May 2010





VDIC News. 1

Exhibition at VDIC.. 1

Library. 1


Highlights from the New Resources to VDIC Library.. 1

Highlights of Resources on Biodiversity at VDIC Library.. 2

New Publications for Sale at VDIC.. 4

Distance Learning Center events in May 2010. 6

Information on Development Projects in Vietnam... 6

New Disclosure World Bank Operational Project Documents for Vietnam... 6

Funding Opportunities. 8




Exhibition at VDIC


22nd May - International Day for Biological Diversity 2010: Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation  


The implementation of the three objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is critical to achieving the Millennium Development Goals and to combating poverty. For this reason, the 2010 biodiversity target adopted at the World Summit on Sustainable Development has been integrated into the Millennium Development Goals. Poor rural communities depend on biodiversity and ecosystem services for health and nutrition, for crop development, and as a safety net when faced with climate variability and natural disasters. Urban dwellers the world over depend on water provision and puri­ cation performed by forests and wetlands. Healthy ecosystems like forests and bogs contain massive carbon reservoirs and are vital to regulating the global climate.


Biodiversity conservation and sustainable use with equitable sharing of benefi ts derived from its natural services are the basis of human well-being. Vital signs for biodiversity are plummeting and the related ecosystem services seriously undermined. Biodiversity benefi ts are being threatened by development choices that ignore the full value of these natural services to us all and particularly the poorest. Reversing this negative trend is not only possible, but essential to human well-being.


Small exhibition at VDIC provides brief information on this topic.

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World Development Indicators, Global Development Finance, Africa Development Indicators, and Global Economic Monitor are now free, open, and easy to access at data.worldbank.org


Recognizing that transparency and accountability are essential to development, the World Bank Group now provides free, open, and easy access to its comprehensive set of data on living standards around the globe—some 2,000 indicators, including hundreds that go back 50 years. The data is available in Arabic, French, and Spanish in addition to English. 


The open data announcement coincides with the launch of the World Development Indicators (WDI) 2010, the World Bank’s popular statistical resource. Apart from giving open access to the WDI, with nearly 1000 indicators, the initiative also opens up the Global Development Finance (GDF), Africa Development Indicators (ADI), Global Economic Monitor (GEM), and indicators from the Doing Business report.


Access to these new resources is available at data.worldbank.org, a central web site that makes it easier to find, use, and manipulate data. A data catalog lists the available databases. The World Bank Bank will continue to add databases in the months ahead.


Highlights from the New Resources to VDIC Library


Full list of new additions to VDIC library can be found at http://www.vdic.org.vn/?name=library&op=viewDetailNews&id=161&mid=322&cmid=325


ENV-BIO-V37. Parr, John W.K.; Hoang, Xuan Thuy; Illustrated by Kamol Komolphalin and Mongkol Wongkalasin. A field guide to the large mammals of Vietnam. Thong Tan Publishing House, 2008.


ENV-BIO-V37. Parr, John W.K.; Hoàng, Xuân Thủy; Illustrated by Kamol Komolphalin and Mongkol Wongkalasin. Hướng dẫn nhận dạng các loài thú ở Việt Nam. Nhà xuất bản Thông tấn, 2008.


GEN-ECO-V8. Nguyen, Thi Bich Thuy; Dao, Ngoc Nga; Moser, Annalise ; Pham, April . Socio-Economic Impacts of WTO Accession on Rural Women: Qualitative research in Hai Duong and Dong Thap, Vietnam. ILSSA, UNIFEM and AusAID, 2009. Full text http://www.un.org.vn/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=107&Itemid=211&lang=en


HEA-HIV-V15. Parliamentary Committee for Social Affairs, Vietnam; United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Soio-economic impacts of HIV/AIDS on household vulnerability and poverty in Viet Nam. Culture and Information Publishing House, 2009.


HEA-HIV-V15. Ủy ban về các Vấn đề Xã hội của Quốc hội; Chương trình Phát triển Liên hợp quốc. Những ảnh hưởng kinh tế - xã hội của HIV/AIDS đối với những hộ gia đình dễ bị tổn thương và tình trạng đói nghèo ở Việt Nam. Nhà xuất bản văn hóa thông tin, 2009.


IND-ENE-V15. World Bank. Winds of change: East Asia's sustainable energy future. World Bank; AusAID, 2010. Full text http://go.worldbank.org/G5PAM0OE70


PUB-EXP-V18. Bộ Tài chính. Dự án Cải cách Quản lý Tài chính Công. Báo cáo kế hoạch tài chính và chi tiêu trung hạn giai đoạn 2009-2011. Nhà xuất bản Tài chính, 2010.


PUB-EXP-V18. Vietnam Ministry of Finance. The Public Financial Management Reform Project. Medium-term fiscal and expenditure framework over 2009-2011. Finance Publishing House, 2010.


SOC-MIG-V9. Dang, Nguyen Anh; Tran, Thi Bich; Nguyen, Ngoc Quynh; Dao, The Son. Development on the Move: Measuring and optimising migration's economic and social impacts in Vietnam: Country report. Global Development Network (GDN); Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), 2010. Full text http://www.gdnet.org/cms.php?id=research_paper_abstract&research_paper_id=16009


TOU-V16. UNESCO Bangkok. IMPACT: The effects of tourism on culture and the environment in Asia and the Pacific: Cultural tourim and heritage management in the world heritage site of the ancient town of Hoi An, Viet Nam. UNESCO Bangkok, 2008. Full text http://www.unescobkk.org/culture/our-projects/sustainable-cultural-tourism-and-ecotourism/impact/new-impact-publications/hoi-an-ancient-town/


TOU-V16. UNESCO Bangkok. Tác động: Những ảnh hưởng của du lịch đối với văn hóa và môi trường ở châu Á - Thái Bình Dương: Du lịch văn hóa và quản lý di sản ở Di sản thế giới Hội An, Việt Nam. UNESCO Bangkok, 2008. Full text http://www.unescobkk.org/culture/our-projects/sustainable-cultural-tourism-and-ecotourism/impact/new-impact-publications/hoi-an-ancient-town/.  


