Development Reconsidered April Talk
Featuring Carol Lancaster, Interim Dean of the Edmund A. Walsh School, former deputy director of USAID and author of several books on aid.
Facilitated by J. Brian Atwood, Dean of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
When: Monday, April 12th, 7:00 pm
Where: Cowels Auditorium at the Humphrey Center
Also,you are invited to an intimate discussion with Carol Lancaster offering an opportunity to ask questions stimulated by the talk and continue the conversation.
When: Tuesday, April 13th, 2:00 - 4:00
Where: Education Sciences Building 325
Carol Lancaster is Interim Dean of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She is also a professor of politics in the School of Foreign Service with a joint appointment in the Department of Government. Lancaster has published numerous books and articles on the politics of foreign aid, the politics of development and development in Africa. Her newest book, George Bush's Foreign Aid:Transformation or Chaos? was published by the Center for Global Development, Washington, DC in 2008. She has been a Carnegie Fellow and a recipient of a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. She has also been a Congressional Fellow, a Fulbright Fellow and a visiting fellow at the Institute for International Economics, the Overseas Development Council and (currently) the Center for Global Development. Lancaster had an extensive career in government. She was the Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development from 1993 to 1996. She worked at the U.S. State Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs from 1980-81 and for the Policy Planning Staff from 1977-80.
UWC Youth Leadership Summer Courses in China
Students from around the world are invited to apply to join the United World College (“UWC”) Youth Leadership Summer Course in China – 2010 (“YLSC-China”).
The YLSC-China is the unique educational summer program that aims to bring 100 students together to China from all over the world – with diverse cultures, nationalities, religions, and all walks of life – with the explicit aim of fostering international understanding. The program will be innovative and experiential, combining active learning with hands-on leadership skills training, community service, and outdoors challenges. The program is explicitly designed to foster fundamental leadership skills to enable students to meaningfully contribute to the economic, social and environmental development in their local communities.
The YLSC-China is the only such program currently being offered in China, a country whose importance on the world scene grows day by day. A distinguishing feature of the program is that it will expose participants to not only urban and modern China (e.g. Beijing), but also the lesser-known China (e.g. Ningxia - a Muslim minority region on the ancient Silk Road in western China). Participants will thus be exposed to the complexities of Chinese culture, history, politics, and economy. Students will be introduced to the Chinese language and among other sites will also visit the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the 2008 Olympic Stadium.
In 2010, the program will focus on poverty reduction and environmental issues that affect developing countries today, a hot topic after the failure of world leaders to reach consensus at the Copenhagen summit in December 2009. An anticipated outcome of the program is for the youth leader participants to come up with their own creative ideas for projects to bring about positive change in their home communities - i.e. creating a youth leaders' response to Copenhagen '09.
The YLSC-China is organized by the Red Cross Nordic UWC. Founded in 1962, UWC is the only global educational movement that brings together students from all over the world – selected on personal merit – with the explicit aim of fostering peace and international understanding. It has thirteen colleges on five continents, 120 National Committees, and a variety of summer courses in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
To find more information and to apply for the YLSC-China, please visit YLSC's website at http://csc.rcnuwc.no. The deadline for Early Bird Applications is February 28, and for Regular Applications is April 15, 2010.
Microfinance USA Conference
Time: May 20-21 2010, San Francisco, CA
As a conference partner, ACCION USA is proud to invite you to join the Microfinance USA is 2010's can't miss
event for microfinance enthusiasts and insiders. For more information and registration details go to www.microfinanceusa2010.org
African Development Center: Gala Volunteer Opportunities
When: Saturday, April 10th, 2010
Where: NcNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota
Description: The event will be themed around the 2010 World Cup, celebrating this historic tournament, as the games will be hosted by an African nation for the first time ever. Please join us for dinner, live music by renown African artists, and an exciting auction with world cup memorabilia, as well as crafts, clothes, and other items from across the African continent.
Volunteers are needed Friday, April 9th from 9am-5pm and the day of the event beginning at 4:30pm-11pm (Saturday, April 10th). They are looking for 6-8 volunteers. Volunteers will help set up the Gala and help auction items.
Student For Development
Student for Development
is a forum started by MDG's parnter SMDI, to promote understanding of development issues such as microfinance, health and social entrepreneurship, etc. We encourage you to join the Student for Development forum and to exchange ideas with like-minded students.
UNCDF Microfinance Distance Learning Program
We also encourage you to explore the UNCDF Microfinance Distance Learning Program
. UNCDF stands for United Nations Capital Development Fund, and offers a unique combination of investment capital, capacity building and technical advisory services to promote microfinance and local development in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).
Volunteers for Publicity Team
We desperately need more volunteers for our publicity team. If you are good at making posters or eager to apply your webpage skills, please contact Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal Stories from the Philippines
During Tuesday's meeting, fellow MDG members Cecilia, Willy, and Harry will give a short presentation about their volunteer and travel experiences in the Philippines during the Winter break. Come and share interesting stories with us!
