Theoretical and Methodological Implications of Caregiving for Development
Presented by Professor Greta Friedemann-Sánchez
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Abstract: What does caregiving have to do with development? Why should we care about care? How is caregiving different from unpaid labor and domestic work? How is caregiving related to a person's financial wellbeing? What is the connection between caregiving and health outcomes? In this presentation, Greta Friedemann-Sánchez proposes a conceptual framework to incorporate unpaid caregiving into international development research, policy and implementation processes. It presents both economic and health outcomes of caregiving for caregivers that can be used to evaluate progress and the determinants of those outcomes at three levels: individual characteristics at the micro-level; social norms and intrahousehold dynamics at the meso-level; and, caregiver support policies at the macro-level. Greta Friedemann-Sánchez will explore the methodological implications of the burgeoning field of caregiving for development and present sample studies using the framework. This should be a presentation useful to students who are preparing their research projects and those getting ready to go to the field.
For a complete list of Fall 2013 brown bags visit ICGC.umn.edu
Information on the Smaby Peace Fellowship for Humphrey students coming soon, but the Oslo International Summer School information is now available: http://www.uio.no/english/studies/courses/summerschool/?filter.level=master
The Smaby family and the University of Minnesota Foundation have established a generous fellowship of $3000.00 (with the potential for additional funds) for a student at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs to participate in a graduate course at the University of Oslo International Summer School.
You can complete graduate credits towards your Humphrey degree while studying and living on the beautiful campus of the University of Oslo and participating in trips around the country. The International Summer School was started after World War II to promote international peace and development. For full information on the summer school, go to www.summerschool.uio.no
You must apply separately for the Smaby Peace Fellowship and to the International Summer School. Note that the fellowship will cover only part of the costs of the summer experience.
Questions? Please contact Lynne Schuman at lschuman(at)umn.edu or talk to Sherry Gray. Please note that you must be a currently registered Humphrey student to apply for the Smaby Fellowship.
Past HHH students participating in the International Summer School are:
2013 Tenzin Khando (MPP) and Brendan Crosby (MPA)
2012 Harshada Karnik (MPP) and Erik Sande (MPP)
2011 Brandon Baumbach (MPP) and Duane Johnson (MPP). They each added an internship component in Norway to their summer studies.
Lynne R. Schuman, Director of Career Services
Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
lschuman(at)umn.edu 612-625-2847 (phone) 612-626-0002 (fax)
UNMATCHED GLOBAL MENTORS AVAILABLE- RESPOND TO Lynne Schuman (schum001(at)umn.edu) ASAP
DETAILS OF PROGRAM TIMELINE AND STRUCTURE
1. The official dates of the program are: November 2013 through May 2014 (approximately 7 months), though if both of you wish to maintain contact after the official end date,
you are welcome to do so.
2. Some type of monthly communication is essential (this can be anything: an email, phone call, etc. or personal meetings if the mentor and student are in the same location at any point.).
3. For distance pairs, a Skype/video call should take place periodically, if possible.
4. Both mentor and mentee should be aware that the mentor is in no way obligated to get the student a job or an internship; the function of the relationship is one of
advice-seeking and advice-giving and the building of the professional network.
5. The purposes are to:
a) foster understanding of the mentor's work
b) provide advice on networking and entrance into the field (mentees might ask: "How do you get jobs?", "How do you even find jobs?")
c) highlight necessary professional skills (perhaps through resume review)
d) help with professional contacts
India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), the premier trade promotion agency of the Govt. of India for organizing trade fairs, is committed to showcase excellence achieved by the country in diverse fields especially trade and commerce. ITPO as the nodal trade promotion agency of the country has had a pioneering role in the national trade growth dynamics since its inception. Apart from its role in bringing the Indian businesses, particularly those in the MSMEs sector, closer to global markets, it was first to popularize trade fairs as a tool of trade promotion within the country. For nearly three & half decades, it is managing India's world class exhibition complex that is constantly upgraded to keep it in a high standard of readiness.
Read more about it here.
The Dorothy Marchus Senesh Fellowship provides a biennial fellowship awarded to a woman from the developing world for studies in the field of peace. Larry Senesh (now deceased), a professor of Economics at the University of Colorado at Boulder, established this Fellowship in memory of his wife.
