TIDI News & Events


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 finnm6@tcd.ie 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 finnm6@tcd.ie 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 finnm6@tcd.ie 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 finnm6@tcd.ie 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 stacey.scriver@nuigalway.ie. This event will also be accessible via live web-stream. Details will be provided via the DSAI Gender Study Group webpage at http://www.dsaireland.org/about/study-group-clusters/gender-study-group.html.


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 finnm6@tcd.ie. 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: http://www.africaday.ie.The 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: tidi@tcd.ie 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
RSVP: finnm6@tcd.ie


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 yorkel@tcd.ie 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


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.


Autumn 2016


Symposium: "The UN Sustainable Development Agenda and Global Labour Rights"

The Department of Sociology, in association with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, and with the support of the Trinity International Development Initiative, is pleased to invite you to a Symposium “The UN Sustainable Development Agenda and Global Labour Rights.”

In September 2015 the United Nations adopted the new Agenda for Sustainable Development, and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), setting out a global agenda on poverty, health, gender equality, education and environmental sustainability. For the first time the SDGs also include a systematic focus on global labour rights and ‘decent work’. Goal Eight commits countries to the “promotion of sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”. It remains unclear, however, what shape the implementation of Goal Eight will take and, in particular, how any improvements in workers’ rights may be measured. Fostering economic growth whilst safeguarding and improving labour rights continues to be a contentious policy challenge. It also poses important questions for NGOs and trade unions in Ireland and beyond. The symposium will bring together trade unionists, academics and policy makers to discuss the implications of the UN’s sustainable development agenda for global labour rights. The symposium forms part of an ongoing research project between the Department of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions funded under the Irish Research Council’s New Foundation scheme. It is supported by the Trinity International Development Initiative.

The Symposium will be opened by Jack O’Connor, Chair of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions’ European and International Forum. Speakers will include:

  • David Donoghue, Irish Ambassador to the United Nations in New York;
  • Catelene Passchier, Workers Spokesperson at ILO discussion on Decent Work in Global Supply Chains;
  • Aidan Madden, ARUP – Standards in the Bangladesh Fire and Safety Accord;
  • Bernadette Phelan, Membership Services Manager, Business in the Community Ireland

Trinity College Dublin and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions would like to thank the Irish Research Council for the funding for this project under the IRC New Foundations scheme. For further information on the project and symposium contact: Mairéad Finn (Research Officer and TIDI Coordinator, Trinity College Dublin) at finnm6@tcd.ie. The full programme is available here. To register please visit our Symposium Registration page

Date: Friday 11th November 2016 Time: 9:00 - 15:30

Venue: Synge Lecture Theatre


Development Research Week, Tuesday 1 - Friday 4 November 2016

The Trinity International Development Initiative is bringing you Development Research Week from Tuesday 1 - Friday 4 November 2016. This is a week-long series of events looking at innovative research and critical issues currently facing developing countries. Details of each event are below and the full programme is available here.

TIME Keynote Address: Improving School Education Outcomes in Developing Countries: Evidence, Knowledge Gaps, and Policy Implications

Trinity IMpact Evaluation unit (TIME), Department of Economics, School of Social Sciences and Philosophy and the Trinity International Development Initiative are pleased to welcome Professor Paul Glewwe to Trinity College to give a TIME Keynote Address opened by Michael Gaffey, Director General of Irish Aid.

“Improving School Education Outcomes in Developing Countries: Evidence, Knowledge Gaps, and Policy Implications”

Improvements in the standard of empirical research on identifying the causal impact of education policies on education outcomes have led to a significant increase in the body of evidence available on improving education outcomes in developing countries. In this address, Prof. Paul Glewwe synthesizes and interprets this evidence, and discusses why some interventions appear to be effective and others do not. Interpreting the evidence for generalizable lessons is challenging because of variation across contexts, duration and quality of studies, and the details of specific interventions studied. Nevertheless, some broad patterns do emerge. Demand-side interventions that increase the immediate returns to (or reduce household costs of ) school enrollment, or that increase students’ returns to effort, are broadly effective at increasing time in school and learning outcomes, but vary considerably in cost-effectiveness. Many expensive “standard” school inputs are often not very effective at improving outcomes, though some specific inputs (which are often less expensive) are. Interventions that focus on improved pedagogy (especially supplemental instruction to children lagging behind grade level competencies) are particularly effective, and so are interventions that improve school governance and teacher accountability. The broad policy message is that the evidence points to several promising ways in which the efficiency of education spending in developing countries can be improved by pivoting public expenditure from less cost-effective to more cost-effective ways of achieving the same objectives. 

