MINN Summit

The MINN Summit is an annual conference offering local organizations and globally minded individuals a forum to connect, share, and learn. MINN’s annual Summit provides exciting professional development opportunities, offers insights, and sparks conversations that will propel international development success in a changing world.


  • Thursday, Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Masks are required for all attendees 
  • Early bird Summit ticket prices from September 7-14 

Register now.

Questions? Email [email protected]org

Engagement in a Global World: How Minnesota NGOs Can Contribute to Enhancing US-African Strategic Partnership?

Presented by Books For Africa


Hilda Suka-Mafudze, Ambassador of the African Union to the United States of America


We're thrilled to announce our 2021 MINN Summit keynote speaker, Hilda Suka-Mafudze, Ambassador of the African Union to the United States of America. Born in Zimbabwe, Ambassador Suka-Mafudze is a seasoned diplomat with over two decades of professional experience in leading humanitarian activities, mediation, and human rights.



How to enter and grow in the USAID market

Mike Shanley, CEO of AidKonekt Data

USAID distributed more than $21 billion last fiscal year. Attend this seminar to learn best practices for starting and growing your work with USAID. We will share USAID partnering best practices our firm has learned through supporting our client’s work with USAID and USAID prime implementers. Come learn how to start building your organization's USAID market strategy, and ways to get started as a subcontractor by connecting with established USAID primes. The seminar will cover how to learn about USAID funding opportunities, the USAID procurement process, and will give you tools you can take back to your organization to build and grow your USAID work. This will be targeted to international development and aid organizations based outside of Washington, D.C. that are interested in USAID funding. We will discuss changes under the Biden Administration, the New Partnerships Initiative, and USAID's direction under Administrator Samantha Power. Please bring your questions about working with USAID!

Circular Flow | What is it, and why should charities care?

Sasha Nicolle, Founder and CEO of Emanate International

Two primary models that nonprofits and NGOs use in developing countries are: are known as “Relief or humanitarian Aid” and “Development.” What is the differences are between the two, and why does defining that matter? Many people working (or volunteering for) humanitarian organizations have good intentions. However, the repercussions of applying a “relief” model for the long-term can be more harmful than helpful. In this interactive presentation Sasha Nicolle will discuss why using relief aid for a prolonged duration is detrimental to local economies. She will share a case study to demonstrate the impacts and will also offer ideas for nonprofits and NGOs to help people flourish sustainably. 

Learn more about Emanate International. Got questions? Email us at: [email protected]

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Karla Godoy, CFO of EcoCiclo and Fulbright Fellow

Karla will discuss her experience as the CFO of EcoCiclo, a StartUp that manufactures the first 100% biodegradable sanitary pad produced in Brazil and through the manufacturing process empowers women in situations of social and economic vulnerability by employing and giving them chances for personal development.

We will continue to update this page as information comes in, so stay tuned!


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