The Fellowship provides $5,000 per year for two years, for a total of $10,000.
Materials for the 2014-2015 Senesh Fellowship are now available, and the application period for the fellowship is now open.
Those interested in applying for the fellowship will find an announcement about the 2014-2015 Senesh Fellowship in English and in Spanish.
The Senesh Fellowship English Application is now available in a fill-in pdf format, as is the Senesh Fellowship Spanish Application.
In case you have trouble downloading the fill-in pdf form, additionally, the Senesh Fellowship 2014-2015 Application is now available in English and in Spanish.
For information about applying for the fellowship (or any other information or questions concerning the Senesh Fellowship) please contact Dr. Linda M. Johnston.
If the email link to Dr. Johnston does not work on your computer, please use this email address: seneshfellowship(at)iprafoundation(dot)org. Replace the (at) with the "@" symbol and the (dot) with "."
Visit their website here.
Hosted by the Department of Medicine and SocMed
Wednesday, November, 20, 2013
6:00pm Global Health Update and Presentations (light dinner provided)
8:00pm Global Health Pathway Faculty and Resident Meeting
Twin Cities Shriners Hospitals for Children®
2025 East River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Global Health Update
John Alpern, MD
PGY-3 Internal Medicine
Framing the Social Determinants of Health at Home and Abroad
Michael Westerhaus, MD, MA
Clinic Chief, Center for International Health,
Assistant Professor, University of MN,
Amy Finnegan, PhD, MALD
Assitant Professor & Chair Justice & Peace Studies, University of St. Thomas
A Simple case of Tuberculous Perdicarditis?
Brian Hilliard, MD
PGY-1 Internal Medicine - Pediatrics
Featured Presentation: "Addressing the Social
Determinants of Health through Community Based Participatory Research"
Mark Wieland MD, MPH
Mayo Clinic and Rochester Healthy Community Partnership
To register, please contact Danielle Brownlee at email@example.com
For more information click here.
The Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) is a standardized, international Chinese proficiency test for non-native speakers. It is the only standardized exam of Chinese language proficiency recognized by the Chinese government and Chinese 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
For questions regarding the HSK online exam, please contact Dr. Qijie Li at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-624-1963.
HSK Test Registration
The Confucius Institute will offer the internet-based, written HSK and oral HSKK on Sunday, December 1, 2013. Exam registration must be completed through the Hanban website by Thursday, November 21, 2013 (Beijing time).
*Registration Note: The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota testing center is the only one 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.
HSK Prep Course
The Confucius Institute is taking registrations for a one-session HSK preparatory course, open to the public. Dr. Qijie Li, of Capital Normal University and the Confucius Institute, will outline the structure of the test and highlight key points to focus on in your preparation. The course will offer strategies for test day with real examples from past exams. Content and vocabulary will focus on HSK levels II and III. Registrants will also have access to 12 online HSK exams for levels 1 - 6 as part of the course fee.
The HSK prep class will meet on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. The fee for the course is $20, payable by check or cash. Please make checks out to "University of Minnesota." Register for the course with our online form by Friday, November 15, 2013 at 4:00 pm.
For questions about registration, please contact Emily Ruskin at email@example.com or 612-625-5210.
HSK Self-Evaluation Tool
Not sure which level you should take? The Hanban is now offering a free self-evaluation software. The self-assessment tool includes abbreviated mock exams for all six levels of HSK and three HSKK levels. Use the immediate test results to gauge an appropriate exam level for your needs. Simply enter your name and an email address on the self-evaluation webpage to get started.
Apply for a Confucius Institute Scholarship
The Confucius Institute offers full scholarships for semester, year-long, and Masters of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL) study programs at various universities across China. All scholarship applications require HSK and HSKK scores. The Confucius Institute scholarship deadline is April 2014. Register for the October HSK exam to ensure scores are available to apply for the scholarship.
More information here.
As commerce continues to globalize, a global mindset is increasingly important to companies, their employees and their leaders. But what exactly does it mean to have a global mindset and how can it positively impact the bottom line?
