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Funded Projects 2017

Project Lead:
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Gèneve, IHEID

Infertility in the developing South has remained largely invisible as a major reproductive health challenge and a serious public health concern. The overall aim of the project is to contribute to a robust and in-depth understanding of infertility as a major public health concern and how it creates conditions for social marginalisation and impacts well-being and social integration.

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Project Lead:
Université de Genève

The trend of using on-line platforms for small or on-demand jobs is fundamentally changing the ways in which people work and challenges the social protection of these workers. Competing views have emerged on the role of governments and social partners in the expanding gig economy. This research will provide one of the first, in-depth cross-national (case studies in Switzerland, Germany, Greece, UK) and multi-sectoral survey looking at the economic sectors of transport, hospitality and banking.

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Afghan Refugees arriving in Europe_photo credit: UNHCR
Project Lead:
Université de Neuchâtel

Afghanistan has one of the world’s largest refugee populations ranks among the least developed and least peaceful countries in the world. This project asks how Afghan migrants can be development actors. The gender-based analysis will examine how young Afghans’ desires are shaped by subjective and socio-cultural understandings of gender in their communities of origin and host countries. It will furthermore investigate how these desires are affected by state policy and how recently arrived Afghan migrants are perceived by and incorporated into receiving societies. Finally, the project will examine the implications of the gendered desires for Afghan migrants’ identities and their contributions as development actors.

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Chennai Greens
Project Lead:
Université de Lausanne

In emerging economies, green public spaces are increasingly being threatened by rapid urban development. This research examines the relation between green public spaces, societal wellbeing, and sustainable city development. Interdisciplinary methods will be applied to field research in Chennai (Republic of India), Metro Manila (Republic of the Philippines), Shanghai (People’s Republic of China) and Singapore (Republic of Singapore). 

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Social and Solidarity Economy
Project Lead:
Université de Genève

As a result of the economic and refugees crises, social spending has been considerably cut with the effect that the social protection of the unemployed native-born, the migrants and the newly arrived refugees has been weakened. This research examines how the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) can effectively contribute to the protection and integration of these vulnerable groups, within the local communities and into labour markets. It will furthermore look at the policies that are required to create an enabling environment. 

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City view of Bogotá, Colombia on January 11, 2016. Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank
Project Lead:
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich ETHZ

Climate change and environmental degradation have largely contributed to both internal and rural-to-urban migration. While urbanization can foster economic development and improve economic efficiency of local governments, large flows of in-migration can also pose substantial economic, social, and political challenges to the local population and generate conflicts. This research project examines the nexus of environmental change, migration, and conflict. It will thus provide an important foundation for the decisions taken by policymakers at national and international level. 

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Coffee cherries in Colombia
Project Lead:
Zürcher Fachhochschule, ZFH

In the value-chain of coffee, the farmer’s revenues represent less than 1% the generated value of the final cup. As a result, rural families increasingly leave behind the coffee production and migrate to urban areas where they engage in off-farm activities. This project will generate and promote knowledge in origin countries on quality markets with the aim to increase the added value of coffee and coffee cherry products for farmers and, ultimately, to improve their livelihoods. 

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Project Lead:
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Gèneve, IHEID

The UN Sustainable Development Goals emphasise the role of partnerships in the implementation of sustainability. Partnerships between public and non-state actors have become important instruments for addressing core issues on the sustainable development agenda such as health, education, humanitarian issues, or clean energy. While the academic literature provides valuable insights on the rise of public-private partnerships (PPPs), we know considerably less about their variable effectiveness and impact. This research will propose a generalisable theory on PPPs effectiveness, which can be applied across multiple SDG sectors.  

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