Autumn 2017

TIDI Welcome Seminar 2017 - 2018

TIDI is hosting its annual Welcome Seminar to welcome Masters students in the field of Development Studies as they begin their academic year, to introduce them to their field of study and to each other. Students from the Masters in Development Practice, the Masters in Global Health, the Masters in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation and the Masters in International Peace Studies will be in attendance. This seminar will students a sense of the inter-disciplinary nature of development; of their need to be cognisant of the many forms of work that take place in this sector, for example, engineering, health and policy; and to emphasise the connections between these forms of work. We also hope to give the students and sense of the importance of listening to local knowledge and expertise in the areas they may work in the future. In the 2017 Welcome Seminar, Jim Clarken, CEO of Oxfam, and Dr. Ceppie Merry of TCD, will introduce students to key issues in international development.
Date: Friday 22 September 2017
Time: 14:00 – 16:30
Location: M4 Lecture Theatre, Museum Building, Trinity College


Sandwiches, Tea and Coffee, and Conversation


Welcomes and Introductions by Chair, Susan Murphy


Speaker One:  Jim Clarken
“Challenges in International Development”


Q & A Session – audience participation


Speaker Two:  Ceppie Merry
“The Practicalities of Working in Global Health”


Q & A Session – audience participation


Roundup and Closing Remarks –  Susan Murphy, Chair

About the Speakers

Jim Clarken is an Executive Director of Oxfam International and Chief Executive of Oxfam Ireland. An expert and leading commentator on global issues relating to poverty, inequality, sustainable development and business and human rights, Jim has been publicly recognised for his contribution to international development. He is regarded as one of the foremost authorities on development and is a frequent contributor to political and public debate through advocacy and media commentary in Ireland and in global fora. As a strategic leader at Oxfam International his role currently involves steering the confederation through a major change process; the largest of its kind in the organisation’s history, designed to achieve significant global growth and ultimately more impact on the eradication of poverty and injustice. Jim has shared public platforms with senior thought leaders, academics and politicians at UN bodies, the OECD and the European Parliament and European Commission, as well as at national level, and has contributed to major national and international conferences relating to development. He is a passionate advocate for the rights of women and the transformative role they play in development. He served as chair of Dóchas, the umbrella organisation for international development NGOs in Ireland and also chaired the Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence comprised of civil society and human rights actors, the Irish Defence Forces and the Irish Government. 

Dr. Ceppie Merry is an infectious diseases consultant based in St.  James’ Hospital and is a Professor of Medicine at Makerere Univeristy, Uganda.  She is a medical graduate from Trinity College Dublin and obtained a masters degree in HIV from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD in pharmacology from Trinity College Dublin. She completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at North Western Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Merry is a consultant in infectious diseases and senior lecturer in global health at Trinity College Dublin. Dr. Merry also co-founded Realta, an Irish-based NGO involved in community projects in Kampala and the Mpigi district of Uganda.

Please RSVP to Mairéad Finn, TIDI Coodinator, at to confirm your attendance. All are welcome.


TIDI Seminar: Old age pensions and sustainable development: lessons from East Africa

For this year’s Bank of Ireland Positive Ageing Week, Age Action Ireland is teaming up with their partners HelpAge International to raise awareness in Ireland about the importance of old age pensions for alleviating poverty and supporting sustainable development. This event is held in association with Trinity College Dublin's School of Social Sciences and Philosophy and the Trinity International Development Initiative. The speakers share lessons from the field where, with support from Irish Aid, they are carrying out a 5-year development programme aimed at increasing the access of older men and women to appropriate, inclusive and effective social protection systems, in particular old age pensions. They discuss challenges facing older people in developing countries, the growing interest across the Africa region in social protection – particularly universal pensions – and their experience in social accountability activities. Case studies include the current roll out of a universal pension in Kenya, the introduction of a universal pension in Zanzibar in 2016, and moves toward the same in Malawi and Mozambique. They also share their experience of older citizen monitoring in countries like Ethiopia. In the broader view, the seminar provides an opportunity to reflect on how expanding pensions can be a first major step toward a wider lifecycle system of social protection, echoing the experience of countries like Ireland over a century ago.
Date: Tuesday 26 September 2017
Time: 13:00 – 14:00
Location: Neill Lecture Theatre, Long Room Hub, Trinity College

Please RSVP to Mairéad Finn, TIDI Coodinator, at to confirm your attendance. All are welcome.


