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Global Mentor video with MPP alum Heather Schommer

Sun, 2014-06-22 21:38

Heather Schommer speaking to Global Mentor Conference at theHumphrey School Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Watch the Global Mentor Conversation from April 11, 2014, with Heather Schommer, MPP 2012. She is currently serving as Development, Outreach, and Communications Specialist, USAID, Rwanda.

sent by HHH Career Services consultant and Humphrey School International Fellowship Programs Host Family Member Julie Warner

MDP Kenya field experience team working on M&E project

Sun, 2014-06-22 21:34

MDP students Bior Keech,
Rayanatou Laouali, and Israel Ghebreamlack are in Kenya together with project advisor Prof. Paul Porter with African Development Solutions (ADESO), an organization that currently establishes community led projects to assist the most vulnerable communities in Somalia, South Sudan and Kenya attain resilience. The project is called Resilience and Economic Growth in Arid Lands- Improving Resilience (REGAL-IR). REGAL-IR is a five-year project funded by USAID and launched on November 2013 in five counties of Northern Kenya including Garissa, Isiolo, Marsabit, Turkana and Wajir. The team is working on monitoring and evaluating (M&E) of the project to assess the progress and feasibility of attaining the project goals in the five-year term as well as assisting ADESO staff and community partners develop better ways to reach community resilience.

Photo sent by Paul Porter, cropping systems agronomist, Agronomy and Plant Genetics, University of Minnesota: "at the the Governor's office in Lodwar."

PIRE China project participants gather at Humphrey School for project prep week

Sun, 2014-06-22 21:31

Prof. Ramaswami leads PIRE Sustainability course in China.

The PIRE Sustainability course will move from focus on India (see information about the 2013 course in India: to China. Under Anu Ramaswami's leadership, project faculty, staff and graduate students from the UMN, University of Colorado-Denver, Georgia Tech, and Yale will depart early July for a summer session in China, where they will be joined by researchers from several Chinese agencies as well. Chinese project partners on the grant include Tongji University, Tsinghua University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences-Institute for the Urban Environment (CAS-IUE).

Project participants will travel to Beijing, smaller urban areas near Shanghai, and Xiamen, with professors from each of the project universities lecturing, as well as hosting local guest lecturers looking at local sustainability issues under their area of expertise.

For more information about the project, see

Humphrey faculty members Jason Cao and Jerry Zhao will lecture to the group in Beijing. Humphrey staff Brianna Menning and Sherry Gray will assist with logistics.

Humphrey Fellow Miljevic completes affiliation with World Learning

Sun, 2014-06-22 21:11

Ms. Suzana Miljevic of Montenegro has just completed her 2013-2014 Humphrey Fellowship at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs with an affiliation at Word Learning in Washington, DC.

Ms. Miljevic came to the Humphrey School as as an Adviser for the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism. She was responsible for drafting project flow, capacity building, human resources and strategic communications. Ms. Miljevic earned a master's of Performance Management Systems in Economics from the University of Montenegro; a Certificate in Regional Policy from the University of Hiroshima, and a Certificate in Human Capabilities from the Institute of Applied Manpower Research in India.

The Humphrey Fellowship Program is a State Department sponsored program designed to bring mid-career professionals to the U.S. for ten months of professional development work, supported by academic study. The program consists of both academic components, which was addressed in her program at the University of Minnesota (her academic advisor was Associate Dean Laura Bloomberg), and professional networking, and exchange, which takes place primarily in the community.

Information about the program can be found here and about the Humphrey School program here

Humphrey Fellow Lidija Karakamceva completes affiliation with National Democratic Institute

Fri, 2014-06-20 16:46

Ms. Lidija Karakamceva of Macedonia has just completed her 2013-2014 Humphrey Fellowship at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs with an affiliation at NDI in Washington, DC.

Ms. Karakamceva came to the Humphrey School as the Deputy Head Administrator of the Committees Department at Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia. She coordinated and monitored the work of a legislative sector comprised of 21 committees that operate in different areas. She has also been involved in the International Cooperation activities within the Assembly, especially in the national delegation. She is an economist graduated from the School of Economics at Skopje, and holds a master's degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Pittsburgh with a concentration in public and international affairs. During her fellowship, she had a particular interest in parliamentary affairs in the U.S. and a non-partisan effective parliamentary administration that contributes to the production of high quality legislation based on sound legal principles. Upon her return to Macedonia, she intends to apply her new knowledge to the Parliamentary work that will strengthen the democratization of her country.

The Humphrey Fellowship Program is a State Department sponsored program designed to bring mid-career professionals to the U.S. for ten months of professional development work, supported by academic study. The program consists of both academic components, which was addressed in her program at the University of Minnesota (her academic advisor was Professor and former Dean, J. Brian Atwood), and professional networking, and exchange, which takes place primarily in the community.

