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Prof. Zelizer's guide to key Policy Institutions/Think Tanks in Peacebuilding & Related Fields

From the guru at Georgetown U and the Peace and Collaborative Development Network (from which this is crossposted):

Over the past two decades, many new institutions from governments, foundations and nonprofits have emerged that provide in-depth policy analysis of current conflicts and the effectiveness of existing responses. In order to stay up to date on current crises, success stories in preventing, managing and transforming conflicts, and larger policy lessons for the field, reading reports from many of these institutions is indispensable.

While it is not possible to provide a complete list of all these institutions in the world, I wanted to start off by providing a list of some the key institutions out there. Feel free to suggest additional institutions. Also if you're looking for more media/news reporting, please visit the posting Useful Media Sites for News About Conflict and Peace. For a list of key publishers of books related to peacebuilding see the guide.

In developing the list of policy/think thanks, the goal is to include institutions that provide more in-depth analysis over the long period, examining trends and challenges in the field and that work at least a regional or international level. This is intended to be a list of peacebuilding practice organizations, but those that provide a more analytical, policy and broad perspective.

1) SwissPeace -is a practice-oriented peace research institute in the area of conflict analysis and peacebuilding. We research the causes of wars and violent conflicts, develop tools for early recognition of tensions, and formulate conflict mitigation and peacebuilding strategies. swisspeace contributes to information exchange and networking on current issues of peace and security policy through its analyses and reports as well as meetings and conferences.

2) Berghof Foundation - is an independent, non-governmental and non-profit organisation, supporting conflict stakeholders and actors in their efforts to achieve sustainable peace through peacebuilding and conflict transformation. To enable conflict stakeholders and actors to develop non-violent responses in the face of conflict-related challenges, the Foundation works with like-minded partners: currently in selected parts of Europe and Asia, the MENA region an Latin America. Its approach combines the knowledge, skills and resources available in the areas of conflict research, peace support and peace education. The Berghof Foundation sees itself as a learning organisation capable of supporting sustained efforts for conflict transformation. The Foundation also maintains the very useful Berghof Handbook for Conflict Transformation which is a comprehensive and cumulative website resource that provides continually updated cutting-edge knowledge, experience and lessons learned for those working in the field of transforming violent ethnopolitical conflict.

3) International Alert - is an independent peacebuilding organisation that works to lay the foundations for lasting peace and security in communities affected by violent conflict. We work in over 20 countries and territories around the world, both directly with people affected by violent conflict as well as at government, EU and UN levels to shape both policy and practice in building sustainable peace. IA has a very research program providing up to date information on best practice, emerging themes in peacebuilding such as climate change, the intersection of business and peace, gender and more.

4) Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior - is a think tank based in Madrid that aims to provide the best and most innovative thinking on Europe's role in the international arena. It strives to break new ground in its core research interests of peace and security, human rights, democracy promotion, and development and humanitarian aid, and mould debate in governmental and non-governmental bodies through rigorous analysis, rooted in the values of justice, equality and democracy.

5) Conciliation Resources - is an international non-governmental organization registered in the UK as a charity. We work mainly in the South Caucasus, Fiji, Uganda, Sudan and West Africa in partnership with local and international civil society organizations and governments. We also publish Accord: an international review of peace initiatives and are involved in projects in Colombia and the Philippines.

6) The Alliance for Peacebuilding - plays a leadership role in developing and disseminating innovative approaches to peacebuilding, including collaboration between conflict resolution organizations and organizations in the fields of development, relief, human rights, and security. We initiate, develop and support collaborative action among nongovernmental, governmental, and intergovernmental organizations. We also build understanding of and support for peacebuilding policies and programs among leaders in government, business, media, philanthropy, religion, and other sectors of civil society. In addition, we help increase the effectiveness of the peacebuilding field by developing networks, disseminating best practices, and enhancing organizational capacities and professional skills.

7) CDA Collaborative Learning Projects - CDA Collaborative Learning Projects). We are committed to improving the effectiveness of international actors who provide humanitarian assistance, engage in peace practice, and are involved in supporting sustainable development.

8) The Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research - is an independent think tank, a global network and a website for peace by peaceful means. It inspires a passion for peace from the grassroots to the corridors of power. It promotes conflict-mitigation and reconciliation in general and in selected conflict regions through meticulous on-the-ground research, active listening, education and advocacy.

9) The Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is the principal body through which the OECD deals with issues related to co-operation with developing countries. They provide publications and analysis on peacebuilding, fragile states, gender and more that summarize best practices across key donor agencies.

10) The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution - as a South African-based civil society organisation working throughout Africa to bring creative African solutions to the challenges posed by conflict on the continent. ACCORD's primary aim is to influence political developments by bringing conflict resolution, dialogue and institutional development to the forefront as an alternative to armed violence and protracted conflict. ACCORD specialises in conflict management, analysis and prevention and intervenes in conflicts through mediation, negotiation, training, research and conflict analysis.

11) The Social Science Research Council -has a long-standing commitment to developing better understanding of problems of global security and cooperation, from work on arms control and nuclear proliferation, to emerging social, political, and religious movements, global public health challenges, and persistent forms of conflict and threats to human security.

12) United Nations Development Program - Supports out a wide variety of development projects around the globe. Within UNDP, the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery has a number of relevant publications.

13) The International Crisis Group - is now generally recognised as the world's leading independent, non-partisan, source of analysis and advice to governments, and intergovernmental bodies like the United Nations, European Union and World Bank, on the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict.

14) The United States Institute of Peace - provides the analysis, training and tools that prevent and end conflicts, promotes stability and professionalizes the field of peacebuilding. USIP regularly publishes an array of comprehensive analysis and policy recommendations on current international affairs issues, especially on the prevention and resolution of conflict. USIP resources also include practical tools, training and courses for conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

15) The Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR) is an independent, non-governmental and non-profit organization, active in Romania and internationally since March 2001. The main purpose of PATRIR is to promote peacebuilding, and constructive conflict transformation, and at the same time the prevention of all forms of violence - direct, structural, and cultural - in Romania, and internationally. The organization carries out extensive research, publications and advocacy on peacebuilding practice and effectiveness.

16) Catholic Relief Services - Peacebuilding Division - Peacebuilding emerged as one of CRS' top priorities in 2001. Historically we worked on many activities related to peace and justice, but in the 1990s we began to focus more explicitly on them. This grew in large part out of experiences in East Africa and the Balkans.
We pair peacebuilding with justice to ensure that our activities address the root causes of conflicts and not just surface issues. Justice provides the vision and standards for peace while peacebuilding focuses on the process of how we get there - how we repair relationships and restore broken structures, how we prevent future devastation and how we address current injustices. CRS has a number of excellent publications on peacebuilding practice, trauma healing and more.

17) UN Peacebuilding Commission - is an intergovernmental advisory body of the United Nations that supports peace efforts in countries emerging from conflict, and is a key addition to the capacity of the International Community in the broad peace agenda.

18) Institute of Security Studies is a non-profit regional research institute operating in Sub-Saharan Africa that focuses on human security in Africa. An excellent resource for academics and professionals in the areas of conflict analysis, conflict management, peacebuilding and other security-related fields. It collaborates Governments and Civil Society at strategic level and assists in policy implementation.

19) West African Network for Peacebuilding - is a West Africa Civil Society Organization with over 450 member- organizations working in Partnership with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and has Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The network carries out training, advocacy and policy related research.

20) The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict is a global civil society-led network which seeks to build an international consensus on peacebuilding and the prevention of violent conflict. ince holding its Global Conference in 2005, GPPAC has worked to strengthen civil society networks for peace and security by linking local, national, regional, and global levels of action; to establish effective engagement with governments, the UN system and regional organisations; and to carry out projects within the five main programme areas identified in its Global Work Plan (2007-2010).

21) The Pearson Peacekeeping Centre (PPC) is a not-for-profit, Canadian-based institution dedicated to improving the effectiveness of peace operations around the world. Using a multi-disciplinary and activity-based learning approach, the PPC teaches and trains those who serve in conflict zones including civilians, military personnel and police officers. Since its inception in 1994, the PPC has trained over 18,000 individuals from over 150 countries.

22) RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, an independent and international research and policy think tank based in Singapore at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University. We are one of the core institutes of the MacArthur Asia Security Initiative, and the secretariat of NTS-Asia, a consortium of partner institutes in Asia focusing on Non-Traditional Security studies.

23) 3P Human Security The mission of 3P Human Security is to foster understanding and support for conflict prevention and peacebuilding in the US government. 3P emphasizes the need for local civil society perspectives, principled negotiation, peace process support strategies, sustainable development and clear civil society-military relationships in security policymaking.

24) The Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization specializing in conflict resolution. IMTD's mission is to promote a systems-based approach to peacebuilding and to facilitate the transformation of deep-rooted social conflict through education and conflict resolution training. IMTD's multi-track approach to peacebuilding expands the traditional framework of peacemaking to include both official and unofficial spheres such as non-governmental structures, businesses, private citizens, educational and research institutions, peace activists, religious organizations, foundations and mass media. By transforming conflict through a multi-track lens, IMTD's activities address the tangible and intangible conditions perpetuating a conflict.

25) The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) is an independent, interdisciplinary institution established in 1959 that focuses on the driving forces behind violent conflict and on ways in which peace can be built, maintained and spread. Known for its effective synergy of basic and policy-relevant research, PRIO also conducts graduate training and engages in dialogue and reconciliation, public information and policy-related work for the UN, the World Bank and several governments. Our work is organized in thematic research groups;at the PRIO Cyprus Centreand the Center for the Study of Civil War (CSCW). Since 2011 PRIO has a US partner in the 501(c)3 nonprofit Peace Research Endowment. PRIO also owns and edits two top academic journals, Journal of Peace Research (JPR) and Security Dialogue, and it is editorial home to two others, Journal of Military Ethics and International Area Studies review. In 2010 JPR and Security Dialogue were ranked among the ISI's top ten international relations journals in the world.

26) Institute for Inclusive Security - across the globe, women play a vital but often unrecognized role in averting violence and resolving conflict. The Institute for Inclusive Security recognizes the important characteristics women bring to the negotiating table, whether it be experience with grassroots activism, empathy across cultural divides, or a less threatening demeanor which grants access behind enemy lines. To empower women around the world to take an active role in their society, Inclusive Security focuses on research and documentation, partnerships, and training.

Prof. Zelizer's Guide to Careers in Intern'l Affairs (Incl Review of Top Job Sites)

From the guru at Georgetown University, crossposted from PCDN:

Finding the right job in conflict resolution, international development and related fields requires a combination of the right experience and training, an understanding of the field, developing strong connections and a bit of serendipity. In addition to academic and/or professional training, it is essential to have an understanding of how conflict resolution works in practice. Many people working in conflict related jobs, will not find employment with "conflict resolution organizations" but with organizations in others sectors (international development, education, environment, business) working on conflict related jobs. Thus it is also important in the job search to broaden your scope to include international development organizations, government and intergovernmental institutions, for-profit and business institutions, educational institutions, and more.

