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Search for Common Ground, MENA Internship - Summer (Possibly Fall) 2014 (Deadline May 1)

MENA Internship - Summer (Possibly Fall) 2014

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network


Job Description/Announcement

MENA Internship Summer (possibly fall) 2014
Based in Washington, DC
Apply by May 1, 2014

The Organization:

Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and a European office in Brussels, Belgium, SFCG's mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With a total of approximately 500 staff worldwide, SFCG implements projects in 33 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. The organization is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with a dedicated and enthusiastic staff who love their work. You will be joining a highly motivated staff with a good team spirit and there will be opportunities to grow in the role.

Summary of Position:

Search for Common Ground seeks a professional, motivated, and creative intern to join the Middle East - North Africa regional team. Based in Washington, DC, the intern will provide support to SFCG's offices and programs in MENA, including Morocco, Tunisia, Yemen, Lebanon, and Jerusalem. Duties of this internship will contribute to the development of programs for sustainable peace and conflict transformation in the MENA region, and will give interns an opportunity to practice high-level, professional skills.

Interns must be available to work at least 20-24 hours per week. This internship is unpaid. We are looking for an intern to begin around June 2014. Preference will be given to those who can continue part-time in the fall semester.


• Assisting with grant proposal development for country and regional programs.
• Researching contextual information to enhance program design.
• Editing reports from country offices for language and fluidity.
• Assisting with donor reports and other communications.
• Maintaining the MENA team's communications strategy, including compiling updates from country offices, revamping website content, and creating visibility pieces for social media.
• Collaborating with other departments to share MENA expertise.
• Provide front desk back-up support through greeting visitors, answering calls and receiving packages during the receptionist's lunch hour. (For this service you will remunerated if eligible to work in the US.)
• Planning travel and meeting logistics
• Performing other supportive duties as needed.

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position-holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

Required Qualifications:

• BA or MA (completed or in progress) in international relations, conflict resolution, Middle East studies, international development, or a related field.
• Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills in English.
• Computer proficiency.
• Interest in peacebuilding and conflict transformation.
• Familiarity with the MENA region.
• Ability to maintain professionalism, creativity, and enthusiasm while working in a fast-paced, multi-cultural environment with minimal supervision.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Prior international or cross-cultural experience.
• Ability to communicate in Arabic or French is appreciated, although not required.

Salary: This position is unpaid.

To Apply:
Application Deadline: May 1, 2014. Please send a resume, cover letter, and a writing sample (approximately 300-500 words) to In the cover letter, besides highlighting your qualifications, please include the dates you will be available, the number of hours per week you are able to commit, and your goal for how the internship. Please write "MENA Internship Summer 2014" in the subject line.

Job: REGIONAL ACTIVISM AND YOUTH COORDINATOR, Amnesty International, Johannesburg: Deadline May 4

Job: REGIONAL ACTIVISM AND YOUTH COORDINATOR, Amnesty International, Johannesburg

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network

Cross-posted from Amnesty International:


Closing Date:
4 May 2014
Campaigns and Communications
Working Hours:
For 50 years, we've been campaigning for human rights wherever justice, freedom and truth are denied. We've reshaped policies, challenged governments and taken corporations to task. In doing so, we've changed thousands of lives for the better. Join Amnesty at our new Secretariat office in Johannesburg and you will too.


In a brand new role in one of our newest offices, you'll have a huge opportunity to make a difference - both to activism in Amnesty International (AI) and to young people across Africa. Coordinating the development and delivery of activism and youth strategies, plans and projects, you'll inspire, empower and help mobilise a new generation of activists and ensure their active participation in a uniquely challenging human rights landscape. Part of that means running workshops to promote learning and grow campaigning skills. And we'll also look to you to provide support and advice to our national teams and expertly grow their capacity and activist structures. Doing that well means analysing current trends and sharing advanced mobilisation techniques with the global movement. All while keeping in mind our overarching strategies and doing everything in your power to deliver high-quality, activism and youth-focused solutions.


You'll be an experienced campaigner who understands the strategy, methodologies and tactics behind making an impact. You'll also have plenty of experience of activism and membership organisations - really knowing what it takes to mobilise people and adapt campaigns to audiences from different cultures and geographies. But in addition to being able to support others to develop skills to write inspirational, informative materials and use online and offline techniques to their best effect, you'll have a particular focus on youth work. So you'll know exactly how to mobilise and develop this vital resource and have experience of growing a vibrant and active youth constituency. This will be something you can do fluently in both French and English. Beyond that, you'll also be confident planning and managing multiple projects and show fine judgement when it comes to delivering training and communicating in a multicultural setting.


