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Inequality & Methods Workshop Series: This Week "Inequality of Opportunity in Child Health in the Arab World & Turkey"

Friday 11/2 ~ 12:15-1:30 ~ MPC Seminar Room ~ Willey Hall

This forum is an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to present ongoing research that deals with some aspect of inequality and/or that is methodological in character. Snacks will be served.

This week's Inequality & Methods Workshop presents:

Ragui Assaad (Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs)

Inequality of Opportunity in Child Health in the Arab World and Turkey

ABSTRACT: It is by now well established in the public health literature that health and nutrition in the first years of life are crucial to health and wellbeing later in life. In this paper, we examine the patterns of inequality of opportunity in health and nutrition outcomes, such as height-for-age and weight-for-height, for children under 5 years of age in selected Arab Countries and Turkey, using Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) data. Our objective is to decompose inequality into a portion that is due to inequality of opportunity and a portion that is due to other factors, such as random variations in health. Inequality of opportunity is defined as the inequality that is due to differences in circumstances, such as parental characteristics, household wealth, place of birth and gender. We measure inequality using decomposable general entropy measures, such as Theil's-L and Theil's-T indices. We use both parametric and non-parametric decomposition methods to determine the share of inequality of opportunity in total inequality. Results show that different levels and trends are evident across countries in both overall inequality and in the share of inequality of opportunity. Inequality of opportunity is shown to contribute substantially to the inequality of child health outcomes, but its share in total inequality varies significantly both across countries and within countries over time.

Future Weeks

Nov 9
Liying Luo (Graduate Student, Sociology)
A New Age-Period-Cohort Model: What It Is and Why It Works [Co-Sponsored by the Life Course Center ]

Nov 16
Marie DeRousse-Wu (Graduate Student, Sociology)
Assimilation and Exclusion: Work Status Outcomes for Immigrants to France at the Dawn of the Twenty-first Century

Nov 30
Sheela Kennedy (Research Associate, MPC)
Food Insecurity during Childhood: Understanding Persistence and Change Using Linked Current Population Survey Data [Co-Sponsored by the Life Course Center ] (w/ Cathy Fitch and Rob Warren)

Dec 7
J. Michael Oakes (Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Community Health)
Identification Problems in Health Disparities Research

Dec 14
Stefanie Lightner (Graduate Student, Sociology )
The Roles of Policy and Personality in Estimating the Heterogeneous Treatment Effects of College

Human Trafficking Symposium

November 9th, 5:30-8:15pm
Law Room 25

We would like to invite you all to the Human Trafficking
Symposium being hosted by the Human Rights Center and the School of Public
Health Program in Human Rights and Health on November 9. The Symposium will
include talks from the following Hubert Humphrey Fellows: Dr. Veerandra
Mishra, Viresh Kumar Bhawra, Philip Acosta Aguinaldo, Amarjargal Davjayev,
Zohir Navjuvonov, and Kirill Boychenko on the policing, legal, judicial,
and field approaches to the trafficking of people around the world.

"The Skyless City," Internationally Acclaimed Play Debuting in St. Paul

Iranian director Kiomars Moradi ( will soon make his U.S. debut in Minnesota with his internationally-acclaimed play, The Skyless City. The Skyless City tells the story of four women from different parts of the Middle East, who try to escape their lives and find a new journey.

Moradi has received international praise as well as censorship. While
premiering in Tehran in 2009, the play was censored by the Iranian
government for its content about trafficking women from the Middle East. At
France's Avignon OFF festival in 2010, *The Skyless City* was named "Best
Foreign Theater."

More info:

The Future of the Eurozone: The European Project at a Crossroads

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31 in 614 Social Sciences Building

The Center for Austrian Studies presents: Thomas Schnoell, Austrian Consul-General, Chicago on "The Future of the Eurozone: The European Project at a Crossroads."

China's Terracotta Warriors at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

October 28, 2012-January 20, 2013
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Target Galleries

Get a glimpse into the life and legacy of China's First Emperor. And see over 120 rare objects--including 8 terracotta tomb warriors and 2 horses--and other amazing artifacts from this extraordinary archaeological excavation.

A once-in-a-lifetime experience, this exhibition takes visitors on a journey from the birth and rise of the Qin Empire to the life and rule of the First Emperor, his quest for immortality, and his death, burial, and legacy. This is a rare opportunity to view treasures from one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of our time, drawn from more than 13 institutions in China, including the Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses, the Shaanxi Provincial Archaeological Institute, and the Shaanxi History Museum. A presentation of objects, including bronze ritual and jade artifacts, gold and silver ornaments, and palatial architectural components, illustrates the emergence of the Qin State more than 2,000 years ago.

The MIA was among the first museums outside China to feature some of these figures in a small display held in 1985. A quarter-century later, Chinese archaeologists are still toiling away around the burial mound of one of the most remarkable figures in the history of China, the First Emperor. Don't miss your chance to learn more about this extraordinarily influential man.

For more info, & to reserve tickets online, click here.

Reminder: MINN Annual International Potluck

Sunday, November 4th at Woodlake Nature Center, 5-7pm

It's time for MINN's Annual International Potluck! We'll toast the time change, Dia de los Muertos, Liberian Thanksgiving, and other global holidays.

