VDIC NEWSLETTER
April 2007

Vietnam Development Information Center

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CONTENTS

VDIC News

Library

Selected Publications for Sale at VDIC

Distance Learning Center Events in April 2007

Funding Opportunities

 

VDIC News

 

Free training sessions provided by VDIC

 

Location:        VDIC, Ground Floor, 63 Ly Thai To, Hanoi

IMPORTANT NOTICES FOR PARTICIPANTS: Please read the course materials available online at http://www.vdic.org.vn/?name=library&op=viewDetailNews&id=339&mid=322&cmid=361 before attending the class. It is useful to take them to the class for additional notes since we do not provide participants with printed course materials.

 “Searching the Internet: basic skills” class

Date:              April 17, 2007 -- Time: 10:00am to 12:00am

Aims:              After the workshop, participants should: (i) have a better understanding of information-finding possibilities on the Internet (ii) have a broad overview of different search tools (iii) be able to phrase search queries effectively.

 

“Referencing skills” class

Date:              April 20, 2007 -- Time: 10:00am to 12:00am

Aims:              After the workshop, participants should know how to: (i) manage their references (ii) cite the references appropriately (iii) create a reference list or bibliography.

 

Everyone is welcome - please visit the VDIC to sign up at the front desk, or send an email to nvu2@worldbank.org with your name, organisation, and telephone number and specify the class(es) you want to participate. Acceptance of registration will be done on first come first serve basis.

Exhibitions at VDIC

Please see Library section for lists of selected resources on the exhibition themes below.

7 April 2007 – World Health Day 2007: International Health Security – Invest in Health, Build a Safer Future

Globalization has brought the benefits of efficient transport and trade to many people across the world. It has also allowed the rapid spread of diseases that otherwise may have been contained by geographical boundaries, or that in another era may have travelled slowly enough to be brought quickly under control. In today’s world, health security needs to be provided through coordinated action and cooperation between and within  governments, the corporate sector, civil society, media and individuals. No single institution or country has all the capacities needed to respond to international public health emergencies caused by epidemics, natural disasters or environmental emergencies, or by new and emerging infectious diseases. Only by detecting and reporting problems in their earliest hours can the most appropriate experts and resources be deployed to prevent or halt the international spread of disease.

The theme of World Health Day and of the World Health Report 2007 is “international health security” – the need to reduce the vulnerability of people around the world to new, acute or rapidly spreading risks to health, particularly those that threaten to cross international borders. In a globalized world, health issues present new challenges that go far beyond national borders and have an impact on the collective security of people around the world. Increased collaboration among developed and developing countries will enable the international community to be better prepared to strengthen national capacities to detect and respond to disease outbreaks. This will provide a global safety net to deal with key cross-border public health issues and in turn help to make the world more secure.

Small exhibition at VDIC on this occasion provides brief information on this topic as well as a number of publications on health security.

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Library

 

Selected resources on health in Vietnam from VDIC library

362.1 KHU. Khuat, Thu Hong. Policy project. Adolescent and youth reproductive health in Vietnam: Status, issues, policies, and programs. Washington, DC: Policy project, 2003. Full text http://www.policyproject.com/pubs/countryreports/ARH_Vietnam.pdf  

362.109597 TRA. Tran, Tuan. Community-based evidence about the health care system in rural Vietnam. Newcastle, Australia: 2004-03.

363.72 SEI. Soussan, John. Sector Status Report of Joint Government – Donor Sector Review of Rural Water Supply, Sanitation and Health in Viet Nam [Bao cao hien trang nganh danh gia phoi hop chinh phu Viet Nam va cac nha tai tro ve cap nuoc, ve sinh va suc khoe nong thon Viet Nam]. Hanoi, Vietnam: Stockhom Environment Institute, 2005-05.

