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UMN 2014 Sustainability Symposium, April 11

Graduate, professional, and undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota: Have you worked on a project, report, or research related to sustainability?

Share your work at the 2014 Sustainability Symposium on April 11 for a chance to win a Kindle Fire. This year's theme, "Tell us Your Sustainability Story," encourages you to communicate your story in terms relatable to the broader University community. At the Sustainability Symposium, you will have the chance to develop your communication skills by showing and articulating the importance of your work to a broad audience. The symposium is open to all undergraduate, graduate, professional and postdoctoral students. The symposium's sponsors hope to represent the diverse range of University colleges and majors through interdisciplinary participation. Submissions can be made in three categories: poster, lightening talk, or art/multi-media work. Complete information and instructions are available here; abstracts are due March 14, 2014.

Grant RFP: The Global Midwest (due March 7)

The UMN IAS is soliciting proposals for project development on The Global Midwest, funded by the Mellon Foundation. We will award $30,000 to seed projects that could develop into larger collaborative proposals which must include members from at least one other consortium institution (Indiana University, Michigan State University, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Penn State University, Purdue University; and the Universities of Chicago, Illinois-Champaign Urbana, Illinois-Chicago, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Notre Dame, and Wisconsin-Madison).

We are particularly interested in proposals that suggest bringing possible collaborators from other consortial institutions into conversation with faculty from the University of Minnesota. Funds will be available immediately once the awards are made; the intent is that funds should be spent in spring and summer 2014.

These funds are intended to support the development of collaborative proposals for two additional competitions, each with a pot of $750,000, in fall 2014 and fall 2015.

Complete information and instructions are available here; proposals are due Friday, March 7, 2014.

March IPID Talk - Smallholder Participation in Agric Value Chains

IPID Presents

March IPID Talk with Assistant Professor Marc Bellemare
Smallholder Participation in Agricultural Value Chains and Food Security

Date: Wednesday March 5, 2014
Time: 4 - 5pm
Location: St. Paul Campus Ruttan Hall 230

Food will be provided by Mim's
Free to attend, but please RSVP:
Eventbrite RSVP for 3/5 IPID Talk

Join us for our the first IPID talk of March. It may be a trek to the St. Paul Campus, but it will be worth it if you have any interest at all in agricultural economics.

Assistant Professor of Applied Economics Marc Bellemare will be speaking about "Smallholder Participation in Agricultural Value Chains and Food Security." Professor Bellemare has previously published work under this topic. For a primer, you can read a synopsis of his work before you go learn more at the talk by clicking the link below. See you Wednesday!

Does Particiation in Agricultural Value Chains Make Smallholders Better Off?

UMN 2014 Career Networking Event for grad students April 4

2014 Career Networking Event for graduate students, post-doctoral students and alumni will take place on April 4, 2014 at the McNamara Alumni Center. Meet representatives from industry, business, academia, government and non-profits - up to 80 companies and organizations are expected to attend.

Register for the March 16 HSK Proficiency Exam

The Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) is a standardized, international Chinese proficiency exam for non-native speakers. It is the only standardized exam of Chinese language proficiency recognized by the Chinese government and state universities.

Test results may be used to:
• determine eligibility for scholarship and study abroad opportunities
• boost resumes and qualify for certain positions
• be exempt from certain courses or earn credit at some universities

Explanations of exam levels and exam content can be found on our website.
For questions regarding the HSK online exam, please contact Dr. Qijie Li at qli(at) or 612-624-1963.

The oral examination component, the Hanyu Shuiping Kouyu Kaoshi (HSKK), will also be offered on March 16, 2014. The HSKK exam is independent of the HSK and requires additional registration and fees.
Exam registration must be completed through the Hanban website by Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

*Registration Note: The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota testing center is the only center listed completely in Chinese: 美国明尼苏达大学孔子学院(网考). We are currently only offering the web-based version of the HSK and HSKK, so please choose the testing site that specifies 网考 for the online test.

Please contact the Confucius Institute at confucius(at) or 612-625-5080 with any registration questions or concerns. For more information on the Confucius Institute scholarship opportunities and requirements, please visit the Hanban website.

HHH Prof. Fennelly offering PA 5451 Immigrant Health Issues, fall 2014

I'm sharing a quote from one of my students in PA 5451, Immigrant Health Issues, last year. If you know of grad students who have an interest in working with immigrants and refugees in education, policy, health or social services, please let them know about this fall semester, online class. I've been teaching it for 14 years, and have been gratified by the response.

"First, I'd just like to say THANK YOU for an excellent course. My interest in immigrant health has grown immensely throughout the semester. I have recognized the powerful global health work that can be done right here in the metro. In fact, January through August of 2014 I will be interning with WellShare International to work on Immigrant Health issues. I am thrilled for this opportunity and will definitely be referencing some of the resources used in this course."

A flyer is attached.IHI Flyer - CURRENT.pdf

Reconsidering Development Journal Call for Submissions (UMN student-run E-Journal)

My name is Joy Wang. I am a second year student at the University of Minnesota Law School and the Executive Director of Reconsidering Development Journal. Reconsidering Development is a student-run E-Journal based at the University of Minnesota. We are currently looking for submissions and are wondering whether you can help us circulate the message below to students and faculty who you think might be interested. Please do not hesitate to email me if you have any questions. We will greatly appreciate your help.

Reconsidering Development Call for Submissions
Reconsidering Development--an interdisciplinary E-journal based at the University of Minnesota--invites you to contribute to its Spring 2014 issue. The theme of our Spring issue is market-based approaches to international development. We seek submissions that explore the ways in which free market ideas and private sector initiatives are influencing development theory and practice. Public-private partnerships, entrepreneurship education, financial inclusion and microfinance, and market approaches to global health and agriculture are just a few examples such approaches. We especially encourage submissions that examine the creative use of market-based practices in development and explore both the potential and the limitations of such approaches.

The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2014.
Accepted submissions will be published in our Spring 2014 issue.
Submissions should be e-mailed to editor(at)
Visit for more information and submission guidelines.

Update on MPP alum Brandon Wu's work on Green Climate Fund

Humphrey alum Brandon Wu is one of two civil society "active observers" on the Board of the Green Climate Fund, which just had its first meeting of 2014 in Bali, Indonesia. The GCF is a new multilateral UN fund that may channel upwards of $100 billion per year, whose objective is to "promote the paradigm shift towards low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways" and is currently aiming to be capitalized in late 2014. In order to do this it needs to make a number of key decisions by its second meeting this year, scheduled for May in Songdo, Korea (where the GCF is headquartered).

Following are three news stories from Devex, Thomson Reuters and RTCC (an online publication focused on international climate policy) - which togethergive an overview of the outcomes of the Bali meeting and expectations looking forward to the May meeting.
GCF negotiators agree on 50:50 allocation spend
by Anna Valerio

If this year's first Green Climate Fund meeting is anything to go by, then GCF's future is still uncertain, as there remain several undefined areas that the fund has yet to address.

Held Feb. 19 to 21 in Bali, Indonesia, the meeting garnered pledges from two countries: 500,000 euros ($687,000) from Italy and $250,000 from Indonesia. While welcome -- Indonesia's commitment is particularly appreciated since developing countries are under no obligation to contribute to the GCF -- these are paltry sums compared with the $10 billion participants hoped donors would pledge at the meeting.

The recent Bali meeting also triggered doubts about whether the annual target of $100 billion in climate financing until 2020 -- the amount that the 2009 U.N. Climate Summit in Copenhagen decided was necessary to ease the impact of climate change on developing countries -- will remain a pipe dream.

The noncommittal GCF meeting held in Paris, France, last year left participants and observers wanting as it failed to decide on matters that are crucial to the operation of the fund and garner pledges from developed countries such as the United States, Japan and United Kingdom.

The Bali meeting raised the same fears. Investments in combating climate change, after all, have remained lukewarm. A report by the Overseas Development Institute, in collaboration with the Heinrich Böll Foundation, noted a 71 percent drop in multilateral climate financing pledges in 2013.

"We've seen a sharp decline in commitments coming through multilateral funds. We need to get the GCF to move from a good idea in theory to a game-changer in practice," Smita Nakhooda, lead climate finance analyst, said in the report.

More importantly, the Bali meeting again stirred anxieties about whether the GCF will even take off. According to Brandon Wu, senior policy analyst at ActionAid USA, several decisions have been pushed aside at the Bali meeting.

Wu noted that there were eight key areas that had to be decided on before the GCF could receive contributions from donor countries. These involved decisions on the following:

· The initial fund and secretariat structure.
· The fund's financial risk management and investment frameworks.
· Initial results areas.
· Procedures for accrediting national, regional and international implementing entities and intermediaries.
· Policies and procedures for the initial allocation of fund resources.
· The initial proposal approval process.
· The initial modalities and the Private Sector Facility.
· The terms of reference of the fund's Independent Evaluation Unit, the Independent Integrity Unit and the independent redress mechanism.

Two key decisions

Before the meeting, Michele de Nevers, a senior associate at the Center for Global Development, told Devex that GCF should adopt what U.S. President Barack Obama called in his 2012 State of the Union address the "all-of-the-above" approach to mitigation and adaptation.

The manner of allocation, which aims for a 50:50 balance between mitigation and adaptation activities, is one of the two key decisions made at the Bali meeting.

Mitigation, which involves reducing future emissions, has generally been a more attractive approach to the private sector. On the other hand, adaptation entails curbing climate change impacts that are already happening -- and requires a stronger commitment.

In 2012, Kiribati, a low-lying island nation in the Pacific, hit the headlines for mulling a move to Fiji's Vanua Levu island because of the threat of rising sea levels. The drastic plan, which would entail relocating the nation's more than 100,000 islanders, signaled a growing climate change challenge that urgently needs to be addressed.

The allocation decision made at the Bali meeting, which also guarantees that 50 percent of adaptation funding, or a quarter of the GCF's total resources, would be channeled toward vulnerable areas like Kiribati, along with other small island developing states, the African states and the least developed countries, is therefore a welcome development.

"While the language [of the decision] is weak, this is a step in the right direction, given that the vast majority of climate finance to date has been for mitigation and biased toward middle-income countries," Wu told Devex.

The other decision, however, leaves much to be desired. Participants sought to clarify eligibility requirements in the independent redress mechanism, which was designed to respond to complaints arising from GCF-funded activities. But the result turned out to be a restrictively worded decision where only people "directly affected" by GCF activities would be able to use the mechanism. This may have the unfortunate effect of alienating those who cannot otherwise prove the impact of GCF activities on their communities.

"Given this weak redress mechanism, it is even more imperative that the GCF ensure its multistakeholder consultation processes and environmental and social safeguards are extremely robust," Wu said.

Unresolved issues

There was also some uproar among nongovernmental organizations over the role of the private sector in funding the GCF. While support from private companies is indispensable, there remains some skepticism about the influence the sector will play in funding projects.

For instance, developed countries' private sector investments in climate projects tend to be self-contained. There is a preference for low-risk environments among investors, according to the Climate Policy Initiative's "The Global Landscape of Climate Finance 2013 Report."

Money flowing between developed countries largely comes from the private sector, while much of the money flowing from developed countries to developing ones is from the public sector.

"International climate finance, including the GCF, needs to be flexible and adaptable to catalyze, complement, and support domestic sources of finance," de Nevers said. "The GCF cannot be the tail wagging the dog."

Other important issues -- such as how funding will be determined and decided -- do not fall neatly into the eight key areas that the GCF board sought to address. At the core of these concerns is country ownership, which remains an unresolved issue. Wu believes that a comprehensive understanding of country ownership -- an area that concerns decisions on the no-objection procedure and the role of Nationally Designated Authorities -- is crucial to GCF's vision.

A decision on the no-objection procedure, which will enable a host country to decide on whether a project is consistent with its development priorities, was stalled at the Paris meeting. If a decision is made on this procedure at the next GCF meeting -- which will be held in Songdo, South Korea, from May 18 to 21 -- then it will be a step toward the much-touted multistakeholder engagement that NGOs are advocating.

The role of the NDAs, meanwhile, remains unclear in the overall structure of the GCF. A well-defined role for NDAs, however, will fit with the GCF ideal of country ownership and ensure that developing countries have a stake in the priorities and projects within its borders.

"We want to see the GCF use a country-driven approach that goes beyond government ownership and encompasses ownership of the full range of domestic stakeholders, especially affected communities. Decision-making around GCF activities should be driven by robust multistakeholder consultation processes, at all levels (project, program and strategic) and throughout the funding cycle," Wu said. "While previous board decisions and the GCF Governing Instrument pay lip service to multistakeholder engagement, the way in which this will be operationalized, and whether or not it will be a mandatory part of all funding cycles, is yet to be decided."

The GCF, de Nevers believes, can also be most effective "by building on existing national and international structures."

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Green Climate Fund aims to allocate half of money for adaptation
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:56 PM

Author: Megan Rowling

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The board of the fledgling U.N. Green Climate Fund, which is likely to handle billions of dollars in climate finance in the coming years, has decided to aim for an equal "50:50" balance between funding for climate change mitigation and adaptation "over time".

It will also aim to allocate no less than half the money it earmarks for adaptation for countries that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, including least developed countries, small island developing states and African nations, it said after a meeting in Bali, Indonesia, that ended on Friday.

"Decisions taken this week ensure that the Fund can help developing countries to cope with the devastating impacts of climate change and become more climate-resilient," the board's co-chair Jose Maria Sarte Salceda of the Philippines said in a statement.

"We need to put in place the essential requirements so that the developing world can access climate finance for scalable projects and investments, with a projected floor of 50 percent of initial adaptation allocations being reserved for the most vulnerable countries," added Salceda, parts of whose own country were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan last November.

The board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) said it had decided to manage access to resources "with a view to seeking geographical balance and a reasonable and fair allocation across a broad range of countries", while "maximising the scale and transformational impact" of its mitigation and adaptation activities.

Climate and development experts gave a cautious welcome to the decisions on the funding split. This became a major issue after only about a fifth of the more than $30 billion "fast start" climate aid provided between 2010 and 2012 was spent on adaptation activities to help protect people from extreme weather, longer-term climate shifts and sea-level rise.

