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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.


Watch the trailer of the film

Read more about the related research

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

Read detailed information on the submission criteria and process


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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The independence of international civil servants (ICSs) from their country of origin are incorporated in the founding documents of international organisations. But how do ICSs experience conflicts of interest caused by tensions between the organisation they belong to and their country of origin? A peer-reviewed article published in June 2016 in the journal “Public Administration” investigates this question empirically. The authors* examine whether ICSs face conflicts between national and international interests and which conditions are likely to produce such effects in international organisations. The study, carried out in two United Nations humanitarian agencies, reveals that the hierarchical grade has stronger explanatory power than other factors. Valentina Mele (Bocconi University) and Simon Anderfuhren-Biget (University of Geneva), co-authors of the article that was prized in 2015 with the SNIS International Geneva Award will present the key findings of their research and discuss the topic with representatives of UN committees at the up-coming UN Library Talk on 11 October 2016.

* Valentina Mele (Bocconi University), Simon Anderfuhren-Biget (University of Geneva), Frédéric Varone (University of Geneva) – Article published in: Public Administration, Vol. 94, Issue 2, pages 490-508, June 2016

Read more about the event and how to register

The article is available in open access (limited period): http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/padm.12228/abstract


Palais des Nations

The SNIS is launching the 2016 edition of the International Geneva Award that prizes three outstanding articles published on a subject related to international studies and which are deemed especially pertinent from the perspective of international organisations. The SNIS allocates CHF 5'000 to each winning article. The submission is open to professors or researches at a post-doctoral level working in Swiss university at the time of the paper's publication. Applications will be reviewed by the International Geneva Committee, composed of representatives of international organisations in Geneva with expertise in one or several areas relevant to international studies.

Deadline for submission: 5 October 2016

For more information go to: http://snis.ch/igc-award-2016