Our aim is simple: to bring the world closer to a place where human rights are enjoyed by all. Independent, international and influential, we campaign for justice, freedom and truth wherever they're denied. Already our network of over three million members and supporters is making a difference in 150 countries. And whether we're applying pressure through powerful research or direct lobbying, mass demonstrations, human rights education, or online campaigning, we're all inspired by hope for a better world. One where human rights are respected and protected by everyone, everywhere.


FINAL Regional Activism and Youth Coordinator - Johannesburg.pdf (1...


Job: Child Protection Coordinator - Response Team, Save the Children, International, Deadline April 25

Job: Child Protection Coordinator - Response Team, Save the Children, International

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network

Cross-posted from Save the Children:

Child Protection Coordinator - Response Team (French speaking) (0759)

Global Programmes
Emergency Response Personnel Team
Internationally Mobile
Contract Type:
Fixed Term Contract
£30.5k per annum plus benefits
Contract Duration:
24 months
Closing Date:
25 April 2014
About us

Save the Children's origins lie in emergency response, and this has remained central to our work ever since. Our approach integrates our emergency and development work, through the medium of our country programmes. With the increasing frequency and severity of emergencies world-wide the organisation is increasing its capacity to support programmes in both sudden onset and chronic emergency situations. Our Emergency Response Personnel (ERP) play a key part with Save the Children's humanitarian strategy. Members of the ERP scheme are active members of Save the Children's UK's humanitarian department, and contribute to organisational learning and help build organisation capacity to respond effectively to emergencies world-wide.

About the role

The ERP Child Protection Coordinator will generally be deployed as a field level coordinator in a medium or large scale emergency. Alternatively, they may be deployed as the lead adviser in a small emergency. On occasion they may also be asked to gap fill a field level coordinator role in a chronic humanitarian country programme. The overall aim of the ERP Child Protection Coordinator will be to assess, design and guide staff to initiate interventions to address violations of children's rights to protection from abuse, exploitation, violence and neglect.

About you

You will have significant experience of working overseas in humanitarian programmes in positions focussed on Child Protection. With this experience you can competently and independently identify the main gaps in child protection in a variety of humanitarian contexts to inform a holistic response for children. You will have previous experience of managing and team and project management and bring with you knowledge of established inter-agency standards and guidelines in child protection.

We would especially like to hear from French speakers as Save The Children's geographic coverage includes Francophone countries. Fluency in the language would be an advantage.


4. ERP Child Protection Coordinator.pdf (115.50 KB)

IAEA, Associate Communication Officer (P-2): Deadline May 22

Position and Grade: Associate Communication Officer (P-2)
Organizational Unit: Division of Programme Support and Coordination
Division of Programme Support and Coordination
Department of Technical Cooperation
Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Issue Date: 10 April 2014
Application Deadline: 22 May 2014
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed term, 3 years (subject to a probationary period of 1 year)
Organizational Setting
For more information click here

The Department of Technical Cooperation consists of the Office of the Deputy Director General, four regional Divisions (Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Latin America), the Division of Programme Support and Coordination and the Division of the Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT). It provides strategic direction for the IAEA's technical cooperation programme, and is responsible (in close collaboration with Member States) for the planning, formulation, implementation and monitoring of the programme, in line with the IAEA's Medium Term Strategy.

The Division of Programme Support and Coordination (TCPC) is responsible for the development, promotion and consistent application of strategies, policies, standards, tools and systems to support the TC programme. This includes quality assurance and enhanced results-based programme management, training and capacity development, expanded cooperation through existing and new partnerships and resource mobilization, efficient management of financial resources, data and information, as well as outreach and reporting.

Main purpose

Under the supervision of the TC Communication Adviser, the Associate Communication Officer supports the implementation of TC's internal and external communication strategies. Tasks include drafting and editing, support to the preparation of official documents, text and picture research, event organization and exhibition coordination, web story drafting, web videography and support to the development of the revamped TC website, stakeholder analysis, provision of communication-related support to TC staff and response to inquiries, among others.


The Associate Communication Officer is (1) a communicator, in constant contact with TC programme stakeholders in support of outreach and information sharing; (2) a writer/researcher, drawing together information from a variety of sources and shaping it into outreach products for a range of media, including audiovisual; and (3) an analyst and early adopter, monitoring communication trends and supporting the extension of TC outreach activities into these fields.


The Associate Communication Officer liaises with staff in the Department of Technical Cooperation, the technical Departments, the Office of Public Information and Communication (OPIC) and the Division of Conference and Document Services (MTCD) to facilitate TC communication across the IAEA and support in-house outreach partnerships.

The incumbent supports external partnerships through liaising with Member States, other UN organizations and the general public in order to participate in developing linkages with appropriate partners and to assist in presenting the work of the Department of Technical Cooperation and the IAEA technical cooperation programme to a wider audience.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Research, draft and edit texts for a range of outreach materials, including brochures, flyers, exhibition material, briefing notes, background press material, etc.
Draft stories and photo essays for the TC website, conduct and edit web video interviews and support the development of the revamped TC website.
Support the preparation of official documentation and presentations, in particular with regards to editing and consistency.
Provide support to the staff of Technical Cooperation in a range of communications areas, such as editing, picture research, advice on outreach activities, taking of event photographs, etc.
Assist in the organization of outreach events such as workshops, exhibitions and press conferences, and support internal communication.
Support the implementation of the TC internal and external communication strategies.
Conduct periodic online user satisfaction surveys.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Excellent research, drafting and editing skills.
Strong spoken and written communication skills.
Excellent computer skills, ability to film and edit web video material and take event photographs; experience in desktop layout and design desirable.
Ability to organize own work and to manage conflicting priorities.
Proven interpersonal skills: Ability to work in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
Some knowledge of nuclear issues, science and technology or development an asset.
Education, Experience and Language Skills

University degree in communications or related field.
Minimum of two years of relevant experience, ideally with some exposure to the international field.
Excellent Knowledge of written and spoken English essential. Knowledge of other IAEA official languages (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) an advantage.

The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $46 819 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $31 884*, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks' annual vacation, home leave, pension plan and health insurance.

How to apply to the IAEA

Complete an Online Application

* Subject to change without notice

Applications from qualified women and candidates from developing countries are encouraged

Applicants should be aware that IAEA staff members are international civil servants and may not accept instructions from any other authority. The IAEA is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. As part of the United Nations common system, the IAEA subscribes to the following core ethical standards (or values): Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for diversity. Staff members may be assigned to any location. The IAEA retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade or with a different contract type, or to make an appointment with a modified job description or for shorter duration than indicated above. Testing may be part of the recruitment process.

McKnight Fellowships to attend Salzburg Global Seminars

Draft SGS flyer 2014 v2.docxThe 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.

2014 List of Seminars is attached.

The full Salzburg Global Seminar 2014 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.

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 ifp(at) Humphrey School of Public Affairs' International Fellowship Programs, # 55, 301-19th Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

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

Contact: ifp(at) or visit:

Ap 23 Same Sun Happy Hour: Federalism without Political Decentralization: An Alternative Approach to Understand China's Growth

Same Sun flyer Apr 23-1.pdfThe final Same Sun Happy Hour of the semester will be this Wednesday, April
23 from 3:30-4:30 pm in the IFP lounge (HHH 55). Visiting Scholar Wang
will present on the impact of China's decentralization process on
its economic growth and some related problems. Professor Jerry Zhao will be
on hand to provide commentary and lead a discussion after the presentation.

Federalism without Political Decentralization:
An Alternative Approach to Understand China's Growth and Some Growing Pains
During the past decades, China has made a leap on fiscal federalism, but no significant step on political decentralization. Such "asymmetric decentralization" process has promoted China's economic prosperity, but given birth to some problems as well.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided!

Topic: Federalism without Political Decentralization: An Alternative
Approach to Understand China's Growth and Some Growing Pains
Date: Wednesday, April 23
Time: 3:30-4:30
Location: HHH Room 55 (International Fellowship Programs office)

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

Kiva Fellows Program now accepting applications: Deadline May 18th!

Job Description:
Kiva is the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website. Kiva's field partners, throughout the U.S. and in over 70 countries around the world, post thousands of loans to every month so that individual lenders can help fund entrepreneurs who have limited access to capital.

Kiva Fellows have a unique opportunity to witness the realities of microfinance firsthand byworking directly with Kiva field partners, or supporting Kiva's newest initiative (Kiva Zip), for a minimum of 16 weeks. The Kiva Fellowship is designed to increase Kiva's global impact, offer participants a unique insider experience into the microfinance industry, and provide a career opportunity of a lifetime. The position is volunteer-based, and all fellows receive a week of indepth training at Kiva's headquarters, plus ongoing access to Kiva's network of staff and former fellows.

