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  • 30.05.2016
  • news

New Database on environmental research groups in Switzerland

The Federal office for the Environment (FOEN) has created a new Database with many information
Making the Commodity Sector Work for Developing Countries
  • 18.05.2016
  • 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.
Research Fair (KFPE, SDC)
  • 11.05.2016
  • news

Call for Proposals - Research Fair on the Agenda 2030

SDC and KFPE are jointly organising a 2nd Research Fair to provide an opportunity for exchange and dialogue between science, policy, and practice on the implementation of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.
  • 10.05.2016
  • news

Synthesis coordinator (15%) in the r4d programme

For the implementation of the synthesis work, r4d programme is seeking as of September 2016 or per agreement a Synthesis coordinator (15%). The position is offered as an ad personam mandate for a period of 5 years.
  • 09.05.2016
  • news

Social research in Indonesia: Why and what next

Despite being one of the fastest growing economies in Asia, Indonesia continues to lag behind its neighbouring countries in terms of research capacity and publication. The situation is even worse in social science, where almost 90 percent of articles about Indonesia published in international journals are written by scholars who are not resident in the country.
CODESRIA
  • 02.05.2016
  • news

Call for applications: 2nd CODESRIA/CASB Summer School in African Studies and Area Studies in Africa

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and The Centre for African Studies Basel (CASB) call for applications for the 2nd CODESRIA/CASB Summer School in African Studies and Area Studies in Africa on the topic Interdisciplinarity in Area Studies - Basic and Applied Resesarch.
science reporting picture scidevnet
  • 25.04.2016
  • news

How to report scientific findings

Journalists may find scientific research dense and complex, so it can be a daunting challenge to base a story on an original research paper.
  • 15.04.2016
  • news

Illicit financial flows growing faster than economy

Research shows that prevention is the best cure for the $1tn a year that is stolen from the developing world.
Ghana-Rohstoff Recycling
  • 11.04.2016
  • news

Die Elektroschrott Republik

Mehr als 40 Millionen Tonnen Elektro- und Elektronikschrott (auch E-Schrott genannt) werden weltweit jedes Jahr produziert. Nur ein kleiner Teil dieses Mülls - im Jahr 2014 waren es ungefähr 15,5 Prozent - wird mithilfe von Methoden recycelt, die effizient und für die Umwelt unschädlich sind.
Ghana ist ein wichtiges Zentrum für die Sammlung, Wiederverwertung, Rückgewinnung und Entsorgung von Elektroschrott.
Science to 2030 Agenda
  • 08.04.2016
  • news

How science should feed into 2030 Agenda

ST&I can help implement the SDGs in more ways than many policymakers realise, says Måns Nilsson.
  • 08.04.2016
  • news

Networks of academics help turn research into action

If we want sustained investment in the type of research that improves poor people’s lives, academics need to become better connected
  • 05.04.2016
  • news

Dispatch on Switzerland's International Cooperation 2017–2020

The short version of the dispatch indicates the areas where the Federal Council has set its priorities in international cooperation for the period 2017–2020 – for a world without poverty, living in peace, and for sustainable development.
Land Matrix
  • 04.04.2016
  • news

The top 10 sources of data for international development research

Where should you go if you want reliable, detailed data on fragile states, land grabs or trade deals?
International Year of Global Understanding IYGU
  • 08.03.2016
  • ICSU
  • media release

2016 International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU)

The International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH) jointly announced that 2016 would be the International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU). The aim of IYGU is to promote better understanding of how the local impacts the global in order to foster smart policies to tackle critical global challenges such as climate change, food security and migration.
Flagge South Africa
  • 02.03.2016
  • news

Swiss-South Africa Joint Research Programme - new call

In the context of the Swiss-South African Joint Research Programme (SSAJRP), the SNSF is launching another call for joint research projects (JPRs) with its sister organisation in South Africa, the National Research Foundation (NRF).
SFIAR-Award 2015
  • 29.02.2016
  • news

SFIAR Award 2016 - Call for Applications

The Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) offers an annual Award for graduates and scientists of a Swiss institution who work in agricultural research for development.
Albert Krebs
  • 26.02.2016
  • Swiss Biodiversity Forum
  • media release

1st IPBES assessment: Pollinators vital to our food supply under threat

A growing number of pollinator species worldwide are being driven toward extinction by diverse pressures, many of them human-made, threatening millions of livelihoods and hundreds of billions of dollars worth of food supplies, according to the first global assessment of pollinators.
However, the assessment, a two-year study conducted and released today by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), also highlights a number of ways to effectively safeguard pollinator populations.
Mapping the vulnerability of mountain peoples to food insecurity (FAO-report, 2015)
  • 25.02.2016
  • Report

Mapping the vulnerability of mountain peoples to food insecurity

This study presents an updated geographic and demographic picture of the world’s mountain areas and assesses the vulnerability to food insecurity of mountain dwellers in developing countries, based on a specially designed model. The final section presents an alternative and complementary approach to assessing hunger by analyzing household surveys.
Switzerland  and the Commodities Trade
  • 17.02.2016
  • KFPE office
  • ProClim
  • SCNAT
  • 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.
Menschen mit Wasserkanistern in Kenia (Archivbild Reuters) - Klima (KFPE)
  • 26.01.2016
  • University of Neuchâtel
  • media release

Aide au développement: Des retombées positives pour la Suisse

En 2014, chaque franc investi dans l’aide publique au développement (APD) a rapporté 1.19 franc à la Suisse. C’est ce que démontre une étude menée par l’Institut de recherches économiques (IRENE) de l’Université de Neuchâtel en collaboration avec l’Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement (IHEID), à Genève, publiée ces jours sur le site internet de la Direction du développement et de la coopération (DDC).
ICSU and climate change research
  • 30.11.2015
  • news

Climate negotiations: the contribution of global science

On the occasion of the climate negotiations in Paris, a brochure offers insights into the leading role of the International Council for Science in facilitating international research programmes on climate change and providing relevant scientific policy advice.
  • 10.11.2015
  • news

LEMONOC Conference, 22nd-Sept-2015, Brussels and Videos

On 22nd September 2015, the LEMONOC conference in Brussels addressed the potential and challenges of learning mobility between the ‘Global South’ and the ‘Global North’. More than 60 stakeholders from universities, universities of applied science and other organisations in Europe and beyond met in order to exchange their experience, expertise and ideas. The event took place as the final conference delivering the outputs of the project as well as a platform to launch the LEMONOC Network as a follow-up.

KFPE-Newsletter February 2016

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