Location: 6710 Lake Shore Drive
Richfield, MN 55423

Cost: $5 person; $10 family - Click to register

MINN will provide some main dishes (Mexican food), and we ask that you bring one of the following, based on the first letter of your last name:
A - H: a salad or side dish
I - Q: beverages
R - Z: dessert

Of course, if you have a recipe from another culture that you'd like to prepare and serve, that would be welcome too!

We'd love to know by Sunday, October 28th if you can make it - while we don't want to turn anyone away, having a headcount beforehand will help us know how much food to order. We also ask that you bring some plates and serving spoons, if possible - since we will be at a Nature Center, it would be great to conserve as much as we can!

This is a great event for families, students, young professionals, and anyone else who wants to learn more about MINN. We hope to see you there!
Read more about this event on our website by clicking here.

Prof. Zelizer's Guide to Finding Scholarships/Fellowships in Conflict Resolution & Related Fields

Top Resources for Finding Scholarships/Fellowships in Conflict Resolution and Related Fields

There are countless opportunities for individuals seeking to pursue academic study at all levels to obtain financial support from private foundations, directly from academic institutions and from various governmental and intergovernmental agencies. In addition, there are a number of fellowships that provide funding for independent research/internships/language study as part of (or after completing) an academic program. As part of developing increased field experience and opportunities, outside funding can be a wonderful opportunity to support work. It is not always easy to obtain a fellowship, as there can be significant competition for a limited number of fellowships. This guide is divided into four parts. The first is general suggestions how to obtain funding, the second is how to develop/write a successful funding application, the third is key funding/scholarship resources and the fourth is a list of key funding institutions.


Direct Funding from the University - A number of competitive universities at the BA (sometimes) MA (more often) level will offer partial (and occasionally full scholarships) directly to the most competitive students and especially at the Ph.D. level.
Outside Scholarships - See the resources on the this page for outside funding for academic (mostly graduate) study. There are many, many resources available to students depending on the location of study. The Ford International Fellowship is great (only open to citizens of certain countries), the Rotary World MA Peace Fellows (open to all, for study at six select universities. Applicants need to be over 25 and have at least a few years work experience in the peace/development field).

Government Agencies - Often select government agencies do provide funding opportunities. For example the US government provides Fulbright Scholarships and others. The German Government has the DAAD Agency. Check with the embassies of respective countries on their websites in your country or do some general searching.

Friends/Family/Local Businesses - Sometimes through a combination of creative support from friends/family and local business there may be a way to piece together funding. However, investing some time in energy in researching and applying for appropriate opportunities can be invaluable. Below are some suggestions for how to write a successful funding application and information on several leading fellowships and key organizations.



Carefully Read the Funding Requirements and Goals of the Fellowship - This may sound like common sense, but it is critical to carefully read over the details of any funding opportunities. What are the goals of the funder? What are the administrative details (deadline, citizenship restrictions, etc.)? Many people do not take the time to educate themselves and frame their applications using the appropriate language to meet the goals of the funders. Alternatively, they may miss key logistical details that can cause an application to be disqualified.

Frame Your Previous (and future) Experience as Part of a Coherent Narrative - One of the keys to writing a winning application is to demonstrate clearly how your previous academic and professional experience makes you qualified for a particular opportunity. Write a coherent narrative, demonstrating long-standing interest in a particular region, topic, explain how the fellowship will help you develop additional expertise and how this will be useful in the post-fellowship period in your career and for the larger society.

Search out Multiple Fellowship Opportunities - Applying for fellowships can be very competitive. If possible, apply for several different fellowships at the same time. Consider that for many competitions there can be between 5-20 applicants per fellowship. Thus if you can identify various opportunities that are of interest and apply for several this will help increase your chances of having at least one (or more successful applications).

Keep your Essays Focused, Clear and Logical - For most fellowship review processes, a single reviewer may read between 20-50 applications. Thus, it is important that in writing your essays that you provide clear, logical and easy to follow arguments. If it is a research fellowship, explain your research goals, questions, methods of research and intended outcomes. If it is a language fellowship, provide a clear plan of study and demonstrate your commitment to pursuing further language beyond this particular fellowship.

Proofread and Peer Review - One method that can help ensure a quality application is to have your professors and/or colleagues read through the application. Ask if your essays are compelling, to assist with grammatical editing, etc. Sometimes working in peer groups where you might share your initial ideas with colleagues can help in further refining and developing your proposal.

Learn from Rejection - Often applications may not be approved. You can take this a learning opportunity. Some donors will provide you with feedback about why you were not successful and perhaps encourage you to revise and resubmit in future years.

Start Early - Many fellowship applications are due eight-12 months in advance. Thus you need to start research and exploring opportunities with sufficient time.

What are other Suggestions? Please feel free to provide additional suggestions for writing successful scholarship applications?


There are many resources for finding scholarship opportunities and the list below provide some key suggestions.

