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HHH Prof. Atwood speaking to IPID General Assembly, Jan 28

Mon, 2015-01-26 21:51

Join IPID for our spring General Assembly meeting! The event includes a talk with JBrian Atwood on cooperation in international development; food from AfroDeli will be served.

When: January 28, 2015 from 4-6pm
Where: Humphrey Forum

On January 28th, at the Humphrey Forum, distinguished professor Brian Atwood will discuss the aspects of cooperation in international development, ranging form the efforts to reach agreement on a new set of goals to changing financing rules and the importance of mutual accountability in donor-partner relationships.

Following the talk, IPID will host this semester's General Assembly, a great opportunity to meet and greet other students at the University of Minnesota who share a passion for international development.

Join the dialogue, learn about ways to get involved, and enjoy refreshments from AfroDeli.

IPID Talk Feb 12

Mon, 2015-01-26 21:46

From IPID-List: The first IPID Talk of the semester is right around the corner! Join us in welcoming one of last year's IPID Travel Grant recipients, Gareth Westler. Gareth spent the last 9 months in Bangalor, India working with the non-governmental organization Technology Informatics Design Endeavor (TIDE)

When: February 12, 2015 from 3-4pm

UMN students: IPID International Travel Grant now accepting applications.

Mon, 2015-01-26 21:43

IPID International Travel Grants are awarded to University of Minnesota students who are participating in research, internship, or work experience related to international development. Up to five students will be awarded up to $1,250 each to support travel, research, and/or living expenses abroad. the award may be used from May - December 2015. The project should range in length from three weeks to four months.

Please visit the Grant Program Page on IPID's Website for more information and application documents

Jan 27 - Bill Black on Fraud & the Financial Crisis at Freeman Seminar

Mon, 2015-01-26 20:36

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

Professor William Black University of Missouri -Kansas City ( will speak on:
Why Financial Regulatory "Reform" Helped the Unprincipled Blow-Up the Global Economy

12:45 - 2:00 pm Tuesday, January 27, 2015
The Stassen Room (Room 170), Humphrey School, West Bank Campus

How did we go from a situation in 1993 in which financial regulators were lauded for having defeated a raging epidemic of fraud at hundreds of savings and loans despite intense political resistance, to a situation in which the financial regulators became fraud enablers and deniers? How did this happen when finance and law and economics scholars assured us that financial markets were so efficient and honest that it wasn't even necessary to have a rule against fraud? Bill Black contends that the "Achilles' heel" of these theories was the implicit assumption that fraud by the people who control seemingly respectable banks ("control fraud") could not occur. When the CEO is the crook, he can create a "Gresham's" dynamic (bad ethics drives good ethics) that can make fraud common in an industry or profession. A series of public and private changes made the financial environment so criminogenic that it produced the three most destructive epidemics of financial fraud in history (appraisal fraud, liar's loans, and secondary market frauds), hyper-inflated the residential real estate bubble, and drove the financial crisis.

Professor Black will be testifying in Dublin on February 5 concerning these issues before the Irish Parliamentary inquiry into their banking crisis.

All are welcome! Refreshments will be served.

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.
Upcoming presentations this semester are:

January 27 - Bill Black on Fraud and the Financial Crisis
February 10- Deborah Levison on Children's Chores and Human Capital Formation in Tanzania
February 24 - Carrie Oelberger on International Grantmaking

Humanity in Action Fellowship

Mon, 2015-01-26 17:20

Fellowship: Call for Applications: Humanity in Action Fellowship (open to students from select countries)

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network,

Tony Elumelu Foundation

Mon, 2015-01-26 17:17

Call for Applications, Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Program to empower the next generation of African Entrepreneurs

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network,

Cultural Vistas Fellowship

Mon, 2015-01-26 17:12

Cultural Vistas Fellowship - Summer 2015: Entrepreneurship and Innovation

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network,

Global Good Fund Fellowship

Mon, 2015-01-26 17:09

Call for Applications, Global Good Fund, 5th class of social entrepreneurs

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network,

Coady Institute's International Centre for Women's Leadership

Mon, 2015-01-26 17:07

Call for Applications, Global Change Leaders Program, Coady Institute's International Centre for Women's Leadership

