Month: November 2014

IPID Talk with Professor Brian Atwood on Development Cooperation: Somewhere Between Easterly and Sachs

IPID Talk with Professor Brian Atwood on Development Cooperation: Somewhere Between Easterly and Sachs

When: November 20th from 4-5 PM
Where: Humphrey School Room 205 (Freeman Commons)
What: Come hear from a development official on the case for international aid

This should be an excellent follow up to the event with William Easterly. Brian Atwood, the former USAID administrator and current professor at the Humphrey School, will be discussing the behavioral changes that have been underway in the development community, the complexity of getting it right, the effort to improve the “aid architecture,” the strategic importance of official development assistance and the challenges of policy coherence for development.

IPID Talk: Everyday Gendered Harms & Customary Justice in the Democratic Republic of Congo

IPID Talk: Everyday Gendered Harms and Customary Justice in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Presenter: Holly Dunn, University of Minnesota, Political Science

When: November 13th from 2-3 PM

Where: Walter library, Room 405

Baraza Mediators

Holly with baraza mediators

Sexual violence against women in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has garnered international attention, eliciting calls to end impunity and prosecute wartime rape. However, ‘everyday harms,’ often worsened by armed conflict, have gone largely understudied and insufficiently addressed by the revamped state legal system. Instead, individuals often turn to customary justice systems to deal with these harms. Based on a three month field study of baraza, a customary justice mechanism in the eastern DRC, I explore three common forms of everyday gendered harms against women: domestic violence, polygynous relationships and witchcraft accusations. These harms have been inadequately addressed by the legal system. My paper suggests that developing an understanding of local norms and beliefs helps explain the continued importance of customary justice systems for dealing with ‘everyday’ gendered harms against women, as well as an awareness of the constraints within which these systems function. I argue that customary justice is a complex and contested space where gender inequality can be both challenged and reproduced.

Women as agents of change

Women protestors from a protest in November 2011

IPID Talk with Elisheva Cohen, PhD student in Comparative and International Development Education

Title: Education in Emergencies – Ebola’s impact on education

Children have the right to education, even during times of conflict or crisis. But how can we assure access to high quality education during an emergency and through the phases of reconstruction? In this interactive presentation, participants will learn about the Inter Agency Network for Education in Emergencies and their foundational tool, the Minimum Standards for Education: Preparedness, Response, Recovery. Participants will apply the Minimum Standards to the case of the ebola outbreak in west Africa.

When: November 11th from 2-3 PM

Where: Walter library, Room 405

MS Poster_English

About the presenter: Elisheva Cohen is a PhD student in Comparative and International Development Education. Her research focuses on issues of citizenship, migration and education in the Middle East, with a particular interest in urban refugees. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Educational Development from Columbia University where she studied education in conflict, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa region. She has Bachelor’s Degrees from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary in Middle Eastern Studies and Hebrew Literature, respectively. She is a member of the Inter Agency Network for Education in Emergencies and served as their Minimum Standards intern in 2010.