Highlights of Resources on Biodiversity at VDIC Library


Please email nvu2@worldbank.org for more comprehensive list.


ENV-WIL 7. Le, Trong Trai; Mahood, Simon; Luong, Huu Thanh; Mai, Duc Vinh. Buôn bán động vật hoang dã và gỗ xung quanh Vườn Quốc gia Chư Yang Sin, tỉnh Đắk Lăk, Việt Nam. World Bank; BirdLife, 2008.


ENV-BIO-V33. Mahood, Simon; Tran, Van Hung. Đa dạng sinh học khu bảo tồn thiên nhiên Bắc Hướng Hóa, tỉnh Quảng Trị, Việt Nam. BirdLife International, 2008.


ENV-NAT-V14 [Internet]. RECOFTC; WWF; SNV. A Fair Share?: Experiences in Benefit Sharing from Community-Managed Resources in Asia. RECOFTC; WWF; SNV, 2007. Full text http://recoftc.org/site/fileadmin/docs/publications/The_Grey_Zone/2007/A_Fair_Share_Part_1.pdf


ENV-BIO 18. Asian Development Bank (ADB). Greater Mekong subregion regional strategic framework and action plan for biotechnology and biosafety. Asian Development Bank (ADB), 2008. http://www.adb.org/Documents/Events/2008/WGA5-Meeting/Strat-Framweork-Biotech-Vol1.pdf


ENV-BIO 18. Asian Development Bank (ADB). Greater Mekong subregion regional strategic framework and action plan for biotechnology and biosafety: Supporting technical papers. Asian Development Bank (ADB), 2008. http://www.adb.org/Documents/Events/2008/WGA5-Meeting/Strat-Framweork-Biotech-Vol2.pdf


ENV-BIO 16. Laird, Sarah A. Biodiversity and traditional knowledge: equitable partnerships in practice / edited by Sarah A. Laird; with Miguel N. Adexiades . [et al.]. London: Earthscan Publications ltd, 2002.


ENV-BIO-V13. Ngân hàng Thế giới; Bộ Tài nguyên và Môi trường; SIDA. Báo cáo diễn biến môi trường Việt Nam 2005: Đa dạng sinh học. Hà Nội: Nhà xuất bản Lao động Xã hội, 2005.


ENV-BIO-V13. World Bank; Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment; SIDA. Vietnam environment monitor 2005: Biodiversity. Hanoi: Nha xuat ban Lao dong Xa hoi, 2005.


ENV-BIO-V27. Le, Xuan Tuan; Phan, Nguyen Hong; Phan, Thi Anh Dao. Xuan Thuy National Park. Biodiversity. Mangrove Ecosystem Research Center, 2007.


ENV-BIO-V28. Dự án PARC. Tóm tắt chính sách: Xây dựng hệ thống khu bảo tồn thiên nhiên Việt Nam. Những yêu cầu đổi mới chính sách và thể chế. Dự án Xây dựng các Khu bảo tồn nhằm Bảo vệ Tài nguyên Thiên nhiên trên Cơ sở Sinh thái Cảnh quan (PARC) VIE/95/G31&031; Cục Kiểm lâm; UNOPS; UNDP; IUCN, 2006. Full text.

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New Publications for Sale at VDIC


Please note that books are only available for sale at VDIC premise and

we provide no courier service for this activity.


To help protect our environment, VDIC stops giving clients plastic bags. VDIC clients can choose between buying paper bags at 1,000 VND each or fabric bags at 5,000 VND each.


More titles for sale at VDIC are listed at



For more information about other new World Bank publications, please check the Interactive World Bank Publications Catalog at http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/904cc0b8 or World Bank’s online bookstore www.worldbank.org/publications.


A field guide to the large mammals of Vietnam

Parr, John W.K.; Hoang, Xuan Thuy; Illustrated by Kamol Komolphalin and Mongkol Wongkalasin

Thong Tan Publishing House, 2008

Price: 25 USD


The book “A field guide to the large mammals of Vietnam” presented here is a joint effort between PanNature and Dr John Parr. The contents of this field guide have been based upon available literature and records from mammalian research on mammals in Vietnam and neighboring countries. The species plates in this publication are illustrated by two outstanding wildlife artists in Southeast Asia, Kamol Komolphalin and Mongkol Wongkalasin.


I strongly believe this Field Guide will be an excellent resource for all readers, not only for those working in nature conservation but for scientists, students and nature enthusiastists. It is my great pleasure to introduce this Field Guide to all of you and to offer my thanks and congratulations to all those involved in its preparation.” -- Professor Vo Quy, Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (CRES), Hanoi National University.


Hướng dẫn nhận dạng các loài thú ở Việt Nam

Parr, John W.K.; Hoàng, Xuân Thủy; Illustrated by Kamol Komolphalin and Mongkol Wongkalasin.