TIDI Seminar: Maternal Depression and Child Development, with Prof. Sonia Bhalotra.

In this seminar, Sonia Bhalotra will evaluate the impact of maternal depression on children’s skill accumulation. The methods employ a randomized variation in depression, using a cluster-randomized control trial that provided cognitive behavioral therapy to women in rural Pakistan diagnosed as depressed in pregnancy. We conducted a follow-up study when the children were age 7 and assessed their cognitive, socio-emotional and physical development, parental investments in children, indicators of the quality of parenting, and of the home environment. The intervention was successful in reducing maternal depression and this effect was sustained. Treated mothers also exhibited better parenting behaviours, provided a better home environment and invested more in their children’s education. On average, there was no detectible effect on children’s cognitive, socio-emotional or physical development at age 7. We conclude that there are possibly positive but latent effects of the intervention that may be detectible in later life.
Date: Friday 29 September 2017
Time: 13:00 – 14:00
Location: TRISS Seminar Room, Arts Building, Trinity College

Please RSVP to Mairéad Finn, TIDI Coodinator, at to confirm your attendance. All are welcome.


TIDI Seminar: Technology and Aid

In this seminar, Ellen Ward of Concern Worldwide will explore the role of technology in development. Drawing on several case examples, Ellen will explore the challenges specific to the sector and what the movement towards best practice in 'digital development’ means.
Date: 20 October 2017
Time: 13:00 – 14:00
Location: Seminar Room A, Museum Building, Trinity College Dublin

Please RSVP to Mairéad Finn, TIDI Coodinator, at to confirm your attendance. All are welcome.


TIME Keynote with TIDI: Effective Problem Solving in Learning Organisations

In our information rich era, success is driven not by how much you know, but how well you learn. If organizations around the world are to address our most pressing challenges, they need an evidence-responsive, context-sensitive, and adaptive approach to problem solving. This requires a structured and embedded decision-making process. The Smart Policy Design and Implementation (SPDI) framework, developed by Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at the Harvard Kennedy School, offers an analytical methodology—from problem identification to diagnosis, design, implementation, testing, and adaptation. This iterative cycle enables public, private, and non-profit organizations to become effective and flexible problem solvers. Professor Khwaja, one of EPoD’s faculty leads, will present the SPDI framework and illustrate it using his experiences in addressing the global challenge of financial inclusion. To register for this lecture please visit the Eventbrite Registration Page.
Speaker: Asim Khwaja, Professor of International Finance and Development at the Harvard Kennedy School, Co-Director of Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD), and Co-Founder of the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP).
Discussant: Connell Foley, Director of Strategy, Advocacy and Learning (Policy Unit) at Concern Worldwide.
Closing Remarks: Elaine Hollowed, Policy Unit, Irish Aid

TIDI's Development Research Week 2017

The Trinity International Development Initiative is bringing you Development Research Week from Tuesday 31 October- Friday 3 November 2017. This is a week-long series of events looking at innovative research and critical issues currently facing our world. For details on all upcoming sessions please visit our DRW 2017 page.

TIDI Seminar in collaboration with Suas Trinity "Everyday Resistance"

Mayo-based visual artist and filmmaker Bryan Gerard Duffy and filmmaker Emmet Sheerin will join us for this free screening and a discussion of their production. Refreshments provided.

Seeing women as drivers of change, this award-winning short documentary highlights aspects of Palestinian life in a way that presents its subjects not as victims, but as proactive, engaged, and dignified. The documentary takes its title from the Palestinian concept ‘sumud’ (literally translated as ‘steadfastness’), which speaks to the Palestinians’ steadfast commitment to their homeland, and their determination to vindicate their rights.

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Date: Monday 20 November 2017
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Robert Emmet Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College

Nelson Mandela Lecture “Education a Means to Determine the Quality and Magnitude of South Africa’s Youth Development: The Legacy of Nelson Mandela

TIDI Seminar in Association with the Embassy of South Africa in Ireland and the School of Education, Trinity College: The year 2017 marks 4th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s death. Each year on the 5th December, the anniversary of his death, his legacy is celebrated. This year, the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa commemorates Nelson Mandela’s enduring legacy on education. Nelson Mandela, who lived from 18 July 1918 to 5 December 2013, was a South African anti-apartheid activist, politician, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation. He served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) party from 1991 to 1997.
Date: 5 December 2017
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Location: Swift Lecture Theatre, Arts Building

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Please RSVP to Mairéad Finn, TIDI Coodinator, at to confirm your attendance. All are welcome.