Consult Your University - Often your academic advisors, study abroad offices and other university divisions can be a wonderful source of information about fellowship opportunities. Also when you're applying to academic institutions for study, inquire about specific funding that may be available if you're admitted.


The Peace and Collaborative Development Site There are hundreds of scholarship and fellowship opportunities posted on this site. You can find these opportunities in the forums on Fellowship Opportunities and also Research. A useful way to identify opportunities is to search by keywords such as fellowship, scholarship, graduate, Ph.D., "Call for Applications", etc.


The Alliance for Peacebuilding Member List - Listserv for Alliance for Peacebuilding Members that provides information on many scholarship opportunities around the world at all levels.

The Chronicle of Higher Education - Provides information some advanced (usually post-doc) fellowship opportunities.
Idealist, one of the leading nonprofit career sites has recently developed the Public Service Graduate Education Resource Center. This is a terrific site that has key information for individuals seeking to pursue graduate programs related to social change. The resources includes tips for how to select a program, how to write an effective application, application procedures, identifying funding and more.

H-HET - Website network that provides information on numerous fellowship opportunities related to academia.

American Political Science Association Funding Resources- - Maintains a wonderful list of fellowships and grants for undergraduate, graduate, post-doc and research opportunities.

Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Fellowship - Rotary Centers provide Rotary World Peace Fellows with the opportunity to pursue a master's degree in conflict resolution, peace studies, international relations, and related areas. Each year, up to 60 Rotary World Peace Fellowships are offered on a competitive basis at six Rotary Centers, which operate in partnership with seven leading universities. Applications need to be over 25 years of age and have several years experience.

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship - The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. The program sponsors academic year scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country.

Echoing Green's Fellowship Program - Echoing Green awards two-year fellowships to emerging social innovators. Annually, we award fellowships to individuals with innovative ideas for creating new models for tackling seemingly unsolvable social challenges. These fellowships offer them the opportunity to develop and test their ideas.

Ford International Fellowships - The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) was launched by the Ford Foundation in 2000 to provide opportunities for advanced study to exceptional individuals who will use this education to become leaders in their respective fields, furthering development in their own countries and greater economic and social justice worldwide. To ensure that Fellows are drawn from diverse backgrounds, IFP actively seeks candidates from social groups and communities that lack systematic access to higher education. IFP's New York-based secretariat collaborates closely with partner organizations in 22 countries and territories.

Fulbright Fellowships - Offers fellowship for US students and faculty to study and conduct research/teaching abroad and for international students and faculty to pursue opportunities in the US.

United States Institute of Peace Senior and Ph.D. Fellowships - The Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace awards Senior Fellowships to enable outstanding scholars, policymakers, journalists, and other professionals from around the world to conduct research at the U.S. Institute of Peace on important issues concerning international conflict and peace. Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowships (open to Ph.D. students studying in the US). These fellowships are intended to support the research and writing of doctoral dissertations addressing the sources and nature of international conflict and ways of preventing or ending conflict and sustaining peace.

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund (US) The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund provides grants to students actively working for peace and justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to those able to do academic work at the university level and who are part of the progressive movement on the campus and in the community.

The Herbert Scoville Jr.Peace Fellowship (US) The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship invites college graduates (Graduate Student or Ph.D./M.D./Other Professional) to apply for full-time, six to nine-month fellowships in Washington, District of Columbia. Outstanding individuals will be selected to work with nonprofit, public-interest organizations addressing peace and security issues.

National Security Education Program - The National Security Education Program (NSEP) provides a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students (undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate) to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central/Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East). NSEP was designed to provide Americans with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation in exchange for a commitment to seek work in the federal government.

Thomas Pickering Fellowship (Graduate and Undergraduate). The goal of the fellowship Graduate Fellowship program is to attract outstanding students who enroll in two-year master's degree programs in public policy, international affairs, public administration, or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages, who represent all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds and who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. The goal is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State.

Gates Cambridge FellowshipThe Gates Cambridge Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship established by the Gates Cambridge Trust in order to give students from around the world the opportunity to study at Cambridge in one of three programs: a second Bachelor's degree, one-year postgraduate course leading to a Master's degree, or research and work leading to a Ph.D. (scholars are funded for a period of 1 to 4 years). The Gates Cambridge Scholarship provides University tuition, a stipend for living expenses, and one return airfare.

Chevening Scholarships - are prestigious awards available to international students for post-graduate study in the United Kingdom. They are available in more than 130 countries and around 1000 new Chevening Scholarships are awarded globally each year. Chevening scholarships offer an ideal opportunity for young, high-flying graduates not only to study their chosen subject, but also to meet and network with their peers in the unique learning atmosphere that the UK provides. The ultimate objective is to build a network of friends of the UK, who will be future leaders in their countries.

Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace for Summer Language Study at Middlebury College - The Davis Fellowships are merit-based and intended for exceptionally qualified individuals with demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas: international, global, or area studies; international politics and economics; peace and security studies; and/or conflict resolution. Individuals in other fields, including working professionals, are also encouraged to apply if their field of expertise requires them to study one of the critical languages listed supported by the program which include Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, and Russian.

