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The documentary "2 girls" has been awarded with the Grand Prix for the best foreign film at the HumanDoc International Documentary Film Festival in Warsaw. The film tells the story of Lota and Tigist, two girls living in two very different countries, Bangladesh and Ethiopia, who are linked by the same journey. They were both born in rural areas, they both faced poverty or abuse. Their only option was to run away. Their next destinations were the mega-cities of Dhaka and Addis Ababa. They embark on parallel, incredibly harsh journeys through which they meet their destinies. Yet, despite their tough lives, they reveal an inner strength and great dignity.

The film is based on the SNIS funded research “Time to Look at Girls” (research lead by Katarzyna Grabska, the Graduate Institute) that explored the links between migration of adolescent girls and development in the Global South through a holistic approach that contextualises adolescents’ and young women’s agency, choices and migration experiences in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Sudan.

The documentary "2 girls” is touring in several film festivals: Rome Independent Film Festival (29 November), Equality Festival in Kiev (8 December 2016) and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival, Mumbai (25 December 2016).


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Sustainable Development Goals

The Swiss Network for International Studies currently launches the call for projects 2017. Project grants are offered for pluri-disciplinary research projects in the field of international studies and range from CHF 100’00 to 300’000 over a two-year period. Collaborations with international and non-governmental organisations are considered as a clear asset. Thematically, project proposals can be submitted in the general area of international studies or the special theme 2017: migration in the lens of the sustainable development goals (with sub-themes).

Submission deadline: 11 January 2017 – 13:00

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International Geneva Award

The members of the International Geneva Committee, acting as a jury for the International Geneva Award, selected three peer-reviewed articles among the papers submitted. The winning papers convinced by their strong interdisciplinary appeal and direct policy relevance for international organisations. The SNIS warmly congratulates the awardees.


Seeking Sustainability Leadership

published in: The Journal of Corporate Citizenship, Issue 60, December 2016
Authors: Jem Bendell  University of Geneva / Institute for Leadership and Sustainability, University of Cumbria) and Richard Little (Institute for Leadership and Sustainability, University of Cumbria)


Sustainable livelihoods in the global land rush? Archetypes of livelihood vulnerability and sustainability potentials

Published in: Global Environmental Change, Volume 41, November 2016, pages 153-171

Authors: Christoph Oberlack,a,b , Laura Tejadaa, Peter Messerlia,b, Stephan Rista,b, Markus Gigera

aUniversity of Bern, Centre for Development and Environment

bUniversity of Bern, Institute of Geography


The New Gold Standard? Empirically Situating the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the Investment Treaty Universe

Published in: The Journal of World Investment and Trade, Volume 17 (2016), pages 333-373

Authors: Wolfgang Alschner, The Graduate Institute, Geneva  and World Trade Institute, Bern, and Dimitriy Skougarevskiy, European University, St. Petersburg and the Graduate Institute, Geneva

Time to Look at Girls - Screening Event

15 November 2016 - 12:30-14:00 - Palais des Nations (Cinema XIV, Kazakh Room)

The screening event features a presentation of the documentary and related research by Dr Katarzyna Grabska (Senior Research Fellow, Global Migration Centre, IHEID) and Laura Chello (Girls Advocacy Alliance Officer, Terres des Hommes International Federation).

The film explores the circumstances, decision-making, experiences and consequences of migration for adolescent girls in Bangladesh and Ethiopia. It is based on a research project “Time to look at girls: adolescent girls’ migration and development” (January 2014-December 2015), that explores the links between migration of adolescent girls and economic, social and political factors that trigger their movements. It shows the agency and choices being made by adolescent girls in their diverse migration experiences.


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Sustainable Development

The Department of Geosciences of the University of Fribourg will host the next Debate with International Organisations, taking place on Monday, 17 October (17:00 - 18:30).

In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly formally adopted the universal, integrated and transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The process of arriving at the post-2015 development agenda was member state-led with broad participation from major groups and other civil society stakeholders. How did this collaboration take place and what are the opportunities and limits of the participatory approach in the implementation of the SDGs? Speakers of international organisations in Geneva and the public administration involved in this process will present their perspective and discuss the topic.

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