One of the things that I encourage my students to consider is developing strong skills in conflict resolution processes and theory, but also develop an expertise in a another sector and/or regional area. For more information on careers in the field, see a report I co-authored, Skills, Networks and Knowledge: Careers in International Peace and Conflict Resolution. offers guide to careers in the field based on interviews with over 60 organizations and practitioners. The document also offers 10 pages of resources for finding jobs, internships, scholarships and more. You can download the report for Download Webreport.pdf or at the ACT website. Another great resource is a Career Guide from Sustainability on Corporate Social Responsibility. Idealist has also developed an excellent guide to Nonprofit Careers and a separate Careers Resources Section . Dr. John Paul Lederach and Kate Mansfield from the Kroc Institute have also developed a wonderful visual representation of possible careers in the field.

Here are some additional career development suggestions

1) Develop a Strong Resume - Make sure you have a strong, clear and compelling resume and cover letter. See the Download TipsforWritingEffectiveResumes.pdf . Many university career centers also offer guidance on resumes.

2) Conduct Informational Interviews - Most people are more than happy to talk about their job and conducting informational interviews can be an excellent way to learn more about an organization and what a career is like in a particular area. Informational interviews are a chance for you to ask general questions of someone already in the field. However, it is very important in informational interviews not to ask for a job or put pressure on the person you're speaking with to help you find a job.

3) Subscribe to Key Web and Job Lists - There are countless numbers of websites that provide resources on jobs and internships in the field (and in related fields). You should get on all or some of these sites as you will get daily or weekly updates of opportunities around the world (note some charge a fee, whiles others are free or provide partial postings for free).
Some of the best sites for jobs directly in conflict resolution, development, social entrepreneurship, etc. include:

UNJOBLIST- A very useful site with jobs at UN agencies and other Intergovernmental Organizations.
IDEALIST - Primarily Jobs in International and Domestic Non-profits. Covers many sectoral areas, health, development, etc.
INDEED- A Very useful site that searches across many job sites around the world. Searching by conflict and development keywords is best way to use the service.
RELIEFWEB - Primarily jobs in International Non-profits and UN.
DEVELOPMENT EX - Covers jobs in International Development and Consulting around the world.
International Organization Careers Website - Professional employment opportunities in International Organizations (site sponsored by the US Department of State)
ALLIANCE FOR PEACEBUILDING MEMBER FORUMS - Jobs and Fellowships in Peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution, Development, Social Entrepreneurship and Related Fields
SKOLL WORLD FORUM JOB LIST- Job and Fellowship postings related to social entreprenuership, the social sector and corporate social responsibility.
BUSINESS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY - Jobs in Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Entreprenuership.
Social Impact Jobs - List from Echoing Green, one of the leading orgs in the field.
Liberation Tech Jobs - Listserv that has jobs exploring how information technology can be used to defend human rights, improve governance, empower the poor, promote economic development, and pursue a variety of other social goods.
Be Social Change Jobs - Maintains a job board of positions and internships in key social change orgs.
Give to get Jobs - Opportunities in the for profit sector that are involved in social change.
ICT4D Jobs - Opportunities in information and communication technology for development.
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Job Board - Careers in international Affairs, largely NY and DC based positions.
Zebra Jobs - A leading online portal for jobs in Africa, many focused on development related issues.
JOBS FOR CHANGE - Useful resources and guides to careers in social change.
BRITISH OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT NETWORK - Listing of Jobs at Key UK Based International Development Organizations.
ALERTNET - Jobs in International Development and Humanitarian Relief.
EUROPEAN PEACE BUILDING LIAISON OFFICE -Jobs at European Based Organizations.
FOREIGN POLICY ASSOCIATION - Listing of Jobs at Key US nonprofits involved in international affairs.
JUSTMEANS - Jobs in Social Change and Environment.
FOREIGN AFFAIRS - Listing of jobs in International Affairs.
DEVNETJOBS - Listing of Many Positions in International Development and related fields.
JOBS4DEVELOPMENT -List of many jobs worldwide in International Development and Related Fields
MandE News Job Forum - List of jobs/consultancies related to monitoring and evaluation in international development.
The New EU - European Affairs Jobs in Brussels and Europe.
Democracy Digest Jobs - List of jobs related to political and democratic develpoment.
Society for International Development Job List - Posting of SID/DC Member Jobs. - Positions related to sports and development.
Next Billion Career Center - Learn about job opportunities in the development through enterprise space.
Social Venture Network - Jobs in social entrepreneurship and related fields.
Omidyar Network -Jobs in social entrepreneurship.
Jobs for Change - Wonderful resources on nonprofit jobs.
Inside NGO Jobs - Jobs in international development
OneWorld Jobs - brings the latest jobs and volunteer positions from organisations working to create a better world.
BCorps Jobs - lists opportunities in companies that use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
Angel List- Jobs at Startup companies largely in the Information Tech Sector (including some focused on social change).
Other Job Sites/Resources that may have relevant jobs:

FOUNDATION CENTER - Jobs in Foundations and US based nonprofits.
CHRONICLE OF PHILANTHROPY - Variety of jobs in US based non-profits working in diverse sectoral areas.
CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION - Jobs in the US (and some international) Higher Education Sector.
BRIDGESTAR NONPROFIT JOBS BOARD - Has useful list of nonprofit jobs in the US in diverse sectors.
Startup Hire - Jobs at startup (particularly in tech) around the world.
Mashable Job Board - Jobs in new/social media.
ACRE Resources - Jobs in environmental and corporate social responsibility areas.
BRIGHT GREEN ALERT - Executive search firm for jobs in the green sector. - jobs in the environmental sector.
Greenona Jobs - Green jobs.
Mashable Job Board - Jobs in Social Media.
Net Impact - Jobs in corporate social responsibility and related fields.
NONPROFIT OYSTER - Jobs in the nonprofit sector.
OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS - Jobs in the nonprofit sector.
REDF - Nonprofit and social enterprise jobs.
TREE HUGGER - Green jobs.
VENTURE LOOP - is the worldwide leader in job postings focused on venture-backed companies.
Global Impact Investing Network - Jobs in impact (financial) investing.
Microfinance Gateway Jobs - Jobs in micro-finance and related fields.
3) Use your contacts/networks - One of the key strategies for finding a job/internship is to consult your personal and professional networks. Let your professors, colleagues and friends know that you're seeking an opportunity and perhaps they will have suggestions/contacts. University career centers and alumni can also be terrific resources.

