Submit abstract with a chance of getting $2,000 for a full report.

19 January 2018

The secretariat of the consortium of Master’s in Development Practice Programs (MDP) at the Earth Institute's Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University, NYC, invites abstracts exploring challenges in development education and practice. Abstracts should illuminate a specific issue (and may propose a solution) related to one of the following general themes:

  • What content knowledge is in greatest demand by employers in the development field today? Is demand being met?
  • What skills are in greatest demand by employers in the development field today? Is demand being met?
  • Are graduates of sustainable development programs (or MDP programs) prepared for today’s workforce?
  • Could other programs and degrees (e.g., specializations at the undergraduate and secondary school-level, or joint-degrees at the Master’s level) help meet demand? If so, how?
  • How can access to high quality sustainable development training be improved in the world’s developing and/or developed countries?
  • How can continued professional development be promoted across the field?
  • What should be the role of online education in development education?
  • How should the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals be incorporated into curricula?
  • How are partnerships (particularly in the private sector) helping to move forward the implementation of SDGs and, by association, sustainable development in general?
  • How can sustainable development education be funded?

Contributors may include anyone in the development space: students, alumni and faculty of sustainable development programs; development professionals in private industry or non-profits; government leaders and independent experts. (Please note: student submitters must have a faculty co-author.)

Abstracts must be 300-500 words in English and be submitted online by March 15th. Each abstract may only be submitted once and under one theme. Failure to answer questions on the submission form or the submission of the same abstract under multiple themes is likely to result in the abstract being declined. The Secretariat will notify contributors by April 1st whether their abstracts have been selected or not.

Final Papers

For selected abstracts only, contributors will be given three months to develop a full paper, according to editorial guidelines that will be provided. Finished papers must be 4,000-6,000 words in length (excluding citations) and be submitted online by July 2nd, 2018. Contributors of papers that are submitted on time and according to editorial guidelines will receive a total of US$2,000 per paper, not individually.

Finished papers will help inform the Education for Sustainable Development Report, which will define priorities in sustainable development education for the coming decade. The Secretariat may excerpt or quote papers in the Report (with due reference to authors), or use papers indirectly in shaping the content of the report. All finished papers will be made freely available on the www.globalmdp.org website that will promote and disseminate the Report.

Here is the Master’s in Development Practice Programs (MDP) call for abstracts to explain submission process.

Background

A Commission Report, released in October 2008, emphasized the need for a new type of “generalist practitioner” with cross-disciplinary skills in health sciences, natural sciences, social sciences and management. Based on this report, Columbia University led a consortium of institutions around the world in launching a new degree: Master’s in Development Practice (MDP). The global consortium now consists of 34 MDP programs in 23 countries, and continues to expand. Over 3,500 students have graduated with an MDP degree.

As the 10th anniversary of that landmark Commission Report nears, it’s time to take stock of the state of development education once again. The Secretariat, with guidance from a number of influential thought leaders led by Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, will produce a report, to be released in January 2019. The new report will consist of high-level recommendations, and will be useful for a broad audience, including MDP institutions that want to review and update their programs; institutions that are considering adding a program in sustainable development; prospective students who want to understand the direction of development education; and employers across the field that want to hire and re-train staff to meet development goals of the future.

Timeline for submissions:

  • 15 January 2018 Call for Abstracts open
  • 15 March 2018 Deadline for submitting abstracts online
  • 1 April 2018 Abstract decision letter sent by email
  • 2 July 2018 Deadline for full papers (for selected abstracts only)

Education for Sustainable Development Report: call for abstracts

 

See  ICSD 2017 Columbia University  - Panel: Training Future Leaders on Sustainable Development

 

Since October 2017, the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence, has  undertaken a review of the Government’s official development assistance Irish Aid programme.

The review has included several meetings with stakeholders.  UCD's  Patrick Paul Walsh, Professor of International Development Studies had a meeting which is recorded  here.

The session was held on Thursday, 16 Nov 2017 and participants were: Session A - Patrick Paul Walsh, Professor of International Development Studies, UCD Session B - Ambassadors of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia; Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Kenya.

