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Please join us for the next IPID talk!

Thursday, February 28th at 4:30 p.m., at the UofM Law School Room 385. Click here for a campus map.

The topic: Policy or Profiling? Iranian Students vs. TCF Bank. Come learn and discuss how the effects of US Sanctions, Iranian Policy, and TCF action has impacted Iranian students at the University of MN.

Check out the following sources and attached PDF for more information:

News clip from Al Jazeera:

The campaign's Facebook Page:
Lastly, if you have an idea for an IPID Talk and want to do one, send an email to Autumn Durfey (

Hope to see you there and then!

TCF Bank vs Students of Iran.pdf

The First IPID Talk of 2013!

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Please join us for the first IPID Talk of 2013!
Thursday, February 7th at 4:30 p.m., in Coffman Memorial Union, Room 326. Click here for a campus map.
The topic: Broadening Dimensions of Human Trafficking. Veerendra Mishra, a Humphrey Fellow from the International Fellowship Program through the Humphrey School of Public Affairs will be the host. Veerendra is the Assistant Inspector General of the Crime Investigation Department for the Madhya Pradesh (MP) State Police in India.
In preparation for the discussion we ask that you review the article at the link to familiarize yourself with the topic (but come even if you had no time to read!).

The document of the UN Protocol gives an overview of Human Trafficking and the link highlights the U.S. stance on Human Trafficking and is the federal governing statue on the subject of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act 2000.
Questions framing the discussion:
  • What do you understand about the term "human trafficking"?
  • What are different dimensions of human trafficking?
  • What do you suggest is the best possible way to combat human trafficking?
Feel free to bring friends and people you meet on the bus.Lastly, if you have an idea for an IPID Talk and want to do one, shoot me an email (
Hope to see you there and then!
Please join us for the Fall 2012 Student Speaker Conference!

Date: Friday, November 16th, 2012
Time: 3:30-7:00
Location: Walter Library Rm 101, University of Minnesota East Bank

We will provide free food from AfroDeli for dinner! (Please RSVP by this Saturday, November 10th if possible!)

Our topic for the conference is The Global Food Crisis: Problems and Possibilities

Our six student speakers will give a 15-20 minute presentation based on theirs research, followed by a brief Q&A. After all speakers have made their presentations, there will be a moderated panel session with all presenters and open discussion to tie together the ideas presented. The panel session will explore links between speakers' presentations and the value of taking an interdisciplinary approach to this theme.

IPID Talk 12/1: Magical Microfinance - Mighty or Maligned?

Date: December 1, 2011
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Room 70, Minnesota Population Center (50 Willey Hall)

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Aryn Baxter, Tam Weiss, Yui Bi (Comparative & International Development Education program) and Brooke Krause (Applied Economics) are currently working together on a longitudinal evaluation of an entrepreneurship education program that includes increasing youth access to financial services. They will facilitate a discussion on the current debates surrounding microfinance. It promises to be a thought provoking time. Come and bring friends!

  • What are the distinguishing features of microfinance?
  • Is microfinance better for the poor than other forms of finance, such as moneylenders or banks?
  • Have microfinance programs diverted attention from more pro-poor interventions?
  • Is there an appropriate role for microfinance in poverty alleviation?
  • Based on perspectives from your discipline, what critical issues, theoretical or practical implications are raised from using microfinance as a tool to achieve poverty alleviation?

Sacrificing Microcredit for Megaprofits
Microfinance's Sober Reckoning
Loan Ranger


IPID Talk 10/20: Emerging Indian Economy and Globalization

Date: October 20, 2011
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Room 70, Minnesota Population Center, Willey Hall

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india growth.jpg
Anupam Kishore, Humphrey Fellow from India will be the host of this month's IPID Talk. In preparation for the discussion, please read the following articles and watch IMF video:

(1) Lecture by Dr. Narendra Jadhav on Indian economy and Globalisation

(2) IMF Report on Indian Economy
(3) IMF Video on Indian Economy - Road Ahead
(4) You tube video on Indian economy
Questions framing the discussions:
1)      How important is the role of Governance in the economic development of the country?
2)      Can a few scientific inventions or discoveries reshape the entire global economy?
3)      What is the role of Human Resources in shaping the future of the country?
4)      What are the challenges facing Indian economy?
5)      What should policy makers in India focus on to sustain the growth?
1.00-1.40 - Presentation on Indian Economy & Discussion on above questions
1.40- 1.58 - Questions and Discussions
1.58- 2.00 - Announcements

IPID Talk 9/22: Corporations and Development

Topic: Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better - Corporations & Development
Date: September 22, 2011
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Room 70, Minnesota Population Center, Willey Hall

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corporate_social_jpgThe first IPID Talk of the semester will focus on the role of corporations in advancing the human development agenda. Ben al-Haddad (Medical School) will be pushing things off.

