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Job: Country Team Lead, dTS, Arlington, VA

Job: Country Team Lead, dTS, Arlington, VA

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network

Job Description: Country Team Lead
dTS is recruiting Country Team Lead to provide direction, leadership, and technical oversight for a country level evaluation. This contract is for the US Department of State Countering Violent Extremism Evaluation Project. The project country will be selected from one of three target regions: South Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

The individual will provide technical direction, management, and supervision of a team of approximately three (3) expat staff, a local survey firm, and a local administrative assistant. The duration will be full time for approximately three (3) months.

This position requires that the candidate have U.S. Citizenship and be able to obtain a Secret level security clearance (or have an active one or one which is inactive but which can be activated quickly). Preference is given to those who already have an active clearance.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Lead the implementation of a country level evaluation designed by dTS home office staff.
Manage and supervise the country team, which will include expatriate consultants and local consultants.
Ensure the quality and timeliness of assigned deliverables.
Serve as the face of dTS to country-level stakeholders and client's representatives.
Consult and work with dTS administration and practice staff to smoothly implement the evaluation.
Qualifications and Education Requirement:

A Masters degree in international relations, economics, survey/statistical methods, international development, public diplomacy, sociology or related fields.
At least 15 years of experience conducting evaluations funded by DOS, USAID, or other relevant USG units. At least five (5) years of experience conducting evaluation teams.
Ability to obtain a Secret level security clearance. Having an active/inactive clearance that can be activated quickly is strongly preferred.
Excellent oral and written skills
Strong analytical, writing and editing skills.
Experience working with Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Access and PowerPoint), data spreadsheets and statistical packages like STATA or SPSS.
Experience working, living and/or staffing programs in conflict affected countries in South Asian or North African countries.
Has provided direction, management, and supervision of a team of no less than 12 full-time staff at dTS, two sub-contractors, and several short-term consultants.
French or Arabic an advantage but not required.
How to Apply:
Please send your CV and cover letter with the position title in the subject line to

Job: USIP seeks Program Officer for the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding

Job: USIP seeks Program Officer for the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network

For more information or to apply, please follow this link:

The Program Officer for the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding will design and implement countering violent extremism (CVE) courses focusing on alternative messaging and engaging civil society actors. The Program Officer will cooperate with the existing Academy team to develop curriculum, organize professional expertise meetings, and support the Academy's efforts on international projects related to countering violent extremism.

The Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding is the education and training center of USIP. The Academy is a leader in the field of professional education and training for practitioners in conflict management. Established in 2009, the Academy provides practitioner-oriented education, training, and resources via facilities at USIP's Washington headquarters, mobile training in conflict zones, and online distance education and training.


Collaborating with national and international organization on countering violent extremism (CVE).
Collaborating with CVE experts with USIP units and the CVE working group.
Lead training seminars with colleagues relating to CVE.
Conduct research and write for various publications of articles and papers.
Provide monitoring and evaluations of the courses.
Supervise the development of curricular materials and course development in the particular topic.
Requires extended travel overseas.
Provide reports and summaries to the program and Academy leadership, most especially the Vice President.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals of countries listed in a U.S. Collective Defense Arrangement per the Department of State. To see a list of those countries, go to
A doctorate is preferred and extensive field experience is expected.
5+ years of demonstrated experience in preventing and/or countering violent extremism field.
In-depth knowledge of preventing/countering violent extremism, counter-terrorism, conflict studies and peacebuilding fields.
Experience with engaging civil society members creatively which prevent and counter extremist violence.
Excellent writing and oral communication skills.
Excellent administrative skills are required and strong qualities in working with teams.
Proficiency in relevant foreign language is desirable.
For more information or to apply, please follow this link:

Paid Internship opportunity with the European Parliament!

Complement your studies in International & Global Affairs with a genuinely international internship

The European Parliament invites graduate students (US citizens only) to apply for a full-time internship in its Washington DC office from mid-April to mid-July 2014, with the possibility of a two-month extension in Brussels and Strasbourg, if this is relevant to the intern's course of study, an opportunity which is also open to alumni.