PGProfessor Paul Glewwe

Paul Glewwe is Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota and the current Director of the Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy. This keynote address will open Development Research Week, a week of development research activities at Trinity College. The address will be held in the Neill Lecture Theatre at the Long Room Hub and will be opened by Michael Gaffey, Director General of Irish Aid.

Date: Tuesday, 01 November 2016 Time: 18:30

Venue: Neill/Hoey Lecture Theatre, Long Room Hub


UNDP/EC Kapuscinski lecture in association with Trinity/UCD MSc in Development Practice: "Challenging Inequalities and Unsustainabilities: The Politics of Transformative Pathways"

Across the world, the rise of multiple forms of inequality, and growing environmental problems such as climate change and resource degradation, present defining challenges of our era. These challenges are interlinked, and affect people locally, nationally and globally with devastating consequences for wellbeing and security, and for the achievement of global development goals. Yet pathways to more equal and sustainable futures are possible. These involve innovative combinations of top-down and bottom-up strategies, and novel alliances between states, markets, technologies – and crucially, the knowledge and action of citizens themselves. As examples from urban and rural settings in Asia and Africa show, power and politics are critical in enabling such pathways to unfold, and shaping whether they add up to the transformational change needed to secure more equal, sustainable futures. 

A response to this lecture will be delivered by Jim Clarken, CEO of Oxfam Ireland.

Melissa Leach

MLProf. Melissa Leach is Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex. She founded and directed the ESRC STEPS (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) Centre (www.steps-centre.org) from 2006 – 2014. A geographer and social anthropologist, her interdisciplinary, policy-engaged research in Africa and beyond links health, environment, technology and gender, with particular interests in knowledge, power and the politics of science and policy processes. Her most recent books include The Politics of Green Transformations (eds with I. Scoones and P. Newell, 2015), Carbon Conflicts and Forest Landscapes in Africa (ed with I. Scoones 2015) and Gender Equality and Sustainable Development (2015). She is also vice-chair of the Science Committee of Future Earth and a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-food).

Date: Wednesday 2nd November 2016 Time: 16:00 - 17:30

Venue: Paccar Theatre, Science Gallery

Schedule: The full schedule is available here and details of all speakers are available here.

Register: Please follow this link to register for the event.


NOURISH half-day seminar "The Interaction of HIV, Nutrition, and Poverty: Living with the Consequences. Moving from Research to Policy and Practice."

On behalf of the Irish and Ugandan partners of the NOURISH consortium, Trinity College Dublin invites you to engage with researchers and practitioners working to address HIV, nutrition and poverty. NOURISH researchers in medicine, economics, natural sciences and public health will present early research findings from three interlinked studies on nutrition, food security and HIV across Uganda. This will be followed by responses and discussion from researchers, practitioners and policy-makers. NOURISH is a Ugandan - Irish research cluster funded by the Programme of Strategic Cooperation between Irish Aid and Higher Education and Research Institutes from 2012-2016. The Ugandan partners in the consortium are the School of Public Health and the Infectious Diseases Institute at Makerere University, the Joint Clinical Research Centre and Gulu University. University College Dublin and Kings College London are supporting partners. At TCD, NOURISH is a collaboration between the School of Medicine, the School of Natural Sciences and the Department of Economics, supported by the Trinity International Development Initiative. All are welcome to attend.

The NOURISH consortium invites you to a half-day seminar on Thursday 3rd November 2016 to a presentation of early research findings from these interlinked studies. This seminar will take place as part of Trinity Development Research Week organised by TIDI.

