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HHH students--Volunteers needed to assist with MINN IDEA Summit, Oct 24

Tue, 2014-09-09 16:08
Good networking opportunity for those interested in meeting local professionals working on international projects in Minnesota.

Attend MINN's 2nd Annual
International Development Exchange and Action Summit
Innovation through Collaboration
Friday, October 24 7:30am - 6:00pm
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Get involved

Minnesota's international funders and supporters are invited to attend the MINN IDEA Summit on October 24, 2014. This exciting day-long conference will bring 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.

To be held at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs campus in Minneapolis, the theme of Innovation through Collaboration will be examined throughout the day through speeches, panel discussions and breakout sessions. Summit attendees will gain knowledge of the latest development trends, be exposed to new programming approaches, and acquire new ideas for more effective action. Networking with like-minded practitioners in the region will also be a large component of the day.

Click Here for the Announcement regarding this year's Keynote

So clear out your calendar for Friday, October 24th, and be ready to learn new and best practices for Doing Global Good, Better!

HHH Prof. Parkinson on "Educational Aftershocks for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon"

Tue, 2014-09-09 15:59

crossposted from Middle East Research and Information Project

Educational Aftershocks for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon
by Sarah E. Parkinson | published September 7, 2014 - 12:57pm

More than 50 percent of Syrian refugees living in Lebanon are 17 or younger. Back home the great majority of them were in school. But youth who try to continue their education in Lebanon face social, economic and bureaucratic obstacles. The cost can be so steep that their parents may opt to keep them at home. There is a lengthy wait list to attend Lebanese public schools, which are soliciting outside donations to pay teachers and other staff for a second shift made up of refugee children. There is outright hostility in the Lebanese government to the idea of hosting refugees from Syria indefinitely.

Two long-term consequences of the educational system stand out.

First, schisms are forming along lines of national identity.

In Lebanon, refugees from Syria fall into two main national groups: Syrian nationals (possessing Syrian IDs and passports) and Palestinian refugees who were living in Syria (and who carry Palestinian IDs and travel documents). In Lebanon, there are currently 1,176,971 registered Syrian refugees and approximately 53,070 Palestinian refugees from Syria (abbreviated as "PRS" by the United Nations and humanitarian agencies). In pre-war Syria, students from both groups attended school and university together and had functionally equal access to education. In Lebanon, due to their status as Palestinian refugees, PRS have the right to attend schools run by the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which are located in or near existing Palestinian refugee camps and communities. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which registers and provides aid to all non-Palestinian refugees, does not run schools. UNICEF did, however, provide heating fuel to schools with Syrian students during the past winter.

Syrians must attempt to enroll in Lebanese public schools, pay tuition at private facilities or attend unofficial programs run by NGOs. The dropout rate for Syrian students in Lebanese public schools is approximately 70 percent. Illustrating one reason for this statistic, one Syrian mother noted that she desperately wanted her 9-year old, Mazin, to attend school but that he was "humiliated and beaten there." Mazin reported that Lebanese students targeted him because he was behind, especially in science and math. These subjects are taught in Arabic in Syria but in English or French in Lebanon. The boy was given no help with the European languages.

Mazin's struggle with Lebanon's more advanced, bilingual curriculum stands in contrast to UNRWA's success integrating 7,486 PRS into the Lebanese curriculum via separate summer classes and intensive English language instruction. In short, PRS have an educational advantage over Syrians due to their status as "double" refugees who qualify for services under UNRWA's pre-existing aid infrastructure in Lebanon.

Hierarchies matter. Segregating Palestinian and Syrian students who previously attended schools together into Palestinian and Lebanese schools, respectively, may bring simmering resentment to a boil. Research has consistently noted that volatility in social status -- both individual and collective -- can produce interpersonal violence. Educational segregation in the United States (a drastically different context, to be sure) has been linked to divergent political opinions and conservative political mobilization.

There are already other disparities between the two groups. It is typically simpler, safer and less expensive for Syrian refugees to register and receive residency permits through Lebanese General Security. PRS receive cash aid from UNRWA; an inter-agency program used to provide a small number of Syrians living at high altitudes with cash aid. Due to funding limitations and political delays, however, this vulnerable group has not received cash aid since April. Some NGOs also operate their own small-scale cash transfer programs. Health care is frequently cheaper and more accessible, though still limited, for Palestinian refugees via UNRWA and the Palestinian Red Crescent Society. Many NGOs have sought to blunt the effects of this differentiation by emphasizing that they accept all nationalities into their programs. Moreover, the unmeasured benefits of informal information sharing and social support among PRS, Syrians and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon should not be underestimated. But the lesson that national differences constitute a hierarchy and that they determine access to services is still overwhelmingly strong.