Reagan-Fascell Democrcy Fellows Program National Endowment for Democracy, enable democratic practitioners, scholars, and journalists from around the world to deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to promote democratic change. Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows maintain full-time residence at the International Forum for Democratic Studies, NED's research arm located in Washington, D.C.

Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme -aims at attracting the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their PhD programmes in Hong Kong's institutions.


Many of these institutions sponsor and/or administer a number of fellowship opportunities. Therefore spending some time on each organization's website to explore given opportunities can be invaluable.

Soros Foundation/Open Society Institute - Offers a number of fellowship and scholarship opportunities for students and professionals around the world. One new fellowship opportunity started in 2008 is the Open Society Fellowship

International Institute for Education - Offers a number of fellowships for students and non-students. Most notable include Fulbright Fellowships (which are often open to non-students), National Security Education Program for Undergraduates and Graduates (study abroad program), and many others. They also maintain a wonderful site on Scholarships for US and International Students, see

International Research & Exchanges Board - Offers several fellowship opportunities for graduate students and faculty to conduct field research abroad (short-term and long-term)

Social Science Research Council - SSRC fellowship and grant programs provide support and professional recognition to innovators within fields, and especially to younger researchers whose work and ideas will have longer-term impact on society and scholarship.

American Council of Learned Societies - CLS offers fellowships and grants in over one dozen programs, for research in the humanities and humanistic social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels.

AMIDEAST - Administers a number of private, institutional, and non-U.S. government scholarship programs for students and professionals from the Middle East and North Africa, most of which are for study at U.S. universities.

The Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Souther... (OSSREA) is a regional membership-based and donor-supported research and capacity-building organization whose mission is to promote dialogue and interaction between researchers and policy-makers in Eastern and Southern Africa with a view to enhancing the impact of research on policy-making and development planning. Its headquarters is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They offer several research fellowships each year.

The International Institute of Education maintains a useful directory of scholarships for study abroad, IIE Passport. This valuable funding resource allows you to search by country or subject to find the study abroad funding information that you need. Our comprehensive database of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, and grants can help make your dream of studying abroad a financial possibility and a profound reality.

Alfa Fellowship Program The Alfa Fellowship Program provides a new and exciting opportunity for young professionals from the US to live and work in Russia and to enable them to develop a genuine expertise through individualized professional assignments.

German Academic Exchange Council - DAAD offers a wide range of opportunities to students, scholars, for study and research in Germany

Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) - The NFP are demand-oriented fellowship programmes designed to promote institutional development. The NFP target group consists of mid-career professionals who are in employment. They offer MA, Ph.D. and short-course fellowships for applicants from select countries to study in the Netherlands.

Irish Department of Foreign Affairs Scholarships in Conflict Resolution (only open to EU Citizens) - This Scheme will offer opportunities for suitably qualified women and men to pursue one of the following post-graduate degrees at a recognised higher education institution in Ireland which include MA and Ph.D. Degrees at select institutions that are research based.

From the guru at Georgetown University: This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network,

Youth Event at UNAOC Forum (Vienna, Austria), ages 18-35

Call for applications: Youth Event at UNAOC Forum in Vienna
By Isabelle | Published: 19 September 2012
Apply now for the Youth Event at the UNAOC Forum in Vienna 2013!

Dear youth partners,

We have the pleasure to inform you that the 5th Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations will take place in Vienna, Austria, from February 26 to 28, 2013.

This forum will bring together a vast array of participants including youth, political and corporate leaders, civil society activists, representatives of faith communities, journalists, etc. to work together and agree on joint actions to improve relations across cultures and religions and build a lasting peace.

The Forum will explore how responsible leadership can make a difference in the following three major issues:
1) Addressing the universal right to religious freedom and promoting a new religious pluralism through education
2) Media pluralism and diversity of media content and their contribution to fostering public debate, democracy and awareness of diverse opinions;
3) Shaping a new narrative for migration, integration and mobility in the global economy.

Up to 150 youth (between 18 and 35 years old) from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds with outstanding track records in intercultural dialogue and youth work will be selected as participants of the Youth Event (February 26) and the 5th UNAOC Forum (February 27 and 28) in Vienna.

The Youth Event will be output-oriented and will focus on collective reflection rather than on presentations of individual projects implemented by youth organizations at the event. In addition, it will help youth establish contacts, actively exchange and explore how they can collaborate together, before and after the Forum. Youth will be invited to multiply the results of the Youth Event and the Forum after they return home.

Aiming to launch well in advance the discussions among the youth, during the period of December 2012 - February 2013, the organizers will invite all selected youth to participate in online consultations on the Forum's themes and start brainstorming on the elements of the Youth Recommendations to be prepared on February 26.

The draft program of the Youth Event and the 5th UNAOC Forum will be available on-line in November.

The Austrian government is offering some financial support to up to 150 youth representatives wishing to attend the UNAOC Forum in Vienna. Please see the Application_Guidelines for more details and eligibility criteria. If you meet the eligibility criteria, please complete the Application_Form.

