Friday, February 15, 2013

UN-Habitat on Tuesday launched a call for applications for the Urban Youth Fund

In a press release, the agency announced that the Fund will for the fifth year in a row provide grants to projects led by young people aged 15-32 years who are piloting innovative approaches to employment, good urban governance, shelter and secure tenure. Small development initiatives are eligible for grants up to $25,000. These grants aim at promoting youth empowerment as the solution for better urban governance.

Indeed, of the one billion slum dwellers in the world today, it is estimated that more than 70% are under the age of 30. These young people have few resources available to improve their own living. Interestingly though, there are many youth-led initiatives in slums and squatter settlements around the world that require support in their efforts to transform their communities. This has led UN-Habitat to reconsider the youth as drivers for change. Through this Fund, UN-Habitat embraces the belief that youth are a solution for sustainable urban development.

The agency invites young people based in cities or towns from the developing world to apply for grants from the Fund. The application will open from February 15th 2013 to April 15th 2013. More information and details are available at

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

International course on: Climate change adaptation, 3-14 February 2014, East Africa CRM:0018499

Climate change adaptation in agriculture and natural resource management

Integrating climate change in sustainable development


03 -14 February 2014, East Africa, The Netherlands


-      NFP Fellowships available – apply before 07 May 2013   -


Dear Sir/Madam,


Please find below more information on the International course on:Climate change adaptation in agriculture and natural resource management. Please feel free to circulate this email in your network. We request you to inform us of any links to a related websites on which we could also post this announcement.




Without appropriate responses, climate change is likely to constrain economic development and poverty reduction efforts. But if you plan for it, adaptation to climate change is possible. Well-designed strategies, based on climate-smart approaches, can offer ways out. Read more



Interested candidates can apply at the website of Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen UR for admission to the training. Click here to apply.


NFP Fellowships

A limited number of fellowships is available from Nuffic - the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) for nationals of certain countries. In order to apply for such a NFP fellowship, you have to register through the Nuffic Scholarship Online (SOL) system.. Applications for NFP fellowships should be submitted before 07 May 2013. SOL opens on March 01. You will be informed by Nuffic whether your application has been accepted. More information on the NFP fellowships.



Please note that for a valid NPF fellowship application you need to register directly at CDI as well as at Nuffic (SOL). Your fellowship application will not be taken into account if you register with only one of these two institutions.


If you do not want to receive this information in the future please let us know.


Kind regards,

Irene Koomen

Course coordinator


Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Wageningen UR
P.O. Box 88, 6700 AB Wageningen, The Netherlands

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Summer program at Columbia University on "The History of Climate Change and the Future of Global Governance"

The History of Climate Change and the Future of Global Governance
Department of History, Columbia University
May-August 2013

The Hertog Global Strategy Initiative (HGSI) seeks talented
undergraduates, graduate students, and mid-career professionals for
its 2013 seminar on the History of Climate Change and the Future of
Global Governance.

HGSI is a research program that explores how the world community has
responded to planetary threats to derive lessons that will help us
take on the challenges of the present and the future. Each summer, a
select group of participants comes to Columbia University for three
months to work with leading scholars and policymakers. This year's
initiative hopes to train a new generation of researchers and leaders
who understand both the development of climate science and the
changing nature of world politics.

The 2013 seminar will be taught by Matthew Connelly, Professor of
History at Columbia University, and Jim Fleming, Professor of Science,
Technology, and Society at Colby College. They will be assisted in the
classroom by Deborah Coen, Paul Edwards, Mike Hulme, Bill McKibben,
Gavin Schmidt, and nearly a dozen other leaders in the field.

Participants pursue original research both independently and in teams.
Students will receive eight credit points for the seminar, the
equivalent of two semester-long courses at Columbia.

For more information about the program, visit You can also find us on Facebook and
Twitter. Please direct any further questions to or 212-854-9854.

Application Deadline: March 5, 2013
Apply at:

Dickinson College: Asia and the Environment Post-Doc 2013-2014

Political scientists and candidates that study Asia's environment within a global context are encouraged to apply.  For more information, also feel free to contact me directly:

Dickinson College seeks a post-doctoral teaching fellow in Earth or Environmental Sciences/Studies with topical interests in Asia; field experience in Asia preferred.  The fellowship is for the academic year beginning fall 2013, with the potential for an additional year of support. Funding is provided under a grant from the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE) and Dickinson College.  The successful candidate will teach one or two undergraduate courses annually, designed in coordination with the host department and with possibilities across a broad range of natural and social science topics.   Assistance with organizing a faculty colloquium in his or her field of expertise is also expected.   

Application reviews will begin on February 4, 2013 and continue until the position is filled. To apply visit: Please submit a letter of interest and a CV including the names and contact of three references.  Questions may be directed to the LIASE Project Coordinator via email Dickinson College is a private, highly selective, liberal arts college located within two hours of major research institutions and metropolitan areas. The College is committed to building a representative and diverse faculty, administrative staff, and student body. We encourage applications from all qualified persons.