Spring 2018

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.

- Dr. Damaris Fernandez, TCD Raw Materials Knowledge and Innovation Community
- David Horgan, Director of Botswana Diamonds, plc
- Prof. Christopher Adam, Department of International Development, Oxford University
- Prof. Padraig Carmody, Department of Geography, Trinity College Dublin
- Dr. Susan Murphy, Assistant Professor in Development Practice, Trinity College Dublin

Date: 18 January 2018
Time: 16:30 - 18:30
Location: Haughton Lecture Theatre, Museum Building, Trinity College Dublin

A full concept note including biographies is at this link.

The seminar will be followed by a short reception. To register your attendance, please RSVP to Dr. Mairéad Finn, TIDI Coordinator, at tidi@tcd.ie.


TIDI Seminar with Alain de Janvry

TIDI, in association with the Department of Economics at Trinity College, is delighted to welcome Prof. Alain de Janvry to Trinity College. Alain de Janvry is a Professor of Agriculture and ResourceEconomics at the University of California at Berkeley. His area of interest is international economic development, with expertise principally in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle-East, and the Indian subcontinent. His fields of work include poverty analysis, rural development, quantitative analysis of development policies, impact analysis of social programs, technological innovations in agriculture, and the management of common property resources. He has worked with international development agencies such as FAO, IFAD, the World Bank, UNDP, ILO, the CGIAR, and the Inter-American Development Bank as well as withfoundations such as Ford, Rockefeller, Kellogg, and Gates. His main objective in teaching, research, and work with development agencies is the promotion of human welfare, including understanding the determinants of poverty and analyzing successful approaches to improve well-being and promote sustainability in resource use.
Title: TBC
Date: Wednesday 31 January 2018
Time: 12:00 - 13:30
Location: The Global Room, Watt Building, Trinity College


TIDI in association with CONTEXT: Global Mental Health Series

The COllaborative Network for Training and EXcellence in psychoTraumatology’ (CONTEXT) is a network for research into trauma-exposed populations in Europe. This four-year study is funded under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 scheme and is a collaboration between Trinity and a number of European academic (Ulster University and the University of Southern Denmark) and non-academic (the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, SPIRASI, the Probation Board of Northern Ireland (PBNI), the IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support, hosted by the Danish Red Cross, and the Bornehus South Children’s Centre) partners. Within this project, twelve doctoral researchers study the psychological effects of exposure to traumatic life events among unique traumatised groups in Europe: refugees, asylum seekers and migrants entering Europe from conflict zones, humanitarian workers tasked with providing aid to traumatised individuals, and victims of gender-based and childhood traumas. CONTEXT is collaborating with TIDI to deliver a series of seminars presenting research from this study.

All four speakers of this special TIDI series are doctoral researchers on the Collaborative Network for Training and Excellence in Psychotraumatology (CONTEXT) programme. CONTEXT has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under the Marie Sk?odowska-Curie grant agreement No 722523.

24 January: Psychosocial support on the borders: How to provide psychosocial support to people on the move?
14 February: One House, Multiple Helpers How to provide a multidisciplinary approach to child abuse?
14 March: Where does the real risk lie? Understanding the consequences of chronic stress and traumatic exposure on police officer mental health.
18 April: “Put your Oxygen mask on first” How to protect the wellbeing of humanitarian aid workers?

Time: 13:00 – 14:00
Location: The Global Room, Watts Building, Trinity College

Please click here for full abstracts and speaker details.

TIDI Seminar: "Women’s Land Rights as a Pathway to Poverty Reduction"

Land is an important asset for rural households and having secure land rights contributes to poverty reduction. Yet, most analyses focus on household level land rights and are silent on the gender gaps in land rights.  In this seminar, a conceptual framework regarding the relationship of women’s land rights and poverty reduction is explored and where the evidence is strong and where gaps remain is identified. The seminar is given by Prof. Cheryl Doss, a development economist who focuses on issues of women’s land rights, the gender asset and wealth gaps, intrahousehold analyses, methods for collecting sex-disaggregated data for gender analysis, and agriculture and rural development, with a primary focus on Africa.  She joined the Oxford Department of International Development in 2016, after 17 years at Yale University
Date: Friday 2 March 2018
Time: 13:00 – 14:00
Location: TRiSS Seminar Room, C6.007, 6th Floor, Arts Building, Trinity College

About the Speaker
Cheryl Doss is a development economist who focuses on issues of women’s land rights, the gender asset and wealth gaps, intrahousehold analyses, methods for collecting sex-disaggregated data for gender analysis, and agriculture and rural development, with a primary focus on Africa.  She joined the Oxford Department of International Development in 2016, after 17 years at Yale University.  She has an extensive publication record in journals in economics, international development, and agricultural economics.   She has also served in advisory and consulting capacities for UN Women, UN Statistics, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, FAO, the World Bank, among others.



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 finnm6@tcd.ie 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 finnm6@tcd.ie to confirm your attendance. All are welcome.

Photos from this seminar are available to view at this link.

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 finnm6@tcd.ie 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 finnm6@tcd.ie 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

For photographs from this seminar please click here.


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. This documentary is available to view here.

To register, please click here.

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

For the general invitation please click here.

For the full concept note, please click here.

For photographs of this event, please click here.

Please RSVP to Mairéad Finn, TIDI Coodinator, at finnm6@tcd.ie to confirm your attendance. All are welcome.


View all previous events, with resources here.