In this inaugural Global Matters event, Dr. Mansour Javidan will discuss the global trends that companies are facing and implications for individual employees, managers and executives. He will explain the concept of 'global mindset' and will offer examples of how and why it is critical for success in global roles. Dr. Javidan will share some suggestions about how individuals can develop their own global mindset and what organizations can do to help.
Plan to join us to explore this important topic!
November 20, 2013
3:30-5:00 p.m. Presentation and Q & A
5:00-6:00 p.m. Networking Reception
Carlson School of Management (Map)
University of Minnesota
321 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Tickets are $35 (includes parking in University of Minnesota's 19th Avenue and 21st Avenue ramps).
About the Speaker
Award-winning executive educator and author whose teaching and research interests span the globe, Dr. Mansour Javidan received his MBA and Ph.D. degrees from the Carlson School at the University of Minnesota. He is currently the Garvin Distinguished Professor and Director of Najafi Global Mindset Institute at Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona.
Dr. Javidan has been designated an Expert Advisor (Global Leadership) by the World Bank and a Senior Research Fellow by the U.S. Army. He is on the Board of Directors of the International Leadership Association. He has designed and taught a variety of executive development courses, offered and facilitated workshops, conducted consulting projects, and made presentations in 25 countries around the world.
His publications have appeared in such journals as Harvard Business Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Perspectives, Leadership Quarterly, Management International Review, Organizational Dynamics, Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences, Human Relations, Journal of World Business, and Journal of Organizational Change Management.
NORWAY HOUSE | PEACE INITIATIVE'S DIALOGUE FOR PEACE TO EXPLORE "SOCIAL MEDIA: WAR OR PEACE IN 140 CHARACTERS" (November 20th)
The Norway House | Minnesota Peace Initiative is presenting a panel discussion on the impact social media is having on world events from the perspective of national security, foreign policy and news media coverage of these events. Unrest in countries around the world has given rise to the use of social media networks like Facebook and Twitter to report on events in real time. The panel of media, political and foreign affairs experts will discuss the issue at 7:30 p.m., following a social media basics workshop presented by Minnesota Public Radio at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
6:30 p.m. Social Media Basics Workshop
Presented by Dave Kansas, Minnesota Public Radio
7:30 p.m. Panel Discussion; participants below
The event is free and open to the public.
McNamara Alumni Center
University of Minnesota
200 Oak Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Bryan Cunningham, principal, Cunningham Partners LLC
Former deputy legal advisor for National Security Advisor Condolezza Rice and former senior CIA officer and federal prosecutor
Ali E. Erol, professor, American University's School of International Service
Researcher examining language in social media and critical media analysis
Dave Kansas, chief operating officer, American Public Media
Former editor at The Wall Street Journal and TheStreet.com
Ellen Louise Noble, graduate student, Georgetown University
Macalester College graduate and author of study on how Libyans used Twitter to narrate their own experiences during the 2011 intervention.
Meredith McQuaid, associate vice president and dean of international programs, University of Minnesota system
The Norway House | Minnesota Peace Initiative serves to raise awareness, educate audiences and foster engagement about the peace process throughout the world.
Contact: David Hakensen for Norway House (612) 573-3111 or
Elizabeth Plaetz Lori, Norway House (612) 501-1078
At the recent Devex Career Fair in Nairobi, several recruiters and human resource leaders stressed the importance of soft skills in succeeding as a global development professional. While there are many soft skills that can be useful -- and it often depends on the role -- here are five universal soft skills every global development professional should strive to have along with how to communicate them to a prospective employer.
Aid work is anything but predictable: a natural disaster strikes, a political conflict breaks out, a donor shifts its funding priorities. A development worker needs to be prepared to change focus quickly and effectively. The ability to roll with the punches and correct course to align with shifting needs on the ground is a valuable trait in development employees.
How to get this across to an employer: Give an example in your cover letter that not only shows your technical expertise or managerial prowess but also demonstrates how you were able to quickly respond to changing needs or priorities. Also, recruiters take cues throughout the interview process. So try to be flexible about when and how you interview. If you appear too rigid, it will serve as a red flag to prospective employers.
Being a valuable employee means knowing your value. Being aware of your strengths and weakness will help you prioritize when you take the lead and when you delegate or seek inputs from others. It will also help you grow in areas that need improvement and guide your career in a direction that will allow you to provide the most impact.
