Monday, April 18, 2016

HHH Phelps receives Human Rights Graduate Internship Award for summer project in Kenya


Congratulations to MPP student (starting September, she will be MHR or Master of Human Rights student!) Marin Phelps on receiving a 2016 Graduate Human Rights Internship Award from the Human Rights Program.  Marin will use her award to fund summer internship joining the Master of Development Practice summer field experience team in Kenya. 

Summary of the Project:



This project will focus on studying Kenya’s devolved system of government which
became decentralized after a change in the country’s constitution in 2010.  Specifically we will look at the gaps where the transition from a centralized to decentralized form of governance has caused issues with service delivery, transparency, and accountability. To accomplish this, we will collect and analyze data through a survey which will be completed by both citizens and governmental officials in order to measure perceptions of corruption and its impacts. We will also analyze revenue streams to determine solvency and generate suggestions on how county governments can increase revenue and transparency. This project will work in tandem with the work already conducted by our partner institution, the International Center for Policy and Conflict (ICPC) and will be monitored by our faculty advisor Mary Curtin.

Each spring, the Human Rights Program and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) comes together to recognize and celebrate the many accomplishments of U of M students working in the field of human rights. Every day, students are taking their classroom experience and applying the knowledge and skills gained there to address the most critical human rights issues of today. From improving access to safe water to stopping systematic and forced disappearances to developing innovative approaches in providing adequate housing for the extreme impoverished - our students are there, engaging, working, thinking creatively, and putting knowledge to action. Come, help us celebrate!

6th Annual Human Rights Awards 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, April 22, 2016
Room 120, Blegen Hall, West Bank, University of Minnesota

The ceremony will also include welcoming remarks by Professor James Ron, human rights scholar and holder of the Stassen Chair of International Affairs, as well as a recognition of the members of the 2015-2016 Human Rights Program Student Advisory Board. Lunch will also be served.

For more information and to RSVP, click here.
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