TIDI Seminar on Raw Materials in Africa

Trinity College Dublin is a core partner in the EU Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) on Raw Materials, the largest (>115 member spread over 20+ EU countries) and strongest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide. EIT RawMaterials, initiated by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology) and funded by the European Commission, is the largest and strongest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide. Its mission is to boost competitiveness, growth and attractiveness of the European raw materials sector via radical innovation and guided entrepreneurship. EIT RawMaterials unites more than 100 partners – academic and research institutions as well as businesses – from more than 20 EU countries. They collaborate on finding solutions to secure the supplies and improve the raw materials sector all along its value chain – from extraction to processing, from recycling to reuse. EIT RawMaterials aims to significantly enhance innovation in the raw materials sector by sharing of knowledge, information and expertise. EIT RawMaterials aims to generate a significant impact on European competitiveness and employment by driving and fostering innovation and empowering students, entrepreneurs and education partners driving toward the circular economy. The Trinity International Development Initiative is proposing a seminar to critically examine this process and the role of raw materials in development in Africa. The format of this seminar will be 90 to 120 minutes, with 3 or 4 speakers, each speaker taking approximately ten minutes each to talk initially, followed by a panel discussion on this topic. This seminar will be held in collaboration with the Raw Materials Knowledge and Innovation Community.

Date: 18 January 2018
Time: TBC (Afternoon)
Location: TBC


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Spring 2017

TIDI Seminar: The 2016 Global Hunger Index

The Global Hunger Index (GHI) is an annual publication designed to comprehensively measure and track hunger at national, regional and global levels. GHI scores are calculated which assess progress, or the lack thereof, in combating hunger. The aim of the index is to raise awareness, build understanding and advocate for greater commitment and resources dedicated to ending hunger worldwide, by providing data, analysis and insights to politicians, policymakers, civil society and the media. First published in 2006, the series has made the challenge of hunger transparent by providing a simple way of ranking countries, illustrating trends in the prevalence of hunger and reporting on progress. As well as providing the ranking, each year’s report delves into a specific theme. Past themes have included food price volatility, resilience-building, hidden hunger, the relationship between conflict and hunger. The 2016 theme is the 2030 Agenda – the new Sustainable Development Goals and how we need to reach Zero Hunger in order to achieve the wider Goals. The report is authored by the Washington based International Food Policy Institute (IFPRI), Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe and a copy of the report is available here. In this TIDI seminar, Olive Towey, of Concern Worldwide, will present the 2016 Global Hunger Index.

Olive Towey, Concern Worldwide

Olive Towey is Head of Advocacy for Ireland and Europe at Concern Worldwide. Based in Dublin, she works with colleagues across the organization and through national and international networks advocating for changes in policy and practice which will improve the lives of people living in the poorest and most vulnerable parts of the world. Olive has been working in the field of advocacy for over ten years having previously worked in investment banking in London. She had chaired the Brussels based policy network Eurostep and the Advocacy Group of Alliance2015 – a network of seven European NGOs. She is currently Vice-Chair of Dóchas – the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations.

Date: 20 January 2017 Time: 15:00

Venue: Haughton Lecture Theatre, Museum Building, Trinity College

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


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).

Rosaleen Duffy, Professor of International Politics, University of Sheffield

Rosaleen Duffy is Professor of International Politics, University of Sheffield. Rosaleen uses a political ecology lens in order to understand global environmental change. She is particularly interested in the global politics of biodiversity conservation, and focuses on global environmental governance, wildlife trafficking, poaching, transfrontier conservation and tourism. Recently, her work has sought to understand the growing links between global security and biodiversity conservation. She is author of Nature Crime: How We’re Getting Conservation Wrong (Yale University Press, 2010) and Co-author of Brockington, Duffy and Igoe, Nature Unbound: Conservation, Capitalism and the Future of Protected Areas (Earthscan, 2008). In 2016 she was awarded a European Research Council Advanced Investigator Grant of EUR 1.8 million for BIOSEC - Biodiversity and Security: Understanding environmental crime, illegal wildlife trade and threat finance. The project runs from 2016 to 2020.

Date: 17 February 2017 Time: 13:00

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

Tea, coffee and sandwiches will be available from 12:30

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


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.

Reiseal Ní Cheilleachair, Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy Adviser, Trócaire. 

