4) Anne Hussian (MPA), Dodoma Tanzania Health Development
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
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 email@example.com. The deadline is February 27th.
Board Member Positions
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 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!
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.
- 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
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 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
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 protestors from a protest in November 2011