her research interests include epistemic cultures and knowledge regimes, innovation diffusion and sustainable resource use, with regional specializations in the post-soviet southern Caucasus and Central Asia as well as Indonesia.

Public Talk with Laureates of the Right Livelihood Award
Public Talk with Laureates of the Right Livelihood Award

Public Talk with Laureates of the Right Livelihood Award from Gaza and Malaysia
on Human Rights and the Empowerment for Change. Monday, 05 September 2016 at the Old Town Hall of the City of Bonn, Markt, Bonn.

Abstract:

At this Public Talk Raji Sourani, Anwar Fazal, and Glorene A. Das, three laureates of the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”, spoke about their life-long struggle for human rights. They shared their experiences and talk about the strategies they have successfully used to empower marginalized groups, as well as their motivation and private backgrounds.

About the speakers:

Raji Sourani from Gaza (Palestine) is a human rights lawyer and received the Right Livelihood Award in 2013 for his unwavering dedication to the rule of law and human rights under exceptionally difficult circumstances.

Anwar Fazal from Malaysia is a grassroots environmental activist and received the Award in 1982 for fighting for the rights of consumers and empowering them to do the same.

Glorene A. Das, also from Malaysia, represents the human rights network Tenangita, which was established by Irene Fernandez. She received the Award in 2005 for her courageous work to stop violence against women and abuses of migrant and poor workers. 

All three Laureates came to Bonn to join an international workshop of the Right Livelihood College (RLC), which took place at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, from 3-8 September, organized in cooperation with the Association of German Development Services (AGdD) and kindly supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).  

Holm Tiessen on Translating science into action
Holm Tiessen on Translating science into action

Public Lecture on the occasion of the annual meeting of ZEF’s International Advisory Board on September 14, 2016 with:

Prof. Dr. Holm Tiessen, Director, Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI), Uruguay, on „Translating science into action“.

 

Abstract:

Fifty years ago, there were less than half as many people on earth as today, there was no economic superpower in Asia, India was suffering famines, the worlds globalization and global change did not exist. In contrast to that real world, most academic institutions have changed very little in that half century. ZEF is an effort to accommodate within German academia an interdisciplinary and development oriented approach that can respond to public and policy concerns of a changed world, and that reaches out to many countries under development. The IAI was created to fund and direct science that links to global change and policy across many research institutions of the American Continent. What can be learned from the past 20 years of IAI’s experiences, but also those of ZEF, and how their different but perhaps complementary approaches to connecting science and action faired?

About the speaker:

Professor Tiessen has more than 20 years of professional experience in science and science management, and international program funding.  During his academic career, Prof. Tiessen developed and conducted university courses on International Development in Agriculture; Soil Biochemistry, Nutrient Cycles in tropical Soils; Management of Semiarid and Marginal Lands. He has held or still holds visiting scientist or professorships in Germany, México, Venezuela and Brazil. He has been leading the IAI since 2005. The Institute was created to fund and direct science that links to global change and policy across many research institutions of the American Continent. Professor Tiessen is also a member of the ZEF International Advisory Board.

Joachim von Braun: Remarks on his talk with Jacques Diouf, FAO Director-General
Joachim von Braun: Remarks on his talk with Jacques Diouf, FAO Director-General

Joachim von Braun, ZEF Director, remarked after his meeting with Jacques Diouf, FAO Director-General, the importance of the future relationships between policy makers and science based policy advisers.

 

 

 

Food Hygiene Education: WATSAN-AGRICULTURE
Food Hygiene Education: WATSAN-AGRICULTURE

Doctoral Research by Monirul Hassan at ZEF, WATSAN-AGRICULTURE project

Water, sanitation and hygiene are key elements for improving nutritional outcomes. Unsafe drinking water and inadequate water and sanitation conditions are widely known as the major cause of diarrhea, tropical enteropathy, and intestinal worms. Diarrhea is a leading cause of death in children under-five. Around 2 billon people across the globe are affected by parasitic infections and around 4.5 billion people are under the risk of infection. The WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program for Water and Sanitation 2013 reports that in 2011, 768 million people lacked access to improved drinking water, while the sanitation coverage in 2011 was 64% - far below the MDG sanitation target of 75%. The report further documents that 15% of the global population practiced open defecation. Water and sanitation challenges are exacerbated by population growth, rapid urbanization and climate change.

