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  • 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.
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
  • SCNAT
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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.
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.
  • 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.
Grand Challenges Africa
  • 29.11.2016
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Grand Challenges Africa - Innovation Seed Grants

Requests for proposals seek: 1) solutions and strategies to reduce maternal, neonatal and child deaths in Africa, and 2) creative communication approaches to inspire African governments to fund research and development.
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.
the Climate Vulnerable Forum
  • 21.11.2016
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48 developing countries vow to use 100% renewable energy by 2050

In total, 48 nations promised to cut their carbon emissions dramatically and rapidly move to 100% renewable power as the UN climate summit in Marrakech drew to a close on Friday.
  • 21.11.2016
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Making health systems research work: time to shift funding to locally-led research in the South

From a recent Lancet Comment on health systems research: While 96% of the primary data were collected in low-income and middle-income countries, 56% of first authors were based in high income countries, compared to only 8% in low-income countries.
  • 17.11.2016
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Willy Müller Award 2016

The “conseil de fondation“ of the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientiques en Côte d’Ivoire (CSRS) wishes to increase the number of graduate students from Swiss universities working in collaboration with the CSRS in West Africa, and it is pleased to announce the first session of its W Müller Award to help to finance this collaboration.
  • 17.11.2016
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9eme Prix-CSRS-Fonds Ermitage 2017 pour les partenariats scientifiques

Le « Prix CSRS – Fonds Eremitage pour la recherche scienti- que en partenariat » a pour but d’honorer des chercheurs pour l’excellence de leur contribution à la recherche en partenariat entre des institutions scienti ques au Nord et en Côte d’Ivoire et/ou dans des pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest.
  • 16.11.2016
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Assessing Research Systems in Developing Countries – 5 reasons why it matters

There is a vicious circle of under-investment in research in developing countries, especially in the social sciences.
Research Fair Overview 4
  • 10.11.2016
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Research and innovation as drivers in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Research and innovation are important factors in reducing poverty and global risks. In collaboration with KFPE the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), held a second research fair on 9 November in Bern.
  • 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.
  • 01.11.2016
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NADEL - Course program for professionals working in international development cooperation 2017

In the coming year, NADEL will once more offer practical training courses in development and cooperation.
  • 26.10.2016
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SNIS launches its 10th call for projects

The Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) offers project grants for pluri-disciplinary research teams. The project grants run for two years and range from 100’000 to 300’000 Swiss Francs.
  • 26.10.2016
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UK to focus innovation and research on tackling global challenges

The Research Review sets out how the UK will focus £390 million per year over the next 4 years on research and innovation to help address the great global challenges of the 21st Century. It sets out that improving humanitarian responses, combating infectious diseases and tackling child exploitation globally are to be the focus of major UK investment into research, science and technology.
How to advance your career - by SciDev.Net
  • 24.10.2016
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How to advance your career in science?

SciDevNet conducted a survey of researchers from all over the world about their biggest challenges they face, their advice and pitfalls to avoid - with a practical guide.
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.
  • 17.10.2016
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CALL: Indo-Swiss Collaborative Research on Climate Science and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Indian Himalayan Region (2017-20)

The goal of the research is to develop scientific evidence to inform and increase knowledge on impacts of and vulnerability to climate change of the Himalayan socio-ecological systems.
  • 17.10.2016
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New report by the Land Matrix initiative

Around the world, 26.7 million hectares of agricultural land have been transferred into the hands of foreign investors since the year 2000.
Sri Lanka - Malaria
  • 27.09.2016
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Sri Lanka eliminates malaria with shift in strategy

Sri Lanka shows that eliminating malaria demands a concerted plan including parasite surveillance.
  • 23.09.2016
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The World Social Science Report: Challenging Inequalities – Pathways to a Just World

The World Social Science Report 2016 warns that unchecked inequalities could jeopardize the sustainability of economies, societies and communities, undermining efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
socio-economic atlas of key
  • 16.09.2016
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Socio-Economic Atlas of Kenya available online

The combination of geographic and socio-economic data enables policymakers at all levels, development experts, and other interested readers to gain a spatial understanding of dynamics affecting Kenya.
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
  • 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.