What better place to monitor transnational politics in action, to see global players in international affairs addressing global challenges across a range of policy areas, to witness the interplay between decision-makers in the US - be they from the legislative or executive branch - and lawmakers from the European Union?

About the European Parliament and its DC Office (EPLO)
The European Parliament opened its Washington Liaison Office in January 2010 to meet the growing need for contact on legislative issues between the US Congress and law makers at EU level. It is no coincidence that this followed the introduction of the Lisbon Treaty in December 2009, which gave the European Parliament full legislative powers within the European Union comparable to those of the US House of Representatives in a far wider range of policy areas than had been the case before.

In policy areas such as the environment, energy, financial services, counter-terrorism, international trade, data protection, product safety or food and farming, legislators on both sides of the Atlantic increasingly recognise that a transatlantic dialogue is essential to ensure that new rules are not adopted without prior knowledge of standards being set elsewhere in the world.

A team of 11 European Parliament senior staffers is now stationed in our DC Office charged with creating and fostering working relations between parliamentary committees and their Congressional and regulatory counterparts in the US government.

Our DC offices are located on the 6th floor at 2175 K Street, NW, in the same building as the European Union Delegation. Our European headquarters are located in Brussels, Belgium and in Strasbourg, France.

Opportunities for EPLO interns

• Working with staffers on a chosen policy area, such as energy, environment, counter-terrorism, financial services, trade, human rights or development co-operation (this list is in no way exhaustive, so feel free to indicate another policy area of interest to you);
• Focusing on an area of process, such as comparison of procedures between the House of Representatives and the European Parliament;
• Concentrating on media as well as internal and external communications;
• Developing individual project of your and our interest by utilizing the resources of the EP and the expertise of your fellow EPLO staff members;
• Analysing legislation and the policies that are vital for the transatlantic EU-US relationship;
• Preparing working papers and memos for the EP Headquarters;
• Preparing and assisting the Office in managing visits of European Parliament Members;
• Participating in our meetings with major interlocutors on the Hill, in executive agencies, and in think-tanks.

What might you gain from an EPLO internship?

• Familiarity with policy-making, both in the US and the European Union;
• Networking opportunities with senior staffers liaising directly with Congressional members;
• Advanced knowledge of global governance dealing with global issues;
• A chance to combine theory and practice in your chosen area of speciality and potentially laying the basis for your Policy Analysis Exercise;
• Access to the European Parliament intranet and databases;
• Experience working in a truly multinational European team, currently 11 nationalities - you may also practice your linguistic skills;
• An opportunity to learn by doing;
• Overall: a career-enhancing experience leaving you better-equipped for a future role in politics, international organisations, NGOs or the corporate sector.

Application process

Please submit your Europass CV by February 28th and a 500-words statement of interest. Be sure to indicate the type of assignment you seek: policy area or function (e.g. communications or procedural matters). Two recommendation letters directly sent to us directly by a faculty member are also required. Please address your application to:
EPLO - Internships, 2175 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20037
or e-mail


A monthly allowance (€1212) to cover accommodation and possible travel to Europe will be granted.

Contact: Mr Jean-Luc Robert

Feb 13 "Dealing with Dimensions of (Mass) Violence in Somali Transnational Migration"

Holocaust, Genocide, & Mass Violence Studies Workshop:
On "Grievable Lives": Dealing with Dimensions of (Mass) Violence in Somali Transnational Migration
A talk by Verena Stern, Doctoral Research Fellow at the Center of Austrian Studies
February 13, 3:00-4:30pm, Room 710, Social Sciences Building

News about drowning refugees, sinking boats, and violence toward those who are desperately trying to access European soil at the coasts of Spain, Italy or Greece appear on a regular basis. Are there deaths that are less grievable than others? Whose lives and therefore losses do (not) count? Focusing on Somali refugees, political scientist Verena Stern will ask how dimensions of violence, depending on the setting of the nation-state, differ from each other. How does violence shift? What kinds of violence do Somalia, a so-called "failed state" that is in a civil war for more than two decades, and the European Union, a conglomerate of several nation-states, face? In her presentation, Stern will examine the question of grievable lives on the case study of Somali refugees' experiences with violence from their state of origin to their entry in the EU.

