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Ongoing Research Projects

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  • Central Asia
  • East Africa
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  • Switzerland

Migration, knowledge and development: Role of knowledge and skills in the migration process
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2011 - 2014 | S. Thieme, C. Hatcher, A. Ghimire, J. Samanchina | Funded by SNSF and SDC
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The project takes a critical perspective on the recently surfaced new “optimistic” discourse on migration, highlighting migrants’ potential as agents of global development. Drawing on case studies that reflect the heterogeneity of migration this research project aims to achieve a more differentiated understanding of the dynamics of knowledge and skill flow in the migration process and its possible linkages with development. | read more



Migration and Mobility: Confusing terms, varying regional relevance, conflicting policies?

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2010 - 2012 | K. Grabska, E. Schelling, S. Thieme | Funded by SNSF and SDC
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National and international policymakers and development organisations see great potential in migration as a way of reducing poverty and promoting development, particularly in migrants' countries of origin. However, researchers emphasise the need for nuanced, region-specific knowledge of the factors limiting or supporting migrants’ contribution to development. In this project, NCCR North-South researchers draw on study results in West Africa, South Asia, Central Asia, and Europe to compare and contrast the nature and handling of migration and mobility in each region. | read more



Poverty-oriented development policy beyond the Millennium Development Goals
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2010 - 2012 | U. Geiser, B. Steimann | Funded by SNSF and SDC
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It appears that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are becoming a crucial signifier for poverty-oriented development debates for advocates of the development mainstream as well as for critics and radical opponents. The emerging debates on poverty-oriented development policies beyond the MDGs may thus play a crucial role in the shaping of future development interventions by northern donors as well as the states in the south/east. The overall goal of the project is to harvest on existing knowledge produced by the NCCR N-S and to produce insights that can critically inform the emerging global debate on poverty-oriented development policies beyond the MDGs. | read more


Negotiating rural development in South Asia's periphery

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2009 - 2013 | U. Müller-Böker, B. Korf, M. Jungiger, B. Klem | Funded by SNSF and SDC
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The project aims at examining the multiple changes that rural livelihoods are undergoing in South Asia’s periphery and the role that multi-local networks of migrants and development agents play in shaping rural development, in particular in localities that have experienced limited state penetration, political violence and unequal development. | read more



Contested rural development
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2009 - 2013 | U. Geiser, S. Lieberherr | Funded by SNSF and SDC
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Many local realities continue to be by-passed by modern development, and to be dominated by customary norms and deep-rooted relations of power. In seemingly separate developments, we witness the emergence of multiple movements fundamentally opposing state-led modernisation, and proposing alternative development paths – often labelled as anti-modern or anti-democratic by state, donors and market agents. | read more



Livelihood futures in resource-scarce areas
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2009 - 2013 | U. Müller-Böker, M. Locher | Funded by SNSF and SDC
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The project postulates the hypothesis that livelihoods security – including food security – in resource-poor areas can no longer be based on natural resources alone. On top of that, productivity of these scarce natural resources is coming under stress due to the assumed change of climate. Therefore, non-natural resource based incomes are becoming increasingly crucial, also to purchase food produced outside these areas. | read more



Institutions, livelihoods and conflicts (Phase 3 of NCCR North-South)
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2009 - 2013 | U. Müller-Böker, M. Graf | Funded by SNSF and SDC
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The overall objective is to research the dynamic and changing roles of political, social, economic and cultural institutions in order to (1) understand how they regulate social interactions between and among individuals and groups (specifically regarding access to livelihood means, and peace and security), and (2) to enable a broader acceptance and legitimacy of institutions relevant for sustainable development. | read more



Living with violence: rural livelihoods in Mid-Western Nepal during and after the People's War
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2009 - 2012 | B. Korf, U. Müller-Böker, S. Byrne | Funded by SNSF
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The research project investigates the impacts of different forms of violence, coercion and control on rural livelihoods in Mid-Western Nepal during and after the People’s War (1996-2006). It studies how different social groups and individuals have navigated through the difficult social and political terrain that characterized rural Nepal during this period. The focus is on a retrospective analysis of livelihood strategies during the People’s War, but attention will also be given to the precarious political transformation after the ceasefire agreement. | read more



