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

GLOBAL AFRICAN DIASPORA SUMMIT
What: Global African Diaspora Summit 
When: 25th May 2012 
Where: Sandton Convention Centre in Sandton CBD, Johannesburg, South Africa 
Who: Organized by the African Union Commission (AUC) in collaboration with the Republic of South Africa 
Objectives: The overall objective of the Summit is to discuss how best to harness skills and energies within the continent and abroad for the socio-economic development of Africa and boost synergies as well as facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship through sustainable partnerships with the African Diaspora. 
The Summit aims to popularise the Africa Diaspora Summit within the following spheres and sectors: 
 Government; Academia; think-tanks; Business; Diplomatic Corps; Development Agencies; and the general public 
 To mobilize African Citizens within the continent and in the Diaspora around the outcomes of the Summit to support the acceleration of the agenda of integration and development on the continent.  
Participants: The Summit will bring together leaders from over 60 countries, AU Member States, AU organs, various organizations working for the Diaspora, and other relevant guests 
Background: The 17th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union had resolved under Decision (Assembly/AU/Dec.367 (XVII) to convene the Global African Diaspora Summit in South Africa on 25 May 2012 (Africa Day). The Decision marks the culmination of a process of consultations and meetings between the African continent and its Diaspora on the goals, content, objectives and implementation strategy of the Diaspora process.  
The Decision facilitated for the convening of a Ministerial meeting in New York on 24 September 2011 to review the outcomes of a previous Technical Experts meeting as well as the Summit documents of 2007 and consolidate them into a Draft Declaration, Programme of Action and Implementation Strategy for the consideration of the leaders of Africa and its Diaspora in the Summit of May 2012. The consolidated outcome documents would then serve as a basic law guiding the programme and its effective implementation.  
For Further Information consult the AU website: www.au.int  

GLOBAL AFRICAN DIASPORA SUMMIT

What: Global African Diaspora Summit 

When: 25th May 2012 

Where: Sandton Convention Centre in Sandton CBD, Johannesburg, South Africa 

Who: Organized by the African Union Commission (AUC) in collaboration with the Republic of South Africa 

Objectives: The overall objective of the Summit is to discuss how best to harness skills and energies within the continent and abroad for the socio-economic development of Africa and boost synergies as well as facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship through sustainable partnerships with the African Diaspora. 

The Summit aims to popularise the Africa Diaspora Summit within the following spheres and sectors: 

 Government; Academia; think-tanks; Business; Diplomatic Corps; Development Agencies; and the general public 

 To mobilize African Citizens within the continent and in the Diaspora around the outcomes of the Summit to support the acceleration of the agenda of integration and development on the continent.  

Participants: The Summit will bring together leaders from over 60 countries, AU Member States, AU organs, various organizations working for the Diaspora, and other relevant guests 

Background: The 17th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union had resolved under Decision (Assembly/AU/Dec.367 (XVII) to convene the Global African Diaspora Summit in South Africa on 25 May 2012 (Africa Day). The Decision marks the culmination of a process of consultations and meetings between the African continent and its Diaspora on the goals, content, objectives and implementation strategy of the Diaspora process.  

The Decision facilitated for the convening of a Ministerial meeting in New York on 24 September 2011 to review the outcomes of a previous Technical Experts meeting as well as the Summit documents of 2007 and consolidate them into a Draft Declaration, Programme of Action and Implementation Strategy for the consideration of the leaders of Africa and its Diaspora in the Summit of May 2012. The consolidated outcome documents would then serve as a basic law guiding the programme and its effective implementation.  

For Further Information consult the AU website: www.au.int  

HKS > Innovation for Economic Development (IFED)

Program Session(s):

May 28, 2012 - June 2, 2012 


Program Fee:$6,450

Program fee includes: tuition, housing, curricular materials, and most meals.

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED. 
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS.


Apply Now : Download Brochure

Faculty Chair(s):

Calestous Juma

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For those of you who received a letter in the mail this month inviting you to apply for the next session of Innovation for Economic Development, please know that the application deadline has been extended and we will be accepting applications through April. If you have any questions, please contact our program director, Mahlet Aklu. 

