Rio+20

Focus On:
The UNU “twin institute” concept
While I was attending the United Nations University UNU side-event entitled “Global Governance Mechanisms for Boosting Green Innovation” today, the 15th of June 2012, at Riocentro, I was stricken by the presentation made by Dr. Timothy Afful-Koomson, Environmental Policy Fellow at the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) based in Accra, Ghana. As the UNU-INRA Institute will deliver its first educational programme in September 2013 under the form of a joint (with UNU-WIDER) PhD in Development Economics, it highlights the march of the “twin institutes” concept:
A twin can be defined as a UNU institute with all the privileges and characteristics of UNU. The main idea that underlies the implementation of a Twin is building true partnerships in research and education and working against brain-drain. Through its Africa Strategy, UNU plays a strategic role in Africa as a facilitator of dialogue, a capacity builder, a provider of postgraduate training, and a promoter of innovation. […] UNU activities in and on Africa aim to foster knowledge creation with a strong emphasis on home-grown and participatory “made-to-fit” solutions.
By conducting research together, the “twin institutes” will aim at fostering knowledge exchanges between “developed countries” and “developing and transitional countries” in an unprecedented way. This genuine partnership will develop better understanding among academics from both sides. As a result, their expertise will be more accurate and enable to tackle the challenges that Africa is facing. Not only the concept allows technology dissemination but also it builds capacity on the ground.
Coming next is the joint curriculum focusing on “sustainable management of resources, such as water, soil, and waste” that will be undertaken by UNU-FLORES and its “twin institute” in Maputo, Mozambique. To be continued…
Finally it is a good occasion to recall the UNU-ViE Priority Africa Initiative’s objective of collaboratively gathering knowledge for the sake of African development. The UNU-ViE team produced an impressive African mapping of their projects entitled “Spotlight on Africa”.
http://inra.unu.edu/
http://vie.unu.edu/article/read/priority-africa
http://vie.unu.edu/file/get/9214
Sarah Lawan
From the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development UNCSD Rio+20

Rio+20

AfRio

Focus On:

The UNU “twin institute” concept

While I was attending the United Nations University UNU side-event entitled “Global Governance Mechanisms for Boosting Green Innovation” today, the 15th of June 2012, at Riocentro, I was stricken by the presentation made by Dr. Timothy Afful-Koomson, Environmental Policy Fellow at the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) based in Accra, Ghana. As the UNU-INRA Institute will deliver its first educational programme in September 2013 under the form of a joint (with UNU-WIDER) PhD in Development Economics, it highlights the march of the “twin institutes” concept:

A twin can be defined as a UNU institute with all the privileges and characteristics of UNU. The main idea that underlies the implementation of a Twin is building true partnerships in research and education and working against brain-drain. Through its Africa Strategy, UNU plays a strategic role in Africa as a facilitator of dialogue, a capacity builder, a provider of postgraduate training, and a promoter of innovation. […] UNU activities in and on Africa aim to foster knowledge creation with a strong emphasis on home-grown and participatory “made-to-fit” solutions.

By conducting research together, the “twin institutes” will aim at fostering knowledge exchanges between “developed countries” and “developing and transitional countries” in an unprecedented way. This genuine partnership will develop better understanding among academics from both sides. As a result, their expertise will be more accurate and enable to tackle the challenges that Africa is facing. Not only the concept allows technology dissemination but also it builds capacity on the ground.

Coming next is the joint curriculum focusing on “sustainable management of resources, such as water, soil, and waste” that will be undertaken by UNU-FLORES and its “twin institute” in Maputo, Mozambique. To be continued…

Finally it is a good occasion to recall the UNU-ViE Priority Africa Initiative’s objective of collaboratively gathering knowledge for the sake of African development. The UNU-ViE team produced an impressive African mapping of their projects entitled “Spotlight on Africa”.

http://inra.unu.edu/

http://vie.unu.edu/article/read/priority-africa

http://vie.unu.edu/file/get/9214

Sarah Lawan

From the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development UNCSD Rio+20