"This is a step in the right direction - it's the first time we've seen an explicit reference to 50:50 in the texts of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change),"Brandon Wu, a senior policy analyst with ActionAid USA, told Thomson Reuters Foundation from Bali. But the language is "rather weak" and leaves "plenty of wriggle room" on the timing, added Wu, a designated civil society observer at the GCF board meetings.

The board also said it will "maximise engagement with the private sector, including through a significant allocation to the Private Sector Facility, in order to provide incentives that encourage a paradigm shift to low-carbon development". It did not say how large the allocation would be.

Aid and green groups have urged the GCF - with little success - to avoid giving the private sector too prominent a role, arguing that business is not interested in funding adaptation for the poorest and its involvement could lead to lack of transparency and a preference for credit rather than grants.

Some developing states are concerned that the enthusiasm of wealthy nations like the United States and Britain for bringing the private sector on board could enable them to dodge their obligations to provide climate finance from the public purse.

ActionAid's Wu said civil society groups are not necessarily opposed to the private sector working with the GCF, depending on how it is done. For example, if the main aim is to help small and medium-sized businesses in developing countries back a transformation to a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy, many NGOs would be supportive, he added.


Other decisions taken by the GCF in Bali were to define a gender action plan in October, with the aim of being "a leader on gender mainstreaming". The board also is requiring the secretariat to develop a work programme that will assist countries in preparing to receive GCF funding, it said.

A decision was also taken on setting up an independent ethics and integrity unit, including a redress mechanism for grievances to be dealt with.

The GCF is expected to channel a considerable proportion of the $100 billion in annual climate finance rich countries have promised to mobilise by 2020 to tackle climate change.

But it is not expected to garner large pledges of money from donor countries until it has settled on eight "essential requirements" for its initial resource mobilisation, which is unlikely to begin until September this year. Six of those have yet to be agreed.

Civil society observers at the meeting in Bali bemoaned the slow progress on these important operational decisions, most of which must now be addressed at the next board meeting from May 18-21 in South Korea, where the fund is headquartered.

Decisions have yet to be made on key issues such as how countries will access the fund, its social and environmental safeguards, how the private sector facility will engage with businesses in recipient countries, terms and conditions for grants and concessional loans, and how the fund will measure results.

"In May, the Board aims to take key decisions on the remaining essential requirements that will allow the Fund to receive, manage, programme and disburse funds," the GCF statement said.

But Wu and other observers say it now faces a hard task to get those decisions made in time to start asking for large-scale pledges by September, although these is considerable pressure for governments to come up with these at the U.N. Secretary-General's international climate summit on Sept. 23.

At the Bali meeting, Indonesia promised support of a quarter of a million dollars for the GCF. But a call from Indonesia's vice finance minister, Bambang Brodjonegoro, for other "more capable countries" to make additional pledges in Bali was heeded only by Italy, which said it would donate half a million euros.

As of the end of 2013, the fund had received just under $34 million, some of which will be used to help countries prepare to receive funding once bigger amounts roll in.

Wu said the key for development groups now is to know the details of how the GCF will operate, compared with other international climate financing mechanisms. "We have been pushing developed countries to put more money into climate finance, and for much of that to go through the GCF, but right now we're not sure if the GCF is better than what's already out there," he said.
Green Climate Fund to ring-fence 25% of cash for 'vulnerable' nations
Last updated on 21 February 2014, 4:04 pm

Meeting in Bali outlines how funds will be allocated, stressing importance of private sector in leveraging resources
By Ed King

Half of the UN-backed Green Climate Fund's financial support for climate adaptation is set to be directed towards small island states and other vulnerable regions.

At a meeting in Bali board members agreed to aim for a "50:50 balance between mitigation and adaptation over time", additionally guaranteeing that at least 50% of the adaptation funding allocation would be diverted to high risk areas.

This means around a quarter of the GCF's total resources at any one time will be directed towards Pacific Islands, African States and members of the Least Development Countries group which are battling rising sea levels and extreme weather events.

The question over how much 'ownership' individual countries will have over money they are given remains unresolved, and will be dealt with at a meeting in May.

The Fund is due to launch later this year, and is a major part of plans agreed at the UN to channel around $100 billion a year to clean energy and climate resilience projects in the developing world.

This week Italy announced it would contribute €500,000 to the GCF, bringing the total pledged to the fund this week up to around $935,000.

Blurred lines

In a move that provoked anger among many NGOs the board said it wants to "maximise engagement with the private sector", through a "significant allocation" to the Private Sector Fund.

ActionAid's Brandon Wu, who was following discussions in Bali, told RTCC the "jury is still out" on whether the GCF will be a success.

"Only two of the eight decisions that the Board is supposed to make before the GCF is capitalized were taken here," he said.

