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Dr. Nisha Agrawal, CEO of Oxfam India, to Speak Twice on 4/24: 12pm in Eggers 225B and 2pm in Eggers 306B

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Join Dr. Nisha Agrawal, the CEO of Oxfam India, for two exciting talks on Wednesday 4/24. 

 

"Oxfam India in the Oxfam International Confederation: Challenges and Opportunities"

12:00 PM in 225B Eggers

Lunch Will be Provided

Oxfam International is aiming to move from being an organization governed by "G8" voices to becoming a "G20" organization reflecting the new power distribution in the world. Oxfam India is the 15th member of the Oxfam International Confederation of 17 members, and the first affiliate truly based in the Global South. Oxfam’s transition from a "Northern" to an international confederation has represented some challenges both to Oxfam India as a member of the Oxfam Confederation as well as to Oxfam International's governance as it expands it membership.   The talk will shed light on this changing scenario and the challenges that a Southern Affiliate like Oxfam India faces in a global confederation.

 

“A Career Talk With: Dr. Nisha Agrawal CEO, Oxfam, India”

2PM in 206B Eggers

Dr. Agrawal has been working on poverty, inequality and social development issues for more than 20 years. Since March 2008, she has been the CEO of Oxfam India. During this period, she led a process to formulate Oxfam India’s new strategy entitled “Demanding Rights, Creating Opportunities” that provides a thematic focus in the four areas of Economic Justice, Gender Justice, Essential Services, and Humanitarian work. Oxfam India is a rights-based organization that funds about 180 NGOs that work at the grassroots levels to empower communities and ensure a life of dignity for all.

Prior to joining Oxfam India, Dr. Agrawal worked with the World Bank for almost 20 years and as a Research Associate at the Impact Research Center at Melbourne University from 1985 to 1989. Dr. Agrawal is a member of the global Gender Advisory Committee to the World Bank. Dr. Agrawal is an economist by training and has a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.A. She also earned an M.A. in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, and a B.A. (Honors) in Economics from Miranda House, Delhi University

 

 

INGO Research in Social Media

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 Check out the Facebook page for the INGO Researchan exciting new virtual meeting place for academics and practitioners interested in exchanging ideas and data about the study and operation of international non-governmental organizations.

On the Road with NGOs: Secrecy, Transparency, and Power of Persuasive Gaps-4/12, 1230pm, Eggers 341

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On the Road with NGOs: Secrecy, Transparency, and Power of Persuasive Gaps

 

This paper examines Ghanaian NGOs’ use of knowledge in outreach projects aimed at ending female genital cutting. I ask what kind of knowledge is used and comes to be understood as truth in the encounters between NGOs and rural communities. What are the NGOs’ logics and practices of persuasion? What assemblages of knowledge and power gain local traction? Knowledge must circulate to be authoritative, anthropologists and science studies scholars agree. My argument is that knowledge becomes authoritative through both circulation and stoppage. On the basis of ethnographic research, I show that the NGOs are effective because of the interplay of transparency, secrecy, and productive gaps in understanding. I argue that persuasion depends on performance of truth, rather than the latest biomedical knowledge or newly calibrated policy prescriptions.

 

Dr. Saida Hodžić is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Cornell University. She received a PhD in Medical Anthropology from UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco, and taught at George Mason University and Brown University, where she held the first Louise Lamphere Visiting Assistant Professorship in Gender Studies. Her research examines the relationship between activism and governmentality in contemporary transnational movements that take gendered bodies as a site of intervention. She has published on Ghanaian NGOs’ cultures of governance and their transnational dimensions. Her work focuses on productive aspects of political formations whose effects are not simply salutary, the contingencies of governmental power, and the unintended consequences of NGOs’ tenuous successes. Her forthcoming book, Of Rebels, Spirits, and Social Engineers: The Awkward Endings of Female Genital Cutting examines the logics, techniques, and effects of Ghanaian interventions against cutting. 

 

Lunch Will Be Served 

Models of Servant Leadership: Final Research Talk by 2013 Moynihan TNGO Fellow on 4/11, 1230pm, 341 Eggers

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Models of Servant Leadership in Transnational NGOs

 

Join Dr. Uygar Özesmi for a final discussion on his research during his residency as the 2013 Moynihan TNGO Fellow!

 

Servant leadership is an open, strategic and responsive leadership that interacts with the principle of service to its constituency. In this talk Dr. Ozesmi will explore how servant leadership models are used in matching the expectations of supporters, small individual donors and staff with the mission of TNGOs.

 

He is a scientist and activist in the areas of civil society and the environment. He received a MSc degree in Environmental Science at Ohio State University as a Fulbright Scholar and a PhD as a MacArthur Scholar in Conservation Biology and Development and Social Change at the University of Minnesota. He has worked as Assistant Professor and Chair of Environmental Science at Erciyes University (2000-2004); Environmental Specialist at the United Nations Development Program (2004-2006); Executive Director of the TEMA Foundation (2006-2008), and Greenpeace Mediterranean (2008-2012). Dr. Özesmi is currently on the board of CIVICUS – World Alliance for Citizen Participation.Dr. Uygar Özesmi serves on the global management team of Change.org as the Regional Director of Eastern Europe and West Asia.  Change.org is the largest citizen petition platform in the world, and an exciting new form of digitally facilitated citizen activism. 

