Friday, February 20, 2015

New academic opportunities from the UNCTAD Virtual Institute network as on 20 February 2015

Dear Vi friends,

I am pleased to forward the following academic opportunities from UNCTAD and the Virtual Institute extended network.

I hope you find them of interest.

Vi members from UNCTAD Latin America and the Caribbean member states may apply to attend the next Regional Course on Key Issues on the International Economic Agenda, which will be hosted by Vi core Colombian member, Universidad EAFIT in Medellin, July 13 - 31.

The three-module course will focus on the links between trade, investment, finance and development, and will be delivered in English with with some documentation in Spanish. Candidates are expected to have a full working knowledge of English.

Although primarily aimed at government officials, academics may also be considered. All participants will receive hotel accommodation and sufficient funds to cover daily meals and miscellaneous expenses. Travel expenses will be provided for participants from the least developed countries. All participants will be responsible for obtaining valid visas to travel to Colombia prior to their arrival.

Applications (English or Spanish) must be routed through the member state's permanent mission in Geneva by May 1. For more information, contact

Vi affiliate member, the Graduate Institute, Geneva, is offering members of the Vi network a 10 percent discount on its upcoming Summer Programme.

Two sessions will be offered: WTO, International Trade and Development (June 22 - July 3) and International Affairs and Multilateral Governance (June 22 - July 10).

To qulaify for the discount, applicants must specify that they are affiliated with the Virtual Institute in the application form (motivation letter and/or in the page about how you learned about the programme).

Queries may be submitted online.

The Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) program, co-funded by Canada's International Development Research Centre, has issued a call for proposals to conducta systematic review of existing evidence of the effects of women's economic empowerment on economic growth.

Project duration must not exceed 24 months, including all research activities and final reporting. The total budget available is up to CAD 500,000. Applications may be submitted in French or English.

Deadline for applications is March 31.

For more information, contact

The Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) will hold its 12th annual conference, "Inclusive Growth and Employment for Poverty Reduction," in Nairobi April 29 - March 8. The conference will include a high-level policy forum on the theme "Unlocking Africa's growth for productive employment and poverty reduction."

The conference seeks to review research evidence on specific policy issues related to growth, employment and poverty in developing countries; provide training and build capacity of developing country researchers for policy analysis and engagement; engage in a policy dialogue to catalyze effective research-policy action agendas; and enhance opportunities for global collaboration and networking, among researchers and practitioners to generate evidence and support policy implementation.

A series of pre-conference intensive technical training workshops (micro-econometric techniques, macro-micro policy simulations, among others) will be provided to developing country participants.

For information, contact Aissatou M. Diop, Rose Shaviya or Anne Bernadette Mandap.


Best regards,

Susana Olivares
Virtual Institute
UNCTAD - United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Division on Globalization and Development Strategies
Palais des Nations
1211 Geneva 10 - Switzerland
Phone: +41 22 917 5823 Fax: +41-22 917 0050

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