I would like to express my gratitude for the generosity of Max Weidenfeld Travel Grant. Because of this grant I was able to conduct a field trip to the West Bank (Palestine) and Israel in June 2018. My research involved the possibilities and realities for water-energy nexus cooperation between Israel, Jordan and Palestine.
Claudia Coleoni’s Max Weidenfeld Travel Grant enabled her to travel extensively across three areas in Brazil to assess the effectiveness of payment for ecosystem services as a model for better river basin management in Global Biodiversity Conservation hotspots. She will share her dissertation research findings at the annual World Water Week conference in Sweden in August 2018 and will follow-up with a scientific paper in a journal related to her field.
Oxford-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholar Julia Standish-White kicks off a new series of blog posts profiling Scholars’ motivations for applying for the WHT Scholarship and Leadership programme, their academic interests, the impact of their time at Oxford and their future plans.
In the 1860s a corrupt New York power broker ‘Boss’ Tweed tried to stop the publication of cartoons of Thomas Nast and is quoted to have said: “Stop them damn pictures. I don’t care so much what the papers write about me. My constituents can’t read. But, damn it, they can see pictures.”
As a Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld Scholar for Masters of Public Policy (2015-16), I had the unique opportunity to work on themes of conflict prevention during my summer project at The World Bank. I learnt through my work that natural resources including water resource remains one of the leading dimensions in todays conflict. Sometimes the intensity of the conflicts is so low in terms of violent deaths that our peace building efforts exclude them. This exclusion leads to circumstances where conditions of positive peace remain low and consequently , these disputes culminate in a sense of deprivation leading to violent eruption of conflicts. Even during the time, when the conflicts remain dormant, they still lead to stalled development and worse living conditions for conflict affected people. Read more “Technology for Peace and Development-GIS based water dispute resolution management system”
Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld scholar Michelle Valentine (Hong Kong, MSc Water Science Policy & Management) was involved in a pro bono project organised through the Oxford Microfinance Initiative. The project involved advising one of the largest Mongolian banks and a Mongolian government department in a joint micro-finance initiative. The team of ten, which Michelle led, had two tasks: to provide recommendations for a digital platform, including a membership registry, that would further the goals of the organisation; and to help the bank devise microfinance packages that are both suited to its corporate mission and are attractive to farmers. These packages were to be aimed specifically at the members signed up under the digital platform and thus the two tasks were interwoven. The project presents a unique opportunity to enable the partnership of the two organisations to help realize Mongolia’s agricultural potential.