Nhà xuất bản Thông tấn, 2008

Giá tiền: 9 USD


Để củng cố và cập nhật tài liệu nhận dạng các loài thú ở Việt Nam, tiến sĩ John Parr và Trung tâm Con người và Thiên nhiên (PanNature) đã hợp tác tiến hành biên soạn và phát hành cuốn “Hướng dẫn nhận dạng các loài thú ở Việt Nam”. Tài liệu này được biên soạn dựa trên các thành tựu nghiên cứu và các tài liệu sẵn có về thú ở Việt Nam và các nước trong khu vực từ trước đến nay. Đặc biệt, cuốn sổ tay được hai họa sĩ “thiên nhiên” nổi tiếng của Thái Lan là Kamol Komolphalin và Mongkol Wongkalasin vẽ minh họa.


Tôi tin rằng cuốn sách này sẽ rất bổ ích cho độc giả, không những cho các cán bộ có liên quan đến công tác bảo tồn thiên nhiên, mà cả cac nhà khoa học, các sinh viên và những người yêu thích thiên nhiên. Rất vui mừng được giới thiệu cuốn sách với các bạn”. -- Giáo sư Võ Quý, Trung tâm Nghiên cứu Tài nguyên và Môi trường, Đại học Quốc gia Hà Nội.


Making Monitoring and Evaluation Systems Work: A Capacity Development Tool Kit

by Marelize Goergens , Jody Zall Kusek 

English -- Published March 2010 by World Bank  -- ISBN: 0-8213-8186-5

Price: $ 18.00


What happens after your program's strategy has been designed? How do you now wether you've been successful in implementing the strategies you planned? After more than a decade of development investments in monitoring and evaluation few countries are able to regularly report on how effective their policies and programs are in achieving the results they desire. It is not through lack of good Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) design, nor political mandates to support the effort, but from a lack of sustained management and delivery of effective M&E programs within established organizations. This title will not only help you build functional M&E systems, but also provide you with the tools and concepts for helping others build their systems.


In Trinidad, we used the 12-component model as a diagnostic framework to assess capacity building needs to improve our national health monitoring and evaluation system. We evaluated our own system against each of the 12 components to determine where we are today, and where we need to be to better be able to monitor and manage HIV/AIDS and other health issues in our country. We appreciate this simple, yet comprehensive model and plan to continue to use it in our M&E capacity building plans.

-Dr. Violet Duke , Government Official, Ministry of Health, Trinidad and Tobago


The training I undertook on the 12 components has come in very useful. I am developing a course on Results-based M&E in Ireland, and am also using the framework to develop M&E plans and frameworks for a number of organizations, including Barnardos, UCC, and the Ministry of Resources and Rural Development in Malta and the Hope Foundation in Calcutta. This is the most practical program I have ever been exposed to on monitoring and evaluation and I intend to incorporate its principles in my work going forward.

-Niamh Kenny, M&E Consultant, EXODEA Europe Consulting, Cork, Ireland


On its way toward development, it is imperative for Turkey to pull different systems together in a logical way: to make systems talk to each other. The 12 components provided different public sectors-from transport to agriculture, health to education with a way of commonly communicating about their M&E systems, understand linkages, and even plan joint activities. It enables someone who wants to make a career out of M&E to learn about one sectors 12-component M&E system and to apply this learning in another sector. The 12 components made me see how the pieces of our M&E system fit together.

-Mehmet Uzunkaya, Planning Specialist, Prime Ministry of Turkey, State Planning Organization


Global Economic Prospects 2010: Crisis, Finance, and Growth

by World Bank 

English -- Published February 2010 by World Bank  -- ISBN: 0-8213-8226-8

Price: $ 15.00


This report explores both the short- and medium-term impacts of the financial crisis on developing countries. It presents evidence that the financial boom played a critical role in the growth boom experienced by developing countries between 2003 and 2007, but that tighter conditions in the future are expected to result in weaker growth over the next 5 to 15 years.


Although global growth has resumed, the recovery is fragile, and unless business and consumer demand strengthen, the world economy could slow down again.


Even if, as appears likely, a double-dip recession is avoided, the recovery is expected to be slow. High unemployment and widespread restructuring will continue to characterize the global economy for the next several years. Already, the crisis has provoked large-scale human suffering. Some 64 million more people around the world are expected to be living on less than a $1.25 per day by the end of 2010, and between 30,000 and 50,000 more infants may have died of malnutrition in 2009 in Sub-Saharan Africa, than would have been the case if the crisis had not occurred.


Over the medium term, economic growth is expected to recover. But increased risk aversion, a necessary and desirable tightening of financial regulations in high-income countries, and measures to reduce the exposure of developing economies to external shocks are likely to make finance scarcer and more costly than it was during the boom period.


In the longer term, however, developing countries can more than offset the implications of more expensive international finance by reducing the cost of capital channeled through their domestic financial markets.

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Distance Learning Center events in May 2010


For more information about our Distance Learning Center services, facilities and events, please visit http://www.vdic.org.vn/?name=learningevents&op=viewDetailNews&id=311&&mid=330


Strengthening Social Protection Systems in the ASEAN Region (open for registration)

May 7, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m


The global financial crisis has rekindled interest in social protection and labor market programs and policies to mitigate the social impact of recent and future crises. The World Bank and ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) collaborated to produce a report of the impact of the financial crisis and of government’s social protection responses. The report, whose main findings are presented in this video-conference, identifies areas where policy reform and institutional development are needed, and where ASEC can coordinate action by its member states at the regional level. The seminar will provide participants in ASEAN countries with an opportunity to discuss priority areas for strengthening social protection programs and social impact monitoring; and contribute to promoting regional dialogue on social protection.


