Newsletter 118 - 30 December 2010


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November 2010


Professor Swaran Singh during his stay at Lund University, flanked by his hosts from the Dept. of Political Science, from left to right Associate Professors Anders Sannerstedt, Tomas Bergström and Catarina Kinnvall. Photo: Lars Eklund

Research Community News

HDI BangladeshAs usual a comparative Human Development Index is included in the report, this time with an additional trends analysis covering the period 1970-2010.
In the HDR 2010, among the South Asian nations Sri Lanka ranks highest as no. 91 among a total number of 169 countries, Sri Lanka climbed 11 positions since last year. Maldives ranks second, as no. 107, down by 12 positions.
India has climbed 15 positions, and is now ranked as no. 119, and Pakistan has also climbed considerably by 16 positions to be ranked as no. 125. Equally, Bangladesh has climbed 17 positions to be ranked as no. 129, and Nepal has climbed 6 positions to be ranked as no. 138.
Afghanistan has climbed from an almost bottom position to be ranked as no. 155 this year. It should however be noted that the HDI calculated 182 countries in the 2009 HDI, but only 169 this time. Bhutan is also by some unknown reason missing in the 2010 HDI ranking list.
Just like previous years Norway tops the worldwide HDI list, this year before Australia and New Zeeland. Sweden ranks as no. 9 (down by 2 positions).
Study the Human Development Index 2010

Educational News

Conferences and workshops

EADI• EADI conference on Development in an Age of Scarcity and Uncertainty in York
The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) invites papers for its triennial 13th General Conference to be held 19–22 September 2011 in York, UK. The theme for the conference will be ”Rethinking Development in an Age of Scarcity and Uncertainty. New Values, Voices and Alliances for Increased Resilience”. It will be co-organised by the British Development Studies Association (DSA).
The conference seeks to be one convening space to fundamentally revisit and rethink the development paradigm(s) in all its dimensions in an era of plurality, uncertainty and change. It also seeks to maximise the opportunity of working together and to revisit and rethink ‘development’, to generate new ideas, new narratives and new thinking whenever possible globally co-constructed with partners in global-South. Abstracts should be submitted before 15 January 2011. More information.

Important lectures and seminars in Scandinavia

Business and Politics

South Asia related culture in Scandinavia

New and updated items on SASNET web site

Best regards and a Happy New Year 2011



Lars Eklund

deputy director/webmaster

SASNET/Swedish South Asian Studies Network

SASNET is a national network for research, education, and information about South Asia based at Lund University. Its aim is to promote a dynamic networking process in which Swedish researchers co-operate with researchers in South Asia and globally.
The SASNET network is open to all the sciences. Priority is given to interdisciplinary cooperation across faculties, and more particularly to institutions in the Nordic countries and South Asia. SASNET believes that South Asian studies will be most fruitfully pursued as a cooperative endeavour between researchers in different institutions who have a solid base in their mother disciplines.
The network is financed by Lund University.

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