Environmental Peacebuilding Update

Issue 3: 18 Feb 2014


Call for Applications: 2014 Media Course on Oil, Gas, and Minerals
18 February 2014 | Revenue Watch Institute

The Revenue Watch Institute-Natural Resource Charter is rolling out this year's training program for African journalists interested in improving their knowledge of and skills in covering the extractive sectors of oil, gas, and minerals. This call for applications is intended for early- to mid-career journalists working with media organizations in Ghana, Tanzania, and Uganda. (Application Deadline: March 15, 2014).

Water, People, Agriculture - PhD Scholarship Information
11 February 2014 | Anton & Petra Ehrmann-Stiftung Research Training Group

The "Water, People, Agriculture" Research Training Group is looking for applications for their PhD Scholarship on research proposals in one of the research themes indicated on their page. Scholarships of the Anton & Petra Ehrmann-Stiftung Research Training Group are based on a monthly payment rate of 1300 Euro for a maximum period of 36 months. (Application Deadline: March 1, 2014).

2014 Call for Proposals: Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone
10 February 2014 | Open Society Initiative for West Africa

Open Society Initiative for West Africa seeks proposals aimed at achieving objectives relating to governance, conflict prevention, and natural resource management in the priority countries listed. (Submission Deadline: May 30, 2014).

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Environmental and Social Conflict Resolution in the Resources Sector
18 February 2014 | Professional Development and Training for Mining

Live Webcast. The course is aimed at all extractive industry managers and practitioners who engage with local communities and other external stakeholders. It may be of particular relevance for community relations/social performance and environment staff and legal and compliance officers. Staff from technical professions who are seeking to build their knowledge about the social aspects of mining are also welcome.

The University of California Berkeley (UCB) and the University for Peace (UPEACE) - Summer Peace Institute
18 February 2014 | University for Peace

This summer course on current world issues related to peacebuilding and human security is held at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) in Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica. An intensive two-week field study assignment provides the opportunity to interact with a variety of both governmental and non-governmental institutions and actors working in the areas of environment, health, food security, education, development, gender equity, conflict resolution and other human security issues.

Pillage: Exploring the Links between Armed Conflict and Natural Resource Exploitation
20 February 2014 | American University Washington College of Law

American University Washington College of Law, Washington DC, February 20, 2014. Join four expert panelists from leading organizations for an exploration of the law of pillage in international humanitarian law as it relates to the exploitation of natural resources in conflict-affected states.

Book Launch: Water and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding
21 March 2014 | ELI & UNEP

Environmental Law Institute, Washington, DC, March 21, 2014. This launch event will celebrate the publication of "Water and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding," the fourth book in the series on strengthening post-conflict peacebuilding through natural resource management.

Library Resources

Fragile States 2014: Domestic Revenue Mobilisation
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2014
Aid has declined by 2.4% in 2011 and will continue its downward trend. Meanwhile, the share of the world’s poor found in fragile states is set to rise to a half by 2018; of the seven countries that are unlikely to meet a single MDG, six are fragile. Read More

Reverse the Curse: Maximizing the Potential of Resource-driven Economies
Richard Dobbs, Jeremy Oppenheim, Adam Kendall, Fraser Thompson, Martin Bratt, and Fransje van der Marel (McKinsey Global Institute), 2013
Rising resource prices and expanded production have raised the number of countries where the resource sector represents a major share of the economy, from 58 in 1995 to 81 in 2011. That number will rise: to meet soaring demand for resources and replace rapidly depleting supply, the world should invest... Read More

Fields of Bitterness (I): Land Reform in Burundi
International Crisis Group, 2014
In its latest report, Fields of Bitterness (I): Land Reform in Burundi, the first in a two-part series, the International Crisis Group examines why reform has failed to improve land governance since the 2000 Arusha peace agreement. Read More

Conflicts Over Natural Resources in the Global South
Maarten Bavinck, Lorenzo Pellegrini & Erik Mostert, Eds. Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, 2014
Conflicts over Natural Resources in the Global South: Conceptual Approaches is a joint publication of the CoCooN research programme. It presents the conceptual approaches of all the interdisciplinary CoCooN projects, ranging from green criminology and political ecology to institutional analysis, legal pluralism and identity politics. Read More

