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R4D Programme
  • 21.02.2017
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R4D - Third thematically open call launched

The thematically open module invites high-quality research that contributes to the solution of global problems in least developed, low- and middle income countries. The topics in this module emerge bottom-up by the researchers.
biodiv course - coursera
  • 14.02.2017
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New free online course about Biodiversity and Global Change

A new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) "Biodiversity and Global Change: Science & Action“ offers 42 short video lectures about biodiversity, biodiversity science, global change including climate change, and conservation, and are taught by 24 scientists of the University of Zurich. It is produced by the University of Zurich in Switzerland and offered by Coursera.
Worldbank Report African Cities
  • 14.02.2017
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Improving Conditions for People and Businesses in Africa’s Cities Is Key to Growth

Improving conditions for people and businesses in African cities by investing in infrastructure and reforming land markets is the key to accelerating economic growth, adding jobs, and improving city competitiveness.
  • 13.02.2017
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University research collaboration is key to meeting SDGs

Africa’s ability to meet the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals is closely tied up with its research capacity, which hands universities on the continent a particular responsibility for enhanced collaboration, and engagement with government and industry, according to African speakers at the sixth World Sustainability Forum held recently in Cape Town, South Africa.
OECD Guidence
  • 10.02.2017
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OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Meaningful Stakeholder Engagement in the Extractive Sector

Companies can contribute to positive social and economic development when they involve stakeholders in their planning and decision making.
the world of organic farming
  • 09.02.2017
  • Research Institute of Organic Agriculture
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Another record year for organic agriculture worldwide

The positive trend seen in the past years continues: Consumer demand is increasing, reflected in the significant market growth of 11 percent in the United States, the world’s largest organic market. More farmers cultivate organically, more land is certified organic, and 179 countries report organic farming activities
Title-page: Striking the balance
  • 27.01.2017
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Striking the balance: Between Competition, Collaboration and Impact in international development research calls

Research excellence and impact is achieved by balancing competition, collaboration and impact (CCI) in funding calls for international development. As global challenges are complex, research funding calls and programmes need to be designed in a way that fosters CCI to ensure development research is timely and impactful.
Master Études Africaines UniGE
  • 25.01.2017
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Le master en études africaines de l’Université de Genève

Le master en études africaines de l’Université de Genève associe approches théoriques et expérience pratique autour de deux axes : Environnement et sociétés & États, sociétés et développement.
T2S (Copyright by ISSC)
  • 25.01.2017
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Transformations to Sustainability - call for proposals

The ERA-NET NORFACE, the Belmont Forum and the ISSC are launching this call. The call is open to all researchers in the humanities and social sciences in Switzerland.
Logo von European Commission
  • 24.01.2017
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Horizon 2020: International partnership building in low and middle income countries

To reinforce cooperation and strategic partnership with selected countries and regions in areas of mutual interest. Targeted countries: Low and middle income countries in sub-Saharan Africa and ASEAN countries
Global Risk Report 2017 - WEF
  • 16.01.2017
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The Global Risk Report 2017

Four key areas for global risks in 2017: The most pressing of these risks relates to our environment. Beyond the state of the planet we inhabit, socio-economic considerations have also been high on the collective agenda over the past 12 months.
Photograph: Akhtar Soomro/REUTERS (see The Guardian)
  • 13.01.2017
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Embracing the SDGs’ complexity

Food and diet illustrate how the issues threatening the global commons – and their solutions – are intimately interlinked
Peter Messerli (copyright CDE)
  • 12.01.2017
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Peter Messerli named co-chair of UN Global Sustainable Development Report

Peter Messerli, Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Bern, has been selected as co-chair to lead the group of scientific experts tasked with drafting the upcoming UN Global Sustainable Development Report. In 2015, he was chosen by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences as a scientific representative of the Swiss delegation that participated in negotiation of the new global development agenda at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York.
10 things to know how to influence policy
  • 10.01.2017
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10 things to know about how to influence policy with research

Around the world, we are facing enormous challenges. Poverty, conflict, migration, disease and natural disasters are just some of the reasons why many people don’t have access to quality basic services and opportunities. Public policies that seek to address these challenges will only work if the choices made by decision-makers, technical or political, are informed by the best available evidence.
The contribution of science in implementing the SDGs
  • 04.01.2017
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The Contribution of Science in Implementing the SDGs