ENV-POL 9. Institute of Social Sciences of Vietnam. Anh huong cua o nhiem moi truong o mot so khu cong nghiep phia Bac toi suc khoe cong dong [Effect of environmental pollution in northern industrial zones to community health]. Hanoi, Vietnam: Nha xuat ban khoa hoc xa hoi, 2005.

HEA-AVI 1. Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Ministry of Health. Vietnam integrated national plan for avian influenza control and human pandemic influenza preparedness and response 2006-2008 : a report of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam prepared with the support of the World Bank and the United Nations country team. Hanoi : MOH and MARD, 2006.

HEA-AVI 1. Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Vietnam integrated national operational program for avian and human influenza (OPI) 2006-2010. Viet Nam chuong trinh phoi hop hanh dong quoc gia phong chong dich cum gia cam va cum o nguoi 2006-2010. Hanoi : MOH and MARD, 2006. Full text http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTVIETNAM/Resources/vn_opi_2006_2010_en.pdf  

HEA-CHI 1. Tran Tuan. Maternal social capital and child health in Vietnam. Young Lives, 2004-02-12. Full text http://www.younglives.org.uk/pdf/wp30.pdf  

HEA-CHI 7. Save the Children USA. Ministry of Health. Department of Reproductive Health. Tinh trang cham soc suc khoe tre so sinh tren the gioi: Viet Nam [State of the world's newborns: Vietnam]. Hanoi: Save the Children USA, 2004-01.

HEA-CON 5. World Health Organization.  SARS: how a global epidemic was stopped. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization, 2006.

HEA-DEV 6. INDEPTH Network. Measuring health equity in small areas: findings from demographic surveillance systems. England: Ashgate, 2005.

HEA-EDU 8. Bo giao duc va dao tao. Quy dan so Lien Hiep Quoc. Giao duc dan so suc khoe sinh san vi thanh nien thong qua hoat dong ngoai khoa trong nha truong [Education on population and reproductive health for juvenile through extra-curricular activities]. Hanoi, Vietnam: Nha xuat ban lao dong xa hoi, 2006.

HEA-FIN 1. Lien Hop Quoc tai Viet Nam. Tai chinh cho cham soc y te o Viet Nam. Hanoi: UN, 2003-06.

HEA-HIV-E3. UNESCO. Phuong phap tiep can van hoa trong du phong va cham soc HIV/AIDS: Cam nang phuong phap luan [A cultural approach to HIV/AIDS prevention and care]. Hanoi: UNESCO, 2004. Full text http://www.unesco.org.vn/documents/HIV_AIDS%20Methodological%20Handbook.pdf. Full text in English http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0012/001255/125589e.pdf  

HEA-HIV-E4. UNESCO. Reducing HIV/AIDS vulnerability among students in the school setting: a teacher training manual [Tai lieu tap huan giao sinh ve noi dung Giao duc phong, chong HIV/AIDS]. Bangkok: UNESCO, 2005. Full text http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0013/001389/138910e.pdf. Full text in Vietnamese http://www.unesco.org.vn/publication/2006/HIVAIDS_teacher_training_manual-vietnamese.pdf

REF 304.605 VIE. National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology. ORC Macro. General Statistical Office. Vietnam population and AIDS indicator survey 2005. Calverton, Maryland, US: ORC Macro, 2006. Full text http://www.measuredhs.com/pubs/pub_details.cfm?ID=581&srchTp=advanced  

REF 304.605 VIE. Tong cuc thong ke. ORC Macro. Vietnam dieu tra mau cac chi tieu dan so va AIDS 2005 [Vietnam population and AIDS indicator survey 2005]. Hanoi, Vietnam: Nha xuat ban thong ke, 2006.