Second, education may be judged "not worth" the costs and the dangers.

In both the Lebanese and Syrian systems, students enrolled in official schools must take the Brevet and the Baccalaureate -- major exams that follow the ninth and twelfth grades, respectively. Passing the Brevet allows students to advance to high school; without a passing grade, students may not continue. Similarly, passing the "Bac" allows students to apply to universities.

For the last two years, the Lebanese government has informed refugees from Syria that to register for these exams, they must do the following, in order:

Obtain their grades from the last three years from their school in Syria;
Bring these records to the Syrian Ministry of Education to receive a stamp;
Acquire certification from the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
Visit the Lebanese embassy in Syria to get another stamp;
Following entry into Lebanon, visit the local branch of the Lebanese Ministry of Education for an "equivalency." There, refugees are asked for their residence permit (which costs approximately $200) and a Syrian identity card (huwiyya) that has been stamped by the Syrian embassy in Lebanon. It is critical to note that refugees under 15 do not have an ID and are thus asked for their family's ikhraj qayd (civil registry, also referred to as a family book) instead.

According to an administrator in the Lebanese system, the total cost for this process runs approximately $500 per student. Large families with little money -- the majority of refugees from Syria are already in debt -- may have to choose between rent, food and a child's proper enrollment. Children who have had academic or disciplinary difficulties, those who might be sent to work instead of to school, marriageable girls, and those with disabilities are more likely to be selected out by this system.

Beyond the prohibitive price tag, there are other hurdles. Syrians fleeing violence may not have time to grab the kids' report cards, much less get them stamped by the Ministries of Education and Foreign Affairs and the Lebanese embassy on their way to the border. Some parents risk a return trip to obtain the necessary paperwork, though they may be denied re-entry to Lebanon (which is now standard Lebanese policy for PRS), become trapped by fighting in Syria or arouse the suspicion of Syrian authorities. In Lebanon, forcing families to show a family book may reveal siblings, parents or grandparents whose registrations have expired -- or who are conspicuously absent (and thus are suspected of being fighters in Syria). Moreover, Palestinian families in particular can never be sure if they have run afoul of the constantly changing visa and registry regulations. They may decide that the risk of deportation outweighs the benefit to the child of continuing in school.

Though students are sometimes permitted to take the exams at the last minute, without the paperwork, this system shapes behavior throughout the school year and provides disincentives to enrollment, particularly in the ninth and twelfth grades. It also links education to the entire family's legal status -- a teenager trying to finish school may wind up being arrested or deported along with the whole household.

Educational exclusion stands to have a profound impact on refugees from Syria. Schooling during crisis situations plays a central role in children's social and psychological wellbeing (though Mazin's experience impels us to consider negative effects as well); exclusion both denies these benefits and exposes children to further risks. Literacy rates among Syrians are set to drop dramatically from the level of 83.6 percent reached in 2008, with untold economic consequences. Lack of education can reverberate for generations; the importance of parental education in outcomes such as family and children's health has been demonstrated repeatedly.

Refugee parents in Lebanon now refer to their children with the terms "burned generation" or "lost generation." They understand that school is essential not only for learning, but also for socialization and maintaining children's sense that they have a future. They see children and teenagers who are experiencing new forms of discrimination, differentiation and exclusion in exile and will behave differently from their elders as a result. In the long run, parents worry that today's youth will be ill prepared to cope with the physical and economic demands of reconstructing Syria. They also recognize that their children's experience with education in exile may imbue them with new political and social biases, making the eventual reconstruction even more fraught.

Sept 11 event: 2008 Global Food Crisis & the New Green Revolution for Africa: The Case of Mali, West Africa

Tue, 2014-09-09 14:59

Twin Cities Tropical Environments Network (TC-Tropics) is excited to announce the first in a series of Fall 2014 events!

Thursday, September 11 from 6 to 8 pm
Weyerhaeuser Boardroom. Weyerhaeuser Hall, Macalester College
62 Macalester Street, Saint Paul MN

Macalester College Professor and Chair of Geography, and Director of African Studies William Moseley will discuss The 2008 Global Food Crisis and the New Green Revolution for Africa: The Case of Mali, West Africa.

High food prices in 2008 touched off food riots around the world. Mali was spared the worst of this crisis as its food economy benefitted from the 'protection' of being land locked, while urban consumers shifted from rice to sorghum, a grain whose production increased as cotton production collapsed. Now development agencies peddle different narratives in the wake of this crisis. Many argue that trade and a narrow technological focus on increased production using exogenous technologies is the best way forward. Sadly this New Green Revolution approach ignores the reasons for Mali's success.