Feel free to bring friends (or strangers... no judgment here).
To participate please read (but come even if you had no time to read):

(1) When dealing with the devil pays.

(2) Child labour: the tobacco industry's smoking gun

(3) Public-private partnerships as a development engine (download as a

Discussion Questions:

(1) Are the objectives of the private sector and the public sector so antithetical so as to make true partnership impossible?

(2) Are some domains more amenable to private-public partnerships than others? Which ones and why? (e.g. Health, Education, Social Services, Disaster Relief)

(3) How can the public sector co-opt the private sector into acting in alignment with policy objectives?

(4) How should manipulation by the private sector be reported and measured in the public sphere?


13:00-13:10 Introduction.
13:10-13:50 Structured discussion.
13:50-13:55 Last thoughts.
13:55-14:00 Programming announcement/feedback.

IPID Talk 4/27: Sport and Development

Topic: The Role of Sport in Development
Speaker: Christina Kwauk, Ph. D. Candidate, CIDE
Date: April 27, 2011
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Location: Room 70, Minnesota Population Center, Willey Hall

Taking into account how busy everyone must be at this time in the semester, Christina has selected some videos for you to watch before coming to the talk and also highlighted a few websites that will give you a basic gist of the sport in development movement. And, if you do have the time, she's also attached an article for your reading pleasure.

Brief introduction to sport and development: (websites)
Video: History of Right to Play (4:54, 1st video in gallery); An introduction to how Right to Play... (5:57, 3rd video in gallery)
Video: 1Goal: World's greatest lesson (6:46)
If you're interested, here's the organization link for 1Goal:
CNN/Inside Africa Report: Kenyan American Soccer Exchange (2:30)
If you want to watch a longer version:
Video: An enduring journey: The Kenyan American Soccer Exchange (9:53)
Optional article:
Coalter, F. (2010). The politics of sport-for-development: Limited focus programmes and broad gauge problems? International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 45(3): 295-314.
  • 12:00-12:10 Introduction of the topic.

  • 12:10-12:50 Structured discussion. 

  • 12:50-1:00 Last thoughts.

Questions framing the discussion
    1.    Based on the videos you watched and on the quote below from Right to Play founder Johann Koss, in what ways does the sport in development movement try to capture our attention or move us to action?
"Sport for development is a tool to help make the world healthier and safer, to build opportunities for children to grow physically, emotionally, and socially. They learn respect for themselves, for rules, for their teammates, respect for their own communities and for other communities. When kids play, the world wins."
    a.    Within your discipline or area of study, how do you interpret this strategy?
    2.    Based on your disciplinary training, what critical issues, theoretical or practical implications are raised from using sport as a tool to achieve international development goals like universal education, eradication of HIV/AIDS, peace, etc.?
    3.    From what perspective on development is the sport in development movement operating on?
    a.    How might an interdisciplinary perspective shift the conceptualization and practice of sport in development?
    4.    What role do celebrity athletes, sports organizations (i.e., FIFA), and sport corporations (i.e., Nike) play in development?
    a.    What might the future of development practice look like with their continued participation?
    b.    What trends in development might support or derail their participation?
Date: February 25
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Room 70, Minnesota Population Center (Willey Hall)

The next IPID talk will be on Friday, February 25th at 12:00 noon in Room 70 of the Minnesota Population Center (50 Willey Hall).  All are welcome!  Click here for a campus map.

Portrayals of women with disabilities living in poverty often focus on their status as victims: victims of abuse, neglect, discrimination, scarcity, systems, and circumstances.  Often, the goal is to visibilize suffering and injustice they face on a regular basis.  The goal of this visibilization, at least from a Western stance, is to bring attention to these women so that their lives can be improved.  But are these portrayals themselves victimizing?

This discussion compares portrayals of women with disabilities living in poverty from multiple sources: advocacy organizations, film, scholarly research, and INGO reports.  Portrayals from the global south and global north tend to differ in their representation: from the north, Human Rights Watch shows women with disabilities as marginalized and vulnerable; in the south, African filmmaker Djibril Diop Mambety makes a young disabled girl the spunky protagonist in a short film about street children.  On one hand, these portayals victimize and on the other, they empower.

How the field of international development responds to women with disabilities living in poverty is often based on how it perceives them.  What are the larger consequences of these portrayals, and, more broadly, how do representations of the impoverished 'other' shape the activities and outcomes of international development?

In preparation for the talk, please read and view these quick resources (but come even if you don't!)

Human Rights Watch.  "As if We Weren't Human: Discrimination and Violence Against Women with Disabilities in Uganda." August 2010.
Read the intro, summary and recommendations (also, look at the images throughout the report).

Kiani, S. (2009). Women with disabilities in the North West province of Cameroon: Resilient and deserving of greater attention. Disability & Society , 24 (4), 517-531. (Kiani.pdf)

Clip (3:47) of "La Petite Vendeuse de Soleil (The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun)" film by Djibril Diop Mambety

Critical review - "La Petite Vendeuse de Soleil (The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun)" film by Djibril Diop Mambety

Clip (2:38) of "Advocacy (Liberia): Young Voices Campaign"

Browse website: Stars of Hope Palestine (when I just checked the webpage the site was down, but the intro page is worth viewing.  Hopefully this is a temporary glitch)

Discussion questions:

-What kind of linkages exist between portrayals of victims and models of charity? How do these linkages help or hurt the so-called "victims"?

-What are the implications of combining two historical victim identities - gender (women) and disability?  Once a person is perceived as a victim, is there any way out of that categorization?

-Visibilization of "invisible" problems often deliberately seeks to "shock" people into action.  This is evident in the tactics of many human rights organizations.  But, what is the desired end of visibilization and when does it become sensationalized spectacle?  What does it mean for the women in these articles and images to have their vulnerabilities so exposed?

-Portrayals of empowerment are encouraging and uplifting, but do they also have consequences? If so, what?

-There are many associations between disability and poverty, but is the reaction of the international development field to people with disabilities making disability itself a form of poverty? (think about Sen's capability approach and people with disabilities' perceived lack of capabilities) 

Date: February 4
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Room 70, Minnesota Population Center (Willey Hall)

The next IPID talk will be on Friday, February 4th at 12:00 noon in Room 70 of the Minnesota Population Center (50 Willey Hall).  All are welcome!  Click here for a campus map.

The topic will be: "How free are we?  Lifestyle choice, global responsibility, the end goal of development, and the meaning of life."  Peter Ehresmann from the new Master of International Development Practice (MDP) program at the Humphrey Institute will be the host. 

In preparation for the talk, please read these short articles (but come either way!):

1) Ehresmann, Peter.  "Life as Freedom: A critique of Sen." (October 2010).  Unpublished. (Sen - Life as Freedom - A critque of Sen (Peter Ehresmann) Oct 2010.doc)
a.      (If needed) A brief summary of Amartya Sen's Development as Freedom book:

3)  Two VERY short news articles about the dramatic increase of 1,000 and now 2,000 new cars on the road in Beijing every day.
Huang, S. & Wills, K. "China grapples to reduce cars in congested Beijing."  (2010, December 8).
BBC.  "Record car ownership in Beijing." (2008, January 14).

5) The Story of Stuff 20 min video  (if you haven't watched it already)

Discussion Questions:
1)     Cars in China: How much freedom does one really have to live the life one wants?
2)     The trend of older generations in the US assuming their children will have a better quality of life than they had is changing.  Is this necessarily bad and cause for doom and gloom?  Is it really possible to continually improve the human condition (The Redistribution of Hope)?  What does it look like and how can we measure it?  GDP, HDI, Happiness, Social Capital..?  That is, what ought the end goal of international development be?
a.      Sen answers in Development as Freedom that every person ought to be able to have the freedom to choose to live the kind of life they deem worth living.  Is this socially, economically, and environmentally possible?

3)     How might we really develop into a global society that sustainably follows Sen's "Development as Freedom" or "Life as Freedom"?  

4)     Freedom VS. The Global Responsibility of Lifestyle Choice: If everyone cannot live at an average US level, on what ethical basis should I?  How ought I to spend my life and in what kind of lifestyle?
"Am I more important than another person, so selfish as to knowingly use significantly more than my fair share of global resources that both denies others their Senian freedom (and arguably their right) to their fair share of global resources, to not change my lifestyle?  Am I too pretentious to bicycle, take mass transit, or carpool instead of driving a car alone?  What if every Chinese and Indian drove their own car to work or school every day, let alone everyone in the world?  Am I now encroaching on your freedom to drive a car?  Or are car drivers encroaching on our freedoms to clean air, less climate change, a viable future for our posterity, and the security of saving some oil for our future?  What about the people who would lose their jobs at the automobile plant if we all stopped buying cars, is that reason enough to continue buying?  Who's freedom is "more equal" than others'?"  (Ehresmann)

5)     How do you imagine a reformed sustainable world economy of the future?  What does it look like?

6)     The richest countries are not necessarily the happiest countries.  How might we reassess the underlying assumption that developed countries should become more like developed countries if they want to improve?  Are there lessons for the developed world from developing countries - truths about life and happiness - that have been lost?
7)     What is the future of the West (US) with a rising BRIC (Brazil, India, China)?
8)     Can capitalism, now via Multi-National Corporations, lead to sustainability, social justice, and peace?


12:00-12:15pm Introduction of the topic.

12:15-12:50pm Structured discussion. 

12:50-1:00pm   Last thoughts.

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