Kiva Fellows are integral to the organization, serving as our eyes and ears on the ground and helping to extend limited resources to maximize impact. Fellows fulfill a core set of deliverables laid out in a personalized workplan that is defined by Kiva along with the host field partner or Kiva Zip team. Kiva aims to leverage the unique skill set of each fellow to accomplish key tasks that are crucial to the success of the partnership or initiative.

Core Responsibilities
Although no two fellowships are the same, core responsibilities may include the following:
Consulting/Capacity Building
• Train field partner staff on Kiva processes, policies and best practices
• Observe, learn and document the field partner's operations and its use of the Kiva
platform, making recommendations as appropriate
• Help identify new field partners or loan products that align with Kiva's mission and help
to further strategic goals
• Interview Kiva borrowers to assess loan impact, verify data, and gather information for
journal updates
• Provide updates and feedback through field reports
• Contribute regularly to the Kiva Fellows Blog
• Create content to help tell the story of Kiva's impact in the field and engage Kiva lenders
• Capture images and video footage to be used by Kiva's marketing team
Scale New Initiatives
• Identify and onboard new Kiva Zip trustees and borrowers
• Raise awareness about Kiva Zip through community outreach and public speaking
• Conduct field-based research and analyze findings
• Document best practices and learnings
Desired Skills/Experience
Successful Kiva Fellows tend to share certain skills and characteristics:
• Overseas experience, preferably in developing countries (not required for placements
within the United States)
• High degree of flexibility, self-motivation and problem solving abilities
• Ability to adapt to new cultures and be flexible in new, challenging environments
• Background in finance, consulting, international development, business/social
enterprise, social science, media production, marketing/communications, economic
development, urban studies
• Familiarity and comfort with various web applications and technology
• Dedication to working in the field
• High degree of self-motivation and ability to work independently
• Minimum 4-month commitment
• Ability and commitment to fund the experience
• Enthusiasm for Kiva!
Fluency or advanced communication ability in Arabic, French, Khmer, Mandarin, Mongolian, Pashto, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog/Cebuano, Turkish, Urdu, and Vietnamese are highly preferred or required for many positions. English-only speakers are encouraged to apply to our diverse Anglophone portfolio.

Where Fellows Serve
Kiva currently has active partnerships with over 200 field partners in over 70 countries, including the United States, while Kiva Zip currently operates in the United States and Kenya. Fellowship placements may occur at any of these locations, but availability is dependent upon partner need and the ability of a fellow to successfully complete assigned tasks. As such, individuals that express a high degree of geographic flexibility are more likely to be selected for a placement.

Additional Benefits
All individuals who successfully complete their fellowships are highly valued members of the Kiva family and will join the dynamic network of 500+ Kiva Fellow Alumni. The Kiva Fellows Program is extremely selective, and alumni of the program are becoming industry leaders around the world.

How to Apply
The deadline for the 25th Class of Kiva Fellows is May 18, 2014. Fellows must attend a oneweek training in San Francisco from September 8-12, 2014, and deploy into the field within two weeks of training.

We accept applications on our website. To apply, visit For more information on the application process, and to see information on upcoming application deadlines and training schedules visit our website,

Mercy Corps: Executive Director, National Committee on North Korea - US

Executive Director, National Committee on North Korea - US
Tracking Code
Job Description
This position is contingent on funding; funding is anticipated.

It will be helpful to review information at the following link before applying for this position:

The main goals of the National Committee on North Korea (NCNK) are to (1) reduce tensions and promote peace on the Korean Peninsula and (2) improve the well-being of the citizens of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). Facilitating and enhancing collaboration between the DPRK and the United States and seeking to build mutual trust between the peoples of the two nations, are integral to the work of the NCNK. The National Committee's long-term objective is to conduct mutually defined joint projects with the DPRK and other interested parties that address concrete problems through achievable steps. NCNK is a Mercy Corps program.

The Executive Director (ED) is the principal manager, coordinator, administrator, program officer and public liaison for the NCNK. The ED manages the internal flow of information between the general membership and the Steering Committee and among the Steering Committee, Mercy Corps, funders, and the media. S/he provides leadership in planning and implementing NCNK activities as well as fundraising and regularly communicates with various government offices, elected officials, think tanks, and the media.

Strategy and Vision
Identify potential funders, meet with funder program officers, and, with the assistance of the NCNK Program Officer, prepare funding proposals and reports.
Set NCNK's direction by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve objectives.
Ensure activities and projects are in-line with broader NCNK institutional goals, including consultation with the NCNK Steering Committee.