NOURISH researchers:

Prof. Gaia Narciso, Professor of Economics, TCD
Solomon Olum, NOURISH Researcher, Gulu University, Uganda
Prof. Martina Hennessy, Principal Investigator, NOURISH, Professor of Medical Education, TCD
Prof. Derek Doherty, Professor of Immunology, TCD
Sarah Glavey, NOURISH Project Manager/Research Fellow, TCD

TCD Discussants:

Elaine Collins, Finance Manager, Valid Nutrition
Breda Gahan, Global HIV and AIDS Programme Advisor, Concern Worldwide
Dr. Edward Lahiff, Lecturer, Dept. Food Business and Development, University College Cork
Vincent Maher, HIV Policy Lead, Irish Aid, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Eoin Wrenn, Head of Region, Horn and East Africa, Trócaire

Chair: Connell Foley, Director of Strategy, Advocacy and Learning, Concern Worldwide


Please RSVP to sglavey@tcd.ie to confirm your attendance. All are welcome.

Date: Thursday 3rd November 2016 Time: 9:30 - 13:00

Venue: Neill/Hoey Lecture Theatre, Long Room Hub, Trinity College


TIDI Seminar: Dearbhla Glynn: 'War against women in Eastern Congo'

4846War has torn eastern Congo apart for nearly two decades. One of the more sinister repercussions is that violence against women has reached epic proportions. In her research, Dearbhla focuses on the perspective of men, the perpetrators, to understand what was happening. She focused on interviewing the men – through the Congo Men’s Network, a Congolese non-government organisation that educates men about gender-based violence. Many of the men are former child soldiers and combatants. The film is titled 'War against women in Eastern Congo' to highlight the grim reality that once a woman is raped she completely loses her ‘worth’. The film explores the experience of the victims as well as the perspective of the perpetrators behind these crimes – foot soldiers, warlords and high-ranking commandants. Dearbhla would like to speak about her work and research and challenges she faces towards raising awareness about the issues facing Eastern Congo.

Dearbhla Glynn

dblaDearbhla is an accomplished documentary filmmaker, specialising in explorations of conflict and its effect on women and children. She received the Grand Prize at the 2013 Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) Human Rights Film Awards, for her documentary The Value of Women in The Congo – a disturbing examination of the effects of the sexual violence perpetrated with impunity against women and girls in Eastern Congo. This is her second Grand Prize at the ICCL Human Rights Film Awards, having previously taken the honours in 2010 for her exposé of conditions in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Response: Kany Kazadi, Board Member of Mayo Intercultural Action and Community Development Worker, originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, will provide a reflection on Dearbhla's work.

Date: Friday 4th November 2016 Time: 15:00 - 17:00


Tea, Coffee and Sandwiches will be available from 14:30


Lecture: "Mobilising men and boys for gender justice: Lessons from South Africa's Sonke"

Using a range of short films and multi-media, the presentation will focus on Sonke's ambitious work over the last ten years to promote gender equality and human rights within Southern Africa and will describe the theories of change and multi-level strategies used by the organisation, including: legal advocacy and litigation, community education and mobilisation, mass and community media, coalition and network building, and action research.

Dean Peacock

Dean Peacock's work and activism over the last 25 years has focused on issues related to gender equality, gender-based violence, men and constructions of masculinities, HIV and AIDS, human rights, and social justice. He is also co-founder and co-chair of MenEngage, a global alliance with networks in over thirty countries across the world. In addition, he is an Ashoka Fellow and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town’s School of Public Health. http://www.genderjustice.org.za/

This talk is co-hosted by Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence, Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, Trinity International Development Initiative and Trinity Long Room Hub.

Date: Monday, 17 October 2016 Time: 14:00 - 16:00

Venue: Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College


TIDI Seminar: The World Bank, Experimentation, and the African Development Agenda

TIDI is pleased to welcome Prof. Howard Stein, from the Dept. of Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan, to Trinity College. Prof. Stein will give a seminar entitled “The World Bank, Experimentation, and the African Development Agenda.” In the past two decades, economists and political scientists engaged in development studies have widely adopted the use of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in their research. These so-called 'randomistas' have proven to be a highly influential network, spreading their methods and approaches from academia to aid organizations and, increasingly, governments in the global south. This paper traces the adoption of RCTs within one of their most influential proponents: The World Bank. A study of the rise of RCTs inside this organization provides a lens not only to critically evaluate the methodology itself but to look inside the Bank to examine their research methodology, policy formation, operational culture and institutional dynamics.