"We welcome the decision on allocation, which - while not perfect - does aim for a 50/50 balance of adaptation and mitigation funding and a 50% floor for adaptation funding going to vulnerable countries."

He added: "Other key aspects of the GCF remain troublingly undefined, including what its social and environmental safeguards will look like, how its private sector facility will engage with private sector actors in recipient countries, how it will measure results, and - most importantly - how much money developed countries will contribute, and when."

Oscar Reyes, an Associate Fellow at the Washington DC-based Institute for Policy Studies described progress as "grindingly slow."

"Most of what was scheduled for decision in Bali has been postponed. Given the inability to decide on matters of substance, the chances of significant breakthroughs at the next Board meeting in May look extremely slim," he said.

Brandon Wu | Senior Policy Analyst | ActionAid USA

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The Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series Featuring Condoleezza Rice: April 17

The Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series Featuring Condoleezza Rice

The Humphrey School is hosting Condoleezza Rice as the 2014 Distinguished Carlson Lecturer. Widely considered to be one of the most influential figures in international public life, Condoleezza Rice will share her perspectives on the progress achieved and challenges ahead in efforts to promote civil rights for all Americans. Tickets for the event became available yesterday and sold out within twelve hours. We hope that those within the Humphrey School community interested in seeing Dr. Rice had the opportunity to obtain a ticket. The event is Thursday, April 17, at Northrop Memorial Auditorium and made possible by a gift from Carlson and the Carlson Family Foundation. Click here to read more.

Local government consultant

Local government consultant

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network

Chemonics seeks a local government consultant for the USAID/Office of Transition Initiatives-funded Libya Transition Initiative (LTI). LTI supports the transition from the Qadhafi regime to a free and democratic Libya by assisting civil society and the interim government and by strengthening local and independent media outlets. The local government consultant will identify blockages in implementation of Libya's local governance system and provide high-level strategic advice to key local and international stakeholders on how to advance local governance and decentralization. This assignment is expected to have a duration of six months and may require travel outside of Tripoli. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:
Assess current state of the local governance sector in Libya by reviewing implementation of the local government law, analyzing the key actors and processes, and identifying critical blockages and priority interventions
Provide high-level strategic guidance and technical assistance to relevant government ministries to help them to devise policies, regulations, decrees, administrative orders, or other law reforms to enhance implementation of the local government law, strengthen local governance institutions, and boost local service delivery
Assist and advise international donors in ensuring that their support is effectively coordinated, closely calibrated to local needs, and strategically aligned with government priorities and plans
Identify training and capacity building needs and, as appropriate, help to design, deliver, or facilitate training interventions or capacity-building strategies on various aspects of local governance and decentralization
Advanced university degree in public administration, public policy, development, or related field required; Ph.D. preferred
Minimum 10 years of progressively responsible professional experience in local governance, decentralization, or public administration required
Experience in political transition environments
Success in building relationships and providing high-level strategic support to national-level government counterparts
Basic knowledge of Libya preferred
Proven ability to be flexible and creative in a dynamic environment
Ability to communicate effectively with senior officials on key decisions
Ability to travel around Libya required
Arabic language proficiency preferred

Application Instructions:

Send electronic submissions to by March 3, 2014. Please include the name of the position in the subject line. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.

In addition, please download and complete Chemonics' equal employment opportunity self-identification form and submit it separately to with only "LTI - Local Government Consultant" in the subject line. If you prefer not to disclose your sex, race, or ethnicity, you may check "I do not wish to complete the information requested." Thank you for completing the form and supporting our equal employment opportunity reporting requirements.

Chemonics is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

Apply Here

Zahi Khouri Fellowship Program - Summer 2014: Deadline March 13!

Zahi Khouri Fellowship Program - Summer 2014

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network

About the Zahi Khouri Fellowship Program

The Zahi Khouri Fellowship (ZKF) program provides Palestinian American students and graduates professional development experience in Palestine in the fields of education, youth/female empowerment and economic development. Based at Tomorrow's Youth Organization (TYO), an American non-profit based in Nablus, Fellows will have the unique opportunity to work with a leading institution in community development and the opportunity to discover and explore their roots.


The Zahi Khouri Fellowship enables talented and motivated individuals, with limited exposure to Palestine, to contribute to and learn from the next generation of Palestinians living in the most underprivileged areas of Nablus. The efforts of ZKF recipients, managed by Tomorrow's Youth Organization, offer important benefits to the community, including:

- educational programming for children and women that help participants develop tangible skills for life and work, while also becoming healthier, more self-confident, and hopeful about fulfilling their own potential.
- person-to-person contact across divides of age, socio-economic status, religion, gender, and culture. TYO 
programs break down barriers between children and families from different neighborhoods (including refugee camps) and economic classes. ZKF recipients' participation in these programs is particularly powerful because of their deep personal ties to the community.
- essential skills such as creativity, constructive communication, identity building, and problem solving that will help the participants become catalysts and leaders for a peaceful and prosperous future in the Middle East.