Program Management
Plan and convene two annual meetings of the general membership of the NCNK, one on the East Coast and one on the West Coast.
Convene signature NCNK events such as dinner-time discussions bringing together wide elements of the DC policy community that highlight North Korea experts.
Convene and facilitate gatherings of the DPRK security community to find common ground on approaches to North Korea.
Provide periodic briefings to targeted audiences in the U.S. government (Capitol Hill, Department of State, Department of Defense, NSC, etc.) to highlight the impact of and lessons learned from engagement with North Korea.
Promote exchanges, both from and to the DPRK, and facilitate involvement of DPRK nationals in NCNK-initiated activities as appropriate.
Support and advise organizations actively engaged in North Korea by convening meetings and discussions critical to engagement activities and providing assistance in framing issues, goals, initiatives and participants for their programming in North Korea.
Schedule and convene quarterly consultations with NCNK Steering Committee and assist working groups and members in developing and planning activities as appropriate.

Team and Membership Management
Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
Supervise, hire and orient new team members as necessary.
Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
Staff the Membership Committee, and monitor review of nominations and progress towards fulfilling the expanded membership goal.
Arrange quarterly meetings of the Steering Committee by teleconference as necessary.

Finance & Compliance Management
Ensure compliance with grant agreements and work with Finance to ensure accurate reporting according to grant requirements.

Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with colleague organizations government officials, and other stakeholders.
Direct timely and regular external communications with key audiences including the public, media, opinion leaders and Congress. Record and maintain institutional history including details about membership, activities, meetings, documents and projects.
Publish briefing papers on current issues related to the Korean Peninsula for distribution to targeted audiences in the U.S. government, think tanks, academic institutions, NGOs, and the public as funding allows.
Maintain communication with NCNK members related to current issues, events of interest and Committee business.
Oversee the Program Officer's development and maintenance of NCNK website and Twitter account to function as a clearinghouse for information on current events, Korea-related resources, and NCNK activities.

Organizational Learning: As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve - we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Accountability to Beneficiaries: Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Mercy Corps Vice President of Public Affairs
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: North Korea Program Director, Finance, Resource Development

Master's degree or equivalent experience in political or social science, management, or other relevant field.
At least 5 years of non-profit experience involving program management, program development, coalition building, team building, finance and administration, donor relations, and inter-agency and intra-agency communications.
At least 4 years and demonstrated knowledge and experience working on issues relevant to East Asian politics, regional issues, civil societies, in particular, the DPRK.
Ability to effectively represent the NCNK and its interests to a diverse range of local to national and international government officials, civil society organizations, international organizations, the media and the public.
Experience working with US policy-makers (Capitol Hill staff, gov officials, etc.)
Research skills for writing grant proposals and addressing government queries and media inquiries.
The following qualifications are desirable but not required.
Korean, Chinese or Japanese language ability
Ability to work in a culturally appropriate forum with North Koreans
Relationships with DPRK policy community.

The successful candidate will be self-directed and able to take initiative and prioritize. S/he will be diplomatically and politically astute and be able to confidently guide the organization and interpret and implement NCNK's mission with varied audiences and constituencies, while balancing varied interests and suggestions from the NCNK membership. S/he will be an excellent communicator, with proficiency and confidence in public speaking and clear, cogent writing.

The position is based in Washington D.C. requiring up to 10% travel, including domestic travel (New York, Portland, California) as well as occasional travel to South or North Korea and China.

Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

Job Location
Washington D.C., District of Columbia, United States
Position Type

April 22: Disaster Capitalism: Lessons from Haiti

I'm writing to tell you about an upcoming U of M event that relates to development and aid policy. The event features award-winning advocate and author Beverly Bell. She has decades of experience writing about and working with transnational social justice movements.

The event is entitled Disaster Capitalism: Lessons from Haiti. Her talk will draw on her deep knowledge of Haiti, but will shed light on globally relevant issues:
The (at times counter-productive) international response to disasters
Resistance and leadership from marginalized groups in Haiti, including women's groups and peasant farmers
How US foreign policy and economic goals overshadowed humanitarian priorities in Haiti
How NGOs can predominate aid delivery to the exclusion of local groups and government bodies
Her talk is Tuesday, April 22 at 4:30 PM in Blegen 155. There's more information about this and other appearances in this event announcement.

Global Citizens Netowork Events April 26th, 27th, and May 9!