The full report and recommendations of the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade and Defence, Review of the Irish Aid Programme, can be downloaded here.

The report makes twenty two recommendations that will feed into a new white paper on Ireland in the era of Sustainable Development.

Sixth  Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD),  26-28 September 2018, Columbia University 

The Global Association of Master's in Development Practice Programs (MDP), in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), will hold the Sixth Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) on 26-28 September, 2018, at Columbia University in New York City.

UCD's Prof Patrick Paul Walsh and Dr. David Horan  are on the  ICSD 2018 Scientific Committee.

If you would like to present at the conference, you must submit an abstract as directed below. The conference is also open to observers (i.e. non-presenters). Simply register on the conference website (starting May 1).

The conference theme is Breaking Down Silos: Fostering Collaborative Action on the SDGs. The aim of the conference is to bring together persons involved in research, policy, practice, and business. Participants will share practical solutions for achieving the SDGs at local and national levels.

Interested presenters should submit an abstract of at least 300 words but not exceeding 500 words, in English, by 1 May, 2018, via the conference website.

 

 

Prof Patrick Paul Walsh of CSD and School of Politics and International Relations, and Prof Enda Murphy of the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy have been awarded EPA Project Funding for their project: "Framework for Achieving Environmental Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)".

The project will provide a governance, reporting and data needs framework for transitioning Ireland towards achieving environmental targets for the SDGs. This will represent the first such attempt in Ireland and will establish an important benchmark for understanding future SDG requirements in the environmental area. The research will: (1) supply the evidence-base for a national data map on the environmentally relevant official UN and EU SDG indicators; (2) provide a benchmark national environmental SDG Index in line with international best practice to comprehensively assess Ireland's environmental status in relation to the SDGs and identify data needs for improving this index in the future; (3) identify gaps and conflicts in Irish environmental policy and legislation relative to global and EU-level SDG indicator sets; (4) review academic literature, international reports and national/regional initiatives on inclusive institutions for SDGs and multi-stakeholder processes (MSPs), and conduct interviews with UN HLPF stakeholder representatives in Ireland and abroad to identify current thinking on international best practices for MSPs; (5) mobilise this knowledge to develop innovative practical guidance to policy makers and relevant stakeholders on effective government enabled MSPs for assisting the delivery on the environmental SDGs.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow position

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, based in the UCD School of Politics and International Relations, to work on this project. This is a temporary post for 1.5 years.

The purpose of the role is to deliver a specific research project funded by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The role allows the Research Fellow the professional development opportunity to demonstrate the capacity for independent and self-directed research and scholarship and the management of a research project. The role allows the Fellow to assemble a portfolio of independent achievements and render themselves competitive for tenured academic positions or senior scientific roles in industry.

This research will:

(1) supply the evidence-base for a national data map on the environmentally relevant official UN and EU SDG indicators;
(2) provide a benchmark national environmental SDG Index in line with international best practice to comprehensively assess Ireland's environmental status in relation to the SDGs and identify data needs for improving this index in the future;
(3) identify gaps and conflicts in Irish environmental policy and legislation relative to global and EU-level SDG indicator sets;
(4) review academic literature, international reports and national/regional initiatives on inclusive institutions for SDGs and multi-stakeholder processes (MSPs), and conduct interviews with UN HLPF stakeholder representatives in Ireland and abroad to identify current thinking on international best practices for MSPs;
(5) mobilise this knowledge to develop innovative practical guidance to policy makers and relevant stakeholders on effective government enabled MSPs for assisting the delivery on the environmental SDGs.

See Job Description for more details.

Salary: Level 1 or 2 Postdoctoral  Research Fellow, depending on experience.

Closing Date: 17.00hrs (Local Irish Time) on Monday 16th April 2018.

Full details and application process are available on the HR search vacancies page.  (Search under Research)

Dr Krishna Vadlamannati and Grace Kelly have uploaded a working version of an article called "Welfare Chauvinism? Refugee Flows and Electoral Support for Populist-Right Parties in Industrial Democracies" to the SSRN webpage.

Abstract:

In this paper we examine whether refugee flows are associated with an increase in electoral support for populist-right parties. The empirical evidence on this so far remains mixed. We argue that refugee inflows alone are an inaccurate predictor of the success of populist-right parties. Rather, refugee inflows can lead to a rise in electoral support for populist-right parties where traditional welfare states are expansive—the so called ‘welfare chauvinism’ argument, wherein natives already dependent on high levels of social welfare are likely to see refugees as interlopers who free-ride on welfare and thereby threaten the welfare of locals. Using panel data on 27 OECD countries during 1990–2014 period (25 years), we find no evidence to suggest that refugee inflows per se increase electoral support for populist-right parties. However, a positive effect of refugee inflows on electoral support for populist-right parties is conditional upon a higher degree of social welfare and unemployment benefit spending, which supports the propositions of 'welfare chauvinism.' Moreover, support for populist-right parties increase when the degree of labor market regulations and welfare spending is high. Our results are robust to alternative data, sample and estimation techniques.

Keywords: refugee flows, welfare state, and populist-right

Krishna Vadlamannati and Samuel Brazys Heidelberg University and AidData have been selected to present at a workshop on tracking international aid from emerging economies to be held this September in Heidelberg University, Germany. The workshop is called "Tracking International Aid and Investment from Developing and Emerging Economies” and will be held on September 22-23, 2017. Their paper is entitled: "Fuel for the Fire: Chinese, Indian, OECD Aid, Investment and Local Governance".

Prof Patrick Paul Walsh was interviewed for Chinese Central TV when they were in Dublin recording a feature on the Irish Economy. The original can be viewed online here.

Highlights from the piece are provided below:

After ten years of bank restructuring and fiscal structural adjustment Ireland is ready to host Chinese Business and Investment Banks.

Ireland seems to be the first successful European country to walk out the Euro debt crisis. How did Ireland achieve such a turnaround? What role can China’s capital play in the future of the Irish economy? The success of Ireland has prompted CCTV (China Central TV) to report on the Irish economy and opportunities for Chinese investment:

Construction is back

AIB bank, which received a huge bailout is coming out of the crisis and has been re-launched on the open market.

Ireland became the first country to achieve sustained economic recovery nice years after the EU debt crisis.

Frances Mary Fitzgerald, Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise and Innovation told the CCTV reporter that Ireland has been the fastest economy growth in Europe in the last three years. In addition, the unemployment rate has dropped from 15% to 6%.

Prof. Patrick Paul Walsh from School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin said that Ireland has successfully brought down the debt to GDP ratio, low fiscal deficit and has reconstructed the banks. A lot of key financial and economic indicators now look good in Ireland.

Martin Shanahan, the IDA Chief Executive, said that Ireland was extremely familiar with the “One belt, one road” initiative. Ireland, as one of the most open economy in the world, supports any initiative which helps building trade and investment flows globally. Ireland is very supportive of “One belt, one road” project. There are a lot of opportunities that can be exploited between Ireland and China. In the investment perspective, Ireland can do well by focusing on high -technology sectors and financial services.

Bank of China was one of the first Chinese-funded financial institutions stationed in Ireland. With the pace of Chinese investors, Chinese banks will provide the financial support needed for overseas investment of Chinese enterprises in Ireland with the aim of promoting the internationalization of the (RMB, Chinese currency) within the "one belt, one road" initiative. Chairman of the Bank of China emphasized the internationalization of RMB and the "one belt, one road" initiative as an important inputs into global economic development.

Ireland is the first country of Euro zone to get out of the European debt crisis, but the Euro Zone countries still have a long way to recover. The investment and development of Chinese-funded enterprises in the euro area, aided by Chinese-funded financial institutions, will promote economic and trade exchanges between China and EU and contribute to the recovery of the EU and the global economy. Ireland can be part of that.