SOC-DRU-T1. The 2003 GYTS in Vietnam: a preliminary report on youth tobacco use. Geneva: World Health Organization, 2003. Full text http://www.wpro.who.int/NR/rdonlyres/D24A22BD-13C0-4D5B-ADA0-B26F5CA1EDFA/0/VietNam.pdf    

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Selected Publications for Sale at VDIC

 

Atlas of Global Development: A Visual Guide to the World's Greatest Challenges

by World Bank -- English -- Published February 2007 by HarperCollins, World Bank -- ISBN: 0-8213-6856-7    

 

Price: $6.00

 

Published in association with Harper Collins, the Atlas of Global Development vividly illustrates the key development challenges facing our world today. Social, economic, and environmental issues that are facing the planet are presented by easy-to read, colorful world maps, tables, graphs, text and photographs. Drawing on data from the World Bank's authoritative World Development Indicators, the book brings to life country comparisons of social indicators like life expectancy, infant mortality, safe water, population, growth, poverty and energy efficiency. Issues that have been hitting the headlines such as AIDS, population living below $1 a day, freshwater, trade are presented giving an unbiased view of the state of the world we live in.

This title builds on and replaces the existing World Bank Atlas which has been published by the World Bank for almost four decades.

                                                           

Dancing with Giants: China, India, and the Global Economy

Edited by Alan Winters, Shahid Yusuf -- English -- Published January 2007 by Institute of Policy Studies (Singapore), World Bank -- ISBN: 0-8213-6749-8    

 

Price: $7.00

 

China is now the world's fourth largest economy and growing very fast. India's economic salience is also on the rise. Together these two countries will profoundly influence the pace and nature of global economic change. Drawing upon the latest research, this volume analyzes the influences on the rapid future development of these two countries and examines how their growth is likely to impinge upon other countries. It considers international trade, industrialization, foreign investment and capital flows, and the implications of their broadening environmental footprints. It also discusses how the two countries have tackled poverty, inequality and governance issues and whether progress in these areas will be a key to rapid and stable growth.

                                                           

Governance Reform: Bridging, Monitoring, and Action

by Brian Levy -- English -- Published February 2007-- ISBN: 0-8213-7032-4

 

Price: $7.00

 

Developing-country governance and its monitoring have risen to the top of the development agenda. This mounting interest is in response to compelling evidence that links governance to development performance-policy quality, public service provision, the investment climate, and the extent of corruption.

Governance Reform: Bridging, Monitoring, and Action lays out a broad framework for analyzing and monitoring governance in developing countries. It identifies fourteen core indicators for governance monitoring- both broad measures of overall patterns and specific "actionable" measures that can be used to guide reforms and track progress.

 

The book also summarizes good practices for reforming public bureaucracies and checks and balances institutions (including parliaments, the justice system, media and information, and local governance); highlights improvements in transparency as a relatively low-cost and low-key way of deepening government accountability to civil society; and suggests ways to complement top-down reforms with approaches that focus directly on improving service provision and the investment climate (such as strengthening the bottom-up accountabilities of service providers to communities, firms, and citizens).

 

Governance Reform has no universally applicable trajectory of change. Rather, the aims are: to find country-specific entry points for reform which have development impact in the short-term; to address binding public management constraints, and to help build momentum for further change.

                                                           

East Asian Visions: Perspectives on Economic Development

Edited by Indermit S. Gill , Yukon Huang , Homi Kharas -- English -- Published January 2007 -- ISBN: 0-8213-6745-5

 

Price: $10.00

 

Despite the diversity in income levels, languages, culture, resource endowments, and political systems, the countries of East Asia are more integrated now than they have ever been. Goods, money, and ideas are being traded across the region. East Asia is redefining itself from a collection of disparate nations that looked mainly to markets in the west, to a more self-reliant, innovative, and networked region. Countries in this region are strengthening ties with each other and seeking more strategic partnerships with the rest of the world.

East Asian Visions is a collection of essays that convey, firsthand, how some of the most influential thinkers in East Asia view these challenges. The writers are eminent policy makers, statesmen, and scholars. They write about how competition with the west has bred success; how crises in the region have provoked introspection; and how the rise of China is catalyzing change.

 

Some of the themes that permeate these essays include:

 

·         How can East Asia's growth success be explained?

·         Can all countries benefit from China's success, or will some be crowded out?