The target audience for this consultation is local researchers, think tank members, technical staff from relevant governmental agencies and ASEAN Secretariat staff.


For registration, please fill in the form and send to Ms. Huong: hdang2@worldbank.org by May 5th, 2010.


International Symposium for Cardiac Care Teleconference Training Series (by invitation only)

May 13, 2010, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m


Funded by the VinaCapital Foundation Vietnam, the World Heart Foundation and supported by the World Bank Global Development Learning Network Asia Pacific, this regional program links surgeons and doctors involved in cardiac care in developing countries with the world’s best in cardio-thoracic surgery, cardiology and pediatric cardiac care.


The International Symposium for Cardiac Care will allows doctors from all over Vietnam to congregate in GDLN centers in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and other Asian sites for a series of lectures by exemplary leaders in the field of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery and Cardiology. The series is interactive and enables participants to ask questions after the presentations. The lectures are also webcast to enable worldwide participation and then compiled into a DVD series which will be distributed by World Heart Foundation to surgical programs in developing countries around the world. This session will connect Vietnam (4 cities) with Bangladesh, China, Cambodia and Indonesia and be presented by doctors from University of Kentucky College of Medicine, USA.

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Information on Development Projects in Vietnam


New Disclosure World Bank Operational Project Documents for Vietnam


The Disclosure Unit of the World Bank is responsible for the implementation and dissemination of documents relating to the World Bank’s disclosure policy http://www1.worldbank.org/operations/disclosure/. On a regular basis, the Unit releases operational documents to the public through a network of Public Information Centers (PICs) worldwide. For assistance on disclosed documents, please contact one of the PICs at a location near you.


For previous listings, please visit http://go.worldbank.org/QU93EOHWG1. Alternatively, you are welcome to visit VDIC or World Bank’s mini Public Information Corners (mini-PICs) at your city/province libraries to view hard copies of World Bank project documents in Vietnam. List of mini-PICs in Vietnam can be found at http://www.vdic.org.vn/?name=library&op=viewDetailNews&id=162&&mid=322&cmid=327.


List of World Bank’s projects in Vietnam and detail project information can be found at www.worldbank.org/vn >> select “Projects & Programs”.


Vietnam - Project Preparation TA Facility (P118610)


Documents available: Integrated Safeguards Data Sheet (ISDS), Project Information Document (PID), Vol.1


The Project Development Objective (PDO) for the PPTAFP is to improve the ability of GOV agencies to prepare projects and have them ready for implementation upon loan effectiveness. Project outcomes will include increased government capacity to develop quality preparation deliverables contributing to improved readiness for implementation.


Vietnam - Natural Disasters Risk Management Project – Additional Finance


Documents available: Integrated Safeguards Data Sheet (ISDS), Project Information Document (PID).


The overall project development objective of the NDRMP is the establishment and implementation of a comprehensive risk management framework for natural disaster prevention, preparedness, mitigation and recovery.  The Project is assisting the Government of Vietnam to: (a) reduce vulnerability to flood and storm hazards in project areas; (b) increase the efficiency of post-disaster recovery and reconstruction efforts; and (c) strengthen the capacity of national and local disaster risk management institutions. The Project has four components and is designed such that Component 3 (the Post-Disaster Reconstruction Support component) has been implemented by MOF while the other three components are executed by MARD.


Vietnam - System Efficiency Improvement, Equitization and Renewables-Additional Financing (P120540)


Documents available: Integrated Safeguards Data Sheet (ISDS), Project Information Document (PID).


The purpose of the proposed additional financing for SEIR would be: (i) completion of the on-going physical project activities with cost overruns caused by unanticipated macroeconomic circumstances beyond the control of the implementing agencies; and (ii) support of additional activities identified to scale up the reforms of the power sector, in particular to support implementation of new tariff regulations and introduction of the VCGM.


The objective of the project is to (i) enhance electricity system efficiency in Vietnam; (ii) provide electric power in selected rural areas of Vietnam; and (iii) sustain reform and institutional development of Vietnam’s energy sector. In addition, it has a global objective to contribute to reduced greenhouse gas emissions by promoting the use of electricity production using renewable resources.

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Funding Opportunities


- For more funding opportunities, please read previous VDIC newsletters at http://www.vdic.org.vn/?name=newsletter&op=viewDetailNews&id=230&mid=350

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

- Please let us know if you have directly benefited from an opportunity information disseminated by VDIC.


Announcing CIPE's 2010 Youth Essay Contest


The Center for International Private Enterprise invites young people to share their ideas on how to create opportunities for youth to strengthen democracy and the private sector in their own countries.


Who can participate: Students and young professionals aged 18-30.


Contest Deadline: June 18, 2010


Essay Length: 2,000 - 3,000 words


Essay categories: - Democracy that delivers; - Enterpreneurship and society; - Women and participation.


For each category, CIPE will publish first, second, and third place essays, and authors will receive a $1,000 honorarium.


For full guidelines, helpful resources, and to submit essays, visit www.cipe.org/essay.


Heinrich Boll Foundation BS/MS/PhD Scholarships for International Students


2011 Applications to Heinrich Boll Foundation Scholarships is now open to international students around the globe especially students from developing countries. Pursue a Bachelors, Masters, or Doctoral Degree in selected fields of studies at German Universities.


Next deadline is 1 September 2010.




The Danish Ministry of Education Scholarship Scheme


The Danish Ministry of Education Scholarship Scheme is open to highly qualified candidates studying for Academy Profession degrees or Professional Bachelor’s programmes.


