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Call for Proposals: Gender & Development special issue on resilience

Photo: CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems. Source: Flickr

Photo: CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems. Source: Flickr

The November 2015 issue of the international journal Gender & Development will look at Resilience. See the full call for proposals here.

An increasing number of women and men, girls and boys are finding their lives and rights disrupted and threatened by a range of interconnected shocks and stresses caused by various and often interlocking factors such as climate change, increasing inequality, globalisation, conflict and unsustainable resource use. Between 2001 and 2010, recorded disasters alone affected, on average, 232 million people each year, in addition to the 106 million who were killed, and caused an estimated US$108 billion in economic damages. In addition, smaller and larger political, economic, environmental and social crises have put a cumulative strain on mental and physical health, lives and livelihoods, and on personal and national security. Over the past decade, resilience has become a significant new area of development, policy and humanitarian debate, and programme work is evolving in response.

Women are often assumed to be inherently more vulnerable – and hence less resilient – than men. While this may be true of some women in some contexts, a more nuanced understanding is needed. Gender inequality and gendered norms create and intensify vulnerability by constraining women’s responses to sudden shocks, and placing longer-term strain on livelihoods, stability and wellbeing. Resilience is greatly enhanced by policies which ensure women’s equal rights, and active participation and leadership in livelihoods, social protection, conflict resolution, and disaster management. This means working in partnership with women as individuals, and with feminist movements and women’s organisations. How and in what way can the concept of resilience offer support to the global struggle for women’s rights and gender equality?

This issue of Gender & Development will feature analysis of innovative resilience work in many different contexts.

Read the full announcement here.


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New Journal: International Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security

LogoA new journal, the Journal of Gender, Agriculture and food Security (Agri-Gender) has been launched with the aim of providing a platform for researchers and practitioners to share information on research work on gender, agriculture and food security. The aim of Agri-Gender is to promote interdisciplinary research related to gender and the agricultural and food sciences.

It is an open access, peer-reviewed and refereed journal that will publish in the fields of agriculture including livestock, fisheries, crop sciences, agriculture economics, rural development, food security and nutrition as they relate to gender. The journal will also publish papers on issues of women’s empowerment, feminist and gender studies. It seeks to promote debate, identify best practices and new ideas and make the links between theoretical and practical gender and agriculture work. It will combine rigorous research with insights from development initiatives across the world that have implications for policy and practice in promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women in the agriculture and food related sectors.  The editors of the journal are drawn from research and academia across the globe.

The Journal is currently accepting papers for the August 2014 issue. More information on the journal requirements can be found at http://www.agrigender.net/.  Follow  us on the Agri-Gender blog (http://www.agrigenderjournal.wordpress.com/),  Facebook (www.facebook.com/agrigender.journal) and twitter (@AgriGender).

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Dissertation Research Fellowships on Gender and Agriculture: Call for Applications

IFPRI and its partners are pleased to announce a call for applications for Ph.D. dissertation research fellowships on the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI). The first of its kind to directly capture women’s empowerment and inclusion levels in the agricultural sector, the purpose of the Index is to understand why women in developing countries face persistent obstacles and economic constraints to inclusion in the agriculture sector though they play a critical role in agricultural growth.

Released on February 28, 2012, the Index is a partnership among IFPRI, the US Government’s Feed the Future initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) of Oxford University. Read more about the Index here.

The threefold goal of the fellowship is to strengthen understanding and evidence of the WEAI; expand understanding of WEAI dynamics through complementary qualitative and ethnographic work; and support promising researchers interested in gender and agriculture. Research proposals supported under this call must be focused entirely or mostly on one or more of 19 Feed the Future countries, listed here.

Applicants must be full-time Ph.D. students in the social sciences or humanities and complete all Ph.D. requirements except dissertation by the time the fellowship begins.

Click here for the complete call for proposals and here for the application is attached to this post. Proposals are due July 31, 2012 and will be awarded on August 31, 2012.

