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Research partnerships with the global South – A paradigm shift for Swiss research policy and development cooperation?
Tuesday, 4 June 2013, 5 pm – 7:30 pm, University of Bern, UniS, Room 003.
At the programme’s final policy event, politicians and researchers commented on the potential of North-South research networks and discussed the role of politics vis-à-vis successful development cooperation.
Programme participants highlighted how co-production of knowledge contributes to improving the environment and people's lives, and how Switzerland has a key role to play based on its comparatively high educational capital and established links with the global South.
Press release (German / PDF 129 KB)
Link to flyer (German / PDF 178 KB)
Link to flyer (English / PDF 178 KB)
Photos of event
Clips of the following programme-supported films were shown at the event to illustrate the value of research partnerships:
Research highlights and their implications for policy and practice
In this final brochure, we present some of the programme’s highlights and scientific achievements in the research fields of migration, conflict transformation, health care systems, sanitation and wastewater management, natural resources and sustainable regional development, and governance.
Download (English / PDF 4.3 MB)
Newsletter No. 11: Swiss Alps
The latest newsletter highlights NCCR North-South activities in the Swiss Alps. Research here has focused primarily on regional development. Key topics have included protected areas, World Heritage Sites, and the multifunctional use of alpine landscapes.
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Measuring and monitoring the quality of soils using spectroscopy
How much carbon is in the soil? How much nitrogen? How much will there be if the land is ploughed, or planted with trees? Answering these questions is vital for agriculture as well as new ecosystem-service and carbon-sequestration payment schemes. In Ethiopia, many soils are depleted because of poor land management. New approaches are needed. Spectroscopy is an ideal tool to provide the required baseline soil data for planning such approaches. In combination with global positioning systems and satellite remote sensing, spectroscopy also enables the fertility of large areas to be monitored efficiently.
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Women in peacebuilding in South Asia
Women are among those who suffer most from violence and armed conflict. They thus have a major stake in prevention of conflict and violence and in peacebuilding. Experience from various war-torn countries shows that women can play a crucial role in the peace process. However, their potential contributions to peacebuilding have not yet been fully realised in South Asia mainly because of the patriarchal, top-down, and male-dominated mindset of political decision-makers. This brief explores ways in which the women in the region can be given the opportunity to contribute more fully to peacebuilding.
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Award for research that includes society
On 21 October 2013, the Swiss Network for Transdisciplinary Research presented the “swiss-academies award for transdisciplinary research”. The prize for “lifetime achievement” was awarded to Professors Hans Hurni and Urs Wiesmann of CDE, who led the NCCR North-South and guided it towards inter- and transdisciplinarity in exemplary fashion. While doing so, they also contributed substantially to the discourse on the opportunities and constraints of transdisciplinary research.
Link to details and press release (in German)
A research and practice exchange in Peru
In collaboration with the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), the Peruvian Ministry of Environment and the Department for National Protected Areas recently presented research results and recommendations for practice related to more sustainable use of natural resources in the Andean and Amazonian region in Peru and Bolivia. The research findings result from work conducted within the NCCR North-South. Local experts, governmental authorities, and the Swiss ambassador in Peru participated in this event.
More information about the event (in Spanish)
Related policy briefs
Recently founded Center for Public Health and Ecosystem Research in Hanoi announces mission
Established in June 2012, the Center for Public Health and Ecosystem Research at the Hanoi School of Public Health is a key structural achievement that the NCCR North-South contributed to through its research project (RP8) on “Productive sanitation”. Referred to as CENPHER, the center has just released a flyer outlining its mission, activities, and goals. It uses an Ecohealth/One Health approach to examine the links between human, animal, and environmental health in Southeast Asia and also Africa.
Download flyer (PDF / EN 1.4 MB)
Link to CENPHER website
Call for papers on "Family Farming in Mountains: Institutional and Organizational Arrangements in the Context of Globalization"
Mountain Research and Development (MRD) is seeking policy- and practice-oriented, well-validated insights into effective arrangements for advancing and enhancing family farms. MRD is also calling for sound analyses of organizational aspects of family farming in the political, economic, and environmental mountain context. Abstracts are due by 15 August 2013, invited full papers by 31 January 2014.
Full call for papers
2013 Conference on Environment and Health – Bridging South, North, East and West
Programme partner Swiss TPH will be hosting this conference in Basel, Switzerland, from 19 to 23 August 2013. It is the first-ever joint conference of three leading scientific societies committed to improving public health.
Learn more and register
Research Fair: Results and Innovations from Transnational Research Partnerships
The Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE) held a research fair on “Results and Innovations from Transnational Research Partnerships” on 5 June 2013 in Bern. The fair promoted mutual learning by bringing together researchers and practitioners involved in international cooperation to present, share, and discuss promising and innovative results, processes, and products from research partnerships with developing countries. A wide range of academic disciplines were represented.
Link to presentations and more
Social resilience: a new approach in mitigation research
People’s capacity to cope with problems is known as resilience. This issue of evidence for policy describes a model of social resilience and shows how it can be used to address subjects as diverse as preventive medicine, rural–urban migration, and reproductive health. Efforts to build social resilience can strengthen people’s economic ability to face threats, their social networks, and their knowledge and skills to deal with threats competently.
Download (English / PDF 1 MB)
Local knowledge: a key input for sustainable development in the Andean region
Local knowledge is crucial to both human development and environmental conservation. In the Andes, local populations mainly rely on their own knowledge to ensure their livelihood. This knowledge is current and dynamic, and it responds to broader socioeconomic and environmental changes by measures of cultural resistance and adaptation. Yet local knowledge is also vulnerable, and merits efforts to strengthen it. As this policy brief argues, combining local knowledge and so-called scientific knowledge – especially in development projects – can lead to innovative solutions to the socio-environmental challenges facing Andean communities in our globalized world.
Download (Spanish / PDF 1.5 MB)
Simplifying the propiska: Realising the benefits of internal migration
Internal migration can improve the livelihoods of individual migrants and is also increasingly gaining recognition for its contribution to the wider economic growth of many countries. But restrictive state practices that hinder internal migration still exist in many places, to the detriment of individuals and the broader economy. Kyrgyzstan’s population registration system demonstrates this. As this policy brief argues, Kyrgyzstan’s current population registration system restricts the rights of internal migrants and does not fulfil its potential as an effective budgetary and planning instrument.
Download (English / PDF 950 KB)