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What is Global Notes? Global Notes is a forum for those interested in things across boundaries (especially the boundaries of nation-states and cultures and language) in & around the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Here you can learn about events, opportunities, and news from Humphrey students, faculty, visiting scholars, alumni and fellows. Contact us gpa@umn.edu.
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A Bi-Coastal Vizathon to Expose Hidden Hunger

Tue, 2015-05-19 16:32
Bread for the World is excited to announce our second annual HelpMeViz Data Vizathon event.
On Saturday, May 30, we will partner with HelpMeViz.com and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) to bring back our community of data heroes -- coders, data scientists, designers, and data visualizers -- to help shed light on the elusive problem of hidden hunger in the developing world. We’re especially happy to be expanding this year’s vizathon to two volunteer sites—one on the East Coast in Washington, DC, and the other on the West Coast in San Francisco.
IFPRI and Bread for the World Institute have drawn from several brand new hunger and nutrition data sets from Africa South of the Sahara to develop two data visualization challenges centered on two forms of  'hidden hunger':
Challenge 1: Exposing Hidden Hunger
“The ‘hidden hunger’ due to micronutrient deficiency does not produce hunger as we know it. You might not feel it in the belly, but it strikes at the core of your health and vitality.”  -Kul C. Gautam, former deputy executive director of UNICEF
Find a way to bring the problem of hidden hunger out of the shadows. Use the latest global data on micronutrient deficiencies to expose the story of hidden hunger and its massive human costs.
  • Demonstrate the mounting costs of hidden hunger (in lost potential, years, GDP, etc.).
  • Combine data with graphic art and photos to humanize the problem of hidden hunger, giving it a name and a face.
Challenge 2: Showing How Hunger Feeds Obesity:
Use new data on obesity and body mass index (BMI) to tell the story of obesity’s stunning rise across the developing world and the array of health problems that are beginning to mount as a result. This will mean finding ways to count the economic and health costs of obesity as well as showing the gaps in national healthcare systems being revealed by the rise in obesity.
You can read more details on the data challenges at the event announcement on HelpMeViz.com.
Vizathon Details
HelpMeViz, IFPRI, and Bread for the World Institute are inviting up to 50 guests to each site on Saturday, May 30, from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to work on these two challenges. The Institute will provide the challenge data and space for participants to work. Breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks will be provided. Participants will also receive a printed copy of the 2016 Hunger Report, which focuses on hunger and health and will be released in November 2015.
The event will be blogged live on HelpMeViz. We hope that interested people all over the world will want to lend their voice and their skills to respond to these challenges. Data will be made available at the beginning of the event. Visualizations, conversations, and comments from both coasts and elsewhere will be posted to the vizathon’s website in real time.
If you would like to attend in Washington, DC, or San Francisco, click the links below to register.
Washington, DC: Register to attend the HelpMeViz 2015 Vizathon at the Washington, DC site.
San Francisco (location TBD): Register to attend the HelpMeViz 2015 Vizathon at the San Francisco, CA site.

More information: notes.bread.org/2015/05/a-bi-coastal-vizathon-to-expose-hidden-hunger.html

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Ms. Carmen Iezzi MEZZERA
Executive Director
Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs

IPID updates summer plans, congratulates 2015 graduates

Tue, 2015-05-19 15:47
Dear students, alumni, and supporters,
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Development (IPID) would like to congratulate all recent graduates of the University of Minnesota for achieving such important educational, professional, and personal milestone! We appreciated very much your engagement in international development as part of the University of Minnesota community and we wish you success in your new endeavors.
For the remaining students, we wish you a great summer—full of networking opportunities, meaningful internships, inspiring international travels, and revitalizing rest!
IPID’s activities will resume in the fall, opening with our General Assembly on September 22nd. Stay tuned to our website (ipidatumn.com) and to our e-mail newsletter for more details.
Once again, congratulations recent graduates!

IPID Board

MDP Sarode awarded Lucas Travel Grant

Tue, 2015-05-19 15:44
Congratulations to MDP candidate Trupti Sarode, on being awarded the first David Lucas Travel Grant for her MDP Field Experience with Global Volunteers in St. Lucia.



The David Lucas Travel Grant was established to encourage students to do internships, field experiences, professional paper or capstone research in the fields of international affairs, international development, or any of the specializations listed under the Humphrey School’s global public policy concentration in central or southern region of the Western Hemisphere.  Students in all HHH degree programs are encouraged to apply.

In the fall of 2013 David Lucas was a first year Master of Public Policy student studying global policy. Before coming to the Humphrey School, he taught political systems and world history in Cali, Colombia, and before that he taught American History, American Government, Sociology and World Geography at West Branch High School in Iowa.  He grew up in a family of seven in northeastern Iowa.
In the short time David was at the Humphrey School, his new friends and colleagues benefited from his rich life experience and his intellectual rigor, and our community was deeply saddened by his untimely death.  Thanks to a thoughtful and generous contribution from the Lucas family, the Humphrey School is now able to offer $500.00 to a current Humphrey student interested in work related to a HHH degree which requires travel to the central or southern regions of the Western Hemisphere (South or Central America, the Caribbean). 

Ms. Sarode's "summer field experience project will focus on assessing the impact of short-term volunteers in early childhood development (ECD) interventions. The project is being implemented in Anse la Raye, Saint Lucia, in partnership with Global Volunteers – a non-profit organization headquartered in St Paul, Minnesota. Global Volunteers took over the operation of Reaching Children’s Potential – an ECD intervention program – following endorsement by the Government of Saint Lucia in April 2014. The goal of the project is to conduct an evaluation of RCP which will serve both formative and summative purpose: (formative) to supervise program implementation and maximize organizational learning; and (summative) to assess the program model in engaging short term volunteers in early childhood development context. While the evaluation framework for RCP is being developed over the course of the Spring semester, the field experience will focus on data collection and conducting a preliminary analysis. The methodology chosen for this evaluation is the Mixed-Method design wherein the qualitative aspect will be completed using the Most Significant Change approach. Professor Randi Nelson, Lecturer, College of Education and Human Development will oversee the design of the evaluation framework as well as the data collection. The MDP team will also work closely with Kari Foley, a Masters student at the College of Education and Human Development, who is tasked with finalizing the evaluation plan and the data collection instruments.