 
Visiting scholars program 2011
The United Nations University- Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) is initiating a Visiting Scholars Program. Through this program, UNU-INRA wishes to provide qualified scholars an opportunity to undertake research on topics related to the development and management of natural resources in Africa, to participate in UNU-INRA activities, and to contribute to UNU-INRA publications. The program is also designed to enhance the dissemination of UNU-INRA research and to contribute to the UNU-INRA outreach program.
UNU-INRA’s work focuses on sustainable management of Africa’s natural resources. Current program areas include:
1.      Sustainable land, agriculture and natural resources management.
2.      Biodiversity conservation, genetic improvement and utilization of indigenous crops and plants.
3.      Collaborative governance of the extractive industries in Africa towards poverty reduction and sustainable management  and
4.      Green Economy and natural resources development in Africa.
Female scholars from Africa and abroad are highly encouraged to apply.
 *d20/format for the submission of the proposal_unu-unra_2011.pdf
SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS ARE EXPECTED TO
have a PhD degree in economics, agricultural economics, natural resource economics, social science, environmental science, international relations, law or related discipline.
have a good publication record.
spend three to four  months at UNU-INRA in Accra , starting from May 2011.
interact with the staff at UNU-INRA.
prepare one or more papers to be considered for publication in the INRA Research Paper series.
present a seminar in their field of research.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
UNU-INRA will provide a monthly stipend of $US1, 500 as a contribution towards travel, accommodation, medical, and other out-of-pocket expenses.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE 
There is no standard application form. Those interested in this program should submit
a written letter of application which includes the preferred period for the sabbatical.
a research proposal not to exceed 20 pages (double-spaced), bearing in mind UNU-INRA’s current program areas, and
a detailed curriculum vitae, including contact details and a list of publications.
Applications should be submitted electronically by April 15th, 2011 to andoh@inra.unu.edu  (applications will not be assessed until after the closing date) or by regular mail to the following address:
United Nations University- INRA
Private Mail Bag; Kotoka International Airport
Accra, Ghana
Inquiries may be made by e-mail to: andoh@inra.unu.edu or andoharris@gmail.com 
*Please see the format for the submission of the proposal in the document attached to this call.
@unuinra

Visiting scholars program 2011

The United Nations University- Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) is initiating a Visiting Scholars Program. Through this program, UNU-INRA wishes to provide qualified scholars an opportunity to undertake research on topics related to the development and management of natural resources in Africa, to participate in UNU-INRA activities, and to contribute to UNU-INRA publications. The program is also designed to enhance the dissemination of UNU-INRA research and to contribute to the UNU-INRA outreach program.

UNU-INRA’s work focuses on sustainable management of Africa’s natural resources. Current program areas include:

1.      Sustainable land, agriculture and natural resources management.

2.      Biodiversity conservation, genetic improvement and utilization of indigenous crops and plants.

3.      Collaborative governance of the extractive industries in Africa towards poverty reduction and sustainable management  and

4.      Green Economy and natural resources development in Africa.

Female scholars from Africa and abroad are highly encouraged to apply.

 *d20/format for the submission of the proposal_unu-unra_2011.pdf

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS ARE EXPECTED TO
  1. have a PhD degree in economics, agricultural economics, natural resource economics, social science, environmental science, international relations, law or related discipline.
  2. have a good publication record.
  3. spend three to four  months at UNU-INRA in Accra , starting from May 2011.
  4. interact with the staff at UNU-INRA.
  5. prepare one or more papers to be considered for publication in the INRA Research Paper series.
  6. present a seminar in their field of research.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

UNU-INRA will provide a monthly stipend of $US1, 500 as a contribution towards travel, accommodation, medical, and other out-of-pocket expenses.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE 

There is no standard application form. Those interested in this program should submit

  1. a written letter of application which includes the preferred period for the sabbatical.
  2. a research proposal not to exceed 20 pages (double-spaced), bearing in mind UNU-INRA’s current program areas, and
  3. a detailed curriculum vitae, including contact details and a list of publications.

Applications should be submitted electronically by April 15th, 2011 to andoh@inra.unu.edu  (applications will not be assessed until after the closing date) or by regular mail to the following address:

United Nations University- INRA

Private Mail Bag; Kotoka International Airport

Accra, Ghana

Inquiries may be made by e-mail to: andoh@inra.unu.edu or andoharris@gmail.com 

*Please see the format for the submission of the proposal in the document attached to this call.

@unuinra