·         Will regional integration aid efficiency or will it become a source of vulnerability?

·         How can East Asian countries deal with the growing domestic concerns such as inequity, slum pollution, and corruption?

                                                           

Ten Steps to a Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation System: A Handbook for Development Practitioners

by Jody Zall Kusek , Ray C. Rist – English -- Published June 2004 by World Bank -- ISBN: 0-8213-5823-5    

 

Price: $10.00

 

An effective state is essential to achieving socio-economic and sustainable development. With the advent of globalization, there are growing pressures on governments and organizations around the world to be more responsive to the demands of internal and external stakeholders for good governance, accountability and transparency, greater development effectiveness, and delivery of tangible results. Governments, parliaments, citizens, the private sector, NGOs, civil society, international organizations and donors are among the stakeholders interested in better performance. As demands for greater accountability and real results have increased, there is an attendant need for enhanced results-based monitoring and evaluation of policies, programs, and projects.

This Handbook provides a comprehensive ten-step model that will help guide development practitioners through the process of designing and building a results-based monitoring and evaluation system. These steps begin with a ‘Readiness Assessment’ and take the practitioner through the design, management, and importantly, the sustainability of such systems. The Handbook describes each step in detail, the tasks needed to complete each one, and the tools available to help along the way.

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Distance Learning Center Events in April 2007

The Global Issues Seminar Series for Universities (by invitation only)

April 19: Poverty and Inequality and April 26: Development Aid - from 07:00 - 09:00 a.m.

 

The World Bank offers the Global Issues Seminar Series (GISS) to promote better understanding of global issues and to generate debate among senior undergraduate and graduate students of social sciences, international development, public policy and business. The Series will last from April to June, consisting of 10 sessions on the topics such as Trade, Poverty and Inequality, Development Aid, Conflict and Development, Education, Energy and Climate Change, Communicable Diseases, Corruption and Governance, UN and IFIs, Discussion on the World Bank. For more information, please visit: http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/EXTABOUTUS/
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Community-driven Development Seminar (open for public registration)

April 12 (date to be confirmed)

 

This is the first session of the inter-regional Community-driven Development (CDD) Seminar Series, which is developed by the World Bank and its partners to share experiences and discuss detailed design choices, operational and analytical issues in apply CDD principles in a portfolio of operations in 3 thematic areas: (a) Decentralization, (b) Livelihoods, and (c) Governance and Anti-corruption. To register for this event, please contact Ms. Nguyen Dieu Nuong, email: nnguyen2@worldbank.org

 

An Inter-Regional Knowledge Sharing Series on the 2007 World Development Report (open for public registration)

Session 1: Supporting Youth Voices, April 19, from 10:00 a.m - 12:30

 

This seminar series, co-organized by the World Bank and the GDLN, will bring together youth leaders, Bank staff, and policy-makers from the region, to discuss development programs initiated by youth. This two-part seminar series will also explore the potential for increasing youth participation in the decision-making process at national levels.  The focus of this seminar is in line with the key message of the World Development Report 2007: Development and the Next Generation, which emphasizes youth as partners in the development agenda. To register for this event, please contact Ms. Bo Thi Hong Mai, email: mbo@worldbank.org  

 

Distance Learning Seminar on Road Management Systems (open for public registration)

Session 1: Success Factors for Road Management Systems. April 24, from 09:00 - 12:00

Session 2: Data Collection Technologies for Road Management, April 24, from 14:00 - 17:00

 

This Seminar is co-organized by the World Bank and the GDLN in order to share the experience and findings from the two international projects that the Bank has recently undertaken to help agencies to improve the effectiveness of their road management. The Seminar mainly addresses the two questions (i) How to ensure that the implementation of a  computerized road management system will be effective and sustainable, (ii) How to make appropriate decisions with regard to collecting data for road management systems. To register for this event, please contact Ms. Nguyen Dieu Nuong, email: nnguyen2@worldbank.org

 

Distance Learning Seminar Series on Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (open for public registration)

Session 1: Spatial Technologies for Strengthening Forest Governance, April 25, from 08:30 - 11:30 a.m.