4)Join New Networks- Joining a professional network in the field can also be a useful way to make contacts and learn about opportunities. Some relevant networks include:
Society for International Development or Society for International Development DC Chapter
Association for Conflict Resolution
Women in International Security
Peace and Justice Studies Association

5) Examine Ethical Practice - When you are researching an organization it is important to make sure that the organization's ethics and practice fit with your values. If you're offered a job (hopefully before this happens) learn about what the organization does, how do they treat their staff, how do they work in they field and with partners, etc.

6) Considering Taking a Job to Get Experience - Although many people would like to obtain their ideal job right away, sometimes it may be worth considering taking a job that will help you develop the necessary skills, contacts and experience that in the future can help lead to more of an ideal job.

7) Explore Fellowship Opportunities - There are many excellent fellowships/scholarships that do provide funding for independent research/volunteer work/study. Thus, fellowships can be an excellent way to get experience in the field. You can find many fellowships/scholarships on this site by searching by various keywords.

8) Explore Organizations that Have Developed Mentoring Programs for New Employees - A number of organizations have developed special entry level positions in which new employees receive extra mentoring. Look for organizations that have Junior Program Officer Positions (some in the UN), Entry Level Fellowships (Catholic Relief Services in the US) and others.

9) Develop an Expertise in a Needed Area - There are number of current areas in which the field is in need of developing further expertise. Developing your skills in this area can make you more attractive to potential employers. Some areas include: Program Evaluation and Monitoring, Conflict Mainstreaming and Conflict Sensitivity (Integrating Conflict Across Sectors), Organizational Conflict Management. Talk with your colleagues and other professionals in the field to see what might be potential growth areas.

Jan 31 at UMN: North Korea Today

Panel discussion with Hangtae Cho, Travis Workman, and Ann Waltner
Friday, January 31, 12 p.m., 125 Nolte Center
Brown bag presentation - please feel free to bring your lunch. Beverages provided.

UMN Call for Nominations: 2014 Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals

It is my pleasure to call for nominations for the 2014 Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 14, 2014.

The award recognizes leadership by international alumni, former students, and friends, and highlights their outstanding accomplishments. Recipients have included the "father" of air conditioning in India, a Minister of Education and Human Resource Development in South Korea, and the Governor of the Bank of Turkey. These recipients have been excited and moved at receiving this award and renewing their ties with the University. I am certain that you know international alumni who would be equally deserving of this honor.

These awards are not designed primarily to honor academic achievement but rather to acknowledge leadership and contributions. The award will be conferred in recognition both of sustained outstanding achievement and of demonstrated promise of such.

I look forward to working with you as we honor these distinguished international alumni.


Meredith McQuaid,
Associate Vice President and Dean
for International Programs

Award Information

Deadline for nominations: Friday, March 14, 2014
Criteria and Guidelines, Nomination Form, and Profiles of Recipients:
Questions: Rachel Peterson, 612-625-6045 or pete8158(at)

Reminder: Economic Benefits of Hosting the World's Fair in Minnesota" with Mr. Ning Shao, Minnesota's trade representative in China Monday January 27

The Minnesota World's Fair 2023

Please join us for the forum:
"Economic Benefits of Hosting the World's Fair in Minnesota"
with Mr. Ning Shao, Minnesota's trade representative in China

Date: Monday, January 27, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. - noon
Place: HGA Architects
420 5th Street North, Suite 100
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55401

An expert on strategic business development and public affairs, Mr. Shao has counseled over one hundred international firms, government and NGO organizations in China over the past 18 years. More recently, he has led an Interpublic (IPG) Shanghai Expo Task Force to work on many of the Expo projects, including the 2010 Shanghai Expo Marketing and Sponsorship Development Master Plan; the Shanghai Expo Forum Development Plan. Mr. Shao will be here for the annual MN Department of Employment and Economic Development conference and has generously offered to share his expertise and insights on how hosting a World's Fair in Minnesota will have a significant impact on our economy.
We will also have an update on the current status of our bid by MN World's Fair Advisory Committee Chair Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.

RSVP to:
Minnesota World's Fair Advisory Committee
Chair: Mark Ritchie
Honorary Co-Chairs: Walter Mondale, Arne Carlson, and Marilyn Carlson Nelson
Margaret Anderson-Kelliher, Peter Bell , Bill Blazer, Rudy Boschwitz, John Edman, Tom Fisher, Dan Grigsby, Sue Haigh, Steve Hunegs, Karolyn Kirchgesler, Tim Korby, Judge LaJune Lange(ret.), Michael Langley , Nancy Maeker, Harry Melander, Patricia Mitchell, Maureen Reed , Eric Schwartz, Jeff Smedsrud, Cecily Sommers, Trisha Stark, Melvin Tennant, Kathy Tunheim, Jack Uldrich, Kent Warden, Steve Young, Sri Zaheer

Minnesota International Center Presents: U.S. Foreign Policy Update for 2014

U.S. Foreign Policy Update for 2014

WHEN: Tuesday, January 28; registration 5:30 P; program 6:00 - 7:30 P; reception 7:30 - 8:-00 P
WHERE: Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Avenue S, Minneapolis.
Parking available at the 19th Avenue Ramp
COST: MIC members and students $5 (World Affairs Vouchers accepted; to redeem email or call 612.625.4644); non-members $20
Advance registration requested - this event regularly sells out!

