News and Updates
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
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 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.
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 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!
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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
2. Development Reconsidered
3. Fighting HIV
4. MFI Connect Kenya Scholarship (http://www.mficonnect.com/page/nairobi-2010)
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