» Archive for: April, 2014

On April 16, 2014 ISS senior lecturer Karin Astrid Siegmann and representatives of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a human rights award-winning farmworker organization from Florida, USA, participated in the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Dutch multinational entreprise Royal Ahold.

RTEmagicC_Ahold_AGM_Siegmann_jpgDuring the meeting, the delegation demanded that Ahold puts its commitment to responsible business conduct into practice by joining the Fair Food Program (FFP).

Based on her own research, Karin Astrid Siegmann argued that: ‘Corporate social responsibility initiatives can be successful if they put workers’ agency at the centre. The Fair Food Programme of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers is a prime example of such an initiative in which workers have had a key role in the design and implementation. It has been evaluated independently, showing improvements in farmworkers’ wages, health and safety and successes in eradicating sexual harassment, among other.’

Watch the full questions & answer session during the Royal Ahold 2014 AGM

The German NGO Dreilinden gGmbH has granted the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS) again scholarships for capacity building in the area of decent work for lesbian, gay, trans- and intersexual (LGBTI) persons.

Dreilinden provides two scholarships for MA students from the Global South and East. The selected applicants will participate in the 2014/2015 ISS MA Programme in Development Studies, major Social Policy for Development (SPD) with a specialisation in Work & Employment (WE).

Eligible applicants are nationals of a developing or transition country and have a documented background in work for human/labour rights for LGBTI persons.

The scholarship covers all study-related expenditures, including the fee, travel, lodging, and meals, for the whole 15.5 month study period (1 September 2014 – 15 December 2015).

Application procedure

To apply, please send a motivation letter and CV to the WE convenor, Professor Dr. Irene van Staveren, via e-mail: staveren@iss.nl. The application deadline for the Dreilinden-ISS Scholarship is on May 15, 2014.

General admission requirements for the ISS MA Programme as well as information about the application procedure can be found on the Prospective Students page of the ISS website.

For more information about the Dreilinden-ISS scholarship, please contact WE convenor Professor Dr. Irene van Staveren via e-mail at staveren@iss.nl or phone +31-70-4260 602.

All inquiries about the ISS MA Programme can be directed to the ISS Student Office at student.office@iss.nl.

ISS offers a warm welcome to the 18 participants who started their short three-week Postgraduate diploma course on LED groupSustainable, Local Economic Development (SLED) on 31 March 2014. The course is intended for government officials and employees in business and non-governmental organizations that deal with private sector development or local economic development policies. The participants all have an MA degree and work in the private sector, in government or with NGOs.


Managing multiple stakeholders in small and medium enterprise development

In an increasingly global economy, localities and regions come to the fore as the nest of enterprises, job creation and governance improvements. What strategies are conducive to local economic development? How do local governments support the private sector? How do civil society organizations fit in to ensure increasing welfare?

With globalization, the pursuit of local economic development has changed from a low-priority function of local governments to a central concern that encompasses the interests of multiple actors at local level. Local governments are faced with two major challenges that pull their attention in opposite directions: internationalization and decentralization. Internationalization operates selectively and only a limited number of actors are included in global networks in which competitiveness is central and restructuring is a constant. On the other hand, decentralization results from increased demand for public services and state responsiveness. These two trends guide stakeholders in weaving relationships of cooperation and competition in the search for opportunities to achieve sustainable local economic development.

The course explores the concept of local economic development, including community, enterprise and locality development. It analyses the functioning of business clusters and their position in global value chains. It discusses policies to facilitate local economic development.

By the end of the course participants will be able to understand, support and manage local economic development processes with multiple stakeholders.

This a joint programme of different institutes and departments of Erasmus University Rotterdam: the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) and the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS). Among others, CIRI members, Prof. Bert Helmsing, Prof. Peter Knorringa, Dr. Georgina Gómez, and Dr. Nicholas Awortwi are teaching in the course.

See other Postgraduate courses at the ISS here.

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