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Dhodar (The Dilemma)

Dōdhār (The Dilemma), a SNIS produced research documentary, addresses the issue of men moving away from Nepali villages in search for work, leaving behind their mothers, wives and daughters who struggle in their daily life to adapt to changing environmental conditions. The documentary is based on the SNIS project “Sustainable Land Management in Mountain Regions of Bolivia and Nepal in the Context of Outmigration, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction”.

Up-coming screenings:

Bern:  Thursday, 25 August 2016  - starting at 12:15

Center for Development and Environment (Room 310) - Hallerstrasse 10, Bern

Geneva: Friday, 26 August 2016 – starting at 12:15

International Organization for Migration (Conference Room 1st Floor)

Route des Morillons 17, Geneva

Registration required at: http://bit.ly/IOMRegister

Lausanne: Tuesday, 20 September 2016 - starting at 11:00

University of Lausanne, Geopolis (Room 2130), UNIL Dorigny
Film Screening and Book Launch Event


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After a careful examination of the twenty-one projects still in competition at the second evaluation round, the SNIS Scientific Committee has selected the following eight research proposals:

Evaluating the Impact of Asylum Policies on Refugee Integration in Europe
Lead: Dominik Hangartner (Immigration Policy Lab, University of Zurich)

Valueworks: Effects of Financialization along the Copper Value Chain
Lead: Rita Kesselring (Institute for Social Anthropology, University of Basel)

Food Price Volatility: Political Causes, Effects on Hunger and Poverty, Sustainable Solutions
Lead: Matthias Huss (Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, University of Zurich)

Skilled Migrants’ Contribution to Innovation
Lead: Gaétan de Rassenfosse (College of Management of Technology, EPFL)

Civil Wars and State Formation
Lead: Didier Péclard (Global Studies Institute, University of Geneva)

Environmental Exposures, Health Effects and Institutional Determinants of Pesticide Use in Two Tropical Settings
Lead: Mirko Winkler (Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel)

Improving Protection of Persons with Disabilities during Armed Violence
Lead: Andrew Clapham (The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies)

Telecommunications Politics in Authoritarian Developing Countries.
Development, Control and Ownership in the African Information and Communications Technology Sector
Lead: Tina Freyburg (School of Economics and Political Science, University of St. Gallen)

read the full projects' descriptions

Brazil nuts tree, Peru - photo credit: CIFOR

The SNIS congratulates Dr Morgan Scoville-Simonds (The Graduate Institute, Geneva) for his award-winning thesis, entitled:

Adaptation-as-development: “Socializing” and “depoliticizing” climate change adaptation, from the international to the local level

The thesis, defended at the Graduate Institute, under the supervision of Professor Hufty, addresses the topic of climate change as an international policy imperative. Through a political ecology approach it proposes an analysis of policy and social discourses on why and how this adaptation is conceived as a problem. The jury, composed of experts in different disciplines, commented on Dr Scoville-Simonds work as “excellent, well-structured; the thesis tackles complex concepts with lightness and deep understanding, generating valuable insights for the social sciences, as well as enriching their methodologies”.

The jury attributed a special mention to Dr Jaclyn Granick for her thesis “Humanitarian Responses to Jewish Suffering Abroad by American Jewish Organizations, 1914-1929”, (The Graduate Institute, Geneva).

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Katarzyna Grabska, (Global Migration Centre, The Graduate Institute) and the principal researchers of this SNIS funded project, presented the findings of the study that explored the links between migration of adolescent girls and development in the Global South at a workshop that took place on 2 June in Geneva. The research focused on adolescent girls who migrate internally and internationally from Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Sudan. “We wanted to have a different look on migrating adolescent girls, as actors who look for solutions to change their lives. Their views and their experiences, whether at home or on the places of destination have to be taken into account. Otherwise we are missing what these girls need and how they can be better protected”, said Katarzyna Grabska. The research, based on the views of the children who experienced migration in their life, has produced a documentary.

The Center on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) is organising an event on the findings from Susanna Cambell’s (CCDP, Graduate Institute) and Mike Findley’s (University of Texas, Austin) research on the motivations behind donor programming in post-conflict states. Drawing on quantitative analyses and 200+ interviews in DRC, Nepal, South Sudan, and Sudan, investigators examined the role of institutional interests in donors' implementation of peacebuilding policies.

Campbell and Findley will unravel the interconnections between donors' own interests/abilities and the realities of dynamic peacebuilding contexts. They will also present on policy implications, which center on the nexus between development, humanitarian and peacebuilding aid allocation.

Date: 20 June 2016 - 12:15 - 13:15
Venue: Auditorium A1B - Maison de la Paix, Geneva

registration is required to attend this event: register here until 16 June 2016

read more about the research