On December 8-12, 2010, the Liaison Group for Innovations in Governance and Public Action will hold its annual meeting in Cusco, Peru. The event will include presentations from member groups on new initiatives and programs related to innovations in in public service provision, public action, and governance. The Liaison Group is a collaborative network of 10 public policy awards programs from around the globe.
E51-115, Wong Auditorium, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA
Kentaro Toyama, Nicholas Negroponte, Rachel Glennerster, Archon Fung
About the Seminar The media and international-development advocates can’t stop trumpeting information and communications technology for development (ICT4D). But, drawing on his field work in India, Kentaro Toyama argues that cell phones and the Web can take us only so far. Human capacity remains the foundation of economic growth. Joining the debate are Nicholas Negroponte, and Rachel Glennerster. Archon Fung moderates.
Anthony (Tony) Barash, Advanced Leadership Fellow, Harvard University, and Former Director, American Bar Association’s Center for Pro Bono, Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative
The Program on Crisis Leadership and the HKS Crisis Management Student Group welcome Tony Barash, currently a fellow with Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative and past director of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Center for Pro Bono. In this seminar, Barash will present on the ongoing integration of the legal profession into the broader emergency management community, focusing on ABA’s involvement in post-Katrina relief and recovery and his experience as an advisor to the federal government during the BP oil spill. Barash will conclude with comments on remaining challenges and possible paths forward for the improved provision of legal services and aid during disaster response and recovery efforts.... Read more about Lawyers and Emergency Management
124 Mount Auburn, Suite 200-North, Room 226, Cambridge, MA
About the Seminar In The Cracked Bell, an ethnographic study of contemporary United States, Riley-Smith identifies a distinctive and intriguing American paradox. Despite a powerful national myth – or narrative – of individualism, entrepreneurialism, and innovation, the anthropologist finds features of traditional patron-client societies associated with Southern Europe. An established network of power-blocs and semi-secret societies exist at many different levels of society, ranging from street gangs of Los Angeles, college fraternities, and trade unions, as well as networks of corporations, lobbyists, and politicians.... Read more about The Cracked Bell: America and the Afflictions of Liberty
About the Seminar This webinar will explore how a human rights approach can be used to facilitate better access to prevention and protection for victims of human trafficking.
In order to effectively combat human trafficking, an increased emphasis and investment in developing employment, education, public health, and livelihood opportunities for populations vulnerable to human trafficking is essential.
It is critical to address root causes of trafficking through empowerment strategies, particularly targeting young girls and women.
Globally, there are many anti-trafficking activists, policymakers, academics, and non-governmental organizations developing new and effective approaches to prevent, educate, and best serve those most vulnerable to trafficking. By focusing on the human rights of trafficked persons, better strategies will result around allocation of immigration, welfare, employment training, and health benefits to a community.
Ample time will be allocated for audience Q&A. The panel will include:
Jacqueline Bhabha, Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law, Harvard Law School; Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Elizabeth Cafferty, Associate Director, Programs and External Relations, Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Global Health and Human Rights, Massachusetts General Hospital
About the Seminar The December 26, 2004 tsunami that devastated coastal areas along the Indian Ocean caused particularly extensive damage in north Sumatra, where destructive waves traveled more than five kilometers inland and tragically killed well over 100,000 area residents.
In this session of the Program on Crisis Leadership’s (PCL) “Disaster Management in Asia” seminar series, Maggy Horhoruw, formerly with the Director’s Office of the Indonesian Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Agency (BRR), will highlight lessons learned from the massive recovery effort that followed, which not only involved scores of Indonesian governmental agencies but hundreds of international donors and aid organizations as well.... Read more about Breaking through Bureaucracy for Speedy Recovery: Lessons Learned from Post-Tsunami Indonesia
124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Room 226, Cambridge, MA
Jack A. Goldstone, George Mason University
About the Seminar Immigration injects new populations into the complex alignments of potential voters. Immigrants can be a target for populist demagogues, who seek to increase their political power by emphasizing the threat of newcomers as supposed enemies of the domestic way of life. Yet immigrants can also become pivotal voting blocs, particularly as they often cluster in major urban areas, or settle in key ’swing’ states where the existing balance among parties is very close. Thus even in established democracies, modest numbers of immigrants can ignite large shifts in political alignments and policies. Immigration policy itself then becomes highly politicized.
These challenges will be particularly acute in the U.S. and Europe in coming decades, as labor force growth slows and immigration from abroad will likely increase. The problem is not simply one of ’integrating’ or ’assimilating’ immigrants, but of adjusting to their effect on political alignments and outcomes – a challenge that leaders often do not anticipate.... Read more about Immigration and Democracy, from Know-Nothings to Koran Burning
About the Seminar The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has launched a major solicitation to identify solutions to the nationwide problem of untested evidence in sexual assault cases.
Announced October 27, the solicitation seeks to increase our understanding of why so many sexual assault kits (SAKs) are not forwarded from police evidence rooms to crime labs for DNA testing and to develop innovative approaches to solve the problem.