All events take place at:
Global Citizens Network, 129 North 2nd Street #102, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Global Citizens Network (GCN) is excited to present these upcoming local
programming events to promote informed, cross-cultural dialogue surrounding important issues affecting our global community. These programs are a continuation of the Resource Center of the Americas and La Conexión
Upcoming Events Local Programs:

Saturday, April 26, 10:00am - 12:00 noon
Food Security in Peru - Student Travelers Share
Learnings and Reflections
Join us in a panel discussion on Food Security & Nutrition as Twin Cities based students speak about different aspects of the trip to Peru and share learnings about food security, nutrition and what they have done to bring their learnings back to their communities. The American Youth Leadership Program program was created thanks to a grant received by World Savvy from the State Department's Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. This amazing initiative afforded 16 high school students from Minnesota, New York and the Bay Area of San Francisco a once-in-a-life-time opportunity to experience Peru's rich culture, warm people, fascinating history and delicious food.

Sunday, April 27, 4:00 - 5:30pm
Family Travel with GCN: A Panel Discussion
Interested in participating in a GCN trip with your children or grandchildren? This family-friendly event will feature a panel of speakers who have traveled with children on GCN programs. Hear from Team Leaders, recent participants, and GCN staff about how to plan for family travel. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions for the panelists.

Friday, May 9, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Film Night: Soy Andina
The award-winning documentary about two New York women who journey to Peru to reconnect with roots and dance. Nelida returns to her Andean birthplace to host the the traditional fiesta patronal, while Cynthia embarks on a quest to know the real Peru and "unearth the mystery of the dances."
Film will be followed by a conversation with Mitch Teplitsky, Director/Producer.
$5 donation suggested. Free popcorn and drinks

For more information:


The Inaugural Session of the Academy of Public Service: A Workshop on the Ethics of Public Stewardship - May 29

The Caux Round Table is Delighted to Present

The Inaugural Session of the Academy of Public Service

A Workshop on the Ethics of Public Stewardship

9 am - 3 pm
Thursday, May 29th
University Club of St. Paul

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Beating at the heart of American democracy is the ethical proposition that "Public Office is a Public Trust." But what does this mean? Where did the idea come from? Is it still true? How can we tell a good public servant from an unworthy one?

I'm delighted to invite you to participate in the inaugural session of the Caux Round Table's ("CRT") Academy of Public Service, scheduled to take place at 9 am on Thursday, May 29th, at the University Club of St. Paul.

The Academy of Public Service is a new initiative to encourage and professionalize elected and appointed public officials at all levels, as well as those who aspire to elective or appointive office, to live up to the highest standards of stewardship responsibility.

The mission of the Academy is to promote good stewardship in office, thoughtful trusteeship and enlightened fiduciary practices using the CRT's Principles for Government as best practices. The commitment of the Academy is taken from George Washington's remarks to the delegates at the 1787 Constitutional Convention that "Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest may repair."

For some time now and to the great detriment of our state and country, a narrowness in serving the common good has dominated our politics, resulting in a system of government that is polarized, fractured and unable to effectively address even its most basic challenges. The Academy will train a new generation of responsible, public citizens around the tried and tested ideals of public service.

The Academy's workshop will present historic, intellectual and moral foundations for the ethics of public stewardship, including the Bible, John Locke, Adam Smith, Max Weber and the Federalist Papers, among others. Participants will receive reading materials and a copy of the CRT's handbook on its Principles for Government.

Prominent public officials who have endorsed the Academy to date include former Minnesota Governor and U.S. Congressman Al Quie; former U.S. Senator Dave Durenberger; former U.S. Congressman Jim Ramstad; former Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Joanne Benson; Secretary of State Mark Ritchie; State Senator John Marty; State Senator Roger Reinert; and former Duluth School Board member Mike Maxim.

Cost to attend is $50.00 per person and will include lunch.

A certificate of recognition will be given to all who complete the workshop.

Space is limited. For more information and/or to register, please contact Jed Ipsen, Associate Director of the Caux Round Table, at (651) 223-2863 or

The CRT is an international network of senior leaders from business, government, academia and non-profit institutions who work together to improve private enterprise and public governance around the world.

For more information, please visit:

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program Celebrates its 35th Year

During the weekend of April 25-27, 2014, the University of Minnesota's Law School and Humphrey School of Public Affairs will commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program with a series of public and private events.

The 2013-14 academic year marks the 35th anniversary of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, which was established in honor of the late senator and vice president and his lifelong commitment to human rights, international cooperation, and public service. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education, the program brings accomplished young and mid-career professionals from selected developing nations to the United States for a year of professional development, academic study, and cultural exchange at one of 17 participating American universities.

