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IEE Hosts Alumni Conference

"Evaluation of Development Interventions
- Current Debates, Methods, and Best Practices -"

As a central part of its alumni activities, the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE; Ruhr-University Bochum) regularly organises alumni conferences in close collaboration with its partner master programmes. Against this background, the IEE hosts a conference from the 5th-8th of November 2019, titled “Evaluation of Development Interventions - Current Debates, Methods, and Best Practices” in Bochum. The conference partners are the MA programme in Development Management (MADM; IEE), the MA programme in International and Development Economics (MIDE; HTW Berlin), the Small Enterprise Promotion and Training Programme (SEPT; University of Leipzig), the MA programme in Development and Governance (Institute of Political Science (IfP); University of Duisburg-Essen), and the MA programme in International Relations and Development Policy (Institute for Development and Peace (INEF); University of Duisburg-Essen).

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PhD Exchange student from ISS

2019 09 Yukari SekineYukari Sekine is a PhD Candidate of Development Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague. She is part of the Political Ecology Research Group and will be joining the IEE from September 2019 to February 2020 for a PhD Exchange, funded by the RUB Research School. At the ISS, she was part of the MOSAIC Research Project: "Climate change mitigation policies, land grabbing and conflict in fragile states: understanding intersections, exploring transformations in Myanmar and Cambodia", under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Saturnino ('Jun') Borras Jr. which was concluded in 2018. In Myanmar, her PhD research covers rural politics, the intersection of climate change mitigation and land grabs, and struggles for agrarian, environmental and climate justice. She has conducted fieldwork in the southern Tanintharyi region, a hub of palm oil, extractivism, conservation and land related conflicts. She is also interested in reflecting on the challenges of scholar-activism and the role of academics in their collaboration with grassroots partners. At IEE, she will be supervised by Prof. Dr. Löwenstein and Dr. Gabriele Bäcker, and will collaborate with Anne Siebert on a joint paper, to link conceptually the issues of sovereignty, territory and citizenship. Yukari has an M.A. in Global Studies from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, and a B.A. in Journalism from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, in Brazil. She is looking forward to interacting with the researchers and students and getting to know the IEE.

PhD Thesis of Former EUSA_ID Scholarship Holder Published

2019 08 vanderMarkElise van der Mark, who stayed for 2.5 years at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) with an "EUSA_ID" scholarship, now graduated at the "Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam" and published her PhD thesis with the title "Against All Odds: Exploring wellbeing transformation with mothers of disabled children from poor urban settlements in Southern Africa". During her stay at UWC, her thesis was co-supervised by Dr. Ina Conradie. Congratulations!

Please find the thesis here

Congratulations, Dr. Hoedoafia!

After successful defence of her PhD Thesis on Friday, 23 August 2019, Mabel Akosua Hoedoafia from Ghana has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.).

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Prof. Dr. Helmut Karl, Mabel Hoedoafia with daughter, Prof. Dr. Matthias Busse

Her thesis with the title "International Trade and Private Sector Performance: A Critical Analysis of Ghana’s Manufacturing Sector" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Matthias Busse and Prof. Dr. Helmut Karl. Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein chaired the oral exam.

Congratulations, Dr. Hope!

After successful defence of her PhD Thesis on Monday, 12 August 2019, Lesley Hope from Ghana has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.).

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Her thesis with the title "Amending Biochar to Urban Farmlands: An Economic Evaluation of the Effects on Food Security in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and in Tamale (Ghana)" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein and Prof. Dr. Helmut Karl. Prof. Dr. Werner Voß chaired the oral exam.

New Journal Article by Two MADM Alumni

2019 08 ReviewsGlobalEcoNardos Legesse Beyene, Alumnus of IEE’s MA in Development Management, together with Mulugeta F. Dinbabo, also IEE Alumnus and nowadays Acting Director of the Institute for Social Development, IEE’s partner institution at the University of the Western Cape/South Africa, published an article on

An Empirical Evaluation of the Link between Women Participation in Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) and Poverty Reduction in Ethiopia

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MADM student wins MAXQDA Research Grant

2019 07 VanAalstLisa van Aalst, student of the Bochum Programme of Development Management in Cape Town, successfully won the MAXQDA Research Grant for her field research period in India. She will perform her field research for her master thesis research project titled "Collective Action and Access to Justice – A case study of Dalit Women Collectives in rural Uttar Pradesh, India". More information can be found here.

We congratulate Lisa for this award and wish her all the best for her field research.

Learning by Doing in the Field of Development

2019 07 BonomaliMacmillan Bonomali from Malawi has spent an internship period at UNU-FLORES in Dresden during his studies in the MA in Development Management programme. Find out about his experiences in an interview published by his internship organization.
Photo: UNU-FLORES

Call Extension: Alumni Conference 2019

We are happy to announce a call-extension for the upcoming alumni conference, titled "Evaluation of Development Interventions - Current Debates, Methods, and Best Practices", taking place Nov. 04-08 Nov. 2019. We would like to encourage alumni to apply also if they cannot propose a case study for the conference’s workshops.

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Call for Participation: International Forum on Refugee Protection & Migration Issues 2019

From 28 to 29 November 2019, IEE and IFHV at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum will be hosting the International Forum on Refugee Protection (IFRP 2019) & Migration Issues.

This 2-day forum (IFRP 2019) stems from the collaboration of PhD Students from various disciplines from the Institute for Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) and the Institute for International Law of Peace & Armed Conflict (IFHV), with support from the RUB Research School at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany.

The IFRP 2019 is a student-led initiative and offers an international platform for knowledge-exchange with fellow doctoral researchers, senior academics, and experts. The IFRP 2019 will include two keynote speakers, case study sessions, discussion sessions, lunch, refreshments, and an official forum dinner.

We invite submissions of participation from current or recently-graduated doctoral researchers in the field of international human rights law, international development studies, and other related disciplines.

Applicants do not need to be affiliated with any of the institutions listed above.

The call for participation is open until the 21 July 2019 on topics that address or touch on, one or several of the following sub-themes:

  • The Modern Refugee Crisis: Rights holders vs. Duty bearers
  • Impacts of securitization on refugees and migration policies
  • Bringing the law to life: Refugee protection at national, regional, and global levels
  • Relationship between crime and security in the age of refugee securitization
  • Regional cooperation and governance in development

The abstracts (500 words) for oral/poster presentation should include the preferred sub-theme, indication of the presentation type (oral/poster/both), full name, institutional affiliation, and contact details to, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 21st July 2019. A CV is also requested with submission.

Successful candidates will be notified by 21 August 2019.

Download: Call for Participation