Date: Monday 17th October 2016 Time: 11:00 - 12:00

Venue: Haughton Lecture Theatre


DSAI / TIDI / TIME / One Day Research Methodology Workshop for Development Practiontioners: "Research Methods for Development: Results Frameworks"

Development research and practice is under increasing pressure to show ‘value for money’ as well as reliability. Academic researchers seek relevance for their research work, policy makers seek evidence based data for their policies. Practitioners, NGOs in particular are often looking at ways to deepen their understanding of research methods. This one day workshop is designed to provide a focused and intensive review of some of the main methodological issues starting off from practical research needs. It assumes an understanding of development questions but not of research methodologies as such.

Full event schedule can be found here.

Date: 21st September 2016; Time: 9:00 – 17:00
Venue: TRISS Seminar Room, C6.002, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin


Spring 2016


Book Launch: 'Made in Africa: Learning to Compete in Industry'

TIDI is happy to announce the launch of ‘Made in Africa: Learning to Compete in Industry’ by Professor Carol Newman et al. between 15:00 and 16:00 on Wednesday 25 May 2016. ‘Made in Africa’ presents the key results of Learning to Compete (L2C), a multi-year, comparative research program investigating the seemingly simple, but frustratingly puzzling question: Why is there so little industry in Africa?

The book launch will be chaired by Kevin Dowling, the Director for Southern Africa with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, and will feature short presentations by two of the book’s authors, Professor Carol Newman (Associate Professor of Economics at Trinity College Dublin) and Professor Finn Tarp (Director of UNU-WIDER). The launch will take place in the TRISS Seminar Room, Room C6.002, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin. Light refreshments will be served after the presentations.

Please RSVP to worsleyd@tcd.ie by Monday May 23rd.

Date: 25th May 2016; Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Venue: TRISS Seminar Room, 6th Floor, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin


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Celebrate Africa Day: The African Year of Human Rights, with particular focus on the Rights of Women

The Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI), with the support of the African Embassies accredited to the Republic of Ireland are delighted to collaborate on this conference to mark Africa Day 2016. The African Union marks 2016 as the ‘The African Year of Human Rights, with particular focus on the Rights of Women’, as well as the 35th anniversary of the adoption of the African Charter in 1981.

This conference will be addressed by the following distinguished speakers:

  • Finn Tarp, Director of UNU-WIDER
  • Driss El Yazami, Chair of the National Human Rights Council in Morocco
  • H.E. Lela Alem Gebreyohannes, Ambassador of Ethiopia to Ireland;
  • Mary Lawlor, Executive Director of Front Line Defenders
  • Neltah Chadamoyo, Chief Executive Officer of the Africa Centre

Prof. Carol Newman, Chair of TIDI, will chair this conference. This is an event not to be missed! Please RSVP to: tidi@tcd.ie to reserve your place.

Date: 25th May 2016; Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Venue: Davis Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin


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TIDI / TIME / DSAI One Day Research Methodology Workshop for Development Practiontioners: "Research for Results"

Development research and practice is under increasing pressure to show ‘value for money’ as well as reliability. Academic researchers seek relevance for their research work, policy makers seek evidence based data for their policies. Practitioners, NGOs in particular are often looking at ways to deepen their understanding of research methods. This one day workshop is designed to provide a focused and intensive review of some of the main methodological issues starting off from practical research needs. It assumes an understanding of development questions but not of research methodologies as such.

Full event schedule can be found here.

Please RSVP to admin@dsaireland.org by Monday 2nd May.

Date: 9th May 2016; Time: 9:00 – 16:15
Venue: TRISS Seminar Room, C6.002, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin


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International Women's Day Event: Gender, Violence and Conflict

To celebrate International Women's Day The Gender Study Group of the Development Studies Association of Ireland and the Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI) are cohosting a seminar on Gender, Violence and Conflict.

