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Date: Monday, 24 November, 2014 - 09:00 to Tuesday, 25 November, 2014 - 17:15

Location: Room 6050, Uni Mail, University of Geneva 40, bd du Pont d'Arve, 1205 Geneva

The workshop, organised by Prof. Barbara Moser-Mercer (Faculty of Translation and Interpreting, University of Geneva),  will examine the education-fragility nexus with particular focus on access to higher education in emergencies. It will focus on techno-pedagogical approaches to increase both availability and accessibility of higher education offers by using Open Educational Resources (OER). The workshops will also map the potential of virtual learning and OERs for both formal and non-formal higher education in emergencies.

read more information: Inzone - Higher Education in Emergencies: the Potentail of Open Educational Resources and Virtual Learning in Fragile Contexts

This workshop is taking place in the framework of the International Geneva Incubator Workshop support programme, recently set-up by the SNIS.

Registration here (by 15 November 2014)

World Health Organization

Date: 10 December 2014 - 09:00 - 19:00
Location: Geneva - Villa Rigot (Avenue de la Paix 9)


The workshop, organised by the Gender Studies Institute of University of Geneva, aims at identifying the concept of sexual health, its main topics, problems and promoters. It will address the ways in which the World Health Organization, users, medical practitioners and social workers as well as NGO professionals reframe concepts, definitions and policies from the 1970s until today. The workshop takes places in the framework of the International Geneva Incubator Workshop support programme, which has been set up to stimulate research collaboration between academic institutions and International Organisations in Switzerland.

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effects of large-scale land acquisitons on local communities in Cambodia

Invitation to the KOFF Roundtable on Natural Resource Conflicts
18 November 2014 (12:15 - 15:45) - swisspeace - Sonnenbergstr. 17, Bern

Rubber in a Rice-Bowl: Dynamics and effects of large-scale land acquisitions on local communities in Cambodia

The phenomena of large-scale land acquisitions have impacts on the economic, social and political structures and dynamics of local communities in the global south. The increased availability of cash and employment or investment into local infrastructure are as real as the loss of livelihoods, growing inequalities and social conflicts. The round table takes Cambodia as example to situate the topic of large scale land acquisitions within different perspectives.


with the participation of:

  • Christophe Gironde, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID)
  • Yvan Maillard-Ardenti, Bread for all
  • Jason Tower, American Friends Service Committee

read more information and view full programme

Bernhard Reinsberg, researcher in political science at the University of Zurich and principal member of the research team, talks about this interdisciplinary project that examines the transformation that took place since the 1990’s in the traditional aid allocation. Linking their contributions to specific development objectives, allowing a better control and a greater influence, more and more donors have created their own trust funds and programmes. This trend has led to an increased fragmentation and a proliferation of multilateral funds, which affects the effectiveness of aid allocation.

Read the article (in German)

Read more about the project

The SNIS is pleased to announce the launch of its annual Call for Projects. The SNIS offers every year project grants for pluri-disciplinary research in International Studies. The project grants run for two years and range from CHF 100'000 to 300'000.


To be eligible for funding, project proposals must qualify as International Studies and include experts from different scientific backgrounds. In this regard, the SNIS strongly encourages collaborations with International Organisations and NGOs (qualifying institutions are listed here). The call for projects is open to professors and postdoctoral researchers employed by Swiss institutions of higher education and research. Thematically, submitted projects can deal with the general field of international studies or the special theme 2015: Marrying development and

...affordable and sustainable energy
...protection and sustainable use of terrestial and
   maritime ecosystems
...safe and inclusive cities
...sustainable production and consumption regimes


The deadline for submitting your proposal is 22th January 2015, 13:00 (GMT +1).


view further details on eligibility criteria and the submission procedure