Want to Make a Change? Acara Spring Institute sessions.

The Acara Spring Institute - Making Change
Do you have an idea to solve a big problem but think a social venture is similar going out on a subzero night to party with your friends?

Have you heard the term business model but you think it sounds like Heidi Klum in a business suit?

Do you have an idea for an innovation but don't consider yourself an entrepreneur?

Are you a potential intrapreneur in a big business or NGO?

Do you want to make a change in the world and make a living doing it?

The Acara Spring Institute is for you. This course is for anyone with an idea for social or environmental change, whether that idea is on the back of a napkin, in a detailed business plan or already running. Register here!.

A social venture, sometimes referred to as an impact venture, could be a for profit, a nonprofit, a benefit corporation or a hybrid organization. The legal structure doesn't matter. What matters is that the venture has a financial value proposition (can you sustain and grow the venture) and a social or environmental value proposition (what impact are you having on the world).

There are great workshops and classes in the Twin Cities on topics such as design thinking and entrepreneurship. This class, however, is uniquely positioned for social ventures, which are similar but distinctly different. How do you balance financial needs in a mission driven organization? How do impact investors evaluate a social venture versus a typical investment opportunity?

Acara is a social entrepreneurship program of the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment in partnership with the College of Science and Engineering and the Carlson School of Management. Acara has been providing international and domestic courses for the past several years on developing social ventures. The instructors have worked with change makers and entrepreneurs in a number of countries and have seen many impact business models. This experience is now being packaged into a series of workshops for people who are interested in understanding more about social entrepreneurship.

Past Acara students have been featured on the Today show, CNN and in BusinessWeek, in addition to numerous other publications, and have been selected to join prestigious incubators in Silicon Valley and elsewhere.

Location: IonE Seminar room (R380), Learning and Environmental Sciences Building, 1954 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108.

Fee: Sessions are $80 each. Attendance is limited so don't delay! Scholarships available if the fee is not affordable.

Registration: Registration to these classes is open to anyone. They will not be webcast and do not earn credit at the University of Minnesota. Register here.

We would strongly encourage you to take all three, but you may also sign up for individual sessions. You should have an idea to work on in the class, these are working sessions.

Instructors: Fred Rose and Brian Bell, both of IonE. In the last 18 months, they have taught more than 300 budding social entrepreneurs in 4 countries. Fred has two engineering degrees, spent 30 years in industry in various technical and innovation roles globally, and has started several nonprofits. Brian has degrees in Civil Engineering and Sustainable Development, and extensive on the ground experience in Uganda, Kenya, Nepal and India. Both have been involved in helping to launch a number of social ventures out of the Acara program. Guest speakers will also be featured each session.

March 15, 2014 - 8am - 4:30pm - Who Cares?
· Introduction to design thinking and ethnography.
· Introduction to business model canvas, social value proposition and customer segments.
· Students will define a plan for doing research about their proposed customer needs before the next session.

April 12, 2014 - 8am - 4:30pm - Do the Math· Refine your solution (what is it, how does it work).
· Business model canvas workout.
· Financial and social value proposition workout.
· Defining and measuring metrics for a social venture.

April 26 - 8am - 4:30pm - Tell me a Story
· Structures for social ventures.
· Creating compelling elevator pitches and presentations.
· How to get started with impact investors, crowd funding, angels, friends and family.

April 29 - 5-8 pm, Present at April Acara Impact Review.
· Selected participants will be invited to present their venture at the Acara Impact Venture Review in April. At this review teams will pitch to an invited audience, including entrepreneurs, business owners, engineers and other professionals who will provide critiques and suggestions. No charge for this session.

Questions, please contact me.

Fred Rose
Acara Program Director
Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota

skype: fred_rose

Theater & Internatio​nal Scholarly Symposium on Human Rights


Sponsored by the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, Imagine Funds, European Studies, French and italian, Theater Arts, St. John's University, Teatro del Pueblo and the Minnesota Legislature, and as an integral part of the XIX THE STATE OF IBEROAMERICAN STUDIES SERIES: HUMAN RIGHTS ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES /HUMAN RIGHTS AND THEATER (March 6-11, 2014), the outstanding Latin American theater group MALAYERBA (Ecuador) will stage LA RAZON BLINDADA at the U of M Rarig Whiting Proscenium Theatre (March 6th and 7th). The show will be in Spanish with English subtitles.