 

This Seminar Series, co-organized by the World Bank and the GDLN, consists of 4 sessions. It aims to expand access to the sharing of information and experiences in controlling illegal logging and other forest crimes, thereby strengthening the consultation and technical content of forest law enforcement and governance network. To register for this event, please contact Ms. Nguyen Dieu Nuong, email: nnguyen2@worldbank.org.

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Funding Opportunities

For further information on the news provided below, please contact the organization directly.

Vietnam Innovation Day 2007 Looks for Community Initiatives to Improve Traffic Safety

“Traffic Safety” will be the theme for the Vietnam Innovation Day 2007 (VID 2007), to be held mid-June in Vietnam. This was announced today by the National Traffic Safety Committee, Asia Injury Prevention Foundation and The World Bank in Vietnam, the co-organisers of this event.

Under the theme for the 2007 programme “Traffic Safety”, there are five sub-themes: (i) Enforcement of traffic regulations; (ii) Education and Awareness raising; (iii) Better emergency services/responses; (iv) Reducing pollution; and (v) Improvement in traffic environment and road design.

The program consists of two major events:

-        Innovation Competition - an open competition jury process, whereby start-up funds are awarded to organizations proposing innovative ideas that will improve “Traffic Safety” through out Vietnam, and;

-        Knowledge Exchange - leaders in the development community will come together to share their experiences around the theme of “Traffic Safety”.

Proposals must be received by the World Bank Vietnam office by 5:00 pm on May 4, 2007.

http://go.worldbank.org/APE4HOB200  

World Youth Movement for Democracy Essay Contest

World Youth Movement for Democracy Launches Essay Contest The World Youth Movement for Democracy (WYMD), an international community of young people working non-violently to promote democratic institutions and practices, is pleased to announce an essay contest for young people to share their perspectives on democracy. Young activists, students, and citizens aged 14 to 30 are invited to write short essays (under 2500 words) reflecting on their experiences with the ideals, the realities, and the future of democracy in their communities and countries.

This essay contest is part of WYMD's Global Youth Campaign for Democracy, which encourages young people around the world to be part of political processes in their respective communities and regions. Finalist essays will be included in an international publication, and two authors will be selected for a scholarship to the Fifth Assembly of the World Movement for Democracy, taking place in Kiev, Ukraine during April 2008.

All submissions must be received by April 15, 2007.

http://www.ymd.youthlink.org/ymd/contests.html

World Challenge 2007

Now in it's third year, World Challenge 2007, in association with Shell, is a global competition that seeks out projects and businesses that not only make a profit, but also put something back into the community. World Challenge 2007, brought to you by BBC World and Newsweek, in association with Shell is all about rewarding individuals or groups that truly make a difference through enterprise and innovation at a grass roots level.

The winner will receive a US$20,000 from Shell to benefit their project. One representative from each of the three final projects will be flown to The Hague, The Netherlands to attend the award ceremony in December 2007.

Nominations are due on May 6, 2007

http://www.theworldchallenge.co.uk/

The Global Fund for Women

The Global Fund for Women supports women's groups that advance the human rights of women and girls. We strengthen women's right groups based outside the United States by providing small, flexible, and timely grants ranging from $500 to $20,000 for operating and program expenses. We value local expertise and believe that women themselves know best how to determine their needs and propose solutions for lasting change.

Who the Global Fund supports

-                      Groups of women working together.

-                      Organizations that demonstrate a clear commitment to women’s equality and women’s human rights.

-                      Organizations that are governed and directed by women.

-                      Organizations based outside of the United States.

http://www.globalfundforwomen.org/  

UNICEF Seeks Entries for Children’s Television Award on AIDS Awareness

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences called for entries for the 2007 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) award honoring broadcasters for programming best reflecting the theme Unite for Children, United against AIDS.

