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DISP April 17th 2:15-3:15 event -- Law School Humphrey Fellow Mubarak Zeb presentati​on "Drone attack in Pakistan & Human Rights"

DISP (Dialogue on International Security and Peace) is going to host an event on Wednesday, April 17th at 2:15-3:15 in Freeman Commons.

Event : Humphrey Fellow Mubarak Zeb Presentation"Drone attack in Pakistan and Human Rights"

Shen Xiaoyun

Friday's ICGC brown bag: "Monitorin​g & Evaluating Non-govern​mental Organizati​on Water Projects: Lessons from 3 Organizati​ons in western Kenya

ICGC Brown Bag Friday, April 5, 2013 12:00 noon, 537 Heller Hall
"Monitoring and Evaluating Non-governmental Organization Water Projects:
Lessons from 3 Organizations in western Kenya"
Presented by: Valerie Were,
Natural Resources Science and Management

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are key change agents working with lakeshore communities and implementing projects around East Africa's Lake Victoria Basin. Despite their good intentions, NGO projects sometimes lead to unintended consequences. As such, there have been calls for better monitoring and evaluation, especially participatory approaches, among NGOs to track project outcomes and avoid harming project beneficiaries. These NGOs must also navigate complex laws that govern water access and use as they interact with government entities and local populations. Legal complexity exists because customary rules and norms as well as recently adopted statutory and codified laws govern water use. This research sought to understand the nexus of NGO water projects, water law, and local participation. In this seminar, I will share the experiences of three NGOs as they work to improve access to clean water for people living in western Kenya.

For the complete Fall 2013 ICGC brown bag schedule, go to

Voices from Laos: You're Invited, Twin Cities!

Voices from Laos: You're Invited, Twin Cities!


Legacies of War is very excited to announce that "Voices from Laos: Clearing Bombs, Protecting Lives," a groundbreaking national speakers tour, will be stopping inBROOKLYN PARK at BUASAVANH RESTAURANT & BANQUET HALL on April 21 and in MINNEAPOLIS at the U OF MN HUMPHREY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS on April 22. 


Voices from Laos will visit 12 cities in April, beginning on April 4th at the United Nations headquarters in New York and ending on April 30th in Washington, DC, on the anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. The tour explores the legacy of unexploded ordnance (UXO) contamination in Lao PDR -- a legacy that continues to impede economic development and claim lives 40 years since the bombs stopped falling. In Minnesota, our speakers will be joined by former Ambassador to Laos Douglas Hartwick (2001 - 2004).



April 22nd, 6:00 - 8:00pm

U of MN Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Cowles Auditorium, 301 19th Ave. S, Minneapolis



Join us at these events to:

  • Listen to the compelling stories of Thoummy Silamphan, accident survivor and executive director of a Lao survivor assistance nonprofit, and Manixia Thor, a mother and deputy leader of an all-women's bomb clearance team.
  • Learn about the UXO problem in Laos and ways in which individuals and organizations are working to clear land and save lives.
  • Find out how you can act to raise awareness and resources for clearing Laos of deadly bombs.
  • Participate in a compelling post-panel discussion as community members share their perspectives about war, loss, reconciliation, and transformation.



Video: Meet Thoummy



Video: Meet Manixia




For the latest event information and list of guest speakers, visit our Voices from Laos site.


Interested in becoming a Tour Sponsor or Trailblazer Sponsor?



Supporting organizations and individuals include: U.S. Department of State: Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement, Open Society Policy Center, U of MN Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Buasavanh Restaurant & Banquet Hall, Immigration History Research Center, Amnesty International at the University of MN Twin Cities, Lao Family of Minnesota, U of MN Program in Human Rights & Health, U of MN Human Rights Program, Hnub Tshiab: Hmong Women Achieving Together, the U of MN Lao Student Association, Thomas Sisaket, Dr. Koua Vang, and Mr. ChuPheng Lee.

Myanmar/Burma: The Challenging Road to Democracy - Luncheon

Join the Oslo Center on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 11:30am for a timely discussion on Myanmar/Burma: The Challenging Road to Democracy.  Guest speakers include Ms. Ingrid Stange, the founder and CEO of Partnership for Change and Mr. Håvard Kleppa, the director of communications for the Oslo Center in Norway.

Luncheon tickets are $40
Please RSVP at:

April 30 MINN Event: Leading Strategy and Change in Culturally Complex Contexts

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Few organizations in the world have missions and operating environments as complex as international NGOs. We attempt to transform the lives of individuals and communities on one extreme of the world's socio-economic divide while meeting the expectations of donors at the opposite extreme. Western donors expect intelligent plans, efficient execution and evidence of outcomes. Local beneficiaries expect culturally adapted programs from staff that honor their social and religious traditions. Operating between these different contexts, NGOs face daunting internal challenges to maintain cultural coherence and trust among culturally diverse staff.

In this interactive workshop, Tyler Zabriskie will share insights and facilitate a lively conversation on leading strategy and change in culturally diverse NGOs. Additionally, he will introduce valuable frameworks for understanding the value proposition for NGOs and for analyzing sub cultures that function within NGOs. Tyler has 30 years of experience as a leader and practitioner in Africa, Asia, and North American. He is Principal Consultant for Zabriskie Consulting, a leadership, strategy, and organizational development consulting business working with NGOs, non-profits and foundations. He served as Senior VP of International Programs at American Refugee Committee and Senior Advisor for Change Leadership at World Vision International. Tyler developed an early interest in helping organizations achieve social impact while doing grassroots leadership development in Congo, and later led strategic planning in Cambodia.

This exciting event is co-sponsored by ARC and will be held at the Banks Building on the 1st floor (home of ARC Headquarters - 651 1st Avenue NE, Minneapolis).
Snacks will be provided to all participants. Free parking is available.

Please register early, space is limited!

April 4: Professor Mark Anner on "The Limits of Voluntary Governance Mechanisms in Monitoring Workers' Rights in Global Supply Chains"

Thursday, April 4
4pm in Social Sciences 1450

Professor Mark Anner, Associate Professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations and Political Science at Pennsylvania State University, and director of the Center for Global Workers' Rights at Penn State, will be visiting campus next week to present his work at the Comparative Politics Colloquium (the event is co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Stassen Chair). We will meet on THURSDAY, APRIL 4, at 4pm in SOCIAL SCIENCE 1450.

Professor Anner's talk, "The Limits of Voluntary Governance Mechanisms in Monitoring Workers' Rights in Global Supply Chains," draws on a major research project that assesses the effectiveness of voluntary non-state mechanisms in protecting labor rights (please see the abstract below for further details). His various research projects have addressed labor responses to globalization in the auto and apparel industries, corporate social responsibility, and labor law reform and enforcement in Latin America. He is the author of Solidarity Transformed: Labor Responses to Globalization and Crisis in Latin America (Cornell University Press, 2011) and numerous peer-reviewed journal articles. Professor Anner was awarded the 2011 John T. Dunlop Outstanding Scholar Award from the Labor and Employment Relations Association and the 2012 Luis Aparicio Emerging Scholar Prize from the International Labour and Employment Relations Association. Before beginning his academic career, Professor Anner was a union organizer in Boston and spent eleven years working with labor unions and labor research centers in Central America and Brazil.


The Limits of Voluntary Governance Mechanisms in Monitoring Workers' Rights in Global Supply Chains


Corporations have increasingly turned to voluntary, multi-stakeholder governance programs to monitor workers' rights and standards in global supply chains. The literature is largely divided over the general effectiveness of these programs. It is argued here that the emphasis of these programs varies significantly depending on stakeholder involvement and issue areas under examination. Corporate-influenced programs are more likely to emphasize detection of violations of minimal standards in the areas of wages, hours, and occupational safety and health because focusing on these issues provides corporations with legitimacy and reduces the risks of uncertainty created by activist campaigns. In contrast, these programs are less likely to emphasize workers' rights to form democratic and independent unions, bargain, and strike because these rights are perceived as lessening managerial control without providing firms with significant reputational value. This argument is explored by coding and analyzing data from 805 factory audits by the Fair Labor Association between 2002 and 2010 and by case study analysis based on field research in Honduras and Vietnam

Call for Application: Global Peace and Youth Workshop in Turkey

In this first annual Global Peace Workshop we explore youth contributions to
conflict transformation, post-conflict peace building and reconstruction,
looking beyond dominant theories relating to youth in conflict and exploring the
challenges of youth exclusion from peacebuilding activities. We examine how
young people's relationships with societal structures are formed and negotiated,
both through established and unconventional means, and how this impacts on peace
processes in contested and divided places.

