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The Global Development Awards and Medals Competition (AMC) is an innovative award scheme launched by GDN with generous support from the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan, and other donors.

GDNThe AMC recognizes excellence in policy-oriented research, supports research capacity development of researchers in developing countries and funds innovative social development projects benefiting marginalized groups in the developing world. Since its inception in 2000, GDN has provided US$ 3.6 million in awards and travel grants to finalists and winners. The winners of the current round will be chosen by an eminent jury at GDN’s 15th Annual Global Development Conference to be held in Accra, Ghana from 18-20 June, 2014; an event attended by over 500 practitioners in the field of development where finalists will present their proposals and papers.

Competition Categories – The competition accepts submissions in three categories:

Category 1: Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP)

Category 2: Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD)

Category 3: Medals for Research on Development (Medals)

Download the poster.


19-20 July 2014

The Humanitarian Innovation Project will host its inaugural Humanitarian Innovation Conference (HIP2014) at the University of Oxford on 19-20 July 2014.

Over recent years, innovation has emerged as a topic of central relevance to the humanitarian sector. International organizations, NGOs, and the private sector have gradually explored how new products and processes drawn from outside the sector might begin to play a transformative role.

HIP2014 represents an opportunity to bring together the major stakeholders within the emerging humanitarian innovation debate, from across sectors, to consolidate knowledge, engage in debate, and develop a shared agenda for bringing innovation to the sector. We aim to bring together 150-180 delegates for a range of keynote addresses, panel sessions, exhibition demonstrations, and film and multimedia presentations. It will be the largest academic conference so far held on humanitarian innovation.

The Call for Papers is open and more details follow below.

truongA new ISS Working Paper has been published by Dr. Thanh Dam Truong, senior researcher with the GGSJ research programme and Associate Professor of Women, Gender and Development Studies.

Entitled Human trafficking, globalisation and transnational feminist responses, this ISS working paper (no. 579) presents a historical overview of feminist frameworks for analysis and advocacy on human trafficking. By tracing the epistemological and ethical tensions in the body of knowledge about human trafficking and the power relations involved in interpreting the question of human dignity and agency, the paper hopes to open new lines for debate and cooperation to address the varying interpretations of the use of force as well as the nature of human agency, decision-making and choice in the business of human trafficking.

Click here for more information, including an extended abstract and to download the working paper. Oxford HandbookFEM

A version of this working paper will be published the Oxford Handbook of Transnational Feminist Movements, edited by Rawwida Baksh and CIRI colleague Wendy Harcourt. The Handbook will be available online in March and the book will be available in September 2014.

1.coverGGSJ Senior Researcher Dr. Thanh Dam Truong and CIRI Senior Researcher Dr. Wendy Harcourt have recently published a special issue of the journal Gender, Technology and Development.

The theme of this special issue is: Bodies, Sexualities and Gender

Link to full issue: March 2014; Vol. 18, No. 1


International Institute of Social Studies

The Governance, Globalization and Social Justice research programme aims to produce internationally leading, socially committed and societally relevant research outcomes on issues of governance from an explicitly social justice perspective. This blog is a forum on which to share and discuss themes and issues which fall within the broad framework of the programme.