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Acara Global Venture Design

Tue, 2015-03-24 19:06

Acara Global Venture Design: What impact will you make?
Global Venture Design (CE 5571) is Acara's fundamental 4-cr impact venture design course in which students gain unique experiences working on multidisciplinary teams to design scalable business solutions that address grand social and environmental challenges in India in cooperation with professional mentors. The course will be offered Fridays 9am-noon in Fall 2015. It is open to grad students and upper level undergrads from all colleges and majors.

What is Acara Global Venture Design?
The course is interdisciplinary, global, entrepreneurial, experiential, project-based and team-oriented. In the course you will:
identify a wicked grand challenge
design a social venture solution
collaborate on an interdisciplinary, global project team
be mentored by business professionals
pitch your venture for seed funding to travel to India

How to apply?
Apply for a permission number by emailing Fred Rose at with: (1) your resume (2-page max PDF) and (2) a short essay (2-page max PDF) responding to three questions: Why do you wish to take the class? What is your relevant background experience? What will you contribute to an interdisciplinary team? Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis. The priority deadline is April 1, 2015. Space is limited to 25.

What is Acara?
Acara is a series of courses and incubation actions to shape leaders and ventures for global impact. We support development of impactful venture solutions focused on societal and environmental change in the U.S. and globally. For additional information contact us at or see

Idea to Impact Course

Tue, 2015-03-24 19:04

Idea to Impact Course - Getting Your Social Venture Off the Ground

Starting March 31st, the Acara impact entrepreneurship program and the MN Social Impact Center will be hosting the Acara Spring Institute - Idea to Impact Course: Getting Your Social Venture Off the Ground. This course is for anyone with an idea for social or environmental change, whether that idea is on the back of a napkin, in a detailed business plan or already running.

The course will be held from 5-9pm Who Cares? - 3/31, Do the Math - 4/14, and Tell Me a Story - 4/21.

To learn more and register, visit the eventbrite here:

Training Seminars for International Electoral Observers

Tue, 2015-03-24 19:00

We are delighted to invite you to apply to the training seminar for International Electoral Observers. The application period will last until the deadline of 5 April 2015.
The principle of holding periodic and open elections are a vital part of democratization and stabilisation of peace agreements around the world. If interested to learn about election observation missions and what the opportunities in this field are, join us at the EIUC training seminar for International Electoral Observers: A seminar where we combine expert discussions and a hands-on workshop.

The third edition of the training seminar for International Electoral Observers will be held at the Monastery of San Nicolò, Lido, Venice from 13 to 18 April 2015.
The training seminar for graduates or professionals aims at introducing civilian staff to the profession of election observers and at delivering a complete theoretical and practical basic course to those willing to consider election observation as a possible professional step in their career.
Its international faculty includes prestigious lectures in human rights, such as Armin Rabitsch who has been working in the field of elections, democratization and good governance in a variety of organizations including the UNDP, EU and OSCE/ODIHR for the past 15 years and Stephane Mondon, who has an extensive experience within the European Union, UNDP and the Carter Center.
The training seminar is organised by the EIUC and granted patronage by the Italian, Spanish and the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

EIUC has developed two five-day modules that will allow to selected applicants to become aware of the role, the tasks and the status of international observers, and will be given a theoretical and practical training on election observation and election observation missions functioning.

The first module (13-15 April 2015) will highlight the quantitative observation of the STOs. Starting with a thorough introduction on the international observation theory and legal standards the first module will analyse the practical life of a short term observer from the selection procedure to the end of mission including the observation of the polls, the filling of the forms, the reporting system and the code of the conduct.

The second module (16-18 April 2015) will introduce the participants to the long-term election observation by analysing in depth some of the aspects related to an international observation mission such as working relations, the role of the media, interviewing and reporting techniques and electoral dispute resolutions.
EIUC will accept candidatures for each separate module or both combined.

Please note that applications will be processed on an on-going basis.

Interested candidates should register by compiling the online application form.

More information can be found at:
For further enquiries please contact us at:

EOS International Hiring

Tue, 2015-03-24 18:55

Subject: EOS International Hiring! - Director of Development Position (Half-time)

Position: Director of Development

Description: EOS International is a young start-up non-profit that designs, manufactures and installs basic technologies that revolutionize the lives of people who live in extreme poverty. Since our formation in 2008 we have sustainably improved the lives of more than 100,000 impoverished people who live in remote, underserved areas of rural Nicaragua.

To help us succeed, we seek to engage a highly-motivated, experienced development professional to manage our existing and very effective fundraising programs; and also, to create and execute new strategies to reach new donors, partners, sponsors and other collaborators. Additional responsibilities include communications and administration.

Position is 15-20 hours/week. Hourly rate is based on skills and experience. Job will be performed at Director of Development's home, preferably in the Twin Cities or San Francisco Bay Area.

