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 leex3158@umn.edu. The deadline is February 27th.

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

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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.

The IPID International Travel Grant is now accepting applications

Going overseas to do your own research? Need a little extra cash? Then apply to IPID’s International Travel Grant Program! Applications are due March 13th.
IPID International Travel Grants are awarded to University of Minnesota students who are participating in research, internship, or work experience related to international development. Up to five students will be awarded up to $1,250 each to support travel, research, and/or living expenses abroad. The award may be used from May – December 2015. The project should range in length from three weeks to four months.
Visit the Grant Program Page for more information and application documents.
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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 http://www.eventbrite.com/e/minn-documentary-night-not-my-life-tickets-15378145447

Spring General Assembly meeting + an opening talk with Professor Brian Atwood, “The Evolving Effectiveness of Development Cooperation”

Join us on January 28, 2015 for the spring General Assembly meeting + an opening talk with Professor Brian Atwood, The Evolving Effectiveness of Development Cooperation

IPID brings together students from different areas of focus such as Public Health, Law, Education, Applied Economics and Public Affairs to discuss international development issues and plan related events.

When: Wednesday, January 28th, from 4-6pm

Where: Humphrey Forum, Humphrey School of Public Affairs


Breakdown of event:

From 4-5pm listen to Professor Brian Atwood discuss the aspects of cooperation in international development, ranging from the efforts to reach agreement on a new set of goals to changing financing rules and the important of mutual accountability in a donor-partner relationship.

From 5-6pm,

  • Meet and engage with students who share an interest in international development.
  • Learn more about the 2015 IPID Travel Grant Program
  • Join the dialogue and give input about events and topics that IPID could cover for the coming academic year.
  • Learn about ways to get involved with organizing events and being on the IPID Leadership Board .
  • Enjoy refreshments from AfroDeli


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

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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

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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.

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: https://counteringhumantrafficking.eventbrite.com

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.