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Dr. David Crane, Founder of Impuntiy Watch visits the TNGO Initiative

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The Transnational NGO Student Group is proud to present: 

Establishing a web-driven TNGO : A conversation with Dr. David Crane, founder of Impunity Watch” 


Dr. David Crane is a professor of practice at Syracuse University’s College of Law where teaches international criminal law, international humanitarian law, and national security law. From 2002-2005 he  served as Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, an international war crimes tribunal.  Professor Crane’s mandate was to prosecute those who bear the greatest responsibility for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other serious violations of international human rights committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone during the 1990’s. Among those he indicted for those horrific crimes was the President of Liberia, Charles Taylor, the first sitting African head of state in history to be held accountable.   


In 2007 he founded Impunity Watch, a student run web-driven TNGO that operates as a law review, message board, and blog. Impunity Watch’s mission is to monitor and address horrific human rights abuses and possible situations of impunity.  Its articles have been cited on the BBC, CNN and notable international blogs.  


When: February 2nd, 2011 -- 12pm-1:30                   

Where:  Eggers 100

We hope to see you there!

Anyone here speak NGOish?

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A humorous story in The Economist  from South Sudan, where NGO-speak is quickly becoming a local language.


 The jargon of aid

   Jan 27th 2011 | NAIROBI | from PRINT EDITION

   THE emerging new country of South Sudan, which has voted
   overwhelmingly for secession from the north, has already become a
   leading nation of "the workshop": not a place where hard work gets
   done under duress but where the language of aid is taking hold even
   among the natives. "I feel like a stakeholder now," exclaimed a
   woman of the Dinka tribe, the region's most prolific.

   All the favourite words of NGO-speak are now aired in the makeshift
   corridors and canteens of Juba, the fledgling capital. Top of the
   list are "empowerment", "capacity-building" and "stakeholder" (not
   someone actually carrying a stake). "Governance", "civil society",
   "facilitators" and "disadvantaged" follow fast behind. British NGOs
   have a fondness for "focal groups". Americans like anything that
   leads to "inclusion", especially of the "excluded".

   Such terms' joy is that they are nice and woolly, hard to define and
   harder still to contradict: who could possibly turn down the chance
   to enhance development practitioners' facilitation skills for the
   capacity-building of gender-disadvantaged women?

   NGO-speak is particularly cherished and fostered in the grant
   applications that smaller NGOs have to file to the bigger ones.
   Using the right word is all. "If you don't know the buzz words,"
   says an NGO director, "you hardly have a chance to apply for funds."

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