Information about the program can be found here and about the Humphrey School program here

Humphrey School welcomes 25 Young African Leaders to summer program (YALI)

Fri, 2014-06-20 16:45

From HHH Associate Dean Laura Bloomberg: Washington Fellows biographies and photos from IREX.docx

This weekend 25 public and private sector leaders from countries across Africa will arrive in Minnesota to participate in a 6 week Public Administration program here at the Humphrey School. This is part of President Obama's Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Initiative that will bring 500 young African professionals to study at 20 Universities across the U.S. this summer. I've included more detail about this initiative at the bottom of my email.

The Minnesota Fellows will be living on campus and will be meeting here at the Humphrey School (often in Freeman Commons) at least part of most weekdays between now and the end of July. Fellows will also be visiting sites across the Twin Cities and completing mini-residencies in public sector venues throughout their 6 weeks here.

If you should have any questions about the program or the Fellows' schedule over the coming weeks, please contact any one of the core coordinating team: Merrie Benasutti, Thor Hong (graduate assistant), or myself.

The Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship initiative of U.S. President Barack Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). The Washington Fellowship aims to empower young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, networking, and professional opportunities in the United States and in Africa. The Washington Fellowship is a program of the United States Government. The U.S. components are administered by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and supported by IREX, a U.S. non-governmental agency.

The goals of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders are to build and sustain a prestigious network of young Sub-Saharan leaders across critical sectors, cement stronger ties between Sub-Saharan Africa and the United States, and prepare Fellows for follow-on leadership opportunities in Africa, with the goal of strengthening democratic institutions and spurring economic growth and development on the continent.

Humphrey Fellow Arqam Tariq completing affiliation at World Bank

Fri, 2014-06-20 15:41

2013-14 Humphrey School of Public Affairs Humphrey Fellow Arqam Tariq is currently in Washington, DC completing a professional affiliation with the Governance & Public Sector of The World Bank.

Mr. Tariq came to the Humphrey School as a member of Pakistan Administrative Service, the elite Group of Civil Service of Pakistan. He was the Deputy Commissioner of Gilgit, where his main role was to implement policy decisions of the government and provide input for public policy making. In that capacity he supervised the work of all government departments including health, education, environment protection, women rights, physical infrastructure and police. In 2013 Mr. Tariq was working as Deputy Director in Health Sector Reforms Program of the Government of Punjab. He was responsible for introducing new health initiatives for improving health care system. Mr. Tariq graduated with a B.A. in Economics and Statistics from Government College University, Lahore. He holds a master's in Business Administration from Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad.

Apartment available at University Village from June 27-July 31

Fri, 2014-06-20 15:09

University Village apartment is a 5 minute bus ride and 20 minute walking distance from the Humphrey School (2515 University Ave. SE , Minneapolis, MN 55414). Additionally, they offer below-market rental for international fellows and scholars, competitive rates for others.

Please contact Nkayo Drepaul (ndrepaul(at) for rent rates. The apartment has UNLIMITED heat, air conditioning, water, gas, sewer, electric, high speed internet and washer/dryer in-unit. On site they have a fitness center, tanning room, community room, indoor bike storage, and study room - all this is covered in your rent. They also have parking available in their indoor heated garage for an additional $75 per month.

Apartments are provided with some of the basic essential furniture and kitchen utensils.

The UMN Village apartments are run by a non-profit organization called J.A. Wedum Foundation ( <>)

Fieldwork blog from MDP Team Jamaica

Fri, 2014-06-20 14:57

Link to the blog of the Jamaican team, which consists of Afia Adaboh and me.

Randi De Mel
Master of Development Practice (MDP) in International Development Candidate
Hubert H.Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

I have attached picture--the lady is the founder of the organization we are doing our fieldwork for. Her name is Mary McLaughlin, the Founder of Trees That FeedFoundation (TTFF).

Humphrey School recruiting: Volunteer registration for the U of M Humanitarian Crisis Simulation!

Thu, 2014-06-19 18:17

Seeking HHH volunteers, and let me know if you can help out.

For non-Med students, registration is through HHH PA 5890, Fall term 2014.

This is to confirm that the 2014 University of Minnesota Humanitarian Crisis Simulation will be happening on the weekend of September 5-7, 2014.