From 6-6:45, we'll converse over snacks and drinks. At 6:45, we'll hear Prof. Moseley's presentation and then continue the conversation over refreshments.

To RSVP, fill out this form or email

TC-Tropics aims to foster peer-to-peer networking in an atmosphere where ideas and collaborations surrounding tropical environments flow freely. We invite everyone who is interested in the tropics to attend our event, including those from the private sector, NGOs, and academia.

Please spread the word!
Twitter: @tctropics

Tunisian scholar is Fall 2014 Carnegie Centennial Fellow at the Humphrey School

Tue, 2014-09-09 14:57

Sami Zouari is the Fall 2014 Andrew Carnegie Centennial Fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs (HHH), University of Minnesota.

Mr. Zouari is Instructor of Economics at the University of Sfax's High Institute of Industrial Management in Tunisia. He got his Master degree in economics of development from the University Montesquieu Bordeaux 4 in France in 1996. His main topic of research is gender and labor market in the MENA region. In addition, he has been involved in many other research projects, focusing on education, youth, active labor market policies, and migration.

Sami Zouari has served as a consultant to the World Bank, UNDP, European Training Foundation, African Development Bank, Center of Arab Women for Training and Research, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

While in residence at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Mr. Zouari will be working on labor market insertion for higher education graduates in Tunisia.

HHH students: Public Policy Partnership - Kickoff rescheduled for September 18; Still time to join!

Tue, 2014-09-09 14:21

Due to a scheduling conflict, the kickoff event for the Public Policy Partnership has been pushed back by one week to Thursday, September 18 (from 2-3 p.m.) in the IFP Lounge (HHH 125).

We have also decided to extend the period to sign up for the program. Therefore, if you are still interested but have not yet completed your info sheet, please send it to me by the end of the week and we will add you to the program.

Paul Linnell, Graduate Assistant
International Fellowship Programs
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Welcome back to all of the second year students and welcome to all of the first years!

As the school year gets underway, the International Fellowship Programs would like to invite all of you to join the International Fellow Public Policy Partnership. This is your opportunity to form an informal partnership with one of our International Fellows and develop a relationship with rising policy makers from around the world. HHH Fellows Bios.pdf GOI Fellows Bios.pdf

Students will benefit from the Fellows' diverse cultural backgrounds, as well as their in-depth experience in developing and implementing public policy in government and non-governmental organizations. During the year, participating Humphrey School students may also be invited to join in International Fellowship Programs events such as a Guthrie Theater outing and other recreational events.

Participating Humphrey School students will also serve as a cultural and university resource or buddy to the Fellows to the best of their ability and will include the Fellows in professional and social engagements whenever possible. The program is designed to be mutually beneficial, with both Fellows and students participating in cross-cultural and trans-national exchanges.

To join the program please submit the attached info sheet to by Monday, September 8. HHH Public Policy Partnership.pdf

A welcome event to introduce the program and unveil the pairings will be held on Thursday, September 11 from 2-3 p.m. in the new IFP Lounge (HHH 125).

Bios of the fellows are attached, and more information on the International Fellowship Programs can be found here:

Hope to have many of you in the program this year! HHH Public Policy Partnership Info Sheet.docx



Tuesday, Sept 9 event Human Rights Cynics: Negative Perceptions of Human Rights in Mexico

Mon, 2014-09-08 22:05

The Freeman Center for International Economic Policy sponsors the Global Policy Seminar/Workshop series every other Tuesday. The sessions are held from 12:45 to 2:00 pm in the Stassen Room (Room 170) of the Humphrey School.


Freeman Center for International Economic Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, presents a Workshop on Global Policy

Shannon Golden and James Ron

Humphrey School of Public Affairs will speak on:

Human Rights Cynics: Negative Perceptions of Human Rights in Mexico

12:45 - 2:00 pm Tuesday, September 9

The Stassen Room (Room 170) Humphrey School, West Bank Campus

Human rights scholars, practitioners, and policymakers often argue that the spread of human rights ideas to the grassroots is blocked by negative public opinion, such as perceptions that human rights: 1) protect criminals, 2) promote urban interests, and 3) promote foreign values and ideas. Indeed, in interviewing human rights professionals in Mexico--a hotbed of local human rights organizing--we found such ideas touted as major challenges to local rights work. To provide an empirical test of these assertions, we surveyed a nationally representative sample of Mexicans (n=2400), measuring their associations with the term "human rights." We model their negative associations, focusing particularly on the impacts of religious participation, political participation, conservatism, global connectivity, local crime rates, exposure to human rights language, and participation in human rights activities. We find some factors matter less than expected (such as conservatism and connectivity), some matter more (such as Church participation and crime rates), and some matter much differently than we anticipated (such as familiarity with human rights).