It's time for Tom Hanson's ever-popular "State of U.S. Foreign Policy". On Tuesday, January 28, Tom will explore and explain current foreign policy development, trends and challenges faced by the United States in the upcoming year, including repercussions of the 2013 government shutdown and 2014 mid-term election. This timely and thought-provoking presentation is recommended for anyone interested in international relations.

Tom Hanson's U.S. Foreign Service postings included East Germany, France, Norway, the Soviet Union, Sweden, and the former Soviet republic of Georgia. Currently, Tom serves as Diplomat in Residence at the University of Minnesota - Duluth, is a member of MIC's Great Decisions advisory committee and frequent Great Decisions speaker.

Click here to register for this event

Minnesota International Center Presents: Spotlight on Turkey 2014

Spotlight on Turkey 2014

WHEN:Saturday, February 22; registration 8:30 A; workshop 9:00 A - 1:00 P
WHERE: St. Paul Continuing Education and Conference Center, U of MN St. Paul Campus, 1890 Buford Avenue Parking available in adjacent Lot S-104 or in Gortner Avenue Parking Ramp
COST: $20 (includes workshop materials, breakfast and Turkish lunch)
Advance registration requested.

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Bringing Turkish Culture to Minnesota Schools for a Third Year! (Turkish flag or image)
The Minnesota International Center is pleased to announce that we have been selected for a third year to participate in Spotlight on Turkey 2014, a program offering insight into Turkey and its contributions to the global community.

While the two-week summer study tour associated with Spotlight on Turkey is only open to middle/high school teachers AND principals, the workshop itself is a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in learning about Turkey and is an excellent resource for educators interested in incorporating Turkey into their classroom curriculum.

Any educator wishing to be considered for the study tour must attend the workshop and submit an essay application to MIC by Monday, March 10.

Spotlight on Turkey 2014 is sponsored by the Turkish Cultural Foundation (TCF) in cooperation with the
World Affairs Councils of America. The Turkey Study Tour for Teachers, valued at $4,500 per participant,
is funded by TCF with the exception of administrative fees up to $800.

Click here to register for this event

PDIB Scandinavia - Sustainability and CSR Denmark and Sweden June 9 - 20, 2014

PDIB Scandinavia - Sustainability and CSR
Denmark and Sweden
June 9 - 20, 2014

Stockholm, Sweden and More Information Apply
Copenhagen, Denmark

Apply for the third annual Professional Development in International Business (PDIB) program showcasing sustainability and CSR practices in Denmark and Sweden.
Why Scandinavia?
Scandinavian countries have demonstrated the strongest and most balanced macro economic, environmental, and societal performances in the world.

What Will I Gain From The Program?

Access to world-leading corporations - such as Carlsberg, Coloplast, IKEA, Maersk, and Novozymes - practitioners, and academics.
Exposure to contemporary research on sustainability in a Scandinavian context.
Who Should Participate?
Higher education faculty from U.S. institutions and private-sector, government, and NGO professionals interested or engaged in sustainability efforts in their organizations.

Program Dates: June 9 - 20, 2014
Program Fee: $4,000

Fellowships Available
There are a limited number of CIBER fellowships of $1,000-2000 available to support faculty from U.S. education institutions. You can apply for a fellowship within the online application form. Apply by the priority deadline of Friday, January 10, 2014.

Led by Robert Strand, Assistant Professor of Leadership and Sustainability and Director of the Nordic Centre for Sustainability at the Copenhagen Business School.

CIBER Co-Sponsors as of November 2013: Indiana University, Florida International University, University of Florida, University of Memphis

The Acara Challenge Final Presentations and Open House on Friday, February 21st

We cordially invite you to The Acara Challenge final presentations and open house on Friday, February 21st. The Acara Challenge is an annual competition to review the best ideas fostered by University of Minnesota students for social and environmental change. The event will be held at the McNamara Alumni Center, an award-winning meeting and event venue located on the University of Minnesota's East Bank Campus.

Please join us at 5:30 PM, February 21st, to enjoy a display of posters inspired by the teams' ideas accompanied by appetizers and cocktails. Following the poster session, at 6:30, we will feature a guest lecturer discussing social entrepreneurship. The evening will end with 2-minute presentations from each team and an awards ceremony.

Please RSVP here.

We hope you are able to attend The Acara Challenge final presentations and open house! Questions concerning the event logistics can be directed to Molly Buss (

UMN Global Health Case Competition - Public Presentation and Award Ceremony

UMN Global Health Case Competition - Public Presentation and Award Ceremony

On February 1, 2014, fourteen interdisciplinary teams comprised of 80 students from 14 UMN Schools and Colleges will participate in the inaugural Global Health Case Competition. Join us from 3-5 p.m. for the finalist presentations, followed by a the Awards Ceremony from 5-6 p.m. as we announce who will go on to represent the University of Minnesota at the Emory International Case Competition. Join us in supporting these students after a hardworking week of collaboration and case analysis. Please RSVP.

Moos Health Science Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Room 1450 - check in at the 2nd floor Registration table, outside the Caribou Coffee Shop.

Parking Available in the Washington Ave Ramp -

February 1 Schedule
3:00 Final Presentation 1
3:40 Final Presentation 2
5:00 Award Ceremony

Note: Please arrive on time. Visitors will not be admitted after presentation begins.