How to get this across to an employer: Start by applying to jobs for which you are truly qualified for and submitting applications that highlight why you would bring value to this specific role. When you are networking or interviewing, know what it is you want to do and what you bring to the table and be able to communicate this clearly. Nothing turns off an employer more than a candidate not knowing what they want to do or what they can offer an organization.
3. Cross-cultural understanding and communication
Many people include some form of this on their resume, as it seems like a given to working in an international career. But few people actually demonstrate how they have this skill. Working well with other cultures requires understanding and respecting their history, politics, religion and customs. It means adjusting your etiquette, meeting style and communication tactics and picking up on all of the nuances that can make working in one culture so vastly different from another. It also means having a healthy dose of humility.
How to get this across to an employer: The importance of understanding the culture in which you work is why employers often highly value previous experience in a speciic country or region. Beyond just stating experience working in the same country, describe how you adapted your style to the local norms and be specific about what this entailed. Perhaps you adopted a more formal tone in emails, learned to provide feedback privately or found out that to negotiate sometimes meant drawing a hard line and walking away. Don't just say you understand a culture, but describe how you adjusted your style to fit it.
4. Customer service
Technical expertise and advanced degrees are often important to a global development career, but many people overlook the practical and equally important skill of customer service. The customer can be your donor, internal colleagues and departments, governments or NGOs you work alongside or the communities you serve. Being service-oriented in your work can mean the difference in gaining additional funding from a donor, getting a government to cooperate with your initiative or actually serving the needs of a beneficiary. It can also gain the respect and trust of those you work alongside.
How to get this across to an employer: Many professionals leave off retail or service-oriented jobs from their resume. If you are a seasoned professional with experience in the development sector, that is probably the best approach. However, if you are starting out in a global development career, don't be so quick to dismiss this experience as irrelevant. Many recruiters I talk to say they value service experience as much -- and in some cases more -- than those coveted internships everyone is quick to fill their resume with. In either case, highlighting your service-oriented approach to development is never a bad strategy.
The reality is that aid workers are often sent to the field with small budgets, lofty deliverables and varying levels of support from their home office, donor or host country governments. Doing a lot with little -- be it money, guidance or support -- is a common challenge in international development work. Something as simple as a failing internet connection can interfere greatly with program goals if you aren't able to work around them.
How to get it across to an employer: One way to demonstrate your resourcefulness is to be well educated on the employer before you interview. Asking questions that could easily be answered by perusing their website is not a good tactic for demonstrating you are resourceful. Also, highlight accomplishments you made despite the odds. For example, talk about the training you successfully delivered in the midst of a power outage or how you opened up a field office in a conflict zone with minimal infrastructure.
Read more about it here.
Many individuals around the world are interested in doing graduate work in Peace and Conflict Resolution at the MA or Ph.D. level. This guide is for MA level programs. For Ph.D. programs see the resource guide There are several excellent existing guides to finding programs listed below (Please note that no guide provides complete up-to-date information on all programs, thus please feel free to suggest additional programs and also do your own research).
Before looking through the guides, readers are strongly encouraged to read carefully through the free report Graduate Education and Professional Practice in International Peace and Conflict (2010. by Nike Carstarphen, Craig Zelizer, Robert Harris and David J. Smith. Special Report 246. United States Institute of Peace:Washington, DC
which is accessible at http://www.internationalpeaceandconflict.org/profiles/blogs/new-rep... . The report provides a critical review of the opportunities and challenges in graduate programs and should be useful reading for students, faculty, employers and those considering starting programs.
RELEVANT GUIDES TO GRADUATE LEVEL PROGRAMS
1. The Peacemakers Trust in Canada has complied an excellent list of programs around the world see, http://www.peacemakers.ca/education/educationlinks.html
2. Dr. Brian Polkinghorn at Salisbury State University, has compiled an excellent guide to Graduate Programs in Conflict Resolution, Peace Studies and Alternative Dispute Resolution around the World.
3.The Peace and Justice Studies Association publishes a guide to peace and conflict related programs at all levels.
4.CR Info has an online guide to higher education programs related to Conflict issues.
5.Eastern Mennonite University has also put together a useful guide to MA level programs related to Peace and Conflict Studies.
6. (Thanks to Dr. John Windmueller for this resource) As part of the work done by the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) task force on standards in graduate conflict resolution education, we created a large database of approximately 150 conflict resolution-related programs and degrees. Here's a link to the database: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AnL0i2flgrpNdC1aazJDM1...
7. Wikipedia has an entry that provides an overview of the field of Peace and Conflict Studies and key research institutes.
Idealist, one of the leading nonprofit career sites has recently developed the Public Service Graduate Education Resource Center. This is a terrific site that has key information for individuals seeking to pursue graduate programs related to social change. The resources includes tips for how to select a program, how to write an effective application, application procedures, identifying funding and more.
SCHOLARSHIPS/FUNDING FOR MA PROGRAMS
For more information on funding possibilities please consult the Scholarships Guide and/or directly contact the respective academic program.
KEY MA PROGRAMS IN PEACE AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION
Regarding MA programs in Conflict Resolution and Related Fields see some of the key programs below. Feel free to suggest additional programs and you're encouraged to consult the resource guides listed above.
In Washington, DC area there are the following MA level programs:
Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution Program, Georgetown University
Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University
International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program, American University
Other regions in the US
Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Columbia University, New York
Master of Arts degree in Conflict Analysis and Engagement, Antoich University, Ohio
Master of Science in Conflict Management, Kennesaw State University, Georgia
MA in Conflict Transformation, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia
International Peace and Conflict Resolution MA program at Arcadia University in Pennsylvania
MA in Peace Studies, Notre Dame University, Indiana
MA in Negotiation and Conflict Management, University of Baltimore, Maryland
Master of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, NOVA Southeastern University, Florida (also offers online and certificate programs)
Master of Arts in Coexistence and Conflict, Brandies University, Massachusetts
Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution, University of Massachusetts in Boston
Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy, The Fletcher School, Tufts University, Massachusetts (includes the option to do a concentration in conflict resolution)
Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies, Rutgers University, New Jersey
Masters Program in Conflict Studies and Dispute Resolution at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Master of Arts in Peace and Justice Studies University of San Diego, California
MA in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, California State University, Dominguez Hills (offers an online program)
The Master's Program In Conflict and Dispute Resolution, University of Oregon
The MA or MSC Program in Conflict Resolution, Portland State University, Oregon
Masters in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (offers campus-based and online version) at Creighton University in Nebraska.
Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution, Salisbury University, Maryland
Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation - School for International Training, Vermont
M.A. Program in Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg (joint program)
Master of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Waterloo is a new interdisciplinary professional program set to begin in September 2012.
Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at University of Queensland
Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney
The National Centre for Peace And Conflict Studies, at the University of Otago, is New Zealand's first Centre to combine global cross-disciplinary expertise on the issues of development, peacebuilding and conflict transformation. It offers postgraduate programs at the Masters and PhD level.
EUROPEAN NETWORK PROGRAMS
European Master's Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation - European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation
MA for Peace, Development, Security and International Conflict Tran... at the University of Innsbruck
M.Phil, International Peace Studies, Trinity College, Dublin
MA program in Conflict Studies, Faculty of Media and Communications (FMK), Singidunum University
Online MA in Conflictology,Open University of Catalonia, Barcelona
International Master in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies, Universitat Jaume I (UJI), Castellón
MA Program in Peace and Development Studies, Linnæus University, Sweden. The one-year program combines conflict analysis and development studies with a practical, methods-oriented approach. Students are taught in a multicultural classroom by experts with extensive practical experience abroad.
MA of Advanced Studies in Peace and Conflict Transformation, University of Basel
MA in Expressive Arts, Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding European Graduate School
M.Phil, Reconciliation Studies, Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College, Belfast
LLM Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice, Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland
MA Peace and Conflict Studies (will be an MSc next year), and a new programme in MSc Peacebuilding and Human Rights INCORE, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland
MA Postgraduate Courses in Conflict Resolution, Peace Studies, Conflict, Security and Development (and related Fields), University of Bradford
MA in Peacebuilding, University of Manchester
MA in Peace Studies, Liverpool Hope University
University of Peace - Offers 10 MA programs related to peace and conflict studies.
