FAU invites to their annual conference: A New Order for Development – State, Market or both?


After decades of state retrenchment and market expansions, the question remains whether there is still a role to play for state provision of welfare in developing countries? FAU will take up the tradition of informal, in-depth discussions among researchers, lecturers, practitioners and students in the tranquil surroundings of rural Djursland.

Download the program here: FAU Conference 29-31 August 2018 flyer









The Association of Development Researchers in Denmark (FAU) invites to: FAU Seminar April 12-14, 2018

A New Order for Development – State, Market or both?

For most updated information, and prelimiary program: http://www.fau.dk/regular-activities/156-fau-seminar-april-12-14-2018-a-new-order-for-development-state-market-or-both.html

Are Brexit, Trump, and the rise of nationalist parties and authoritarianism in many countries within the past 5 years signs of an emerging new order of development?

This is the topic of a 3-day seminar for development researchers, practitioners and students. The format of the seminar provides a rare opportunity to engage in more in-depth, interdisciplinary and direct discussions than is normally the case. It takes place in the tranquil surroundings of rural
Djursland and emphasizes informal interaction between international and Danish speakers and participants.

International scholars (Dirk Willem te Velde, ODI; and Olle Törnquist, UiO) will give plenary input while groups of committed scholars from different institutions convene the two workshops (1. The Private Sector and Financing the SDGs, and 2. Does the State still have a Role as Welfare Provider in Developing Countries?).

Through these debates, the seminar will address:
1. What do these changes mean for the global role of dominant powers and marginalized
regions in the south and elsewhere?
2. How have these changes affected development research and development programs and
projects as we have known them and what can we expect in the future?
3. To what extent are these changes part of larger trends of affecting states, markets, civil
societies and their interaction?

We thereby hope to address the challenges and opportunities of a possible new order of development especially issues of how and whom to finance, deliver and decide over growth and welfare. See the preliminary conference program below.

Dirk Willem te Velde is a Principal Research Fellow and head of the International Economic Development Group at Overseas Development Institute (ODI). He has worked on a number of themes relating to the private sector in development, state-business relations and more (read
more here: www.odi.org). Olle Törnquist is Professor of Political Science at University of Oslo (UiO), Norway. He has worked on democracy and popular movements in developing countries, particular in Asia for many years (read more here: sv.uio.no).

Workshop 1 on ‘The Private Sector and Financing the SDGs’ is convened by: Lars Engberg-Pedersen, Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), Søren Jeppesen, Copenhagen Business School (CBS), and Michael Wendelboe Hansen, CBS. (See detailed workshop program below)

Workshop 2 on ‘Does the State still have a Role as Welfare Provider in Developing Countries?’ is
convened by: Aase Mygind Madsen (VIA), and Martin Hvidt, University of Southern Denmark.

Participants interested in presenting a paper in the workshops are kindly requested to contact the conveners (see names and emails below).
Registration & Fees: Registration takes place in two steps; a) an email to the FAU Assistant (fau.msc@cbs.dk) including full name, name of institution, choice of workshop (1 or 2), and dietary requirements, if any, and b) payment of the registration fee (see the categories below) to the FAU bank account at: Danske Bank, SWIFT-code: DABADKKK; Registration-number: 1551; account-number 1651161. IBAN: DK143000-0001651161.

Only when the payment is registered, is the registration complete.

The deadline for registration is Wednesday 28 March 2018.

The participants’ fees covering full board during the seminar from Thursday 12th in the afternoonto Saturday 14 th at lunchtime and lodging. The fees are as follows:
– Students (Master and PhD): DKK 450/Euros 60 (if members of FAU. See fees below).
– Members of FAU: DKK 1400/Euros 200
– Non-members of FAU: DKK 2000/Euros 300
– Non-members can save a considerable amount by joining FAU, and thereby also enjoy the benefits of FAU membership:
– FAU Membership fees (annual): a) Students & Unemployed: 175 DKK/Euros 25, b) Ordinary members: 250 DKK/Euros 30, c) Family members: 300 DKK/Euros 40, and d) Institutions and organizations: 750 DKK/Euros 100. You can join FAU by emailing the FAU Assistant
(fau.msc@cbs.dk) and pay the required membership fee into the FAU bank account (see above).

