The Country Environmental Analysis (CEA) of Ethiopia was launched on March 5, 2018 at Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in the presence of high-level government officials, experts, researchers and other stakeholders from both government and non-governmental institutions.
On February 16, EfD Central America Researcher Leida Mercado participated in representation of EfD-CA host institution CATIE as a lecturer in a workshop targeted at directors and professors of the Ministry of Public Education of Costa Rica (MEP), as well as to extension agents of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica (MAG), in order to train them in the subject of climate cha
As Cape Town faces the worst drought in a century, the city may need to shut off running water to homes and businesses in an effort to crisis-manage the last remaining water in the metropole's dams. ‘Day Zero’, as it has become known, is expected to arrive on 9 July, and may need to stay in place for three months.
Hello, Professor Thomas Sterner, who was in Paris last week to talk about the Swedish carbon dioxide tax
Hello, Thomas Sterner, Professor of Environmental Economics, who was invited to Paris last week to testify to French ministers how the Swedish carbon dioxide tax works, because France is about to introduce a carbon dioxide tax on Swedish level to bring down its greenhouse gas emissions.
EfD’s flagship educational program: Collaborative Program in Climate Change and Development Economics (3CDE) linking local and international students and teachers with hands on experience and case studies kicked off its first pilot in CATIE, EfD Central America´s host institution in February.
"We need more citizens who are angry”, said Isabella Lövin, Swedish minister of Development Cooperation and Climate, during a discussion about how politics, technology and individuals can contribute to a smarter climate policy.
A group of technicians and researchers from the governments of Ghana and Liberia conduct a study tour at EfD Central America host institution CATIE. The objective of the visit was to learn about experiences with Payments for Environmental Services and other incentives to promote the conservation of natural resources that are implemented in agricultural landscapes in the country.
The award-winning paper by Fuente et al. (2016) is a product of collaboration between EfD and Nairobi City Water and Sewer Company. It uses data on household socioeconomic status and metered water use in order to evaluate the distributional incidence of subsidies delivered through the water tariff in Nairobi.
VILLAGERS and forest managers are key players for protecting forest reserves in Tanzania, and they should therefore work closely.
The support from Sida to EfD in 2018 is growing. The new agreement constitutes an increase of 30% of the original budget of MSEK 133, i.e. an additional MSEK 38.6. More than half of this will go to a new collaborative marine program that will involve at least 10 EfD centers and which will be led by Håkan Eggert.
EfD researchers are writing review papers on economic policy instruments for chemical management and chemical risk assessment.
The Indian Statistical Institute held its Annual Conference on Economic Growth and Development, Dec 18-20 in Delhi.
The ESAforD (Ecosystem Services Accounting for Development) research team, led by Dr Juha Siikamӓki, presented eight of their case studies at the 11th Annual Meeting of the EfD (Environment for Development) Initiative held in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) from 27 to 30 October 2017.
In 2018, EfD will launch a new collaborative research program. The two focus areas are effective managment and marine plastic waste.
Post-Harvest Management needs a joint effort as an important component of food security and Industrialization in Tanzania
The EfD Tanzania researchers participated in a two-day National Level Post-Harvest Management conference that was held at the Nkrumah Hall, University of Dar es Salaam from 8th to 9th November 2017. It was officiated by Hon Dr. Hon Mary Mwajelwa (MP), Deputy Minister Ministry of Agriculture.
On 13 November, Thomas Sterner and his American colleagues published the article "Policy sequencing toward decarburization", in the prestigious journal Nature Energy.
Back-to-back with the 11th EfD Annual meeting in Addis Abeba, the EfD secretariat organized a two day workshop for communication officers and researchers at all EfD centers, with the specific aim of boosting skills in Policy Interaction and Communication.
The 11th Annual Meeting of the Environment for Development Initiative ended with a general assembly that looked backward and forward from four busy days in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, October 26-30, 2017.
With the goal to “teach climate change to our future leaders,” Francisco Alpízar of Costa Rica and Erik Sterner Erik Sterner, doctoral candidate at Chalmers University, Sweden, introduced EfD’s international graduate program in Climate Change and Environmental Economics.
The cost of generating electricity from wind and solar power is falling so dramatically that low-carbon economic growth can become a reality in most parts of the world.
Turn on the water tap in Cape Town, South Africa in March, and nothing will come out. For the Environment for Development researchers at the University of Cape Town, there’s nothing faraway about their work to help the city conserve water during this drought emergency.
With a blunt warning that “the bad guys can’t hide anymore because we’re seeing them from the sky,” Kitty van der Heijden, Deputy Director of the World Resources Institute, told the 11th Annual Meeting of the EfD Initiative how the data revolution can be used to hold powerful interests accountable when they misuse natural resources.
Making a change from working as a farmer to starting a small business is sometimes a good choice, but it works best if it’s a real choice instead of a response to poor conditions on the farm.
Clean and reliable energy is a “golden thread” in sustainable development, according to experts who gathered at the EfD Policy Day Workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on October 26, 2017. Kicking off EfD’s 11th annual meeting, Policy Day brought together researchers and government officials to discuss the theme of “Carbon pricing and energy transition in developing countries.”
Missing or imperfect markets in several economic sectors explain the reality of the economic problems in developing countries. A market failure in any sector can lead to inefficient allocation of resources and these failures are often resulted in an unequal distribution of income or wealth.
This year the EfD annual meeting will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from: October 27-30, 2017. It is hosted by the Environment and Climate Research Center (EfD - Ethiopia) and the EfD Secretariat. The EfD annual meeting is a forum to bring together researchers from all EfD centers and their collaborators. EfD would also like to attract key stakeholders for exchange of research ideas. Updates for participants will be displayed here.