The role of gender and gender-based violence in contexts of conflict and instability is often examined in a limited way, for instance only in relation to sexual violence perpetrated by armed forces or the impact of the forced migration of women and children. Yet, the role of gender is significantly more complex, and more important, in understanding causes and consequences of conflict and in transitions to peace. In this seminar we bring together researchers working on issues of gender and conflict in varied development contexts, from Northern Ireland to Kenya to Mexico. The seminar will examine issues including, the impact of conflict on intimate partner violence and violence by non-combatants, the role of violent masculinities in shaping conflicts and instability, and gender identities and dynamics within peace-building and post-conflict development.

Dr. Catherine O'Rourke, Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster
Dr. Melanie Hoewer, School of Politics and International Relations, UCD
Dr. Caroline Munyi, The Confederal School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology Trinity College, Dublin

Date: 8th March 2016
Time: 16:30 – 18:00
Venue: TRISS Seminar Room (Room C6.002), 6th Floor of the Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin.


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TIDI Seminar: Inequality - The Real Debate Starts Here

Like all Gaul of yore, the world was once divided into three parts. The wealth dominant first: the self-styled repository of civilisation, social advancement and rational economic management. Then there was the second world filled with harsh, unyielding, authoritarian apparatchiks who ground down their people’s souls while sacrificing their bodies in the name of a perverse and unattainable ideology. And finally the third world: that hopeless, incapable, recalcitrant part of the world that would forever require the heavy hand of its colonial master to guide it through a fog of myth and mayhem.
It was as neat as it never was true. And it still is not true. Poverty, inequality is now a (mal)function of all parts of the world and not just Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America. Almost half of the world’s wealth is now owned by just one percent of the population. The bottom half of the world’s population owns the same as the richest 85 people in the world. Year-on-year global elites are increasing their share of the world's wealth and increasingly that wealth is coalescing around a small number of people. Seven out of ten people live in countries where economic inequality has increased in the last 30 years – Ireland included.
So what if anything can be done? Perhaps start here.

Date: 11th March 2016; Time: 13:00 – 14:00
Venue: Global Room, Trinity College Dublin


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TIDI Seminar: Inequality and the Wealth Management Profession

This talk will offer a new perspective on the sources of stratification by examining the impact of the wealth management profession on global inequality. By helping their clients avoid taxes and debts—as well as a host of laws—wealth managers make rich richer, and the poor poorer. Using tools such as trusts, offshore banks and shell corporations, these professionals keep billions in private wealth beyond the reach of the state, leading to cuts in public services, increases in the cost of borrowing and other effects that weigh disproportionately on the poorest members of society. The significance of the profession has grown as wealth itself has become more fungible, spurring innovation in legal, organizational and financial strategies and thwarting a myriad of laws and policies designed to limit enduring inequality in modern, democratic societies.

Brooke Harrington is an associate professor at the Copenhagen Business School. She is the author of Pop Finance and a forthcoming book on wealth management.
Who creates change in markets and other financial institutions? Her research for the past 15 years has investigated this question in a variety of empirical domains. She i an economic and organizational sociologist by training, with an empirical focus on finance. Her forthcoming book for Harvard University Press concerns an elite occupational group within finance and its impact on international law and stratification. Previously, her research examined the effects of diversity and decision-making processes on the performance of investment groups. She is interested in how things get done--what social actors actually do in their daily lives--and how that aggregates to the macro-level of financial markets, culture and political institutions. Her work intersects with the literatures of political economy, anthropology, social psychology and behavioral finance.

This seminar is hosted in conjunction with the MPhil in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict at Trinity College Dublin.

Date: 24th March 2016; Time: 10:00 – 11:30
Venue: Global Room, Trinity College Dublin


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TIDI Seminar: Aid and Development

Agreement has been reached on a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They are – unlike the MDGs – the result of a comprehensive consultation and negotiation process, involving civil society and the private sector as well as governments. Their overarching goal is to eliminate absolute poverty by 2030.

Professor Myles Wickstead, British Ambassador to Ethiopia and Djibouti from 2000 to 2004 and Head of Secretariat to the Commission for Africa from 2004 to 2005, will be sharing his knowledge and insights on how these SDGs can be achieved.

