The Ghanaian-German Centre for Development Studies (GGCDS) offers seven PhD-Positions at the University of Ghana, starting in August 2017. Qualified persons can apply for a four-year full-time PhD Program in Development Studies as of August 2017. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2017.
Find more information here, or have a look into their official call here, please.
Between July 10th and August 7th 2016 the second Chula Right Livelihood Summer School was held in Thailand and Bhutan. Divided into two parts, the first part took place in Bangkok, Thailand, on July 10th to 23rd , while the second part of the Summer School took place in Bhutan July 24th to August 7th. The Summer School was organised by the Chulalongkorn University, the Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation (SNF), the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) and by Dr. Timmi Tillmann (RLC), based on a MoU between these institutions.The Chula Summer School was divided into two parts.
Participants from all over the globe participated at the Summer School in Bangkok and Bhutan. Chula Right Livelihood Summer School is a platform to bring together the Right Livelihood Award Laureates, policy practitioners, academia, students and social workers to join in a co-creative learning workshop aimed at fostering the emergence of transformative leaders for change.
For further infromation on the Chula Right Livelihood Summer School please have a look into the video, which was uploaded recently:
Previous articles on the CHULA Right Livelihood Summer Schools can be recalled here.
On September 5th, Right Livelihood Award Laureate Prof Dr. Anwar Fazal (RLA Laureate 1982) and Glorene Das, representative of Tenaganita (Irene Fernandez, RLA Laureate 2005), were invited to a public panel discussion at the historic Old City Hall in Bonn to talk about their work as activists. The topic of the panel discussion revolved around Human Rights and the Empowerment of the Marginalized and was organized by a cooperation of the Centre for Development Research, Working group for Development Services and the City of Bonn. The discussion was facilitated by Dr. Merjam Wakili from the Deutsche Welle. The two panelists talked about the challenges and success of their organizations fighting against Human Rights abuses.
Glorene Das shared some of the stories working for women migrants and trafficked people in Malaysia, stressing the importance of involving companies in their work to ensure the implementation of gender policies. Prof Dr. Anwar Fazal shared experiences of his long work history for the protection of consumer rights in Asia. You can watch the full discussion here:
RLC Workshop on Human Rights
From 3th to 8th of September, more than 20 PhD students from various countries participated in the RLC workshop on Human Rights and the Empowerment of the Marginalized in Bonn. The workshop was a co-operation between the RLC and the Association for the Development Services (AGdD) of which also 10 returnees joined the workshop. Furthermore, two scholarship students of the Institute for International Cultural Relations (ifa) also attended. The workshop was accompanied by RLA Laureate Prof Dr. Anwar Fazal and Glorene A. Das (Tenaganita Malaysia) sharing their expertise and experiences with the PhD students.
In the course of the program, the participants presented, discussed and analyzed case studies of participatory empirical research in a cohesive transdisciplinary way, benefitting from each other’s expertise. The workshop’s program also included a public panel discussion with both Glorene A. Das and Prof Dr. Anwar Fazal at the historic Old City Hall in Bonn, sharing insights into their work as activists, discussing challenges and achievements.
Due to dangerous circumstances, the human rights lawyer Raji Sourani is working under in Gaza Strip, he was not able to attend the Workshop, unfortunately.
Between July 10th and August 7th 2016 the second Chula Right Livelihood Summer School was held in Thailand and Bhutan. Divided into two parts, the first part took place in Bangkok,Thailand, on July 10th to 23rd , while the second part of the Summer School took place in Bhutan July 24th to August 7th. The Summer School was organised by the Chulalongkorn University, the Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation (SNF), the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) and by Dr. Timmi Tillmann (RLC), based on a MoU between these institutions.
The focus of the first part of the workshop was put on the conceptual and experiential exploration, field work on Right Livelihood as well as on land rights and land grabbing in the Mekong region and Asia. Several resource persons such as Walden Bello (RLA 2003) and Kartini Samon from GRAIN (RLA 2011) accompanied the Summer School and gave insights into their work and visions. Walden Bello, for instance, emphasized the importance of a more direct democratic system based on equity, justice and ecological balance while Kartini Samon stressed the need of an alternative food system promoting food sovereignty.