More information:

Training: Isis International Activist School for Women Human Rights Defenders, 5-12 April 2014, Manila, Philippines

Training: Isis International Activist School for Women Human Rights Defenders, 5-12 April 2014, Manila, Philippines

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Isis International Activist School for Women Human Rights Defenders

5-12 April 2014 in Manila, Philippines
(Deadline for Application - 31 January 2014)

The Isis International Activist School for Women Human Rights Defenders is an 8-day training for human rights or women's human rights advocates working in conflict and politically dangerous situations. Women human rights defenders (WHRD) promote and protect their own rights, and the rights of others. WHRDs face a litany of threats in their line of work. This is exacerbated by the fact that they are women challenging the status quo, or because of the nature of their work which focuses on defending women's human rights. The current backlash against women's struggles and their achievements have made these risks and attacks more grave and incessant.

The distinct challenges faced by WHRDs haves recently become recognised in the context of the United Nations. In November 2013, the United Nations adopted the first ever resolution on WHRDs which takes a step forward in their protection. However, recognition and resolutions alone aren't sufficient for supporting WHRDs working on the ground. This Isis International Activist School aims to further strengthen and support WHRDs in East and South East Asia, and provide analytical and reflective spaces for their exchange of survival strategies and experiences of enhanced sustainability. We aim to do this by providing a multidimensional and holistic training approach that starts from self to larger social transformation issues.

The training will provide participants with the opportunity to engage in a deeper reflectiveness of self, motivations and values that then connects with one's relationship to their organisation/community and the movements they are a part of, and the change that they seek to bring about. This will be combined with feminist consciousness raising and the development of feminist frameworks of analysis. Participants will gain tools for assessing risk and improving self-care and security, along with a deepened understanding of the legal and political human rights of WHRDs and how these can be asserted in their local contexts. The training will also build communication skills in advocacy for WHRD. Additionally, there will be a special focus on heightening activists' understanding of organizations, networks and movements and how to lead these with integrity.
Who can participate?

This Isis International Activist School is for human rights or women's human rights advocates working in conflict and politically dangerous situations. Women, men and transpeople are all welcome. Priority will be given to those who represent marginalized communities/organizations. Young women leaders or women young to the women's movement, members of a network that needs strengthening, and human rights advocates working at the grassroots level from East and South East Asia are encouraged to apply. There is no age limitation to those applying, but priority will be given to those who have not had previous opportunities. The workshop Activist School will primarily be conducted in English, so proficiency in English is a requirement. We will look into requests for translators on a case by case basis. Given limited resources, however, this will only be provided if absolutely necessary.

Logistical Arrangements
The Isis International Women's House will serve as the venue and accommodation for this training. Full scholarships to attend the training are provided for applicants selected from Southeast Asia, China and Mongolia. Isis International will cover the selected participant's airfare, land travels (to and from the airport), accommodation and a modest per diem for evening meals. Participants are expected to cover other personal expenses including communications and personal needs. Depending on the best rate that can be attained, participants may be asked to book and purchase their ticket from their home countries and will be fully reimbursed upon submission of receipts in Manila.

We are unfortunately unable to provide scholarships for participants from Singapore, Taiwan, Macau, Japan, Hong Kong or South Korea, but they are welcome to apply to attend at their own costs. For participants from these countries, the expenses that they would to need to cover include: flights, other travel expenses and accommodation. Meals during the day will be provided, while participants from these countries will have to cover breakfast and dinner at their own expense. The training will be provided for free and no registration fee is required.

Participant must have a valid passport and the capacity to attain a Philippine visa if necessary. For participants receiving a full scholarship, Isis International will cover the cost of the visa only and expect the selected participant to cover any incurred expenses to attain it (such as travel and accommodation) as participants' counterpart contribution. Isis International will not cover the cost of renewing your passport.
Interested in participating in the Isis Activist School for Women Human Rights Defenders?

Please apply online or download the application form and send to on or before 31 January 2014.

For further inquiries please contact:

Nicole Hutchison
Activist School Coordinator
Isis International
3 Marunong Street, Barangay Central
Quezon City 1100, Philippines

Tel. +63 2 928 19 56
Fax +63 2 924 10 65

Reframing Mass Violence: Transitional Justice and Human Rights, Jan. 23, 2014

Thursday, January 23 (3:00-:4:30 pm, 235 Nolte Center for Continuing Education)
Reframing Mass Violence: Transitional Justice and Human Rights
Barb Frey, JD
Director, University of Minnesota Human Rights Program

Transitional Justice: Seeking Truth and Accountability for Systematic Human Rights Violations

Barbara Frey, Director, Human Rights Program
University of Minnesota

Countries emerging from repression, armed conflict, or mass atrocities have sought ways to address the past as a part of their transition into new forms of governance and citizenship. In this introduction to the topic, Barbara Frey will review some of the methods and mechanisms that have been developed by national and international actors, including public memorials, truth commissions, and national or international criminal prosecutions to assist societies to transition away from their repressive pasts.
Sponsored by: Institute for Advanced Study, IAS Collaborative Reframing Mass Violence, ,
Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Human Rights Program
More information:
Disability Options: To request disability accommodations, please contact the IAS.

Reminder: Acara Big Idea / Development Solutions Challenge - Funding Awards Deadline January 24!

Friday January 24
Acara Big Idea / Development Solutions Challenge - Funding Awards
The deadline for submitting an entry form for this year's Acara Challenge (see below) is THIS FRIDAY!

Click here for more information, including the entry form

Friday February 21
Acara Challenge - Impact Solution Competition

Acara's annual impact venture plan competition invites students to pitch their game changing solutions to a panel of business professionals on February 21, 2014. Top performing teams will receive $1000 to pilot their plan and will then be eligible to apply for up to $5000 in seed funding. The Acara Challenge entry form deadline is January 24, 2014. The challenge is open to any degree-seeking UMN student. Interested students can review the 2014 Acara Challenge website for further details.

Contact Brian Bell at for additional information about the competition.

