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

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).

The High-Level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (‘Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development’) was convened at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017. In an interview with Future Earth, Professor Patrick Paul Walsh overviews the conference.

Prof Walsh speaking at the conference

Professor Paul Patrick Walsh, on behalf of University College Dublin, addressed the plenary session of the United Nations Oceans Conference in the General Assembly Hall.  It was the first time any University made an official statement at a plenary session of an official UN meeting in the General Assembly.   The UN Sustainable Project was designed to be implemented by Member States and UN Major Stockholder Groups.  Hence UCD spoke as a member of the UN Major Group for Science and Technology and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).  Professor Patrick Paul Walsh outlined the emergency of governing the 'global commons' and how we can remedy negative global trends.

Governance of the global commons is becoming an emergency for all. Once the tragedy of the commons is addressed, we believe that stakeholder partnerships can be incentivized with appropriate technologies and policies at local levels that can remedy these negative global trends.

The full text of Professor Walsh’s speech can be accessed here.

A video recording of the intervention can be found here. 

Professor Walsh led the UCD delegation in attendance at the UN Ocean Conference. He was accompanied by the Vice-Principal for Internationalisation in the College of Social Sciences and Law, Dr Richard Collins, plus SPIRe PhD Candidate, Mohammed AlRizeiqi and the Auditor of the recently formed UCD Politics and International Relations Society, Sarah El Said.

University College Dublin also hosted a breakfast in the Irish Mission to the UN and an UN Ocean Conference Side Event entitled “Combining Stakeholder Knowledge to Promote Innovation and Transformative Actions in Support of Sustainable Development Goal 14” in partnership with Kiel University, UN SDSN and Future Earth.

Contributions among others by:

  • Martin Visbeck, GEOMAR Helmholz-Centre for Ocean Research Kiel University
  • Patrick Paul Walsh, University College Dublin (UCD
  • Richard Collins, University College Dublin (UCD)
  • Mohammed Al Rizeiqi, University College Dublin (UCD)

Details of UN Side Event can be found on the program from June 9th and a recording of the side event is also available.


This month we had a visitor from the University of Siena, Simone Cresti. His visit was sponsored by the Erasmus Staff exchange for Universities. Simone's background is in political science and he is currently a PhD candidate in European and Comparative Politics at the Department of Social Political and Cognitive Sciences. At the same moment he is working as project manager for the SDSN Mediterranean, a network for solutions in the field of sustainable development.

His trip to UCD aimed to develop knowledge, personal skills, relationships between universities and the opportunity to share good practices and experiences. With a background in political science, Simone was particularly interested in what UCD does in these fields trying to join political sciences and sustainable development. He is interested in understanding how UCD manages research, what strategies stand at the basis of the fund raising for research and the activities of SPIRe.

Simon worked with Prof Paul Walsh on his visit, and through the sharing of ideas agreed that the role of research in political sciences and international relations is strategic for the adoption of solutions for the sustainable development, especially for Agenda 2030. He also met a number of other people from the university, mainly research administrators and researchers. Simone is interested to come back to UCD to pursue postdoctoral projects in the future.

Lots Photos on the Twitter and Facebook accounts: Over 200,000 Impressions and Reads 

Facebook home explains the project


Tweets on #SDGweekUCD, @UCD_SDG

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Schedule  for Information Stands in the Foyer of the New UCD Student Centre:

9am to 4pm,

April 18th Tuesday:

  • SDG Awareness in the UCD Community                  (17 SDGs  and 169 Targets)
  • Smoking Free UCD Campus                                      (SDG Target: 3.a)
  • Ethical Fashion                                                           (SDG Targets: 12.1, 12.2, 12.8)

 April 19th Wednesday:                   

  • SDG Awareness in the UCD Community                  (17 SDGs  and 169 Targets)
  • Plastic                                                                         (SDG Target:  14.1)
  • Water                                     (SDG Target: 3.3, 3.9, 6.1-6, 6a-b, 11.5, 12.4, 15.1, 15.8)
  • Sustainable Vegetarian Eating                                 (SDG Target:  8.4, 12.1, 12a)

April 20th Thursday: 

  • SDG Awareness in the UCD Community                  (17 SDGs  and 169 Targets)
  • STDs in the UCD Community:  HIV/AIDS Awareness          (SDG Target:  3.3)
  • Gender Sensitive Development and Maternal Health       (SDG Target: 1b, 3.1, 3.7)
  • Sustainable Energy use on the UCD Campus          (SDG Target:  7.1-3, 7a, 7b, 7.b.1)

April 21st Friday:                                         

  • SDG Awareness in the UCD Community                  (17 SDGs  and 169 Targets)
  • Safety in the UCD Campus: Consent                                    (SDG Target:  4a)
  • UCD Promoting SDG Education in Schools                         (SDG Target:  4.3, 4.5, 4.7, 13.3)

UCD Book Drive:  Books for Communities in Need            (SDG Target:  4.6.1)

Dr. Willard Tinago a graduate of our Ph.D in Global Human Development , gave a keynote talk on STDs in the UCD Community:  HIV/AIDS Awareness  (SDG Target:  3.3)

Part I of Talk (10 mins)

Part I of Talk (10 mins)

Willard SDGs_2017_Final (PowerPoint File)

Dr. Willard Tinago, HIV Molecular Research Group,  UCD School of Medicine

Dr. Paddy Mallon, Director, HIV Molecular Research Group,  UCD School of Medicine


Click the link below for the transcript of the speech.

China’s Dream, A Shared Dream by H.E. Dr. Yue Xiaoyong, Chinese Ambassador to Ireland

From left to right: Professor Patrick Paul Walsh of UCD Centre for Sustainable Development Studies, Dr. Yue Xiaoyong H.E. Ambassador of China to Ireland, Professor David Farrell, School of Politics and International Relations, Professor Andrew Deeks, UCD president
Dr. Yue Xiaoyong H.E. Ambassador of China to Ireland with the members of UCD Politics and International Relations Society
Dr. Yue Xiaoyong with UCD PhD students and staff
Dr. Yue Xiaoyong with UCD PhD students and staff