During the second part of the Summer School, taking place in Bhutan, the participants learned and practiced Participatory Action Research (PAR) with local farm households in the Punakha and Wangdue Districts of Bhutan, thus giving the local community a voice to express their knowledge, values and ideas about their livelihoods and to develop a vision of the future for their own wellbeing. The students were given an introduction to the situation of Agri-Culture and rural livelihoods in Bhutan where the government is seeking a full organic agriculture by 2020. After a methodical preparation of the fieldwork, the participants worked on 4 field sites in Punakha and Wangdue. The aim was to generate ideas together on Right Livelihood using visual PAR Tools about the future of food and Agri-Culture for small-scale farmers in different regions of Bhutan as well as to strengthen self-reliance on healthy food. The Summer School was supported by the expertise of several RLA Laureates including Dr. Anwar Fazal (RLA 1982).
To celebrate his 75th birthday, Prof. Fazal has drafted another multiverse adventure, a selection of initiatives and projects of hope – the right livelihood way.
“We live in a world sadly dominated by the trinity of “badness” – the culture of violence, of manipulation and of waste. People everywhere are rising against this badness – a phenomenon that Paul Hawken calls “Blessed Unrest”. We see springs of action, candles of hope, sparks of courage that are making a difference. There is a trinity of “goodness” that gives a vision of (a) balance and harmony, (b) the culture of stewardship of Mother Earth and, (c) accountability for the future. The book hopes to share and spread these ideas and suggest actions to make them happen.”
Please download the e-book here. Prof. Fazal is happy to receive comments and feedback, which can be sent to the RLC Global Secretariat.
RLC Córdoba is currently working on the accomplishments of two agreements.
One with the Faculty of Medicine (Master on Children and Maternal Health), whose students (wave 2016) will produce reports/research in the context of the chair of “Ecology and Health”. Most of the issues to be developed are linked with current social needs of research and practice proposals for the ground. Most of the postgraduate students are Physicians or work in the ground with vulnerable communities.
This research can be useful for health centres (e.g. public hospitals) and vulnerable communities.
The second agreement involve the German University of Kassel with the main issue of technical support of two small museums on ethnology and archaeology of the Comechingones (local) indigenous people managed by local people (Mina Clavero, West of the province of Córdoba). Such project includes descendants of the Comechingones people living in Córdoba. Through these museums we will enhance local knowledge on indigenous past (and present), and local tourism.
RLC Córdoba is also finishing a technical advice on the most polluted region of Mexico (and one of the most polluted in the World) in Apaxco Totonilco. Representatives of RLC Córdoba have been there in the ground with affected people and local organisations, in a joint work involving the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico. RLC Córdoba was asked to technically produce a report on the general situation, helping them in future steps.
In cooperation with the Bonn based “Association of German Development Services” (AGdD), the RLC Campus Bonn organised an international workshop focusing on research and practice concerned with human rights and marginalized people in Asia and Africa. From September 3-8, 2016, concepts and approaches of human rights, empowerment and marginalization were discussed in applied development contexts. Three Laureates of the “Alternative Nobel Prize” have confirmed their participation, namely:
On June 14, 2016, RLA Laureate Kasha Nabagesera spoke in a panel session entitled “Born free and equal? Reporting on the global struggle for LGBT rights” which was hosted by the Right Livelihood Award Foundation at the Global Media Forum (GMF). The GMF is an international conference annually organized by the Deutsche Welle in the Old German Parliament in Bonn. Together with Claudia Roth, Vice President of the German Bundestag, Mahmoud Haseeno, Syrian journalist, and Kriss Rudolph, Editor-in-Chief of MÄNNER Magazine, she spoke on hate crimes, anti-gay laws, homophobia and the media as a catalyzer of polarization, radicalization, and threat to the very foundation of freedom.
“We need freedom of speech. But racism and homophobia is no opinion. It’s hate.” (Kasha)
The full panel session is available as a video podcast here: