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Top-down Cultivation of CSOs in a Strong-government Context? A Community-level Case from China

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yuxin lanA “Practical Paradox”: can civil society be cultivated by governments in a top-down way, especially in a country with a strong-government context like China?  Based on a local case of the “LeheFamily Land Program” in western China which is focused on cultivating self-help organizations in rural communities, this talk will analyze the dilemma confronted by local governments.

Yuxin Lan is an assistant professor at the School of Public Policy & Management at Tsinghua University, China, where he works in the NGO Research Center, one of the earliest and most prestigious institutes on third sector research in China. He is also an editorial member of the journal China Non-profit Review. His research on the Chinese third sector covers the theory and practice of civil society organization cultivation, state society collaboration, philanthropy and social innovations.

When: Thursday, September 21st, 12:30-2pm
Where: Eggers 341

Best Intentions: When disaster relief brings anything but relief

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"When nature grows savage and angry, Americans can get generous and kind. That's admirable. It might also be a problem." In the wake of such extreme weather patterns, many Americans wish to donate resources to be of help. However, few acknowledge that sometimes we may get in the way more than we think. Full article

Ambassador Mark Storella Presents: The Global Refugee Crisis –The Roles of Governments, Civil Society and International Organizations

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Mark Storella Photo The UN High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that today 65 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes, of which over 22 million are refugees who have fled across borders to escape persecution and conflict.  This unprecedented level of forced displacement is one of the defining challenges of our time requiring a global response.  Ambassador Storellawill discuss the nature of the current crisis and the roles governments, international organizations, and civil society organizations play.

Ambassador Mark Storella joined the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration in June 2016 with responsibility for admission of refugees to the United States and refugee programming in the Near East and Asia regions. Previously, Ambassador Storella served as Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy Brussels where he was deeply involved in counterterrorism and countering violent extremism efforts. He has also served as the Senior Coordinator for Iraqi Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in Baghdad from 2009-2010 and served as Counselor for Refugee and Migration Affairs and engaged with over 50 UN agencies as Deputy Permanent Representative at the U.S. Mission in Geneva from 2006-2009. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and has written on multilateral arms control and humanitarian action in conflict situations.

When: Friday, September 8, 2017 1:30pm –3:00pm 341 Eggers Hall

From 12-1pm there is also a scheduled Career Talk featuring Ambassador Storella, to discuss experiences, tips and insights.
Where: Eggers 352

Not-for-profits and online security – How Can We Help?

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NGOs are increasingly at risk of attacks on their online presence and effectiveness. As a board member of Public Interest Registry (PIR), the nonprofit that operates the .ORG and .NGO Internet domain names, Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken, director of the Transnational NGO Initiative, has been learning about these Internet related threats. Some are outlined in this blog post by PIR’s CEO and former Moynihan NGO Fellow, Brian Cute. Link to blog post 

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