An interview with David Malone.

Author:Williamson, Roger
Position:Interview
 
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In this video we interview the Rector of the United Nations University (UNU), David Malone from Canada, who has held both diplomatic and academic research positions, and who locates the UNU within the UN system as being on the interface between evidence-based research and policy. He underlines that the UNU was established as a think tank for the UN system, with an emphasis on research rather than teaching.

Both the UN system and national politicians, Malone argues, are open to new thinking. It is usually a minority who are prepared to prioritize new thinking, but it must be understood that politicians need to be convinced that a new approach is useful to their country, their party, and themselves-and this is an opportunity that forces academics to clarify what the main message of their research is. The UN Intellectual History Project documents how ideas have been taken up within the system and the role of some of the key thinkers in getting acceptance for new approaches.

Malone further argues that researchers must resist the danger of complexifying problems so that they become to be caricatured as being incapable of solution. Equally it is clear that either methodological or ideological fixation by researchers is not a basis for sound policy.

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ReCom results meeting: Aid for Gender Equality. Copenhagen, Denmark

Address

Eigtveds Pakhus, Asiatisk Plads 2 G, Copenhagen, Denmark

Date

16 December 2013 08:30 - 16 December 2013 17:00

Contact person

Malokele Nanivazo, Research Fellow, UNU-WIDER

Communications and press:

Carl-Gustav Linden

Project assistant:

Janis Vehmaan-Kreula

In recent decades, aid donors have recognised that gender equality and women's empowerment are central to improving living standards, well-being, and economic growth. This insight has led to a fourfold increase in the flows of foreign aid toward gender equality related initiatives, from USD 6.5 to 25.5 billion from 2002 to 2011. Yet, donors, policymakers and academics have not paid much attention to the impact of foreign aid in promoting gender equality and women's empowerment on broad development outcomes or on outcomes for women, girls, men and boys.

The ReCom results meeting 'Aid for Gender Equality' will bring together leading experts in gender issues, alongside development professionals from bilateral and multilateral donor agencies, parliamentarians from the Nordic countries, members of the international NGO community as well as policy makers from aid-supported developing countries.

The goal of the results meeting is two-fold:

  1. To present and disseminate the conclusions of studies on the relationship between donor assistance and changes in gender equality and female empowerment; and

  2. To discuss the future role of foreign aid in promoting gender equality and women's empowerment within the post-2015 context.

    ReCom - Research and Communication on Foreign Aid is a 3-year, internationally oriented research programme implemented by UNU-WIDER, with financial support from Sida and Danida, that aims to provide cutting-edge evidence about 'what works', 'what could work', 'what is scalable', and 'what is transferable' in the area of development cooperation, and to communicate this to the wider public. ReCom focuses on five themes: growth and employment; governance and fragility; gender equality; environment and climate change; and the social sectors. Synergies exist across these areas, and poverty reduction cuts across all five themes.

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    Project meeting: 'Good Aid in Hard Places: Learning from What Has Worked in Fragile Contexts'. Helsinki, Finland

    Address

    UNU-WIDER, Helsinki, Finland

    Date

    12 December 2013 - 13 December 2013

    Contact person

    UNU-WIDER focal point: Rachel Gisselquist, Research Associate

    Project Assistant: Janis Vehmaan-Kreula

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    Governance & Fragility

    Governance has become a major concern for both donors and aid recipient countries since the late 1980s. Very poor quality governance is also one of the defining characteristics of state fragility, and social unrest and violence may both exacerbate and be caused by weak institutions. Our work draws on some 80 studies prepared by UNU-WIDER's global network.

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    Peking University National School of Development, UNU-WIDER, African Development Bank and World Bank meeting of contributors to the Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics, Beijing, China

    Address

    Peking University National School of Development, Beijing, China

    Date

    8 December 2013 - 10 December 2013

    Contact person

    Finn Tarp, Director of UNU-WIDER

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    Presentation: Symposium on the Interface of Academic Research and Government Policy, UK

    Address

    Oxford Department of International Development, UK

    Date

    6 December 2013 - 11 December 2013

    Contact person

    Gyanendra Badgaiyan

    Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER

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    Meeting: Africa's Emerging Middle-Class as a side event at the African Studies Association Conference, Baltimore, USA

    Address

    Baltimore, USA

    Date

    23 November 2013 - 23 November 2013

    Contact person

    Focal point Danielle Resnick

    Project Assistant: Lisa Winkler

    UNU-WIDER research page: Africa's Emerging Middle-Class

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