IDS Lecture Series 2016: Transparency in International Development

Period: September-November 2016 (starting September 8th)
Time: 15.00 to 18.00
Location: University of Amsterdam, James Wattstraat 78 (JWS), Zaal 2

The International Development Studies Lecture Series, offered by the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies, provides insight into particular cutting-edge themes and issues from a range of well renowned scholars in the field. Lecturers are invited from within the UvA, from other institutes, and from abroad to contribute their expert knowledge and help make the series an exciting learning opportunity for those within and outside academia. Open to students and to the general public, the IDS Lecture Series is one of the highlights of the Minor in International Development Studies.

With recent phenomena capturing global attention such as the Panama Papers scandal, global financial crises linked to unaccountable banking practices, tax evasion, and efforts to disclose classified information to promote democratic participation in society, the theme of transparency in International Development Studies has been pushed to the forefront. Parallel to this, the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) emphasize the need for enhancing transparency in achieving global development. While scholars and practitioners have been addressing issues of transparency in the making of development agendas for some time and at multiple levels of society, the urgency now associated with these concepts makes it a crucial topic for understanding among students of International Development.

All are welcome!

All students from both the UvA and other institutes, as well as any other interested parties, are welcome to attend any and all lectures. Those who are interested in coming and are not officially registered for course credit are not required to give any prior notice of attendance.

Open access, cc and more

The Annual Lecture Series of the International Development studies programme at the UvA has been sharing its lectures with other universities for several years now. Since 2009 it has opened it’s content even further by providing its lectures online, under a Creative Commons license, and the reading materials are, as much as possible, Open Access articles.

The goal to provide academic content in an open fashion is part of a wider growing movement to have content made available to those without the financial resources to pay for expensive journals or books.

Making knowledge openly available

Putting a price tag on knowledge, restricts its access to the elite, and thereby limits opportunities to further its development. It also restricts the opportunities for those with less resources to have access to knowledge which is relevant for their life and/or work. Open content movements are using the licensing options offered by Creative Commons (see below) to provide free access to their content with possibly some limitations to its reuse such as “By Attribution” of “for non-commercial use only”.

Key Concepts

There are several key concepts and movements related to the issue of making content and knowledge freely available. The concept of Open Access itself is still evolving but the most influential definition was developed during the “Budapest Open Access Initiative” (BOAI) in 2001, and can be read on page 2 of this article: “What is Open Acess (PDF)” (146kb).

Open access

Open Access“In publishing, open access (OA) is free online access to articles that have traditionally been published in scholarly journals. Most open access material in this context is distributed via the World Wide Web. [1] OA articles usually have limited copyright and licensing restrictions.”

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_access_(publishing)

Creative commons

Creative commons“Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization. They work to increase the amount of creativity (cultural, educational, and scientific content) in “the commons” — the body of work that is available to the public for free and legal sharing, use, repurposing, and remixing.“
Source: http://creativecommons.org/about/what-is-cc


Copyleft“Copyleft is a play on the word copyright to describe the practice of using copyright law to remove restrictions on distributing copies and modified versions of a work for others and requiring that the same freedoms be preserved in modified versions.”
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyleft

Open educational resources

Open Educational Resources “Open Educational Resources are all about sharing. In a brave new world of learning, OER content is made free to use or share, and in some cases, to change and share again, made possible through licensing, so that both teachers and learners can share what they know.” Source: http://www.oercommons.org/