After setting aid and development into their historical and political contexts, Professor Wickstead will trace the path by which the reduction of poverty has taken centre-stage as the key objective of aid and development over the past quarter of a century, before looking to the future, to the Sustainable Development Goals, and how they will provide the framework for aid and development efforts over the next 15 years.

Date: 12th February 2016; Time: 13:00 – 14:00
Venue: Global Room, Trinity College Dublin  


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TIDI Seminar: Neoliberal Policy Reform and Food Security in West Africa

High food prices in 2007 and 2008 touched off food riots around the world, with urban West Africa arguably suffering more of these disturbances than any other world region.  In this TIDI Seminar, Professor William Moseley shows how we can understand this crisis by exploring the impacts of the first Green Revolution and neoliberal policy reform on the global food system. 

Date: 26th February 2016; Time: 13:00 – 14:00
Venue: Global Room, Trinity College Dublin


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TIDI Seminar: Irish Business in Africa

TIDI's lunchtime Seminar Series returns with a presentation on Irish Business in Africa by businessman Philip O'Dwyer.
There are many challenges facing businesses that decide either to trade with or to invest in Africa. Whilst the talk about Africa is that it is the last frontier in the global economy, the reality is that there is still a long way to go to make it easy for foreign companies to do business. Despite the challenges, however, there are Irish companies succeeding. This TIDI Seminar will address how Irish businesses particularly have found ways to surmount these problems.
Venue: The Global Room, Watts Building, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2.
Date: 27 November 2015; Time: 13.30 – 14.30


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Development Research Week: 9th - 13th November

Monday 9 November:

Technology for Development
Time: 12:00 – 14:00
Venue: Global Room, 1st Floor, Watts Building (Besides Academic Registry), Trinity College Dublin
Description: Across the developing world, new innovative technologies are being used to help address the many challenges faced by those living in poverty. Examples include new technologies related to the delivery of clean energy, off-grid electricity, safe water, better sanitation and improved health and education. This session showcases some of the research undertaken by Trinity academics in bringing new technologies to the developing world from an engineering and social sciences perspective.
Dr. Anthony Robinson, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Dr. Bruce Misstear, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Structural and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Tara Mitchell, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics and co-founder of Trinity Impact Evaluation Unit (TIME)
Chair: Dr. Carol Newman, Associate Professor of Economics, Trinity College Dublin
Contact: tidi@tcd.ie; In conjunction with Trinity IMpact Evaluation Unit (TIME) www.tcd.ie/economics/time.  Light refreshments provided.

Tuesday 10 November:

Medecins San Frontieres: The Medical Crisis in Syria
Time: 10:00 – 12:00
Venue: Tercentenary Hall, Biomedical Sciences Institute, Trinity College Dublin, 152-160 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.
Speaker: Jane-Ann McKenna, Director of Medecins San Frontieres Ireland.
Description: In conjunction with Global Health Week
Contact: tidi@tcd.ie; Website: www.tcd.ie/tidi.

An Introduction to Transitional Justice
Time: 12:00 – 13:00
Venue: Tercentenary Hall, Biomedical Sciences Institute, Trinity College Dublin, 152-160 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.
Speakers: Dr. James Gallen, Dublin City University
Description: In conjunction with Global Health Week
Contact: tidi@tcd.ie; Website: www.tcd.ie/tidi.

Wednesday 11 November:

TIDI Seminar: Sustainable Development Goals: From Theory to Practice
Time: 11:00 – 13:00
Venue: MacNeil Lecture Theatre, Hamilton Building, Trinity College Dublin
Description: In September 2015, the UN Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by 193 countries. These 17 SDGs will provide the framework for global development until 2030. Now that negotiations have concluded successfully, what happens next? How will we work together to end poverty, tackle climate change, achieve gender equality, ensure healthy lives and more, over the next 15 years? Our panel of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers will provide a range of perspectives on the transition from the Millennium Development Goals and the challenges and opportunities posed by the SDGs.
Confirmed Speakers:
Dr. Susan Murphy, Assistant Professor in Development Practice, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin
Dr. Lorna Gold, Head of Policy and Advocacy, Trócaire
Dr. Fiona Larkan, Assistant Professor in Global Health, School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin
Niall Tierney, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Chair: Dr. Gillian Wylie, Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin
Contact: tidi@tcd.ie;

