Newsletter 94 - 10 March 2009


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Umeå by night


Ahmed Ali Maniku and Naseema Mohamed.

Research Community News

A man covers his nose to keep out the stench from the polluted Iska Vagu stream. Photo: Mahesh Kumar/AP

Roger Jeffery, University of Edinburgh, Scotland Subrata Mitra, South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, Germany Isabelle Milbert, Graduate Inst. of International & Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland Balveer Arora, Centre for Political Studies, JNU, New Delhi, India James Manor, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, UK Lawrence Saez, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK Julia Schwarzenber-ger, Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD), Berlin Errol d’Souza, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, India Ruth Kattumuri, Asia Research Centre, London School of Economics, UK
Some of the participants to the Paris workshop on Contemporary India Study Centres in Europe: Status & Further Developments.
Mr. Ulrich Podewils presented the IESCP programme. Prof. Christophe Jaffrelot hosted the meeting.
Steen Folke

Educational News

Conferences and workshops


Important lectures and seminars in Scandinavia

Business and Politics

• Half of Sweden’s development assistance through multilateral organisations

Government On Monday 9 March 2009, the Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation, Ms. Gunilla Carlsson presented the results of an extensive review of the multilateral development organisations that together receive almost half of Sweden's total development assistance. This accounts for some SEK 34 billion in 2009. The review covers 23 of the multilateral development organisations receiving Swedish development assistance. This is the first time that a review of this type has been undertaken in Sweden. Multilateral organisations play an important role in international cooperation in support of poverty reduction and development in poor countries. They are key to achieving the Millennium Development Goals and promoting human rights. In multilateral development cooperation, several countries or donors join together over common objectives and are thereby able to have a greater impact in their contribution to development. Sweden cooperates with, and supports, many multilateral organisations, principally various UN bodies, multilateral development banks such as the World Bank, and the EU. In several cases, Sweden is one of the largest financers of the multilateral organisations. The organisations include UNDP, UNICEF, WFP, UNIFEM, ILO, WHO, UN-HABITAT, FAO, and the Asian Development Bank. More information.

South Asia related culture in Scandinavia

New and updated items on SASNET web site

 Best regards,

         Lars Eklund

        deputy director/webmaster

 SASNET/Swedish South Asian Studies Network

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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 Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) and by Lund University.

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