Sunday, April 23, 2017

Apr 27 IPID Student Research Conference

Conference Line-up

Presentation 1: Mitigating the impact of illegal cattle ranching on deforestation in protected environmental zones in Mesoamerica
Team Members: Lily Osborne (MDP), Shai Fogelson (MS-STEP), Nfamara K Dampha (MDP) and Audel Shokohzadeh (MPP)
Team Advisor: Dave Wilsey

Presentation 2: Evaluation of the Namibian Empowerment and Equality for the Deaf through Skills-Transfer, Mentorship, Education & Technical-Training (NEEDS-MET) Program.
Team Members: Camila Fonseca, Bettsy Hjelseth, Rebekah Nelson, Evan Hromada.
Team Advisor: Sherry Gray

Presentation 3: Leveraging Human-Centered Design to Improve Maternal and Child Survival in West Africa
Team Members: Katelynn Rolfes, Oyudari Baatartsogt, Kristina Doan and Elise Holmes
Team Advisor: Robert Kudrle

Presentation 4: Exit Strategies: A Community Led Approach with OneVillage Partners
Team Name: OneVillage Partners
Team Members: Sean Hadorn, Maria Villarraga, Corinna Turbes, Antony Makuri
Team Advisor: Robert Kudrle

Presentation 5: The MoSAIC Process
Team Name: MoSAIC
Team Members: June Nkwenge, Alex Cheatham,, Claire Psarouthakis and Yu Sun
Advisor: Dave Wilsey

Presentation 6: Monetary policy in the U.S and around the world
Team Members: Jargalmaa Erdenemandakh, Wenchen Wang (MPP 2017)
Advisor: Dr. Morris Kleiner

Presentation7: Ethnographic study in Senegal and Social Expectations of “School Success”
Presenter: Haley Madderom
Advisers: Peter Demerath and Bill Beeman

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

HHH Prof. Friedemann-Sánchez & MPA alum Grieve research on violance against women in Colombia

reprinted from Humphrey School:
Humphrey School Researchers Take on Human Rights Challenge: Ending Violence Against Women in Colombia
April 14, 2017

After an internal conflict that has lasted nearly 60 years and been characterized by gross human rights violations, Colombia is at last moving toward peace. Leaders there signed an historic peace agreement with the FARC rebels in December, and are negotiating with another armed group, the ELN.

Ending the conflict in Colombia is a tremendous accomplishment. But peace is no closer to reality for many women in that country, an astounding number of whom are victims of intimate partner violence.

Violence against women in their own homes, from their own partners, and the failure to address it effectively, represent one of Colombia’s most persistent and serious violations of the fundamental human right to physical security—a violation that has been overshadowed by the internal conflict.

This issue clearly resonates with Greta Friedemann-Sánchez (at left in photo above, with research partner Margaret Grieve), associate professor of international development at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a native of Colombia. As an applied anthropologist, she has done extensive research on women's empowerment and gender equity, including the prevalence of intimate partner violence in Colombia.

“Violence against women in the context of the conflict, particularly sexual violence against women as a tactic of war, justifiably has received widespread international attention. But, every year more Colombian women are victims of sexual violence in their own homes than women who become victims through the conflict. And the number of women who experience nonsexual violence is even higher,” said Friedemann-Sánchez.

“Using violence to resolve disagreements in Colombian homes is common. Regrettably, signing the peace accord will not change this reality,” she said.
Strong laws, applied inconsistently

Unlike many other developing countries, Colombia has robust laws on the books criminalizing intimate partner violence and providing protection for victims. But, implementation and enforcement of the laws is irregular throughout the country.

Colombia’s rates of intimate partner violence are among the highest in the world: In 2010, 65 percent of partnered women had experienced emotional violence, and 37 percent had experienced physical violence, at some point during their lives.

This disconnect between strong laws and persistent high levels of intimate partner violence was the impetus for Friedemann-Sánchez and researcher Margaret Grieve (MPA '16), an attorney, to launch their project more than two years ago.

Through their research, they're determining the obstacles to successfully enforcing these laws. They’re examining the question from the perspective of family commissioners, who have the primary responsibility of issuing orders of protection for victims of intimate partner violence.

Colombian officials describe family commissioners as “the front line” in combatting violence against women. But they’re also required to handle other family conflicts related to issues such as divorce, child custody and support, and child abuse, and are assigned a host of other diverse responsibilities under national laws.