Energy is arguably one of the major challenges in developing countries. Much research has been done on energy production, consumption and access, however energy reliability has been given less focus.
Healthy natural landscapes such as veld, wetlands, rivers, and estuaries across South Africa generate value to the economy amounting to at least R275 billion per year, a new study by economists at the University of Cape Town (UCT) has found.
The Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA), a 3 000 hectare piece of green open space that is still zoned exclusively for agriculture within Cape Town’s urban sprawl, may take up space that could be used for housing, but its value to the city could well justify this, according to a University of Cape Town resource economist.
Turrialba, Costa Rica. This past 22nd of August, the EfD policy interaction workshop gathered host researchers, practitioners and decision-makers from the coffee sector, to present EEfD research and its contribution to policy discussions on agricultural and environmental issues.
A smart water metering device, developed by EPRU research associate Ass Prof Thinus Booysen from Stellenbosch University's Electrical & Electronic Engineering Department, features in The Conversation this month. The device 'measures and reports water use by the minute,' he writes in the Africa edition of the online magazine.
The Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE) is pleased to announce a special international meeting to be held January 26-28, 2018 at New York University-Abu Dhabi.
The Agriculture for Food Security 2030 (AgriFoSe2030) programme, a Swedish initiative, will conduct a training course for young Asian researchers on effective research-to-policy communication for agricultural development.
If Cape Town’s urban surfaces are designed to be porous and water-catching, it could help meet many of the city’s water needs through recharging the Cape Flats aquifer, while also helloing to manage rainy season flooding and stormwater pollution challenges.
Dr. Aloyce Hepelwa EfDTanzania research fellow will participate to the 5th Nile Basin Development Forum (NBDF) that will take place in Kigali, Rwanda from 23 to 25th October, 2017 at Kigali Marriott Hotel. The Forum is organized by Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) in collaboration with the Government of Rwanda and in partnership with Development Partners (BMZ/GIZ, BMU/GIZ and World Bank).
EfD Tanzania researchers, Dr. John Mduma and Dr. Wilhelm Ngasamiaku, in collaboration with researchers from University of Dar es Salaam and African Institute for Development Policy carried a study on Prospects and Challenges of Harnessing Demographic Dividend in Tanzania. The study was commissioned and funded under the USAID project titled Evidence to Action for Strengthening Reproductive Health through Pathfinder International Tanzania.
CASTRO, CHILE: Senior EfD researcher, Jorge Dresdner, and colleagues will report the results of a study, FIPA 2016-56, whose aim was to estimate the employment generated by Chilean mussel aquaculture insustry.
Jorge Dresdner from EfD Chile will participate in Workshop on Vulnerability to Climate Change of Chilean Salmoniculture
It is an interdisciplinary meeting to elaborate a methodological proposal to evaluate the vulnerability to climate change of salmon farming in Southern Chile.
Chilean EfD Researchers will have a large presence in the 9th Annual Meeting of SOCHER in Chillán, Chile
NENRE researchers: Marcela Jaime, Carlos, Chávez, Jorge Dresdner and Miguel Quiroga will attend the 9th Annual Meeting of Chilean Society of Regional Studies (SOCHER).
Chilean EfD center is organizing Workshop on Environmental and Natural Resource Economics and Short Course to Policy Makers
Research Nucleus in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics at the University of Concepción is organizing the Fifth Workshop on Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, 5th and 6th October 2017, and the Fourth Short course to policy makers on “Compliance and Enforcement of Environmental Policy and Management of Natural Resources”, 4th October 2017. It will take place at Termas de Catillo, Maule Region in Chile.
PORT ELIZABETH: The collapse of the local squid fishery on the south-east coast of South Africa in 2013 has prompted an international body of scientists and policymakers to meet this September. The group will bring together different research disciplines to discuss this small but high-value export fishery, which collapsed in the summer of 2013 and 2014.
Applauding people publicly for their successful efforts to reduce water use at home may be an effective means of driving water-wise behaviour across a city.
A new publication by prominent economists and lawyers argues that the current value is the “best estimate” of climate change’s costs.
The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) In Partnership with GIZ and the World Bank are calling for Fellowships for a PhD specialization Course on Land Economics and Governance (Jan 7- Feb 11, 2018).
The Environmental and Climate Research Centers (ECRC) based at the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI) in collaboration with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) organized 5 days participatory stakeholder mapping workshop from 26 - 30 June 2017 in Wukro city, Ethiopia.
Colombian magazine Dinero interviewed EfD Senior Researcher Francisco Alpizar about Green Growth as the New Key to Global Development, with a special focus on Colombia.
A Symposium on Green Growth and Economic Policy was held at Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, July 18-19, 2017. The four main sessions of the symposium were: economic modeling; behavioral economics for green growth; circular economy and economic and financial instruments.
Small-scale, community-managed hydro power schemes in remote rural Kenya function well if they are run by strong leaders, and have firm rules for how the scheme should be managed. When members of the mini-grid system know they will be disconnected from the grid for breaking those rules, they tend to cooperate more willingly.
For the average rural Kenyan, having a fully charged mobile phone isn't just a luxury that allows them to make phone calls. It’s a complete office for running their small businesses. So when people have access to an electricity source that allows them to keep their phone batteries charged, it means the entire local economy benefits.
The mountainous countryside in Kenya is ideally suited for small-scale hydro power plants, particularly for communities that are too far from the national electrical grid, or where the infrastructure and connection costs are too high. But the government of this East African country has not exploited its hydro power opportunities, something which environmental economist Mary Karumba hopes to change as she returns to government service after completing her doctoral studies in South Africa.