This Fellowship has been established and generously funded by Mr. Zahi Khouri. Mr Khouri is a prominent business and civic leader in Palestine, the US, and beyond. He is currently the CEO of the National Beverage Company, sole distributors of Coca Cola, and Chairman of Partners for a New Beginning Palestine, established by the Aspen Institute.

Primary Requirements

The ZKF is tailored for individuals with limited or no travel to Palestine;
Native English speaker (Applicants who are not native English speakers will not be considered);
-Proven ability to work independently as well as perform as a member of a team;
-Commitment to TYO's non-political, non-religious approach; and
-Creativity and positive energy for making a difference.
-Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
-Maturity, flexibility, initiative, perseverance and a good sense of humor given the
challenging nature of daily life in Nablus;

Compensation and Benefits

Fellowship covers:

-roundtrip airfare from fellows' US city of residence,
-housing (room & board) at TYO's expansive facility in Nablus,
-mentoring sessions with Mr. Khouri,
-multiple educational trips throughout the West Bank with other fellows and interns.

Application Deadline: March 13, 2014

Number of Fellowships awarded: 1-2

Period of Residence: one to three months (May-August 2014 dates are subject to change).

Interested candidates should send:

-A detailed cover letter demonstrating qualifications and interest
to no later than March 13, 2014.

Please note that this fellowship is open to Palestinian Americans ONLY. If this does not apply to you, your application will not be considered.

Short-listed candidates will be contacted for a Skype video interview on a rolling basis.

Program and Arrival Dates are approximate and subject to change.

Fellowship, Bankers without Borders Grameen Foundation Fellowship: Deadline March 15!

Fellowship, Bankers without Borders Grameen Foundation Fellowship

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network

Bankers without Borders has created a proven and effective pipeline for matching organizational needs with the right volunteers - those that have the appropriate skills and qualifications to add value to the organization - and preparing both the volunteers and organizations to work together with limited resources in a targeted, meaningful way. In this way, Bankers without Borders is helping accelerate the work of the pro-poor social enterprises it works with - including Grameen Foundation - while also fostering the engagement of civil society in global poverty alleviation.

The Grameen Foundation Fellowship leverages the Bankers without Borders model to provide unique 12-month placement opportunities for talented business and technology professionals seeking in-depth, hands-on field experience in the social sector. All fellows receive monthly stipends, group orientation, and ongoing professional development training.

Apply to be a 2014 Grameen Foundation Fellow.

Deadline is March 15, 2014

For more info see

Job: Coordinator, Editorial Activities, ICNC, Washington, DC

Job: Coordinator, Editorial Activities, ICNC, Washington, DC

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network

The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict(ICNC) is an independent, non-profit, educational foundation that develops and encourages the study and use of civilian-based, nonviolent strategies to establish and defend human rights, democracy and justice worldwide. For more information:

Location: Washington, DC
Anticipated start date: During March 2014
Application instructions: Email CV and cover letter to


This staff person will have the responsibility to coordinate, and as necessary, manage, the substantive editorial work of the Center, as expressed through the books, articles, web features, news releases, and other externally circulated information about and on behalf of ICNC. This staff member will also be a key person administratively supporting the work of content providers who work with ICNC. Primary responsibilities and duties include but are not limited to:

Editorial Activities:

Oversee the managing, editing, and publication of ICNC's twice-weekly News Digest
Manage ICNC's relationships with its primary publisher, book authors, and outside advisors and contractors who write and attend conferences in coordination with ICNC.
Perform research and undertake writing as requested by ICNC's president and vice president.
Attend events, discussions, and panels in Washington and elsewhere, take and distribute notes to ICNC staff
Event Planning and Information Distribution

Assist in organizing conferences and events in the U.S. and abroad, in concert with other staff.
Assist in obtaining maximum editorial and public value from ICNC's educational activities.
Manage the process of distributing ICNC editorial and educational materials and resources to users and events nationally and internationally, with the assistance of interns.
Administration and Accounting:

Assist the President and senior staff as necessary
Coordinate and manage contracts, payments and reimbursements of outside editorial contractors
Manage and maintain inventory and in-house stocks of all ICNC materials
Assist in responding to general inquiries and requests

Bachelor's degree, in the field(s) of international relations, political science, sociology, peace and conflict studies, or human rights.
Previous experience working for an international or public affairs nonprofit, institution, university or research organization.
English language fluency, both written and spoken
Good writing ability and good copy editing skills
Must have permission to work in the U.S. and be located in (or able to relocate to) the D.C. area
Candidate must possess excellent organizational and administrative skills and high attention to detail and be skilled at prioritizing and managing multiple tasks
Experience with event planning and organizing program logistics preferred
Proficiency with MS Office Suite, especially Word, Excel, and Outlook

Resident Research Positions (for recent grads, doctoral students and post-docs), Kettering Foundation (focus on challenges of democratic governance): Review begins March 15!