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Fund for Gender Equality (Arab States)

The Fund for Gender Equality is pleased to announce its second Call for Proposals for innovative programmes to help women achieve political and economic empowerment. The Fund will award multi-year grants ranging from USD 200,000 to USD 1 million for impact-oriented programmes around the world.

The first phase of the grantmaking cycle will open 16 October 2011 and will consider proposals intended for the Arab States region only, with applications accepted in English and Arabic.

The online application process will be open 24 October – 4 November (please check back for the URL) and grants will be announced 28 December 2011. In 2012, the Fund will invite proposals from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

More information.

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Call for proposal: CGIAR CRP 7

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CRP 7) has an open call for proposals for research on agricultural knowledge networks, innovation, and behavioral change for climate change adaptation. The project will be a fieldwork-based study in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh that utilizes qualitative processes (e.g., surveys at the household and/or village level, participatory mapping or diagramming exercises, etc.), in conjunction with a review of relevant secondary literature. It will feature a gender, social, and economic differentiation component, as well as a visual element, via photo and video outputs. The objective of this call is to improve farmers’ current adaptive methods and abilities, and to encourage or accelerate adaptive change, by first better understanding how and from where farmers get their information, how they make their decisions, and in what instances they choose to make adaptive changes. To read the full detailed description and application procedure, please download the full terms of reference at http://ccafs.cgiar.org/sites/default/files/terms_of_reference_aki_v.3.pdf. To apply, please complete the online registration form and send your final proposal to Charlotte Lau by August 20, 2011 at c.lau@cgiar.org. More information is available at http://ccafs.cgiar.org/news/careers-and-calls/call-proposals-agricultural-knowledge-networks-innovation-and-behavioral.

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Call for participation

Dear colleagues,

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), with our partner organizations, is implementing a research project titled “Enhancing Women’s Assets to Manage Risk under Climate Change: Potential for Group Based Approaches” (http://womenandclimate.ifpri.info/). This project involves both qualitative and quantitative research in 4 selected countries (Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya and Mali), and includes a survey of practitioners that focuses on the current state of capacity, knowledge, attitudes and practices in development organizations involved in climate change adaptation and climate risk management in the rural sector. The survey will be used to develop a capacity strengthening strategy for the project.

We are writing to you to ask for your participation in this survey. We are interested in learning about your experiences and your views toward planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating your projects and programs on climate change. We would also appreciate if you could forward this survey to your colleagues in your organization and to other organizations that are involved in climate change projects for agriculture and rural livelihoods in these 4 focused countries. Your responses will be treated confidentially. We will be happy to share the survey results and other outputs of the project with you.

It will take 20-30 minutes to complete the survey. Click here for the e-survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CV6SNW5

As a token of our appreciation for filling out this survey, we are offering to send a data stick or CD of 30 relevant publications on climate change and gender by IFPRI. If you are interested in this, please fill out your mailing address on the last page of the survey

Thank you very much. Kindly email or contact us if you have questions regarding our research project or this survey.


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The special issue, planned for online publication in 2014 and print publication in 2015, will bring together new research aimed at challenging and improving economic policies in Africa. More generally, the special issue will provide a forum for feminist economists and scholars in relevant disciplines to analyze the interrelationships among macroeconomic reforms, gender inequalities, and the microeconomic channels that affect the well-being of women, their families, and their communities. The special issue will welcome both theoretical and empirical contributions, and analyses that rely on diverse research methodologies, including statistical analysis. Feminist Economics especially welcomes submissions from African scholars as well as others from the Global South.

Please direct queries and abstracts (500 words maximum) to the Guest Editors, Caren Grown (cgrown@american.edu), Abena D. Oduro (aoduro@ug.edu.gh), and Irene van Staveren (Staveren@iss.nl), no later than 1 September 2011.
If the Guest Editors approve an abstract, the complete manuscript will be due 1 April 2012 and should be submitted to Feminist Economics through the submissions website (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rfec). Questions about these procedures may be sent to feministeconomics@rice.edu, +1.713.348.4083 (phone) or +1.713.348.5495 (fax).