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Opportunities in China, SF, Lectures in U of M, etc.

posted Apr 5, 2010, 10:06 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 5, 2010, 4:40 PM by Unknown user ]

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 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 

African Development Center: Gala Volunteer Opportunities 

When: Saturday, April 10th, 2010
Where: NcNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota
Volunteers needed! Click here to sign-up!
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, Microfinance Distance Learning

posted Mar 8, 2010, 8:12 AM by Unknown user

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).

PoverUp/Dell Social Innovation Support Form

posted Mar 2, 2010, 7:07 PM by Unknown user

PoverUp is an MDG partner and they need our help. They are in the running (among the top three) to win the Dell Social Innovation Competition, and if they win, PoverUp will receive $50,000.

Please fill out this form to express your support! The form presents information about PoverUp and how it supports Macalester's cause. Also, please spread this to your friends!

Volunteers, Filipino stories and Filipino Congressman

posted Feb 28, 2010, 8:16 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Feb 28, 2010, 10:28 PM by Unknown user ]

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   

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! 

Impact agreement

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

"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

For information please visit:

Impact agreements, opportunity of the week

posted Feb 21, 2010, 9:13 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Feb 22, 2010, 6:30 PM by Unknown user ]

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.

For more about the program, including the application and financial aid information, visit Please direct any further questions to The application deadline is March 1.


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MDG Open House, Development Reconsidered, and More

posted Feb 15, 2010, 8:08 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Feb 15, 2010, 10:06 AM ]

1. MDG Open House
  • 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.
Bring a friend with you to hear about MDG!

2. Development Reconsidered
  • "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.
Please see the attached IPID.pdf for details on dates and speakers' bios.

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 0 10.
  • 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.

posted Feb 8, 2010, 5:07 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Feb 8, 2010, 5:22 PM ]

Urban Growth in China: Environmental Challenges and Opportunities

posted Feb 8, 2010, 12:25 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Feb 8, 2010, 12:30 AM ]

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

China 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

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