Every team is required to submit their impact agreement by Friday, March 5th. Impact agreement is an important step towards generating results. Please send your impact agreement electronically to Hossein at email@example.com
"Development Reconsidered" with Filipino Congressman Walder Bello
Date: Monday, March 8, 2010
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Cowles Auditorium, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, West Bank, University of Minnesota
"Development Reconsidered" is an exciting speaker series being hosted by an interdisciplinary group of U of MN graduate students. The speaker series is intended to promote a critical reexamination of the ﬁeld of international development and the future of development programs.
Walden Bello (born 1945) is a Filipino author, academic, and political analyst. He is a professor of sociology and public administration at the University of the Philippines, as well as executive director of Focus on the Global South. Born in Manila, Philippines, he became a political activist following the declaration of Martial Law by then-President Ferdinand Marcos on September 21, 1972. Bello currently sits as a member of Congress in the Philippines' House of Representatives where he serves as the political party Akbayan's second nominee
Impact Agreements for Group Projects
Project leaders and members please take notice: In the MDG meeting on the coming Tuesday, we will be talking about signing impact agreements
on your projects. This agreement is meant to ensure that our approaches will be viably planned and have the support of our members. It will also demonstrate the seriousness every member is supposed to devote to their projects.
Opportunity of the Week!
The Hertog Global Strategy
Initiative is a research program that employs historical analysis to confront present and future problems in world politics. Each summer, invited experts and select undergraduate and graduate students gather at Columbia University
for twelve weeks of intensive study, independent research, and collaborative writing on a critical issue in international affairs. The 2010 topic is Nuclear Proliferation and the Future of World Power
Students in the program spend the first three weeks of the summer in “total immersion” training in nuclear strategy and the methods of international history. The following eight weeks are spent conducting independent and team projects. In August, the class reconvenes and participants present their research and produce a joint report. Together, the program will demonstrate the potential for collaborative historical research on key problems in world politics.
The 2010 Initiative will be taught by Matthew Connelly, Professor of History at Columbia University, and Francis Gavin, Professor of International Affairs, University of Texas. They will be assisted in the classroom by a number of experts in the field, including world-class scholars and top government officials. Speakers and workshop participants include Graham Allison, Richard Betts, Hans Blix, Paul Bracken, John Lewis Gaddis, Robert Gallucci, Bonnie Jenkins, Robert Jervis, Henry Kissinger, Michael Levi, Scott Sagan, Etel Solingen, James Steinberg, Stephen Van Evera, and Philip Zelikow.
1. MDG Open House
Bring a friend with you to hear about MDG!
- This Tuesday is our Open
House/Intro Meeting, where we will be talking
about what MDG is and how students can get involved.
- We will have a speaker
Leo Stiegeler, President of the Student Microfinance Development
Initiative in London.
2. Development Reconsidered
Please see the attached IPID.pdf for details on dates and speakers' bios.
Reconsidered" is an exciting speaker series being hosted by an
interdisciplinary group of U of MN graduate students.
speaker series is intended to promote a critical reexamination of the
field of international development and the future of development
3. Fighting HIV
- Professor Joseph Oppong, the Associate Professor of Geography from University of North Texas will speak
on Fighting HIV/AIDS in Africa
This Tuesday from 12 - 1 i
n JBD Lecture Hall.
4. MFI Connect Kenya Scholarship
- MFI Connect is working in coordination with Sam Daley-Harris, director of The Microcredit
Summit Campaign, to bring a delegation of passionate
students to the 2010 Africa/Middle East Regional Microcredit Summit
from April 5 - April 11, 2
- The MFI Connect experience includes field visits, panel sessions,
workshops, brushing shoulders with inspiring microfinance
professionals, and the chance for MFI Connect members to meet and
work together as students supporting microfinance. MFI Connect is
also working with Sam Daley-Harris to create a special student
session with Muhammad Yunus and Ingrid Monroe.
Thurs, Feb 11, from 12-1 in the Campus Center Davis Lecture Hall
Karen C. Seto, Associate Professor of Geography, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University
is undergoing an urban revolution. The urban population is expected to
reach 900 million by 2030—an increase of over half a billion from
2000—and the country’s landscape is being similarly transformed.
Traditional agrarian communities and farmland are being metamorphosed
by a changed economy and enveloped by extended urban regions. The
kinds of urban regions that ultimately emerge in China will have
considerable impacts on the country's continued economic development,
social and political character, and environmental health and
sustainability. Globalization, decentralization, rural to urban
migration, and economic restructuring are just some of the drivers that
have affected the physical form of urban expansion. This talk will
describe the changing urban landscape in two regions, the Pearl River
Delta in South China and Chengdu in Sichuan Province, in the context of
policy reforms and social changes. In particular, what are the
environmental challenges and opportunities associated with urban
growth, and what are the potential consequences of an urbanizing China
for the country and the world?
Sponsored by: Urban Studies, Geography, Environmental Studies, and the Mellon Curricular Pathways Grant