November 2019 Engagement – Policy Dialogue on the Finnish and EU Africa strategies in the making

Policy Dialogue on the Finnish and EU Africa strategies in the making On the 1stof November Finnish Society for Development Research together with the Finnish Development Policy Committee (KPT), Fingo, Development Studies (University of Helsinki), and UniPID, organised a policy dialogue “Financing for Sustainable Development in Africa” at Think Corner, University of Helsinki. The event …

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FSDR Newsletter 2019 Foreword

Hello everyone, and welcome to this first FSDR newsletter (hopefully of many). I would like to begin by thanking everyone who contributed their time, thought, and energy to bringing this together. This is a platform by and for the FSDR members to share, collaborate, and discuss. Though this is perhaps preaching to the choir, development …

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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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