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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How does “business as usual” fit development?

Lyydia Kilpi The Finnish NGO Platform (Kepa) Nearly 50 researchers, activists and other interested citizens gathered together on 7 June to discuss the current role of private sector in development discourse and practice in the seminar “Private-sector driven development: Views from Academia and Activists”, organised by the Finnish Society for Development research. The trend is clear: …

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Summer Days 2017 – looking at the theme of Private-sector driven development from the Nordic perspective

THE NEW PRIVATE TURN IN NORDIC DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION STRATEGY* Bonn Juego University of Jyväskylä In the past 15 years, “the private turn” in international development cooperation framework has become more evident. This shift in foreign policy is essentially characterized by a change in strategy from the old state-to-state relations centered on the giving and receiving …

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FSDR Summer Days 2017: Private-sector driven development – Views from Academia and Activists

Time: Wednesday, the 7th of June, 13.00-16.00 Place: House of Science and Letters, Kirkkokatu 6, Hki (Hall 505; 5th floor, lift available) This seminar, organized by the Finnish Society for Development Research, will explore the drivers and implications of the current “private turn” in development policy and aid practice. The global Agenda 2030 for sustainable …

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