Submissions will be judged on not only the quality of work, but also for broadcasters’ dedication to bolstering participation by youth in media, in connection with the theme Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS, which is the name of a campaign launched in 2005 by UNICEF, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and other partners to alert the world to the fact that children are missing from the global AIDS agenda.

To be eligible for this year’s ICDB award, these broadcasts must have aired on or around Sunday, 10 December 2006, in conjunction with last year’s International Children’s Day of Broadcasting. UNICEF is also calling for radio entries for the 2007 IDCB Award for Radio Excellence. The 2007 ICDB theme is ‘The World We Want’.

The submission deadline is 18 May 2007.

http://www.unicef.org/videoaudio/video_icdb.html  or www.unicef.org/icdb  

United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) Fellowship Programmes

The United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) is now accepting applications for its three fellowship programmes:

-                      UNU-IAS PhD Fellowships

-                      UNU-IAS Postdoctoral Fellowships

-                      JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowships

UNU-IAS is a multi-thematic, interdisciplinary, research and training centre located in Yokohama, Japan. The Institute’s fellowship programmes provide young scientists, policy makers, and developing country scholars with the opportunity to expand their intellectual vision beyond a single scientific field.

Closing date: 25 April 2007.

http://www.ias.unu.edu/sub_page.aspx?catID=6&ddlID=127  

The Department of Economics of the University of Florence, Unidea UniCredit Foundation Fellowship

UNIDEA-Unicredit Foundation and the Department of Economics of the University of Florence - with the sponsorship of EUDN - will be hosting an advanced Summer School on “Inequality, Growth and Human Development” from 1-6 July 2007.

The summer school offers an opportunity to gain exposure to state of the art training to a select group of 20 young women and men with research/policy experience and interest in the field of income and wealth distribution and other aspects of inequality. The summer school lasts five days and will be held in English. No tuition fee is levied on the students selected.

The typical student admitted to the summer school will be engaged in an academic job (teaching or research) or have been part for at least two years of a national or international institution or NGOs doing research or policy oriented work.

Deadline: 11 May 2007.

http://www.unicreditfoundation.org/progetti-summerschool.asp  

Vietnam Overseas Scholarship Program (VOSP)

On the 19th of April 2000, the Prime Minister of Vietnam signed Decision Number 322/QD-TTg concerning the implementation of the project labeled as "Training Scientific and Technical Cadres in Institutions Overseas with the State Budget" (Project 322). Many Vietnamese students and government officials have been offered scholarships to study overseas through governmental, bilateral and multilateral programs at graduate and post-graduate levels.

http://www.vosp.org/  

Scholarship program of International Master of Advanced Studies (IMAS) in Development Studies

Theme: “Development and Globalization: between Growth and Exclusion”

Full or partial scholarships are available to cover the tuition fee, transportation, cost of living in Hanoi and Geneva, depending on qualification of students.

The IMAS lasts for 9 full time months and is offered to development practitioners in South East Asia, West Africa, Latin America, and Europe.

-              Phase 1: 13 Aug - 12 Oct 2007 (9 weeks) in Hanoi, Vietnam,

-              Phase 2: 16 Oct 2007 - 1 Feb 2008 (16 weeks) in student's own country,

-              Phase 3: 11 Feb - 25 April 2008 (11 weeks) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Who can apply?

To apply for the scholarship, the candidates should be working in governmental agencies, international and local NGOs, international organizations, bilateral cooperation agencies, or private organizations in positions related to development aspects. Candidates should be coming from the Greater Mekong Region (mainly Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar), North America or Europe.

The criteria for selection are:

-              Having position dealing directly with development issues (public health, environment, SMEs, poverty alleviation, education, gender, labor, public administration, etc),

-              Having at least 2 years of professional experiences in development,

-              Being ideally between 25 and 35 years of age,

-              University degree or equivalent,

-              English proficiency, basic computer skills,

-              Basic knowledge of French is desirable.