The application deadline is 11:59 PM, New York time, Thursday November 1, 2012. Any application received after this time will not be considered. Send your application to
Should you have questions about the content of this message, please do not hesitate to contact us at viennayouth(at)

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

Evidence Project Internship Opportunity Spring 2012 - The National Security Archive (Wash DC)

Evidence Project Internship Opportunity - The National Security Archive

The National Security Archive* is seeking an intern to work on its Evidence Project for the Spring 2013 semester in Washington, DC. The internship entails researching and writing Freedom of Information Act requests, and gathering and analyzing documents to be used as evidence in human rights trials throughout Latin America, the United States, and in Spain.

Internship tasks may include:
• Research details of human rights cases in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Mexico.
• Assist research associate with preparing documents as evidence for human rights trials in the U.S., Latin America, and Spain
• Research and analyze documents for a Truth Commission in Mexico
• Attend and participate in meetings and events in the DC area (networking)
• Visit the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and/or other major research institutions to conduct research and obtain copies of documents according to project needs
• Analyze formerly "secret" and "top secret" documents
• Translate publications and documents (English/Spanish)
• Write blog postings for the Archive blog, "Unredacted" and/or
• Send Freedom of Information Act requests and appeal letters to U.S. agencies for the release of government records

• Minimal (if any) administrative tasks
• Meet other people working in the industry by attending meetings and events
• Your name published on-line when you write for the blog
• Easy-going and flexible working environment
• Tangible work products
• Access to recently declassified secret U.S. government documents
• Unique working experience
• Optional career and academic mentoring as a part of the internship
• Opportunity to combine personal research interests with internship research projects

• The candidate must demonstrate an informed interest in U.S. diplomatic relations in Latin America, as well as in human rights and justice
• Spanish proficiency in reading and writing is required
• Current college/graduate student or recent graduate
• Willing to take initiative and manage own time and schedule
• Extreme attention to detail
• A positive attitude
• Ability to multi-task while working independently or as a team member; flexible

We request that interns commit to working 16-20 hours a week; however the schedule can be flexible. If you are interested, send a resume and cover letter to Emily Willard at ewillard(at) by December 7th. This is rolling admission and the position will remain open until filled. Internships are unpaid, but academic credit or independent funding for work at the Archive is possible.

*The National Security Archive is a non-governmental research institute and library at George Washington University. The Archive collects and published declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

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

Internship, Next Generation Programme, West Africa Civil Society Institute (Accra, Ghana)

Next Generation Internship Programme

WACSI is currently accepting applications from graduates and young and middle level professionals within civil society who want to hone their professional skills through the Institute's Next Generation Internship Programme. This is a six to 12 months programmes which gives beneficiaries an opportunity to work within a professional and multicultural environment.

Since its inception in 2008, WACSI has graduated 17 interns who are currently serving exceptionally well in different positions in different CSOs in the region.

Deadline for application is Friday November 14, 2012. Applications should be sent to kadarkwa(at)

For more information, visit

To hear what our interns say about the programme, visit

West Africa Civil Society Institute

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) based in Accra, Ghana established by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa to enhance the capacity of civil society organizations in the Region in the areas of institutional building, organizational governance, training, and policy dialogue has introduced a six - twelve (6-12) months internship programme which commenced in January 2008. The internship programme is aimed at developing the next generation of African scholars and practitioners.
The internship programme primarily targets young West Africans at the start of their professional careers seeking work experience in WACSI's core areas of work. Where relevant, applicants from other regions of Africa will be considered.
The programme is aimed at building interns' capacity in the following areas: leadership skills, proposal and report writing, training and facilitation skills. Interns will also be exposed to research on HIV/AIDS, governance and human rights, peace and security, Africa's current development initiatives (NEPAD, APRM), regional trends (ECOWAS), and Gender issues.

The successful intern will be assigned to WACSI's Programmes Unit and will assist with capacity building, research and policy and advocacy projects. Other responsibilities may include:

Conduct desktop research on topical issues
Assist in gathering of information and writing meeting reports
Assist in seminar and workshop preparations
Assist in the development of training tools
Any other duties that may be assigned.

Relevant Skills:

Strong interest in civil society
Strong communication skills, both verbal and written (French and English)
Excellent interpersonal skills
Proficiency in Microsoft Office, and strong internet research skills
Willingness to learn with positive altitude and take initiative when appropriate
Ability to work effectively independently, with supervision, and in a multi-cultural environment
The ability to work as part of a team is necessary.

Interested applicants should send the following document in English and French

Application letter,
Comprehensive Curriculum Vitae
two references (one should be an academic reference); and
a letter of motivation expressing career goals, and how the internship will contribute to achieving those goals.

Please send application to Administrative Officer at kadarkwa(at)

Please Note:

Priority will be given to BILINGUAL applicants.
Preference will be given to applicants with a minimum of a first degree with background in Social Sciences, Public Policy, Law, Arts and Humanities and must be ready to work in a multi-cultural environment.
All documents must be sent in English and French
The deadline for submission of application is Friday November 14, 2012.
The period of internship is from January to June, 2013.

Successful applicant will spend a substantial part of his/her internship working at the WACSI secretariat in Accra, Ghana.
Only successful applicants will be contacted for phone interview.