The German Committee Future Earth has published a new report outlining the important role that science must play in international efforts to curb climate change and move toward sustainability.
"Artificial sky brightness" around the world. Falchi et al. 2016
  • 03.01.2017
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Global sustainability: 2016 in review

A Future Earth Blog by Owen Gaffney. He traces the major events and scientific findings that shaped thinking and action on global sustainability over the past year – from good news about the ozone hole to concerns that we are living in a “post truth” society.
Remote sensing of biodiversity: diversity of vegetation of the woods of Lägern near Baden with 44,000 treetops.
  • 03.01.2017
  • media release

University of Zurich to become global center for biodiversity research

From 2017, the University of Zurich will assume the International Project Office of bioDISCOVERY, supporting and coordinating global research projects monitoring, assessing, and better understanding and predicting biodiversity change. UZH was chosen particularly because of the concentration and interdisciplinary nature of the University Research Priority Program “Global Change and Biodiversity”.
Science in 2016
  • 30.12.2016
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2016: The year in science

Scientists weathered a turbulent year, from political upheavals to the direct detection of gravity waves. Here, Nature highlights the people, events and discoveries that made a difference in 2016.
A history of global living conditions
  • 26.12.2016
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There is so much going better

How our world has changed over the last 200 years.
The successful transformation of our living conditions was possible only because of collaboration. Such a transformation would be impossible for a single person to accomplish. It is our collective brains and our collaborative effort that are needed for such an improvement.
  • 23.12.2016
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EDCTP: Open calls for proposals - Deadlines in February 2017

The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) - The following calls for proposals are currently open:
Video-Clip of the Research Fair on 2030 Agenda (9 November 2016)
  • 20.12.2016
  • KFPE office
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Video Clips from the Research Fair on the 2030 Agenda

Swiss Agency Development and Cooperation produced two videos about the Research Fair on the 2030 Agenda - a short video (2'30") as well as an extended version (7'39") with more in-depth information about the Research Fair.
10 things about refugees
  • 19.12.2016
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10 things to know about refugees and displacement

There are over 65 million refugees and displaced people in the world. Most have been displaced for years.
But myths and misconceptions remain about the length of displacement, where people are displaced from and how best to help them survive.
  • 13.12.2016
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Research and Innovation Staff Exchange

The RISE funding scheme fosters staff exchange between the academic and the non-academic sectors and between European and non-European countries.
  • 12.12.2016
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Time to build a pipeline of innovation for Africa

It is widely accepted that research and innovation are key drivers of competitiveness and economic growth.
  • 09.12.2016
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First Call open in the frame of SUDAC

SUDAC will promote the development of 'Consortia for Education and Research (COFER)' that are oriented towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the U.N. Agenda 2030.
Marcel Tanner im April 2015 auf einer seiner vielen Reisen nach Afrika, hier am Kilomberofluss bei Ifakara, Tansania.
  • 09.12.2016
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Tagesgespräch auf Radio SRF mit Marcel Tanner über Möglichkeiten Malaria zu bekämpfen

Marcel Tanner (Präsident der SCNAT) hat als Direktor des Tropeninstituts viel gegen die Ausbreitung der Krankheit getan, die über die gefürchtete Anopheles-Mücke übertragen wird. So hat er Forschungszentren in afrikanischen Ländern initialisiert und an einem Impfstoff gegen Malaria geforscht.
  • 07.12.2016
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Call for Indo-Swiss scholars exchange grants in the social sciences

The 2016 call for projects of the Indo-Swiss joint research programme in the Social Sciences is now open.
Reliable Data for Africa (SciDevNet)
  • 07.12.2016
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African policymakers get new, reliable climate data

Climate change in Africa is least-researched and poorly understood, but a new report could help decision-makers get reliable scientific information about it to aid planning. Researchers have created factsheets on climate change for African policymakers. The factsheets focus on African regions and nations such as Malawi and Zambia.
  • 06.12.2016
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The SDGs on the G20 agenda

The G20, the informal forum of the leaders of the world's largest economies, has pledged support. Kathrin Berensmann of the German Development Institute assesses what the G20 is doing in this context.
Ameenah Gurib
  • 05.12.2016
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A vision for science and innovation in Africa