I am also pleased to announce that Davide Carnevali (2013 Italy's National Drama Award); Steven Miles (American Society of Bioethics and Humanities Distinguished Service Award; Alejandro Baer (U of M Holocaust and Genocide Studies); David Feinberg (Outstanding Community Service Award and Voice to Vision Project Director); Aristides Vargas (Malayerba Director and Latin American Human Rights activist); Roxana Pineda (Estudio Teatral de Santa Clara, Cuba); Sonya Kuftinic (Theater Arts and Dance); Lorenzo Fabbri (French and Italian), and other distinguished scholars and artists will participate at THE STATE OF IBEROAMERICAN STUDIES SERIES HUMAN RIGHTS SYMPOSIUM on March 6th (1:30-4:00 pm) and March 7th (9:30-2:30 pm) at the University International Center, 331 17th Ave. Room 100.

A complete symposium schedule including Davide Carnevali's dramatized reading of "Variazioni," and "Sweet Home Europa"; and Patricia Ariza's "Hojas de papel volando," by Roxana Pineda (Whiting Proscenium Theater) as well as the scholarly interventions of scholars from Peru, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Spain, USA at the U of M and at St. John's University (March 11th) will be available soon.

See flyer attached.

Luis A. Ramos-Garcia
Associate professor
Spanish and Portuguese Studies
University of Minnesota


Rosa Tock
Associate Coordinator Humphrey Fellowship Program
International Fellowship Programs (IFP)
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
130 Humphrey School, 301 19th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Feb 19 Presentati​on on Czech Dual Citizenshi​p

MN_invitation[1].docxThe Czech Republic has started allowing dual citizenship as of January 1, 2014. The Czech and Slovak Cultural Center has organized a Skype session with the Czech Consulate General in Chicago on Feb. 19 about the eligibility requirements and process.
I have attached a flyer here created by the Consulate General about this event.

Renata Ticha, PhD
Institute on Community Integration
University of Minnesota

Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of MN

Feb 19 Thiruppathi Venkatasamy speaking on Public Accountability Systems in India

Same Sun Happy Hour: Wednesday, February 19: 2:30-3:30

The first Same Sun Happy Hour of the semester is coming up next Wednesday, February 19. Government of India Fellow R. Thiruppathi Venkatasamy will be presenting on public accountability systems in India, with a discussion to follow. Venkat works as the Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for the Government of India in New Delhi.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Hope to see you there!

Topic: Public Accountability Systems in India
Date: Wednesday, February 19
Time: 2:30-3:30
Location: HHH Room 55 (International Fellowship Programs office)

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

Feb 12 "Prisoners in Their Skin: The Story of Persons Living With Albinism in East Africa"

FEBRUARY 12, 2014 @ 12:15 P.M. - 1:15 P.M.


Ms. Alice Kimani is the immediate former Regional Policy, Liaison and Reporting Officer at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Regional Office in Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to that, Ms. Kimani worked as a Counter Trafficking Program Officer in the IOM offices in Kenya and Tanzania and was also instrumental in counter trafficking initiatives in East and Horn of Africa. Ms. Kimani is a graduate of Kenyatta University and an alumni of the Refugee Service Centre in the Department of International Development, at the University of Oxford, England. During her Humphrey year, she hopes to expand her knowledge on the protection of victims, develop new tactics of combatting human trafficking by addressing demand factors and identifying good practices of engaging the business community on human rights issues.

In this presentation, she will discuss the plight of persons living with albinism in East Africa who have now become a target for human traffickers and the illicit organ harvesting trade.

Feb 14 Energy expert Mario Soos on "How much is changing with Germany's energy transforma​tion?"

Interested in renewable energy policy and technology?

Please join Germany's deputy consul general at Chicago and renewable energy policy expert Mario Soos for a presentation and discussion on how Germany's energy policy is changing.