Scholarships for students from outside the EU/EEA for studies at Academies of Professional Higher Education and University Colleges are administered by the individual institutions.

The scholarships can be given as full or partial tuition fee waivers and/or grants towards covering your living costs. However, as the scholarships are administered by the individual institution, you should enquire about the details at the institution you are interested in studying at.




Australian Leadership Awards Scholarships


Applications for the 2011 intake close on 30 June 2010


The Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) aim to develop leadership and build partnerships and linkages within the Asia-Pacific, while addressing priority development issues of the region. 


The ALA program comprises ALA Scholarships and ALA Fellowships. These awards are for leaders or those who have potential for leadership roles that can influence social and economic reform, both in their own countries and in the Asia-Pacific region.


ALA Scholarships are for study at Masters or Doctorate level in an Australian university. Study programs must relate to a priority development area: disability, economic growth, education, environment, food security, gender, governance, health, human rights, infrastructure, regional stability, rural development, water and sanitation. ALA scholars also undertake a Leadership Development Program in Australia.


As ALA Scholarships are an investment in the future of the Asia-Pacific region, ALA scholars are required to return to their home country or the region for two years after they have completed their studies in Australia.


Read more at http://www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar/ala.cfm


GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders Program 2010 for first-year full-time students in Vietnam


The Institute of International Education (IIE) in Vietnam is pleased to announce the GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders Program 2010. The program is administered by IIE on behalf of the GE Foundation, the philanthropic organization of the General Electric Company.


Through this initiative, the GE Foundation seeks to increase access to higher education by identifying and recognizing up to 10 economically disadvantaged first-year undergraduate students from participating universities across Vietnam who are pursuing degrees in the fields of business, engineering and the sciences.


Why Apply?


- A $3,600 scholarship for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th years of your undergraduate program ($1,200 per year)

- Participation in a specially designed 3-day Leadership Development Seminar

- An opportunity to be mentored by a business leader at GE in Vietnam

- Participation in community development projects


Who Can Apply?


Only applicants who meet the eligibility criteria described below will be considered for the award


- Are Vietnamese citizens

- Are first-year full-time students at a participating Vietnamese university

- Are studying business, engineering or the sciences

- Exhibit excellent performance, as demonstrated by first semester university results and high school transcripts 

- Are economically disadvantaged, as evidenced by proper documents/certifications


The application must be submitted by May 31, 2010, to:



South-South Annual research grants


The Collaborative Tri-continental Program was launched in 2005 by the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO), the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA) with the purpose of enhancing the production of knowledge suitable for fostering high quality social science research to build a Southern perspective on critical issues, with the aim of feeding these into global debates. The South-South annual research grants aim to promote collaboration among researchers from the South and to stimulate analytical empirical studies on topics of relevance for their countries. Special attention will be given to projects involving the elaboration of alternative methodologies, the generation of new empirical data and the critical questioning of dominant theoretical paradigms. Altogether 9 (nine) proposals will be selected with a maximum grant of USD 10,000 per project. The resources allocated would be freely utilized in activities related with the research: information collection, data processing, books purchase and related expenses. Resources cannot be used for project designing or for direct or indirect costs of the supporting institutions.


This program is open for experienced researchers, MA or PhD graduates. Candidates are required to be supported by organizer institutions or their member centers. The call for applications is open to candidates of all disciplines of the Social and Human Sciences with projects linked to the main theme “Hegemony, Counter-hegemony and Alternative Hegemony”, in the current context of global crisis. Priority will be given to experienced researchers based in Southern institutions with a strong track record in cross-disciplinary research.


Application closing date: 30 May 2010.


More information is available at http://www.codesria.org/spip.php?article509&lang=en


IFS Research Grants


The IFS Granting Programme is open for project proposals from developing country scientists who meet the eligibility criteria and conduct research on the sustainable management of biological resources. An IFS Research Grant has a maximum value of USD 12,000. It is awarded to an individual researcher, for a specific research project, presented by the applicant in the application form. The IFS Research Grant is intended for the purchase of the basic tools needed to conduct the proposed research project - equipment, expendable supplies, and literature - and to arrange fieldwork activities related to the proposed project. It is expected that the IFS Grantees already receive a salary and are employed by or otherwise attached to a developing country research institution. The timeframe of a research project should normally be 1-3 years.


An eligible candidate for an IFS Research grant is: -a citizen of a developing country -a scientist with at least a Master's or equivalent degree/research experience -under 40 years of age and at the beginning of research career (45 years in sub-Saharan Africa) -attached to a university, national research institution or a research-oriented NGO in a developing country.


Closing date: 30 December 2010


More information is available at http://www.ifs.se/Forms/how_to_apply.asp


Fundraising for Women and Girls Worldwide


http://www.philantropia.org/ OR http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/lib.nsf/db900SID/OCHA-838LB8?OpenDocument


World Challenge


Now in its sixth edition, World Challenge is once again looking for projects that are reshaping their communities through innovation and sustainable development. Our mission is simple: to seek and reward small businesses which have found grassroots solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems.


If you feel you have what it takes, please check the nomination section of our website and fill in an application form. Our judging panel will select the best 12 entries to be filmed by BBC World News and featured in a special ad series in Newsweek magazine. The public vote will then decide who deserves to win.


Projects can be entered under six different categories: community welfare & enterprise, health & education, sustainable farming, energy, water, and environment. The winner will receive a grant of $20,000, with $10,000 going to each of two runners up.


Deadline : 13th June 2010.


For more information on what we are looking for and to complete a nomination form, visit theworldchallenge.co.uk.   


ICI Call For Proposal on Climate Protection Projects in developing, newly industrialising and transition countries


The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) to launch the International Climate Initiative (ICI) in 2008. It strengthens Germany’s bilateral cooperation with developing, newly industrialising and transition countries in the field of climate protection and supports the ongoing negotiation process for a comprehensive global climate agreement.


The International Climate Initiative supports climate protection projects in developing, newly industrialising and transition countries ("partner countries") and complements the Federal Government's existing international, multi- and bilateral cooperation. The projects are geared towards the needs of the partner countries and are intended to support them in climate protection, especially reducing greenhouse gases, improving adaptability to the consequences of climate change and conserving and sustainably using climate-relevant areas which merit protection.


The deadline for submission of projects with a planned starting date in the second half of 2010 is April 15.

The deadline for submission of projects with a planned starting date in the first half of 2011 is December 31.


Read more at http://www.bmu-klimaschutzinitiative.de/en/application  


The Goi Peace Foundation - International Essay Contest


The United Nations has designated 2001-2010 as the "International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World" and 2005-2014 as the "United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development." Additionally, 2010 celebrates the International Year of Youth as well as the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures. Young people are encouraged to participate in these global initiatives and play a leading role in promoting peace and understanding among all cultures.


Theme: "MY ROLE IN CREATING A PEACEFUL WORLD"What is your vision of a peaceful and harmonious world? What can you and the young people of the world do to realize that vision?


Deadline: Entries must be received by June 30, 2010.


Read more at http://www.goipeace.or.jp/english/activities/programs/1001.html   


ASEAN Champions of Biodiversity - Call for nomination


Biodiversity loss can lead to human extinction. Unfortunately, this threat has not attracted enough leadership, public and media attention to generate a concerted effort to halt the rate of biodiversity loss. This lack of awareness is attributed to the dearth of information campaigns and materials on the values of biodiversity. To help fill this gap, the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) and its partners are launching the ASEAN Champions of Biodiversity – a recognition program for outstanding achievements in biodiversity Conservation and advocacy in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam).


The program is aimed at generating greater leadership, public and media awareness of the problems facing the region’s rich but highly threatened biodiversity and the need a concerted effort in biodiversity conservation and advocacy.


Specifically, the project aims to:


1.    Recognize outstanding achievements of the private/corporate sector, media, and youth in biodiversity conservation and advocacy;


2.    Identify leaders among the private/corporate sector, media, and youth from which a cadre of champions will be selected to serve as Ambassadors of Goodwill for biodiversity;


3.    Promote awareness of the values of biodiversity among ASEAN leaders and the public in general;


4.    Promote corporate social responsibility (CSR) in biodiversity conservation and advocacy;


5.    Encourage the youth and media to participate in biodiversity conservation and advocacy; and


6.    Enhance linkages among ACB, the ASEAN Foundation, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the private/corporate sector, media, and youth.


Three awards will be given:


Business/Corporations – Most Outstanding Biodiversity Conservation and/or Advocacy Project by a Private Business/Corporation


Youth – Most Outstanding Biodiversity Conservation and/or Advocacy Project by a Youth Organization


Media – Most Outstanding Biodiversity Reportage by a Media Organization


The program is co-sponsored by the ASEAN Foundation through the Japan-ASEAN Solidarity Fund and the European Union.


Deadline for submission of nominations is on 15 July 2010. 


Read more at http://www.aseanbiodiversity.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=519&Itemid=205


International Postgraduate Scholarships at University of Birmingham


The University is offering 20 individual awards worth up to £10,000 for candidates commencing a one year Masters programme in 2010.


The scheme is open to applicants from all countries outside the EU who have applied for a one year Masters degree programme in any discipline at the University.

Candidates must be classified as overseas for fee purposes and must not be in receipt of a full scholarship from any other source.


To apply, candidates must submit a scholarship application form together with copies of academic transcripts and at least one academic reference no later than the closing date of Friday 28th May 2010.


Read more at http://www.international.bham.ac.uk/prospective/scholarships/irscholarships.shtml


“La Caixa” Foundation - Barcelona GSE Scholarships for students from emerging and developing countries


The “la Caixa” savings bank Foundation and the Barcelona GSE offer 14 fully-funded scholarships to students from emerging and developing countries with excellent academic backgrounds who will return to their home countries at the end of their professional training process to implement their knowledge.


This award covers:


master program tuition

medical insurance

round-trip airfare from the student's country of residence

monthly stipend for expenses during the student's stay in Barcelona


Deadline: 15 July 2010.




Postgraduate Scholarships for Vietnamese students - University of Westminster, UK


Amount:          Full tuition fee waiver, accommodation, living expenses and flights to and from London. 


Eligibility:        You must be from Vietnam and hold an offer for a full-time Masters degree.


Criteria:          Academic excellence, development potential and financial need. Preference will be given to junior faculty members of our partner universities in Vietnam, or who will return to work in a Vietnamese University.




IMD MBA Alumni Scholarships - Switzerland


The five IMD MBA Alumni Scholarships are designed to encourage diversity in the class. One is awarded to each region: Asia, Africa/Middle East, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Western Europe/North America/Oceania.


Criteria: Submitting an essay on: “As a business leader, which issue would you set as your first priority to address in your region / country? Why would you choose this issue? How would you, personally, address it?”

(maximum 1000 words)


Please draw on your own experiences in your answer, rather than on general, broad statements. The committee is looking for essays that are personal, visionary and demonstrate leadership, which include a clearly articulated description of how the solution could be implemented.

essay template


Deadline : September 30.