Experiences from the field – How does humanitarian aid work?
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2008 - 2011 | P. Hollenbach, B. Korf | Funded by UFSP
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As little research on the ethnography of humanitarian aid has been conducted, this research project aims to support a shift in current academic approaches in humanitarian aid, where discussions on humanitarian aid usually start from the level of principles rather than practice. With an ethnographic view it is argued that the everyday practices and dilemmas faced by aid workers and implementing agencies help to counterbalance inflated expectations, expose uncritical admiration, and put unrealistic critiques into perspective. | read more



Conflict, community and faith in Sri Lanka
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2008 - 2011 | B. Klem, B. Korf | Funded by ESRC
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This is a collaborative project with the University of Edinburgh, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), the University of Peradeniya and the Eastern and Southeastern Universities in Sri Lanka. The project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK. The project studies the linkages between aid, religion and conflict in the multi-ethnic and multi-religious east coast of Sri Lanka. | read more



Development policies and livelihood realities
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2006 - 2011 | J. Grünenfelder, U. Geiser | Funded by SNSF and SDC

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In the case of Pakistan, many studies analyzed decentralisation and participation of Natural Resource Management, livelihood resources and vulnerability, and access to natural resources. However, research on the interface between development policies and their implementation mechanisms, as well as on people's livelihood realities, e.g. on people's specific needs and expectations towards policies, hardly exists. This study starts from the hypothesis that problems at this interface contribute to the fact that many households cannot benefit from development efforts. | read more


How Ethical is Ethical Trade? Private Governance-Networks in Global Value Chains
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2005 - 2010 | M. Starmanns | Partly funded by Heinrich-Böll Stiftung
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By adapting corporate responsibility strategies, companies in Europe implement social standards into their global supply chains in order to improve working conditions in supply factories. Such corporate responsibility strategies are strongly contested by many civil society organizations for being neither effective, credible, nor legitimate. Multi-stakeholder initiatives, by contrast, try to involve more stakeholders and make the private regulation of business operations more effective and legitimate. This research examines which issues are mainly contested in the private regulation of social standards in global production networks, and what limitations current initiatives have. | read more


Migration, knowledge and development: Role of knowledge and skills in the migration process
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2011 - 2014 | S. Thieme, C. Hatcher, A. Ghimire, J. Samanchina | Funded by SNSF and SDC
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The project takes a critical perspective on the recently surfaced new “optimistic” discourse on migration, highlighting migrants’ potential as agents of global development. Drawing on case studies that reflect the heterogeneity of migration this research project aims to achieve a more differentiated understanding of the dynamics of knowledge and skill flow in the migration process and its possible linkages with development. | read more



Migration and Mobility: Confusing terms, varying regional relevance, conflicting policies?

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2010 - 2012 | K. Grabska, E. Schelling, S. Thieme | Funded by SNSF and SDC
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National and international policymakers and development organisations see great potential in migration as a way of reducing poverty and promoting development, particularly in migrants' countries of origin. However, researchers emphasise the need for nuanced, region-specific knowledge of the factors limiting or supporting migrants’ contribution to development. In this project, NCCR North-South researchers draw on study results in West Africa, South Asia, Central Asia, and Europe to compare and contrast the nature and handling of migration and mobility in each region. | read more



Institutions, livelihoods and conflicts (Phase 3 of NCCR North-South)
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2009 - 2013 | U. Müller-Böker, M. Graf | Funded by SNSF and SDC
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The overall objective is to research the dynamic and changing roles of political, social, economic and cultural institutions in order to (1) understand how they regulate social interactions between and among individuals and groups (specifically regarding access to livelihood means, and peace and security), and (2) to enable a broader acceptance and legitimacy of institutions relevant for sustainable development. | read more


Livelihood futures in resource-scarce areas

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2009 - 2013 | U. Müller-Böker, M. Locher | Funded by SNSF and SDC
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The project postulates the hypothesis that livelihoods security – including food security – in resource-poor areas can no longer be based on natural resources alone. On top of that, productivity of these scarce natural resources is coming under stress due to the assumed change of climate. Therefore, non-natural resource based incomes are becoming increasingly crucial, also to purchase food produced outside these areas. | read more