The goal of the WATSAN-Agriculture project is to identify trade-offs, synergies, and thresholds among water quality and quantity, sanitation and hygiene, and agriculture as well as their implications for investment priorities and better health and nutrition outcomes. The project also aims at strengthening the capacity of households and communities to monitor and manage their own WATSAN environment.

Research activities are carried out in four countries which are located in Africa (Ethiopia, Ghana) and South Asia (India, Bangladesh). These countries were selected because they have relevant WATSAN features: drinking water, sanitation services, and hygiene conditions are seriously deficient, and health and nutrition situations are particularly adverse.

Panel discussion on "Sustainable solutions for global agriculture"
Panel discussion on "Sustainable solutions for global agriculture"

Panel discussion on "Sustainable solutions for global agriculture" taking place @ ZEF, July 13, 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (ground floor conference room).

The panel discussion was part of the International Congress of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ), taking place in Bonn July 10-17, 2016.

Dr. David Amudavi on "Trend towards ecologically sustainable agriculture in Africa: Prospects and challenges"
Dr. David Amudavi on "Trend towards ecologically sustainable agriculture in Africa: Prospects and challenges"

International Workshop on Sustainable Agriculture at the RLC Campus in Bonn with a Key note by

Dr. David Amudavi, Director of Biovision Africa Trust, “Alternative Nobel Prize” award-winning organization, on

"Trend towards ecologically sustainable agriculture in Africa: Prospects and challenges"



Background:
On June 4-9, 2016, 25 young researchers from nine countries worked together with distinguished scientists, practitioners and a Right Livelihood Awarde Laureate representative on sustainable agricultural with a focus on smallholders in rural areas in Africa, Southern Asia and Latin America.

Key notes were given by Dr. David Amudavi, Director of Biovision Africa Trust in Nairobi, Kenya (RLA awarded organisation), Mr. Thomas Cierpka (Deputy Director of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, IFOAM), Dr. Wolfram Laube (Senior Researcher at ZEF), and Dr. Irene Kadzere ( Senior Researcher at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, Fibl, in Switzerland). During the intense workshop sessions, the workshop participants presented and discussed their research in a cohesive transdisciplinary way by building on each participants’ expertise and experience. The workshop sessions were facilitated by Mr. Laurens van Feldhuizen, Royal Tropical Institute , KIT, in The Netherlands).

The workshop sessions and key notes were imbedded in a series of scientific and cultural outbreak events, such as an excursions to an organic farm, to the German Historic Museum and Botanic Gardens of the University of Bonn.

More information about the Right Livelihood Campus in Bonn: www.rlc-bonn.de or www.rlc-blog.org

"Environmental modelling in support of sound policy development" - lecture by Britaldo Soares Filho
"Environmental modelling in support of sound policy development" - lecture by Britaldo Soares Filho

Public lecture with

this year’s Georg Forster Research Awardee Britaldo Silveira Soares Filho, who talked about

“Environmental modelling in support of sound policy development”

Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 4:00 PM

About the talk:
Soares-Filho’s talk will describe applications of one of the world’s most sophisticated economic and ecological modeling platforms (SimAmazonia and SimBrasil) to help answer several key policy questions now facing Brazil, from infrastructure development, forest policy reform, agriculture expansion, to ranching intensification, as well as the potential impacts of policy choices on regional economies and ecosystem services. In sum, he will show how environmental modeling tools are helping Brazil's government agencies design and coordinate national plans that seek to reconcile development with environmental conservation.

About the speaker:
Britaldo Silveira Soares-Filho is full professor of Department of Cartography, Institute of Geosciences and the current coordinator of CSR (Remote Sensing Center) of Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil. His research focuses on modeling of land-use policy scenarios, including integrated simulation of land-use changes in tropical forest regions and the assessment of their impacts on climate, river regime, carbon balance, forest fires, agriculture and forestry rents, and biodiversity. In addition, Dr. Soares-Filho coordinates the development of DINAMICA EGO software (www.csr.ufmg.br/dinamicaEGO), an environmental modeling freeware used by many scholars worldwide.

About the Georg Foster Research Award:
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants Georg Forster Research Awards, each valued at €60,000, to researchers from developing and transition countries. One woman researcher and seven male colleagues will receive this year’s Georg Forster Research Awards by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The award targets researchers from developing and transition countries who have earned international recognition for their research work and seek to solve development-related issues. The award winners are invited to spend time in Germany establishing and building collaboration with colleagues here. Valued at € 60,000 each, the Georg Forster Research Awards are financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). For this round of research awards, the ministry provided funding for three additional awards for climate-related research because climate protection is currently one of the main areas of focus for the ministry's work.