Read more at http://www.imd.ch/programs/mba/fees/scholarships/Shell.cfm




Applicants must submit an essay on: 'Why I would like to do an MBA at IMD' (maximum 500 words)

Candidates will also be considered on the basis of merit as per the quality of their admission application.

essay template


Deadline : September 30.


Read more at http://www.imd.ch/programs/mba/fees/scholarships/Jim-Ellert.cfm




The Nestlé Scholarship for Women was first awarded in 1997 and was initiated by a group of IMD MBA participants who wanted to encourage women to take the MBA.


Applicant submit an essay discussing the issue: 'Does diversity in management impact the bottom line? If so, how?' (maximum 750 words)


Deadline : September 30.


Read more at http://www.imd.ch/programs/mba/fees/scholarships/Nestle.cfm


University of Twente (UT) Scholarship


The UT Scholarship is awarded by the Foundation University of Twente Scholarship Programme of the University of Twente. The UT Scholarship is meant for international students who show excellence, both academically as well as socially. The UT Scholarship is awarded for one year of study and is extended for a second year if study results are sufficient. Please note that you can only be nominated for the UT Scholarship after you have been (provisionally) accepted by the educational programme of your choice.


Deadline for application : The ultimate deadline is 10 May 2010.


Read more at http://www.utwente.nl/internationalstudents/scholarshipsandgrants/multiplecontinents/uts/


The Fondation Rainbow Bridge Scholarship


The Fondation Rainbow Bridge will enable young women recipients to enrich their academic background by obtaining an HEC MBA.


Recipients of this scholarship are top-caliber female candidates who have been admitted to the HEC MBA program and who can demonstrate exemplary leadership skills in one or more of the following areas:


Community work,

Charity engagement,

Sustainable development practices.

Selection Criteria:


Women applying must come from an Asian or African country affected by a natural disaster, drought or famine. In addition, they must demonstrate a commitment to solving some of the social and economic issues affecting their countries while working for the long-term security of the people living there.


Essay Question:


Please explain in 1,500 words why you should be named the Fondation Rainbow Bridge Scholar at the HEC MBA Program, while identifying your post-MBA goals.


Application Deadline: TBC


Read more at http://www.mba.hec.edu/Admissions/Financing/Scholarships/HEC-Fondation-Rainbow-Bridge


The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes


The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) are demand-driven fellowship programmes designed to promote capacity building within organizations in 61 developing countries by providing training and education to their mid-career staff members.


Read more


NZAid Scholarships




IDPM Scholarships - University of Manchester


Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM) is part of the School of Environment and Development (SED) at the University of Manchester, UK. IDPM will be offering 7 International Development Bursaries for students from developing countries to study on an IDPM Masters programme commencing in September 2010.


The bursaries are available for applicants to the following programmes:


     - MSc in Globalisation and Development

     - MA in International Development: Public Policy and Management

     - MSc in Industry,Trade and Development

     - MSc in ICTs for Development (ICT4D)

     - MSc in Organisational Change and Development

     - MSc in Management and Implementation of Development Projects

     - MA in International Development: Politics and Governance


The deadline for application for the scholarships is 28 May 2010.


For more information on this and other funding opportunities for IDPM programmes, please visit http://www.sed.manchester.ac.uk/idpm/postgraduate/taught/funding/


IMD MBA Future Leaders Scholarships


Three scholarships are awarded each year to candidates who demonstrate leadership understanding through an essay competition. Candidates must be those who demonstrate exceptionally strong leadership potential and submit the best essay on 'Leadership in an era of Globalization'.


Deadline: September 30.


Read more at http://www.imd.ch/programs/mba/fees/scholarships/Future-Leaders.cfm


Stockholm Challenge 2010


Stockholm Challenge gives you a unique opportunity to boost the viability of your project, find new investors and expand your professional network.


The proven Stockholm Challenge Framework puts the most relevant and crucial aspects of your project to the test. The most promising projects will be nominated for the Stockholm Challenge Award. Selected by a jury comprising some of the foremost global IT-entrepreneurs, the most innovative and viable projects will be rewarded the Stockholm Challenge Award.


The Stockholm Challenge Award categories cover the most significant areas of social and economic life. They are selected to match the UN Millennium Development Goals and cover a wide spectrum of services and activities for people, communities and their environments.


* Culture: The Challenge is looking for the role of ICT in every aspect of cultural expression, including the preservation of cultural heritage and identity. Entries can include viral marketing, online bookings and reviews through digital products and services to the Internet as a global venue for performance. The areas that are especially in focus are: - Arts and entertainment; - Heritage preservation and access; - Sports and recreation; - Tourism; - New media.


* Economic Development: ICT is being deployed in all areas of economic development, from home shopping, banking, marketing to business-to-business transactions. New opportunities are tested in developing countries with special attention to new sources of income. Entries are welcome under the these headings: - Business and enterprises; - Commerce environment; - Regional economic development; - Agriculture and food security; - Information based businesses.


* Education: Educators are early adopters. They have encountered some of the most difficult problems in implementing ICTs and making them available to those who most need them. This category targets: - All school and university level education; - Private and public courses; - Professional training and practice; - Lifelong and informal learning; - Knowledge networks.


* Environment: This category seeks projects that demonstrate excellence and innovation in preserving the environment and enhancing environmental awareness, in areas such as: - Urban and regional planning; - Traffic and transport; - Climate change; - Alternative energy technologies; - Habitat protection.