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

Freeman seminar Nov 6: "Immigration & Labor Market Outcomes"

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

Nov 20 - Lalith Samarakoon on the European Financial Crisis
December 4 - Daniel Sokol on Chinese Merger Control

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

Professor Orn Bodvarsson, Interim Dean, School of Public Affairs St. Cloud State University will speak on: Immigration and Labor Market Outcomes

12:45 - 2:00 pm Tuesday, November 6
The Stassen Room (Room 170)
Humphrey School, West Bank Campus

A popular expectation about immigration's impact is that inflows of new immigrants will reduce native-born wages and rates of employment, which is also what the basic demand/supply model in economics would predict. Most studies show that immigration actually has a relatively benign effect on native-born labor market outcomes. In this talk, Professor Bodvarsson will provide some reasons for the discrepancy between what the theory would predict and what is revealed by the data. The discrepancy is due to both theory and empirical specifications not capturing all labor market adjustments, both short and long term, to immigration.

All are welcome! Refreshments will be served

New Job - Feed My Starving Children (Eagan, MN)

Feed My Starving Children has posted a new position in Eagan, MN. Team Leader - EA 2012.11.pdf
Quick Facts
Title: Team Leader
Schedule: Part-Time
Wage: $10/hour
Application Deadline: Apply by 11/5/12
To Apply: Read the directions at the bottom of the attachment.

Laura Kern, Human Resources Generalist
D: 763.267.6312 | F: 763.374.3889
Feeding God's Starving Children Hungry in Body and Spirit

Team Leader - Eagan, MN
Part-time Position
Oversee volunteer food-packaging groups of 10-90 youth and adult volunteers, ensuring quality packaging of
Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) food product and creating a positive volunteer experience.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
• Communicate the FMSC story, mission, and impact to volunteer groups.
• Orient and train volunteers on the process of packaging food product, including food safety and food
quality procedures.
• Solicit financial donations and support for other fundraising initiatives from volunteers/donors.
• Monitor packaging area, including proper packaging, weighing, sealing, and boxing of food product;
ensure adherence to FMSC safety and food quality policies and procedures.
• Lead a brief Christian prayer, inviting volunteers to pray over the packaged food.
• Oversee and delegate the clean-up of packaging area, preparation of food product containers, and
packaging materials for next volunteer group.
• Clean and maintain the site, including volunteer orientation and packing areas, restrooms, warehouse, etc.
• Perform transactions for merchandise sales and operate cash register.
• Complete production and volunteer reports after each packing shift.
• Secure the building after volunteers depart.
• Identify and report problems or concerns to the Site Supervisor or Operations Manager.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
Required Experience and Qualifications:
• Must be 18 years of age or older.
• Commitment to support, promote, and authentically communicate about FMSC's Christian mission.
• Positive, Christ-like, team-oriented attitude to be reflected amongst other staff and volunteers.
• Able to stand for long periods of time and use a variety of motor skills including pushing and pulling,
repeatedly lifting up to 50 pounds, bending, twisting, fine manual dexterity, etc.
• Strong interpersonal communication and large group presentation skills, including demonstrated public
speaking experience. Experience soliciting donations desired.
• Assertiveness and ability to coordinate and delegate.
• Flexibility, adaptability, and ability to troubleshoot.
• Ability to perform responsibly, follow directions, and use good judgment and discretion.
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Ability to respectfully communicate and work with diverse community groups varying in age, religion,
denomination, ethnicity, ability level, etc.
• Ability to operate a forklift and/or hand jack desired, but not required. Training will be provided.
Schedule & Details: Must be able to work 15-20+ hours per week.
• Required shifts are Wednesday evenings, Friday evenings, and every other Saturday evenings.
• Team Leaders are expected to occasionally sub for other Team Leaders. Occasional trainings and meetings
are also required; e.g. Team Leader meetings occur on a weeknight once per month.
• Wage is $10.00/hour.
• Team Leader reports to Site Supervisor.
To Apply: Download the application at Send the completed application
to hr(at) by Monday, November 5th, 2012. Please note "Team

Prof Nora Berend on "Violence as Identity: Christians and Muslims in Hungary in the Medieval and Early Modern Period"

Thursday, November 8, 2012 in Andersen Library at 3:30 p.m.

Please mark your calendars for the Center for Austrian Studies annual Robert A. Kann lecture.

We are very pleased to have Professor Nora Berend from Cambridge University as our speaker. She will give the lecture "Violence as Identity: Christians and Muslims in Hungary in the Medieval and Early Modern Period" in 120 Andersen Library at 3:30 p.m. A light reception will follow.

We hope you will join us!

MEIG Tea Time

Monday, Oct 29, 1:30 PM - 3 PM
Freeman Commons, Room 205, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Middle East Interest Group will be hosting a Tea Time next Monday!
This event is brought to you by GAPSA - we will have tea, sweets and
very tasty snacks!

We will have a list of hot topic issues and an open floor discussion!
Come and join our conversation.