Georg Forster Research Awards for climate-related research
Britaldo Silveira Soares Filho (57) is one of this year’s eight award-winners. He is head of the Department of Cartography at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He has developed innovative methods in the field of geography and cartography which make it possible to precisely predict how tropical rainforests – such as in the Amazon basin – will develop. Based on these models, the government of Brazil has implemented a variety of protective measures and is planning more for the future. For his research in Germany, Soares Filho will work at the Center for Development Research at the University of Bonn.

See https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/press-release-2015-26.html

ZEF @ Green Week in Berlin, January 2016
ZEF @ Green Week in Berlin, January 2016

ZEF was involved in the "Grüne Woche" (Green Week) in Berlin, January 16-18, 2016 with the following activities:

Interviews and short presentations of ZEF's research with

Heike Baumüller and Gebrelibanos Gebremedhin Gebremariam

Venue: Hall 16 (BMZ Hall)

Collaborative Future Earth Science for Sustainable Development under Climate Change by Paul Shrivastava (Executive Director, Furture Earth)
Collaborative Future Earth Science for Sustainable Development under Climate Change by Paul Shrivastava (Executive Director, Furture Earth)

Joint Brown Bag Lecture of UNU-EHS and ZEF with Paul Shrivastava, Executive Director of Future Earth,

on “Collaborative Future Earth Science for Sustainable Development under Climate Change”

Date: Wednesday December 16, 12 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The session was chaired by Prof. Jakob Rhyner, Vice Rector for United Nations University in Europe and the Director of the United Nations Institute for Environment and Human Security in Bonn (UNU-EHS).

Abstract:
We are living in the context of great social and ecological acceleration, pushing planetary boundaries, in an era some are calling "the Anthropocene". Human impacts on planetary systems are driving the change. Science in this era needs to deal with the challenges of climate change and sustainable development on a planetary scale. This talk introduces Future Earth to stakeholder-engaged transdisciplinary approaches to science, with a view to exploring collaborations with UNU institutions in a similar space.

Speaker:
Paul Shrivastava was appointed Executive Director of Future Earth in February 2015, coming from Concordia University where he was David O’Brien Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Enterprise and the Director of the David O’Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise. Shrivastava has more than three decades of experience in management education, entrepreneurship, and working as a consultant to major multi-national corporations. He has published 18 books and over 100 papers in academic and professional journals.

Can Africa compete against China in manufacturing?
Can Africa compete against China in manufacturing?

Public lecture with
Professor Ahmadou Aly Mbaye of the University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal,
on “Can Africa compete against China in manufacturing?”

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2015, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Venue: Center for Development Research (ZEF), Walter-Flex-Straße 3, 53113 Bonn (see map), right conference room, ground floor.
The session is chaired by ZEF-director Joachim von Braun

Abstract: The lecture is based on a paper (download here) examining Sub-Saharan Africa’s (SSA) bilateral trade and cost competitiveness with China. Patterns of bilateral trade between SSA and China are reviewed, showing an extraordinary imbalance in the structure of trade in that China overwhelmingly exports manufactured products to SSA and almost exclusively imports primary products in return. Our principal means of assessing the competitiveness of SSA’s manufacturing sector vis-à-vis China are measures of relative unit labor costs (RULC). We find that African RULC levels have generally been very high relative to China, but declined over the 2000s as China’s wages have risen faster than Chinese productivity while the reverse is true for the SSA countries in our sample. Nevertheless,

RULC vis-à-vis China remained elevated for many SSA countries as of 2010. Generally high RULC along with weaknesses in the business climate suggest that most SSA countries are unlikely to be competitive in labor-intensive manufacturing any time soon.




About the speaker: Dr. Ahmadou Aly Mbaye is a Professor of Economics at the University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) in Dakar, Senegal. Until recently he has served as Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management at UCAD. He holds a doctorate in Development Economics from the University of Clermont-Ferrand, France, and has had several international academic positions in recent years, including as a Fulbright Professor at Swarthmore and George Washington University, a Cornell visiting professor at Swarthmore College, and a research visiting scholar at the research department of the World Bank. He has written several publications in the area of development economics, and on West Africa, especially Senegal. He has also served as a consultant for many international organizations such as the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), World Trade Organization (WTO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Bank, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), and the Senegalese Government.