 

Lunch Will be Served 

  

 

 

 

 

Career Talk with Regional Director of Change.org: 4/10, 2pm, Eggers 341

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Cosponsored by the Maxwell Center for Career Development

Dr. Uygar Özesmi serves on the global management team of Change.org as the Regional Director of Eastern Europe and West Asia.  Change.org is the largest citizen petition platform in the world, and an exciting new form of digitally facilitated citizen activism. He is a scientist and activist in the areas of civil society and the environment. He received a MSc degree in Environmental Science at Ohio State University as a Fulbright Scholar and a PhD as a MacArthur Scholar in Conservation Biology and Development and Social Change at the University of Minnesota. He has worked as Assistant Professor and Chair of Environmental Science at Erciyes University (2000-2004); Environmental Specialist at the United Nations Development Program (2004-2006); Executive Director of the TEMA Foundation (2006-2008), and Greenpeace Mediterranean (2008-2012). Dr. Özesmi is currently on the board of CIVICUS – World Alliance for Citizen Participation.

 

New Trends in Mobilizing Citizen Activists: 12pm 4/9 Eggers 341

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TOMORROW: 2013 Moynihan TNGO Fellow Dr. Uygar Ozsemi of Change.org speaks about New Trends in Mobilizing Citizen Activists. 


12pm-1:30pm in Eggers 341 
Lunch will be provided

Join Dr. Özesmi for a discussion on online tools available for citizen activism, how these tools are transforming advocacy as we understand it today, and how they permeate into decision making and social systems to transform and change how society operates. There will be a special focus on how citizen activism is transforming decision-making in local governments and the state.

PARCC Presents: Prospects for Peace in Columbia, 4/9 12pm Eggers 209

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 Please join a TNGO collaborator, the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration, for the following event:  

 

Prospects for Peace in Colombia: A Critical Analysis of the Current Negotiations 
With Dana Brown, Executive Director of the US Office on Colombia 

 

When: Tuesday, April 9, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Where:  209 Eggers Hall, Syracuse University

Pizza will be served 

 

Dana Brown will address the many facets of the current peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) guerrilla, with a special focus on civil society engagement in the peace process. She will highlight the struggle of victims to secure some measure of truth, justice and reparations in this process, and the possibilities for a parallel peace process with the ELN (National Liberation Army). Lastly, she will expose critical issues excluded from the negotiating agenda that could have grave implications for the prospects of a lasting peace.

 

Dana Brown is the Executive Director of the US Office on Colombia, a human rights advocacy organization based in Washington, DC. She is a former Coordinator of the Committee on US/Latin American Relations, an Amnesty International USA Colombia Country Specialist, and an accompanier with Peace Brigades International in Colombia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Cornell University and a master’s degree in International Relations and Peace Studies from the Universidad del Salvador in Argentina. 

 

State of Civil Society Organizations in Turkey: Thurs. 4/4 at 11:30 in Eggers 341

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State of Civil Society Organizations in Turkey

Cosponsored by the Moynihan European Research Centers

 

Join the Moynihan European Research Centers, the Transnational NGO Initiative, and the 2013 Moynihan TNGO Fellow Dr. Özesmi for a discussion on the state of civil society in Turkey, including an analysis of the legal environment, state of funding, public perceptions, and current trends and topics. He will also examine how the state of civil society is progressing, and what the future holds.

  

Dr. Özesmi serves on the global management team of Change.org, the largest global citizen petition platform -- an exciting new form of digitally facilitated citizen activism. He is a scientist and activist in the areas of civil society and the environment. He received a MSc degree in Environmental Science at Ohio State University as a Fulbright Scholar and a PhD as a MacArthur Scholar in Conservation Biology and Development and Social Change at the University of Minnesota.  He has worked as Assistant Professor and Chair of Environmental Science at Erciyes University (2000-2004); Environmental Specialist at the United Nations Development Program (2004-2006); Executive Director of the TEMA Foundation (2006-2008), and Greenpeace Mediterranean (2008-2012). Dr. Özesmi is currently on the board of CIVICUS – World Alliance for Citizen Participation.

 

Thurs. 4/4 at 11:30 in Eggers 341

Snacks will be provided

 

CANCELED: Lois Whitman, Founder of Human Rights Watch Children's Rights Division, speaks 4/3 at 9am in Whitman 404

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Lois Whitman

Senior Advisor, Children’s Rights Division, Human Rights Watch

Advocating for Children's Rights on the International Scene: Strategies and Obstacles

April 3, 9-10am, Room 404 at the Whitman School


Join the Transnational NGO Initiative and Lois Whitman for an informal discussion on current trends in international advocacy and activism in the area of children’s rights.  Lois Whitman is the founder and former director (1994-2012) of the Human Rights Watch Children's Rights Division, which investigates human rights abuses of children around the world and seeks to end them.


A lawyer and a social worker, Ms. Whitman received a BA from Smith College, a Master's Degree in Social Work from Columbia University, and a law degree from Rutgers University. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune, Newsday, and Africa Report.  She has testified before the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child and United States Congressional committees on several occasions. Ms. Whitman has taught Women and the Law at Hunter College, Law and Social Work at Stony Brook School of Social Work, and Children's Human Rights at Columbia University's School of International and Political Affairs.