New paper published with CSD input: “Earnings Premium in State Jobs Across Urban China” by Yuanyuan Ma, Patrick Paul Walsh and Liming Wang. Asian Economic Papers, Volume 16 | Issue 2 | Summer 2017, p.167-184

© 2017 by the Earth Institute at Columbia University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Abstract
Using the Chinese Household Income Project (CHIP) data, we find a 30 percent raw differential in earnings in favor of state workers in 2002. We examine the degree to which this differential is a pure premium by using a Heckman two-step selection model, where we instrument workers’ preference for state jobs with family political connections, among other factors. We find that 22 percent of the observed earnings differential is a pure premium to a worker in a state job in urban China. In the absence of a political transition in China, state jobs remained the privileged constituency in a dual-track transition that attracted the best politically connected workers in urban China and offered them a pure earnings premium.

Asian Economic Panel

This publication is an outcome of the The Asian Economic Panel (AEP) meeting in Dublin June 21-23, 2016 (pictured above). 30 scholars from America, Australia, China, Finland, Ireland, Japan, Phillips, UK and other countries attended the conference. At the conference, eight high-quality academic papers in total were presented and followed by discussions from assigned discussants as well as open discussions from all participants. The rigorous discussions of the conference covered a broad range of hot topics in the fields of employment, monetary policy and industrial development in Asia. Prof. Wing Thye Woo and Prof. Deborah Swenson from University of California, Davis chaired the three sessions of the conference.

Dr Purity Mwendwa graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) for a thesis entitled “Implementation of MHealth for Community Health Workers: Lessons from Two Rural Districts in Rwanda” from UCD's Ph.D. in Human Development Program in the area of Global Public Health.

Purity Mwendwa is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Systems in Dublin, Ireland. In her current role, she works as part of the health systems research project-Global Health, which takes an interdisciplinary approach to analysing health systems problems. Her PhD focused on the use of community health workers (CHWs) and mobile health (mHealth) technologies to strengthen the health system in rural Rwanda. Purity’s research is mainly focused on low-income settings and she is particularly interested in supporting initiatives that seek to reduce maternal and new-born mortality in these settings. Purity has recently published in the Development in Practice and Development Policy Review Journals. She recently contributed to the United Nations, 2016, Global Sustainable Development Report, Chapter 3 on “Perspectives of scientists on technology and the SDGs”. Purity is affiliated with the School of Nursing, Meru University of Science and Technology in Kenya.

The Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa (SDGC/A) is an international organization set up by African Leaders to support African governments, civil society, businesses and academic institutions to accelerate progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa. The SDG Center for Africa Is based in Kigali, Rwanda. Dr. Belay Begashaw is the Director General and H.E. Paul Kagame,President of the Republic of Rwanda, Founding Board Chair. It is a partner of the UN SDSN Directed by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University, special adviser on the SDGs to the UN Secretary General.

Details of the Center can be found on their website and on Facebook.

The Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa hosted an important conference on "Mobilizing African Intellectuals Towards Quality Tertiary Education" (Agenda). The conference brought together Vice Chancellor's from all over Africa and High Level Delegates to discuss Tertiary Education in Africa and strides that be made to ensure that African Universities address the UN 2030 Agenda and top the Global Ranking of Universities studying Sustainable Development by 2030. Prof Patrick Paul Walsh attended as a representative of the Education initiatives of UN SDSN and University College Dublin.

Session 3 of the conference focused on "Building Reputable University Systems in Africa"

Chair: Dr. Fred Swaniker, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, African Leadership Academy and the African Leadership Network, South Africa

Presenter: Professor Patrick Paul Walsh, Professor of International Development Studies, University College Dublin, Ireland

This session focused on the necessity for African universities to be considered as international institutions that attract students and scholars from all over the world, by upgrading their quality and global ranking. The session addresses the importance of the university system in building a strong reputation in an increasingly competitive global space, the development of multicultural communities of students and staff, preparing the students for global political and social environments; as well as the development of international alliances in research, education and business.

Prof Jeffrey Sachs with Prof Paul Walsh

Prof  Walsh reported the findings of this Session on “Building Reputable University Systems in Africa” during the SDG Center for Africa Conference on “Mobilizing African Intellectuals Towards Quality Tertiary Education”

The talk is available on YouTube and you can view the slides here also (PPWalsh Slides).