HHH students awarded Supplemental Travel Funds for summer projects

Tue, 2015-05-19 15:42


 

Summer international travel awards were made available from the Humphrey School Dean’s office through a one-time supplemental grant. Six students, from the Master of Development Practice (MDP), Master of Public Policy (MPP), and Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) degree programs, were awarded 2015 grants:


Abdiwahad Ali, MDP, Field Experience, UNESCO, PhilippinesThe project involves collaboration between UMN Master of Development Practice students and the Philippines National Commission for UNESCO. UNESCO implements a flagship conservation program called the “Man and the Biosphere” or MAB. This provides an international framework for conservation of sites with high biodiversity by designating them as “Biosphere Reserves.” The project aims to prepare the nomination files for Mount Malindang Range Natural Park (southern Philippines) to be designated as a Biosphere Reserve.  The nomination requires a multidisciplinary approach involving conservation biology, geography, development economics, and public policy and will involve literature review, site visit, and stakeholder mapping and consultation.
John Chisholm, MDP, Field Experience, Kibera Girls Soccer Academy, KenyaThe Kibera Girls Soccer Academy (KGSA) is a tuition free, all-girls secondary school in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. The school administration believes more concrete data is needed to determine if their current activities and programming are effective in helping the girls reach a certain level of academic achievement, while also improving their overall wellbeing, including health, safety, familial, and socioeconomic considerations. Under the guidance of our advisor Christopher Johnstone, our MDP team’s project this summer will be to design, develop, and implement a qualitative and quantitative ME (monitoring and evaluation) system that will be incorporated into the school’s future operations.
Amrita Jain, MDP, Field Experience, Chitwan National Park, NepalWhile in Nepal this summer for our field experience, our team of three MDP students will work with the National Trust for Nature Conservation, Chitwan to evaluate government run homestays initiative to promote ecotourism in the region. Our evaluation will discern better ways to promote homestays in less visited regions of Chitwan National Park to improve these communities’ livelihoods, while also relieving pressure on forest resources in other heavily visited tourist regions. We will also undertake a comparative analysis of different community forest user groups in the buffer and non-buffer zones. Our comparative analysis will look at how these different communities compare in their use of natural resources, as well as what impacts these policies have on livelihoods. Both of these projects are intended to improve local livelihoods while conserving natural resources. Our advisor for this project is Dean Current Program Director, Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management (CINRAM).
Erin Olson, MURP/MPH, Use and Meaning of Public Spaces in Maputo, MozambiqueMozambique is rapidly urbanizing and finding a new global stage mediated through its largest urban centers. Public spaces—including streets, squares, markets, and parks—are places where these shifts are often most apparent. The central city of Maputo, Mozambique has only five public parks that are formally recognized by the local government, all dating back to the Portuguese colonial period. Over the past ten years, most of these parks have been partially privatized and access to some parts has been restricted.
The main research objective of this project is to investigate how the two of the oldest public park spaces in central Maputo, Mozambique are used, perceived, and affected by social and cultural activities, addressing specifically how public parks are used as "recreational" space and who, primarily, is making use of the spaces. This study will outline the similarities and differences between the designs and originally-intended uses of these spaces from other research and historical records, but truly focus on the current use and perception of the park spaces based on three months of participant observation in the spaces, a minimum of 40semi-structuredinterviews with occasional park users, key informant interviews, and a minimum of 10 in-depth interviews with regular park users. It will also build on past research I have completed in 2008, 2011, 2012, and2013inthesamepublicspaces, and serve as an appropriate culmination of my Masters degrees in Urban Planning and Public Health in the city I hope to live in post graduation.
Amanda Traaseth, MDP, Field Experience, Kibera Girls Soccer Academy, KenyaThe Kibera Girls Soccer Academy (KGSA) is a tuition free, all-girls secondary school in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. Our project during Summer 2015 is to design, develop, and implement a qualitative and quantitative ME (monitoring and evaluation) plan to be introduced this summer and incorporated into KGSA’s future operations. The school administration believes concrete data is needed to determine if their current activities and programming are effective in helping their students reach a certain level of academic achievement, while also improving their overall well-being, including health, safety, familial, and socioeconomic status. There are three members to our field experience team: Christina Field, John Chisholm, and myself. All three members are Masters of Development Practice students at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Our project faculty advisor is Dr. Christopher Johnstone, Director of International Initiatives and Relations, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota.
Renee Van Siclen, MPP, Internship, TanzaniaInherit Your Rights (IYR) is a non-governmental organization in Arusha, Tanzania that provides advocacy and legal services to widows in rural communities. As a legal research intern with IYR, my tasks will include researching local laws regarding inheritance, property rights, and gender-based violence and developing training materials around those subjects for the organization’s staff to present to village residents and local governing units. While the legal research will be the main focus of my internship, I will also have the opportunity to assist with the organization’s microfinance projects by evaluating inefficiencies with recordkeeping and identifying ways to improve the process.