All are welcome! Refreshments will be served.

Sept 8 Happy Moon Festival!

Mon, 2014-09-08 21:58

Monday, September 8 is a special holiday in many countries, also called the Mid-Autumn Festival 2014. Best wishes to our friends and colleagues from East Asia who celebrate this lovely holiday. Enjoy the moon tonight!

For more info:

Women in Public Life: An Evening with Madeleine Albright, Oct 16

Mon, 2014-09-08 21:36

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is delighted to host Women in Public Life: An Evening with Madeleine Albright. Community members will enjoy dinner and engage in a Town Hall-style conversation with former United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the first woman in history to hold that position. Participants will hear from Dr. Albright regarding her own experiences in public service and the role of women as leaders in public policy. Register

Thursday, October 16, 2014
5:30 p.m. Registration and Social Hour
6:15 p.m. Dinner
7 p.m. Discussion with Dr. Albright
8:15 Coffee, Dessert, and Conversation
International Market Square
275 Market Street
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Registration: $95 per person

Attendees will be inspired by a lively discussion with Dr. Albright, as well as one another, as they examine issues of leadership, politics, international affairs, and the rights of women and girls worldwide.

Madeleine K. Albright is Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and Chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. Dr. Albright was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. In 1997, she was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was a
member of the President's Cabinet . She is a Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Dr. Albright chairs the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. She is also the president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation and a member of an advisory body, the U.S. Defense Department's Defense Policy Board. In 2012, she was chosen by President
Obama to receive the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Sept 9, Tues IPID General Assembly

Mon, 2014-09-08 21:27

Get ready to meet and greet your fellow IPID members this Tuesday! The IPID General Assembly provides an excellent forum for meeting fellow students who are interested in international development (the food is pretty good, too). This is also an excellent opportunity to learn about how you can become active in IPID's committees or provide feedback about IPID's programming and events.

When: Tuesday, September 9th from 12:30-1:30pm
Where: AfroDeli/African Development Center, Meridel LeSueur Conference Room

Enjoy refreshments from AfroDeli.
Meet and engage with students who share an interest in international development.
Join the dialogue and give input about events and topics that IPID could cover for the coming academic year.
Learn about ways to get involved with organizing events and being on the IPID Leadership Board or a planning committee.

RSVP via EventBrite

IPID Talks, Sept 10--Megan Butler presenting on MDP field experience in Vietnam

Mon, 2014-09-08 21:18

Our first IPID talk is this week! Come hear Megan Butler (a recipient of IPID's travel grant) and a team of students from the Master of Development Practice program talk about the team's research in Vietnam.

When: Wednesday, September 10th from 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Where: Humphrey School of Public Affairs Freeman Commons (HHH 205)

Network with fellow students who are pursuing research in international development.
Learn more about IPID's travel grant program.

Trade & Development Seminar, Sept 12, 2014

Mon, 2014-09-08 20:48

Trade and Development Seminar, September 12, 2014, Friday at 9:30 am in Room 119 Ruttan Hall.Udry - poster 9.12.docx

Christopher Udry, Professor of Economics, Yale University, will present: "Self-Selection into Credit Markets: Evidence from Agriculture in Mali" (co-authors Lori Beaman, Dean Karlan, and Bram Thuysbaert).

We partnered with a micro-lender in Mali to randomize credit offers at the village level. Then, in no-loan control villages, we gave cash grants to randomly selected households. These grants led to higher agricultural investments and profits, thus showing that liquidity constraints bind with respect to agricultural investment. In loan-villages, we gave grants to a random subset of farmers who (endogenously) did not borrow. These farmers have lower - in fact zero - marginal returns to the grants. Thus we find important heterogeneity in returns to investment and strong evidence that farmers with higher marginal returns to investment self-select into lending programs.

The list of Trade and Development Seminars for Fall Semester is available at:

Sept 16 Center for Austrian Studies Arnold Suppan on Hitler, Benes, & Tito

Mon, 2014-09-08 20:15

Our first lecture of the 2014-15 academic year! Arnold Suppan on Hitler, Benes, & Tito.
September 16, 2014, 4:00 p.m. 1210 Heller Hall.Suppan

Suppan's work explores the development of the political, legal, economic, social, cultural and military "communities of conflict" within Austria-Hungary (especially in the Bohemian and South Slav lands); the convulsion of World War I and the Czech, Slovak and South Slav break with the Habsburg Monarchy; the difficult formation of successor states and the strong discussions at Paris 1919/20; the domestic and foreign policies of Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia and the question of national minorities (Sudeten Germans, Magyars in Slovakia and the Vojvodina, Danube Swabians, Germans in Slovenia); Hitler's destruction of the Versailles order; the Nazi policies of conquest and occupation in Bohemia, Moravia, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Slovenia; the genocide committed against the Jews in the Protectorate, Slovakia, the Ustaša-state and Serbia; the collaboration of the Tiso­- and Pavelić-regime with Nazi Germany; the retaliation against and expulsion of the Germans from Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia; and finally the issue of history and memory east and west of the Iron Curtain as well as in the post-communist states at the end of the 20th century.