Questions can be directed to Sahar Angadjivand (

Democracy and Human Rights in Post-Election Mexico

Monday, October 29, 4pm
Humphrey Forum, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Francisco Valdes Ugalde, Director General of Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO)

Joy Langston, Professor of Political Studies, Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas (CIDE)

After twelve years on the political sidelines, Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) has regained the federal presidency. What will Mexico's new leader do about the country's bloody narcotics war, which has killed over 60,000 people during the last six years? How will he respond to the security forces' chronic disrespect for human rights? How will he manage relations with Mexico's neighbours, including the USA? Most importantly, does the PRI's return to power spell the end of Mexico's experiment with democracy? Come and learn what the future holds for Mexico from two of the country's leading political experts.

Francisco Valdes Ugalde is a scholar on political reform in Mexico, where he serves on the Mexican Academy of Sciences and the editorial boards of several journals. Joy Langston is a leading expert on the Institutional Revolutionary Party. and which will shortly return to power. She has published widely on Mexican elections and politics.

Sponsored by the Stassen Chair for International Affairs, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the Department of Political Science, the Institute for Global Studies, the Mexican Consulate in St. Paul, and the Human Rights Program.

Center for Northeast Asian Studies Japan Internship, Seattle, Wa.

Kenneth B. and Anne H.H. Pyle Center for Northeast Asian Studies Japan Internship,
Seattle, Wa.
The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is seeking a Kenneth B. and Anne H.H. Pyle Center for Northeast Asian Studies Japan Intern to assist with Japan-related project activities, including administrative functions and research. This position reports to the Assistant Director for the Pyle Center for Northeast Asian Studies as a part-time (12-15 hours/week) intern.

Research & Information Gathering and Writing: providing research and information gathering assistance for project teams and partners, summarizing and presenting information and research results/outcomes, and performing other research and writing assignments
Database Administration: maintaining and updating databases
Event Planning: providing administrative support to conferences, workshops, presentations, and briefings as needed (draft agendas; assisting with travel, accommodation, and venue arrangements; and preparing materials, etc.)
Phone Support: answering incoming calls to the organization
Other: participating in and supporting other NBR activities as needed

Strong written and verbal communication skills in both Japanese and English
Proficiency in Microsoft Word & Excel
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Ability to handle multiple tasks efficiently
Strong attention to detail and interest in research, writing, and event planning
Interest and knowledge in health and aging are a plus

Application Process:

To apply, submit the following to NBR at

Application Form: PDF or MS Word
letter of interest
a brief writing sample on a topic related to your field of study
contact information of three references including name, title, affiliation, relationship to you, and phone number
Please email application materials to: Ms. Kailani Chin-Hidano, Director, Human Resources, This position will be open until filled; however, qualified applications received first will be given priority. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

2013-14 International Fellowships for US Scholars & Professionals

Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program (IARO)
Short Term Travel Grants Program (STG)

IREX is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2013-2014 Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program and Short Term Travel Grants Program.
These innovative and flexible programs offer U.S. scholars and professionals the opportunity to conduct policy-relevant research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Researchers are able to increase their understanding of current regional issues, develop and sustain international networks, and directly contribute to the formation of U.S. public policy by conducting research on topics vital to the academic and policymaking communities. Fellowships provide international airfare, a living/housing stipend, visa support, emergency evacuation insurance, logistical support and, in many countries, field office support.
The Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program (IARO) provides students, scholars and professionals with support to conduct policy-relevant field research in the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia.
·Eligibility: Master's students, pre-doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, and professionals with advanced degrees are eligible. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

·Information and online application: Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program (IARO)

·Deadline: November 14, 2012

·Examples of Recently-Funded Research Topics: Role of Social Media in Political Engagement, Peace Education in Post-Conflict Settings, Cultural Identity and Nation Building, Migration Studies

·Contact: By email at or by telephone at 202-628-8188

The Short-Term Travel Grants Program (STG) is a short-term, flexible program for postdoctoral scholars and professionals to conduct targeted, policy-relevant research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.
·Eligibility: Postdoctoral scholars and professionals with advanced degrees are eligible. Applicants must be US citizens.

·Information and online application: Short-Term Travel Grants Program (STG)

·Deadline: February 6, 2013

·Examples of Recently-Funded Research Topics: Regional Economic Development, Islamic Influence in Central Asia, Human and Civil Rights in Eastern Europe, Gender and Politics

·Contact: By email at or by telephone at 202-628-8188

OECD Young Professionals Programme 2013

The OECD Young Professionals Programme 2013 is now open for applications until 25 November 2012.

The OECD's mission - Better Policies for Better Lives - promotes policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. It provides a unique forum in which governments work together to share experiences on what drives economic, social and environmental change, seeking solutions to common problems.

The OECD Young Professionals Programme is designed to bring highly qualified and motivated entry-level professionals with diverse backgrounds into the Organisation to work on projects linked to the Strategic Orientations of the Secretary-General. At the end of the two year period, it is expected that the selected individuals will be able to compete for appointments to other positions within the Organisation.

Within this framework, the OECD seeks to recruit junior economists and policy analysts in positions across the Organisation. Details of the different assignments can be found at . Please read the descriptions carefully to identify the position(s) most closely aligned to your qualifications and experience before applying.