12 HHH students awarded Stassen International Grants

Tue, 2015-05-19 15:23


Stassen International Grants are designed to encourage students to do internships, field experiences, professional paper or capstone research in the fields of international affairs, international development, or any of the specializations listed under the Humphrey School’s global public policy concentration in the United States or abroad.  The Stassen International Grant funds are taken equally from two endowments given to the Humphrey School: The Disarmament Studies and the Margaret Holiday Endowed Scholarship funds.
For summer 2015, the Humphrey School awarded 12 Stassen grants to the following Master of Development Practice (MDP) or Master of Public Policy (MPP) candidates: 
Eric Armacanqui, MPP, Internship/Professional paper research, Hudson Institute Center for Political-Military Analysis, Washington DCThis February, I began a telecommuting internship with the Hudson Institute in their Center for Political-Military Analysis. My director, Richard Weitz, has welcomed the possibility of becoming a residential intern to conduct research regarding my professional paper. My paper will address the question – is a nation-state best suited to combat global terrorism? My perspective is that nation-states have not adapted, and may not be able to adapt, to the dynamism of a terrorist organization. However, the quality of my paper is dependent on the quality of my research. My intended faculty chair is James Ron.
Mekdelawit Bayu, MDP, Field Experience, Save the Children, ThailandThe goal of the project is to produce high-­‐quality Child Rights Situation Analysis (CRSA) that will provide Save the Children International’s (SCI) Thailand office essential information about areas where it should focus its unique strengths and resources for effective child-­‐based programming. The CRSA report will provide an in-­‐depth description of the extent to which children’s rights are being enjoyed and an analysis of the obstacles to, and enablers of, their realization. To achieve this goal, we will (1) map the level of violations of children’s rights; (2) analyze underlying causes of violations; and (3) identify duty bearers and other main actors, giving due consideration to the views of the child. The urban-­‐focused CRSA will feed into a countrywide analysis taking place as part of SCI’s Thailand country office strategic planning process for 2016-­‐2018. The CRSA will primarily focus on three sectors, namely, health and nutrition, child protection and child rights, and education. Disaster reduction, gender equity, poverty alleviation, and climate change are the additional crosscutting sectors that may arise and need to be incorporated into the analysis. Surveying key actors and identifying best practices will also be components of the analysis. Cataloging critical challenges in addressing the needs of vulnerable communities in the urban slums of Bangkok will be an important part of the report.
Felipe Dyna Borroso, MDP, Field Experience, UNESCO, PhilippinesThe project involves collaboration between UMN Master of Development Practice students and the Philippines National Commission for UNESCO. UNESCO implements a flagship conservation program called the “Man and the Biosphere” or MAB. This provides an international framework for conservation of sites with high biodiversity by designating them as “Biosphere Reserves.” The project aims to prepare the nomination files for Mount Malindang Range Natural Park (southern Philippines) to be designated as a Biosphere Reserve. The nomination requires a multidisciplinary approach involving conservation biology, geography, development economics, and public policy and will involve literature review, site visit, and stakeholder mapping and consultation. David Wilsey is the faculty advisor of the project.
Tori Duoos, MPP, Internship, Refugees International, Washington, DCThis summer I will have the opportunity to work as an advocacy intern at Refugees International        in Washington, DC. Primarily I will work on  an advocacy research piece that can promote the organization’s human rights advocacy efforts. Additionally I will attend meetings, update blogs and  write briefs as necessary. I hope   to focus on issues of advocacy for Central American asylum seekers  and stateless populations.  My direct supervisor at Refugees International will be Sarnata Reynolds, the Senior Advisor on Human Rights. My faculty advisor is Dr. Brian Atwood, and I also have had faculty support from Dr. Mary Curtin and Dean Schwartz.
Christina Field, MDP, Field Experience, Kibera Girls Soccer Academy, KenyaThe Kibera Girls Soccer Academy (KGSA) is a tuition free, all-girls secondary school in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya.  Our project during summer 2015 is to design, develop, and implement a qualitative and quantitative M&E (monitoring and evaluation) plan to be introduced this summer and incorporated into KGSA’s future operations.  The school administration believes more quantifiable data is needed to determine if their current activities and programming are effective in helping the girls reach a certain level of academic achievement, while also improving their overall wellbeing, including health, safety, familial, and socioeconomic considerations.
Faris Kasim, MDP, Field Experience, Save the Children, ThailandThe project is to conduct a Child Rights Situation Analysis (CRSA) of Thailand, in collaboration with the non-profit Save the Children. The analysis is an in-depth study of the prevailing situation regarding child’s rights in Thailand including related legislation, cultural practices and attitudes; underlying causes of violations of child rights; obstacles to and enablers of their realization; and recommendations to address barriers. The project goal is to produce a high quality CRSA report that provides Save the Children essential information about areas to focus its unique strengths/resources for child-based programming. My faculty advisor is Catherine A. Solheim, Associate Professor in the Department of Family Social Science.
Brandon Kenney, MPP, Internship US Department of State at Embassy in Yerevan, ArmeniaI will be working at the United States Embassy to Armenia in Yerevan, Armenia. At the embassy, I will be evaluating a grant program implemented by the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Section (INL) at various sites around Armenia.  My faculty advisor is Dr. Robert Kudrle.
Maria Punay, MDP, Field Experience, UNESCO, PhilippinesThe proposed engagement with the University of Minnesota’s Master of Development Practice (MDP) Program is envisioned to contribute meaningfully to the preparatory work for the nomination of Mount Malindang Range Natural Park for a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve designation by supporting and catalyzing the collaboration between the Philippines National Commission for UNESCO, the Biodiversity Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Region X Office of DENR, Mount Malindang’s Protected Area Office, and Misamis Occidental Provincial Government.