* Health: This category covers activities from public health campaigns, emergency response to access and security, telemedicine and communication channels for those with special needs. Special focus is on: - Telemedicine; - Hospital and home care; - Health promotion; - Disabilities support; - Disaster and emergency.


* Public Administration: ICT implementations in public programmes to promote better governance, administrative efficiency and transparency, citizen inclusion and democratic processes; projects under headings such as: - Governance - politics and elections; - Citizen inclusion; - Public services - administration and management; - Communication infrastructure; - Universal access and security.


Stockholm Challenge 2010 is open for applicants until August 1, 2010.




University of Sydney International Scholarship (USydIS)


The University of Sydney invites candidates who are eligible to undertake a Postgraduate Research Degree or Master's by Research program at this University to apply for the University of Sydney International Research Scholarship (USydIS).


The objective of the USydIS is to attract top quality international postgraduate students to undertake research projects which will enhance the University's research activities. The USydIS is open to all research disciplines, however participation in the USydIS program each semester is at the discretion of the Dean of each faculty. These scholarships will be awarded to eligible applicants twice a year – in October/November in conjunction with the International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) for commencement in Semester 1 (March), and in early April for commencement in Semester 2 (July).


The USydIS will cover tuition fees and living allowance for up to three years with a possibility of one semester's extension for PhD students.


Applicants who wish to be considered for the IPRS and USydIS awards for semester 1, may indicate this by completing the relevant section of the Postgraduate Research Application form. To be considered for an award for semester 1, applications for admission to a research degree MUST be received by the International Office by 31 July of the previous year.


To be considered for the USydIS for semester 2, applications for admission to a research degree MUST be received by the International Office by 31 December of the previous year.


Read more


The Ramsar Convention's Small Grants Fund


Suitable project proposals are those which contribute to the implementation of the Convention's Strategic Plan 2003-2008 for the conservation and wise use of wetlands; provide emergency assistance for Ramsar sites; or provide 'preparatory assistance' to allow non-Contracting Parties to progress toward accession. Eligibility is restricted to countries on the List of Aid Recipients established by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), effectively meaning developing countries and countries with economies in transition. Projects may be proposed and implemented by any agency, NGO, or individual, but proposals MUST be endorsed and monitored by the Administrative Authority (the Ramsar implementing agency) in the Party's government, and seldom is more than one proposal approved from the same Party in any year. Successful proposals receive 80% of the allocated funds upon signature of the contract and the remainder upon submission of an adequate final report, but countries from which adequate final project reports have not been received may be denied further consideration for funding until those outstanding project dossiers have been closed.


The Secretariat's regional teams also offer an advisory service to help with the preparation of suitable proposals, for which drafts should be submitted to the Senior Regional Advisors by 30 April 2010. Please note that our advice is intended to help to improve project proposals for re-submission to the Small Grants Fund process, but it is not a guarantee that the proposals will be approved by the Standing Committee when it makes its decisions.


Readers can also find below lists of the successful project proposals for each year since 1992 and news reports of successfully completed projects, which may provide useful tips as to the kinds of projects and approaches most often selected for assistance.


The deadline for applications for the next round is 30 June 2010.The deadline for submissions of draft proposals for the SGF advisory service is 30 April 2010.


All of the required forms for applying to the Small Grants Fund are included in the Operational Guidelines.


Read more at http://www.ramsar.org/cda/en/ramsar-activities-grants-rsgf/main/ramsar/1-63-68-159_4000_0__


International Scholarships on water resources management


ICE WaRM offers a scholarship programme to attract high quality international students to education and training in water resources management, delivered by ICE WaRM partner institutions.


The ICE WaRM scholarship programme aims to:


provide high calibre students with the opportunity to study with ICE WaRM partners to further their knowledge;

provide students with the opportunity to participate in research and advance their scientific knowledge in water resources management;

encourage the exchange of ideas on best practice within water-related fields;

provide students with the opportunity to participate in presentations, conferences, seminars and forums on contemporary issues in water resources management;

provide the opportunity for students from organisations and countries currently facing major water issues to participate in programmes which they may not be able to fund; and

demonstrate a commitment to cultural change and diversity and the international sharing of knowledge and skills related to water resources management.




We recommend that you visit the Post-Graduate Programmes page of the website to find out more about the programme.




Semester 1 (July 2010) - Deadline 26th February 2010

Semester 2 (February 2011) - Deadline 27th August 2010


ICE WaRM offers two rounds of scholarships annually, in February and July. Applicants are able to begin applying for current or future rounds at any time. The current round (to commence in Semester 2 - July 2010 has a deadline of 26th February, 2010.


Read more at http://www.icewarm.com.au/page.php?pId=183


The Master of Lifelong Learning Scholarships


Lifelong Learning has become a fundamental goal of recent education policies, often advocated as a way to achieve socio-economic development and as a tool for promoting the 'knowledge-based' society. The rationale of the Masters of Lifelong Learning is to increase the awareness of European Lifelong Learning policies in a regional European context as well as on a global scale. It aims to provide policy-makers and professionals with responsibility for managing, delivering or supporting Lifelong Learning with opportunities to develop their own analysis and practice in what is a constantly changing economic, social, technological and policy environment.


The growing significance of Lifelong Learning both in national and international policy results in the need to bring its implications under close and critical scrutiny. The Master of Lifelong Learning is to be considered a response to a strong need for conducting educational reform activities all over the world.


The European Commission offers scholarships for 3rd country (non-EU) students and scholars.The deadline for scholarship applications is 1 December 2010.


For more information please visit http://www.dpu.dk/site.aspx?p=7131

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