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NCCR North-South

The NCCR North-South is one of 27 National Centres of Competence in Research implemented by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. >> More

NCCR North-SouthGlobal Policy Brief

Making migration safer – updated edition
Labour migration in low-skilled sectors plays a vital role in the global economy. Increasing numbers of poor move between their villages of origin, capital cities, and international destinations, while financially sustaining their families and home countries. But while both sending and host countries profit from these migrants’ labour, the migrants themselves are often left vulnerable by public policy at home and abroad. Drawing on case studies in Central and South Asia, this issue of evidence for policy examines the challenges of making migration safer and more beneficial for low-skilled workers
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NCCR North-SouthBrochure

Research highlights and their implications for policy and practice
In this final brochure, we present some of the programme’s highlights and scientific achievements in the research fields of migration, conflict transformation, health care systems, sanitation and wastewater management, natural resources and sustainable regional development, and governance.
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NCCR North-SouthRegional Policy Brief

Property rights in the Peruvian Amazon: encouraging preservation or degradation?
Environmental degradation in the Amazon is a fundamental problem that the Peruvian state must do its part to address. It must also do more to protect the livelihoods of indigenous people who depend on local forest resources. Balancing these environmental and human-rights goals will require the Peruvian state to reform the country’s property regime, steering away from privileging private interests over the public good.
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NCCR North-SouthRegional Policy Brief

Measuring and monitoring the quality of soils using spectroscopy
How much carbon is in the soil? How much nitrogen? How much will there be if the land is ploughed, or planted with trees? Answering these questions is vital for agriculture as well as new ecosystem-service and carbon-sequestration payment schemes. In Ethiopia, many soils are depleted because of poor land management. New approaches are needed. Spectroscopy is an ideal tool to provide the required baseline soil data for planning such approaches. In combination with global positioning systems and satellite remote sensing, spectroscopy also enables the fertility of large areas to be monitored efficiently.
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NCCR North-South Event

Research partnerships with the global South – A paradigm shift for Swiss research policy and development cooperation?
Tuesday, 4 June 2013, 5 pm – 7:30 pm, University of Bern, UniS, Room 003.
At the programme’s final policy event, politicians and researchers commented on the potential of North-South research networks and discussed the role of politics vis-à-vis successful development cooperation.
Programme participants highlighted how co-production of knowledge contributes to improving the environment and people's lives, and how Switzerland has a key role to play based on its comparatively high educational capital and established links with the global South.

Press release (German / PDF 129 KB)
Link to flyer (German / PDF 178 KB)
Link to flyer (English / PDF 178 KB)
Photos of event

Clips of the following programme-supported films were shown at the event to illustrate the value of research partnerships:

NCCR North-SouthNews

New online database of partner institutions for transboundary research
KFPE and the International Graduate School North-South have just launched an online database of research institutions with experience working as transboundary research partners with Swiss research centres and others in countries of the global South and East. The database is a valuable resource for researchers who are seeking suitable research partners or wish to find institutions that possess key information or expertise.
Link to database

Award for research that includes society
On 21 October 2013, the Swiss Network for Transdisciplinary Research presented the “swiss-academies award for transdisciplinary research”. The prize for “lifetime achievement” was awarded to Professors Hans Hurni and Urs Wiesmann of CDE, who led the NCCR North-South and guided it towards inter- and transdisciplinarity in exemplary fashion. While doing so, they also contributed substantially to the discourse on the opportunities and constraints of transdisciplinary research.
Link to details and press release (in German)
A research and practice exchange in Peru
In collaboration with the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), the Peruvian Ministry of Environment and the Department for National Protected Areas recently presented research results and recommendations for practice related to more sustainable use of natural resources in the Andean and Amazonian region in Peru and Bolivia. The research findings result from work conducted within the NCCR North-South. Local experts, governmental authorities, and the Swiss ambassador in Peru participated in this event.
More information about the event (in Spanish)
Related policy briefs
Recently founded Center for Public Health and Ecosystem Research in Hanoi announces mission
Established in June 2012, the Center for Public Health and Ecosystem Research at the Hanoi School of Public Health is a key structural achievement that the NCCR North-South contributed to through its research project (RP8) on “Productive sanitation”. Referred to as CENPHER, the center has just released a flyer outlining its mission, activities, and goals. It uses an Ecohealth/One Health approach to examine the links between human, animal, and environmental health in Southeast Asia and also Africa.
Download flyer (PDF / EN 1.4 MB)
Link to CENPHER website
Call for papers on "Family Farming in Mountains: Institutional and Organizational Arrangements in the Context of Globalization"
Mountain Research and Development (MRD) is seeking policy- and practice-oriented, well-validated insights into effective arrangements for advancing and enhancing family farms. MRD is also calling for sound analyses of organizational aspects of family farming in the political, economic, and environmental mountain context. Abstracts are due by 15 August 2013, invited full papers by 31 January 2014.
Full call for papers
2013 Conference on Environment and Health – Bridging South, North, East and West
Programme partner Swiss TPH will be hosting this conference in Basel, Switzerland, from 19 to 23 August 2013. It is the first-ever joint conference of three leading scientific societies committed to improving public health.
Learn more and register

NCCR North-SouthGlobal Policy Brief

Research partnerships: the benefits of North–South collaboration
Partnerships between Northern and Southern researchers are a powerful tool for studying problems of global change and for shaping development policies. North–South partnerships enable teams of researchers to focus on specific problems and to strengthen research capacities in developing countries. They also enable Southern researchers to contribute to their home countries as part of an international network. This issue of evidence for policy draws on recent publications from the NCCR North-South to illustrate how partnership benefits science and sustainable development.
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NCCR North-SouthNewsletter

Newsletter No. 11: Swiss Alps
The last newsletter highlights NCCR North-South activities in the Swiss Alps. Research here has focused primarily on regional development. Key topics have included protected areas, World Heritage Sites, and the multifunctional use of alpine landscapes.
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NCCR North-SouthRegional Policy Brief

Women in peacebuilding in South Asia
Women are among those who suffer most from violence and armed conflict. They thus have a major stake in prevention of conflict and violence and in peacebuilding. Experience from various war-torn countries shows that women can play a crucial role in the peace process. However, their potential contributions to peacebuilding have not yet been fully realised in South Asia mainly because of the patriarchal, top-down, and male-dominated mindset of political decision-makers. This brief explores ways in which the women in the region can be given the opportunity to contribute more fully to peacebuilding.
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The NCCR North-South is hosted by the University of Bern
and funded jointly by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation