Thursday, May 25, 2017

HHH Dean Schwartz speaking to AFSA May 31, RSVP required for luncheon talk


Invites you to a luncheon meeting with

Dean Eric Schwartz
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Returning to a Continuing Need
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

12 Noon – Luncheon, Town and Country Club
12:40–1:45 PM, Dean Schwartz, and time for questions and comments

Dean Eric Schwartz has a distinguished record of service in the government both in the legislative and executive branches, in international organizations, and more recently in academia as Dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota since November of 2011. He will shortly be returning to Washington, D.C. to continue his career-long emphasis on human rights and humanitarian concerns aspresident of Refugees International, an independent advocacy organization based in Washington D.C. that focuses on the protection of refugees. We are privileged to have Dean Schwartz with us in his last few days in Minnesota.

Town and Country Club, 300 Mississippi River Blvd. North, St. Paul, located immediately on the St. Paul side of the Marshall-Lake Avenue Bridge

Our luncheon charge is $30 to cover food and our modest organizational expenses. Students are welcome at a reduced price of $15. Preferred method of registration is to mail your check made out to AFSA to Molly Harris, 4 Cardinal Lane, North Oaks. MN 55127. You may also e-mail your registration to or call 651-483-4692.

Please register by Monday, Nov. 28.
This program continues our series of Frank B. Kellogg lectures honoring the only Minnesotan to have risen to the position of Secretary of State. It is also co-sponsored by Global Minnesota, the St. Paul-Minneapolis Committee on Foreign Relations, and the United Nations Association of Minnesota.

Humphrey course visits NGO incubator in Shenzhen, hosted by MPP alum Pi

Sixteen students and three UMN faculty and staff participating in Humphrey School's PA 5880: Global Cities, High-Density Urban and Regional Development in China course led by Prof. Yingling Fan and Sherry Gray met with a municipal district level social project NGO incubator agency in Shenzhen, Social Innovation Space-Luohu, hosted by MPP alum Chendong Pi on May 23.

MPA alum D'Rozario founder of NGO Indika Alliance, domestic workers protection work in India

Denise D’Rozario (MPA-2013) launched the Indika Alliance in 2015 and over the past two years the Minneapolis based organization has been able to help protect young women from trafficking, and help create meaningful improvements for hundreds of women and girls who are domestic workers in India.

The Indika Alliance is partnered with National Domestic Workers’ Movement (NDWM), an organization that has led the cause for domestic workers and child workers in India for over 30 years. Domestic workers who are mostly girls and women are among the most exploited group of workers in India. Despite working tirelessly every single day, domestic workers live their entire lives in the margins of society – impoverished and lacking education and medical care. According to Denise “ We work closely with our partner on the ground to maximize support, training and education for these workers, and help them advocate for much needed policy and societal changes. We also focus on preventing the trafficking of girls into forced labor and the abuse of child workers”.

With board members in Minneapolis, New York and the Bay Area, the Indika Alliance is working to expand awareness and support for their mission across the United States. You can support the organization or sign up to learn more at

Refugee Council USA job

Sent by MDP alum Meagan Hume: "This job was just posted for Refugee Council USA (RCUSA), which serves as the coalition of all nine refugee resettlement agencies in addition to many other immigration and refugee rights groups such as Amnesty International, Upwardly Global, and Human Rights First.

The position is located in Washington, DC and involves policy and advocacy on behalf of the US refugee program.  

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Reconsidering Development - Call for Book Reviews

Dear colleagues,

Reconsidering Development is currently seeking critical book reviews for its Spring issue - while we are open to any type of book review, we are particularly interested in reviews of books published in the Global South. We want to highlight publications on migration, international development, economics, education, and other topics which bring up important issues and critical viewpoints outside or parallel to the feedback loop of North American/European academia and aid/development organizations. Thus we are also interested in reviews of non-English publications, and books which otherwise are unavailable to North American readers.

Please forward this call to other colleagues and institutions - and don't hesitate to send questions to me or

Richard Bamattre
PhD Candidate, University of Minnesota

Monday, May 22, 2017

UMN International Alumni and Friends Survey

The University of Minnesota Alumni Association and the University of Minnesota Foundation are conducting a survey of our alumni and friends who are living outside of the U.S. We value your opinion. Your response to this survey will help guide the planning for upcoming opportunities to connect with our alumni and friends abroad.

Please take the survey today. Thank you!

Program Coordinator - International Development

Job ID: 43865
Department: Cooperative Devel Proj (CDP)
City: Bloomington, MN
Location: HP - Bloomington 8170 Office Bldg
Position Type: Full-Time
Anticipated Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, normal business hours
Hrs/Pay Period: 80

Job Description:

HealthPartners has an exciting opening for a Program Coordinator in International Development. This position supports the goals and objectives of HealthPartners international development projects. The position includes a range of responsibilities from basic and routine accounting to strengthening and networking health cooperatives with each other and with local and national stakeholders in Uganda. The Program Coordinator will be responsible for administrative, operational, strategic and financial roles, depending upon the experience and skills of the candidate.

At HealthPartners, you’ll find a culture where we live our values of excellence, compassion, integrity and most importantly, partnership. By working together, we will improve health and wellbeing, create exceptional experiences for those we serve and make care and coverage more affordable.


-Support health cooperative leaders and local actors to build a network and develop partnerships that meet the needs of cooperative members
-Work with National Health Insurance Scheme leaders and other national stakeholders to ensure the autonomy of self-sustaining, member-owned cooperatives
-Review expense reporting to ensure adherence to policy and compliance with USAID rules and regulations.
-Cross check overseas spending with approved budgets
-Assists with the development of culturally appropriate training plans and tools
-Support development of behavior change communication tools
-Collaborate with leaders to define strategy for sustainability in programming
-Assist with writing reports and work plans; synthesizes information into written reports and updates
-Edit reports, grant applications and presentations
-Assist with technical manual writing and formatting
-When gaps in staff performance exist, provide support to increase capacity
-Communicate project needs, policies and procedures to project staff in other countries
-Coordinate HealthPartners staff support for project interventions; collect time sheets, communicate needs and share results.
-Performs other duties as assigned


-Bachelor’s degree in public health, international development or other related field.
-At least three years of public health, international business or development experience with progressive responsibility
-Proven experience adapting communication to be culturally appropriate
-Ability to adapt based on lessons learned and adjust strategy for improved outcomes
-Strong attention to detail
-Comfortable with a high degree of change
-Ability to learn from technical resource manual
-Must be self-motivated and able to work independently
-Excellent verbal and written communication skills
-Ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, and see activities through to achieve results

HealthPartners, nationally acclaimed for providing outstanding patient care, offers a comprehensive benefits package. To see a complete job description and/or to apply for this position, please visit, and search for Job ID #43865.

Additional Information:

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