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DS Newsletter No 12012l1

DS Newsletter No 12012l1

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@Massey 
Kia ora, and welcome to the latest instalment of our newsletter.The lastyear has been a busy one for staff and students of the Institute of Development Studies at Massey, with some exciting new developments.In particular, 2012 has seen the launch of the Master of InternationalDevelopment which can be completed via two pathways: either a full thesis(120 credits) or research project/half thesis (60 credits, plus another 60 creditsof course work). We listened to our students who had asked for the latter option because either a) they wanted to take a wider range of papers, or b)they wanted a more manageable research project, especially if studying parttime or at a distance.Meanwhile, Maria and Gerard led reviews of our two core papers(131701 and 131702) so that the papers will incorporate the latest innovationsin development theory, policies and practice. We are very grateful to all of those who were consulted as part of these reviews and provided suggestionsregarding the content and delivery of 131701 and 131702, including paststudents and other stakeholders. We had a great time travelling around thecountry and speaking to people from ChildFund, World Vision, NZ AidProgram, Oxfam, Save the Children NZ, Auckland University and, via email,Clark University (USA).
You must be the change you wish tosee in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi
 
 
The 
Development Studies
 Newsletter 
 August 2012
The Newsletter 
Institute of Development Studies, Massey UniversityPrivate Bag 11 222 Palmerston North, New Zealandr.a.scheyvens@massey.ac.nz
Important Dates
29-30 September: Thesis Workshop in Palmerston North.
If you are thinking about doing a thesis (120 credits), research project (60 credits) or PhD with us in 2013 and youare based in NZ, you must try to attend this weekend workshop. We will cover issues such as proposal writing,methodology, ethics, funding etc.
3-5 December: DevNet Conference in Auckland
http://www.idc2012.org.nz/  - this is our biennial conference, and a very valuable chance to hear about the latestdevelopment research as well as an opportunity for networking with academics, students, NGOs, policy makersand practitioners. Note, student rates are available!
 
7 December: research proposals due
Those wanting to be considered for entry into a Masters thesis (120 credits) or research project (60 credits) in 2013must submit their research proposal by this date. Acceptance is based on both GPA (grade point average) for yourpostgrad papers, and the quality of your proposal. All will be advised of the outcome before Christmas.
Students from Samoa, Zimbabwe, Timor Lesteand Lao PDR at the 2012 welcome BBQ atGerard’s house.
Best wishes to all for the remainder of theyear. All of our staff are participating in theDevNet conference at Auckland University (3-5Dec) – see ‘Important Dates’ below, and anumber of our postgrads are also presentingpapers based on their research, so we hope tocatch up with many of you there!
 Regina
 
@Massey 
 
 
 August 2012 2
PhD Completions 2011-July 2012 
Congratulations to the new doctors in thehouse!
Sharon McLennan
An alternative model for development? : promise and politics in the projecthonduras network 
Murad Ali
The politics of development aid : the allocation and delivery of aid from the United States of America to Pakistan 
Vicky Walters
The power to reform: water and the poverty of democracy and rights in the era of "good" governance 
Gerard Prinsen
Negotiating on a seesaw: the decentralisation of education and health services in Uganda and Tanzania from a local perspective and in a historical context 
Glenn and Maria on Sabbatical
Both A/Prof Glenn Banks and Dr Maria Borovnik arerecharging their batteries, and hopefully their brains as well,by taking sabbatical leave in semester 2. Maria has startedoff in Kiribati where she is conducting research on thefamilies of seafarers, then she heads for Europe to attend theInternational Geographical Union conference in her oldstomping ground, the beautiful city of Cologne. Glenn ismeanwhile based at the East-West Centre in Hawaii, wherehe is hoping to progress a few writing projects including abook on
Unearthing Development: Large-Scale Mining in Melanesia and the Meaning of Development 
. And if you’reworried about him working too hard, please see below:
A/Prof Glenn Banks on sabbatical leave: he’s hoping to master standingon the board before returning to NZ in early October
The Newsletter 
Gerard celebratesthe successful oraldefence of his PhDin style: with glassof bubbly
and  
aglass of milk!
Activities of IDS Massey Alumni
Aung San Suu Kyi (centre, front), andHenry Scheyvens (right, back
)
 