Mohamed H.A. Hassan on the essential role of science academies in Africa
Mohamed H.A. Hassan on the essential role of science academies in Africa

September 16, 2015 | 17:00 h - 18:30 h

Public Lecture on the occasion of the annual meeting of ZEF’s International Advisory Board on September 16, 2015 with:

Prof. Dr. Mohamed H.A. Hassan, former President of the African Academy of Sciences, Kenya,
on „The Essential Role of Science Academies in Society“.

Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Venue: ZEF (Center for Development Research), Walter-Flex-Straße 3, 53113 Bonn, conference room, ground floor.

Prof. Hassan is former President of the African Academy of Sciences, Chair of UNU Council, Co-Chair of Interacademy Partnership (IAP), the global network of science academies, Italy; former Executive Director of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), Sudan; and a member of the ZEF International Advisory Board. In this lecture, Professor Hassan will focus on new initiatives designed to strengthen the role of African Academies in science policy and science advice.

Agnes Kalibata on Africa on the move: Catalyzing and Sustaining an Agricultural Transformation
Agnes Kalibata on Africa on the move: Catalyzing and Sustaining an Agricultural Transformation

July 20, 2015 | 11:30 h - 12:30 h

Public lecture with Dr. Agnes Kalibata, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA),

on “Africa on the Move: Catalyzing and Sustaining an Agricultural Transformation”

Date: Monday, July 20, 2015, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Venue: Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung / Center for Development Research (ZEF), Walter-Flex-Straße 3, 53113 Bonn (see map). Right conference room.

The session was chaired by Prof. Joachim von Braun, Director of ZEF.

Abstract:

This presentation will look at developments in Africa over the last decade—particularly advancements in technology, capacities, organizational infrastructure, and understanding of how markets work—to demonstrate how Africa is now in a position to expedite an agricultural transformation across the continent with smallholder farmers at its core. Dr. Kalibata will talk to Africa’s agricultural transformation both through the lens of AGRA and from her own experiences in leading agricultural development in Rwanda as Minister for Agriculture and Animal Resources. This will be followed by an interactive Q&A session.

 

Speaker:

Dr. Agnes Kalibata is President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), where she leads the organization’s efforts with public and private partners to ensure a food secure and prosperous Africa through rapid, sustainable agricultural growth, improving the productivity and livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers. Prior to joining AGRA in September 2014, Dr. Kalibata was Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI). Dr. Kalibata has held several other leadership positions, including Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture and Deputy Vice Chancellor of University of Rwanda. She sits on various boards including the International Fertilizer Development Corporation (IFDC), Institute of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, the Strategic Advisory Council of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH). Dr. Kalibata holds a doctorate in entomology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and she has a distinguished track record as an agricultural scientist, policy maker and thought leader.

Jean-Jacques Dethier on a brief history of development
Jean-Jacques Dethier on a brief history of development

July 2, 2015 | 13:30 h - 14:30 h

Public lecture with Dr. Jean-Jacques Dethier, Former Research Manager, Development Economics Vice Presidency, the World Bank, and Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. Adjunct Professor.

on “A Brief History of Development, Development Thinking and Foreign Assistance to Development”

The session was chaired by Prof. Joachim von Braun, Director of ZEF.

Abstract:
J.J. Dethier presents a historical overview of development in developing countries, of the aid received by these countries and of the dominant thinking that guided policymakers. Since the end of World War II, agrarian societies were transformed into industrialized and urbanized societies. Most of these countries adopted import-substituting industrialization policies. Overall, results fell far short of national economic aspirations. External debt problems became serious in the late 1970s, and aid and capital transfers from rich to poor countries, assorted with conditionality, prevented the collapse of living standards in the 1980s. Since the 1990s, developing countries, buffeted by several economic and financial crises, had to adapt to globalization. Between 1945 and 1979, economic wellbeing and social progress were slow except in a few countries. By contrast, in the post-adjustment period, poverty declined from 52% of the developing world population in 1980 to 17% in 2011, thanks largely to China, but with considerable unevenness of progress. On balance, in the post-war era, even though the world has experienced widespread poverty and tragic displacements forced upon people by globalization, better welfare outcomes and more stability and peace have been produced during periods of globalization than during inward-turning period.

Speaker:
Dr. Jean-Jacques Dethier has worked at the World Bank since 1985, both in Operations and in Research. He is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University where he teaches a graduate course on development. He serves as a Senior Fellow at the University of Bonn, Germany, where he spent a year (1998-99) at the Centre for Development Research (ZEF). Prior to the World Bank, he worked for ILO and was a consultant for USAID, FAO, IFAD and private consulting firms. He is a Belgian citizen and has lived for extended periods in Belgium, Germany, the UK, Peru, Egypt and the USA.