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network,

Columbia University Fellowship Program 2015

Mon, 2015-01-26 17:04

Columbia University Fellowship Program 2015

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network,

Landesa Rural Development Institute

Mon, 2015-01-26 17:00

Job: Landesa Rural Development Institute - 2015 Visiting Professionals Program - India, China, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network,

Summer Institute in Ecuador

Mon, 2015-01-26 16:57

Apply to the Summer Institute on Conflict Transformation in Border Regions, Ecuador

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network,

Documentary Showing, Feb 8th

Mon, 2015-01-26 16:54

The MINN Networking Committee would like to invite you to a fantastic documentary entitled Not My Life on Sunday, February 8th, 3:30 - 6:30pm at the International Institute of Minnesota. The event is free and your attendance is appreciated

Not My Life is the first film to depict the cruel and dehumanizing practices of human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale. Filmed on five continents, in a dozen countries, Not My Life takes viewers into a world where millions of children are exploited, every day, through an astonishing array of practices including forced labor, domestic servitude, begging, sex tourism, sexual violence, and child soldiering.

Special thanks to the International Institute of Minnesota for hosting. IIM is located at 1694 Como Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55108.

Come along for an incredible documentary, snacks, and an engaging discussion to follow!

Eventbrite link to register:

Study of Nonviolent Conflict

Mon, 2015-01-26 16:45

Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict, June 7-12, 2015, ICNC

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network,

Jan 28 Chris Johnstone CIDE candidate presentation on "The Praxis of Inclusiveness & Internationalization"

Mon, 2015-01-26 00:41

As chair of our search committee for a new faculty member in Comparative and International Development Education, I would like to inform you that we have three finalists who will be presenting on campus over the next two weeks. Dr. Chris Johnstone will be our first candidate.

His presentation, "The Praxis of Inclusiveness and Internationalization", is next
Wednesday, January 28, from 9:30-11:00 in 250 Wulling. A short bio is attached. Johnstone CIDE bio.docx

Also I would like to inform you that a second candidate, Dr. Brent Edwards, will
speak at 11:00-12:30 in 250 Wulling on February 3. Our third candidate, Dr. Francisco
Ramos, will speak Friday, February 6 from 1;15 to 2:45 also in 250 Wulling
I will provide more details about their backgrounds and visits soon.

Gerald Fry, Professor

Jan 26 Aida Hozic at MIRC

Mon, 2015-01-26 00:37

Time and Place for Aida Hozic at MIRC (And Lunch on Monday)
Minnesota International Relations Colloquium

Apologies for the oversight in the previous email, and thank you to those who pointed out. Aida Hozic's presentation will take place at 1.30 pm, in the Lippincott Room (Social Sciences), on Monday January 26th.

For those of you who might wish to speak further with her, there will also be a catered lunch in Lippincott from 12:00-1:00 on Monday.

The MIRC Team

HHH School info session on Mandela Washington Fellowship for young African leaders

Mon, 2015-01-26 00:34

Please Join Us For An Information Session!
Learn about the Mandela Washington Fellowship for young African leaders
and ways to be involved in June-July 2015.

When: Friday, January 30, 2015 @10:00am
Where: Andreas Theater, HHH110
Who: Merrie Benasutti, Program Director and Thor Hong, Program Assistant

Flyer is attached. All are welcome! Jan 2015 Info session flyer.pdf

Light refreshments will be provided.

Humphrey-OSCI Manila capstone team concludes overseas travel with interesting fieldwork experiences, community immersions

Mon, 2015-01-26 00:25

OSCI Manila capstone team member Iloila Tan is the blog author and handled team logistics, support and communications:

January 23, 2015

Humphrey-OSCI Manila capstone team members Randika De Mel, Angelica Getahun, Violeta Hernandez Espinosa, and Nate Haugen wrapped up their second and last week in the Philippines with stakeholder interviews as well as immersion visits to communities outside Metro Manila that are recipients of their client, OSCI-Ateneo University's, formation programs.

