Four Monterey Institute students on three continents worked to give a voice to the voiceless this summer through the 2010 Fellowship for Peace program linking promising graduate students to social change projects in the developing world. Their fellowships were organized and supported by the Advocacy Project, a Washington D.C. based non-profit with the mission of helping marginalized communities tell their story, claim their rights and produce social change.
It had been a long day of working with country paper authors as part of the project Making Infrastructure Work for the Poor, funded by the government of Japan through UNDP in New York. I had written a background paper and was advising country authors from Bangladesh, Senegal, Thailand and Zambia.
Bishnu Adhikari (MAIEP ’07) will be named “2010 CHOICE Humanitarian of the Year” at the annual CHOICE Humanitarian gala dinner on September 18th. “Bishnu has literally touched the lives of thousands of people” says CHOICE Humanitarian board member Sharon Spaulding.
CHOICE, which stands for Center for Humanitarian Outreach and Inter-Cultural Exchange, was started in 1982 by Dr. Tim Evans, and is dedicated to ending poverty by focusing on sustainable village development.
On Friday, August 20, the Monterey Institute’s Graduate School of International Policy and Management (GSIPM) will host the GSIPM Expo “Shaping a New Era: Business and Policy Solutions” showcasing the work of over 70 students. Students will present research and findings on topics ranging from “The Role of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Modern Warfare” to “Youth-Led Development Projects at UN-HABITAT” at the Institute’s downtown Monterey campus.
Emily Sloane (MAIEP '09) is training to be a Food Security and Livelihoods Program Manager. Her main task in this role is conducting an evaluation of a pilot project that supports vulnerable residents of Warrap state in developing small-scale income generating activities.
During my third semester at MIIS, I became very interested in Food Security. Trouble was, I had no idea how to land a relevant job, let alone one in Africa, my geographic region of focus.
Faraaz Mahomed (MAIPS ’10) spent the spring semester of 2010 working for Amnesty International in New York as a participant in the voluntary International Professional Service Program (IPSS) at the Monterey Institute. “Amnesty International USA was something of a dream come true for me,” says Faraaz, who specialized in development and human rights in his studies at MIIS.
Twelve undergraduate students from Shandong University are currently participating in a three week summer training course in Global Trade and Development at the Monterey Institute. As a part of the program the students took part in a re-enactment of China’s 2001 accession to the World Trade Organization. Each student had a role as a representative of either China or one of eleven other members of the WTO and presented their own written remarks as part of their training.
Lucy Jodlowska and Kiersten Anderson have taken the Monterey Institute slogan “Be the Solution” to heart and are determined to acquire the skills and experience to truly make a difference after they graduate. The two friends are taking their coursework to the field in Uganda and making an effort to better understand the needs of Acholi women struggling to find their footing after losing so much to a long-standing civil war.
Hundreds of Students from More than Forty Countries Participate in Variety of Monterey Institute Summer Programs
The Monterey Institute offers a wide variety of special programs ranging from intensive language courses and specialized custom language programs to intense training for professionals in the fields of international trade and development. No matter what time of year you visit the Monterey campus, happy voices can be heard in dozens of languages. The summer is no exception.
The Asia Times Online recently published an essay co-authored by Ahmad Waheed (MAIPS ’09) and Matthew C. DuPree addressing the socio-economic ramifications of the recent poppy blight in Afghanistan. DuPree and Waheed, who are both currently research associates with the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, note the effects of the recent poppy blight on the national economy, and the efforts of the Taliban to blame to blight on international forces active in the country.