Save the Date - Who Cares? Film Screening & Panel Discussion: Wednesday February 26

Wednesday February 26
SAVE THE DATE - Who Cares? Film Screening & Panel Discussion
Time: 5-8pm
Location: Carlson School Room 2-206
Food will be provided
RSVP: Forthcoming

Co-Hosted by Net Impact, a graduate student group from Carlson.
Come watch a screening of the documentary Who Cares?, eat some dinner and participate in a panel discussion of local social entrepreneurs afterwards. Facilitated by Fred Rose, Director of the Acara Institute. Panelist list forthcoming

IPID Biannual General Assembly Meeting: Tuesday January 28

Tuesday January 28
IPID Biannual General Assembly Meeting
Time: 4-5pm
Location: Mondale Law School Room 30
Food will be provided by the always-dependable Papa Johns's
RSVP: EventBrite

Come join us for the only general assembly meeting of the semester! While we have plenty of events scheduled for the spring, this is the only meeting where we discuss the direction of IPID and take care of some administrative business.

1. Update on spring events
2. Election discussion
3. MYSTERY ACTIVITY (that you will love because it will get you talking to others and you will learn something new about a current international development issue)

IPID Graduate & Professional Grant 2014: Applications Open January 24!

Friday January 24
IPID Graduate & Professional Grant 2014
This is more of an announcement than an event but I included it up here BECAUSE IT'S IMPORTANT. And because I felt like it.

Announcing a grant opportunity for those who plan to research or study abroad in 2014. Application period opens on January 24, 2014. Completed applications are to be submitted to IPID by March 14, 2014. Three students will be awarded $1,000 each to support travel, research, and/or living expenses abroad. Award may be used from May - December 2014. Project should range in length from three (3) weeks to four (4) months.

More information will be available on the IPID website on 1/24.

Caux Scholars Program - deadline February 15!

Caux Scholars Program - deadline February 15!

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Netowork

The Caux Scholars Program (CSP) is a month long summer peacebuilding institute for young leaders, aged 21-35. Since its founding in 1991, CSP has 409 alumni from 105 countries. The Program equips scholars with the inspiration to be the change they want to see in the world and the practical skills to do so.

CSP teaches students to analyze a conflict, to understand the factors that create and sustain conflicts, and provide practical understanding of approaches to resolving conflicts - conflict prevention, negotiation and transitional justice.

Twenty students from around the world are selected for this four-week course held in Caux, Switzerland, during the Initiatives of Change global summer conferences. The program includes approximately 40 hours of academic classes, seven hours per week of "Service for Leadership" practical work, a field trip to Geneva and participation in the Caux conferences.

This year, CSP will participate in the International Peacebuilders Forum. For more information on this event, please see the Exhibitors Booklet:

CSP will take place from July 20 - August 16, 2014

Application can be found online:

If you have any questions, please contact Jitka Hromek-Vaitla at or

APPLY NOW! Master's-Level Certificate in Social Innovation Management. Limited Spots Available!

APPLY NOW! Master's-Level Certificate in Social Innovation Management. Limited Spots Available!

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network

We are proud to announce that applications are open for the Post-Graduate Certificate in Social Innovation Management, starting on March 15, 2014. This program has been endorsed and supported by a range of innovative organizations and institutions such as The Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership, Ashoka East Africa, the Harvard Social Entrepreneurship Collaboratory, the African Management Initiative and the Unreasonable Institute.

This unique program, based in Kenya, brings together a group of 25 competitively selected, highly talented individuals from around the world. You receive a holistic, future-oriented training (read: employable, sustainable, visionary skills) endorsed by leaders across the social, business, education, and government sectors. Your 5-months in Kenya will possess the depth and pace necessary to train for effective social change making - the intensity is equivalent to a 2-year traditional master's degree.

In addition to a facilitated apprenticeship placement and a unique personal leadership development curriculum, you will learn skills ranging from Design Thinking to Storytelling as a Leadership Skill, from Organization Management to Social Entrepreneurship - all taught by some of the foremost international practitioners in their fields. To learn more, you can click the following links to read about last year's faculty and guest speakers.

"I would like to thank you for the amazing 5 months experience that you offered me as an opportunity. It has been an amazing journey where I learnt SO MUCH that a school/university didn't teach me in 5 years. I have also, learnt a lot about myself. I am very grateful for all that." - Loubna Sadiki, Morocco, Class of 2013. Click here to read more about our impact.
Of interest to PCDN members, the founders of the program, Roshan Paul and Ilaina Rabbat, have a background in both peacebuilding and social entrepreneurship. We do our best to make the program affordable, so do not let financial worries prevent your from applying. The program is open to anyone in the world with a college degree (or at least 2 years of work experience) who is eager to train intensively to build his/her skills at leading social change. We are especially looking for people like:

Mark, a recent graduate determined to create a life and career that address the world's biggest social challenges, but isn't sure where to start
Natasha, who works for an international NGO and has been looking for a way to improve her practical skills and leadership capacity, but hasn't found a master's program that provides what she needs
Joseph, who has been working in an investment bank but feels that his passion for making a difference would find better use with organizations solving problems like rural development or access to health care
Our promise: to enable you to be effective at leading change. There are limited spots available for pioneers - and applications will close when all the spots are filled, so APPLY NOW!

We also welcome you to write to us with questions.

Vacancy at International Alert, Great Lakes Regional Manager and Rwanda Country Manager

Vacancy at International Alert, Great Lakes Regional Manager and Rwanda Country Manager

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network

Great Lakes Regional Manager and Rwanda Country Manager

Salary: £40,204 per annum, (more for an exceptional candidate), with benefits including accommodation, relocation package, annual flight back home and medical insurance cover.

Based: Kigali, Rwanda

We are looking for an exceptional candidate to join our Africa programme. You will be responsible for lead consolidation and growth of Alert's presence in the Great Lakes Region (GLR) of Africa, providing day-to-day management support to Great Lakes region country programmes within the AP/Africa Programme while acting as Country Manager for Rwanda, with supervision of activities in Burundi.