The OECD Young Professionals Programme is open to nationals of an OECD member country who are under 33 years of age on 31 December 2012.

Academic Background
• An advanced university degree in a subject of relevance to the selected assignment(s).
• A Ph.D. (or completion before end 2013) would be an advantage for certain assignments.

Professional Background
• Candidates with Master's degree(s) should have gained a minimum of two years' full time professional experience in related fields.
• International experience in research and analytical activities through studies, internships or one to two years professional activities would be an asset.
• Experience with economic statistics and modern econometric techniques (including time -series and panel data techniques) as well as with the development, use and estimation of applied economic models is a requirement for certain assignments.

• Knowledge of widely-used software and, for certain assignments, econometric packages (such as Eviews, SAS, STATA).

• An excellent command of one of the two official languages of the OECD (English and French) and working knowledge of, or willingness to learn, the other.
• Knowledge of other languages would be an asset.

The 17 positions are:
• permanent with a 2 year contract
• name of the hiring organization: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
• address of the hiring organization: 2 rue André-Pascal, 75016 Paris, France
• job title: OECD Young Professional
• location of job : Paris, France
• application procedures : To find the 17 different profiles we seek to recruit and to apply using our online application form, go to
• application deadline : 25 November 2012
• approximate start date : July 2013
• contact information:
• salary: approx 49.8 KEUR pa

Click here to learn more about the OECD.

Study Abroad Spring Program: Ecological Services and Biodiversity in Nepal's Community Forests

Location: Sauraha, Nepal
Term: Spring Semester
Eligible Students: U of M Students, Non U of M Students
Open to: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Graduate Students
Housing: Dormitory, Homestay
Language Prerequisite: No language prerequisite
Credit Type: Resident Credit
Program Sponsor: College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
This 16-credit spring semester program is located in the biodiverse and wildlife rich Terai region of Nepal and emphasizes hands-on experience with rural communities combined with coursework. Work closely with communities to measure and value the ecosystem services of community managed forest ecosystems while living adjacent to Chitwan National Park. Conduct natural resource assessments including large mammal (elephant, rhino and tiger) and forest resource inventories, and learn about sustainable development options that contribute to conservation efforts. Integrated coursework on wildlife diversity, forest management, sustainability, socio economic assessment, and Nepali language and culture will provide the background for a unique cross cultural, experiential learning experience.

Program Dates
January to May, 2013. The application deadline is December 1, 2012.

Students will take five courses* (see attached course syllabi) which will develop the skills to integrate biophysical, social and economic information in a framework of sustainable development as they work with local communities in problem solving exercises.

ESPM: Sustainable Community Based Natural Resource Management
FR: Community Forest Dynamics and Measurements
FW: Wildlife Diversity in the Lowlands of Nepal
CFAN: Nepali Culture and Rural Society
FW: An Ecosystem Service and Socio-economic Assessment of Community Forestry

Program Leaders
Dr. JL David Smith has been working in the field area on tiger conservation research for 30 years. Dr. Narayan Dhakal has worked on community conservation in Chitwan for more than 10 years in various capacities. Dr. Dean Current has 30 years experience working on natural resource based development and sustainability issues.

Chitwan National Park
River rafting

Housing & Meals
Students will be housed in dormitory facilities at the Biodiversity Conservation Center (BCC) adjacent to Chitwan National Park but may stay in homes on overnight trips as part of coursework. Students will stay 2 per room in a dormitory. All meals are provided as part of the course at the BCC. Meals will consist of local foods and a mixed continental breakfast, lunch and dinner. Restaurants and grocery stores are also located next to the BCC should students want to purchase meals or other supplies.

Estimated Program Fee
The estimated program fee is $11,216 and includes tuition, educational costs, housing, meals, and international health insurance. Students should budget separately for airfare, passport, visa/required documents/immunizations, texts/materials, housing/meals not included in the program fee, and essential daily living expenses. See the budget estimate for more information.

Financial Aid & Scholarships
Financial aid can be used to study abroad, and scholarships are available. Please visit the LAC scholarship page and CFANS ILG page for eligibility and applications.

Students who meet the following criteria are welcome to apply:
In good academic standing
Intercultural and international interests
Volunteer experience preferred but not required
For More Information

Contact Pedro Bidegaray, Director- CFANS International Programs, or Dean Current, Program Director- Center for Integrated Natural Resources, Department of Forest Resources.

2012 Award for Global Engagement Ceremony

Thursday, November 15, 2012 4:30-6:30 p.m. (ceremony at 5 p.m.)
West Wing, Campus Club 300 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis

Please join in honoring the 2012 recipients
of the University of Minnesota's
2012 Award for Global Engagement

Kevin Dostal Dauer
Coordinator of Residential Life
Housing and Residential Life

Paul Glewwe
Professor of Applied Economics
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

Michael Houston
Associate Dean and Ecolab-Pierson M. Grieve Chair in International Marketing
Global Institute, Carlson School of Management

The all-University Award for Global Engagement is given to faculty and staff members in recognition of outstanding contributions to global education and international programs at the University or in their field or discipline.

Please RSVP by Nov. 9 to 612-626-9123 or