Ethisam Ahmad: Book Launch of the Handbook of Multilevel Finances
Ethisam Ahmad: Book Launch of the Handbook of Multilevel Finances

Speaker and book author:
Dr. Ehtisham Ahmad, Visiting Senior Fellow, London School of Economics, Senior Fellow ZEF; Director, Regional Multidisciplinary Center of Excellence, Mauritius; Member, Academic Affairs Committee, Institute of State Governance, Sun Yat-Sen University; Former Senior Advisor, IMF.

The session will be chaired by Prof. Joachim von Braun, ZEF-Director 

Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Venue: Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung / Center for Development Research (ZEF), Walter-Flex-Straße 3, 53113 Bonn (see map). Right conference room.

About the book: This new book reveals in greater detail “how to” make multilevel government finance and policies work in the presence of political economy constraints. The handbook focuses on new developments in the “second generation” of intergovernmental finance, in which benevolent rulers and governments have been replaced by personally motivated politicians and their associated institutions. It provides fresh and original perspectives on taxes, budget systems, the management of liabilities and macroeconomic stability in the context of multilevel government finance. The book also explores special topics concerning the poor and marginalized, structural change and the environment, natural disasters, and the task of overcoming conflicts whilst keeping countries together.

Saleemul Huq on the story of adaptation to climate change
Saleemul Huq on the story of adaptation to climate change

June 24, 2015 | 16:00 h - 17:00 h

“Risk and Uncertainty for Sustainable Development“-lecture with

Dr. Saleemul Huq, Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), Independent University, Bangladesh,

on “The story of adaptation to climate change in the UNFCCC”.

Chair: Joachim von Braun, ZEF-Director

Discussant: Jakob Rhyner, Director UNU-EHS

Information about the speaker:

Dr Saleemul Huq is the Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) at the Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) and is also a Lead Author on Adaptation in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and an Adviser on Adaptation to the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group in the climate change negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

This lecture is part of the joint seminar series "Risk and Uncertainty for Sustainable Development", of the Center for Development Research (ZEF), the United Nations University- Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC).

Background information on the “Risk and Uncertainty for Sustainable Development” series
In this seminar series we address opportunities, risks and uncertainties for development. Uncertainty, i.e. the unknown unknowns, is a particular challenge. Risk and uncertainty have become a focal topic among development researchers, policy makers and practitioners as worldwide, economy and ecology have been assailed by a series of global crises: financial crisis, high and volatile food and oil price, and/or climate change. These crises present threats to development and to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The understanding, mitigating and controlling of risk and uncertainty is far from being understood. The seminar series provides a forum for agenda setting and discussion on related themes with leading experts in this field of research and policy.

Interview with Hans Herren (Right Livelihood Award Laureate)
Interview with Hans Herren (Right Livelihood Award Laureate)

Interview with Hans Herren, Right Livelihood Award Laureate, President and CEO of the Washington-based Millennium Institute and founder of Biovision.

Frederik Caselitz is editor-in-chief of Digital Development Debates – an innovative online magazin covering development issues.

For more information please visit: www.digital-development-debates.org

Dr. Shenggen Fan, Director General from IFPRI, on tackling hunger and malnutrition
Dr. Shenggen Fan, Director General from IFPRI, on tackling hunger and malnutrition

The German launch of the Global Food Policy Report 2014/15 published by IFPRI

with Dr. Shenggen Fan, Director General of IFPRI (International Food Policy Research Institute)

on “Tackling Food and Nutrition Insecurity in Middle Income Countries”

Please find more information regarding the event here.

World Water Day 2015: Lecture by Uta Wehn, UNESCO-IHE
World Water Day 2015: Lecture by Uta Wehn, UNESCO-IHE

Dr. Uta Wehn, Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, gave a talk on Positioning water and capacity development in the SDGs.

Please find the abstract here.

Public lecture on Sustainable Development Goals with Jürgen Maier
Public lecture on Sustainable Development Goals with Jürgen Maier

The director of the German NGO Forum on Environment and Development, Jürgen Maier, gave a talk on the Post-2015 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Please find the abstract here.

