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August 2007 Blog Posts (16)

Climate change adaptation and development

The IRI and the United Nations Development Programme have partnered to help bring climate risk management into the development planning process of Asian countries.



"Climate, now and in the…
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Added by Francesco Fiondella on August 31, 2007 at 21:15 — No Comments

The challenge of building a world-class graduate education program in the Middle East

I have recently assumed a new position as head of the American University in Cairo's Program in Public Policy and Administrative Development (PPAD). My main priority is to take a fairly small and quite traditional master's in public administration and tranform it into a world-class public policy program -- the first in the Middle East. I'm taking over from the previous head, but he left over a year ago, so the program is very much in a building phase. We have three full-time faculty plus a…

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Added by Jennifer Bremer on August 23, 2007 at 19:03 — 1 Comment

The challenge of building a world-class graduate education program in the Middle East

I have recently assumed a new position as head of the American University in Cairo's Program in Public Policy and Administrative Development (PPAD). My main priority is to take a fairly small and quite traditional master's in public administration and tranform it into a world-class public policy program -- the first in the Middle East. I'm taking over from the previous head, but he left over a year ago, so the program is very much in a building phase. We have three full-time faculty plus a…

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Added by Jennifer Bremer on August 23, 2007 at 19:02 — No Comments

Testing, testing...1, 2, 3...

I am not naturally selected for blogging. Blogging requires having a lot of little things to say, and saying those things regularly. I prefer to sit back and keep the little ideas that occur to me in my head until they fit together within a theme, an argument - something with a bit of substance. That seems to me about the right time to say tell the world. So please don't expect much from me on this page. But I will, occasionally, have a go.

Added by Anna Petherick on August 18, 2007 at 16:59 — No Comments

Spotlight on IRI's work: Desert locust monitoring

On June 6, 2007, the Food and Agriculture Organization's Locust Watch program issued an alert on its web site stating the desert locust situation in Yemen had become "extremely serious." The warnings have helped agencies on the ground implement control measures to prevent destructive swarms from taking to the air and threatening the agriculture of the region. Powering these alerts are… Continue

Added by Francesco Fiondella on August 16, 2007 at 22:13 — No Comments

Payments for watershed services: conservation, development, both or neither?

An innovative approach to managing water resources could bring social, economic and environmental benefits in developing countries, but as major new research shows, all that glitters is not gold.

The research by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and its partners will be presented today (16 August) in Sweden

at World Water Week, a gathering of 2,500 water experts from 130

nations.

The UK Department for International Development funded…

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Added by MikeShanahan on August 16, 2007 at 9:48 — No Comments

Two jobs for science writers/editors anywhere in the world

Green Ink is looking for two science writers/editors to work from home, anywhere in the world. To find out more and to apply, please visit: http://www.greenink.co.uk/index.php?section=8

Added by MikeShanahan on August 15, 2007 at 12:15 — No Comments

For the lay person like me, I strongly feel that scientists and experts in various fields should convey their messages in simple English language for the ordinary person to understand. If journalists…

For the lay person like me, I strongly feel that scientists and experts in various fields should convey their messages in simple English language for the ordinary person to understand.

If journalists are to understand and relay issues of global importance to their readers/audiences, they must first understand the subjuect, thus the need for those who engage in the more complex field of science to present their views/subjects/opinions etc in a very simple way.

This would…

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Added by Maria Burese on August 14, 2007 at 2:54 — No Comments

First timer

This is my firs time here. I am glad to join the network and hope to be of benefit to you and also gain some more knowledge on research here.

Added by Rosebell Kagumire on August 12, 2007 at 16:52 — No Comments

ATDF Journal Issue (another trial)

Apparently, the link I sent yesterday was blocked.

This time it should work (otherwise I recommend to visit our website directly (www.atdforum.org). ATDF Journal is a free, peer-reviewed online journal with a focus on African Development through Innovation. The issue will be on 'competitiveness' and we hope to get many interesting submissions.…

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Added by Philipp Aerni on August 10, 2007 at 8:52 — No Comments

Just published: ATDF Journal Issue on Higher Education and Development

The ATDF Journal volume 4 issue 2,

http://www.atdforum.org/spip.php?article233…

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Added by Philipp Aerni on August 9, 2007 at 20:50 — No Comments

Call for films on climate change and development

This is a call for anyone who has a short film on development and climate change issues which they would like to showcase at the UN climate change convention in Bali in December.

For more information and an application form, please visit: http://www.iied.org/CC/projects/DandCFilmFestival07.html


Added by MikeShanahan on August 8, 2007 at 16:12 — No Comments

Two senior research jobs at IIED

The International Institute for Environment and Development has two jobs available - both are senior research posts, one in drylands, one on climate change. More info here http://www.iied.org/aboutiied/HR/index.html

Added by MikeShanahan on August 7, 2007 at 15:28 — No Comments

Documentary film in Jakarta; climate risks in slums

Hello all,



Headed for Jakarta in a couple of weeks to shoot a short documentary on climate related risks in the slums of Jakarta. This means that we are looking at floods, sanitation, violence, health, and anything that just gets worse for slum dwellers as the climate starts to go bonkers. It's however not only gloom and doom, we are looking for positive initiatives, things happening in the community, solutions, etc. What are people in the slums, NGOs and authorities doing to prevent… Continue

Added by Isabelle Lemaire on August 3, 2007 at 10:40 — No Comments

This Week's IRI Spotlight

Teasing More out of Seasonal Forecasts

Climate scientists at the IRI are building upon a fascinating observation they made recently about seasonal forecasts. "In tropical areas, it seems to be generally the case that the number of rainy days recorded at individual rainfall stations is more predictable than the seasonal rainfall total," says… Continue

Added by Francesco Fiondella on August 2, 2007 at 15:09 — No Comments

IWMF Survey: Agriculture, Rural Development and Women in Africa

Greetings,

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is embarking on an initiative to work with news media…

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Added by Samantha White on August 1, 2007 at 18:52 — No Comments

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