OVERVIEW

Congratulations to Portia Simpson-Miller, a Leaders in Development alumnus. Simpson-Miller was sworn in as Jamaica’s new Prime Minister. Her leading campaign manager and former commerce and science minister, Phil Paulwell, is an Innovation of Economic Development alumnus.

"In today’s global economy, innovation is the engine of economic growth. This program offers a strong strategic framework for understanding the role of national scientific and technology policy in the context of a broader development agenda. "

-Mr. Kong Cho Ha, Minister, Ministry of Transport, Malaysia, IFED 2006

Technological innovation is essential for fostering economic growth, enhancing global competitiveness, and protecting the environment. TheInnovation for Economic Development program at Harvard Kennedy School provides high-level leaders from government, academia, industry, and civil society with a unique opportunity to learn how to harness the power of emerging technologies to promote prosperity. The program outlines strategies and measures needed to align technological trends with development policy objectives, focusing on how to design and implement innovation policies for economic development.

The 2012 program will focus on the role of industrial clusters, science parks and entrepreneurial ecosystems in regional innovation systems. Case studies from industrialized countries, emerging economies and developing countries will be presented.

Apply Now : Download Brochure

Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy
21 - 26 October 2012 Nairobi, Kenya




Promoting Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency

Given the importance of the financial industry in shaping the world’s response to climate change and the rapidly increasing global demand for new energy solutions, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management decided to develop its course on Sustainable Energy Finance (SEF). Now we are proud to present our two Summer Academies for 2012 within the new framework of the Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance (the Centre).
Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy 21 - 26 October 2012 Nairobi, Kenya

Promoting Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency

Given the importance of the financial industry in shaping the world’s response to climate change and the rapidly increasing global demand for new energy solutions, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management decided to develop its course on Sustainable Energy Finance (SEF). Now we are proud to present our two Summer Academies for 2012 within the new framework of the Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance (the Centre).

Columbia/Institute of African Studies Spring Event Calendar

Ifriqiyya Seminar 
Bruce Hall: The Morality of Descent: African Histories of Race in Muslim West Africa, 1600-1960

Date: Thursday, January 26, 2012
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Room: Knox Hall 208

Bruce Hall is Assistant Professor in the Department of History and the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University. His most recent book is A History of Race in Muslim West Africa, 1600-1960, about the development of ideas surrounding racial difference along the West African Sahel.

Book discussion with Simon Gikandi: Slavery and the Culture of Taste
Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Room: Knox Hall 509

Panelists include:
Simon Gikandi (Princeton University)
Carroll Smith-Rosenberg (University of Michigan)
Saidiya Hartman (Columbia University)
Madeleine Dobie (Columbia Univeristy)
Moderated by Mamadou Diouf (Columbia University)

Simon Gikandi?s new book Slavery and the Culture of Taste (Princeton UP, 2011) demonstrates that these slavery and the culture of taste—the world of politeness, manners, and aesthetics were surprisingly entwined. Ranging across Britain, the antebellum South, and the West Indies, and examining vast archives, including portraits, period paintings, personal narratives, and diaries, Simon Gikandi illustrates how the violence and ugliness of enslavement actually shaped theories of taste, notions of beauty, and practices of high culture, and how slavery’s impurity informed and haunted the rarified customs of the time.

This event is sponsored by the Institute of African Studies, The Institute for Research in African American Studies and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society.

University Seminar: After Antiretrovirals, During Cancer, Before Death in an African Oncology WardTalk by Julie Livingston

Date: Friday, February 3, 2012
Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Knox Hall 208
Seminar Chairs: Gregory Mann and Hlonipha Mokoena

IAS Film and Q&A with Dr. Grace Kodindo: Dead Mums Don’t Cry

Date: Thursday, February 9, 2012
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: TBD

Becoming a mother in Africa can be among the most frightening and dangerous jobs in the world.  This documentary documents the struggle of Grace Kodindo, an obstetrician in the poverty-stricken central African country of Chad, to stop mothers in her country from dying.  Cutting maternal mortality by 75% by 2015 was one of the eight Millennium Development Goals set by 189 countries in 2000. Five years on, progress is far behind schedule, but “Dead Mums Don?t Cry” shows there is reason for hope.

