Author: dennislduffy

Spring 2015 Student Speaker & Research Conference

IPID is looking for researchers to present at the annual student speaker & research conference! If you are a graduate student and you have conducted or are currently conducting research concerning international development, we want to hear from you.

The conference theme this year is Implementing the Post-2015 Development Agenda. All presentations should consist of a discussion of what international development will, could, or should look like after the Millennium Development Goals. Presentations should last between 15-20 minutes followed by a 10 minute question and answer session.

In order to apply, please submit the following information to by April 3rd:

-Your name (or the names of your group members), your program, and the year of study of all group members
-A professional photo
-A 50-250 word summary of the article/project

The event will be held on April 24th from 2PM – 6PM at the Humphrey School in room 215.


Meet the New IPID Leadership

The current IPID board would like to introduce the new members of the IPID leadership. Thank you to everybody who ran, and we are looking forward to seeing what the new board has in store for next year!

President- Renee Van Siclen
Secretary- Mary Lynn Montgomery
Communications Chair- Felipe Dyna Barroso
Journal Liaison- Richard Bamattre
Programming Chair- Maria Victoria (Mavic) Punay

IPID Elections

Want to get some experience helping to run an organization? Interested in advancing the conversation about international development at the U of M? Then become a board member with IPID! If you are interested, email Amanda Lee at The deadline is February 27th.

Board Member Positions
Vice President
Grant Chair
Communications Chair
Programming Chair
Journal Liason

IPID Elections Template2

Dr. Severine Autesserre at the Minnesota International Relations Colloquium

Want to learn more about international conflict resolution? Dr. Severine Autesserre from Barnard College will be presenting her latest book “Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention.” The event is  on Monday, 9 February 2015 at 1:00 in the Lippincott Room in the Social Sciences building (room 1314 for anybody who is wondering). See you there!

This book suggests a new explanation for why international peace interventions often fail to reach their full potential. Based on several years of ethnographic research in conflict zones around the world, it demonstrates that everyday elements – such as the expatriates’ social habits and usual approaches to understanding their areas of operation – strongly influence peacebuilding effectiveness. Individuals from all over the world and all walks of life share numerous practices, habits, and narratives when they serve as interveners in conflict zones. These common attitudes and actions enable foreign peacebuilders to function in the field, but they also result in unintended consequences that thwart international efforts. Certain expatriates follow alternative modes of thinking and acting, often with notable results, but they remain in the minority. Through an in-depth analysis of the interveners’ everyday life and work, this book proposes innovative ways to better help host populations build a sustainable peace.

Human Trafficking Documentary at the International Institute of Minnesota

The MINN Networking Committee would like to invite you to a fantastic documentary entitled Not My Life on Sunday, February 8th, 3:30 – 6:30pm at the International Institute of Minnesota. The event is free and your attendance is appreciated.

Not My Life is the first film to depict the cruel and dehumanizing practices of human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale. Filmed in a dozen countries on five continents, Not My Life takes viewers into a world where millions of children are exploited every day through an astonishing array of practices including forced labor, domestic servitude, begging, sex tourism, sexual violence, and child soldiering.

Special thanks to the International Institute of Minnesota for hosting. IIM is located at 1694 Como Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55108.

Come along for an incredible documentary, snacks, and an engaging discussion to follow!

Be sure to RSVP at

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

Please RSVP:

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.

The First IPID Talk of the 2014-2015 School Year!

IPID Presents

Vietnam Collage

September IPID Talk with IPID Travel Grant Winner Megan Butler

Payment for Ecosystems in the Thua Thien Hue Province of Vietnam 

Date: Wednesday Sep 10, 2014
Time: 3:30 – 4:30pm
Location: Humphrey School Freeman Commons (Room 205)
RSVP via EventBrite

We are very excited to have our first IPID talk of the year. Our first talk will be with Megan Butler (a IPID travel grant recipient) and a team of MDP students who recently conducted research in Vietnam. Read Megan’s description of the project below and we will see you there!

This presentation will describe the research that our MDP field team performed this summer on the feasibility of the implementation of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) programs in the Thua Thien Hue Province in Vietnam.  Payments for Ecosystem Services work to incentivize the mitigation of climate change and natural resource degradation by offsetting the costs of forest protection for  forest-dependent communities. Our team performed a literature review of existing PES pilot programs in Vietnam in order to identify characteristics of successful PES programs in the country and then conducted a series of community interviews in the Nam Dong district of Thua Thien-Hue province to determine the potential pitfalls and possible successes of PES implementation in the Province. The IPID presentation will provide a brief background of the current context of PES programs implementation in Vietnam and discuss the insights gained from the team’s field research.