Réiseal Ní Chéilleachair is the Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy Adviser with Trócaire, and has been with the organisation since 2012. Her current portfolio includes policy and advocacy support to Trócaire’s Country Programmes on humanitarian issues. Réiseal has extensive experience of programme management, technical support and coordination overseas. With a background in community development, she has worked as a technical advisor and researcher on child protection with Save the Children UK and University College Cork in Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo; as Assistant County Director for Concern Worldwide in Kenya; and has extensive programming and management experience in complex emergencies having worked with child soldiers and separated children in disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) and reunification programmes in Rwanda and Sierra Leone. Réiseal worked with Concern Somalia for six years as Advocacy Adviser before returning to Ireland in 2012.

Date: 22 February 2017 Time: 11:00

Venue: The Global Room, Watt Building, Trinity College Dublin

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be available from 10:30

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


Female Participation in Politics: TIDI Seminar to celebrate International Women's Day

Female Participation in Politics

IWDThe Trinity International Development Initiative is hosting International Women’s Day at Trinity College on Wednesday, 8th March 2017. This year’s event will focus on Female Participation in Politics. Women’s leadership and political participation is a key issue for the United Nations, which passed a 2011 General Assembly on resolution on women’s political participation, noting that “Women in every part of the world continue to be largely marginalized from the political sphere, often as a result of discriminatory laws, practices, attitudes and gender stereotypes, low levels of education, lack of access to health care and the disproportionate effect of poverty on women.” While individual women have overcome these obstacles with great acclaim, and often to the benefit of society at large, for women as a whole more work is needed.
The campaign theme for International Women’s Day 2017 is ‘Be Bold for Change’. Building on the 2016 theme of ‘Pledge for Parity’, a campaign which committed to help women and girls achieve their ambitions; challenge conscious and unconscious bias; call for gender-balanced leadership; value women and men's contributions equally; and create inclusive flexible cultures, the 2017 theme seeks to move from this awareness raising to asking how we can take concrete action. It asks can we ‘Be Bold For Change’ on International Women's Day 2017 and beyond by taking action that truly drives the greatest change for women. The Trinity International Development Initiative invites to you engage with this question in the very sphere were the capacity for action is governed: that of politics.

Fionnuala Gilsenan, Africa Director at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Dr. Natalja Pestova, Human Rights Academic, NUIG, and Coordinator at Mayo Intercultural Action
Hannah Deasy, Programme Coordinator and  National Relationship Manager for Women for Election

Date: Wednesday 8th March 2017
Time: 11:30 - 14:30
Location: Neill Lecture Theatre, Long Room Hub, Trinity College

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


Challenges to Gender Equality, Public Health and Human Rights in the Trump Era: Critical issues for development.

In recognition of International Women's Day (March 8th), the Gender Study Group of the Development Studies Association of Ireland, in collaboration with MUSSI (Maynooth University Social Science Institute) and the Centre for Global Women's Studies (NUI Galway), and with the support of the Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI), is hosting a seminar on 'Challenges to Gender Equality, Public Health and Human Rights in the Trump Era: Critical issues for development'.

Date: 9 March 2017
Time: 13:30 - 15:30
Location: TRISS seminar room, Room C6.002, 6th Floor, Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin

Dr. Su-ming Khoo, School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway
Dr. Greg Martin, Department of Public Health, Dublin
Dr. Stacey Scriver, Global Women's Studies, NUI Galway

For further information and to confirm your attendance please contact Stacey Scriver at This event will also be accessible via live web-stream. Details will be provided via the DSAI Gender Study Group webpage at


Just Peace and Global Security: Theoretical, Moral, and Practical reflections on implementing SDG 16

You are warmly invited to join us for a Human Rights and Global Development Lecture with International Guest Speaker, Professor Deen Chatterjee, and a panel discussion with leading experts in policy and practice on Monday, 20th March, 4pm in the Global Room, Trinity College Dublin.

Deen K. Chatterjee is Senior Advisor and Professorial Fellow in the S.J.Quinney College of Law, a Global Ethics Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York City, and a Faculty Director and Mentor at the Oxford Human Rights Consortium. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. His areas of specialization are justice and global initiative, human security, ethics of war and peace, religion, and human rights.