Dr. Kodindo, Assistant Professor of Emergency Obstetrics care at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Medical / Advocacy Advisor to the Reproductive Health Access, Information and services in Emergency Settings (RAISE) Initiative, will be at the event to answer questions.

Elections in Africa: Senegal 2012
Date: Monday, February 13, 2012
Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Room: International Affairs Building 1501

Panelists:
Mamadou Diouf (Columbia University)
Souleymane Bachir Diagne  (Columbia University)
Alioune Badara Diop (Universite Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar)
Etienne Smith (Columbia University)
Chair: Alfred Stepan  (Columbia University)

This panel discussion is part of the Institute of African Studies’ 2011-2012 series focusing on elections in Africa.  Panelists will discuss the historical context, current debates, and prospects for change in the upcoming Senegalese election.  This event is sponsored by the Institute of African Studies, the Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion, and the School of International and Public Affairs.

IAS Film:  African Underground: Democracy in Dakar
Date: Monday, February 13, 2012
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: International Affairs Building 1501

"African Underground: Democracy in Dakar" is a groundbreaking documentary film about hip-hop youth and politics in Dakar, Senegal during the controversial 2007 presidential election.  The film follows emcees, graffiti writers, and DJ’s who used their music and spray cans to educate and empower each other as a response to decades of single party political rule with little attention paid to urban poverty, unemployment, crime, and corruption.  This documentary bridges the gap between hip-hop activism, video journalism and documentary film and explores the role of youth and musical activism on the political process.

Reinventing Citizenship and Political Leadership: The Role of Civil Society and Social Movements in Consolidating Democracy in Senegal
Lecture by Professor Alioune Badara Diop
Discussant: Professor Ousmane Kane

Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Room: Knox Hall 208

Alioune Badara Diop is a Professor of Political Science at Universite Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar.  His latest book is De la Gouvernementalité du Phénix: Elections, Logiques Sociales et Démocratie Représentative au Sénégal.

Ousmane Kane has served as associate professor of international and public affairs at SIPA at Columbia University since 2002. His most recent book is The Homeland is the Arena: Religion, Transnationalism and the Integration of Senegalese Immigrants in America.

This event is sponsored by the Institute of African Studies and the Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion.


Ifriqqiya Seminar:

Anne Bang: Islamic Reformist Ideas in East Africa c. 1880-1940
Date: Thursday, March 1, 2012
Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Knox Hall 207

Dr. Anne Bang is Senior Researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Institute in Norway.  She is co-editor of the Indian Ocean series published by Hurst&Co (London) and of the journal Islamic Africa (NWU Press).

Charles Taylor and Liberia: Ambition and Atrocity in Africa’s Lone Star State
Book Talk with Colin Waugh

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: TBD

Campaigner, insurgent, arms dealer, warlord, commodity trafficker, elected president, international fugitive and finally prisoner, Charles Taylor sought to lead his native Liberia to change but instead destroyed it in a frenzy of violence, greed and uncontrolled personal ambition. In the process he threw much of Liberia’s neighbouring region into turmoil for over a decade, finally facing judgement in The Hague for his role in the Sierra Leone conflict.  In this remarkable and eye-opening book, Colin Waugh draws on a variety of sources, testimonies and original interviews - including with Taylor himself - to recount the story of what really happened during these turbulent years. In doing so, he examines both the life of Charles Taylor, as well as the often self-interested efforts of the international community to first save Liberia from disaster, then, having failed to do so, to bring to justice the man it deems most to blame for its disintegration.

University Seminar: The King of Spices: Mapping Rights to Grains of Paradise from Chaucer to Herbal Viagra
Talk by Abena Dove Osseo-Assare (Berkeley)

Date: Friday, March 23, 2012
Time: 10:30am to 12:00pm
Location: Fayerweather Hall 411
Co-sponsored with the Center for International History

Elections in Africa: Mali 2012
Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: International Affairs Building 1501

Panelists include:
Susanna Wing (Haverford College)
Jaimie Bleck (University of Notre Dame)
Brandon County (Columbia University)
Moderated by Manthia Diawara (New York University)

This panel discussion is part of the Institute of African Studies’ 2011-2012 series focusing on elections in Africa.  Panelists will discuss the historical context, current debates, and prospects for change in the upcoming Malian election.  This event is sponsored by the Institute of African Studies and the School of International and Public Affairs.