Organised by CESRAN International, Coventry University, Eko-Avrasya,
Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (PABSEC), and
Karadeniz Technical University, the workshop brings together practitioners,
academics and students of peace and conflict from institutions worldwide.

The workshop is open to anyone who has some experience and a demonstrable
interest in the field of peace and conflict, ideally with special reference to
young people. Experience can be academic, work-based or voluntary. Participants
do not require any advanced academic prerequisites beyond proficiency in English
and a broad overview of current issues in peace and conflict.

All participants at the workshop will receive a scholarship covering their
accommodation fees and meals. Participants will need to pay a small
participation fee of 30 Euros and cover the costs of their flights, along with
any costs associated with obtaining a Turkish visa in their home country.

Please feel free to distribute this news and share the website link below
throughout your networks and friend groups. For any queries please contact Mr.
Murad Duzcu at murad.duzcu [at]

For more information please check the event website:

This material cross posted from Peace & Collaborative Development Network.

Scholarships Available: Istanbul Sehir University Scholarship Opportunities for International Students

Istanbul Sehir University rose with an academic pursuit that has directed the Foundation for Sciences and Arts (BSV) since 1986. BSV is a renowned NGO functioning for more than 25 years in the field of social sciences, organizing many international and national academic activities and free seminars in related areas.

Istanbul Sehir University is a recently founded University, which started its actual foundation works in 2007, but got the "Institutional identity" in 2008. Istanbul Sehir University is acknowledged as non-profit, state-recognized, higher education institutions that dedicates to the promotions of civilizational, cultural and humanistic studies that is involved in organizing seminars.

Scholarship opportunities for international students
In the 2013-2014 academic years, all international students will be admitted to the undergraduate programs on full or partial scholarships, provided with free laptop computers and health insurance. These scholarships are valid for 5 years duration (1 year of English Preparatory Program plus 4 years of undergraduate study). Scholarships are awarded based on academic and social merit as well as financial need.

Full Scholarship
The following scholarship is called A+ provides students to be enrolled in the full scholarship programs, to be valid every semester, the follows by:
* Exemption from tuition fees
* Dining scholarship for 9 month
* Free accommodation
* Free health insurance
* Scholarship on course books
* Monthly cash stipends

Partial Scholarship
This is a scholarship type which provides student with only partial exemption from tuition fees, they distinguish as Scholarship A, B, C, D, E (100%, 80%, 60%, 40%, 20% discounts) dormitory fees, health care and / other expenses are not included in the partial scholarship.

Program & Fee
Istanbul Sehir University also provide double degree diploma, so if you have a main program, but want to learn expertise in another area, then it is possible in Istanbul Sehir University. We offer students to take double degree in 4 years at the same time with their main program whichever they can choose to have a major or a minor program that is entirely up to student's choice.

Tuition fee in the 2013-2014 academic years is 24.000 TL (VAT included) for undergraduate students and 20.000 TL in English Preparatory Program.

Guesthouse & Fees
Istanbul Sehir University has a four guesthouse for student accommodation, two male guesthouses and two female guesthouses, male guesthouses are close to the university within walking distance and female guesthouses are being serviced by shuttle to the university. The dormitories are composed of three-persons and quad rooms which are equipped with 24-hour wireless internet (Fiber net) access and phones. There are study halls, TV lounges, laundries and many other facilities that offer a comfortable atmosphere and living environment to students.

Monthly accommodation fee of 2013-2014 Academic Year in triple rooms is 500 TL, VAT included and fee in room for 4 persons is 400 TL VAT included. Guesthouse requests will be met with priority to full scholarship students and to those coming from outside Istanbul.

If you have any question regarding the university or want to share something with us, then feel free to contact us:

Call us: +90 216 559 90 61 (Monday - Friday 8:30 - 17:30)
Send an e-mail to: admission(at)
Send a fax to: +90 216 474 53 53

Istanbul Sehir University will get back to you at most within 24 hrs.

For more information about Istanbul Sehir University, please visit

Why Istanbul Sehir University?

1. English as medium of instruction (English preparatory program available)
2. International degree seeking students from 45 different countries comprising 15% of total student numbers
3. Young qualified and internationally experienced teaching staff active in research
4. Full or partial scholarships for all international students
5. Common interdisciplinary core curriculum for all undergraduate first year students
6. Departmental change option upon successful completion of the first year
7. Enrollment possibilities in double major and minor programs
8. Encouragement for student participation in research projects of faculty members
9. Placement(Internship) opportunities abroad
10. Student exchange programs in partner universities all over the world

This material cross posted from Peace & Collaborative Development Network.