Andrew Venter on Trophy hunting in South Africa
Andrew Venter on Trophy hunting in South Africa

Dr. Andrew Venter, CEO of the South-African NGO Wildlands Conservation Trust

on “Good Will Hunting - Trophy hunting as an instrument to enhancing biodiversity and livelihoods in South Africa?”

Abstract:

Since 2008, a rhino poaching crisis has been raging in South Africa. Its main cause was the misbelief in certain Asian countries that rhino horn has healing abilities. With black market prices comparable to those of gold, poaching and illegal trade in rhino horn is a highly profitable business, involving corruption and organized crime. The number of illegally killed rhinos is still rising yearly reaching more than 1,000 killed animals in 2014 (there are around 25,000 remaining rhinos worldwide). Without effective protection measures, this ongoing development is posing a serious threat to the survival of the species. South Africa, hosting more than 90% of the African rhino populations, is having a prominent role in the conservation of this iconic species. But what is the way forward to protect species and sustain livelihoods of impoverished communities in Southern Africa? What lessons could be learned for other regions in the world? Dr. Andrew Venter, CEO of the Wildlands Conservation Trust will present an insight view of which instruments have proven to be successful - and which failed - in meeting the needs of conservation and human development.

A Womanist perspective on Development by Prof. Layli Maparyan
A Womanist perspective on Development by Prof. Layli Maparyan

Prof. Layli Maparyan, Executive Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College, USA, gave a talk on

"A Womanist perspective on Development"

Background:

Womanism is a social and ecological change perspective pioneered by African-descent women, anchored in Africana and other indigenous cosmologies, cultures, and histories, and applied to contemporary world problems. In this talk, Dr. Maparyan will explore three questions: 1) What is womanism? 2) How does womanism challenge prevalent theories and models of development? And 3) What might a womanist model of development look like? Moving beyond notions of race as difference/deficit to culture as wealth, and incorporating a women-gendered lens on Africanity, Dr. Maparyan will reflect on the ends and methods of social and economic development vis-a-vis womanist commitments to human and ecological vitality in a spiritually alive cosmos.

Public Lecture on Land Degradation by Richard Byron-Cox
Public Lecture on Land Degradation by Richard Byron-Cox

Dr. Richard A. Byron-Cox (PhD International Law), UNCCD Action Programme Alignment and Capacity Building Officer, gave a talk on

"Should Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) be made a Fundamental Principle of International Law"


Abstract:
Land was and remains central to the state - the traditional, original and classic subject of Public International Law. Historically, land was important to the state as it inter alia determined size of territory, geo-political influence and came with resources ranging from gold and silver to free labor of the inhabitants of conquered territory. Today, land maintains its importance to the state for some of the aforementioned reasons, but there are additional very important factors including its social, environmental and agricultural as well as agro-forestry values. In the context of the above, the idea of achieving a Land Degradation Neutral World (LDNW) has of late gained some traction with sections of the international community. Indeed it has forced itself onto the agenda of international discourse as regards the future objectives and organization of the process of working towards achieving the goal of global sustainable development. However, the idea of striving for, and achieving a land degradation Neutral World is still very new indeed. There are many questions: What does it really mean? Can it be achieved? If so, how can it be achieved?

‘Entwicklungsforschung’: Von der Konstitution einer Disziplin  - PD Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge (Antrittsvorlesung)
‘Entwicklungsforschung’: Von der Konstitution einer Disziplin - PD Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge (Antrittsvorlesung)

ZEF-director Anna-Katharina Hornidge gave her inaugural talk as a "Privatdozent (PD)" at the Dies Academicus on December 3. Her "habilitation" talk on "Entwicklungsforschung" - Von der Konstitution einer Disziplin was attended by more than 70 people.

More information can be found here

Videos of “Crossroads Studies: Mobilities, Immobilities and the Issue of Positionality for Rethinking Area Studies” are online
Videos of “Crossroads Studies: Mobilities, Immobilities and the Issue of Positionality for Rethinking Area Studies” are online

The conference on ‘Crossroads Studies’ as research programme brought together the empirical research conducted by the network members with empirical, conceptual and methodological debates on the rethinking of Area Studies – from Asia just as much as from other parts of the world. It was the explicit aim to identify several empirically based common lines of thought and emic patterns of defining socio-cultural and physical spaces relevant for the rethinking of disciplinary constructs of those, namely for Area Studies. 

All Videos can be found at our Youtube-site

German launch of the World Social Science Report 2013 at ZEF
German launch of the World Social Science Report 2013 at ZEF

Dr. Heide Hackmann, Executive Director, International Social Science Council (ISSC), presents the World Social Science Report 2013: Changing Global Environments.