Welcome to the Center for Austrian Studies

An interdisciplinary center for the study of the Habsburg Empire, Austria and other successor states, and the new Europe.

Join us for the Carlson Global Institute Fall Reception!

Mon, 2014-09-08 20:12

Thursday, September 25, 2014 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Carlson School of Management Atrium

Each year, more than 700 Carlson School undergraduate and graduate students participate in an education abroad experience.

You are invited to attend our annual fall reception to reflect on, and celebrate, the contributions of faculty, staff, alumni, businesses, and benefactors who make these experiences a reality. Join us for hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, and live music as we recognize the achievements of the past year and celebrate the start of the new academic year!

Please RSVP to Jennifer Hawkins at or 612-624-4334 by September 19.

Join us for the Carlson Global Institute Fall Reception!

Mon, 2014-09-08 20:10

Thursday, September 25, 2014 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Carlson School of Management Atrium

Each year, more than 700 Carlson School undergraduate and graduate students participate in an education abroad experience.

You are invited to attend our annual fall reception to reflect on, and celebrate, the contributions of faculty, staff, alumni, businesses, and benefactors who make these experiences a reality. Join us for hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, and live music as we recognize the achievements of the past year and celebrate the start of the new academic year!

Please RSVP to Jennifer Hawkins at or 612-624-4334 by September 19.

Sept 10 (RSVP req) From innovation to impact: Getting the development equation right

Mon, 2014-09-08 17:26


Invites you to a luncheon meeting with Alexandra Spieldoch, Executive Director
Compatible Technologies International

From innovation to impact: getting the development equation right

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
12 Noon - Luncheon
12:40-1:45 PM, Ms. Spieldoch, and time for questions and comments

Town and Country Club, 300 Mississippi River Blvd. North, St. Paul, located immediately on the St. Paul side of the Marshall-Lake Avenue Bridge

Compatible Technology International (CTI) is a nonprofit that designs and distributes tools in collaboration with small farmers and their communities to improve food and water security in developing countries.

Well-known to many AFSA-Midwest participants, its continuing success and evolving activities make it of ongoing interest. Executive Director Alexandra Spieldoch has worked in the field of international development for 20 years. She previously served as Global Coordinator for the Network of Women Ministers and Leaders in Agriculture. She has studied in Argentina and France, and received her M.A. in International Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and her B.A. is from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She has traveled extensively throughout Africa and Latin America, and has published numerous articles on food security, human rights, and agricultural development. Currently, she also serves as a lead advisor on gender and food security with the Institute of Development Studies.


Our luncheon charge is $30 to cover food and our modest organizational expenses. Students are welcome at a reduced price of $15. . Preferred method of registration is to mail your check made out to AFSA to Molly Harris, 4 Cardinal Lane, North Oaks. MN 55127. You may also e-mail your registration to or call 651-483-4692.


This program continues our series of Frank B. Kellogg lectures honoring the only Minnesotan to have risen to the position of Secretary of State. It is also co-sponsored by the Minnesota International Center, the St. Paul-Minneapolis Committee on Foreign Relations, and the United Nations Association of Minnesota

Oct 9 Leta Hong Fincher speaking about "Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China"

Thu, 2014-09-04 18:37

Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China
Leta Hong Fincher, Tsinghua University
Thursday, October 9th, 4-5:15pm 1114 Social Sciences

"Leftover" women (shengnü) -- a Chinese term for women who remain unmarried in their late twenties and beyond - have become the target of a state-sponsored media campaign designed to bully educated, professional women into early marriages in the interests of safeguarding social stability.

Even though Chinese feminists have a proud history in the emancipation of women, these gains are now being eroded in China's postsocialist era of breakneck economic growth. A combination of factors has contributed to a fall in the status and material well-being of Chinese women relative to men.

Come and hear Leta Hong Fincher speak of the structural discrimination against women and how it is creating broader problems with China's economy, politics and development.

Leta Hong Fincher is the first American to receive a Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at Tsinghua University in Beijing. An award-winning journalist, her research on gender and China's urban property market is cited in The Economist, New York Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, BBC and CNN. Dr. Hong Fincher received her MA in East Asian Studies from Stanford University and her BA in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University.