European Migrant Crisis or Global Refugee Challenge?
Time: 19:00 – 20:30
Venue: MacNeil Lecture Theatre, Hamilton Building, Trinity College Dublin
Description: The recent arrival in Europe of people fleeing conflict in Syria and other parts of the world has focused the attention of citizens and politicians on the issue of forcibly displaced people. Media coverage has not always emphasized the global dimensions of this challenge. Of the fifty nine million forcibly displaced people world wide, 86% are hosted in developing countries. The UN estimates that up to 700,000 people will seek safety and international protection in Europe in 2015. When seen from this perspective, the real ‘Migrant Crisis’ is not necessarily located in Europe.
This event seeks to look at what has been called the European ‘Migrant Crisis’ in a broader global perspective. In doing so, we will ask questions such as; why are people fleeing conflict being referred to as migrants rather than refugees? Is this only a crisis now that it has reached Europe’s shores? How can the West respond to this challenge globally as well as locally?
Confirmed Speakers:
Colm Byrne, Humanitarian Manager, Oxfam Ireland
Reiseal Ni Cheilleachair, Humanitarian Policy Officer for Trocaire
Stephen Collins, Solicitor, Irish Refugee Council
Dr. Elaine Moriarty, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
Maureen O’Sullivan TD, Teachta Dála for the Dublin Central Constituency
Chair: Dr. Michelle D'Arcy, Assistant Professor, Department of Politics, Trinity College Dublin
Contact: tidi@tcd.ie;

Thursday 12 November:

Working in Development: Voices from Practitioners
Time: 17:00-19:00
Venue: TRISS (Trinity Research In Social Science) Conference Room, C6.002, 6th Floor, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin
Description: From the “field” to the front office, from campaigning to capacity building, from policy to public health – there are a myriad of jobs in the international development sector. This event will examine the practical elements of careers in development, from the types of roles and work that are available in the sector, to the range of organizations and focus areas, to critical skills and competencies required for success. Join a panel of international development practitioners from several NGOs to hear about their career trajectories, their current work and their diversity of experiences in the sector. Directly following the panel will be a social event with the opportunity to network with the panellists and other attendees. Drinks and light appetizers will be provided.
Susan Huggins, Trócaire and Former Masters in Development Practice Student
Mary van Lieshout, GOAL
Bobby McCormack, Development Perspectives
Fiona Coyle, Dóchas
Thomas Caffrey Osvald, Vita and Former Masters in Development Practice Student
Chair: Molly Middlehurst, Student on the Masters in Development Practice, Trinity College Dublin/University College Dublin
Contact: tidi@tcd.ie; Drinks and light appetizers provided.

Friday 13 November:

Medicine and Research in Uganda
Time: 10:00 – 12:00
Venue: Tercentenary Hall, Biomedical Sciences Institute, Trinity College Dublin, 152-160 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.
Description: Dr. Merry established a HIV drug information centre in Uganda (AIDS Treatment Information Centre) in collaboration with the medicine information centres at North-western Memorial Hospital and St. James’s Hospital Dublin. This centre answers queries from health care providers and produces newsletters and drug information and interaction charts to support the roll out of antiretroviral drugs. She also has an interest in Global Health and runs an Irish-Ugandan charity as part of her academic social responsibility. During this event, Dr. Merry will reflect on her experiences working in Uganda.
Speakers: Dr. Concepta Merry
Contact: tidi@tcd.ie; Website: www.tcd.ie/tidi.  In conjunction with Global Health Week.