The webpage address about the simulation is

If you are able to volunteer for the Humanization Simulation please Register online as a volunteer at this site:

Ann O'Fallon Volunteer Coordinator

Reminder to HHH students: Global Policy Capstone course projects starts Sept 2014

Thu, 2014-06-19 18:14

Reminder to all students interested in the global policy area capstone courses (2 sections) that you need to register for PA 5990 fall 2014 (0 credits--all credits given in spring course PA 8081). Please contact Mary Curtin or Sherry Gray with any questions. Registration info:

-002 LEC (09/02/2014 - 12/10/2014) , TCWESTBANK , Curtin,Mary Therese, Gray,Sherry, Wilsey PhD,David Scott , instruction mode: Classroom/Onsite , Global Public Policy: Int'l development policy , No Grade Associated , 0 credits , The capstone in global policy is a one-year course, organized as zero credits in fall and 3 credits in spring 2015. Final grades recorded for entire course upon completion of projects and course requirements in spring 2015. This course is a required, zero-credit preparation course for PA 8081 Capstone in Global Public Policy that will be offered in Spring 2015 semester. Students who wish to fulfill their professional paper requirement through a capstone, team-based project working for a public or nonprofit organization on a global policy issue in Spring 2015 must register for this course. Capstone projects will be available for student team formation in early September 2014. Some classes, team meetings, and capstone client meetings will be held fall semester and organized around students' schedules. Contact Dr. Sherry Gray or Mary Curtin for more information.

Attached please find the RFP for the GPA capstone projectsGPA & MDP capstone RFP 2014.doc Please feel free to distribute to your networks and to potential client organizations.

Researcher needed for Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (New Delhi)

Thu, 2014-06-19 16:34

(vi) Researcher Position in the Director's office

Are you a super-quick whiz on the net that loves law and policy based research for
human rights advocacy and reform? Are you skilled at writing in simple language on
a variety of topics for a variety of audiences? Would you like to work with and learn
from our dynamic Director on a daily basis? Then we have the job for you, it's in
New Delhi, and we call it the 'Researcher' position in the Director's office!

Who are we? We are the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative. We are an
international non-governmental organization based in New Delhi, with offices in
Accra and London. We work for the practical realization of human rights in the
Commonwealth. We particularly work on access to information, police accountability
and prisoner's rights. We also monitor the Commonwealth and its member states
from the lens of human rights.

Before you apply, please make sure you know enough about our work from our
website If you are still interested, and are willing to
give at minimum six months to one year to this job, please apply with your CV, two
references and one page of original writing to

Please note that our salaries are modest and this job will be more a learning
opportunity than an earning opportunity.

sent by James Ron, Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, UMN

Judd Fellowship Humphrey School alums Glass, Nezhad, Scherpelz & Venegas-Swanson profiled in UofM Newsletter

Tue, 2014-06-17 19:19

Kaela Glass (2011) joined the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) as an information officer. Her graduate program had a focus on humanitarian assistance and global public policy. As a Judd Fellow she interned with WellShare International in Uganda.

Tatyana Venegas-Swanson (2013) traveled to Nicaragua over spring break 2014 with fellow University students and completed research for her capstone project on effective and sustainable point-of-use water filtration systems.

Sheila Nezhad (2011) was awarded a public policy fellowship at the Williams Institute for the 2013-14 term. The purpose of the fellowship is to support the public policy research of the Williams Institute on sexual orientation and gender identity issues.

JB Scherpelz (2011) recently joined Sivo Insights as the director for their business development. Sivo Insights is a consumer insight consulting firm in the Twin Cities.

sent by the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance at the University of Minnesota, 331 17th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55414, USA.

MDP student Saxena blogs from summer field experience in Vietnam

Tue, 2014-06-17 19:14

Judd Fellow Awarded Global Spotlight Grants

Shruti Saxena (2014) awarded Global Spotlight grant for international research. In combination with funding from the Judd Fellowship Shruti as part of a team will collect and evaluate data about implementation of Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) in various districts and villages of Thua Thien-Hue province in Vietnam. Follow Shruti's project in Vietnam at her blog "Notes from around the world."

photo of 'Team Vietnam" at the Global Spotlight Grants reception and materials from Judd program at UMN

sent by the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance at the University of Minnesota, 331 17th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55414, USA.

IPID leadership for 2014-15

Tue, 2014-06-17 19:05

The 2014-2015 IPID Board was elected March 2014.

President - Amanda Lee, HHH
Vice President - Wahutu Siguru, Sociology
Secretary - Chelsea Arbury, HHH
Grant Chair / Member at large - Aine McCarthy, Applied Econ

2014 Taiwan Fellowship applications due June 30

Tue, 2014-06-17 17:51

The Deadline for the 2014 Taiwan Fellowship is Approaching!
The 2014 Taiwan Fellowship, for research during 2015, is currently accepting applications.


A. Foreign nationals who are professors, associate professors, assistant professors, post-doctoral researchers, doctoral candidates, or doctoral program students at related departments of overseas universities, or are research fellows at an equivalent level in academic institutions abroad;

B. Candidates recommended by ROC (Taiwan) overseas missions with a field of study on Taiwan's foreign relations or cross-strait relations.