April 5-6 Symposium on "Representing Genocide: Media, Law, & Scholarship"

April 5-6, 2013
Representing Genocide: Media, Law and Scholarship
Free and open to the public. Reservations required, to reserve please visit:
Time: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM on 04-05-2013, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM on 04-06-2013
Location: 20 Mondale Hall on 04-05-2013, 50 Mondale Hall on 04-06-2013

The symposium will address journalistic, judicial and social scientific depictions of atrocities with a focus on cases of the Holocaust, Darfur, and Rwanda. It seeks to explore the intersections between these different discursive fields and case studies to shed light on the increasing tension between the local and global representations and memories of mass murder.

The particular ways in which current genocides are represented have critical consequences for the responses and interventions offered by the rest of the world. This has been evident in both Darfur and Rwanda, where the framing of the events and the labels and definitions used by the media and scholarship to describe them (such as "tribal violence") had a detachment effect and did not favor any sort of intervention to halt the atrocities. Reversely, references to the Holocaust in the representation of contemporary mass atrocities--so-called "metaphorical bridging"--can also crucially impact the process of intervention, as the case of Bosnia has demonstrated.

Few attempts have been made to specifically highlight the connection between representations of past mass atrocities and their actual impact on unfolding events of mass violence. An examination of this urgent question is an essential component of global progress towards human rights goals and the prevention or reduction of future political violence. Moreover, while there is an important body of work on Holocaust memory as such, our symposium will explore when and how promoting public awareness and memory of mass atrocities through distinct institutions (the media, the judiciary and academic scholarship) can lead to effective anti-genocide policies.

Conference Organizers:
Joachim Savelsberg, Professor of Sociology, University of Minnesota: Media and ICC Interventions in Darfur: Comparing Representations in Eight Countries
Alejandro Baer, Director and Stephen C. Feinstein Chair Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota: The Holocaust Metaphor: Memory and Representation of Atrocities in Spain and Argentina

Confirmed Speakers:
- John Hagan, John D. MacArthur Professor, Northwestern University: Conflicting Representations on Darfur in Scholarship
- Bella Mody, James de Castro Chair in Global Media Studies, Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Colorado: Representing Darfur in the World Press
- Jens Meierhenrich, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE/Princeton University: Conflicting Representations of Darfur in the Legal Field
- Devin Pendas, Associate Professor History, Boston College: Holocaust Representation in German Postwar Trials
- Natan Sznaider, Professor of Sociology, Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo: The Ethics of Never Again: Narrating Genocide across time and place
- Allan Thompson, Assistant Professor Journalism and Communication, Carleton University: The Media and the Rwandan Genocide
- Mark Osiel, Aliber Family Chair in Law, University of Iowa
- Federico Finchelstein, Associate Professor of History at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College

The Symposium is made possible by the Wexler Special Events fund for Holocaust and Genocide studies.

Contact: Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies | E-mail: chgs(at)

Sponsored by: Global Studies, Austrian Studies, German and European Studies Center, Human Rights Program, European Studies Consortium, Journalism and Mass Communication, Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law, Human Rights Center at the Law School, Sociology, German, Scandinavian & Dutch, Spanish & Portuguese, Jewish Studies, Holocaust & Genocide Studies

Job: Afghanistan Country Director (Kabul)

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan
Start Date and duration of contract: ASAP/Immediately. Contract For two year (new), subject to funding, and are renewable.

Founded in 1978, Global Rights is an international human rights capacity-building organization that works side by side with local activists in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to promote and protect the rights of marginalized populations. Through broad-based technical assistance and training, Global Rights strengthens partners to document and expose human rights abuses, conduct community outreach and mobilization, advocate for legal and policy reform, and provide legal and paralegal services. For more details please visit our website at:

The Global Rights Afghanistan Office focuses on:
Promoting human rights by building the human rights and legal skills of future lawyers, by incorporating human rights training at Afghanistan's law schools and by providing legal fellowships at under-resourced NGOs and government agencies that protect human rights; and
Improving access to justice for women, by building the capacity of local organizations to deliver legal and paralegal services to the most marginalized women.
To improve citizens', particularly women and other vulnerable populations, access to the legal services they require to understand and successfully assert their legal rights in Afghanistan's family courts.