The kickoff event for the 35th anniversary weekend - which is free and open to the public - will be a special panel discussion event entitled, "Living the Legacy of Hubert H. Humphrey." The panels - which will take place from 10 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. at the Law School, on Friday, April 25 - will feature Humphrey Fellowship Program alumni who attended the University of Minnesota, Humphrey family members and former colleagues of Hubert Humphrey, as well as a prerecorded video message from former President Jimmy Carter, who made the official announcement of the creation of the Humphrey Fellowship program shortly after Humphrey's death in 1978.

This event will be live-streamed at

The University of Minnesota is unique among participating campuses as it hosts two distinct cohorts of Humphrey Fellows, one group that specializes in law and human rights (Law School) and another that focuses on public service and administration (Humphrey School). Each cohort typically consists of about a dozen Fellows.

To find out more about the Humphrey Fellowship Program at the University of Minnesota, visit (Humphrey School) or (Law School). To find out more about the Humphrey Fellowship Program overall, please visit

MINN Event: How to Mitigate Program Failure & Establish More Sustainable Programming

Wed, April 23, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Carlson School of Management,
19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN, United States (map)
Networking and light refreshments from 5:30 to 6:00 pm, followed by the panel discussion and a question and answer session from 6:00pm -7:30. The panel will take place in Minneapolis and panelists include Patrick Atkinson from the God's Child Project and Mustafa Omar from Shelter for Life International. For more information, click here.

Need for student volunteers for the World Savvy Festival

We are looking for volunteers to act as judges in the middle of May. Could you please forward this information on to education students and colleagues you believe would be interested?

World Savvy is an education non-profit that prepares the next generation of leaders to learn, work and thrive as responsible global citizens in the 21st century. The students in the World Savvy program have been working on a variety of projects throughout the year that explore complex global issues related to the theme of population and progress. This May students from across MN will be showcasing the great work they've created while highlight some of the world's most pressing issues.

Want to do some good this Spring? Come volunteer for the World Savvy Festival and engage with these impressive students!

When: Media and Arts Showcase on Friday, May 16th from 6:30pm-9:00pm
Challenge Competition on Saturday, May 17th from 9:30am-4:00pm
Where: Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis

While helpers are needed for both dates, the Challenge Competition on Saturday is in particular need of volunteers. For this day World Savvy depends on dedicated people like you to act as judges for student projects. This is a great way to meet some really motivated students and learn about some very inspiring projects.

If you're interested and available, please register to volunteer here A World Savvy Associate will reach out to you with more information depending on the day and role you'd like to volunteer for.

Thank you for your help,
Leah Wilkes

AFSA luncheon May 21: Ukraine: Europe, the US & Russia Collide

Invites you to a luncheon meeting with Richard Virden and William Davnie

Ukraine: Europe, the United States and Russia Collide

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 12 Noon - Luncheon
12:40-1:40 PM, Mr. Virden, 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
Richard Virden, of our AFSA-Upper Midwest Chapter, is a retired Senior Foreign Service Officer who served twice in Poland. He will discuss the rationale and circumstance of NATO enlargement as he experienced and reported it at the time, comparing that with the current discussion of Ukraine. William Davnie served in Moscow when the Soviet Union collapsed, and in Lithuania when it joined NATO. Both speakers look forward to a lively discussion with attendees following their remarks.


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 pogopen(at) 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.

MSTEP student Cowles awarded 2014 Smaby Peace Fellowship to study in Oslo

Erin R. Cowles, M.S. in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy Candidate, 2015, Humphrey School of Public Affairs has been awarded the Philip C. Smaby Peace Fellowship award to attend the University of Oslo's International Summer School (ISS).

Previous Smaby Peace Fellowship awardees are:

2013 Brendan Crosby and Tenzin Khando
2012 Harshada Karnik and Erik Sande
2011 Brandan Baumbach

Philip C. Smaby was proud of both his Norwegian immigrant heritage and his life-long commitment to building global business relationships that encouraged economic stability and supported a more peaceful world. A 1942 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Smaby wished to reflect these deeply held values in a gift to his alma mater to endow a graduate fellowship the Humphrey School of Public Affairs to inspire and engage students to pursue academic studies at the world-renowned University of Oslo International Summer School in the fields of world peace, social justice, conflict resolution and human rights. A biography of Mr. Smaby can be found at

Disaster Capitalism: Lessons from Haiti (Tues. April 22 4:30pm Blegen 155)

The event features award-winning advocate and author Beverly Bell. She has decades of experience writing about and working with transnational social justice movements.