Round trip air ticket
Monthly stipends: NT$50,000 - 60,000 (US$1,666 - 2,000)
Accident insurance

Deadline: Monday, June 30, 2014

To ensure your application is reviewed in a timely manner, all required parts should be submitted by the deadline. The complete application includes:

Application form (online)
Resume (including a publication list)
Research proposal (three pages total using a standard research format)
Recommendation letters (two letters of recommendation required)

Applicants submit the above documents (resume, research proposal, and two recommendation letters) by June 30, 2014, to:

Education Division,
Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the Uuited States (TECRO)
Attn: Taiwan Fellowship
4201 Wisconsin Ave., NW, #20
Washington, DC 20016

For more information on the Taiwan Fellowship or for the online application, please visit:


Education Division
Taipei Economic & Cultural Representative Office
Phone: (202)895-1916
Fax: (202)895-1922

Sent by Mary Curtin

Announcing the 2014 MINN IDEA Summit Friday, October 24th!

Tue, 2014-06-17 17:36

2014 MINN International Development Exchange and Action (IDEA) Summit: Innovation through Collaboration
Friday, October 24th
Hosted by the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Mark your calendars for the 2nd annual IDEA Summit on Friday, October 24th!

Last year the event brought together hundreds of leaders from nonprofit organizations, foundations, donor groups, the private sector, and educational institutions with a professional or personal interest in international work and a passion for assisting others.

This year, the theme of Innovation through Collaboration will be examined throughout the day through speeches, panel discussions, breakout sessions and plenty of networking opportunities. Summit attendees will gain knowledge of the latest development trends, be exposed to new programming approaches, and acquire new ideas for more effective action.

Help ensure another successful year - participate in 2014 planning! Whether you attended last year, or are completely new to IDEAS, we have volunteer support and co-lead positions available.

Free phone app for governing health programs & organizations

Tue, 2014-06-17 15:10

In our global work for the US Agency for International Development (USAID), we have developed a phone app for governing health programs and organizations

It is now in the public domain, and is available as a free download for any that have interest in our program of SPH alumni network

From the Desk of
James A. Rice, Ph.D., FACHE
Leadership, Management, and Governance Project
Washington DC USA
Management Sciences for Health

Human Rights Minor Core Course

Tue, 2014-06-17 15:04

Please see attached course description for a human rights course being offered in the fall as part of the Human Rights Minor. It is open to Humphrey students and is a new core course for the minor, replacing the course previously offered by Katherine Sikkink. HR course description.docx

Mary T. Curtin, Ph.D.
Human Rights Program Advisor
Diplomat in Residence
143 Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
phone: 612-624-1065

Internship: Congressional-Executive Commission on China (US citizens)

Tue, 2014-06-17 14:37

Deadline: July 1, 2014

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China ( is offering paid internships to qualified undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates this coming fall in Washington, D.C. Interns must be U.S. citizens. The application deadline is July 1, 2014 for the Fall 2014 internship that runs from September 1 to December 15, 2014. Fall internships are part-time; interns are expected to work from 15 to 20 hours per week. See application instructions below.

CECC internships provide significant educational and professional experience for undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates with a background in Chinese politics, law, and society, and strong Chinese language skills.

Interns work closely with the Commission and its staff on the full array of issues concerning human rights, the rule of law, and governance in China (including criminal justice, democratic governance institutions, environmental problems, religious freedom, freedom of expression, ethnic minority rights, women's rights, etc.).

Interns perform important research support tasks (often in Chinese), attend seminars, meet Members of Congress and experts from the United States and abroad, and draft Commission analyses. Click here for CECC analysis of recent developments in the rule of law and human rights in China. Interns may also be trained to work with the Commission's Political Prisoner Database, which has been accessible by the public since its launch in November 2004 (click here to begin a search).

The CECC staff is committed to interns' professional development, and holds regular roundtables for interns on important China-related issues.

Fall 2014 interns will be paid $10/hour. Those unable to apply for Fall 2014 internships may apply for the Spring (February-May) or Summer (June-August). Further details are available on the Commission's Web site at


Interns must be U.S. citizens.
Interns should have completed at least some China-related coursework. It is also desirable that they have some background in one or more of the specific human rights and rule of law issues in the CECC legislative mandate.
Interns should be able to read Chinese well enough to assist with research in newspapers, journals, and on Web sites. More advanced Chinese language capability would be a plus. The successful candidate for an internship often will have lived or studied in mainland China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan.
Although our interns are generally undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates, others are also welcome to apply.

Application Instructions for Fall 2014:

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for two references, to the CECC via e-mail to Judy Wright, Director of Administration at by July 1, 2014. Applications must be received by our office no later than 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on July 1. Please discuss in your cover letter how your professional goals, interests, and background relate to the Commission's legislative mandate regarding human rights and the rule of law in China. No phone calls please.