Poverty-oriented development policy beyond the Millennium Development Goals
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2010 - 2012 | U. Geiser, B. Steimann | Funded by SNSF and SDC
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It appears that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are becoming a crucial signifier for poverty-oriented development debates for advocates of the development mainstream as well as for critics and radical opponents. The emerging debates on poverty-oriented development policies beyond the MDGs may thus play a crucial role in the shaping of future development interventions by northern donors as well as the states in the south/east. The overall goal of the project is to harvest on existing knowledge produced by the NCCR N-S and to produce insights that can critically inform the emerging global debate on poverty-oriented development policies beyond the MDGs. | read more

Views of the rural poor: Understanding perceptions, resources and constraints in Honduras

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2008 - 2012 | S. Contzen, U. Geiser | Funded by RFPP and SDC
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The project aims at analyzing the PRS, its implementation and its benefits for poor and marginalized households by comparing two municipalities in the Western part of Honduras. By using a qualitative approach and combining different methods it focuses at the interface between policy and livelihoods. | read more



Institutions, livelihoods and conflicts (Phase 3 of NCCR North-South)
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2009 - 2013 | U. Müller-Böker, M. Graf | Funded by SNSF and SDC
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The overall objective is to research the dynamic and changing roles of political, social, economic and cultural institutions in order to (1) understand how they regulate social interactions between and among individuals and groups (specifically regarding access to livelihood means, and peace and security), and (2) to enable a broader acceptance and legitimacy of institutions relevant for sustainable development. | read more



Poverty-oriented development policy beyond the Millennium Development Goals
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2010 - 2012 | U. Geiser, B. Steimann | Funded by SNSF and SDC
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It appears that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are becoming a crucial signifier for poverty-oriented development debates for advocates of the development mainstream as well as for critics and radical opponents. The emerging debates on poverty-oriented development policies beyond the MDGs may thus play a crucial role in the shaping of future development interventions by northern donors as well as the states in the south/east. The overall goal of the project is to harvest on existing knowledge produced by the NCCR N-S and to produce insights that can critically inform the emerging global debate on poverty-oriented development policies beyond the MDGs. | read more

How Ethical is Ethical Trade? Private Governance-Networks in Global Value Chains

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2005 - 2010 | M. Starmanns | Partly funded by Heinrich-Böll Stiftung
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By adapting corporate responsibility strategies, companies in Europe implement social standards into their global supply chains in order to improve working conditions in supply factories. Such corporate responsibility strategies are strongly contested by many civil society organizations for being neither effective, credible, nor legitimate. Multi-stakeholder initiatives, by contrast, try to involve more stakeholders and make the private regulation of business operations more effective and legitimate. This research examines which issues are mainly contested in the private regulation of social standards in global production networks, and what limitations current initiatives have. | read more



Landscape perception and transdisciplinarity
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2008 - 2011 | N. Backhaus | Funding: miscellaneous
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The project is based on a theoretical model that aims at making different perceptions of and approaches to landscapes visible and transparent. Consisting of four poles that encompass scientific approaches to landscapes (natural, social, behavioural and cultural sciences) and six dimensions that focus on the way landscapes are perceived (aesthetic, economic, ecologic, political, identificatory and corporeal-sensory) it provides a tool for decision-making processes in projects that involve landscape changes (i.e. nature conservation). | read more



Poverty-oriented development policy beyond the Millennium Development Goals
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2010 - 2012 | U. Geiser, B. Steimann | Funded by SNSF and SDC
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It appears that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are becoming a crucial signifier for poverty-oriented development debates for advocates of the development mainstream as well as for critics and radical opponents. The emerging debates on poverty-oriented development policies beyond the MDGs may thus play a crucial role in the shaping of future development interventions by northern donors as well as the states in the south/east. The overall goal of the project is to harvest on existing knowledge produced by the NCCR N-S and to produce insights that can critically inform the emerging global debate on poverty-oriented development policies beyond the MDGs. | read more


 
 
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