Resident Research Positions (for recent grads, doctoral students and post-docs), Kettering Foundation (focus on challenges of democratic governance)

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network

Resident Research Positions

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As a research organization the Kettering Foundation relies upon a team of resident researchers to contribute to its programs. The research group includes full-time positions open to recent recipients of bachelors or masters degrees. The position includes residency at the Dayton, Ohio campus for one academic year (usually July - July). The primary responsibility is to provide focused reviews of relevant scholarly and professional literature. Residents work individually and within a 4-6 member research group. We seek candidates whose interests are complementary to the foundation's interdisciplinary research into the challenges of democratic governance.

The successful candidate will be able to:

communicate and write effectively,
read and write across disciplines and recognize interdisciplinary connections among research questions
understand and translate technical concepts into reports coherent to non-specialists
work independently and with others in research teams
spend one academic year in residence at the foundation's Dayton, Ohio, office
Compensation and Provisions

Resident researchers receive excellent full-time compensation and benefits, including medical insurance. The foundation provides office space; use of a computer; and access to the Internet, an internal library, electronic journal subscriptions and other research resources. Residents are reimbursed for ordinary costs associated with a temporary relocation to Dayton.

Important Dates: We will begin reviewing applications March 15.


Graduate Resident Research Positions

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As a research organization the Kettering Foundation relies upon a team of resident researchers to contribute to its programs. The research group includes positions open to doctoral candidates and recent post-docs. The position includes residency at the Dayton, Ohio campus for one academic year (usually July - July).

Researchers provide focused reviews of relevant scholarly and professional literature, work on individualized projects, and participate in research sessions with people and organizations attempting to strengthen democracy around the world.

Residents work individually and within a 4-6 member research group. The position is considered full-time with the expectation that the researcher will have the flexibility to complete the dissertation and maintain an active individual research agenda. We seek candidates whose interests are complementary to the foundation's interdisciplinary research into the challenges of democratic governance. The successful candidate will have strong communication and writing skills, especially the ability to understand and translate technical ideas and language into reports coherent to non-specialists.

Eligibility Requirements

The foundation seeks diversity in research, personal, and geographic backgrounds. Previous residents have come from departments of history, education, philosophy, journalism, public administration and the social sciences. Candidate requirements include:

doctoral candidate close to finishing the dissertation (or post-doc) whose research interests include elements of democratic theory and practice;
course work completed and dissertation proposal has been accepted by the candidate's department;able to spend one academic year in residence at the foundation's Dayton, Ohio, office;
able to articulate research interests/findings in nontechnical language;
able to read and write across disciplines and recognize interdisciplinary connections among research questions; and
able to work independently and with others in research teams.
Compensation and Provisions

Resident researchers receive excellent full-time compensation and benefits, including medical insurance. The foundation also provides office space; use of a computer; and access to the Internet, an internal library, electronic journal subscriptions, the foundation's network, and other research resources. Residents are also reimbursed for ordinary costs associated with a temporary relocation to Dayton.

Important Dates: We will begin reviewing applications March 15.

Vacancy at International Alert - Research consultant - Syria: Deadline March 9!

Vacancy at International Alert - Research consultant - Syria

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network

International Alert is requesting 'Expressions of Interest' from qualified and experienced Syria specialists for a three month research assignment, beginning April 1st 2014. We are looking for someone with an excellent understanding of the Syrian context, and knowledge of the evolving composition of civil society inside and outside of Syria and their capacities to affect peace and stability. In particular, we are looking for someone with advanced research expertise and experience of using research to develop programming ideas.

Educated to post-graduate degree level in a relevant subject, you will have proven experience working as an independent consultant with the ability to deliver high quality results within agreed timeframes. Fluency in English is essential. Fluency in Arabic is highly desirable.

The consultancy will be Europe-based, primarily in the UK with some travel within the EU.

If you wish to be considered for this position, please send an 'Expression of Interest' indicating your current rate and details of your referees, along with an up to date CV to

Closing date: 9th March 2014 (5pm UK Time).

While International Alert will endeavour to acknowledge all submissions within a reasonable time, this may not always be possible due to limited resources. International Alert is an equal opportunities employer. All submissions will be judged strictly on the basis of merit.

Apply today for scholarships to attend one of IPSI's summer Symposiums!

Apply today for scholarships to attend one of IPSI's summer Symposiums!

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network


Learn tangible professional skills from the world's most effective conflict management practitioners. Bridge the gap between theory and practice. Boost your career in the conflict resolution or international justice field.

IPSI is accepting scholarship applications from qualified participants for our summer Symposiums in Bologna, Italy and The Hague, The Netherlands. Limited partial scholarships are available for participants who meet scholarship criteria.