What: "How much is changing with Germany's ambitious energy transformation?"
When: Friday, 2/14, 2:00-3:15 PM
Where: 614 Social Sciences

The presentation is sponsored by the Center for German & European Studies, the Dept. of German, Scandinavian and Dutch, the Humphrey School's Center for Science, Technology, and Public Policy, and IonE.


Last December a new government formed in Germany. A new super ministry led by a social democrat bundles all energy matters. Energy, renewable energy, and Germany's ambitious energy transformation (Energiewende) are positioned as central to Germany's economy. In the media there is much speculation about impending changes that may slow down Germany's pace toward more sustainability. Mario Soos, deputy consul general at Germany's Consulate General at Chicago and an expert on renewable energy and climate change, provides information on the different players, the new dynamics, and the overall direction of the Energiewende. Learn what is really going on.

DAAD Center for German & European Studies
University of Minnesota
214 Social Sciences Building
267 19th Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Fax: (612) 625-0528
Email: cges(at)

The Center for German& European Studies is host of the annual "American& German Healthcare Forum," a unique venue for direct exchange on health policy and best practices between Minnesotans and Germans. Conference documentation and other materials are available at:

Reminder Feb 12 CTI presents seminar: "How peanut tools designed with farmers can reduce poverty in sub-Saharan Africa"

As you may know, CTI volunteers and staff are working in partnership with farmers in Malawi and Tanzania to develop innovative tools for harvesting and processing peanuts. Next Wednesday, we invite you for a presentation on our journey, what we've learned by collaborating directly with farmers, and the resulting technologies. We hope you'll join us for wine, snacks, and an engaging presentation and discussion on the power of people-oriented innovation. THE POWER OF PEOPLE-ORIENTED INNOVATION: How peanut tools designed with farmers can reduce poverty in sub-Saharan Africa

Wednesday February 12, 5:00 - 6:30pm at the Agronomy Seminar Room, 306 Borlaug Hall, 1991 Upper Buford Circle (UMN St. Paul Campus). Metered parking is available at the Buford Circle Meters.

Featuring speakers: Vern Cardwell, Steve Clarke and Alexandra Spieldoch

Link to event flyer:

Meghan Fleckenstein
Communications Director and Grants Manager
Compatible Technology International
800 Transfer Rd. Suite 6 • St. Paul, MN 55114
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Feb 20 Find Your Career by Telling Your Story

FEBRUARY 20, 2014: find your CAREER by telling your STORY

The idea of a "career" has changed a great deal in the last 20 years. ERIC JOHNSON, Director of Technology & Operations at GoKart Labs and Owner of HardlyNeutral Consulting, will show you how to look back on your employment history to understand where you have come from, where you want to go, and most importantly how to tell the story. Following the 20 minute talk, Eric will open up the floor for discussion with the audience. Cash bar, light fare so don't come hungry.

This event is sponsored by Eric's favorite nonprofit -
Educate Tanzania, a registered 501c3. Donations beyond $10. per ticket are tax deductible.
Ballentine Post 246 VFW • Uptown Mpls • $20
2916 Lyndale Ave. S. • 6:00PM - 9:00PM • •

Walker Art Museum African Film Series March 5-29

"Riff on the Rif" African film series at Walker Art Center March 5-29

The Walker has installed a gallery showing the work of Yto Barrada, a Tangiers-based photographer, cinema artist, and film curator. Some time ago, Yto bought and rehabilitated a dilapidated movie theater, the Rif, in a declining neighborhood of Tangiers. The theater has now become a center of community-building, with excellent films, both new and classic, a modest archive of North African films, a cafeteria with healthful food at very reasonable prices, and filmmaking classes for children of all ages. In the spirit of that theater, the Walker decided to accompany the exhibit with a film series showing films that were well received at the Rif or somehow embody its spirit. The only way to get a full sense of the series is to go to and see the complete list, but here are a few highlights:

---Djibril Diop Mambety's Touki-Bouki (The Hyena's Journey), Senegal's answer to Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper's biker film Easy Rider. (In newly restored 35 mm)

--Abdellah Taia's Salvation Army, a story of a gay man coming of age in Morocco, based on Taia's own autobiographical novel, with cinematography by Agnès Godard.