Angelica and Randi interviewed the Administrative Branch Director of the Philippine Overseas and Employment Agency, where Ateneo sophomore students involved in the university's NSTP program perform clerical tasks. They also conducted focus group discussions with nine senior students presently under Ateneo's PRAXIS program. Nate observed Ateneo student activities in a grade school (Batino Elementary School) and interviewed the university's Social Sciences faculty. Together, Angelica, Violeta, and Nate were also able to interview Ateneo alumni working in the Department of Education about their views on the university's service-learning programs.

Interestingly, Angelica and Randi got to experience a jeepney ride in the busy streets of Quezon City-jeepneys being the most common form of mass transport in the Philippines. Violeta and Angelica witnessed life in jail and visited the families of prisoners living nearby, for whom Ateneo senior students perform their service learning projects. Violeta was almost privileged to see the Pope who was visiting the Philippines at the same time that she was concluding her fieldwork-albeit only onscreen given the massive crowd that gathered to meet the Vatican Head of State.

The group also had more in-depth meetings with OSCI Director Leland Dela Cruz to discuss the capstone team's scope of work and memorandum of agreement, and separately, with OSCI's team leads to learn more about the formation programs. Finally, Nate and Violeta spent the last three days of their fieldwork in Barangay Aplaya, a rural fishing community in Sta. Rosa, Laguna (south of Metro Manila) and had the opportunity to observe and take part in the immersion activities performed by Ateneo students as part of their Theology class.

See more photos of team's fieldwork in their website:

HHH students--Judd Fellowship for summer internships & field experiences due Feb 10

Mon, 2015-01-26 00:18

Walter H. Judd International Graduate & Professional Fellowships

The GPS Alliance will offer 16 Judd Fellowships of $2,500 each to students enrolled in master's and professional degree programs to study, undertake internships, and conduct research projects abroad. New this year, two additional Judd Fellowships will be available for projects specific to Panama. Awards will be given in two categories: (1) Research and (2) Internship/Study.

Deadline: Noon, February 10, 2015
More Info:

Reminder for HHH students--Smaby Fellowship supports summer study in Norway, applications due Feb 1

Mon, 2015-01-26 00:15

Apply by Feb. 1, 2015 for the Philip C. Smaby Peace Fellowship.
Apply separately by Feb 1 to enroll in the Oslo International Summer School.

The Smaby family and the University of Minnesota Foundation have established a generous fellowship of $6000.00 for a student at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs to participate in a graduate course in Peace Research; Human Rights; Gender Equality in the Nordic Countries; Energy, Environment & Sustainable Development; International Community Health; A Changing Arctic; or International Development Studies at the University of Oslo International Summer School, from June 20 to July 31, 2015.

You can complete graduate credits towards your Humphrey degree while studying and living on the beautiful campus of the University of Oslo and participating in trips around the country. The International Summer School was started after World War II to promote international peace and development. For full information on the summer school and courses, go to

The Smaby Fellowship covers a generous portion of the summer school costs, though not all. Students should be prepared to pay some additional costs for personal expenses. The fellowship covers all program fees (including room and board) and up to $2035.00 of airfare or other related costs (note that course fees vary).

You must apply separately for the Smaby Peace Fellowship and to the International Summer School. Please see the attached instructions and scholarship application form. The deadline for both applications is February 1, 2015. Both first year and second (or more advanced) students are eligible, but you must NOT have graduated before the end of the summer school period (i.e., you must still have student status).

Complete the International Summer School application for self-financed applicants (as you will be completing the Smaby Fellowship application), and upload required documents at by Feb 1, 2015. Include a note in your Statement of Purpose indicating that you have applied for the Philip C. Smaby Peace Fellowship. You will be informed of the outcome of your Smaby Fellowship application within a week of the deadline. [Note: If you are not selected as the Smaby Fellowship recipient, you are still welcome to apply for the ISS with other sources of financing.]

Please see the attached instructions and forms for application to the Smaby Peace Fellowship. Smaby Fellowship application 2015.docx and Smaby Fellowship instructions 2015.docx

Questions? Please contact Sherry Gray at