OneVillage Partners seeks volunteer board members

Thu, 2014-09-04 18:27

OneVillage Partners is an entrepreneurial start-up nonprofit that promotes whole village transformation for communities in Sierra Leone, West Africa; for more information, see our website at We are looking for individuals to work with us long-term as advisers and volunteers and help us grow our unique model. Specifically, we hope to partner with people who have connections with businesses, foundations or the giving community in Minnesota and/or people with one or more of the following skills or interests: PR/marketing, event planning, fundraising, international development, nonprofit law. Interested? Contact us at

Tanya Battista Crespo
Director of Finance and Operations
OneVillage Partners
2104 Stevens Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Holistic Development for African Self-Sufficiency

HHH students: Princeton international fellowships recommendation from MDP candidate Hernández

Thu, 2014-09-04 17:56

Sent by Violeta Hernández:

"I came into contact with Princeton in 2012-2013, when I was a Princeton in Latin America fellow in Mexico, working for Redes de Tutoría S.C. Princeton is a great opportunity for any Humphrey graduate or anyone looking for experience in development. They have Princeton in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, so lots of opportunities. As Gilles and I confirmed, the application process for all of these programs is very similar and applications for all three of them should now be available. It is a half to year-long process, so people looking for something starting next year need to apply now. I would be happy to advise anyone about the process, as I'm sure Gilles probably would too.

Thanks, Violeta"

Violeta Hernández Espinosa
Master of Development Practice Candidate, 2015
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota

Government of India Fellows Agarwal, Mishra, and Sharma arrive at Humphrey School for 2014-15 program

Thu, 2014-09-04 17:49

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is very pleased to welcome three Government of India 2014-15 Fellows.

Puneet Agarwal

Mr. Agarwal has been in the Indian Civil Service since 1997 in the Indian Defense Accounts Service. He studied Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur and was awarded a Bachelors of Technology degree in 1994. During his career, Mr. Agarwal has been involved in diverse areas of government ranging from procurement, audit and finance; the preparation of the Central Government Budget, the implementation of UNDP funded projects in India, multilateral cooperation in SAARC and bilateral cooperation with countries in Asia and Russia. Currently, he is a Director in the Department of Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Finance in New Delhi. Mr. Agarwal plans to continue serving in the government for the next 20 years and he expects that by pursuing a one year mid-career Masters in Public Affairs Program, he would be equipped with new knowledge, critical thinking, and tools for effective policy analysis, including design, advocacy and evaluation.

Sandeep Kumar Mishra

Mr. Mishra joined the public sector in 1993 as Management Trainee in the Steel Authority of India Limited, after graduating from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur. His two last positions in the Indian government have been as the Additional Secretary of Environment in the Delhi Pollution Control Committee, and also as Additional Director in the Directorate of Information and Publicity. Prior to that, he served as Private Secretary to Delhi Chief Minister for over eight years. Part of his achievements with the Delhi government has been the implementation of the Bhagidari scheme (citizen-government partnership) and the successful organization of the 2010 Commonwealth Games. His present occupation involves improving the environment and quality of life in Delhi by drafting its Clean Air Agenda and policies related to solar energy, solid waste management and groundwater usage. His future career goal is to work on environmental issues and advance his skills in management and policy analysis of public problems during his one year program in the Masters of Public Affairs.

Rajesh Kumar Sharma

Mr. Sharma has been in the Indian Civil Service since 1999. He holds a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Statistics with specialization in Bayesian Inference from University of Delhi. While completing his M.Phil., he submitted dissertation titled 'Bayes Factors and its Ramifications. Later he worked as Lecturer of Statistics in P.G.D.A.V. College for a short period before joining the civil services. In civil services, he has been involved in policy making and monitoring of several government programmes in diverse sectors such as agriculture, rural development, defense etc. At present he works for the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances in New Delhi. Mr. Sharma's current position has offered him a unique opportunity to understand a large scope of governance reforms. He is in charge of the Governance Knowledge Centre, the country's digital repository of knowledge in governance. He expects that the Masters of Public Affairs will give him an opportunity to foster his knowledge in global developments, and strengthen his skills and capabilities, which will enable him to think differently and innovate in spearheading the reforms in public service delivery in his country.

photo of Mr. Agarwal and Mr. Mishra with other fellows, from Humayun Sandhu

HHH welcomes 10 Humphrey Fellows for 2014-15 (Cape Verde, Ecuador, Haiti, India, Lebanon Pakistan, Philippines, Ukraine, Zimbabwe)

Thu, 2014-09-04 17:47

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is very pleased to welcome 10 2014-15 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows

Ms. Kimberly Molitas Gonzales
Baguio City, Philippines

Ms. Gonzales is Executive Assistant and Senior Aide to the Chief Directorial Staff (TCDS) of the Philippine National Police (PNP). She analyzes and endorses decisions made by the TCDS after review and makes recommendations on courses of actions where applicable. She coordinates with the PNP Command Group, the Special Staff, and Support Unites on behalf of the Directorial Staff, while also serving as a member of the Special Committee of the Chief. She earned a degree in law enforcement from the Philippine National Police Academy, and a master's degree in Transnational Crime Prevention from the University of Wollongong. During her fellowship at the University of Minnesota, Ms. Gonzales plans to gain a tighter grasp of policy analysis and public administration, as well as observe the implementation of existing policies in inter-agency investigation of transnational crimes. Upon her return to the Philippines, she plans to educate the public and share her new knowledge on policy analysis and administration with her fellow officers to help defeat transnational crime.

Ms. Gladys Kudzaishe Hlatywayo
Harare, Zimbabwe

Ms. Hlatywayo is the Executive Director of the Zimbabwe Civic Education Trust, an organization focused on civic education for rights, peace, and development. As Head of the Secretariat, she cultivates relations with partner organizations, donors, media, and the government. She earned a degree in history and religious studies from the University of Zimbabwe and a master's degree in development studies from the National University of Science and Technology. During her fellowship year at the University of Minnesota, Ms. Hlatywayo hopes to focus on policy analysis, public administration, and peace building policies. Upon her return to Zimbabwe, she expects to use these new skills to become a leading peace building authority with regard to the Zimbabwean government and civil society. She plans to do so by creating a national think tank within her current organization that will focus on peace building and offer sound policy advice to the government.

Mr. Sanjay Kumar Jain
Delhi, India

Mr. Jain is the Senior Superintendent of Police within India's National Police Service. He supervises the Investigation Division in India's National Human Rights Commission, studies human rights violation reports, and trains law enforcement officers on human rights issues. Until last year, he was the Deputy Commissioner of Police in the Delhi Police. He received an honors degree in Commerce from Delhi University, a Master's degree in Police Management from Osmania University, and a certificate from the Indira Gandhi National Open University. As a British Chevening Scholar, he studied in the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2009. During his fellowship at the University of Minnesota, he plans to design a workable model for a 'gender inclusive city' that will aim to reduce crime against women in rapidly growing cities through studying international practices and initiatives that mobilize public authorities, NGOs, and the community to create a safe, non-discriminatory environment for women to gain equal footing with men. He also plans to implement similar initiatives to help overcome the gender-related human rights problems.

Ms. Lilia Muslimova
Simferopol, Ukraine

Ms. Muslimova is Assistant Consultant of the People's Deputy of Ukraine within the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. She works as an aide to the MP of Ukraine and to one of the founders of the Human Rights Advocacy Initiative Group in the USSR, Mr. M Jemilev. She also acts as spokeswoman of the Chairman of the Mejlis of Crimea Tatar People and, in the past, she was elected a member of the City Council of Simferopol and a delegate of the national parliament - the Qurultay of Crimean Tatar People. She earned a specialist's degree in Political Science from Taurida Ecological Institute and a master's degree in Public Administration from the National Academy of Public Administration. During her fellowship at the University of Minnesota, Ms. Muslimova hopes to study the relationship between the local and federal government, as well as representatives of ethnic minorities and best practices for developing policies to balance interests, ensure adaptation, and integrate ethnic minorities to social and political life. Upon her return to Ukraine, she plans to develop mechanisms to ensure inter-ethnic peace and protect the rights of minorities, especially with respect to the Crimea Tatar people.

Ms. Lilia Elizabeth Rojas
Quito, Ecuador

Ms. Rojas is Director of International Affairs in Ecuador's Coordinating Ministry for Strategic Sectors. She coordinates, prepares, and negotiates proposals to obtain international cooperation in the areas of renewable energy, water resources, and telecommunications. She also coordinates the Ministry's relations with different countries, multilateral organizations, international cooperation agencies, and foreign companies that are interested in investing in Ecuadorian strategic sectors. She previously worked as the Manager of Bilateral Relations with Brazil in Ecuador's Ministry of International Affairs. She earned a degree in business administration from Universidad del Azuay, a master's degree in business administration from the University of the Pacific, and a master's degree in international business from ESC Rennes School of Business. During her year at the University of Minnesota, Ms. Rojas plans to acquire knowledge about environmental policies, their implementation, and innovative financial mechanisms for environmentally sustainable projects. Upon her return to Ecuador, she plans to design specific environmental policies and strategies and create environmental governance models, compliance indicators, and regulation proposals.

