- WELCOME to our third quarterly newsletter of 2018! Over the next few months we'll be co-hosting an innovation impact conference in Brussels, a health reporting workshop in Kuala Lumpur, and a social protection course in Cape Town.
- Through our research and training we explore the push and pull of international development: focusing on innovation through science and entrepreneurship (#SDG9), and governance through public policy analysis (#SDG16), and various other aspects of the 2030 Agenda.
- Our two-week course on 'Designing and Implementing Social Protection Programmes' trains policymakers, officials and practitioners how to roll out social protection programmes, covering both conceptual and practical issues. The next event is set for Cape Town, South Africa, 6-7 August 2018 (#SDG1).
- Our one-week course on the 'Design and Evaluation of Innovation Policies' targets policymakers in science, technology and innovation as well as private sector participants in developing countries. The next event is set for Rabat, Morocco, 17-21 September 2018 (#SDG9).
- The European Innovation Scoreboard 2018, drafted by researchers at UNU-MERIT, crowned Sweden as Europe's innovation leader. Globally, the EU is catching up with key players like Canada, Japan and the USA -- but so is China (#SDG9).
- Researchers at UNU-MERIT and the Inter-American Development Bank are studying the links between mining corporations, Latin American firms, and technological capacity across the region. As part of this project, we co-hosted a workshop on ‘Innovation, Mining and Global Value Chains’ (#SDG9).
- A new policy brief on ‘Innovation for development in West Africa: Challenges for promoting ST&I policy’ presents the results of the second in a series of workshops, reflecting the interest of African regions in science, technology and innovation policies and their social and economic impacts (#SDG9).
- A new policy brief on ‘The importance of social protection for children in the Balkans’ investigates the costs of child poverty across the Balkans, including deprivation in terms of education, health, and social mobility. Set against recent case studies from Cambodia and Uganda, the brief gives policy recommendations on various critical issues (#SDG1).
- Apply by 15 August 2018 for our autumn course on ‘Evidence-Based Policy Research Methods’ (EPRM) This 14-week programme fills the gap between a Master’s and the start of a research project, be it work-related or for a PhD. The course targets researchers and policymakers who want to sharpen their skills and outputs (#SDG8).
- Participants learn how to design an evidence-based research proposal; analyse qualitative and quantitative data; improve their academic writing; and get to grips with the latest tools for sharing research. Find out more from EPRM's Dr. Oxana Slobozhan.
- Maastricht University will open its doors to all its graduates on Saturday 8 September 2018. The UM Alumni Day is an opportunity to meet fellow alumni and attend presentations by top researchers about the latest projects and initiatives taking place at Maastricht University (#SDG4).
- Combine your alumni day with an evening at the Pleasure, Art and Science festival (PAS), an annual event celebrating science and culture in the centre of Maastricht (#SDG17).
- See our recent Q&As from Malawi and Palestine by our part-time PhD fellows; read all about the looming trade war between the EU and USA; and discover why Eritrean families tend to separate before migration. Also check the latest news from our innovation project partners at I3U.
- Until next time, in early October, please check our social media accounts on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube -- including the sensational 'Sounds of UNU'.
- You can also stay up-to-date on all our major publications via our monthly ‘First Impressions’ roundup.
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