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Registration: From Politics to Power? Rethinking the politics of development conference

Registration: From Politics to Power? Rethinking the politics of development conference

Registration is open for our flagship international conference convened by the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre on ‘From politics to power? Rethinking the politics of development’ which will be held from 9 – 11 September 2019 in Manchester.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers to date include world leading experts Anne Marie Goetz (New York), Merilee Grindle (Harvard), Lant Pritchett (Harvard), James Robinson (Chicago), Prerna Singh (Brown), E. Gyimah-Boadi (Afrobarometer, Ghana) read more…

An Applied Data Justice Framework for Datafication and Development

An Applied Data Justice Framework for Datafication and Development

Richard Heeks, Professor of Development Informatics

Data is playing an ever-growing role in international development.  But what lens can we use to analyse the impact of data on development?

The emerging field of “data justice” offers some valuable ideas but they have not yet been put together into a systematic and comprehensive framework.  My open-access paper – Datafication, Development and Marginalised Urban Communities: An Applied Data Justice Framework, written with Satyarupa Shekhar – provides such a framework, as shown below. read more…

The Global Development Institute is Hiring

The Global Development Institute is Hiring

We have big ambitions at the GDI and to make them happen, we need the best research and teaching staff.  If you have an outstanding track record and a commitment to social justice, then please come and join us.

Click on the job titles for more information:

Lecturer in Development Economics (Teaching & Scholarship)

1 August 2019 until 3 July 2020. Closing date: 29/07/2019

 

3 years, fixed term from 23 September 2019 until 22 September 2022. Closing date: 27/08/2019

 

Visa rejection for African experts hits GDI conference

Visa rejection for African experts hits GDI conference

Today, we’re welcoming researchers and activists to Manchester for a conference on the challenges and opportunities of scaling up participation in urban settings.

But of the ten keynote speakers we invited from the Global South, only five have received a visa to travel to the UK. All five rejections were for colleagues from African countries.

Despite providing a wealth of evidence from The University of Manchester and their home organisations, ostensibly meeting all entry criteria, all five received rejections from the Home Office late last week.

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Eritrean independence celebrations after the rapprochement with Ethiopia: plus ça change?

Fittingly, a few days since I returned from a visit to Eritrea that coincided with the 28th celebration of Eritrean independence on 24th May, an academic article I wrote in November 2018 about the rapprochement between Eritrea and Ethiopia has just been published (and can be accessed here).

Its last section on the potential future urged caution, a caution that seems more and more justified when considering my experiences of the last two weeks in Eritrea. My first visit to the region since the rapprochement was to the Ethiopian side, to Mekelle, in October 2018, a time when the border was truly open and few checks were in place for those crossing. This was always to be an unusual and temporary arrangement, until such a time when more formal rules and regulations that would guide the crossings of goods and people between both countries would be in place.

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Learning Human Resource Management with IBM

Learning Human Resource Management with IBM

by Paul Barry and Lujia Feng

Students on the Management and Governance in Development Group in the Global Development Institute had a workshop on the recruitment and application process of IBM. The workshop provided students with insights into of practice-focused human resources and career development This workshop focused on the recruitment and application process in IBM in the UK and China. Guest speaker, Kashif Taj, is IBM’s Early Professionals Manager and linked Human Resource theories and practice through issues and examples of experience. Reflective learning, group discussion and a mock assessment centre also took place to offer a unique opportunity for students to engage with an experienced HR partner based in an international organisation.

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GDI at DSA2019

GDI at DSA2019

Researchers from the Global Development Institute will be convening 6 panels the Development Studies Association Conference. The conference runs from 19-21st June at the Open University in Milton Keynes. Find out about the panels and papers our researchers are presenting below.

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