You can watch the panel discussion at our Youtube-channel.

Panel Discussion on the Emerging Sustainable Development Goals
Panel Discussion on the Emerging Sustainable Development Goals

The following speakers were on the panel: 

  • Jr.-Prof. Jan Börner, ZEF, and Steering Committee member of Germany’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
  • Prof. Bina Agarwal, University of Manchester and University of Delhi, India (ZEF Board member)
  • Prof. Lisa Sennerby Forsse, Rector of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden (ZEF Board member)

Read a summery of the key note here

ZEF talk with Anna-Katharina Hornidge, new ZEF-Director
ZEF talk with Anna-Katharina Hornidge, new ZEF-Director

"I can build on a very strong team".  Interview with Anna-Katharina Hornidge, new Director and Professor of ZEF’s Department of Political and Cultural Change as of August 1, 2014.

You can read the full interview here

ZEF talk with Djiby Racine THIAM
ZEF talk with Djiby Racine THIAM

ZEF senior researcher Djiby Racine Thiam is working on the MOSA (Middle Olifants South Africa) Project and informs us about the targets of the project.

ZEF talk with Benjamin Kofi NYARKO
ZEF talk with Benjamin Kofi NYARKO

ZEF talk with Benjamin Kofi Nyarko, who is ZEFalumnus and works at the University of Cape Coast/Ghana as Head of Geography and Regional Planning.

Benjamin Kofi Nyarko talked about his experiences as ZEF-alumnus.

Detlef VIRCHOW
Detlef VIRCHOW

ZEF senior researcher Detlef Virchow gave a talk on "Horticulture production causing land degradation or enhancing resilience?" at a side event of the IFPRI 2020 Policy Consultation and Conference on Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 15-17, 2014.

The side event on "Sustainable Land Management" was co-organized by ZEF and IFPRI and facilitated by ZEF-director Joachim von Braun. You can watch all videos here

Alisher MIRZABAEV
Alisher MIRZABAEV

ZEF senior researcher Alisher Mirzabaev talked about "Building Resilience for the Poor through Sustainable Land Management in Central Asia" at the IFPRI 2020 Policy Consultation and Conference on Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 15-17, 2014.

 

 

Grace Villamor
Grace Villamor

Video of ZEF-researcher Grace Villamor presenting at the NEXUS conference on Water-Energy-Food held in Bonn on May 19-20, 2014. 

Villamor presented her research on "Local actors dealing with Water-Energy-Food trade-offs" at a special session (A04) organized by ZEF on "Agriculture, Biofuels, and Watersheds: Nexus Governance Challenges at Local and Global Scales" (May 19).

Watch more videos of presentations by ZEF researchers at the special session:

* Alisher Mirzabaev on "Bio-energy in the Nexus"
* Marc Müller on "Impact of increasing world-market prices for oil seeds"
* Vanesa Rodriguez Osuna on "Managing W-E-F trade-offs in Brazil"

You can also watch the plenary 3 discussion on "Governing the nexus for transformations towards a sustainable future" with ZEF-director Joachim von Braun (May 20).

Ephraim NKONYA: Who bears the burden of land degradation?
Ephraim NKONYA: Who bears the burden of land degradation?

A ZEF public lecture by Ephraim Nkonya from IFPRI (International Food Policy Research Institute) in Washington on the link between human welfare and land degradation.

April 15, 2014 | 13:30 h - 14:30 h

More information about the lecture here

Paul WALKER: From Ypres to Damascus: The Quest for Global Abolition of Chemical Weapons
Paul WALKER: From Ypres to Damascus: The Quest for Global Abolition of Chemical Weapons

The lecture on Abolition of chemical weapons was held by Ph.D. Paul F. Walker, Director, Environmental Security and Sustainability Green Cross International, Laureate of the Right Livelihood Award 2013.

Venue was ZEF's conference room, April 9, 2014, 18h.

The Center for Development Research (ZEF), the United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), and the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) in Bonn jointly organize a seminar series on Risk and Uncertainty for Sustainable Development. 

Interview with Prof. Felix Asante
Interview with Prof. Felix Asante

Interview with Professor Felix Asante, Director of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) in Ghana.  Felix Asante is also a ZEF-alumnus who received his doctoral degree from the University of Bonn in 2002.