University of Haifa - International Interdisciplinary MA Program in Peace and Conflict Management Studies.
University of Haifa- International MA Program in Diplomacy Studies
Tel Aviv University - International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation
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The Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) is pleased to announce the launch of its new website!
We invite you to our new and more interactive website to explore ICGC: http://icgc.umn.edu/
learn more about our academic programs and fellowships
look into our research interests and collaborations
see who is a part of our growing ICGC community and get to know our staff, faculty, and fellows
The site features a more interactive approach with paperless grant and fellowship applications, an events listing allowing you to add our events to your calendar of choice, and an online make a gift interface. The new site will feature more news, events, and photos.
Our web address is staying the same; however, most internal links have changed. Please update any links you may have to our website and let us know if you see any others that are broken.
We hope you will find the new site to be informative, attractive, and easier to use. Please bookmark our site to keep up to date on ICGC activities, and send any feedback to icgc(at)umn.edu.
Professor Paul M. Vaaler, Carlson School will speak on: Explaining the Rise of Diaspora Institutions
12:45 - 2:00 pm Tuesday, November 19, 2013
170 Humphrey Stassen Room
Why do states establish and empower diaspora engagement institutions? Origin-state institutions dedicated to emigrants and their descendants have been largely overlooked in mainstream political studies, perhaps because they fall in the grey area between domestic politics and international relations. Now, diaspora institutions are found in over half of all United Nations member states. This research explores empirical support for three theoretically-grounded perspectives on diaspora institutions: instrumentally rational states tapping resources of emigrants and their descendants; value-rational states embracing lost members of the nation-state; and institutionally-converging states governing diasporas consistent with global norms. The research documents support for these alternative perspectives in regression and related analysis in 144 states from 1990-2010. Tapping perspective estimates show better fit than those based on other perspectives. Estimations combining perspectives exhibit the best model fit. The research advances international relations research by identifying, distinguishing, and testing alternative perspectives explaining diaspora institution emergence and importance. It also advances international relations practice and policy with evidence-guided insight on near-term trends in diaspora institution emergence and importance.
A working paper with the same title as this presentation is available electronically at:
All are welcome! Refreshments will be served
The Freeman Center for International Economic Policy sponsors the Global Policy Seminar/Workshop series every other Tuesday. The sessions are held from 12:45 to 2:00 pm in the Stassen Room (Room 170) of the Humphrey School.
The next presentation is::
December 3 - Joseph Schwartzberg on U.N. Reform
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brandon-wu/fighting-for-the-soul-of-_b_4250874.html "Fighting for the Soul of Climate Finance"
Brandon Wu, Senior Policy Analyst, ActionAid USA
Cross posted from Huff Post Green:
As UN climate talks kick off in Poland this week, arguments about money are likely to take center stage. That's nothing new, as the annual conference enters its nineteenth year. But this year's twist to a familiar tale -- concerns about a lack of money to assist developing countries in dealing with the climate crisis -- is a strategic shift by rich countries to a more fundamental, and troublesome, debate about what even counts as "climate finance."
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is actually quite clear on this point: climate finance refers to the transfer of public resources from rich countries to developing countries to support action on climate change -- both to reduce or avoid greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation) and to deal with the climate impacts that are already happening (adaptation).
Underpinning this is the idea -- affirmed by the UNFCCC -- that rich countries have a responsibility to lead on climate action because it is their historical emissions that have caused the climate crisis. Meanwhile, poor countries that have not caused climate change -- as so tragically illustrated by the Philippines in recent days -- are those most vulnerable to climate impacts. Climate finance, based on the "polluter pays" principle, is thus an obligation of rich countries. It is not aid or charity; it is a moral and legal responsibility.
Unfortunately, rich countries have been unwilling to provide the kind of public, grant-based climate finance that is required of them ethically and legally, despite many proposals laying out how they might generate funds for this purpose. Instead, they want to count climate-friendly private investments towards their climate finance obligation, effectively lowering the bar for the amount of public funds they would have to provide.