Job Description: The Country Director is the chief representative of Global Rights in Afghanistan, responsible for leading the organization's work, developing its vision, and overseeing the pursuit of Global Rights' mission. S/he is responsible for the supervision of all local staff, including the management of executive, program, communications, fundraising, financial, and administrative functions. S/he is responsible for major expansion of the program which is now underway to several provinces beyond Kabul, S/he will also lead the active collaboration of the Afghanistan office with other Global Rights' offices elsewhere in the world. The Country Director reports to the Executive Director, based at the international headquarters, and works regularly with all other department directors of the organization in their functional areas.

Key duties will include:
Ø Representing Global Rights in Afghanistan with the NGO community, civil society networks, academia, donors, international organizations, government institutions and other program stakeholders.
Ø Developing strong links with local civil society groups, key human rights actors and institutions.
Ø Managing the office, supervising staff and ensuring the achievement of professional standards.
Ø Leading the development of activity plans, budgets and concept papers, and their implementation, in collaboration with other staff.
Ø Ensuring program impact and effectiveness, and preparing related reports.
Ø Overseeing the office financial systems and reporting.
Ø Ensuring that operations conform to all applicable laws and regulations.

Desired qualifications include:
· An advanced degree (human rights, law, political science, international relations or another relevant field) is required;
· A minimum of 7 years of human rights and a justice/rule of law experience in an international development context is required;
· A minimum of 10 years of experience in project and/or organizational management and leadership is required;
· Multiple country work experience is required;
· Fluency in written and spoken English is required;
· Knowledge of Dari and/or Pashtu would be an asset;
· Strong abilities in project conceptualization, project design and planning, and report writing is required;
· Strong ability to manage budgets prudently and control expenses effectively is required;
· Proven abilities in staff supervision and oversight of logistics;
· Abilities in representing an organization before partner groups, government officials, and donors, is required;
· Abilities and sound judgment in security management;
· Proven abilities as an independent thinker and proactive self-starter, and past experience working with minimal supervision is required;
· An ability to engage in frequent travel.
· Clear commitment to the vision, mission, and values of Global Rights.

Benefits and Salary: Global Rights offers a generous benefits package, which includes a health and retirement plan and up to five weeks of paid vacation per year. Salary is commensurate with experience. Global Rights is an Equal Opportunity Employer

How to apply: Please send resume/CV and cover letter that clearly shows you meet the required qualifications of the position by email to Carol(at) Please include "Country Director-Afghanistan" in subject line of your email.

Closing Date for applications: April 4, 2013. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Reconsidering Development journal- Editorial Board recruitment

IPID is hosting an information session on Reconsidering Development journal and its Editorial Board recruitment process from 4-5pm on April 3, 2013 in Coffman Room 307. Pizza will be provided. Please join us if you can.

Reconsidering Development is an innovative student-run web-based journal focused on advancing a critical, interdisciplinary perspective on international development. The Journal is published twice per year - once in April and once in October. By including the voices of those normally marginalized within the academy (graduate students, farmers, NGO workers, local citizen), we hope to move beyond the status quo of the scholarship and practice of international development.

Reconsidering Development holds one election every Spring semester. This year, we are looking for creative applications to fill the following positions: Managing Editor (1), Senior Editor (1), Associate Web Editor (2), Associate Writing Editor (7-8), and Associate Audiovisual Editor (1). This is an exciting opportunity for individuals who are passionate about international development issues, who are interested in working with authors and editors with different intellectual and cultural backgrounds, and/or who are looking for editing, designing, publishing, and teamwork experiences. Previous editors all have gained positive and valuable experiences, and have seen a huge improvement in their critical thinking, writing, and editing skills. We provide our editors with trainings and workshops on different aspects of an editing process.

If you are interested in any of the positions, please email Joy Wang at with your name, academic program and year, the position for which you are applying, a copy of your resume and 200 words of intent. All applicants must be a University of Minnesota graduate student at time of application.

Applications can be downloaded here:
Reconsidering Development Managing Editor.doc
Reconsidering Development Senior Editor.doc
href="">Reconsidering Development Associate Editor (Audiovisual).doc
Reconsidering Development Associate Editor (Writing).doc
Reconsidering Development Associate Web Editor.doc

Again, please join us from 4-5pm next Wednesday in Coffman Room 307 if you want to learn more about Reconsidering Development and its recruitment process. If you cannot come to the information session but have questions, feel free to email Joy Wang at wang4025(at) She is happy to answer any question!