Mount Malindang is located in Misamis Occidental, northwest of Mindanao island, southern Philippines. It is proclaimed as a National Protected Area and spans more than 50,000 hectares, more than 30,000 of which is covered in thick forest vegetation, while some 20,000 hectares is cultivated by an indigenous community, the Subanen tribe. The mountain range is 600 meters to 2,400 meters above sea level and is home to highly diverse species of flora and fauna, namely, the iconic Philippine eagle Pithecophaga jefferyi), Rofous Hornbill (Buceros hydrocorax), Tarsier (Tarsius philippinensis) and Flying Lemur (Cynocephalus volans). 
Trupti Sarode, MDP, Field Experience, Global Volunteers, St. LuciaMy summer field experience project will focus on assessing the impact of short-term volunteers in early childhood development (ECD) interventions. The project is being implemented in Anse la Raye, Saint Lucia, in partnership with Global Volunteers – a non-profit organization headquartered in St Paul, Minnesota. Global Volunteers took over the operation of Reaching Children’s Potential – an ECD intervention program – following endorsement by the Government of Saint Lucia in April 2014. The goal of the project is to conduct an evaluation of RCP which will serve both formative and summative purpose: (formative) to supervise program implementation and maximize organizational learning; and (summative) to assess the program model in engaging short term volunteers in early childhood development context. While the evaluation framework for RCP is being developed over the course of the Spring semester, the field experience will focus on data collection and conducting a preliminary analysis. The methodology chosen for this evaluation is the Mixed-Method design wherein the qualitative aspect will be completed using the Most Significant Change approach. Professor Randi Nelson, Lecturer, College of Education and Human Development will oversee the design of the evaluation framework as well as the data collection. The MDP team will also work closely with Kari Foley, a Masters student at the College of Education and Human Development, who is tasked with finalizing the evaluation plan and the data collection instruments.
Claire Stoscheck, MPP, Internship, Navdanya Biodiversity Conservation Farm, IndiaThe objective of my professional internship at Navdanya’s biodiversity conservation farm in India is to support their agro-ecological farm and community development efforts through documenting their soil management techniques, through work in the community seed-bank, the organic farm, and environmental education programs, and by contributing my expertise in non-profit management, program evaluation and research. My contributions will help Navdanya to improve their agricultural extension work around healthy soil management. Navdanya is an internationally recognized food justice organization focused on protecting nature and people's rights to knowledge, biodiversity and food, and which pioneered the seed saving movement. Through this interdisciplinary internship I will engage the disciplines of agro-ecology, international sustainable development, global environmental policy, non-profit management, and economics in order to both contribute to and learn from Navdanya—finding synergy among these disciplines to help solve the complex and urgent problem of global food security, natural resource management and agricultural resilience to climate change. I will learn about managing an agroecology farm and educational center of intercultural exchange, enabling me to develop a similar project in the economically struggling Southern Tier of up-state NY. My hope is that this project, and the subsequent work that it will enable me to do, will inspire practitioners in other disciplines to see the connections between—and take action on—climate resiliency, food security, equity, and community economic development. I am currently seeking a Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) at the Humphrey School, and planning a concentration in Sustainable Food Systems & Community Economic Development (with both an international and national focus), and a Sustainable Agriculture minor. My project faculty advisor is Carissa Slotterback. This internship—a perfect match for my degree program—will further my leadership skills, fulfill my degree’s internship requirement, and further my scholarship in the field of international development and global environmental policy.
Yodit Tesfaye, MDP, Field Experience, Global Volunteers, St. LuciaThe field experience will focus on assessing the impact of short-term volunteers on an early childhood development intervention program in Anse la Raye, St. Lucia. The initiative is delivered through Global Volunteers, a non-profit based in St. Paul. The Roving Caregivers Program (RCP) was originally a government effort run by the local St. Lucian authority. Due to lack of funding, the program was discontinued and resumed by Global Volunteers under the name Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) program which commenced its operations in April 2014.In collaboration with local leaders and Global Volunteers, our team will assess if the new program impact is varied in nutrition, health and care aspects- the three levels of intervention employed. The assessment will be done through a combination of methodologies using Most Significant Change and Mixed Methods. This includes conducting interviews, facilitating workshops and collecting the most significant impact as identified by program participants. The results will be complied in an assessment report and will be shared with donors, volunteers and civil society stakeholders. Professor Randi Nelson from the Department of Organizational Leadership. Policy, and Development will guide and oversee the progress of the project.
Evans Yamoah, MDP, Field Experience, Global Volunteers, St. LuciaThis project will focus on assessing the impact of short-term volunteers on early childhood development (ECD) interventions delivered through the Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) program in Anse La Raye, Saint Lucia. The project is being implemented by Global Volunteers which took over the operation of RCP from the Government of Saint Lucia in April 2014. In addition to assessing the impact of short-term volunteers, the project will involve collecting and analyzing baseline data for the ECD interventions. The final goal is to develop a monitoring & evaluation framework for RCP which will serve both formative and summative evaluation purposes. This faculty advisor for this project is Randi Nelson.
Lingran Zhou, MPP, Internship, American Field Experience New York, NYI will work as the full-time intern in Program & Risk Management Department in AFS International in New York City in this summer. “AFS (American Field Service) is an international, non governmental, voluntary, non-profit organization which provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world.” AFS International Office staff provide worldwide support, quality control and development of AFS membership countries and serves as AFS headquarter. Before preparing for this summer internship, I had two internship experience in the relevant field. The first is my winter internship in China Disabled People Federation--Hefei City Branch. The second is one of my MPP degree required internship--HCC (Hospitality Center for Chinese) which is an American non-profit which helps Chinese international students fit in American culture in twin cities in Minnesota.  






