Month: October 2014

Countering Human Trafficking: A Personal Journey to Global Activism

Agnes Igoye (Humphrey Fulbright Fellow at the Humphrey School 2010-2011) from Uganda, Training Manager at the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control, Republic of Uganda will be accepting the 2014 UMN Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals which was given in recognition for the outstanding work she has done and continues to do for trafficking in persons, policy and prevention in Uganda. She will give a speech on her personal journey, where it all started and her passion to counter human trafficking. The important and sometimes difficult decisions she had to make in her journey countering human trafficking.

Agnes has provided her expertise to several organizations, including the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, the U.N. Development Program, and the International Organization for Migration. She is currently a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, with a commitment of action to counter human trafficking. She is the founder of the Huts for Peace program, which works to rebuild war-torn communities.

October 28, 2014 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Cowles Auditorium Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455

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IPID Presents “The Tyranny of Experts: The Neglect of Democracy and Human Rights in Economic Development” with William Easterly

Fall 2014: High Profile Speaker Event with William Easterly

“The admirable fight against global poverty has a blind spot on democracy and human rights, which are both good in themselves and also the most well-proven and lasting path out of poverty. Experts in development have too often unintentionally provided a rationale for oppressive autocrats and unenlightened US foreign policy in poor countries.”

When: Tuesday, October 21st, 1:00 – 2:30 PM

Where: 3M AuditoriumCarlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

What: Come hear one the world’s most famous development economists give a special lecture at the University of Minnesota!

RSVP via Eventbrite and bring your ticket to the event.


IPID Talk – MDP Field Experience

Come out and hear two research teams from the MDP program talk about their recent experiences in Ecuador and Jamaica. This is a must attend for anybody interested in agriculture, ecology, natural resources management, or value-chain analysis. Light refreshments will be provided.

When: October 15, 2014, 5-6pm
Where: Freeman Commons, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Room 205
What: Learn more about recent research performed by MDP students.

Elizabeth Gering & Angélica Getahun
Abstract: Master of Development Practice students, Angélica Getahun, Violeta Hernandez and Elizabeth Gering, spent two months in the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador working with the Rainforest Alliance (RA), a nonprofit organization that works throughout the world where rare biodiversity reserves and forests are threatened. In collaboration with RA Ecuador, the MDP team conducted a value chain analysis (VCA) of a non-timber forest product called copal, which is a resin that is harvested from the copal tree, Dacryodes oliviferaCuatrec. Copal is used as incense for spiritual, religious and home fragrance in end markets. The objective of the VCA was to analyze copal resin’s potential in the domestic and international market with the long-term goal of improving livelihoods, conserving the rainforest, and strengthening the local economy.Presenters: 

Afia Adaboh and Randika De Mel
Abstract: Over the summer of 2014, our Master of Development Practice (MDP) student team comprising of Afia Adaboh and Randika De Mel undertook a field-based project in Jamaica. The project is a collaboration between Trees That Feed Foundation (TTFF), College of Agriculture Science and Education (CASE), Northern Caribbean University (NCU), Jeffrey Town Farmers Association (JTFA), Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MOA), and the Rural Agriculture Development Authority (RADA). One component of food insecurity in Jamaica is the challenge of dependency on imported foods, particularly in rural communities. Breadfruit (staple crop) is seen as a food crop with tremendous potential to reduce that dependency and food insecurity in rural areas. Our work sought to improve linkages between farmers, exporters, processors, and extension officers in the breadfruit value chain (VC) and to examine the effectiveness of breadfruit tree distribution programs. It did so through two approaches. The socio-economic portion of our project focused on mapping the VC. The agro-ecology portion focused on assessing the survival of breadfruit trees donated by TTFF. The project was designed to support TTFF and its partner organizations ability to make strategic interventions in the breadfruit VC both in the area of tree distribution and fruit commercialization.