Opinion: Colonisation, globalisation, and refugees

By Dr Sabaheta Ramcilovic-Suominen, Researcher, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) (Finnish version below) “What would have, could have become of Africa if Europeans never colonized it? If there was no colonialism, altering of entire civilizations, destruction of their political and social systems, their cultural dignity and self-worth? What social and political systems and cultural and …

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Opinion: Western Populism and Global Development/Länsimainen populismi ja kehitysyhteistyö

By Dr Sabaheta Ramcilovic-Suominen, Researcher, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) (Finnish version below) The raise of the right wing movements and the strong nationalistic feelings across the ‘Western World’, are emerging in part out of the fear of the ‘West’ for their position as a global leader. Fear that their ‘wealthy paradise on Earth’ and …

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Experience: The struggle of Civil Society in Laos/Kansalaisyhteiskunnan kamppailu Laosissa

By Dr Sabaheta Ramcilovic-Suominen, Researcher, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) (Finnish version below) When I for the first time found myself in Vientiane, I was searching for the city I had read about. The Vientiane I saw in the pictures and heard of in the stories – a tranquil ‘village’, with calm wide streets and …

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Experience: Doing research in sensitive political contexts: researching forest governance and Civil Society in Laos/Tutkijana Laosissa

By Dr Sabaheta Ramcilovic-Suominen, Researcher, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) (Finnish version below) About a year ago, I started my Academy of Finland funded research on forest politics and governance in Laos. Internationally little is known about Laos. An average internet reader can read little more than repetitive and often contested statements that Laos is …

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Event: Policy Dialogue – Financing for Sustainable Development in Africa

Finnish Society for Development Research, together with University of Helsinki, FINGO and the Finnish Development Policy Committee warmly welcome you to a joint policy dialogue: Financing for Sustainable Development in Africa Time: Fri 1st November 2019 at 9 a.m. – 11.00 a.m. (coffee will be served before the event) Venue: Think Corner, University of Helsinki …

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Development Days 2020 – Call for panels

Development Days 2020 Conference Inequality Revisited: In Search of Novel Perspectives on an Enduring Problem Organised by the Finnish Society for Development Research 26–28 February, 2020 House of Science and Letters Helsinki, Finland The problematique of inequality – or, inequalities, to recognise the multidimensionality and complexity of the problem – is re-emerging on the global agenda of development research. …

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Registration for Development Days 2019 Conference is open!

Registration for our annual international conference Development Days 2019 is now open! To register, please first fill out the registration form and then transfer the conference fee to the FSDR bank account. The conference fee is €30 for members of the Finnish Society for Development Research, and €45 for non-members. In the online registration form, participants can also indicate …

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Financial services promoted to the poor despite their failure to address the causes of poverty

Anni Piiroinen First came microcredit, then financial inclusion. Now new technologies are used to extend financial services everywhere. However, data collection by fintech companies raises significant ethical questions.   The quest to bring financial services to everyone has gathered force during the last decade. A new goal in international development is universal financial inclusion, in …

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Reinventing REDD+

Sabaheta Ramcilovic-Suominen One policy that attracted a record popularity, international talks and criticism in policy fora and scientific debates is the “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation” (REDD+). As the title indicates, the policy aims at reducing global carbon emissions via limiting deforestation in localities in the ‘Global South’. In addition, the policy suggests …

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Save the date: 5th Joint Nordic Development Research Conference in Copenhagen 27-28 June 2019

5th Joint Nordic Development Research Conference in Copenhagen 27-28 June 2019 (as part of 2nd cycle of conferences: 2019-2025) Based on the successful completion of the 1st cycle of joint Nordic Development Research Conferences1 the Nordic Development Research Associations (NFU, FSDR and FAU) along with Swedish institutions (Nordic Africa Institute, Development Studies/Uppsala University and Global …

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