Climate finance, the proponents argue, should essentially be thought of as any financial flows towards climate-friendly action. Solving the problem of global climate change is impossible without huge shifts in private sector investments, since this sector represents trillions of dollars and the vast majority of economic activity around the world. So those arguing against measures to "leverage" (encourage) private sector climate finance are basically delusional, and are failing to acknowledge the sheer scale of the problem the world faces.
This is a bit of a straw man. No one is arguing against making private-sector activity more climate friendly. But that's what policy change and regulation is for. That's why people are arguing for policies like carbon taxes, large-scale shifts in subsidy regimes away from the fossil fuel industry, and so on. It's the role of national governments, not the UNFCCC or its Green Climate Fund, to effectively regulate markets, shifting incentives so that trillions of dollars of private investments will flow to sustainable, climate-friendly activities.
By substituting this broader debate about climate-friendly investment for the UNFCCC-specific one, rich country governments remove crucial concepts like historical responsibility, polluter pays, and geopolitical fairness (in the context of historically unjust North-South relations) from the conversation. What's more, they paint civil society and developing country governments that provide alternative views as obstructionists divorced from the supposed reality that massive flows of private-sector investment are the only politically feasible form of "climate finance."
But private finance does not match up well with the principle and practice of climate finance as defined in the UNFCCC context. Because private investment by definition seeks profits, the idea of "private climate finance" is a perversion of the polluter pays principle -- like allowing BP to earn a return on investment for cleaning up the Gulf after the Deepwater Horizon debacle. Furthermore, private investment is ill-suited to reach the poor and marginalized communities who most desperately need adaptation finance and access to clean energy. Reaching these communities is unlikely to be a profitable endeavor, especially in the short term.
Rather than simply being denialist about the private sector, critics of "private climate finance" are fighting to ensure that, in the context of historical injustice between North and South, the poorest and most marginalized are able to access their fair share of climate finance. Loan-based financing and private sector investments are not the answer for those most vulnerable to climate impacts. If we value human rights, with every life and livelihood counting as much as any other, then ensuring that the countries and communities unjustly affected by the worst of climate change can access adequate finance is an absolute, non-negotiable need.
Follow Brandon Wu on Twitter: www.twitter.com/brandoncwu
Ido Sivan Sevilla, 2013 Rosenthal awardee and now member of the Rosenthal Alumni Advisory Council, presented his experience at a session November 8. Attached is his PowerPoint.Rosenthal Fellowship - Information Session Ido fall 2013.pptx
Humphrey students applying, please see Career Services staff, Sherry Gray, or Ido for more information.
Announcing new Mestenhauser Student Award!
The Global Programs and Strategy Alliance is pleased to announce the launch of the Mestenhauser Student Award for Excellence in Campus Internationalization, which recognizes outstanding student contributions to international education.
The Mestenhauser Student Award honors Dr. Josef Mestenhauser, Distinguished International Emeritus Professor, recognizing his long career of advocacy for and commitment to students.
The nomination materials are now available. Materials are due on November 27, 2013. http://global.umn.edu/icc/lecture/index.html#award-tab
Recipients will be honored in an award ceremony on February 7, 2014, at the Weisman Art Museum.
For more information, please visit our website or contact Elizabeth Schwartz at 612-625-8829 or Gayle Woodruff at 612-625-6065.
Friday November 22
IPID Student Speaker Conference - Technology in Development
Time: 3:30 - 7:30pm
Location: Walter Library Room 101
Food will be provided by AFRO DELI
You do not want to miss this one.
Speaker information will be available this Wednesday on our website, http://blog.lib.umn.edu/ipid/ipid/
4pm Humphrey School Freeman Commons Room 205
Pizza will be provided
Do you know how the recent government shutdown affected the billions of dollars in aid that the US allocates to international aid? How are critical development programs affected when the government can't figure out how to keep the office lights in DC on? Our guest will be Professor Brian Atwood, who will join us to discuss these issues with you. Professor Atwood previously served as the administrator for USAID and as chair of the Development Assistance Committee at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Come to listen and to engage!
