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Recent happenings from the TNGO Initiative

Event (Nov. 7): Collaboration and Management: Expatriates and Host Country Nationals in Transnational NGOs

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On Thursday, November 7th at 12:30 PM, there will be a panel discussion entitled, "Collaboration and Management: Expatriates and Host Country Nationals in Transnational NGOs."

Location: 341 Eggers Hall. Lunch will be provided. Please click here in order to access the event's poster.

Information about the panel:


So you’ve landed your dream job at an international non-profit: How do you work most productively with your colleagues? Ensuring a healthy work environment amongst work colleagues is important in development programs. However, often power dynamics and lack of cultural understanding may prevent constructive collaboration between national and expatriate staff.

The panel of NGO practitioners (who may also happen to be your classmates!) will address practitioner experience in maneuvering within the power structures of transnational NGOs and will give sound advice in resolving recurrent issues within management of transnational NGOs.


Annie Sheria Msosais is a Fulbright scholar. She has over 12 years professional experience in the field of humanitarian development with GOAL, Plan International, Habitat for Humanity International, and Action Aid International.

Idris Jonmamadovis is a Fulbright scholar from Tajikistan. Prior to Maxwell School, he worked mainly in the development sector in his home country. Idrisworked in the microfinance sector, a USAID funded educational project, InternewsNetwork and the World Bank in Tajikistan.

Sadie Conrad has 4 years of experience working abroad.While servingas a Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana from 2009-2011, shemanagedclinicalHIV/AIDS programs and also worked with a localnon-profit women’s shelter.

Carlo Abuyuana is a former Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya, and has six years of experience working with non-profits. Most recently, he worked for two years at a microenterprise and health prevention non-profit in Kenya.

Event (Nov. 6): Shayna Plaut, What is Human Rights Journalism?

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On Wednesday, November 6, from 12:45-2:00pm, Shayna Plaut will give a talk entitled "What is the relationship between human rights and journalism?"

Location: 341 Eggers Hall. Lunch will be provided.  Please click here to see the revised poster for Shayna Plaut's talk.
Information about the talk: 
Pulling from examples as an educator, activist and scholar, Shayna Plaut will walk through the process of how advocates and journalists frame domestic and international issues, including homelessness, police brutality, and access to education, as human rights issues. Troubling the simple notion of understanding journalism and objectivity, Shayna brings forth other ways of approaching journalism and journalism education -- from Indigenous journalism, Romani journalism and philanthro-journalism and asks what can be learned as we struggle to develop the emerging field of human rights journalism. In addition Shayna (along with three research assistants) are available to discuss an ongoing research project attempting to start to map the current state of human rights education within journalism education. 
Shayna Plaut's Bio: 
Shayna Plaut is a doctoral candidate at the University of British Columbia; her area of focus is on the intersections of journalism, human rights and social change with people who identify with being transnational. Shayna has lived and worked extensively in the Balkans as well as Sapmi (the traditional lands of the Saami people). After serving as the former Human Rights Education Coordinator for Amnesty International USA, since 2004, Shayna has designed and taught courses on human rights and human rights reporting to journalists and future producers of culture in Chicago and, upon moving to Vancouver, designed the first Human Rights Reporting class offered at the graduate level in Canada. Shayna is currently a visiting scholar with the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) at Columbia University and works closely with the International Media and Communications specialization. Shayna Plaut has two cats and refuses to color inside the lines. 



Event (Oct. 22): Kris Torgeson, Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)

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On Tuesday, October 22nd at 12:30 PM in 341 Eggers Hall, Kris Torgeson will give a talk entitled "Opinion Without Borders: Reforming a Governance Structure of a Large International NGO."  Lunch will be provided for this event.

She will also give a career talk later in the day between 4:00-5:00 PM at 204B Maxwell Hall.  

Information about the talk:

Nearing its 40th anniversary in 2011, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) found itself both proud of its achievements and growth as well as confronted by internal and external challenges that its governance structure could no longer adequately address. How does a large international non-profit confront such challenges and come to the consensus needed to reform itself? What are the steps taken, the risks faced, the choices made, and the lessons learned?

Kris Torgeson's Bio:

Kris Torgeson served as the Secretary General of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) from October 2008 to September 2012. MSF, also known as Doctors Without Borders, is one of the world’s most renowned humanitarian relief NGOs. MSF typically perform their role in emergency relief immediately following disasters and other forms of crises. Kris started working for MSF in 1998 and was Director of Communications for MSF USA before joining MSF International. She holds a bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies from Wesleyan University and a master's degree in Chinese from Columbia University. Kris is currently working as a non-profit management consultant based in New York. 

Symposium: Actors and Actions in a Globalized World

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There is a Public Diplomacy Symposium on November 1, 2013 entitled "Actors and Actions in a Globalized World."  For more information about each of the panels and panelists, please click here.  For detailed information about the panel entitled "The Global Participant in All of Us" that will run from 2:00-3:30 pm, please here.
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