Date: Monday 20 March 2017
Time: 16:00 - 17:30
Location: The Haughton Lecture Theatre, Museum Building, Trinity College Dublin


TIDI Seminar: Peacebuilding: Practicalities and Challenges

SDG16Goal 16 of the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development commits member-states to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.” What remains unclear is how the ideals of Goal 16 translate into practice at local level. The practicalities and challenges of local governance in peacebuilding need to be explored. For example, what are the relationships between government and peacebuilders at local level? Is Goal 16 even relevant to a local context? What does it mean to practitioners? Are the frames and indicators of Goal 16 salient and relevant to them? This symposium aims to explore these questions in a series of panel discussions, including researchers, practitioners and policy makers. Specifically, it will explore:
- What is peacebuilding and how is it linked to development?
- Is Goal 16 a useful strategic framework for peacebuilding?
- To what extent is Goal 16 relevant for local peacebuilders from different contexts?

Opening Speaker: Bronagh Hinds, Consultant on equality, democracy and governance / Senior Associate with DemocraShe
Chair: Dr. Etain Tannam, Assistant Professor, International Peace Studies, Trinity College Dublin

Panel 1
Dr. Walt Kilroy Associate Director of DCU's Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction
Dr. Kieran Doyle Assistant Director of Edward M. Kennedy Institute, Maynooth University
Dr. Dong Jin Kim Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Director of the Peace Culture Institute in Korea and a policy advisor for the Korea NGO Council for Cooperation with North Korea (KNCCNK)

Panel 2
John Gilroy Deputy Director, UN Coordination and Conflict Resolution Unit, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Gráinne Kilcullen ‎Programme Adviser for Governance and Human Rights at Christian Aid Ireland
Leigh Brady Global Governance and Human Rights Advisor, Trócaire

Date: Monday 10th April 2017
Time: 9:00 - 12:00
Location: Neill Lecture Theatre, Long Room Hub, Trinity College

Please RSVP on our Eventbrite page. All are welcome. A full programme is available here.


TIDI Seminar: Now for the Hard Part: Building State Capability for Implementation

Despite what today’s headlines might convey, life for most people in most developing countries has never been better. This should be rightly celebrated, but improving basic levels of human welfare from a low base was the easy part. To consolidate and expand these achievements, the key development challenge going forward is building the state’s capability to implement incrementally more complex and contentious tasks (e.g., justice, regulation, taxation, land administration). This is a fundamentally different type of challenge, however, one for which our prevailing aid architecture was not designed and on which achievements to date are modest (at best). A new approach is required, elements of which will be outlined. In this seminar, Michael Woolcock, Lead Social Development Specialist in the World Bank's Development Research Group, will explore this issue. Michael Woolcock's book, Building State Capability: Evidence, Analysis and Action, is available open source to download here.

About the Speaker

Michael Woolcock is Lead Social Development Specialist in the World Bank's Development Research Group, where he was worked since 1998. For eleven years he has also been a
(part-time) Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. His current research focuses on strategies for enhancing state capability for implementation, on
crafting more effective interaction between informal and formal justice systems, and on using mixed methods to assess the effectiveness of 'complex' development interventions. In addition to
more than 75 journal articles and book chapters, he is the co-author or co-editor of ten books, including Contesting Development: Participatory Projects and Local Conflict Dynamics in Indonesia (with Patrick Barron and Rachael Diprose; Yale University Press 2011), which was a co-recipient of the best book prize by the American Sociological Association's section on international development, and, most recently, Building State Capability: Evidence, Analysis, Action (with Matt Andrews and Lant Pritchett; Oxford University Press 2017). He is a co-founder of the World Bank’s global Justice for the Poor program; from 2006-2009 he was the founding research director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester; and has recently returned from 18 months in Malaysia, where he helped establish the World Bank’s first Global Knowledge and Research Hub. An Australian national, he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Queensland, and has an MA and PhD in sociology from Brown University.

Date: Thursday 18 May 2017
Time: 13:00
Location: TRISS Seminar Room, 6th Floor, Arts Building, Trinity College

All are welcome. To attend, please RSVP to Mairéad Finn, TIDI Coordinator, at Tea, coffee and sandwiches will be available from 12:30.


Celebrate Africa Day: Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth

Africa Day, which falls on 25 May annually, is the official day of the African Union and marks African unity.  In Ireland, events to mark Africa Day, celebrate African diversity and the cultural and economic potential of the continent are held around the country. Africa Day also represents an important opportunity to raise awareness of the progress which is being achieved in development, focusing the lens very much on the development challenges which remain.  For further information on Africa Day, visit: year 2017 marks the African Union’s theme ‘Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth.’ Young people in Africa are an enormous resource for the continent’s developments and thus the African Union Heads of State and Government declared the theme for 2017 to be ‘Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth’. To celebrate this day, TIDI is hosting a series of seminars. Our annual seminar, hosted in association with the African Embassies accredited to the Republic of Ireland, takes place from 14:30 - 16:45 on Thursday 25th May 2017. TIDI is also supporting two other seminars on education and young people in Africa, organised through the TCD School of Social Work and Social Policy. Details are here and below, all are welcome!