Incorporating Displaced Persons into Community-Based Forestry Management Program in Viet Nam: Issues and Challenges
Location: Humphrey School Stassen Room 170
Food will be provided
There will be a presentation by Dzung Ngo who is currently doing work in this field on fitting displaced persons into community-based forestry management (CBFM) strategies, followed by an enlivening cross-sectional discussion.Join the Facebook event page here: IPID Viet Nam Talk
For some basic background on internally displaced people in Viet Nam, you can look at the UNHCR profile: http://www.unhcr.org/pages/49e4899d6.html
Also, for a background on CBFM you can read up on a case study in Viet Nam's Ca River Basin. http://www.hua.edu.vn:85/tc_khktnn/Upload%5C2532010-Bai%206%20_ban%20in%2050%20-%2058_%5B1%5D.pdf
Happy Friday, Everyone!
Our next International Fellow that we spoke with is João Abreu Martins.
Mr. Abreu Martins is an architect and urban planner graduated from Viçosa Federal University at Minas Gerais, Brazil. He is a professor of architecture and urban planning at Jean Piaget University of Cape Verde. Last year, He worked as a coordinator of two urban projects in Sal Island and Espargos and worked as a consultant of FAO - United Nations for primary schools canteen for those islands. He concurrently has a project to reform extremely poor people of his city. And as a teacher he is encouraging students to use and create technology in problem solving and environmental sustainable plans. During his fellowship, he wants to acquire new knowledge that will be applicable to launch proposals for the new cities, promoting a debate on the need of multidisciplinary teams in the planning process, and encouraging the local and central authorities to look into comprehensive regional plans to join a global world perspective. Back in his country, he will look into economic development projects that could support the low-income communities such as the farmers and fishermen to meet the needs of electrical energy, lack of water, accessing education, health and transportation services in and around the ten islands of Cape Verde.
Where is the most interesting place you've visited?
-The most interesting place I have ever visited in my life was Milan in Italy.
What is the place you're most looking forward to visiting in Minnesota?
-I'm looking forward to visiting the lake when is completely covered by the winter ice, and then you can walk on the top. The famous challenge: Can you walk through/across the water?
Have you visited the U.S. before? If so, what was your favorite place that you traveled to?
-No, I have been never visited the US before. I arrived in the US for my pre-academic stage, to learn/improve my English language, in this stage I had the opportunity to visit many interesting places: Blacksburg, Christianburg, Richmond, Jamestown, Montichello, Williamsburg (VA), Washington DC, and also by myself I went to Boston (MA), Providence, Brockton, Newport (RI), and finally New York (NY) that was my favorite place. New York is a very crowd city but impressive and extremely charming.
What is the place you'd most like to visit in the United States?
-I would like to go to San Francisco in California.
What is one word you would use to describe the Twin Cities?
-The Twin Cities are "surprising" - many people when you say you are going to TC they ask you why? Is too cold? They really don´t know that is not only the cold weather the beauty of these two cities.
What was the first job you ever had?
-Teenager Model, and Presenter of beauty contests in my school.
What is an interesting fact about your home country that most people wouldn't know?
-The name of my country is Cape Verde, which means green cape. However is very dry because the influence of Sahara Desert. It rains only one month a year. I'm from ten small touristic Islands with only 500,000 inhabitants; and approximately 4,000 square km; nonetheless, we are in top ten of development in Africa.
What is the most challenging aspect of your current position in your home country?
-Personally is to proceed the academic career doing Master degree and Phd. I'm an assistant teacher at the local University, and I believe that the Education system should improve. The government should invest more in superior education, giving opportunities for the teacher to growth, and make students studying more. The technology is the best way, like here in the US is possible to get the assignments, and the articles by this interactions between the two parts (Professor vs students).
What are the policy issues that are of most interest to you?
-Because I am also an Architect and Urban Planner It became very interesting for me the "Status of the Cities". This law converted all the villages in cities trying to promote the development of each in different stages and process. The issue is that for the implementation of the projects there is an obligation to execute the Master Plan of each new city. In my field I can have I very important role to help to develop my country
What is the top thing that you are hoping to gain from your experience at the Humphrey School?
-The most interesting thing for a mid-career professional is learning, and when is possible trying to share. I would like to gain Knowledge from the international experience by taking classes in Humphrey School with very important professors, and diverse classmates.
A big thank you goes out to João for working with Global Notes on our initiative to highlight our international fellows! If you would like to know more about João, or any of our other fellows, please visit the International Fellowship Program's page here.