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All Projects from the Annual Call for Projects 2006

Annual Call for Projects 2006 A Swiss Network of Scientific Diasporas to Enforce the Role of Highly Skilled Migrants as Partners in Development

This research and action-oriented project, funded by the Geneva International Academic Network (GIAN), is centred around the current international debate on migration and development. The research team's objective is to provide a better understanding of the potential of highly skilled migrants as agents of development, by focusing on their participation in the production and circulation of knowledge. Considering knowledge as a core catalyst in the struggle against poverty, this project examines the potential of highly skilled migrants from...

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Annual Call for Projects 2006 Africa@home: Volunteer Computing for Africa

In this project supported by the Geneva International Academic Network (GIAN) the research team proposes to adapt several epidemiological simulation programs modelling important humanitarian challenges facing Africa, so that they can be run in a distributed fashion using "volunteer computing" technology. This technology, made famous by projects such as Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI@home), can routinely harness the power of tens of thousands of personal computers for important scientific causes. Members of the public who...

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Annual Call for Projects 2006 Crisis and Risk Reduction: Mobilising, Collecting and Sharing Information in Crisis or Risk Situations

The goal of this research project supported by the Geneva International Academic Network (GIAN) is to study how information pertaining to medical risks and crises is collected, disseminated and used. As demonstrated by recent events (the heat wave in France, the tsunami in south-east Asia, the Chikungunya epidemic in the Indian Ocean), the fact that information is available or being circulated does not necessarily mean that those who need it are properly informed or use it to good purpose. One of the aims of the research project is to...

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Annual Call for Projects 2006 Joint Initiative on Trade and Global Economic Governance

The Graduate Institute of International Studies (GIIS), the South Centre, and the Global Economic Governance Programme at the University of Oxford, are jointly implementing a project supported by the Geneva International Academic Network (GIAN) to advance research and policy dialogue on trade, global economic governance and developing countries.

Globalisation, under appropriate conditions, holds the promise of growth and prosperity. Yet for many in the developing world, and for those concerned about sustainable development,...

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Annual Call for Projects 2006 Obtaining Reliable Medical Information Online: A Study Focusing on Francophone Africa

Access to good quality health information is a key component of any health system. With the emergence of information and communication technologies, new tools have become available to facilitate the compilation, publication and access to such data. However, these new tools also present new challenges. Indeed, it is becoming increasingly difficult to gauge the reliability of health information on the web. In addition, the fact that there exists a variety of data must be acknowledged and encouraged.

It is at present not clear whether...

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Annual Call for Projects 2006 Participation, Conservation and Livelihoods: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Participatory Approaches in Protected Areas

The number of protected areas in the world has increased rapidly over the past few decades and is currently in excess of 102,000. The question of their ecological and social sustainability is one of the main challenges to global environmental governance today.

Historically, most protected areas were created under the assumption that, for conservation to be successful, humans had to be excluded from these areas. Many studies have presented evidence that this approach was ineffective. Starting in the 1970s, a new approach...

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Annual Call for Projects 2006 Post-Conflict Peacebuilding and Reconstruction: Development of a Common Language to Improve the Response to Needs

Post-conflict peacebuilding and reconstruction represents a major challenge for the international community and for war-torn societies. This thematic is rife with conceptual and terminological ambiguities, however, which inhibit understanding of the challenges inherent in such contexts and also of the actions undertaken by decision-makers and practitioners. The increasing gap between theory and reality requires an interdisciplinary and empirical study on the significance and relevance of various notions of peace-building, so that the needs...

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Annual Call for Projects 2006 Technology Transfer, Trade, and the Environment: Promoting Synergy for Sustainable Development among the World Trade Organisation and Multilateral Environmental Agreements

Increasing the availability of environmental goods and services (EGS) through market liberalisation is seen as exemplifying the potential "win-win" relationship between trade and environment. Lower costs induced by lower or zero tariffs and non-tariff barriers would allow World Trade Organisation (WTO) Members to economise on resource/energy use and to increase their access to new technologies and know-how. At the same time, WTO Members would be able to comply with better environmental standards and adequately implement multilateral...

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Annual Call for Projects 2006 The Global Detention Project: Mapping the Rise of Migrant Detention in a Globalising World

This project, supported by the Geneva International Academic Network (GIAN), aims at conducting research on the conditions of, and the factors that contribute to, the detention of international "irregular migrants," The transnational movement of people is one of the defining challenges of the 21st century, a fact dramatically underscored in the final report of the UN Global Commission on International Migration, issued in October 2005. According to the report, the number of international migrants has more than...

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Annual Call for Projects 2006 Tracking Environmental Impacts of Consumption: Linking OECD and Developing Countries to Alleviate Negative Consequences

Globalisation and the related growth in trade provoke socio-economic as well as environmental consequences. There currently exists a need to shed new light on international responsibilities relating to the environmental impacts of consumption and related trade patterns. The relationship between consumers in developed countries and affected citizens in developing countries merits careful examination. This is all the more urgent due to the emergence of new challenges such as:

Annual Call for Projects 2006 UNHCR and the Global Cold War, 1971-1984

Created in 1950 to solve the problem of European refugees in the wake of World War II, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has subsequently grown to become a global operation that currently addresses the needs of over 19 million people. Beginning in the 1970’s, UNHCR experienced a sudden expansion in its role in the developing world, where large-scale humanitarian crises set in motion an evolution of norms and standard setting with regard to refugee law and exposed the organisation to new challenges. In...

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