China Humphrey Initiative: China's Growing Global Role, Ed Farmer speaking at HHH April 3

Please join us for the next CHI event Wednesday April 3, 2:15-3:15pm
HHH55 (International Fellowship Program)

China's Growing Global Role: An overview of China's emergence on the world stage

• A brief account of the obstacles facing China post-Cold War
• Survey regional strategies and initiatives that have contributed to China's position of influence today
• Discuss remaining challenges---including related to US policies

Speaker: Edward Farmer, Emeritus Professor, UMN History Department
Presented by Sherry Gray, Global Policy Area, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Dr. Edward Farmer received a Ph.D. in History and Far Eastern Languages from Harvard University and was a Fulbright Fellow in Taiwan. Ted Farmer is University of Minnesota Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of History Emeritus. Over his career he has offered a full range of undergraduate and graduate courses focusing on modern Chinese and global history.

Snacks and Drinks will be provided! CHI_Flyer Ed Farmer Ap 2013.docx

Confucius stated: "The dragon eats and swims in clear water; Chi eats in clean water but swims in muddy water; fish eats and swims in muddy water. Now, I have not ascended to the level of a dragon but I have not descended to that of fish. I am perhaps a Chi!"
---- Lüshi Chunqiu (a Chinese classic)

Eat clean water and Swim in muddy water corresponds to a statement of Hubert H. Humphrey: "We have to decide today whether we will design the future or resign ourselves to it." Indeed, we Humphrey students should aim at truth in this muddy world.

Above written by Wang Haoping (MPP alum); view a chi or hornless dragon at

China Humphrey Initiative: China's Growing Global Role, Ed Farmer speaking at HHH April 3

Please join us for the next CHI event Wednesday April 3, 2:15-3:15pm
HHH55 (International Fellowship Program)

China's Growing Global Role: An overview of China's emergence on the world stage

• A brief account of the obstacles facing China post-Cold War
• Survey regional strategies and initiatives that have contributed to China's position of influence today
• Discuss remaining challenges---including related to US policies

Speaker: Edward Farmer, Emeritus Professor, UMN History Department
Presented by Sherry Gray, Global Policy Area, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Dr. Edward Farmer received a Ph.D. in History and Far Eastern Languages from Harvard University and was a Fulbright Fellow in Taiwan. Ted Farmer is University of Minnesota Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of History Emeritus. Over his career he has offered a full range of undergraduate and graduate courses focusing on modern Chinese and global history.

Snacks and Drinks will be provided! CHI_Flyer Ed Farmer Ap 2013.docx

Confucius stated: "The dragon eats and swims in clear water; Chi eats in clean water but swims in muddy water; fish eats and swims in muddy water. Now, I have not ascended to the level of a dragon but I have not descended to that of fish. I am perhaps a Chi!"
---- Lüshi Chunqiu (a Chinese classic)

Eat clean water and Swim in muddy water corresponds to a statement of Hubert H. Humphrey: "We have to decide today whether we will design the future or resign ourselves to it." Indeed, we Humphrey students should aim at truth in this muddy world.

Above written by Wang Haoping (MPP alum); view a chi or hornless dragon at

2013 International Conference on Sustainable Development hosted by the Global MDP announcing the Call for Abstracts and Registration for the first 2013 International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice.

Lucia and Rodrigo Medeiros
Director,,Global Master's in Development Practice Secretariat
The Earth Institute, Columbia University
475 Riverside Drive/ Suite 239R
New York, NY 10115
Telephone # 212-870-2793
Fax # 212-870-2778



UMN Humphrey Fellows Mishra, Navjuvonov, & Paudel speak to seminar on human trafficking at Boston University

An International Perspective on the Fight Against Human Trafficking
Sponsored by Boston University's Center for the Study of Asia, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, and the Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program. BOSTON POSTER FLYER humantraff28marMat(1).pdf

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows speakers:

Dr. Veerendra Mishra, India is a senior police officer and Assistant Inspector
General of the Crime Investigation Department for the Madhya Pradesh State
Police. He has worked in challenging situations for upholding human rights and
peace building, serving as part of the UN Peacekeeping Missions in Kosovo, Bosnia
and Herzegovina.

