Monthly Archives: April 2012

Kulima and International Development conduct a third round of climate change training at the African Development Bank

Dr Katharine Vincent is again in Tunis where she is part of a team conducting climate change training at the African Development Bank.  The training, focusing on the impacts of climate change on energy and transport, forms part of a series that has been designed and run by Kulima and International Development East Anglia as part of a project to raise awareness of climate change and development issues among African Development Bank staff at a variety of levels.  The first set of trainings, for Executive Directors and Senior Managers, was held in October 2011.  The second set of trainings, for Managers, was held in January 2012 on climate change and agriculture and natural resources.

CDKN launches “Managing Climate Extremes and Disasters: Lessons from the IPCC SREX Report” with comments from Kulima

In honour of the recent release of the IPCC’s Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX), the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) has launched a series of reports, “Managing Climate Extremes and Disasters: Lessons from the IPCC SREX Report” covering each of the Asia, Africa and Latin American and Caribbean regions.  Dr Katharine Vincent provided comments on the draft of the Africa report, which aims to pull out state-of-the-art knowledge about current and future impacts of climate extremes, and options for dealing with them, for the benefit of policy-makers, media, businesses and civil society stakeholders.

CODESRIA issues 2012 Call for Proposals

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) invites proposals from researchers based in African universities and centres of research for the constitution of Comparative Research Networks (CRNs) to undertake studies on or around any of the themes identified as priority research themes within the framework of the Council’s strategic plan for the period 2012 – 2016, in its 2012 call for proposals.  Priority research themes for comparative research include Re-thinking (African) Development; Re-thinking Democracy (in Africa); Engendering Democracy and Development; Transitions in African Higher Education; Reforming the African Public Sector: Retrospect and Prospect; the Changing Political Economy of African Natural Resources; African Encounters with the Global System; the Popular Arts, Identity and Culture in Contemporary Africa; Health, Politics and Society in Contemporary Africa; Migration Dynamics and the Making of New Diaspora Communities; Changing Rural-Urban Linkages; African Integration and New Regionalist Impulses in Africa; New Institutions of Transitional Justice; Conflict and Reconstruction in Africa; Law, Politics and Society; State, Political Identity and Political Violence; Political Pluralism and the Management of Diversity; Water and Water Resources in the Political Economy of Development; Ecology, Climate and Environmental Sustainability in Africa; Transport and Transportation Systems in Africa; Africa and the “Emerging” Powers of the Global South (China, India, Brazil…); Religion, Spirituality and Power in Africa; Democracy and Governance in Africa; Media and New technology of information and communication in Africa; Agrarian transformation; Crises of Education; Roles and dynamics of critical actors; Critical Thought, epistemologies of knowledge production, theories and methodologies.  More information on the format of the proposal is available on the CODESRIA website.  For the 2012 CRN competition, CODESRIA will be open to receive proposals up to 15th June 2012.