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The Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI) will launch a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in 2017, dedicated to a critical examination of the topic of sustainable development. We are looking for your ideas on what content you would like to see in a MOOC on sustainable development and on the ways in which you would like to learn about sustainable development.

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TIDI Seminar: Interventionism, global security and the new era of biodiversity conservation.

This paper explores an increasingly important question: what does it mean to extend the debates about global security and principles of interventionism to wildlife conservation? It applies a political ecology lens to existing debates on global interventionism, which thus far have focused on the human world; specifically they address questions of the duty or responsibility of the international community, notions of a just war and intervention in defence of vulnerable or persecuted communities (Elshtain, 2004; Zehfuss, 2014; Bellamy and Williams, 2011). However, these debates are changing and the arguments are increasingly invoked and extended to justify protection of non-human nature (Eckersley, 2007). This is especially the case in recent calls to respond more forcefully to rises in poaching of certain iconic and charismatic species, especially elephants, rhinos, tigers and lions (Masse and Lunstrum, 2016; Büscher and Ramutsindela, 2015; Büscher, 2015; Neumann, 2004). The purpose of this paper is to investigate this overlooked area of analysis and to interrogate what this shift means, in discursive and material terms.

This raises interesting questions about the exceptional status of iconic species, especially elephants and rhinos, and their status relative to that of certain human communities in Sub-Saharan Africa. Further, recent debates echo the earlier invocation of ideas of the development-security nexus, in which underdevelopment is reconceptualised as a global security threat (Duffield, 2001). Such ideas are mirrored in current arguments that wildlife losses constitute security threats because high value wildlife products generate ‘threat finance’ for organised crime, rebel groups and even international terrorist networks; therefore poaching and trafficking is rapidly being reconceptualised and presented as a major threat to the stability of states and even to the international system (White, 2014; Duffy, 2016; Nelleman et al, 2016).

Date: Friday 17 February 2017 Time: 13:00

Venue: TRISS Seminar Room C6.002, 6th Floor, Arts Building

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TIDI Seminar: More than the Money: Localisation in Practice

Local actors are increasingly essential players in humanitarian response. In specific settings, their geographical and cultural proximity as well as their low structural costs are major assets. They are often the first to act in the early stages of an emergency, and in some unsafe contexts they are alone in being able to deliver humanitarian aid. Yet, the aid system remains primarily organized around international actors. This is where the concept of localisation comes into the debate. Localisation is increasingly recognised as an efficient, effective and sustainable way of delivering assistance. It has been propelled to the forefront of humanitarian discourse as a result of the World Humanitarian Summit. A number of international and local organisations committed to it through the Charter4change and the Grand Bargain initiatives. Local actors (both NGOs and public authorities - at the national level, but also at the local, and notably municipal levels) want more responsibility, greater direct access to funding and recognition and respect for the central role local actors often take in humanitarian action. This shift is happening slowly, and brings a series of questions to individual agencies and the sector as a whole. In this seminar, Reiseal Ni Cheilleachair will talk through the complexities of this topic. Trócaire is keen to shift to “greater localisation” and to be able to make a crucial contribution to this localisation process at a global level.

Date: Wednesday 22 February 2017 Time: 11:00

Venue: The Global Room, Watt Building, Trinity College

Please RSVP to Mairéad at to confirm your attendance. All are welcome.