IAS Film:  Bamako sigi-kan (Bamako’s pact
)
Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2011
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: International Affairs Building 1512

'Bamako sigi-kan” brings a new perspective to the modern African city of Bamako, exploring how democracy took root in Mali.  Filmmaker Manthia Diawara lets citizens of Bamako tell their own stories, revealing how traditions stay alive within a changing city and society.


Ifriqiyya Seminar

Beverly Mack: The 21st century ‘Yan Taru
Date: Thursday, April 5, 2012
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Knox Hall 208

Beverly Mack is Professor of African Studies in the Department of African and African American Studies and the Director of the University of Kansas African Studies Center (KASC).  Her books include: One Woman’s Jihad: Nana Asma’u, Scholar and Scribe(Indiana University Press, 2001), and Muslim Women Sing: Hausa Popular Song(Indiana University Press, 2004).  

The 7th Greater New York Area Africa Historians Workshop
Date: Friday, April 13, 2012
Location: Barnard Campus
Hosted by the History Department at Barnard College

Ifriqiyya Seminar

Timothy Cleaveland: Ethnogenesis in the Sahara, using Arabic sources
Date: Thursday, May 1, 2012
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Knox Hall 208

Timothy Cleaveland is Associate Professor of History at the University of Georgia.  His latest book is Becoming Walata: A History of Saharan Social Formation and Transformation.

World Sustainable Energy Conference Launching the World Sustainable Energy Year 2012

Energy Recommendations for Rio+20

Tuesday 10th – Thursday 12th January 2012 at ILO in Geneva

Objectives:
Present and discuss all sustainable energy solutions and their implementation tools by energy type, quantity, annual investment and cost from now ’til 2050 and beyond. Show the positive impacts of sustainable energies on economies, jobs and health. Provide energy information input to the United Nations Rio+20 Anniversary Summit.

Participants:
Government and United Nations officials involved in energy and environment, industry delegates, academia and relevant NGO representatives.

Scope:

Pleas of Representatives of the United Nations Organizations:
ILO, WMO, WHO, WTO, UNESCO, UNITAR, HABITAT, UNEP & FI, UNDP, UNIDO, ECE, UNCTAD

IGO & NGO Pleas: IUCN, ISEO, IRENA, IEA, WWF, GREENPEACE, GREENCROSS, CMDC, FOE, FEDRE, ICLEI, ISES, IGA, IHA, WWEA, WHA, GENI, …

Technologies: Solar, Hydro, Wind, Geo & Ocean Thermal, Bio Energy, Novel Energy Technologies

Academia: MIT, ETH, Tokyo University, Tsinghua, TU Munich, TU Vienna, Imperial College, Pace

Policy and Legislation: Global Energy Charter of Sustainable Development, National Energy Laws

Country Success Stories: Germany, USA, China, India, Austria, Norway, Iceland, Brazil, ….

City Success Stories: Geneva, Munich, London, Beijing, Rio, Osaka, Zurich, Graz, New York, …..

Role of Standardization: International Standards Organizations ISO, IEC, ITU

Financing: Public-Private Partnerships, World Bank / IFC, Small Credits, Sustainability Funds, …..

Impact on Health: WHO mitigation initiatives, health statistics, prophylaxis to avoid diseases

Impact on the Labour Market: Cooperation between ILO, other UN bodies and the NGO sector

In the morning plenary sessions problems and solutions are presented by experts

In the afternoons interactive working groups elaborate, conclude and recommend feasible clean, sustainable energy solutions.

Conclusions and recommendations are formulated as input to the Rio+20 Summit.

See enclosed Energy and Labour forecast tables to be completed before and during the conference.

Venue:
ILO, 4 route des Morillons, CH-1211 Genève 22, Switzerland
Tel:             +41 (0) 22 799 6111       – Fax: +41 (0) 22 798 8685 – E-mail: ilo@ilo.org