Go to website for application details:

Contact Wes Meier, EOS Co-Founder and International Director, via, with questions.

Doing Business in Sub-Saharan Africa conference at CSOM Apr 22

Tue, 2015-03-24 12:21

Join us for a conference at the Carlson School of Management focused on business opportunities in eight dynamic economies: Angola, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, and Tanzania.

Wednesday, April 22 8:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

U.S. companies are finding substantial trade and business opportunities in Africa. U.S. exports to Sub-Saharan Africa top $21 billion per year, and the region is growing at 5-6% annually. How can U.S. firms best understand these markets, find opportunities, and manage the challenges of doing business there?

For more information and to register:

Doing Business in Sub-Saharan Africa: Why, Where and How

Humphrey Fellow Michel speaking at "Haiti on the Rise" roundtable, Mar 28

Tue, 2015-03-24 12:13

SATURDAY Round Table Discussuion: Haiti on the rise MAR 28 What does the future entail? Haiti on the Rise calendar.pdf

6 PM $10 AF members & parterning universities; $20 general public.

From Serge Michel:
"I would like to invite you to the commemoration of the International Organization of Francophonie. This month is dedicated to Haiti "Haiti on the rise", so a variety of events will be held at the office of Alliance Francaise in Minneapolis from March 6 to 28, 2015. I will be one the guest speakers in a panel of 5 people to present the "Optimist Haiti" in the frame of the closure of this event on March 28, 2015. This event will be open by the Honorary Consulate of French in Minneapolis and close by the Honorary Consultate of Canada."

Mr. Serge Michel
Fulbright Humphrey Fellow 2014-2015
University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs
130 Humphrey School, 301 19th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Project Coordinator at UNOPS-Haiti
Co-Founder Member, Board of GRAHN-Haiti


Apr 6 "What It Will Take to End the AIDS Pandemic: Why Inclusion of Marginalized Populations is Essential"

Mon, 2015-03-23 20:00

Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH, International AIDS Society
Monday, April 6th 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Cowles Auditorium
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is pleased to host Dr. Chris Beyrer for a discussion about what it will take to end the AIDS pandemic and why including marginalized populations is essential to achieving such a goal.

As current president of the International AIDS Society, Beyrer has called attention to the critical challenges in the years ahead. He has argued that a wave of discriminatory laws and policies are limiting rights, reducing health care access, and aiding and abetting the virus; and that the treatment gap that leaves so many people who are living with--and dying from--the disease untreated.

Register here

Dr. Beyrer, who also directs the John Hopkins Center for Public Health and Human Rights, is a professor of epidemiology; international health; and health, behavior, and society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. He serves as director of HIV Training Program in Epidemiology and Prevention Science at John Hopkins University (JHU). He is co-principal investigator of the JHU Center for AIDS Research, CFAR. He is a member of the HIV Prevention Trials Network's MSM Working Group, and Protocol Chair for HPTN 078. He currently serves as co-chair of the Epidemiology and Natural History Planning Group of the Office of AIDS Research of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and serves on scientific advisory committees for UNAIDS and World Health Organization.

Beyrer has extensive experience in conducting international collaborative research and training programs in HIV/AIDS and other infectious disease epidemiology, in infectious disease prevention research, HIV vaccine preparedness, in health and migration, and in health and human rights. Dr. Beyrer has been engaged in research, service and advocacy around health and human rights concerns in Thailand, Burma, China, India, South Africa, Malawi, Tanzania, Russia, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan and is the author of over 220 scientific papers.

Mar 25 Affirmative Action in India

Mon, 2015-03-23 15:52

Dr. Sukhadeo Thorat, Professor Emeritus, Chairman of the Indian Council on Social Research, and Managing Trustee of the Indian Institute of Dalit Studies will present "Where Knowledge is Free" a documentary on discrimination in education of the Dalit. After the documentary there will be dialogue and questions. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 25 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Humphrey Forum.

Mar 26 Event: What do we know about Cities & Climate Change?

Mon, 2015-03-23 15:19

Join us to hear internationally recognized Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal speak on cities, energy use and climate change. Dr. Dhakal is a professor at the Asian Institute of Technology, as well as a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and explores the impacts of human settlement and urbanization on climate change mitigation.

A flyer with more information is attached.

Thursday, March 26
9-10 AM
HHH 180

Brianna Menning, MPA
Associate Program Director, Sustainable Cities Initiative

Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612.626.4127

NGO/development jobs in China

Mon, 2015-03-23 14:56


Great Britain China Centre) - China Project Managers
UNDP - CSR Programme Officer
Médecins Sans Frontières - Communications Officer
British Council - Information Policy Manager
American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative - Deputy Country Director

Applications sought from Minnesota mid-career professionals for 2015 Salzburg Seminars S

Mon, 2015-03-23 14:42

The Salzburg Global Seminar convenes imaginative thinkers from different cultures and institutions, organizes problem-focused initiatives, and supports leadership development and engages opinion-makers through active communication networks, all in partnership with leading institutions from around the world and across different sectors of society.

