Wednesday, July 19, 2017

MPP Aoki internship at National Democratic Institute

Update from Chuck Aoki, Master's of Public Policy Candidate 2018, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities: 

I've been interning this summer at the National Democratic Institute (NDI), based in Washington, D.C. I received this internship as part of the United States International Council on Disability (USICD) internship program, who placed me at NDI. I am part of the Citizen Participation team, which serves as a functional team within NDI, supporting our regional teams across the world. We work to ensure and support the inclusion of marginalized groups, which includes persons with disabilities, LGBTI populations, ethnic and religious minorities, and youth. My work has primary focused on assisting in the creation of several different resources on disability and youth inclusion. I have also conducted considerable research on countering violent extremism (CVE) programs, including what drives people towards violent extremism, how CVE programs are created and evaluated, and understanding the methodology behind CVE programming. I am incredibly grateful to NDI and USICD for the opportunity to work here this summer, but I look forward to returning to Minnesota this fall.

MPP Shrestha new Prog Eval Advisor, Center for Victims of Torture

Razeena Shrestha graduated from Humphrey in 2015 with a Master in Public Policy with concentrations in Program Evaluation and Nonprofit Management. She recently joined the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) as Program Evaluation Advisor in June 2017. She is responsible for coordinating and implementing research and monitoring and evaluation initiatives related to the effectiveness of CVT international programs for survivors of torture in Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya and Uganda. She supports and collaborates with field-based monitoring and evaluation officers in the collection, storage, analysis and reporting of client and program data. She also assists in using knowledge gained through evaluation and research for program design and disseminating results to advance knowledge in the field.

Razeena has held program and research roles in several nonprofits in the United States and in her home country of Nepal. Throughout her academic and professional career, she has been dedicated to issues to social justice and equity. While working with grassroots women’s groups in rural Nepal and the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, she developed a passion for gender equity and international development. Prior to CVT, she worked at Rainbow Research, where she led and worked with nonprofit and state organizations in designing and implementing applied research, utilization focused evaluation studies and capacity building programs.

Razeena received her bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College, where she studied sociology and mathematics. Throughout her graduate studies, she worked on the Historical Census Projects at the Minnesota Population Center. Before returning to Nepal to aid organizational and policy decision-making in the public and the nonprofit sectors, Razeena plans to acquire her doctorate and looks forward to experiencing the vibrant and eclectic cultures in the United States.

Senior Administrative Assistant, Kerry Initiative, Yale University

Reporting to the Chief of Staff, with limited direct supervision and a high level of discretion, confidentiality, and independent decision-making, plan, direct, and manage the administrative functions of the Kerry Initiative. Serve as the primary liaison for the Distinguished Fellow, the Chief of Staff and the Kerry Fellows in contact with other Yale schools, departments, offices, faculty, staff, students, and with other universities, businesses, foreign government officials and heads of state. The role requires a high level of attention to detail, tact, and independent judgment and will be responsible for arranging complex travel, and managing high-profile domestic and international conferences.

To apply, go to and search for job 44333BR

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.

Ms. Carmen Iezzi MEZZERA
Executive Director
Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs
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Washington DC 20036-5622 USA

El-Hibri Peace Education Prize

The El-Hibri Foundation awards an annual prize to individuals who have dedicated their lives to making outstanding contributions and demonstrating long-term leadership in building inclusive and socially just communities in the United States.

The Foundation defines peace education broadly, it encompasses a range of activities undertaken in a variety of settings designed to build thriving, engaged, inclusive and collaborative communities:
- In community settings, peace educators lead appropriate interventions to conflict by promoting inclusion, equity, reconciliation, and social justice. Peace educators strive to make inclusion and the appreciation of difference and diversity widely embraced civic values and cultural norms.
- In academic settings, peace educators teach and develop curricula or learning programs which promote and model inclusion. They provide knowledge and leadership skills to build collaboration across difference and lead conflict resolution and transformation. They promote respect for human dignity, human differences and human rights.

The Peace Education Prize is intended to celebrate and encourage individuals who embody the principles of peace, justice, and inclusion such as:

- Social change activists or nonprofit leaders who have developed effective partnerships across sectors or implemented collaborative community-building initiatives that have demonstrably reduced discrimination against marginalized communities and affirmed human dignity using innovative programs and methods, such as social media, to reach and affect larger audiences;
- Thought leaders who have produced influential works on inclusion, social justice and community-building that have significantly transformed cultural frameworks or narratives, or who have demonstrated by their own example significant social and moral courage and exemplary leadership in standing up for the rights and wellbeing of marginalized and vulnerable communities;
- Policymakers who have successfully implemented significant inclusion, diversity and social justice initiatives across sectors or provided exceptional leadership in championing inclusiveness in community and educational settings;
- Institution builders who have led and implemented significant inclusive community- building or collaborative social justice and ally-building institutional initiatives in academic (school or university) or practice (community or nonprofit) settings. 