Application deadline: 30 April 2007.

For further information and application forms please contact Ms. Do Tra My, tramy@aitcv.ac.vn or Dr. Nguyen Huong Thuy Phan, phan@aitcv.ac.vn; ++84 4 825 34 93 or see our websites at  IUED: http://www.iued.unige.ch/imas or AITCV: http://www.aitcv.ac.vn  

Harold White Fellowships - National Library of Australia

The The Harold White Fellowships aim to:

 

-              promote the National Library of Australia as a centre of scholarly activity and research;

-              encourage scholarly and literary use of the library's collections and the production of publications based on them; and

-              publicise the library's collections.

Fellowships are open to established Australian and international researchers or writers in any discipline in which the library has strong collections. However, fellowships are not provided to assist with the completion of academic studies.

Deadline: April 30, 2007

http://www.nla.gov.au/grants/haroldwhite/information.html  

Research Fellowships - University of Cambridge

Applications are invited for research fellowships in the fields of history since c. 1500, English literature since c. 1500, materials science, sociology, and social anthropology. For the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships, applications are invited from outstanding students worldwide who are candidates for Ph.D. degrees in the social sciences.

Deadline: January 10, 2008

http://www.corpus.cam.ac.uk/fellowship/research/advert.htm  

John Allwright Fellowships - Australian Commonwealth Government

The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) Fellowships Scheme was introduced in 1986 to provide the opportunity for partner country scientists involved in ACIAR-supported collaborative research projects to obtain postgraduate qualifications at Australian tertiary institutions.

Deadline: August 21, 2007

http://www.aciar.gov.au/web.nsf/doc/ACIR-5JASSK   

Asia-Link Programme - European Union (EU)

The Asia-Link Programme is an initiative by the European Commission (EC) to promote regional and multilateral networking between higher education institutions in EU member states and developing countries in Asia. The programme aims to promote the creation of new partnerships and new sustainable links between European and Asian higher education institutions, and to reinforce existing partnerships.

Deadline: October 19, 2007

http://europa.eu.int/comm/europeaid/projects/asia-link/index_en.htm

CALL FOR APPLICANTS - University of Michigan--Crossing Borders Summer Internship

Crossing Borders is a humanitarian research organization operating at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  For the summer of 2007, from May 25 — August 17th, Crossing Borders is seeking ten Vietnamese nationals who are currently enrolled in a Vietnamese University or College to work and live with 2 teams of American university students and our nutrition projects in Phu Tho, Viet Nam. 

Qualifications:

1)      Must speak English fluently

2)      Must be a currently enrolled university or college student in Viet Nam (public health, dentistry, or medicine preferred)

3)      Must be able to live and work with American Students from May 25th —August 17th, 2007

4)      Must be able to read and write in English

This is NOT a paid position, however, all of your living and travel expenses will be covered by Crossing Borders.  If you have any questions, please email Joe Martin at vnstudentapps@crossingbordersonline.org.

DEADLINE: April 26th, 2007.

http://www.crossingbordersonline.org  

Asia-Pacific MDG Media Awards 2007 - Millennium Development Goals in Asia-Pacific

The Asia-Pacific-Europe Partnership Committee on Broadcasting Development presents the 1st Asia-Pacific Millennium Development Goals Media Awards for the best documentary contributing to conflict resolution.

The MDG Media Awards encourage journalists (print, radio and TV) to put a human face to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the region, demonstrating how stories about extreme poverty link to the MDGs. Entries don't have to cover all eight MDGs, but could focus on one.

The range of content for the media awards is very broad. Suggested ideas include:

-              A person or family's struggle to ease hunger and fight disease (MDG Goal 1)

-              Success story of an AIDS victim and the role government, civil society and other institutions play into that family's ordeal. (MDG Goal 6)

-              Young peoples concerns with climate change and air quality (MDG Goal 7)

-              A ‘day in the life' of a rural child trying to obtain an education (MDG Goal 2)

Reference to the MDGs (whether one or all MDG Goals) in the content is mandatory. The competition is open to all print, radio and TV producers/journalists from public service broadcasting organizations, private networks and free-lance producers covering the Asia and the Pacific.