Dr. Zohir Navjuvonov - Tajikistan, works as a National Program Coordinator at the
International Organization for Migration in Tajikistan. He also has developed several
project proposals including, "Combating Trafficking in Persons in Central Asia", that
received funding from USAID in 2010, and "An Assessment of the Exploitation of
Children and Students in the Cotton Fields of Tajikistan".

Dr. Hari Paudel (pictured), Nepal, is the Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare in the Government of Nepal. He is responsible for initiating and coordinating the formulation of policies and plans to combat human trafficking as well as the formulation and implementation of policies

Documentary on land grabs and small ag producers

I just watched a documentary on land grabs in Sub-Saharan Africa which takes Mali as a case study titled "land rush: how do you feed the world?" which is well made and informative of land rights issues and food security changes post 2008. It is available for streaming at:

Many of the documentaries in the site are very well made, at least the ones I have watched. Enjoy and share in your classes and organizations and with your students!

Greta Friedemann-Sánchez

D-Prize for social entrepreneurs in the developing world

Greetings! I am writing to announce a new prize competition called D-Prize, which combines international development with social entrepreneurship. At D-Prize, we believe that the world has already discovered cheap, effective technologies to eradicate poverty in the developing world - today's problem is lack of distribution of those proven solutions.

We are offering up to $20,000 in seed capital to 5-15 different social entrepreneurs who want to solve one of our posted distribute challenges in the developing world. The seed capital will be used to fund a three-month pilot of their venture. D-Prize will help successful pilots gain another round of seed funding.

Challenges, an application packet, and more information can be found at

>> We just launched our 2013 challenges this week. I would love to see some of your career-hunting students in our funded finalists. Could you forward this email? I'm also happy to talk by phone or email if you have any questions.

NICHOLAS FUSSO, Program Director
(E) :: (P) 206-226-9170 :: @NickoFusso

D-Prize believes distribution of proven poverty interventions is the surest path to development. We run issue-focused prize competitions to fund 3 month pilot programs of distribution-focused businesses in the developing world.

Ap 1 MIRC: Heikki Patomäki, On the "Complexities of Time & Temporality Implications for World History & Global Futures"

Minnesota International Relations ColloquiumOn the Complexities of Time and Temporality (final AJPH)-1.pdf

This coming Monday, April 1st, MIRC is honored to host Professor Heikki Patomäki, Professor of World Politics at the University of Helsinki, Finland. His presentation will be based on his paper, "On the Complexities of Time and Temporality: Implications for World History and Global Futures", attached below.

Please also note a talk Professor Patomäki will be delivering tomorrow at 1pm on "The Great Eurozone Disaster." More information is available here:

MIRC will be held at its usual time on Monday from 3:30-5pm in the Lippincott Room, Social Sciences building 1314. Beverages will be served, and all are welcome!

We look forward to seeing you there.

The MIRC team

Heikki Patomäki

Heikki Patomäki is Professor of World Politics at the University of Helsinki, Finland and a founding member of NIGD (Network Institute for Global Democratization) He is also an activist in the international ATTAC (Association for the Taxation of financial Transactions and Aid to Citizens) movement and currently chairing ATTAC Finland. His research interests include philosophy and methodology of social sciences, peace research, futures studies, economic theory, global political economy, and global political theory. His most recent book is The Great Eurozone Disaster: From Crisis to Global New Deal (Zedbooks, March 2013)

Paper Abstract:

While the nature of time has been theorised in philosophy, social theory and (world) political theory, in practice historians and social scientists tend to equate time with the modern linear conception of time, organising their narratives and explanations in a chronological order, without reflecting upon the complexities of time and temporalities of social being. I make four arguments, developing them in the context of concrete world historical events and processes. First, I ask what and when is "now"? The present cannot be punctual. Rather, the present is a moment of becoming, and makes reference to an on-going process. Second, because "now" is relative to the relevant processes, its meaning and characteristics depend on how these processes turn out. Thus, the past is, in part, undetermined, and at some level will remain so. Third, the futurized nature of the present is changing. Critical social sciences are involved in this process of transformation, especially through reflexive self-regulation of social systems. Fourthly, the move from predictions to reflexive scenarios about possible futures, and to open ethico-political discourse about unwanted and desired future possibilities, raises deep -- in effect, mythological -- questions about the meaning and purpose of world history as a whole. I argue that mythopoetic imagination can also be a means for critique.