2018 Korea Fdn Support for Policy-Oriented Research Program

2018 KF Support for Policy-Oriented Research Program
Application Period 2017-07-01 00:00:00 ~ 2017-08-31 23:59:59
Attached File : 계획서 Proposal.docx , 이력서 Curriculum Vitae.docx
2018 Support for Policy-Oriented Research Program 

Program Outline
The KF’s Support for Policy-Oriented Research Program provides grant support for research projects and programs for next-generation policy experts, contributing to in-depth analyses of global issues and policy recommendations on political, social, economic and security issues related to Korea and East Asia as a whole.

Overseas Public Policy Institutes

Supported Fields
1. Policy research on Korean and East Asian issues
2. Training programs for next-generation policy experts specializing in South Korea and East Asia

* May include workshops, discussion groups, study tours and field research

3. Establishment of a Korea (policy) chair or center focusing on Korea-related research

Costs Supported Under Program
The KF supports costs directly related to research activities.
The KF will further support indirect costs amounting to 10% or less of the total grant amount

Grant Period
The KF normally considers projects with a grant period of one year. However, multi-year projects will be considered on a case-by-case basis, if the overall budget and schedule are justified by the work plan and content. The KF will support projects with a maximum grant period of three years, during which assistance for subsequent years will be subject to project outcomes and performance from the previous year.

Program Schedule
1. Application period: July 1 to August 31, 2017
2. Notification of results: December 2017 (Result notification will be conducted on an individual basis)

Required Documents

1. Online Application
2. Supplementary materials (to be uploaded with the online application)

- Proposal
- Introductory materials on the applying institute (for newly applying institutions only)
- Recent annual report
- CVs of project director and major project participants

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted through the KF Application Portal (

Evaluation Criteria
1. Excellence of proposal
2. Eligibility of applicants
3. Soundness of budget planning
4. Expected outcomes

Grant-end Report
The recipient institution is required to submit the following reports within one month of the completion of the project:

1. Summarized final report (KF form)
2. Final report
3. Financial report (endorsed by institution's highest financial officer, KF form)

Important Reminders
1. The application is required to be submitted under the name of the overseas institution by the specified due date.

* The overseas institution may partner with a Korean research institute or researcher for the project.

2. The institution applying for the program should notify the KF of any change to the information contained in the original plan after its submission.

3. The KF, in the process of screening applications, may require an application institution to submit additional information or adjust its project plan.

4. After notifying applicants of the results, the KF will discuss the details and budget of each project with the respective recipient institution and sign the grant agreement. The KF will remit the grant to the institution in pursuant to the grant agreement.

5. The project should be carried out in accordance with the schedule and plan specified in the application. If the project must be postponed or canceled for unavoidable reasons, the institution should consult with the KF.

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Title VIII Research Scholar Program (Europe)

With funds from the U.S. Department of State (Title VIII), American Councils administers several major grants for independent, overseas policy relevant research in the humanities and social sciences as well as language training. In recent years, American Councils scholars have conducted independent research in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, and Ukraine.

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS is pleased to announce competition for the Title VIII Research Scholar Program and the Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program. The application deadline is October 2nd, 2017 for programs that begin between June 1st, 2018 and June 1st, 2019. All programs must be completed by August 31st, 2019.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Field update from Arce Martinez (MDP team in Belize)

Update from MDP student Adriana Arce Martinez: "During the first month of my field experience in Punta Gorda - Belize I have had the opportunity to learn a lot about the Maya culture and the economic local context of Toledo District. My team (MDP students Adriana Arce Martinez, Erin Ntalo and Julia Fair) has been doing visits and interviews to different economic actors, organizations and community members that are involved and immersed in the development process of a Maya economy. Among all the businesses and organizations we visited so far, I was highly interested in the management, production, and commercialization of cacao. Local cacao consumption does not generate enough returns to producers because local consumers are not willing to pay higher prices, therefore, most of the chocolate and roasted cacao seeds are exported. One of the major challenges we identified through our interviews is the lack of cooperation and shared goals of the actors in this industry. While some of them are seeking for sustainable cacao development, others’ priorities are short-term returns and very low production costs. There is a significant need of technical support and training to farmers in order to increase their bargaining power and improve their position as negotiators.

Having this type of conversations is very useful for my team as it helps us get a better idea of the economic context in this part of the country. Understanding the challenges and success paths of the local actors is essential to start building a vision for the Maya people of Belize."

Pictured: (left) Juan Cho --Owner of IXCACAO Maya Belizean Chocolate-- telling history of cacao in Maya culture and showing the first cacao tree from which he started his business and (right) the MDP Belize Team. Photos posted with permission.

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