Mr. Humayun Masood Sandhu
Faisalabad, Pakistan

Mr. Sandhu is Senior Superintendent of Police for the Police Service of Pakistan. He supervises twelve police stations and three subdivisions in the District of Pakpattan. He holds Open Kaatcheries for addressing grievances of the public, monitors sectarian cases, and meets with public representatives, religious leaders, peace committees, and NGOs. He is a civil engineering major from the University of Engineering & Technology and earned a master's degree in human resource management (HRM) from the University of Technology, Sydney. During his fellowship at the University of Minnesota, Mr. Sandhu hopes to familiarize himself with organizational development and the variables that influence change in management, as well as acquainting himself with the latest strategies used in counterterrorism within the context of HRM. Upon his return to Pakistan, he plans to apply the principles in bringing organizational change in the police, improving law and order, and ultimately improving the economy of Pakistan.

Mr. Serge Michel
Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Mr. Serge is Project Coordinator for the United Nations Office for Project Services. He is in charge of preparing financial documentation for the delivery of services. He oversees recruitment for the Health Unit and responds to queries on human resource matters. He earned a degree in computer programming from the Computer Technique Institute, a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the National University of Haiti, and a finance certificate from the University of Michigan. During his fellowship at the University of Minnesota, Mr. Serge hopes to expand his knowledge of finance and budgeting for public sectors and financial management for public and non-profit organizations. He also hopes to enhance his knowledge in project management and community leadership, and learn about the "American Dream" concept and how it could fit the context of his own country. Upon his return to Haiti, he plans to help the Haitian government design policy mechanisms to regulate the functioning of public and private institutions, create public policies to mitigate corruption, and actively participate in the preparation of law proposals, especially those dealing with finance.

Mr. Rahman Shah
Gilgit, Pakistan

Mr. Shah was born and raised in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. His current position is Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) for the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan. The office of ADC is responsible to oversee the performance of various government departments located in the jurisdiction of the district, including law enforcement. His office also coordinates and monitors with the development agencies and development projects, which entitles his office to convene public assemblies to resolve issues pertinent to pre and post disaster relief and rehabilitation process. Mr. Shah successfully negotiated with the tribal society of Diamer, which allowed the construction of the 4500 MW Diamer-Bhasha Dam to begin the on-site project work. Mr. Shah earned a bachelor degree in Political Science and a master's degree in International Relations from Karakoram International University, Gilgit. During his fellowship at the University of Minnesota, he will study models of public policy making and its relevance to the Pakistan's public sector. He is committed to return to Pakistan, and plans to design and implement policies that will serve better the public through reforms in public sector.

Ms. Deborah Cristina Vera-Cruz
Praia, Cape Verde

Ms. Vera-Cruz is a Business Analyst and Software Project Manager for Prime Consulting, a Cape Verdian Software Enterprise. She has been working on the Integrated Human Resource Management System, but has worked on several projects related to E-Government in her country and abroad. She represented Cape Verde at the One Young World Summit and was a delegate speaker in the Transparency and Integrity Plenary Session. She earned a degree in computer engineering from Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas and a master's degree in geographical information systems from the University of Cape Verde. During her fellowship at the University of Minnesota, Ms. Vera-Cruz hopes to broaden her understanding of strategic planning paired with regional planning and learn uses of technology to enhance literacy and education and the empowerment of women. Upon her return to Cape Verde, she plans to put her learning in action by applying these skills to sub-Saharan Africa and also develop a system for elementary schools that would push children to debate matters such as sustainable environments, human rights, and leadership through the use of technology.

Ms. Rawan Atef Yaghi
Baalbeck, Lebanon

Ms. Yaghi is an English language teacher and the English language coordinator within the Nabil Adeeb Sleiman Secondary Public Schools. She teaches grades 10 and 12, designs exams and syllabuses for the English language department, and serves as the extracurricular activities coordinator. She also owns and operates USPEaK, an English language center that offers women free English courses and education in human rights and leadership skills, and also strives to involve youth in civil society through working with the Sons of Baalbeck Organization. She earned a teaching license from Lebanese University, Zahle, where she also studied English, and a teacher-training certificate from Lebanese University, Beirut. During her fellowship year, Ms. Yaghi will focus on academic work that would give her the skills to later apply to a Master's Degree in Public Administration. Upon her return to Lebanon, she plans to build the capacity of the institute that she founded, USPEaK, and drive a national campaign on behalf of the Lebanese Civil Coalition.

Photo of Humphrey Fellows together with International Fellowship Programs staff members Rosa Tock and Nkayo Drepaul, and summer retreat facilitator, August 2014.