Henry Scheyvens (who completed his Masters in DevelopmentStudies in 1996 and went on to do a PhD at Monash University)is currently working as the Director of Natural ResourcesManagement at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies(IGES) in Japan.IGES participated in the Myanmar First Green Economy andGreen Growth (GEGG) Forum and Conference held in Nay PyiTaw and Yangon, from 1-4 November 2011.1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi,attended the morning session of the final day of the GEGGConference. Henry had the good fortune to deliver hispresentation on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestationand forest degradation plus enhancing forest carbon stocks)during her attendance. He explained that REDD+ would only besuccessful in providing climate and developmental benefits if itwas supported at the highest political levels, if it was underpinnedby broad multi-sectoral and multistakeholder engagement, and ifthe rights and well-being of local communities and indigenouspeoples were prioritised.Remember, if you have news snippets that may be ofinterest to our readers, please get in touch with Regina(r.a.scheyvens@massey.ac.nz;+ 64 6 3505799 x2509).
 
Scholarships and Awards 
Congratulations to the following recipients!
Masterate Scholarship 
Megan Allardice: The role of the arts, particularlycontemporary dance, in internationaldevelopment.Joy Davidson: Young Solomon Islanders asagents of change.Joanne Waitoa: The use of social media topromote political engagement of Maori.
 
Doctoral Scholarship 
Axel Malecki: How expatriate populations mightassist the economy of their home country, with afocus on Chile.
NZ Aid Programme: Postgraduate Field Research Awards 
Sandra Murphy (M.Int.Dev): The role of fa’aSamoa in aiding livelihood recovery after theSamoan tsunamiDennis Rockell (PhD): Examining the RSE(Recognised Seasonal Employer) scheme andwhether it has skills transfer and sustainablelivelihood benefits in VanuatuKate Averill (PhD): How we measuredevelopment results and outcomes in Asia andthe Pacific
 
3 August 2012
Amy (right) with a woman and child in their newhome in Addis Ababa
 Notes from Fieldwork in Ethiopia 
Amy Fraser trained as an architect and had done voluntarywork with Habitat for Humanity in Ethiopia before enrolling asan internal student to do her Masters in Development Studies.Returning to Addis Ababa, she researched the value of a rights-based approach to provision of housing for the poor:
“Returning to the ancient nation of Ethiopia was something I had longed for since the day I left in 2010. I was eager to view the country with my new ‘development eyes’.Carrying out fieldwork for a month in a developing country was bound to pose some massive challenges and present interesting experiences and it did just that. I learnt an incredible amount, and was astounded at what I found.Literature about housing in Ethiopia is outdated and scarce so it was hard to judge what I would find. I guess that is the value and beauty of fieldwork. You get to meet with people on the ground that are dealing with the everyday effects of development. You hear their stories, successes and failures then formulate a narrative based on your findings.Throughout the month I was tearful, heartbroken,humbled, overjoyed, scrutinised and warned. I learnt about the realities of development when I was abruptly greeted with this statement on day two of fieldwork: “What are rights? Do not speak of rights in this country young lady” (CEO of an NGO). It doesn’t matter what you read or how much you know about how development approaches should play out in theory, the rules change when you place them in a context that is volatile and oppressive. The CEO went on to teach me about street smart development with the following statement, “In our country there is not such thing as a rights based approach. If you want to empower people you have to be smart, you have to show the government one side of your cards and use the reverse side to help the people”.This was a humbling journey, and once again I was reconnected with wonderful people that have so little yet share so much. They are the people that truly matter and the ones that make all of this development speak real. I strive to never lose sight of that” 
The Newsletter 
Wellington Field Trip
A group of 131701 students and new PhD studentsrecently took part in our annual field trip to Wellington.This year we visited the following: Council forInternational Development, where we were impressedto hear about how they had adapted to an 80% cut intheir funding from the government...and they wereimpressed with the big box of doughnuts we hadpicked up from a small bakery in Otaki
; VSA, wherethe new CEO, Gill Greer, gave us a great overview oftheir work in the Pacific; and the New Zealand AidProgramme (MFAT), where we joined with VictoriaUniversity students in questioning the current focus ofthe aid programme and having round table discussionson topics ranging from governance to agriculture andhumanitarian assistance. One of our students, afteradmitting she hadn’t been looking forward to the fieldtrip, said it had been a really informative day out: 9/10!

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