The venue:
The Djursvold Hostel, Gjerrild is situated at Dyrehavevej 9, Gjerrild, 8500 Grenaa. Accommodation will be in rooms with 2-4 persons. The buildings used to host the local railway station are located close to the sea and various local attractions. See more at: www.danhoselgjerrild.dk

Please note that participants are to arrange transport to and from the venue and cover the expenses of this.
Mark the dates (12-14 April 2018) and Join us at Djursvold!
See the preliminary conference program and the workshop programs below; Follow the updates on http://www.fau.dk/regular-activities/156-fau-seminar-april-12-14-2018-a-new-order-for-development-state-market-or-both.html

EADi Panel at World Social Science Forum: Call for Papers

Special announcement: Calls for Papers

EADI Panel at World Social Science Forum, 25-28 Sep, Fukuoka, Japan

Our panel is entitled “Development Studies and Knowledge Production – Which Way? In search of a transdisciplinary and transformative (research) agenda on equality”. The Call for Papers is open until 17 March.
EADI Panel at Development Research Conference 2018, 22-23 August, Gothenburg

In collaboration with the EADI Working Group on “Post-/Decolonial Perspectives on Development”, EADI organises a panel titled “Rethinking Development Research: objects and subjects in development studies”. The Call for Papers is open until 23 February.

All interested researchers are invited to submit an abstract.

Do as your colleague, pay your NFU membership!

Dear NFU member,

We would like to thank you for being a member of The Norwegian Association for Development Research (NFU). Your membership is important, and it enables us to carry out and coordinate the work we do. We look back at the EADI Nordic conference successfully held in Bergen last summer, and we are now working to strengthen the Nordic connections and to secure a new cycle of Nordic conferences from 2019 onwards. Here is a list of all our past conferences:  Past NFU events

Please find the payment details for your membership fee 2018 below.

NFU was founded in 1983 and has since then worked to connect Norwegian development research communities. We have been a longstanding member of the the EADI (a network of 150 institutes in Europe), and also work working closer with the Nordic associations FAU (Denmark), FSDR (Finland), and Swedish research institutes.

The current NFU board consists of representatives across Norway; UiA, HVL, UiT, NTNU, Fafo, SUM, PHS and Noragric. More details about the board 2018 here: http://nfu.no/nfu-board/

In addition to supporting for a long standing development research association in Norway, here are some membership benefits:
– You receive newsletters about conferences, seminars and other important issues regarding development research
– Reduced prices to our conferences
– You receive a hard copy of Forum for Development Studies. To get the most out of your subscription we advice you to pay the membership fee at the beginning of the year. Routledge usually sends out the first issue in February, second in May, and last issue in October. If you have changed your postal address, or seem to not receive Forum regardless of having paid your membership, please contact our NFU coordinator: andreafritsvold@gmail.com

Paying your membership fee
Many researchers get their NFU membership covered by their institutions. Ask if your department does so too! NB: It is important to state your name upon payment! If you have changed your postal address, also let the coordinator know (andreafritsvold@gmail.com).


Please register your name upon payment.

Membership fees 2018

Full membership/international membership: NOK490
Student membership/retired persons membership: NOK250

The membership fee is payable to account no. 0540 08 76225
Remember to state your name upon payment.

Welcome to the NFU General Assembly 2017

The general assembly takes place Tuesday, 12 Dec, from 16.00-18.00. The location is Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), C. J. Hambros plass 2, 0164 Oslo. 

Your participation and input to NFU is welcome!

The NFU Annual Report 2017 is to be found here: Annual-report-NFU-2017.

There is an event organized by the TaxCapDev Network going on at NUPI before our general assembly, called “Many Ways to Lose a Billion: Extractive Sector Revenue Loss in Africa”.

President and founder of Resources for Development Consluting, Don Hubert, visits NUPI for the occasion.

The event has a waiting list, so if you wish to attend it remember to register using the link below:



Veier ut av fattigdom – Hva bør Norges bidrag være?