--Med Hondo's Soleil O, a fierce early look (1967) at African immigration to France by one of the founding giants of African cinema, that compares immigrant labor to slavery.

--Farida Benlyzaid's A Door to the Sky about a young Moroccan with orange hair and punk clothing, who comes home briefly from France for her father's funeral, but decides to stay and turn her father's house into a women's shelter.

--Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin's Chronicle of a Summer, a pioneering cinema-verité portrait of Paris in 1960 that explores, among other things, emerging Holocaust narratives, and controversies over the war of liberation in Algeria.

-Leila Kilani's On the Edge, a story of two young Casablancan working women who peel shrimps by day, do sex work at night, and dream of crossing to the Free Zone, a
European enclave on Moroccan land.

--Two films about French colonial behavior that were long censored in France: Alain Resnais and Chris Marker's Statues Also Die and René Vautier's Afrique Cinquante (Africa 1950); Marker ingeniously stole his film cans back after the government confiscated them.

crossposted from MEIG

Social policy, soc devel & human rights study tour to Turkey, May 12-26

Professor David Hollister in Social Work will be offering a study tour in Turkey during the latter half of May. Please see the description below and get in touch with him for more information.
There is still room for a few more students for the study tour to Turkey, May 12-26, 2014. The focus is on social policy, social development, and human rights. The tour will be led by David Hollister and Peter Dimock, both faculty members in the School of Social Work (David Hollister is an adjunct faculty member in the MURP program). It will will cost around $4300, including international airfare. The itinerary includes time in Istanbul, Ephesus, the Cappadochia region, Ankara, and a return to Istanbul. Experiences will include discussions with faculty from four universities (including two law schools and two social work schools), graduate students, social policy and human rights advocates, social service providers, and of course visits to Turkey's rich historic and cultural sites.

The tour is open to Humphrey students as well as Master of Social Work students, but the deadline is approaching soon.

For further information please contact David Hollister, dhollist(at) or Peter Dimock, pdimock(at)

Carissa Schively Slotterback, PhD, AICP
Associate Professor and Director, Urban and Regional Planning Program
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
130 HHH Center, 301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55455

twitter: @cschively

Al Qasimi Foundation Internship Application Deadline - March 1, 2014

The Al Qasimi Foundation is currently accepting applications from undergraduate and graduate students working on any area of public policy. Most internships last 8-12 weeks, but the timing can be flexible based on prospective applicants' schedules and on-going work of the Foundation. These opportunities are ideal for students planning to attend graduate school or seeking to apply their studies through practical research or other hands-on projects in a professional setting.

Internship Experience:
The Foundation offers a supportive learning environment, and effort is made to expose interns to various aspects of the organization. Assigned projects provide meaningful opportunities to contribute to the Foundation's work through activities such as literature reviews, field work, quantitative/qualitative data gathering and analysis, multimedia projects, and events.


Furnished accommodation, local transportation in Ras Al Khaimah, and a small stipend to cover living costs are provided during the internship. Plane tickets, health insurance, and other expenses are the responsibility of the intern.


The internship program is open to current undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at an accredited university in good academic standing. Recent graduates (within the last two years) will also be considered. Minimum TOEFL score of 600 or IELTS score of 6.5.

Additional Information & Application Process:
More information on the internship program, including online application, is available on the "Careers Section" of the Foundation's website. Questions regarding the program can also be sent to info(at)

Applications for internships taking place during the summer/fall of 2014 (May-December) will be accepted until March 1, 2014. The review and selection process takes 6-8 weeks and may include an interview component for those applicants whose interests and skills match current project needs of the Foundation.

The Al Qasimi Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), a northern emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Its mission is to aid in the social, cultural, and economic development of RAK and the UAE through high-quality research, strategic capacity development, and purposeful community engagement.

4pm Feb 13 Music Education in Guyana

TIME CORRECTION: THURS. 2/13 @ 4PM: IPID TALK - Music Education in Guyana
This was originally sent out saying the talk occurs at 3pm. The correct time for this IPID talk is 4PM! Note the change!

Cultural Perspectives through
Music Education in Guyana
featuring Eric Sayre of the Guyana Lutheran Music Academy

Come participate in this unique talk about a creative, arts-based approach to development.