Please see 2015 List of Seminars: Draft- salzburg flyer .docx

The full Salzburg Global Seminar 2015 program can be found at:

The International Fellowship Programs office is accepting applications for a limited number of full or partial scholarships to attend Salzburg Global Seminar sessions that are available based on the following eligibility criteria:

1. Current Minnesota resident.
2. Mid-career professionals from government, business, academia, and nongovernmental organizations.

The McKnight Fellowship Program of the Salzburg Global Seminar has enabled more than 100 Minnesotans to participate in SGS programs since 1981. These McKnight-Salzburg Fellows are supported through a generous endowment granted to SGS by the McKnight Foundation.

The McKnight-Salzburg Fellowships are administered out of the International Fellowship Programs office at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

To be considered for the scholarship, all applicants must send:
1. Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
2. Biographical sketch of 150 words or less.
3. A brief (500 words maximum) statement of how the specific conference(s) fits into the framework of your expertise and areas of interest. Please include how you intend to use your experience to benefit your community, the type of scholarship seeking (full or partial) and why a scholarship is necessary.

To Apply: Please send completed applications to McKnight-Salzburg Selection Committee, c/o Elisabeth Bott at Bottx014(at)

*You must turn in all applications materials at least 2 months prior to the start of a session.

Contact: bottx014(at) or visit:

COGS event Ap 3 Perceptions of Threat in Today's World

Mon, 2015-03-23 14:36

Apr. 3 - Addressing Change - Perceptions of Threat in Today's World

The annual Council of Graduate Students Research Symposium will showcase the research of U of M graduate students from a broad range of programs as it pertains to the perception of threat in today's changing world. The keynote will be given by Steven Schlozman, assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse. There is no charge to attend and lunch will be provided for those who register. Registration and more information >

Humphrey Fellow Rojas affiliation at Inter-American Development Bank

Mon, 2015-03-23 14:30

Below is from 2014-15 Humphrey Fulbright Fellow Ms. Lilia Elizabeth Rojas:

"I will do my professional affiliation in the Inter - American Development Bank (IADB).
The IADB is the largest source on development financing in Latin America and Caribbean Countries, they supports clients in the design of projects, and provides financing, technical assistance and knowledge services to support development interventions. One of their priorities is to address climate change, renewable energy and environmental sustainability, at the same time they promote regional cooperation and integration.

I will be working specifically in the Ecuadorian Office, I will analyze and discuss different documents related to future projects of the IDB in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean, also I will learn about the operations and procedures of the IAD.

The IDB is an strategic partner for Ecuador's development, my goal is to apply this knowledge to design and lead proposals of different environmental and clean energy initiatives and projects that can be implemented in Ecuador working together with the bank."

Humphrey Fellow Molitas will attend 2015 Advanced Institute on Disaster Risk & Loss Mitigation

Mon, 2015-03-23 01:10

Congratulations to Humphrey Fulbright Fellow Kimberly Molitas from the Philippines who was selected to participate this year to attend the Advanced Institute on Disaster Risk and Loss Mitigation that will be held from April 20-25, 2015.

The 2015 Advanced Institute on Disaster Risk Reduction and Loss Mitigation will provide approximately 15-20 young to middle-career researchers and practitioners from Southeast Asia with the enhanced understanding; skills and practical knowledge to reduce disaster risk and mitigate disaster losses in their own countries. The 6-day, intensive training event from April 20-25, 2015 is hosted and organized by the IRDR International Center of Excellence (IRDR-ICoE) in Taipei, Taiwan, in partnership with START, the International Council for Sciences (ICSU) and IRDR.

She will also present the role of the police in this efforts. As a member of the Philippine police force in various capacities, she has been involved in disaster management in her country. She has witnessed numerous disasters that have struck her country both man made and natural. In her experience on both occurrences, although the Philippine government has a department tasked to address disaster issues, the police are always expected to be the first to respond.

Our mandate is law enforcement but we have realized over the years of experience that in any disaster stricken area, public safety becomes a priority to prevent escalation of chaos due to the feeling of the community for the need to survive, she said. My organization's role in disaster management has been one of the most challenging, this is not our primary function but with the urgency to restore order for all other efforts to be effectively put in place to address the situation, the role of the police becomes vital in the disaster management process. With the recent events that have happened in my country and in our neighboring Asian countries I am inspired even more to participate on this intensive training to further understand our role in disaster management especially in risk reduction and loss mitigation, she further stated.