Film Screening and Panellist Discussion: Fire in the Blood
Time: 14:30 – 17:00
Venue: Stanley Quek Lecture Theatre, The Biomedical Sciences Institutes, 152-160 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.
Description: An intricate tale of 'medicine, monopoly and malice', Fire in the Blood tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south - causing ten million or more unnecessary deaths - and the improbable group of people who decided to fight back. Shot on four continents and including contributions from global figures such as Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu and Joseph Stiglitz, Fire in the Blood is the never-before-told true story of the remarkable coalition which came together to stop 'the Crime of the Century' and save millions of lives in the process. As the film makes clear, however, this story is by no means over. With dramatic past victories having given way to serious setbacks engineered far from public view, the real fight for access to life-saving medicine is almost certainly just the beginning.
Dr. Sara Burke, Health policy analyst, journalist, post-doctoral research fellow, Trinity College Dublin
Dr. Enida Friel, Programme Quality Manager with Oxfam and Adjunct Assistant Professor with Trinity College, Dublin
Dr. Frédérique Vallières Assistant Professor, Co-ordinator, International Doctorate Health (INDIGO), Centre for Global Health, Trinity College Dublin
Barry Finnegan, Programme Director & Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Journalism and Media Communications, Griffith College; and researcher with ATTAC (Ireland)
Contact: tidi@tcd.ie; In conjunction with Global Health Week and Suas http://www.suas.ie/


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Launch of Trinity IMpact Evaluation Unit (TIME)

The Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin, in collaboration with the Trinity International Development Initiative will launch a new research group called the Trinity IMpact Evaluation Unit (TIME).

TIME brings together researchers in economics and other academic disciplines working on micro-economic impact evaluations, development practitioners, and policy makers in a collective effort to understand the impact of development aid investments. Our aim is to contribute to the global knowledge base on the processes of economic development and the underlying causal mechanisms. In particular, our vision is to provide strong evidence of what works, so that better investments that have real impact on the development process can be made. The TIME website can be accessed at this link: https://www.tcd.ie/Economics/time/.

We are delighted to welcome Mr Michael Gaffey, the Director General of Irish Aid to officially launch TIME, and Professor Oriana Bandiera* from the London School of Economics to give a keynote lecture to mark the launch titled The Knowns and Unknowns of Poverty Reduction in Developing Countries: State of the Art and Future Challenges.

The event will be chaired by Professor Fadi Hassan, Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin, and will proceed as follows:

6.30pm Opening remarks, Prof. John Boland, Dean of Research, Trinity College Dublin
6.40pm Overview of TIME, Prof. Carol Newman, Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin
6.50pm Official Launch of TIME, Mr Michael Gaffey, Director General of Irish Aid
7.00pm Keynote Lecture by Professor Oriana Bandiera, London School of Economics: The Knowns and Unknowns of Poverty Reduction in Developing Countries: State of the Art and Future Challenges.
7.40pm Questions and Answers
8.00pm Reception

* Prof. Oriana Bandiera is a Development Economist at the London School of Economics and Institute of Public Affairs. She is also affiliated with the Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines as a Director and the International Growth Centre as Co-Director for their State Capabilities Research Programme. She was awarded the Carlo Alberto Medal in 2011, an award given to outstanding Italian economists under 40, and the IZA Young Labour Economist Award of 2007. See http://www.lse.ac.uk/economics/people/facultyPages/OrianaBandiera.aspx for further details.

Venue: Neill Lecture Theatre of the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Date: 21 September 2015; Time: 6.30pm

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Research Funding Workshop

International development collaborative projects, by their very nature are cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral.  Added to that, the complexity of the large geographical spread of partners, differences in systems and cultures and lack of research infrastructure, can make the development of cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral collaborations challenging.  This research workshop will bring together researchers, development practitioners and private industry, with a view to exploring and creating opportunities to pursue research on international development, which utilises the unique expertise of each sector.  This workshop will be hosted by the Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI), DSA Ireland and 3U Global Health.  Further details are available here: http://www.dsaireland.org/events/2015/09/22/research-funding-workshop/.  Places are limited, so early booking is advised.  To RSVP for this Workshop, please e-mail: info@dsaireland.org.


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The Shame of Poverty: An Audience with Prof. Robert Walker

To mark International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October), the Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI), in partnership with the School of Social Work &
Social Policy, TCD
& ADT Fourth World will host eminent Professor of Social Policy, Robert Walker, to give a keynote address on his recently titled book ‘The Shame of Poverty’. This will be followed by a conversational-style interview with RTE’s Religious and Social Affairs Correspondent, Joe Little and will feature short films along this theme. 

Venue: The Innovation Academy, 3 Foster Place, Dublin 2.
Date: 16 October 2015; Time: 12.30pm – 2.30pm



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