Humphrey Fellow at Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe

Tue, 2015-05-19 15:02


From Lilia Muslimova, 2014-15 Humphrey Fulbright Fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs: "My professional affiliation with the Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe (IDEE) in Washington, DC is a significant resource for my current position, which allows me to influence on the popularization and development of constructive ethnopolitical and sociocultural processes between ethnic groups that are living in unique peninsula Crimea.
       I do know that even after the illegal annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of the Crimea by Russian Federation (February, 2014), these skills and knowledge are still as relevant as ever.
        IDEE is a non profit organization where I will be able to understand challenges of conflict resolutions in the many vulnerable former Soviet regions, including Ukraine and Crimea.
           I am convinced that the experience gained with IDEE, specifically in the international relations and communication, will allow me to implement many projects in  Crimea.
          The Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe (IDEE) is one of the oldest non-governmental organizations supporting democratization in East-Central Europe and the former Soviet Union. IDEE had worked extensively on conflict resolutions in the Balkans and the Caucasus and had several programs in Ukraine, including Crimea. IDEE have been located in Washington, DC for over twenty years."

Humphrey Fellow Michel at UNOPS

Tue, 2015-05-19 14:58
From Serge Michel: "On May 4, 2015 I started with a voluntary professional affiliation at the United Nations Office for Project Support Services (UNOPS) in the Washington Partnership Office (WOP) based in DC. The intent of this voluntary research is consisting of deepening my understanding on the partnership existing among UNOPS with World Bank (WB), United State Agency International Development (USAID), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for social economic development projects. From this affiliation, I envision to understand the new strategic plan elaborated by those institutions with UNOPS in the frame of the Alliances for Prosperity (AP) strategies established to tackle poverty and infrastructure issues in developing counties; secondly, to develop more in-depth my both project proposals on Ayiti Leadership and Entrepreneurship (ALE) as a civic movement and the Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership (CIEL) as a for-profit structure with the purpose to create in the future a real National Alliances Pact for Prosperity (NAPP) to address the lack of propensity to entrepreneurship in Haiti while, furthermore, contribute to pave the paths for the emergence of a new generation of innovative entrepreneurs and visionary leaders in the country."
Serge Michel, HaitiFulbright HHHF ResearcherWashington Partnership OfficeUNOPS, DC

May 26 Uganda’s Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda

Mon, 2015-05-18 19:11
Breakfast with Uganda’s Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda

Tuesday, May 26
8:30 to 10 a.m.


Room 180
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis Prime Minister Rugunda is a leader of public health and development initiatives, and also has broad experience in peace and security issues in Africa.  He has led and been apart of several projects involving peace, health, and economic development for the people of Uganda, especially those affected by conflict.

Please join us for a breakfast discussion with Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda.  The discussion will center around global development issues, including public health, peace, and environmental sustainability, as well as Uganda’s role in the region and the world.

Register herePrior to beginning his appointment as the Prime Minister or the Republic of Uganda, Dr. Rugunda was the Minister of Health.  He has held other ministerial positions as well, including Minister of Foreign Affairs, Internal Affairs, Information Works, Transport, and Communications.  From 2009 to 2011, Dr. Rugunda was Uganda's Permanent Representative to the United Nations.  Previous to this, he led many government initiatives, and represented Kabale Municipality as a Member of Parliament.

1993 Humphrey School International Fellow Toletino featured on UMN website

Mon, 2015-05-18 18:44
Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals2015 RecipientsJorge Tolentino, Cape Verde
Humphrey Fellow (1993) Ambassador Jorge Tolentino has had a notable career in the national and foreign affairs of the Republic of Cape Verde. A true statesman, he has worked in multiple capacities in the service of his country, including as Minister of Education, Member of Parliament, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Ambassador to Portugal, Spain, France, and Italy.
In the 1970s, he was a freedom fighter for the independence of Cape Verde from Portuguese colonial rule. In the first democratic government of Cape Verde, Ambassador Tolentino served as Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and is considered the main architect of the country’s foreign policy. In the years following independence, he has advanced key domestic and foreign policy initiatives in strengthening and governing Cape Verde

Ambassador Tolentino came to the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs in 1993 as a Humphrey Fellow. He continues to support the Fellowship program by serving on the selection board committee at the U.S. Embassy in Cape Verde.

Ambassador Tolentino received his Ph.D. in comparative education at the University of Lisbon in 2006, where his thesis on “University and Social transformation: The Case of Cape Verde” is considered a seminal piece in the creation and development of the public University of Cape Verde. Upon completion of his Ph.D., he returned to Cape Verde and launched The West Africa Institute, an institution focused on innovative research and the development needs of the region.

Ambassador Tolentino’s continual commitment and service to Cape Verde was highlighted by Adrienne S. O’Neal, former U.S. Ambassador to Cape Verde: “I am of the opinion that few countries can boast such consistent leadership and civic responsibility over the span of its very existence, as can Cape Verde in the person of Ambassador Tolentino.”

In naming Ambassador Tolentino as a recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals, the selection committee cited not only his accomplished senior leadership positions but also his continual commitment in fostering civic engagement, education, and capacity building in Cape Verde and the West African region.

HHH global policy capstone team co-winner of 20215 Freeman-Stassen Award (project in Manila)

Mon, 2015-05-18 18:18



The Global Policy capstone team with the client Ateneo de Manila University Office of Social Concern and Involvement (Manila, Philippines) was a co-winner of the 2015 Freeman-Stassen Award for International Activities at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The team consists of the following students:
·      Nate Haugen - MPA
·      Randika De Mel - MDP
·      Angélica Getahun - MDP
·      Violeta Hernandez - MDP
·      Iloila Tan - MPP 

HHH Dr. Sherry Gray nominated the team and wrote: "The project is ambitious in size and scope.  For each undergraduate year of study, Ateneo De Manila University provides an unique service experience designed to help their population of talented students from mostly privileged backgrounds learn more about the needs and situation of poor and mostly underprivileged communities, following principles taken from their Jesuit heritage, radical social theories, and Pedagogy of the Oppressed. The complication is that each project is distinct in terms of activities, community participants, and time commitment, requiring distinct evaluation tools designed to capture the effectiveness of the service learning activities in making change for both the communities and the students, as well as track effectiveness of the program overall on lifelong service activities and commitment of alumni.

Thus the key thing about this work is that it has to be useful to the OSCI staff, easy for them to learn and implement, and tailored to the needs of each project.  Making these tools useful, clear, and not divergent from the other tools and practices used by the OSCI staff has been a challenge for this team, but they and their client have persevered through dialogue and diligence to make this possible. 