The event is entitled Disaster Capitalism: Lessons from Haiti. Her talk will draw on her deep knowledge of Haiti, but will shed light on globally relevant issues:
The (at times counter-productive) international response to disasters

How US foreign policy and economic goals, particularly with respect to agriculture
exports, overshadowed humanitarian priorities in Haiti

How the UN and NGOs have violated the rights of Haitians and excluded Haitian organizations and the government from recovery planning
Grassroots resistance from women's and farmer's organizations, and the alternate development models promoted by these groups.

Her talk is Tuesday, April 22 at 4:30 PM in Blegen 155. There's more information about this and other appearances in this event announcement

sent by Tatyana Venegas-Swanson

Ap 23 at Carlson School: American Discords: Religious Tolerance & Pluralism at Home & Abroad

Wednesday, April 23, 12:00 - 1:15pm, 3M Auditorium, Carlson School of Management
Register now!

We are living through a period of extraordinary religious fervor around the globe. From the Middle East to Europe and America, we are witnessing a mesmerizing mix of crack downs on communities of faith tagged as threats alongside innovative steps to stretch long-established boundaries. William Antholis of the Brookings Institution draws on striking differences in tolerance and pluralism around the globe to comment on America's discords over faith and community. Krista Tippett, Host and Founder of On Being, will also participate in the conversation.

Tues Ap 22 China 100 event & Huntsman talk

Upcoming events at China Center to celebrate 100 years of UMN China engagement

"The China 100 Symposium: U, Minnesota and China Looking Forward to the Next Century" at McNamara Alumni Center (Twin Cities Campus) on April 22, 2014 will be a half-day conference to discuss the U and Minnesota's future collaboration with China. RSVP online:

The 13th annual Bob and Kim Griffin "Building U.S.-China Bridges Lecture" - welcomes former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman (洪博培) as the keynote speaker. President Eric Kaler will also give a congratulatory remark. RSVP online:

Christopher J. Johnstone, Ph.D.
Director of International Initiatives and Relations
College of Education and Human Development
University of Minnesota
104 Burton Hall
178 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Senior Research Associate
National Center on Educational Outcomes
207 Pattee Hall
150 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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MDP alum Ouedraogo selected for 2014-15 Princeton in Africa Fellowship

Congratulations to MDP alum Gilles Amadou Ouedraogo who was selected as Fellow for the Princeton in Africa program. He will start this summer doing program work for Lutheran World Federation in Burundi. (

Founded in 1999, Princeton in Africa develops young leaders committed to Africa's advancement by offering yearlong fellowship opportunities with a variety of organizations that work across the African continent.

Since our launch in 1999, we have had more than 300 Fellows in 34 countries. This year, 46 recent college graduates (from 30 colleges & universities) will be working with 25 organizations in 15 African countries.
Service for a Year

Princeton in Africa matches talented and passionate college graduates with our partners working across Africa for yearlong service projects. Our program is open to graduating seniors and young alumni from any accredited college or university in the U.S. Our Fellows have helped improve education, healthcare and living conditions, source fresh water, protect the environment, rebuild following conflict and disasters, and so much more.

This year's Fellows will be working in the following fields:

Advocacy & Civil Society
Agriculture & Nutrition
Education, ESL & Youth Capacity Building
Environment & Conservation
Humanitarian Aid
Income Generation & Social Entrepreneurship

We work closely with our partner organizations to select highly qualified and motivated graduating seniors and young alumni for our yearlong fellowships. Princeton in Africa creates an excellent opportunity for both partner organizations and Fellows, where organizations enjoy access to an exceptionally motivated and talented group of young people, and Fellows gain a unique experience in Africa that translates into a lifelong commitment to African affairs and service.
Commitment for a Lifetime

During their year of service, our Fellows create connections that last their lifetime. Some stay and continue to work in Africa, others leverage their experience to launch careers in international development. No matter where they go, our Fellows' experiences with Princeton in Africa transform their lives and perspectives about the world and their role within it.

Princeton in Africa is committed to offering opportunities on a need-blind basis. We are an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are affiliated with Princeton University, and grateful for donated office space and other support, but we are not funded directly by the University. We rely on the continued generosity of corporations, foundations, and individuals like you to make these fellowships possible. By supporting Princeton in Africa, you are not just impacting the life of one individual, but lives within our own communities and across the continent of Africa.