Entries can be in English and in the local language with appropriate English translations.

The deadline for the submission of entries to the 1st Asia-Pacific Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Media Awards, which honor outstanding reporting/writing on the MDGs in print, radio and TV is 15 April 2007.

http://portal.unesco.org/ci/en/ev.php-URL_ID=24162&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html  

NextGen Awards & Mentors Contest

NextGen brings together the world's two most powerful resources: YOUNG PEOPLE and MOBILE PHONES.

This contest is to encourage young people come up with great ideas, using mobile phones to help people make a difference in their community and the world, for example improving health, expanding education and cleaning up the environment.

http://www.nextgenawards.org/  

Call For Abstracts - International Conference 'Transitions: Health and Mobility in Asia and the Pacific'

Social Sciences and Health Research are proud to be the hosts of the ARC APFRN's 2007 Signature Conference to be held at the Caulfield campus of Monash University, Australia.

In public health, the term "transition" flags changes in the distribution of disease and changes in mortality and morbidity rates. The term is a gesture towards epidemiological transitions, health transitions and nutrition transitions - declining mortality rates from all causes, declining infant mortality rates, shifts from infectious to non-communicable disease. But we are also interested in the economic, social, political and cultural factors that produce such transitions: shifts from agricultural to industrial production, rural to urban settlements, subsistence to mono-cultivation and modern economies, population movements on a temporary and permanent basis, the remission of money within countries and throughout the region, forced population movement due to civil war, disaster and trafficking. Transitions have occurred also with respect to technology and values: the introduction of new technologies, procedures and drugs, ideals regarding body, diet and activity, the role of government in the provision of services. The themes are as broad or as narrow as you would like them to be: a tool to think about health, wellbeing, mobility in Asia and the Pacific.

The ARC APFRN Local Organising Committee is inviting submissions for oral, poster, performance, and session abstracts for the 3rd Signature Conference to be held at Monash University, Caulfield Campus, from Sunday June 24 until Tuesday June 26, 2007.

Presentations should be relevant to one of our five broad conference sub-themes:

-              Outsourcing and offshore labour: the production of illness

-              The mobility of viruses and their prevention

-              Disaster and violence, flight and forced movement

-              Commodification of the body, global technologies and global health

-              Emergent identities, social movements and wellbeing

-              Oral presentations and performance pieces will be allocated 20 minutes, with discussion at the end of each session.

Abstract submissions will be accepted until Tuesday, 1 May, 2007.

http://www.med.monash.edu.au/spppm/conference/index.html  

International Conference 'Poverty Reduction and Forests: Tenure, Market  and Policy Reforms' Bangkok, September 3-7, 2007 - Call for Papers

Participants interested to contribute to the conference papers and posters are requested to first submit an abstract, related to any of the following themes:

-          The Role of Forests in Poverty Reduction: Key Concepts and Issues

-          Lessons from Policies, Programs and Projects in Pro Poor Forestry

-          Emerging Opportunities and Threats for Pro Poor Forestry

-          Arrangements for Collective Action to support Pro Poor Forestry

-          Agenda for Rights and Resources in Asia

The abstract should be a maximum of  350 words, with a brief description of the topic or problem to be addressed, the process analyzed and of the outcomes for poor people’s access and rights to forests, e.g. as follows:

-          state the issue to be discussed, 

-          give a brief background to the issue, 

-          brief description of your analysis of what has been done about the issue, 

-          the implications or outcomes for poor people’s access, rights and benefits from forest resources, products or services.

Papers and posters should take a critical position and avoid project or program promotion. They should critically analyze or assess limitations and failures (and draw lessons from these) as well as discuss successes.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is 16 April 2007.

http://conference.recoftc.org  

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