Monday, December 5, 2016

Dec 9 and 10: In Celebration of International Human Rights Day...


Reconsidering Development: Call For Papers Spring 2017

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The following opportunity might be of your interest, please check it up!

Reconsidering Development
Call For Papers Spring 2017

The editorial board of Reconsidering Development invites submissions for the Spring 2017 volume of the journal. Reconsidering Development is an open access, peer reviewed e-journal that aims to create an equitable space for dialogue and discussion concerning the theory and practice of international development. Submissions can be research articles, policy briefs, book reviews, and photo essays on a variety of development topics. Previous issues have included articles on development and aid, economics, education, the environment,  health, and language, but submissions are not limited to these topics. For the Spring volume, the journal is seeking manuscripts and media which fall into either of two themes, one specific and the other general: 1) Refugees, Migration, and Movement, 2) Reconsidering Development Theory and Practice. See below for more information on the submissions criteria, process, and guidelines. The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2017.

Submissions are encouraged from from a wide variety of development actors—scholars, graduate students, practitioners, policy-makers, and community activists—spanning different disciplines and geographic regions. Reconsidering Development particularly encourages submissions that reflect underrepresented voices, creative methodologies, and contemporary forms of expression in order to reconsider the broader field of development. We hope that this deliberate fusion of experiences will help to transform and push the boundaries of knowledge around which development theory and practice is built. The journal’s readers include faculty and students in many departments– including the social sciences, public policy, economics, education, history, health sciences, and development studies–as well as development practitioners and policymakers. Therefore, we prefer submissions that speak across disciplines and to a general audience of scholars and practitioners.
We are seeking manuscripts and media which fall into either of the two themes. Suggested topics within these themes include, but are not limited to:

Refugees, Migration, and Movement
  • Refugees and migration in light of nationalist movements around the world
  • Nations, non-state actors, and transnationalism
  • Education, political participation, and social inclusion
  • Human rights and migration
  • The role of international development and humanitarian assistance in a refugee crisis

Reconsidering Development Theory and Practice
  • Recent trends and practices in international development, related to politics and governance, the environment, food security, natural resources, economic growth, health and education, and more
  • Development policies/concepts/models which have received too much attention, or those which have not received enough
  • Questioning development institutions and goals
  • The culture and institutions of international development
  • Theoretical, historical, philosophical, or political concerns around international development
  • Marginalized voices in development

Submission Deadline: February 15, 2017

Articles must be submitted through the Submit Article link on the Reconsidering Development website. See below for details about submission formats.


Seeking Reviewers, Copy Editors, and Assistant Editors

We are also seeking peer reviewers and copy-editors for Reconsidering Development to assist with reviewing and editing the Spring volume and future issues. In addition, the editorial board is accepting applications for assistant editors from the fields of economics, environmental sciences, health, or interdisciplinary international development studies. To volunteer for any of these positions, please fill out this brief volunteer form.  

Submission Formats
Submissions are accepted in the form of research articles, policy notes, book reviews, and photo/artistic essays.

Research Articles
Research Articles should be well-rounded conceptual or empirical analyses, based on original research, and should include a literature review and conceptual/theoretical framework, methods, and analysis/discussion sections. Articles may (and are encouraged to) include accompanying media (graphs, maps, figures, photos). Articles are typically 7,000-9,000 words in length.

Policy Notes/Briefs
Policy Notes/Briefs are short descriptions of innovative development policies or programs or evaluations of development policies or programs. While these may focus on a particular issue or context, they should have relevance for the journal theme and an international audience. Notes may (and are encouraged to) include accompanying media (graphs, maps, figures, photos). Notes should not exceed 2,000 words in length.

Book Reviews
Reviews can cover one book or several related titles, preferably those published in the last two years. Preference will be given for reviews that critically engage with the book and connect it with larger issues in academics and society, beyond a summary of content. Reviews should not exceed 1,000 words in length.

Photo/Artistic Essays
Photo or artistic essays convey a powerful message using photographic images or artwork while telling a story or exploring an idea. We request an accompanying written piece to the artistic expression in the form of 100-300 words (either as an attached essay or as detailed captions to each photo) to be uploaded as a separate document. In addition to original photos and artwork, we also encourage video and audio submissions. All media may be edited for size and quality to fit layout or optimize files for web delivery. Authors will have the opportunity to preview results before publication.

For additional information on submission requirements, please reference the Submission Guidelines and Policies.


OneVillage Partners needs a Communications Consultant

Position Description: Communications Consultant

Background Information

OneVillage Partners is Minnesota-based entrepreneurial organization at an exciting time of growth. OVP is doing truly cutting edge work in international development – bold, brave and game changing. Rather than providing solutions for rural villagers, we partner with communities as they lead their own development solutions, resulting in sustainable, long-term impact. Join us as we work together to support community empowerment in Africa. Learn more at

Position Summary
The Communications Consultant will work closely with the Director of Development and Communications to develop and communicate our brand through marketing and external messaging. The Communications Consultant will directly support donor communications including the annual report and newsletters, as well as website and social media content. This is a part time consultancy estimated at 10 hours/week for 2-3 months.

· Collaborate with Director of Development and Communications to execute 2017 Communications Plan on time and within budget.
· Gather content and manage social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
· Maintain website content including monthly blog posts.
· Support Annual Report content and layout development.
· Gather content and draft e-news communications.
· As time permits, support other development and communications functions, including but not limited to database management, grant-writing and events.

Required Qualifications and Skills
· Undergraduate degree or equivalent work experience
· Outstanding written communication skills
· Deep passion for international development and organizational mission
· Experience working cross-culturally
· Proficient use of Microsoft Office
· Strong detail-orientation and professionalism

Preferred Qualifications
· Graduate degree in international development, marketing or related field held or in progress
· Graphic design experience in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator
· International experience

How to Apply
To be considered, please send resume, cover letter and writing sample to by December 19, 2016.

MINN's Program Committee seeks Volunteer Vice Chair

The Networking and Education Committee are becoming one! Starting in 2017, MINN's Program Committee will organize and host events with the goal of expanding the network and shared knowledge of Minnesota's community of international practitioners and supporters.

MINN is fortunate to have current Networking Chair Emily Beltmann-Swenson continue leading MINN forward as Chair of the Program Committee. To assist Emily with Committee duties, MINN is looking for a volunteer Vice-Chair. The Vice Chair will work with Emily to recruit and onboard volunteers, manage the committee, prepare for and lead monthly committee meetings, support committee members with event planning and communicate with the MINN Board and Executive Director about events. This position is a year-long commitment. If you are interested in applying to be Vice-Chair, please fill out this application by December 15th. Voting by Program Committee members will be completed by December 31st and the Vice-Chair will begin their role in January.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Dec 13: The Developmental Correlates of Early Deprivation: Studies of Orphanage-Adopted Children

International Human Rights Week December 5-10, 2016

International Human Rights Week
December 5-10, 2016

This series of events for International Human Rights Week will be centered around refugee human rights, transitional justice, and the role of media in activism.

Tuesday December 6, 2016 6:30pm
Screening of Salam Neighbor
Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Join us for a screening of Salam Neighbor, a film by Zach Ingrasci and Chris Temple, about two Americans living among refugees on the border of Syria.
To read more about the film, click here.
Hosted by the Human Rights Program Student Advisory Board
Thursday December 8, 2016 6:30pm
Refugee Welcome Event
President's Room, Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
A panel comprised of refugees from our campus community will be meeting to discuss their experiences as refugees in Minnesota. Additionally, a letter writing campaign to senators and Iraqi government officials will take place. Food will be provided.
Hosted by the Human Rights Program Student Advisory Board

Friday December 9, 2016 Afternoon, exact time TBA
Teach-In with Paco de Onis and Pamela Yates
Mondale Hall, Room 25, 229 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Pamela Yates and Paco de Onis, two documentary filmmakers specializing in human rights initiatives such as criminal prosecutions for international crimes committed in Guatemala, will be hosting a teach-in to to explore how human rights achievements require inputs from several sectors, with a special emphasis on the role of media. Co-hosted by the Human Rights Center, the Human Rights Program, and Moving Image Studies.
Saturday December 10, 2016 4:30pm
Screening of Granito
St Anthony Main Theater, 115 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Filmmakers Paco de Onis and Pamela Yates present Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, a story of destinies joined by Guatemala's past, and how a documentary film intertwined with a nation's turbulent history. To read more about the film, click here.
Co-hosted by the Human Rights Center, Human Rights Program and MSP Film Society

Dec 6: The Globalization of Culture and the International NGO

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