In April this team of students presented their project to Macalester College’s Civic Engagement Center Service Learning staff. The Macalester staff was surprised at the scale of Ateneo De Manila University’s service learning program (all 9,000 of their undergraduates required for four years) and expressed admiration for the ambition of the evaluation plan to capture the impact of a program of this size. 
The value of this evaluation plan will lie in its use by OSCI and role in helping them craft their program and projects, report the impact of this work, and improve the lives of both their students and the associated communities.  It is difficult for me to assess if this will result—it may be years before we know the result—but the client’s initial enthusiasm as well as request for a future team to help with this plan indicates that the team has led in the right direction.  The work the team has done to (gently) convince the client to standardize evaluation tools has paid off already in the client asking more questions about how to redo certain practices of their current evaluation; the critical lens of the team on the overall program—even asking the right questions in the right order—has helped the OSCI team to see their work in a new light, the result being questions from them about what is possible for improving their program."
The purpose of this award is to challenge Humphrey School graduate students to excel in international activities. To that end the Freeman and Stassen faculty chairs jointly offer a $500 award to a student or students who achieve excellence in international activities during their program at the Humphrey School. 

This award may be given for the following kinds of activities:        * Institutional innovation at the Humphrey School that helps strengthen the Institute's global       programs
      * A professional paper that addresses an international problem;
     * A paper done as a part of coursework in the Institute or done independently of formal course work; or
     * Fieldwork done in an internship as part of the student's regular degree program.

May 20 6pm Tropical & Travel Med Seminar

Mon, 2015-05-18 18:18
Please Join UsTropical and Travel Medicine Seminar
May 20, 2015 - 6pm-8pm


"Think Global - Tropical Medicine Student and Resident Presentations"
Global Health Pathway Faculty and Resident Meeting


Additional Information:


Since 1999, the Tropical and Travel Medicine Seminar Lecture Series has been a tradition of Medicine Global Health, reflecting our core value of providing medical education in the global village. 

Seminars are held monthly through May 2015 on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6pm - 8pm at the Twin Cities Shriners Hospitals for Children®. 
Upcoming Seminars:
Stay tuned for Fall 2015 dates.





Twin Cities Shriners Hospitals for Children®
2025 East River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55414
612.596.6100

MPP Shen co-winner of 2015 Freeman-Stassen Award

Mon, 2015-05-18 18:18
Ms. Shen Xiaoyun was awarded the 2015 Freeman-Stassen Award for International Activities for her  Master of Public Policy professional paper “A System With Two Faces -- A case study of Chinese Bureaucracy.”

In nominating her, HHH Prof. Joe Soss said, "I have been deeply impressed by the work she has done on her professional paper, and consider it one of the most ambitious professional papers I have overseen."  HHH Prof. Sarah Parkinson also nominated her, writing that "Shen conducted pioneering work in a Chinese State Bureau of Letters and Visits community center. Over the course of a month, she observed interactions in this office and analyzed how they might contribute to larger trends in the petitioning system. She interviewed people at multiple levels within the office, from social workers to security guards. Her subsequent "Two Faces" theory of Chinese bureaucracy identifies the multiple roles these offices play in "putting out fires" and insulating the central Chinese bureaucracy from turmoil. Shen's findings imply that a major shift in human rights policy needs to occur in order to protect petitioners from harm. I cannot speak highly enough of the policy importance, the relevance to human rights, or the skill and ethical consideration it took Shen to complete this project."
The purpose of this award is to challenge Humphrey School graduate students to excel in international activities. To that end the Freeman and Stassen faculty chairs jointly offer a $500 award to a student or students who achieve excellence in international activities during their program at the Humphrey School. This award may be given for the following kinds of activities:* Institutional innovation at the Humphrey School that helps strengthen the Institute's global programs
* A professional paper that addresses an international problem;
* A paper done as a part of coursework in the Institute or done independently of formal course work; or
* Fieldwork done in an internship as part of the student's regular degree program.

HHH Dean Schwartz joins APISA Executive Committee

Mon, 2015-05-18 18:16

Please join me in welcoming the new APSIA Executive Committee:
  • President:  Jim Goldgeier, American University School of International Service
  • Vice President: Reşat Kasaba, University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies
  • Secretary / Treasurer: Vanessa Scherrer, Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs
  • At-Large: Dirk Lehmkuhl, University of St.Gallen International Affairs and Governance Program
  • At-Large: Keiji Nakatsuji,  Ritsumeikan University Graduate School of International Relations
  • At-Large: Eric Schwartz, University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Ex-Officio: Jerry Sheehan, Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
We know this Executive Committee will provide excellent leadership for APSIA in the future. They begin their service on June 1, 2015 and will continue until May 31, 2017.

Thank you to everyone who voted. Let me also thank the members of our outgoing Executive Committee for their service. It has been wonderful to serve with you.

All the best,

Robert Hutchings, Dean
LBJ School of Public Affairs

2015 MINN IDEA Summit will be Oct 16

Mon, 2015-05-18 17:57


We are proud to announce the date of the 2015 MINN IDEA Summit! Attend the largest gathering of global practitioners in the state on Friday, October 16, 2015.

The MINN IDEA Summit Planning Committee is also seeking engaging, energized, and experienced speakers for sessions and workshops on various topics related to international development. Interested individuals should follow the link below for the Request for Proposal form.

http://www.minnesotangos.org/news/save-date-and-request-proposals-2015-minn-idea-summit-friday-october-16th

US Dept of State Spring 2016 Student Internship Program (unpaid)

Mon, 2015-05-18 17:53
Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is July 1, 2015.
We highly encourage you to complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

We are now accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State Spring 2016 Student Internship Program (unpaid).

Please visit http://careers.state.gov/intern/student-internships for more information about the U.S. Department of State Spring 2016 Student Internship Program (unpaid), and to start the online application process via USAJobs. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is July 1, 2015.