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2014
Time: 4-5pm
Location: Freeman Commons, Humphrey School Room 205, West Bank
This event is Free, but please RSVP: Click here to RSVP through Eventbrite
Refreshments will be provided

Come talk to Eric Sayre as he expounds on his work with Guyana Lutheran Music Academy, a nonprofit organization supporting the opening of an after school music program in Guyana, South America. Guyana is the third poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with opportunities in the arts almost nonexistent. In partnership with the Guyanese Lutheran Church, the academy will provide vocal and instrumental music instruction to families in the early evenings, after regular school and work hours.

This is a unique opportunity to hear about a creative, arts-based approach to development.

To read more about GLMA, go to their website:

David Davies-Deis

Candidate, Master of Urban and Regional Planning, 2014

President, Planning Student Organization
Research Assistant, Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center

Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota
(239) 677-6543

Humphrey alum Philbrook named "Ambassador for Peace"

reprinted from Humphrey School Alumni Notes on 11 18, 13

Burnham "Bud" Philbrook (MA '79), Global Volunteers CEO and Co-founder, has been named "Ambassador for Peace" by the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT). Philbrook, an internationally recognized leader in public policy and engagement, earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, a Master of Arts with concentrations in international economic development and public administration from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Hamline University School of Law.

In accepting his award at the World Travel Market in London, Philbrook stated: "I am deeply honored to receive IIPT's prestigious Ambassador for Peace award. During the past 30 years, Global Volunteers has engaged over 30,000 volunteers serving in 32 countries on six continents. Each volunteer has served a local community, emphasizing the needs of children. I accept this award on behalf of all those volunteers, because they are the true ambassadors for peace."

Global Volunteers caught the attention of IIPT in 2012 for its St. Lucia Project - an ambitious development project to demonstrate the long-lasting benefit of short-term volunteers in partner communities. The St. Lucia Project pairs largely North American volunteers with local people on the Caribbean island to provide "essential services" to at-risk children and families to elevate the health, nutrition and educational attainment of young students - thereby helping to advance the nation's general IQ levels.

Philbrook is a former Deputy Under Secretary at the United States Department of Agriculture, where he was responsible for food security and agricultural trade issues. He is a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, and former Assistant Commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Philbrook was an administrative lawyer in Minnesota from 1983 until he closed his practice to lead the Global Volunteers staff full time in 1994. He initiated the concept of engaging private individuals from developed countries as short-term volunteers serving communities in developing countries. USA Today identified Global Volunteers as the "Granddaddy" of this movement.

Global Volunteers works in special consultative status with the United Nations and in partnership with U.N. agencies UNICEF and the World Food Programme to engage short-term volunteers on long-term projects to create, nurture and sustain the well-being of the world's children - so they can realize the full promise of their human potential.

PASA CAREER ENGAGEMENT FAIR, Feb 20 at Humphrey School

Humphrey School's PASA Career Engagement Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 20, in the Humphrey School Atrium.

Equator Prize 2014

I'm a 2013 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and currently a fellow with the Equator Initiative, part of the United Nations Development Programme. The Equator Initiative awards its Equator Prize to innovative, sustainable development projects all over the world, and just recently called for nominations for this year's Prize.

Thus, we are looking for either worthy project candidates or those persons or entities who would know of such projects.

The Equator Prize 2014 will recognize twenty-five local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. Profiles of past Equator Prize winners can be found here.

Equator Prize 2014 winners will each receive $5,000 (USD), with several selected for 'special recognition' and an additional $15,000 (USD).

Representatives of winning communities will be supported to participate in a series of events held in conjunction with the United Nations General Assembly, scheduled for September 2014 in New York.


In order to be eligible for the Equator Prize 2014, nominees must:

✔ Have been in operation for at least 3 years
✔ Be a community-based or local group, operating in a rural area
✔ Be located within a country receiving support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), excluding countries with a high level of development

Luke Peters
Legal Fellow
Equator Initiative
United Nations Development Programme
304 East 45th Street Room 633B New York, NY 10017
Tel: +1 319 541-3360
Fax: +1 212 906-6642