An interview with Ameenah Gurib, the first elected woman President of Mauritius, which is a champion of higher education and research in Africa and was listed in the world’s top 100 most powerful women by Forbes earlier this year.
les défis du fiancement de la recherche en Afrique - by SciDevNet
  • 30.11.2016
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Les défis du financement de la recherche en Afrique

La mobilisation des ressources pour la recherche est un travail de longue haleine.
Il faut créer des services de mobilisation et de gestion de ressources dans les universités.
Des modèles de financement de la recherche font déjà leurs preuves sur le continent.
Marcel Tanner, a professor for epidemiology and medical parasitology at the University of Basel, was the Director of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) in Basel from 1997 to 2015. From 1981 to 1984 he ran the outside facility of the Swiss TPH in Ifakara in Tanzania (today the Ifakara Health Institute). He has been awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Neuchâtel and the University of Brisbane. Since 2016 he has presided over the Swiss Academy of Sciences.
  • 30.11.2016
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“If you can’t laugh, you’ll discover nothing”

Marcel Tanner has more than 35 years of experience in research collaborations with countries in the Global South. He is in no doubt that flexibility, mutual respect and contextual knowledge are essential to his work.
  • 29.11.2016
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The Elsevier Foundation - TWAS Sustainability Visiting Expert Programme

The Elsevier Foundation and TWAS have joined to create a Visiting Expert Programme in sustainability science. This effort is in line with the new Sustainable Development Goals of the Agenda 2030. The Programme supports visits of distinguished scientists to institutions in developing countries, especially those in the 48 Least Developed Countries.
Alexander Keese
  • 28.11.2016
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A comparative and social history of decolonisation in Africa

The National Latsis Prize 2016 has been awarded to Alexander Keese for his research into ethnicity, forced labour and political transitions in west and central Africa.
  • 28.11.2016
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Organic farming in sub-Saharan Africa is productive, economically viable and resource-conserving

A long-term study in Kenya shows that maize yields and nutrient uptake in the organic farming systems are quite similar to conventional systems. Due to premium prices, organic systems are more profitable for farmers than conventional ones.
Specialists are lacking in the hospitals of Cameroon, despite the many efforts to train more people. The poor infrastructure and the lack of jobs means suitable candidates prefer to look abroad.
  • 2016
  • Swiss National Science Foundation
  • Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
  • magazine

Horizons: Researching fairness

Science is global. Many people assume this means prestigious research partnerships between Western universities, perhaps also involving Asian institutions. But that eliminates half the world from the equation.
  • 02.11.2016
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Five trends driving change in research for development

UKCDS has launched a new briefing that identifies the trends that will drive the research for development landscape over the coming decade, based on interviews with global development specialists and research.
Rohstoff-Handel Anlass 20.9. 2016
  • 19.10.2016
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Transparency in commodities trading: Options for action at the international level and in Switzerland

KFPE was co-organiser of this event, taking place 20 September 2016. The event was meant to provide an overview and stimulate dialogue about potential courses of action and solutions at both international and national level, while also providing different stakeholders (science, industry, NGOs and Members of Parliament) with an opportunity to share their views.
Making the Commodity Sector Work for Developing Countries
  • 2016
  • Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
  • fact sheet

Making the Commodity Sector Work for Developing Countries - Local Impacts, Global Links, and Knowledge Gaps

Switzerland occupies an important position in the global trade of hard and soft commodities. Companies headquartered within its borders directly or indirectly shape commodity extraction practices around the world, some of which carry considerable negative environmental and social risks on the ground, particularly in fragile contexts. Minimizing these risks and maximizing shared economic gains could enable mutually beneficial development and counteract persistent social and political inequality.
Switzerland  and the Commodities Trade
  • 2016
  • KFPE office
  • ProClim
  • Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
  • fact sheet

Switzerland and the Commodities Trade - Taking Stock and Looking Ahead

This factsheet outlines key challenges, knowledge gaps, and research questions centring on Switzerland’s role and potential responsibility as a leading commodity hub. It concludes with suggestions of possible avenues for future research and policy.

KFPE Newsletter January 2017