TIDI Seminar, in association with the African Embassies accredited to the Republic of Ireland, ‘Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth.

This seminar will be addressed by the following distinguished speakers:

  • Prof Vuyisile T. Msila, University of South Africa. "Socially Just Education and Youth Development: Redeeming African Youth through the Continent’s Renewal"
  • Prof. Keith Lewin, Professor Emeritus at the University of Sussex. "Demography and Education for Sustainable Development: Debates and Dilemmas"
  • John Fitzsimons, Camara Education. "Technology's Role in Transforming Education"

Prof. Carol Newman, Chair of TIDI, will chair this conference. This is an event not to be missed! Please RSVP to: to reserve your place. A full programme and schedule is available here.

Date: Thursday 25th May 2017; Time: 14:30 - 16:45
Venue: Davis Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin


Seminar, “Better Futures for Girls and Young Women in Ethiopia: Exploring Key Issues”, organised by the School of Social Work and Social Policy, TCD with the support of the Trinity International Development Initiative and the Irish Research Council New Foundations Scheme.

This event on Africa day will explore three of the most pressing issues facing girls and women in Ethiopia - education, early marriage and rural-urban migration. Securing better future for girls and women in Ethiopia and elsewhere is important for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in general and gender equality and women’s empowerment in particular (SDG5). This seminar will consider Ethiopia’s past achievements, existing challenges and potential future gains in the areas of gender equality and women’s empowerment. Privileging the experiences of girls and women, this seminar will chart the opportunities and challenges that girls and women encounter as they search for better futures, set against the backdrop of Ethiopia’s rapidly changing social, economic and political landscape. It will emphasise that progress on gender equality requires an integrated approach that works across the multiple issues affecting the lives of girls and women, and also acknowledges the different experiences within and between distinct groups of girls and women.

Coffee, tea and sandwiches will be provided. All are welcome. Please register your attendance here or contact for further details. All speaker and presentation details are available here.

This seminar will be addressed by the following distinguished speakers:

  • Professor Tesfaye Semela, Women and Gender Issues in Ethiopia: A Socio-Historical Analysis.
  • Dr. Alula Pankhurst, Options for adolescent girls in Ethiopia: Education, work and early marriage - Evidence from Young Lives.
  • Louise Yorke, “Maybe I will have a good life in the future”: The pathways of rural girls and women as they migrate to urban secondary schools in Southern Ethiopia.

Professor Susan Murphy will provide a response to the three papers. This seminar will be chaired by Professor Robbie Gilligan.

Date: Thursday 25th May 2017; Time: 10:30 - 13:30
Venue: The Global Room, Watts Building, Trinity College Dublin

A full summary of the seminar “Better Futures for Girls and Young Women in Ethiopia: Exploring Key Issues” is available here.


Seminar: "Education for All – pipe dream or moral imperative?" organised by the School of Social Work and Social Policy, TCD, and supported by the Trinity International Development Initiative

In 1948 the global community affirmed that everyone has the right to education. In 2000 the second Millennium Development Goal stated that by 2015 every child should be able to complete primary schooling. In point of fact, we missed the 2015 target, especially in respect of girls and children with disabilities. The challenge has been re-set for 2030, with a higher bar: attendance at school, Yes, but also meaningful learning. What might that look like, and can it be measured on a global basis? TIMSS, PIRLS and PISA claim global measurement but do not cover low-income countries. Seamus Hegarty will focus on the Sustainable Development Goals, which have superseded the Millennium Development Goals. He will look at the steps being taken to achieve them, particularly in East Africa, and outstanding challenges. In particular, he will report on the challenges of measuring progress toward the Goals. Seamus Hegarty is a member of the Learning Indicators Task Force of the Global Alliance to Monitor Learning (GAML) which is tasked with resolving the technical measurement issues surrounding SDG 4.1. He is a member of the Learning Outcomes Advisory Board for the UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS) and leads the Breadth of Learning project for the Brookings Institute.

Date: Wednesday 24th May 2017; Time: 17:00 - 18:30
Venue: Room 1.04, 3 College Green, Dublin 2.