Worried about time? Applying online only takes 30 minutes!

Bologna, Italy Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Resolution, & Reconciliation

When: July 5 - August 2, 2014

Where: Johns Hopkins University SAIS Bologna Center

What: Direct training by world leaders in
international negotiation, mediation, facilitation, strategic nonviolent action, social entrepreneurship, project planning and design, trauma healing, economics of peace, and more.

Why: Graduate-level certificate course with
continued training and high-level networking opportunities

Optional Academic Credits offered: M.A. Credits, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Who Should Apply: Exceptional professionals, graduate students, and accomplished

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The Hague Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions & International Justice

When: July 12 - August 9, 2014

Where: Clingendael Institute for International Relations

What: Intensive training in the skills necessary to holistically restructure a post-conflict society, as well as serve justice to those responsible for human rights violations; formal lectures, site visits to International Tribunals and Courts, and interactive simulations and workshops.

Why: Graduate-level certificate course with continued training and high-level networking opportunities.

Optional Academic Credits offered: LLM Credits, University of Leiden

Who Should Apply: Exceptional professionals/lawyers, graduate students, law students, and accomplished undergraduates.

Read the Scholarship Criteria here


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Call for Applications, 2014-15 Changemaker Fellowship Program, Pacific School of Religion, California: Deadline March 15

Call for Applications, 2014-15 Changemaker Fellowship Program, Pacific School of Religion, California

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network

2014-15 Changemaker Fellowship Program

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PSR is now accepting applications for the 2014-15 Changemaker Fellowship program. This Fellowship provides a full-tuition scholarship for the new Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change, an immersive course of study, integrating theological reflection and spiritual formation with leadership for social change. It also covers expenses for exciting immersion opportunities, leadership retreats, spiritual formation, and faculty mentoring. Changemaker Fellows are talented individuals who have demonstrated their skills to lead justice-driven change in churches, organizations, communities, and individual lives.

In this year-long program, Changemaker Fellows will:

Integrate formative theological study with a deeper understanding of their vocations as social change leaders or Changemakers;
Develop a greater understanding of transformative leadership practices and how to integrate these practices into their own social change work;
Take part in a variety of offerings including cohort and immersion learning experiences, faculty mentorship, and regular group meetings for engaged theological reflection and spiritual formation;
Enjoy a richly diverse learning experience while enriching the entire PSR community with their unique perspectives, skills, and gifts;
Earn the new Certificate in Spirituality and Social Change. (The Fellowship covers the cost of tuition for this exciting new course of study!)
Pacific School of Religion is a community of diverse and creative individuals who are committed to living as members of a global network of "Changemakers" moved by the spirit of the Gospel. We look forward to welcoming the 2014-15 Changemaker Fellows to join us in this exciting venture.

Application Information/Selection Criteria

Candidates must apply and be admitted to the new Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change.
Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to the integration of theological and spiritual formation with leadership for social change.
Candidates must be comfortable participating in a racially and religiously diverse group. At least two thirds of the 2014-15 Changemaker Fellows will be students of color.
To Apply

Submit an Application for Admission to the Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change and all supporting documents (transcripts, reference letters, personal essay, etc.) by March 15, 2014.
Submit a 2014-15 Changemaker Application and accompanying essay by March 15, 2014.
Application Deadline: March 15, 2014

Those selected to the program will be notified by April 1, 2014.

Call for Applications: The Intercultural Innovation Award- Deadline: April 30

Call for Applications: The Intercultural Innovation Award- Deadline: April 30

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network

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The Intercultural Innovation Award is a partnership between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group that aims to select and support the most innovative grassroots projects that encourage intercultural dialogue and cooperation around the world.

Not-for-profit organizations that are active in promoting intercultural understanding, with a track record of managing intercultural projects and willingness to expand their range of action, are elegible to apply. These organizations should be working in the fields of:

-migration and integration;

-intercultural awareness;

-education for intercultural citizenship;

-and/or the role of specific groups (faith-based; women; youth; media)

The competition is now open for applications and the deadline for submissions is 30 April, 2014.

The Intercultural Innovation Award is bestowed upon ten organizations every year. Winners will become members of the World Intercultural Facility for Innovation (WIFI) and the awardees get one-year support and consulting from the UNAOC and the BMW Group. The WIFI, a program initiated by the UNAOC in cooperation with the BMW Group, helps winners to become more efficient and to expand. WIFI also enables successful projects to be replicated in other contexts or settings where they might be relevant. The specific support received will depend on the individual needs of the projects.

A detailed needs assessment will be conducted in conjunction with each of the winners. The UNAOC and the BMW Group and a Mentoring Group will then mobilize resources to help those projects achieve their goals. After one year, a comprehensive evaluation will be performed in order to assess the impact of the Award on the winners.

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