We highly encourage you to complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

This program offers U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in 10-week, unpaid internships that provide intensive educational and professional experience within the environment of America’s principle foreign affairs agency.

The unpaid internships are available at many of the over 270 U.S. embassies, consulates and missions to international organizations around the world, as well as at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and other locations throughout the U.S. Participants gain first-hand, hands-on experience, and learn the realities of working in – and with – Foreign and Civil Service professionals who are at the forefront of America’s diplomatic efforts.

As an unpaid intern, you may have the opportunity to:
  • Participate in meetings with senior level U.S. government or foreign government officials;
  • Draft, edit, or contribute to cables, reports, communications, talking points, or other materials used by policy makers in furthering U.S. foreign policy objectives;
  • Help organize and support events, including international and/or multi-lateral meetings and conferences on critical global issues;
  • Contribute to the management and administration of the Department of State and America’s foreign policy; and
  • Engage directly with U.S. or foreign audiences to promote U.S. foreign policy and improve understanding of U.S. culture and society.
So consider spending your Spring 2016 with the U.S. Department of State, witnessing and participating in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, working closely with the U.S. diplomats and civil servants who carry out America’s foreign policy initiatives. You’ll not only have an experience of a lifetime, you may even earn educational credit.*

*Applicants who are selected for a U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program (unpaid) can contact the selecting bureau, or the central Student Programs office, if they require further details about the program to support their request for academic credit.

Visit our forums if you have any questions, or to search for topics of interest. The forums can be found under Connect on the careers.state.gov website. You can also search our FAQs for more information.

We appreciate your interest in a career with the U.S. Department of State.

Senior Program Officer, International Programs

Mon, 2015-05-18 17:51
https://ngojobboard.org/jobs/view/senior-program-officer-international-programs/

sent by MDP alum Britta Hansen


Senior Program Officer, International Programs  American Friends Service Committee Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Description Please apply on our website: www.afsc.org/jobs 

DEPARTMENT:  International Programs
REGION/UNIT:Central Office
APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 8, 2015

SUMMARY OF PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES
The Senior Program Officer is primarily responsible for providing timely and efficient support to International Programs program staff, ensuring stewardship of resources, compliance with international professional standards, and provision of high quality support to overseas programs in order to achieve program excellence, impact and accountability.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/RESPONSIBILITIES: The key responsibilities of the Senior Program Officer include the following:
Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation
1. Provide direct support and technical assistance to Regional and Associate Directors, Country Representatives and other program staff to analyze, design and monitor programs.
2. Offer technical assistance in the development and review of resources, methodologies, and strategies related to planning, monitoring and evaluation of international programs.
3. Annually review program plans and help programs to strength theory of change and indicators.
4. Advise program staff and support them to ensure that outcomes that are observable and measureable, assist with impact assessments, provide feedback to program staff and coordinate resources from Central Office and external sources.
5. Provide resources for best practices in program planning, monitoring and evaluation for IP programs.
6. Develop reports based on cross-regional analysis of program plans, reports and evaluations on a regular basis and as requested by the Associate General Secretary for International Programs
Grants Management/Donor Relations
1. Support the Director of International Program Administration and international program staff to manage grants and grant proposals, connecting to Development and Finance departments.
2. Support key staff to manage the grant relationship and compliance.
Cross Program Learning and Coordination
1. Coordinate shared evaluations of linked/related programs.
2. Facilitate ongoing linkages/collaboration among program staff with shared goals, methods, and constituents.
3. Facilitate learning and sharing across regions and U.S. (including cross U.S/IP) including joint convening, analysis planning and goal development.
4. Identify programs with shared goals, methods, and constituents and offer supportive resources.
5. Document cross-cutting and cross regionally approaches and collective impact.
Organizational Support
1. Facilitate coordinated and efficient communication between the central office and regions; ensure that the needs of all concerned are being met effectively and in a timely manner.
2. With the help of regional program staff, coordinate region specific and international orientation for new international staff members.
3. Liaise with U.S. program colleagues, Director of Strategic Initiatives, development, and other units as necessary.
Administration and Organizational Compliance
1. Keep current, disseminate information about and monitor AFSC compliance with accepted private, voluntary organization operations standards.
2. Assist the Associate General Secretary for International Programs in monitoring compliance with program evaluations and with audit recommendations.
3. Keep abreast of developments and manage compliance with donor regulations and best practices in the peacebuilding space.
4. Assist Director of Programs Administration to ensure that all country registrations and government agreements are up to date and work with regional directors on clarifying compliance issues with local regulations related to international organizations.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSEDUCATION: Master’s Degree in international development or management desirable or significant work experience in lieu of degree.
EXPERIENCE: Five years of experience in non-profit international development with administrative experience, including two years living and implementing or monitoring programs in the global south. Minimum of three years of professional experience with monitoring and evaluation, particularly for peacebuilding programs.
OTHER REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
1. Fluency in written and spoken English; demonstrated ability to report orally and in writing; ability to write and edit materials for publication in English. Fluency in one other United Nations language desirable.
2. Ability to work in multi/ethnic and national environments.
3. Ability to connect with diverse audiences and to influence situations using tact and diplomacy.
4. Ability to persuade and motivate others and to gain the respect and attention of AFSC staff members and volunteers.
5. Ability to work well under pressure and adapt easily to changing situations and priorities.
6. Proven ability to reach out collaboratively to individuals, groups and organizations.
7. Ability to travel regularly, nationally and internationally, and to attend frequent evening and weekend meetings, working overtime as needed.
8. Excellent computer skills.
9. Commitment to Quaker values and testimonies. Understanding of and compatibility with the principles and philosophy of the American Friends Service Committee including non-violence and the belief in the intrinsic worth of every individual.
10. Understanding of and commitment to the principles, concerns, and considerations, of AFSC in regard to issues of race, class, nationality, religion, age, gender and sexual orientation, and disabilities. Demonstrated ability to work and communicate with diverse staff.
Compensation:  Salary Range starting at $60,440.00– Exempt – Comprehensive medical and hospitalization plan; term life, accident and salary continuation insurances, defined benefit pension plan, plus fringe benefits; participation in unemployment and worker’s compensation and social security.
The American Friends Service Committee is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, race, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.
AFSC’s Central Office and some of its offices in the U.S. are unionized workplaces. This is a Bargaining Unit II position.
The American Friends Service Committee is a smoke-free workplace

Pathways Internship Experience Program, US Dept of State

Mon, 2015-05-18 17:48

We are accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP).