To be great in this job you are likely, first and foremost, to have a talent for designing and delivering innovative peacebuilding programmes and initiatives, at the same time being a problem-solver who thrives on resolving challenges.

Educated to degree level (in a relevant subject), you will have significant experience of managing field-based peacebuilding or development projects or programmes including in Africa and you will have at least 3 years' experience of responsibility for financial management of projects including designing and managing budgets and financial reporting, along with human resource management including recruitment, performance review and mentoring/support.

Note: The above are some of the requirements for the job. For the full job requirements and an application pack (the person specification section of which will form the basis of short-listing), please visit In your application, please indicate the full job title of the role you are applying for.

To apply, please send a completed application form and equal opportunities form to , both of which can be found under 'Downloads'.

Please note we do not accept CVs

Closing date: Sunday 9th February 2014 at 5pm (UK time)

Telephone interviews will take place on 17th February with face to face interviews held in London on 5th March 2014.

While International Alert will endeavour to contact all candidates within a reasonable time, this may not always be possible due to limited resources. Therefore, if you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date, you can assume that your application has, on this occasion, been unsuccessful. International Alert is an equal opportunities employer. All applicants will be judged strictly on the basis of merit.

International Alert helps people find peaceful solutions to conflict.

We are one of the world's leading peacebuilding organisations, with nearly 30 years of experience laying the foundations for peace.

We work with local people around the world to help them build peace. And we advise governments, organisations and companies on how to support peace.

We focus on issues which influence peace, including governance, economics, gender relations, social development, climate change, and the role of businesses and international organisations in high-risk places.

Deadline Extended to Jan 31 - Humphrey School CVT International Human Rights Internship in DC

Deadline extended to Jan 31, 2014!

2014 Center for Victims of Torture/Humphrey School Summer Internship

International Human Rights Internship in CVT's Public Policy Department - Washington, DC

The purpose of the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) Internship is to establish an internship opportunity for a degree-seeking Humphrey School student with the Center for Victims of Torture. The internship gives the selected Humphrey student valuable experience with a vital international human rights organization and its work. CVT gains skills and work contributions from an emerging public affairs leader pursuing human rights work enrolled at the Humphrey School.

Commitment/Eligibility: Paid Internship
10-weeks long (400 hours), available to 1st-year Master's students at the Humphrey School. This internship comes with a $6,000 grant.

Any continuing student currently enrolled in good standing in the Masters program in planning or public policy (MPP or MURP) at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs is eligible to apply. Students who have already fulfilled the internship requirement, waived that requirement, or students in the MS, MDP or MPA programs are not eligible for this internship program (those degrees do not require internships).

Center for Victims of Torture: (
The Center for Victims of Torture works toward a future in which torture ceases to exist and its victims have hope for a new life. We are an international nonprofit dedicated to healing survivors of torture and violent conflict. We provide direct care for those who have been tortured, train partners around the world who can prevent and treat torture, and advocate for human rights and an end to torture. We are headquartered in Minnesota with offices in Washington, DC, Africa and the Middle East.

Department: Public Policy
This ambitious CVT department advocates for the protection of human rights. CVT influences public policy in the U.S. Congress by lobbying for the needs of its clients and of all torture survivors. To further these goals, CVT advocates for increasing access to mental health and torture survivor rehabilitation services for survivors of torture and severe war atrocities in the United States and around the world; seeks to ensure just and humane detention and interrogation policies and to secure accountability for torture and cruelty committed by the U.S. government post 9/11; and pushes for reforms to asylum and refugee policies that would help mitigate legal and policy gaps that exacerbate symptoms of trauma (or are traumatizing) for survivors of torture seeking protection in the United States. In all its advocacy efforts, CVT brings a unique combination of survivor, clinical, human rights and foreign policy voices to policymakers. The policy team works in close collaboration with its direct services programs and in coalition with NGO partners.

Internship Description:
The Humphrey fellow will support the organization's DC-based advocacy and educational goals. The responsibilities of the fellow may include:
• Conducting legal and factual research;
• Analyzing legislation; writing fact-sheets or other advocacy materials;
• Attending and taking notes at briefings, NGO coalition meetings, Congressional hearings and, on occasion, meetings with government officials;
• Assisting in the planning of briefings or other educational events;
• Writing policy and recommendations papers; and
• Generally supporting the development of strategies to advance CVT's advocacy objectives under the leadership of the Director of CVT's Washington office and members of the Public Policy team.

Each year in commemoration of June 26th, International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, CVT hosts an event in Washington, D.C. The summer fellow will play a key role in planning and putting on that event and related activities.

Preferred Qualifications
• Commitment to CVT's mission
• Excellent research and writing skills
• Strong interpersonal and communications skills
• Experience in event planning
• Knowledge of international human rights law
• Computer skills, including experience with MS Office software, email and internet.
• Team player with a strong capacity for taking initiative and working independently.

Internship Details or logistics
• Monday through Friday (9:00AM to 5:00PM), beginning in mid-to-late May 2014 through early-to-mid August 2014.
• Location: Washington, DC.
• The fellow will report to the Director of CVT's Washington Office and work closely with CVT's Senior Policy Counsel.

Application Procedures
Applications are due by 4:00 pm on January 31, 2014. Please provide the following information as Word email attachments:

1. Cover letter specifying relevant background experiences and ways in which the internship would further career goals or interests.
2. Resume
3. Two References (Name, Title and Contact Information)
4. Short writing sample (less than 5 pages)

Please submit your application by email to Martha Krohn ( by 4:00 pm on January 31, 2014.

Applicants will be notified no later than February 14, 2014, regarding interviews.