Friedemann-Sánchez and Grieve have interviewed some 130 people in the cities of Bogotá and Medellín as well as 35 small communities, including family commissioners, judges, prosecutors, police, and municipal officials. They also spoke with victims, as well as lawyers and nongovernmental organizations who advocate for victims, to assess the situation.
Family commissioners face 'brutal' job stress

Their initial analysis finds that for the most part, family commissioners in the large cities have adequate resources to perform their duties. But the story is quite different for the vast majority of family commissioners who serve in small cities and towns.

In smaller communities, commissioners aren’t provided with adequate equipment such as computers, printers, and Internet connections, or the support personnel mandated by law. They also have to juggle additional responsibilities that mayors and city councils dictate, such as drafting and supervising school lunch contracts and developing public policies on matters like child labor, substance abuse, or gender equality.

“Because the city officials—who also supervise the commissioners and control their budgets—assign these responsibilities, this work takes precedence over domestic violence cases,” said Friedemann-Sánchez.

Commissioners deal with difficult populations, including people who are very poor, who were displaced by the war, ex-combatants, and drug micro-traffickers. Substance use and mental health issues often complicate their cases. A few family commissioners have been physically threatened by alleged abusers.

In general, family commissioners are held in low esteem in Colombia, and in small cities and towns they’re not paid well. “The level of stress for the family commissioners is brutal,” said Friedemann-Sánchez. “Day in, day out, they hear difficult cases and are faced with a relentless volume. Depression and burnout among these officials is a real concern.”
Goal: Peace within the home

Friedemann-Sánchez said the Colombian Ministry of Justice, the cities of Bogotá and Medellín, and NGOs welcome the study, which is known by the acronym COLPAZ. They hope its conclusions will help them improve the response to intimate partner violence, allow women to enjoy their human right to live free of such violence, and further a peaceful society.

One family commissioner interviewed by the research team put it this way: “Colombia will not find political peace, stability, and prosperity until it achieves peace within the home.”

Another aim of the study, according to Friedemann-Sánchez, is to create a methodological process that other countries around the world can use to evaluate the implementation of laws to address intimate partner violence.

The project’s public policy report is expected to be published this fall. Friedemann-Sánchez received funding for this research project from the University of Minnesota’s Human Rights Initiative Fund.

MHR Faculty James Ron profiled for global human rights work

Driven to Discover: Protecting human rights with James Ron

Human rights organizations worldwide must get public support to end abuses and advance reforms. James Ron brings new strength to this global endeavor by pioneering the use of public polling and field experiments to advance human rights. Learn more about Ron's work >

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!

Apr 24 Quantifying Global International Migration Flows

Quantifying Global International Migration Flows
Monday, April 24: 12:15–1:15 p.m.
MPC Seminar Room, 50 Willey Hall

April 25: The Time Has Come for a Reset in U.S.-China Relations: What Will That Look Like?

University of Minnesota Driven to Discover


James McGregor, author and Greater China Chairman for APCO Worldwide, will give the 2017 lecture on April 25.

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James McGregor recently wrote an 'The Art of a China Deal' for ChinaFile.
  Read more about his thoughts on Trump's Pacific Partnership.

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The Time Has Come for a Reset in U.S.-China Relations: What Will That Look Like?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 
McNamara Alumni Center, Memorial Hall
200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis (map)

3:30 p.m. - Social Hour 
4:30 p.m. - Lecture and Q&A 

About the Speaker
James McGregor is Greater China Chairman for APCO Worldwide and author of two highly regarded books: "No Ancient Wisdom, No Followers: The Challenges of Chinese Authoritarian Capitalism" and "One Billion Customers: Lessons from the Front Lines of Doing Business in China." He is a former China bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal and former CEO of Dow Jones China. In his nearly three decades in China, he has also been a venture capital investor, entrepreneur who founded a research company for hedge funds, and an advisor to many companies. He currently splits his time between Shanghai, Beijing, and Duluth.

  trump_chinaThe Art of a China Deal
February 2, 2017

By his own admission, President Donald J. Trump is a brilliant businessman, a master negotiator, an exceptional deal maker, somebody who always wins. When it comes to China, he is prepared to do just that-win. "I've read hundreds of books about China over the decades," Trump wrote in his 1987 bestseller The Art of the Deal. 

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. For assistance, contact the China Center at 612-624-1002 or
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