Visit USAJobs to start the online application process and view the following vacancy announcement numbers.

Please note the cutoff number for each position; These vacancy announcements will be open from 05/15/2015 to 05/19/2015 or when 100 or 200 applications have been received. The vacancy will close on whichever day the first of these conditions are met. If the application limit is reached on the same day the announcement opened, the open and close date will be the same. Candidates are encouraged to read the entire announcement before submitting their application packages.

 The Internship Experience Program (IEP) allows for non-temporary appointments that are expected to last the length of the academic program for which the intern is enrolled. IEP participants, while in the program, are eligible for noncompetitive promotions.

This program allows for noncompetitive conversion into the competitive service following successful completion of all program requirements. Veteran’s preference applies. So consider a Pathways internship with the U.S. Department of State, witnessing and participating in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, working closely with the U.S. diplomats and civil servants who carry out America’s foreign policy initiatives.

Should you have any questions, please contact HRSC@state.gov.

Visit our forums if you have any questions, or to search for topics of interest. The forums can be found under Connect on the careers.state.gov website. You can also search our FAQs for more information.

We appreciate your interest in a career with the U.S. Department of State.

MIC luncheon with Ambassador of Ireland Anne Anderson

Mon, 2015-05-18 17:47

The Relationship between the U.S. and Contemporary Ireland
WHEN
Thursday, May 28, 2015

11:30 a.m. registration
Noon —1:30 p.m. program

          
WHERE
Windows on Minnesota
50th Floor, IDS Center
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402


COST
$45—MIC members
$60—Non-members
Corporate tables available for $450
U.S. relations with Ireland have long been based on common ancestral ties, shared values and emigration. Irish literary and music traditions have also been celebrated in our country for generations. Besides regular dialogue on political and economic issues, U.S. investment in Ireland has been particularly important to the growth and modernization of Irish industry over the past 25 years, providing new technology, export capabilities and employment opportunities.

Join MIC at a luncheon on Thursday, May 28, to hear Her Excellency Anne Anderson, Ambassador of Ireland, share insights and updates on the relationship between our two countries.

About the Ambassador:
Anne Anderson became Ambassador of Ireland in August 2013 and is the first woman to hold the post. Prior to her Washington appointment, she was Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the UN. For the duration of her assignment, the Ambassador is particularly focused on further strengthening Ireland-US economic, trade and investment links, highlighting Ireland’s interests in relation to U.S. immigration reform legislation and further deepening the vibrant cultural connections between the two countries. Ambassador Anderson received a B.A. degree in History and Politics from University College, Dublin and entered the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1972.

Special offer for new members!

Join MIC today at the $75+ level and receive one free ticket to MIC's luncheon with the Ambassador of Ireland on May 28. This offer applies to new members only. To receive this special, you must call to join: 612.625.1662.
Click here to register for this event

MDP Tesfaye awarded IPID Travel Grant for St. Lucia project

Mon, 2015-05-18 17:30
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Development (IPID) is pleased to announce our 2015 Travel Grant winners.  These five students will be pursuing a variety of projects in the coming months.  Watch for presentations about their work during the 2015-16 school year!
 Yodit Tesfaye will travel to the island of St.Lucia this summer along with teammates Trupti Sarode and Evans Yamoah to partake in a field experience assessing the impact of short-term volunteers on early childhood development (ECD) interventions offered through Global Volunteers. Originally a government initiative, Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) commenced its operations under Global Volunteers in the city of Anse la Raye in April 2014.The program assessment includes a combination of methodologies using Most Significant Change (MSC) and Mixed Methods (MM). Yodit is thrilled to spend the summer alongside MDP teammates and St.Lucian staff to conduct interviews, facilitate workshops and collect the most significant impact the program has made as identified by program participants. 


2014 MDP field experience team analysis published

Tue, 2015-05-12 22:00


The 2014 Ecuador/Rainforest Alliance MDP team recently had their field experience analysis published by the Universidad Estatal Amazonicas in their publication Huellas del Sumaco. The article is in Spanish and Quichua language, which is quite remarkable as it will be available to the local communities involved in their first and second languages. The project was a value chain analysis for Copal resin from the forests in the region nestled between a national park and the Sumaco Biosphere Reserve.  This demonstrates the highly local value of some of the students work and the recognition that has received by other institutions. 
You can find the article referenced on page 4 (table of contents) and then the article itself on pages 11-18. Their value chain graphic is on Page 14. https://drive.google.com/a/umn.edu/file/d/0B99ebkG0WZZQbDB3Z21zemVNbkNVWHlFVzRfYVk2NjhaU0FJ/view?usp=sharing

Team members are MDP 2nd year students Angélica Getahun, Violeta Hernandez and Elizabeth Gering. They wrote about their project: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/gpa/globalnotes/2014/08/angelica-getahun-update-on-mdp.php  Que bueno!  
Dave Wilsey, PhD

Masters of Development Practice (MDP) Program Coordinator & LecturerHubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs &The Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC)University of Minnesota301 19th Avenue South, Room 258Minneapolis, MN 55455
001.612.625.7062 - office
dwilsey@umn.edu
www.hhh.umn.edu www.icgc.umn.edu 

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