MPP alum Kasper featured at IPID Talk - Systemic Action Research in Raipur, India

Mon, 2015-03-23 01:02

ipid Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Intl Develop
March 27, 1pm in HHH 205

This talk will present findings from a year of Systemic Action Research carried out in Raipur, India, with NGO partners and partners living in informal settlements. Participatory social network analysis attempts to make social change visible through the participant's evolving relationship structures. One of the major findings of the research was to show how social structures and civic agency mutually determine each other and how they co-evolved in response to the intervention in Raipur. In this presentation, the speakers will discuss the use of participatory network analysis as a way to help participants understand their agency and create pathways to increasing their agency. The talk will be moderated by the experienced African democracy educator, Marie-Louise Strom.

Eric Kasper is a PhD student at IDS in the Cities and Participation Clusters program. His research brings together participatory social network analysis, systemic action research, complex adaptive systems, and community organizing practice to explore the ways relational structures and social dynamics of people living in urban poverty impact their ability to act collectively as agents of change.

WIIS Jobs Hotline

Mon, 2015-03-23 00:58

Check out the new Jobs Hotline!

Please note, the WIIS website was recently updated to provide a membership portal where members can now create forums, access and comment on blogs, easily view and connect with other members, and better utilize the benefits of a WIIS membership. To protect confidential information, members will be asked to reset their passwords when logging into the new member portal for the first time. The member portal can be accessed by clicking on the Jobs Hotline link below. You will be redirected to the WIIS website where you will need to sign in on the right-hand side of your screen. Additionally, we kindly ask that members update their profiles when logging into the new portal to improve member visibility and strengthen services provided through the WIIS network.

If you have trouble resetting your password, please contact WIIS Global at

Stassen & Lucas Fellowship apps due March 24

Mon, 2015-03-23 00:56

Due Mar 24 at 11:59:59pm: HHH fellowship apps for summer intern'l projects

Stassen and Lucas Fellowships for international internships, field experiences, capstone, and pro paper research. Budget guideline for both grants: stassen Lucas budget guideline 2015.doc



Open to all HHH degrees.

Fulbright Scholar Opportunities in Sustainable Development

Mon, 2015-03-23 00:52

We are writing to you with some information about exciting opportunities in the 2016-2017 Fulbright U.S.Scholar Program in Estonia, Mauritius and Russia that we thought might especially appeal to someone with your background and interests. Our organization, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, administers the Fulbright Scholar Program on behalf of the United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Please feel free to forward this message to other interested colleagues and share through relevant associations and listservs.

Estonia - STEM Disciplines

This is a unique opportunity to teach and/or conduct research at the Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) in the capital of Estonia. TUT is the leader of engineering and technology education in Estonia, and provides students and faculty with a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment. Interested scholars can affiliate with a number of departments, including the Department of Materials Science's sustainable energy development program. The award is open to academics only, and a PhD or other terminal degree is required. Complete information can be found at the link above.

Russia - Distinguished Chair in Sustainable Development

This award is new in the 2016-2017 Catalog of Awards and offers an exciting opportunity for an accomplished scholar to teach and/or conduct research at the Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow. HSE is committed to internationalizing its teaching and research methods and the scholar would help shape the sustainable development curriculum and teaching standards in Russian education. The award is open to academics only, and a PhD or other terminal degree is required. Complete information can be found at the link above.

Mauritius - Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development

This award offers an opportunity to teach and conduct research at the University of Mauritius in the fields of renewable energy and sustainable development. The selected scholar will be in a dynamic environment, as Mauritius plans to reduce dependency on fossil fuels and double the share of renewable sources of energy to produce electricity to around forty percent within the next decade. The award is open to academics and appropriately qualified professionals with a PhD or other terminal degree. Complete information can be found at the link above.

We offer a variety of other opportunities in Sustainable Development throughout the world and encourage you to review our offerings here

Our Application Guidelines provide helpful tips to reference during the process, and we are happy to answer any questions you or your colleagues may have. We also encourage you to explore and register for one or more of our webinars, which provide more detailed insight into various parts of the Fulbright U.S. Scholar program.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens and the deadline for complete applications is August 3, 2015.

Europe/Eurasia Fulbright Scholar Program Team
Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)
Institute of International Education (IIE)

Acara impact entrepreneurship program

Mon, 2015-03-23 00:44

You're Invited: Idea to Impact Course - Getting Your Social Venture Off the Ground

Starting March 31st, the Acara impact entrepreneurship program and the MN Social Impact Center will be hosting the Acara Spring Institute - Idea to Impact Course: Getting Your Social Venture Off the Ground. This course is for anyone with an idea for social or environmental change, whether that idea is on the back of a napkin, in a detailed business plan or already running.

The course will be held from 5-9pm Who Cares? - 3/31, Do the Math - 4/14, and Tell Me a Story - 4/21.

To learn more and register, visit the eventbrite here:

Brian Bell
Assistant Program Director | Acara |
Institute on the Environment |
University of Minnesota |