Local-Level Agreements in Darfur
UNEP, 2014
This report looks beyond international driven peacebuilding initiatives to the locally owned bottom-up efforts and building peace in Darfur.  The report was researched in Darfur by Darfuri natural resource and peacebuilding and drafted by a livelihood and conflict expert with considerable experience in Darfur.  The agreements the report discusses address... Read More

Greening in the Red Zone
Keith G. Tidball and Marianne E. Krasny , 2014
‘Greening in the red zone’ refers to post-catastrophe, community-based stewardship of nature, and how these often spontaneous, local stewardship actions serve as a source of social-ecological resilience in the face of severe hardship. In this introductory chapter, we provide the reader with the fundamentals needed to understand our argument for... Read More

Sudan’s Spreading Conflict: The Limits of Darfur’s Peace Process
International Crisis Group, 2014
This report from the International Crisis Group contains summary and analysis of recent developments in the Darfur peace process, and includes recommendations for the government of Sudan and for international actors. Read More

Ending Conflict & Building Peace in Africa: A Call to Action
African Development Bank, 2014
The High-Level Panel on Fragile States in Africa was established on the initiative of President Kaberuka of the African Development Bank (AfDB or ‘the Bank’). Under the leadership of Her Excellency Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia, the Panel was asked to review the likely sources of fragility in Africa in... Read More


UNDP: International Consultant - New Deal Peacebuilding and Statebuilding, Kabul, Afghanistan
12 February 2014 | United Nations Development Programme

Under the direct supervision of Ministry of Finance, Director of Aid Management Directorate and Manager of Aid Effectiveness and Policy Unit, Ministry of Finance (MoF) and with support from the UNDP New Deal Project Manager, the international consultant will be responsible for conducting research on Afghanistan's development and national strategies to identify lessons, issues and existing data sets that will support the objectives of the New Deal study. (Deadline: February 18, 2014).

International Alert: Specialist Consultants Required in Peacebuilding Sector
4 February 2014 | International Alert

International Alert is requesting Expressions of Interest for short and long term assignments from specialists with experience in areas including peacebuilding, climate & environment, and advanced research techniques. (Deadline: February 23, 2014).

UNEP: Disasters & Conflicts Programme - Regional Humanitarian Affairs Officer, Nairobi; Panama City
4 February 2014 | United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP is looking for senior experts to act as Regional Focal Points in the deployment of environmental expertise to crisis affected countries. (Deadline: March 1, 2014).

International Rescue Committee: Emergency Response Coordinator, Myanmar
4 February 2014 | International Rescue Committee

The ERC will oversee the emergency response program in mainly in the Rakhine state. The ERC is responsible for ensuring rapidity of response, scale of assistance and timely delivery of program activities, while maintaining a positive relationship with State Ministries and other partners. ( Deadline: March 29, 2014).

Environmental Law Institute: Research Intern in Post-Conflict Natural Resource Management
10 February 2014 | The Environmental Law Institute

The Environmental Law Institute seeks an off-site intern to conduct research and assist in editing on a global project to strengthen post-conflict peacebuilding through natural resource management. The intern will conduct research, review scholarly material, assist with editing and publishing the six volumes and perform various administrative tasks. (Deadline: rolling).

Act Change Transform: Program Officer - Environment and Natural Resources - Water Resources Management, Nairobi, Kenya
4 February 2014 | Relief Web

The program officer will be responsible for providing technical support on water as a natural resources as well as NRM advocacy programming. The post holder is primarily responsible for providing leadership on mainstreaming water management issues within the Environment and Natural Resources Management platform ensuring responsiveness to the context and all its initiatives are based on sound external analysis.

International News

Ivory Coast Joins the African Gold Rush - But It's No Quick Fix for the Economy
16 February 2014 | Tamasin Ford, The Guardian

Apple in Conflict Mineral 'Name and Shame' Crackdown
13 February 2014 | Dave Lee, BBC News


Oil, Libyans' Bargaining Chip
11 February 2014 | Kevin Casey, Sada: Middle East Analysis (Carnegie Endowment)


Whose Garbage Is This Anyway?
8 February 2014 | Thomas Friedman, The New York Times


Why Global Water Shortages Pose Threat of Terror and War
8 February 2014 | Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian


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