Interview with: Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad (Vice Chancellor Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi)
Interview with: Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad (Vice Chancellor Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi)

Partners from the DAAD-funded project on Improving irrigation in the Punjab province of Pakistan paid a visit to ZEF to strengthen collaboration, evaluate research conducted in the project so far and ideas for upcoming work.

Partners from Pakistan visit ZEF
Partners from Pakistan visit ZEF

Find more information on the visit of the Pakistani partners here.

Public Lecture by Rashid Mekki Hassan, Senior Fellow at ZEF
Public Lecture by Rashid Mekki Hassan, Senior Fellow at ZEF

The lecture of Professor Hassin was held on September 26, 2013 and dealt with "Ecological production functions for valuing regulating and supporting services of coastal and estuarine ecosystems of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa".


ZEF Director Joachim von Braun at the UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference
ZEF Director Joachim von Braun at the UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference

ZEF-director Joachim von Braun participated as a panelist in the plenary 1 on "Economic and social impacts of desertification, land degradation and drought", which took place on Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

Joachim von Braun on climate change impact on food security
Joachim von Braun on climate change impact on food security

A new article co-authored by Tim Wheeler (University of Reading) and ZEF's Joachim von Braun calls for a 'climate-smart food system'. The researchers conducted a review of key scientific papers on food security and climate change since 1990. Find the article in Science vol. 341 http://www.sciencemag.org/content/341/6145/508.full

Women's power: „Alternative Nobel Prize"-awardees Monika Hauser and Sima Samar at ZEF
Women's power: „Alternative Nobel Prize"-awardees Monika Hauser and Sima Samar at ZEF

The RLC, ZEF, BICC, and Crossroads Asia project organized a public panel discussion on: "Women's rights in Afghanistan: status quo and post-2014" at ZEF on May 27, 2013. "Alternative Nobel Prize" laureates Sima Samar from Afghanistan and Monika Hauser from Germany reported on the plight of women in Afghanistan.


Sima Samar talks about women's rights in Afghanistan at the RLC workshop "Mobilization for Change"
Sima Samar talks about women's rights in Afghanistan at the RLC workshop "Mobilization for Change"

"Alternative Nobel Prize" laureate Sima Samar is an Afghan physician and human rights activist, who has been involved in improving the situation of Afghan women and girls for many years. On the occasion of the RLC workshop "Mobilization for Change" she gave a keynote speech at ZEF.

"Human and sustainable development goals" Public Panel Discussion at ZEF Board Meeting 2013
"Human and sustainable development goals" Public Panel Discussion at ZEF Board Meeting 2013

Watch records of Frances Stewart (University of Oxford) 06:13; Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk (BMZ, Bonn) 12:25; Bina Agarwal (University of Manchester, and India) 26:31; Ernest Aryeetey (University of Ghana, Legon) 48:25; Carolina Vera (Center for Atmospheric and Oceanic Research, Argentina) 40:41; Christian Borgemeister (ZEF-Director) 57:29


Interview with Christian Borgemeister, new ZEF Director
Interview with Christian Borgemeister, new ZEF Director

Interview with Prof. Dr. Christian Borgemeister, new ZEF director of ZEF's Department of Ecology and natural resources management as of October 2013.

Science Slam: ZEF Doctoral students present their research on the first German Development Day in Bonn.
Science Slam: ZEF Doctoral students present their research on the first German Development Day in Bonn.

ZEF doctoral student Stephen Adaawen from Ghana tells how climate change influences migration in Northern Ghana at the German Development Day in Bonn, May 25, 2013.

 

 

 

 

Panel discussion at Interdisciplinary Conference of ESSA/ETEP/GAE
Panel discussion at Interdisciplinary Conference of ESSA/ETEP/GAE

"Interdisciplinary research in development studies"
Common meeting of sections Entwicklungssoziologie und Sozialanthropologie (ESSA), Entwicklungstheorie und Entwicklungspolitik (ETEP) and Geographischer Arbeitskreis Entwicklungstheorien (GAE) on June 13 - 15, 2013 at ZEF.


"Water in Africa" Discussion with Djiby Thiam and Wolfram Laube on German Development Day (DET)
"Water in Africa" Discussion with Djiby Thiam and Wolfram Laube on German Development Day (DET)

ZEF discussion about " Water in Africa" on German Development Day with ZEF-experts Wolfram Laube and Djiby Thiam. ZEF shared the "science tent" on the Münsterplatz in Bonn with its partners BICC, UNU Bonn and BIMUN/SINUB.