Job: Administrative Director with The Advocates for Human Rights

The Advocates is a volunteer based, non-governmental, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of internationally recognized human rights. The Advocates' programming focuses on women's rights, including freedom from violence; migrant and refugee rights, including both advocacy and legal services; peace-building in post-conflict societies; due process and freedom from persecution; and economic and social rights. The Advocates works to bring about systems change, reinforce accountability mechanisms, raise awareness, foster tolerance, and help individuals more fully realize their inherent rights.

Position Summary:
The Administrative Director is a senior staff position at The Advocates, primarily responsible for the day-to-day administrative management of the organization. S/he will work closely with the Executive and Deputy Directors. Responsibilities include managing finances, overseeing operations, and assuring that the Board's approved policies, annual plans and fundraising objectives are implemented.


Staff Management

Maintain personnel files and serve as human resource contact for the organization.
Administer employee benefit program. Track vacation/sick days.
Manage all payroll issues.
Create a staff orientation procedure and formalize the salary schedule.
Review and implement personnel policies and assure benefit plan is competitive.
Monitor compliance with personnel policies
Maintain a productive, respectful work environment
Office Management

Manage office and clerical needs (including computer system)
Manage vendor contracts
Tasks necessary for the efficient and effective operations of the office
Fiscal Management

Maintain financial data in Quickbooks accounting system.
Manage accounts payable and receivable. Prepare payroll.
Prepare the annual budget. Prepare sub-budgets as required by each of the funders and prospective funders. Work with Program Directors to ensure timely reporting in compliance with all grant requirements.
Provide monthly financial statements to the Executive Director and Program Directors. Monitor income and expenses throughout year to ensure The Advocates meets its financial targets.
Work with accountant to reconcile balance sheet accounts and assure integrity of bank accounts.
Function as liaison to Finance Committee of the Board of Directors.
Manage and coordinate annual audit with independent accounting firm.
Review and implement fiscal policies and procedures.
Work with Executive Director to:

Develop strategic and annual plans. Participate in evaluation process.
Develop and manage the work of The Advocates' Board of Directors. Plan and prepare for Board meetings. Coordinate development of Board reports.
Represent The Advocates to donors, the Board, the public, and colleagues in other human rights, social justice, and community organizations, government agencies, and businesses.

Demonstrated management experience in a mission-based organization.
Highly organized individual with excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills for fast paced office environment.
Must be highly proficient in the use of standard office software in a networked environment and familiar with general office operations. Advanced proficiency in Excel and QuickBooks desired.
Ability to delegate tasks, develop staff, and foster a creative environment.
Commitment to creating and supporting diversity within the organization.
Compensation is commensurate with experience and within the range of similar-sized organizations. Our generous benefit package includes vacation, medical, dental, and retirement plans.

To apply:
Please submit a letter of interest and a resume by April 1, 2013 to:

Administrative Director Search
The Advocates for Human Rights
330 Second Avenue South, #800
Minneapolis, MN 55401-2211

No email applications and no phone calls, please.

The Advocates for Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer. The advocates is committed to cultural diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability or any other legally protected status.

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Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarships Program

World Bank, with funding from the Government of Japan has announced Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarships Program(JJ/WBGSP) for nationals of a World Bank member countries in the fields of economics, health, education, agriculture, environment, natural resource management, or other development and related subject.

Scholarship will cover:
- economy class air travel between the home country and the host university at the start of the study program and one return journey following the end of the overall scholarship period. In addition to the ticket, scholars receive a US $500 travel allowance for each trip
tuition and the cost of basic medical and accident insurance usually obtained through the university;
- a monthly subsistence allowance to cover living expenses, including books.

Eligibility & Criteria:
- Be a national of a World Bank member country eligible to borrow;
- Be born after March 31, 1973;
- Have, by March 31, 2013, at least 2, preferably 4 to 5, years of recent full time professional experience acquired after a university degree, in the applicant's home country or in another developing country;
- Hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent;
- Be in good health;
- Be of good character;
- Not be a permanent resident or a national of any industrialized country;
- Not be residing in an industrialized country for more than one year;
- Not be an Executive Director, his/her alternate, staff of the World Bank Group (the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, International Development Association, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, and International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes), consultant, or relative of the aforementioned.

The application together with ALL supporting documentation must be received in the Scholarship Program Office by the deadline of post-marked March 31, 2013.

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