Frokostseminar i Oslo, 8. november 2017, klokka 0800-0930.
“Øyvind Eggen i Civita innleder om hovedlinjene fra rapporten «Veier ut av fattigdom», og peker på hva Norges bidrag bør være. Kjell Roland i Norfund vil deretter ha en kort innledning og kommentar til rapporten en samtale mellom disse to, ledet av Nikolai Hegertun fra Civita.”

Les mer her: http://www.polyteknisk.no/moter/veier-fattigdom-bor-norges-bidrag-vaere/

Open call for NFU conference 2018

Norwegian research institutions are invited to arrange the biennial NFU conference in late 2018 (Oct-Dec).

Norsk Forening for Utviklingsforskning (the Norwegian Association for Development Research – NFU) arranges the national conference in close cooperation with the host institution. In addition to the national conferences, NFU co-organize Nordic conferences in cooperation with sister institutions in our neighboring countries.

We encourage interested research communities and institutions to take on the responsibility to arrange the national NFU conference 2018 and write a short concept note (1-2 pages) on conference topic and potential sub-topics, by 10 December 2017 to the NFU board at styret@nfu.no. The NFU board will respond shortly thereafter. Call for working groups and papers could be circulated in in January-February 2018.
NFU will assist in planning and arranging the conference.

For enquiries, please contact styret@nfu.no, or NFU chair Erlend Eidsvik at erlend.eidsvik@hvl.no.

The last NFU conferences have focused on the following overarching topics:

2017 – Globalisation at the Crossroads. Rethinking Inequalities and Boundaries. Arranged by NFU, EADI, University of Bergen and CMI, Bergen 20-23 August 2017

2016 – Beyond North and South: Constructing Global Governance for the 21st Century. Organised by SUM – Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo.

2015 – A Changing Global Development Agenda? ’Organised by School of Global Studies (SGS), University of Gothenburg, at the Conference Center Wallenberg in Gothenburg 5-6 November 2015.

2014 – On Whose Terms? Communication, Collaboration and Power in Development Research arranged at The Arctic University of Norway UiT in Tromsø,
1-2 October 2014.

2013 – Rethinking Responsibility in Development: Contested Relations between Citizens, States and Corporations co-organized with Nordic partners, held at the University of Helsinki, 12-13 February 2013.

2012 – Development for a Finite Planet: Grassroot Perspectives and Responses to Climate Change, Resources Extraction and Economic Development jointly organised by the Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research-Oslo (CICERO) and Noragric/Norwegian University of Life Sciences, held at CIENS, 26-27 November 2012.

2011 – Future of Development Research: Exploring the Nordic perspective(s)?, with sister Nordic Development Research Associations, institutions and organisations. Copenhagen Business School, 24-25 November 2011.

2010 – Rethinking crises. Vulnerability, Community and State in Development Research, MF Norwegian School of Theology, Diakonhjemmet University College, and Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, Oslo, 25-26 November 2010.

2009 – The New Global Setting: Development Challenges and Alternatives, University of Agder, Kristiansand, 23-24 November 2009.

For the full list since 1984, please see:

Call for sessions: Development Days Conference 2018, Helsinki

The Politics of Sustainability

When: February 15th-16th, 2018
Where: House of Sciences and Letters (Tieteidentalo), Helsinki, Finland
Organized by: The Finnish Society for Development Research

Important deadlines:
20 Oct 2017:
Deadline for Working Group proposals
30 Oct 2017: Call for Papers sent out
30 Nov 2017: Deadline for Paper/presentation abstracts
15 Dec 2017: Notification of accepted Paper abstracts
15 Dec 2017: Registration begins
12 Feb 2018: Registration ends
14 Feb 2018: Pre-conference workshop
15-16 Feb 2018: Development Days Conference

Read more on the conference website: http://www.kehitystutkimus.fi/conference/

Call for papers: Conference of the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN), POLLEN18

POLLEN18: Political Ecology, the Green Economy, and Alternative Sustainabilities

When: 20-22 June 2018
Where: Oslo and Akershus University College, Oslo, Norway
Organised by: The Political Ecology Network (POLLEN) Secretariat; Oslo and Akershus University College; Centre for Environment and Development (SUM), University of Oslo; Noragric, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Paper/Panel Submission Deadline: 15 December 2017
Conference Website: https://politicalecologynetwork.com/pollen-biannual-conference/

NFU Master Thesis Award 2017: Winner!

