HHH Prof. Oelberger sparks debate on internationalization of human rights NGOs


In early May, our colleague, Carrie Oelberger, published this short piece in openGlobalRights, the Ford Foundation-supported platform backed by the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School and Department of Political Science. In her provocative piece, Carrie applied her research findings to our ongoing debate over the internationalization of human rights NGOs. 

Over the past few months, this debate has included contributions from the leaders of some of the world's top human rights and development groups, including the Amnesty International Secretary General, Salil Shetty; the executive director of Human Rights Watch, Ken Roth; the executive director of Action Aid, Adriano Campolina; and the former head of the International Crisis Group, Louise Arbour. It also included contributions by human rights funding officers at the Ford Foundation and Open Society Foundation, as well as a string of NGO leaders and academics from the global North and South.  

Today, Jacques Stroun, the former director of human resources for the International Committee of the Red Cross - the world's leading humanitarian organization, and official guardian of the Geneva Conventions - responded directly to Carrie, in English and French. 

Please join me in congratulating Carrie on this important achievement; it's a great indication of the policy relevance of her work. 

Please circulate widely to your networks. 

Jim Ron
Associate Professor 
Harold E. Stassen Chair of International Affairs, Global Policy Area

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