IPID Career & Networking Event

IPID will be hosting a networking event on careers in international development. The event will consist of a panel of five professionals engaged in different aspects of development work and focusing on a range of global regions. Panelists will share their organization’s role in development, how the panelists themselves got involved in development work, and what skills are necessary to become a development professional. After the panel, there will be refreshments and time for students and panelists to connect with each other more informally.
Date: April 8th, from 11:30am to 1:00pm
Location: Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Room 180
1) Brian Foster, USAID Contractor
2) Kayla Mueller (MDP), The Improve Group
3) Machelle Norling (MPA), Development Director, Hope Now

4) Anne Hussian (MPA), Dodoma Tanzania Health Development

5) Karen Baumgaertner, Land O’Lakes International Development
Boxed lunch will be provided
Please RSVP via the EventBrite link as space is limited.

Systemic Action Research in Raipur, India – IPID Talk with Eric Kasper

Join us for an IPID Talk with Eric Kasper
When: Friday, March 27th from 1-2pm
Where: Room 205, Freeman Commons, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
What: This talk will present findings from a year of Systemic Action Research carried out in Raipur, India, with NGO partners and partners living in informal settlements. Participatory social network analysis attempts to make social change visible through the participant’s evolving relationship structures. In this presentation, Eric will discuss the use of participatory network analysis as a way to help participants understand their agency and create pathways to increasing their agency. Moderated by long time African democracy educator Marie-Louise Strom.
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Eric Kasper is a PhD student at IDS in the Cities and Participation Clusters program. His research brings together participatory social network analysis, systemic action research, complex adaptive systems, and community organizing practice to explore the ways relational structures and social dynamics of people living in urban poverty impact their ability to act collectively as agents of change.

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 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

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