The jury had a challenging task deciding the winner of the master thesis award 2017. We were impressed by the quality of the master theses, investigating a variety of development aspects, with solid methodological approaches based on empirical data. At the end of the process it was a close race between four strong candidates:

Tone Standal Vesterhus wrote an excellent thesis on Youth, Informality and Public Space, based on fieldwork in Nairobi, Kenya. She investigated how youth in the slums navigate their opportunities and how public spaces play a role in improving the lives of young people.  Antoine de Beny Puyvallée wrote a thesis on Norway’s International response to Ebola, where he investigated the altruism and self-interest involved in humanitarian responses. Henrik Wesenberg Dale wrote a thesis on the donor-recipient relationship between the EU and Etiopia. Amongst his findings he shows how the negotiating capital of the Ethiopian state is high as compared to other sub-Saharan countries. The forth candidate, Andrea Aleman-Andrade wrote about the agency of Andean Agrarian NGOs in the relationship with the Bolivian state´s political model during the last 20 years.

We are happy to announce that the winner of the thesis award is Andrea Aleman–Andrade, enrolled in the Development Management Master programme at the University of Agder, Norway.

Andrea’s master thesis explores the evolvement of the status and role of the NGOs in Bolivia during the past decades as the country has been undergoing different regime changes, culminating with the Andean nationalist-socialist policies of the present MAS government. How NGOs played a crucial role in facilitating the MAS «revolution», only to be later coopted by the socialist state, is an interesting story to be told and discussed. The candidate has through the examples of three different rural NGOS located in the highlands of Bolivia demonstrated how the NGOs have taken different approaches in their relationship to the state in different political periods: NGOs agency for reproduction, applying the demands of the state and the global civil society trends, and NGOs agency for social change, where NGOs have been working to support indigenous and peasant communities beyond the state. The candidate problematizes how the state since 2008 and the so -called commodity consensus wants to use the NGOs as instruments for its rigid laws that show a regimen on the path towards authoritarianism. The difference with the neoliberal period is that the state now demands a relation with NGOs only for the reproduction of the commodities consensus model. A new law demands NGOS to follow the Patriotic Agenda 2025, otherwise, they cannot access to official funds. This is a clear reflection of how the state now exercises direct power over the NGOs, aiming to control their activities and funds. In cases where the NGOs get the license by the state, but work in a different direction, the state can abolish the NGOs. In such cases, NGOs do not have the right to defend themselves. It means that there is no alternative of a relation with the state through an agency of social change that potentially differs from the state’s perspective. NGOs can then no longer be seen as expressions of civil society, but have rather become the instruments of the state. However, for its survival or for sharing similar approaches, NGOs are submitting to the law. Hence, NGOs are accepting to follow the commodities consensus state model, which implies the prioritization of the economy and “productivity”. In this scenario, the relationship of coproduction between NGOs with neoliberal governments seems to be reproduced by the commodities consensus political model, but in the shape of discipline. Again, the most affected by this relation are the Andean communities, since the rural development is based on the state agenda and not on their direct interests, far from the ‘bottom-up linkage approach’ . The state currently demands an Andean agriculture that could respond to neo-liberalistic trends through an increase in production, although climate change and farming strategies do not allow for it.

Despite some minor challenges with the language this is a well written and well-structured thesis where the candidate provides a solid theoretical framework applying the concepts of agency and govermentality when presenting the historical journey of NGOs through a shifting political context radically altering the relationship between organizations and the state. Aleman-Andrande demonstrates an excellent analytical capacity in her discussion and makes an important contribution to an ongoing, and increasingly more politicized and difficult discussion about the role of NGOs and Civil Society Organisations for development processes in Bolivia. The fact that the candidate gets involved in this types of debates, despite the potential harm it may bring for her future professional and academic life in Bolivia requires courage and thus also recognition.

Access the full thesis here: https://brage.bibsys.no/xmlui/bitstream/handle/11250/2459903/UT-505%20-%20Aleman%20Andrade%2C%20Andrea.pdf?sequence=1