2012

2012 Mar 26

Challenges and Opportunities in Tunisia's Democratic Transition

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Nye A, Taubman Building, Fifth Floor, Harvard Kennedy School

Moncef Cheikh-RouhouGovernance and Economics
Moncef Cheikh-Rouhou, Leading Member of the Tunisian Progressive Democratic Party
Co-Sponsored by the Moroccan Studies Program at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies

About the Speaker
Moncef Cheikh-Rouhou is a member of the Tunisian constituent assembly, representing Tunis. He is from the Progressive Democratic Party, arguably the most important opposition party. Cheikh-Rouhou is also one of Tunisia’s most prominent economists. He holds a MBA and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and is a professor of international finance at HEC in Paris. Although he is a member of the opposition, the Nahdha minister of regional development has sought his guidance on economic policy. Before teaching and politics, Cheikh-Rouhou managed a Tunisian-Saudi investment bank and chaired the first merchant bank in the Maghreb.... Read more about Challenges and Opportunities in Tunisia's Democratic Transition

2012 Mar 26

Creating an Organization in Which Innovation is the Norm, Not the Exception

4:10pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

David OsborneDavid Osborne, Senior Partner of The Public Strategies Group

About the Seminar
In most bureaucratic public organizations, innovation is possible but difficult. Those who innovate swim upstream, against many obstacles. “Reinventing” – or “transforming” – government is about changing the organization so that innovation becomes the norm, rather than the exception. It creates an organization in which innovators swim with the current, rather than against it. David Osborne will discuss the strategies that are most powerful in provoking this kind of fundamental transformation.... Read more about Creating an Organization in Which Innovation is the Norm, Not the Exception

2012 Mar 22

Telemedicine Center to Support Sexual Assault Evidence Collection

3:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: 

Online Webinar

Office for Victims of Crime and the National Institute of Justice

About the Seminar
This informational session – hosted by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), and facilitated by the Government Innovators Network – is designed to help potential applicants learn more about the OVC solicitation, “Sexual Assault Forensic Medical Examination Telemedicine Center: An Innovative Pilot Project.”

The goal of this project is to develop a live 24-hour telemedicine center to help Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) and other forensic medical examiners collect evidence from a victim of sexual assault. The recipient of this $3.5 million award will issue a separate solicitation, in partnership with OVC, to set up the four pilot sites that will use cutting-edge audiovisual technology to walk a health-care provider through a forensic medical examination. Register for this Webinar to learn more about the solicitation and OVC’s and NIJ’s ultimate goal of creating a national center that serves all jurisdictions on a fee-for-service basis.... Read more about Telemedicine Center to Support Sexual Assault Evidence Collection

2012 Mar 21

An Inside Job: Indonesia’s Path to Constitutional Democracy

4:10pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Donald HorowitzDonald Horowitz, Duke University

About the Seminar
After the fall of Suharto in 1998, Indonesia pursued an unusual course of democratization. It was insider-dominated and gradualist, and it involved free elections before a lengthy process of constitutional reform. At the end of the process, Indonesia’s amended constitution was essentially a radically new and thoroughly democratic document. By proceeding as they did, the Indonesians averted the great conflict that would have arisen between adherents of the old constitution and proponents of radical, immediate reform. Gradual reform also made possible the adoption of institutions that preserved pluralism, mitigated conflict, and pushed politics toward the center. The resulting democracy also has a number of prominent flaws, largely attributable to the process chosen, but it is a better outcome than the most likely alternatives.... Read more about An Inside Job: Indonesia’s Path to Constitutional Democracy

2012 Mar 21

Organizing in China: Communist Party of China, NGOs, and Beyond

11:30am to 1:00pm

Location: 

Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building

Elizabeth J. Perry, Harvard; Marshall Ganz, HKS; Anthony Saich, HKS
Co-sponsored by the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations

About the Seminar
Professor Elizabeth Perry will start with a discussion of how the early leaders of the CPC practiced organizing as described in her forthcoming book, Anyuan: Mining China’s Revolutionary Tradition

Professor Marshall Ganz will then comment on this story from his framework of organizing and will share his perspective on organizing in China with reference to his experience in coaching organizing to 64 NGO leaders in Beijing last December. Ash Center Director and Professor Anthony Saich will comment on the application of Ganz’s framework in the Chinese context by referring to Perry’s research and other scenarios. Saich will conclude the event by facilitating a discussion among the speakers and the audience.

2012 Mar 21

Coping Strategies of Indonesian Humanitarian Volunteers: Personal, Organizational, Cultural, and Policy Dimensions

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 100, Room 106, Cambridge, MA

Maria Nelden Djakababa, HKS Indonesia Research Fellow

About the Seminar
In this brownbag presentation, HKS Indonesia Research Fellow Nelden Djakababa will discuss her research on post-traumatic growth and psychological well being of disaster response volunteers, focusing specifically on Indonesian Red Cross personnel who responded to the major earthquake that hit Yogyakarta and Central Java in 2007. Special attention will be given to the narrative-based analysis of the coping strategies employed by the volunteers, taking into account the Javanese culture-based approach to adversity. Her study also aims to identify critical points in how this coping process can be supported by the humanitarian organizations and disaster management policies.... Read more about Coping Strategies of Indonesian Humanitarian Volunteers: Personal, Organizational, Cultural, and Policy Dimensions

2012 Mar 08

If the Banks are Doing So Well, Why Can’t I Get a Loan?

4:10pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Jay RosengardRegulatory Constraints to Financial Inclusion in Indonesia
Jay Rosengard, Harvard Kennedy School

About the Seminar
This seminar will explore two paradoxes of Indonesia’s financial sector: 1) Indonesia has been a global leader in microfinance for the past 25 years, but access to microfinance services is declining; and 2) Indonesia’s commercial banks are liquid, solvent, and profitable, and the Indonesian economy has been doing well over the past decade, but small and medium enterprises are facing a credit crunch. Thus, although Indonesia is underbanked, most commercial banks have been unresponsive to unmet effective demand. These paradoxes are especially challenging given that the behavior of banks has been in their own short-term best interests, primarily because of the unintended consequences of Indonesia’s financial sector reregulation after the East Asian crisis and contradictory monetary policies, which have produced a prudentially sound but inefficient, narrow, and homogenized banking oligopoly. The seminar will also review possible policy responses to increasing financial exclusion in Indonesia.... Read more about If the Banks are Doing So Well, Why Can’t I Get a Loan?

2012 Mar 07

Mixing Confucianism and Democracy

4:10pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Joseph ChanJoseph Chan, University of Hong Kong

About the Seminar
Many people think that Confucian political thought is incompatible with democracy. Professor Joseph Chan argues that this is an overstatement and that there are affinities and tensions between Confucian political values and democratic institutions. According to Chan, the best way to address the complex relationship of these two items is not by rejecting one and accepting the other, but rather by mixing them in ways that strengthen both. In this presentation, Chan will show how in ideal situations democratic elections can be seen as the best institutional means to express the Confucian political ideal. He will also explore ways in which Confucian values and virtues can enhance the quality of democratic governance and participation in non-ideal situations.... Read more about Mixing Confucianism and Democracy

2012 Mar 05

Healthy San Francisco: Providing Healthcare to San Francisco's Uninsured

4:10pm to 5:30pm

Tangerine M. Brigham, Director of Healthy San Francisco

About the Seminar
Healthy San Francisco targets underserved and disadvantaged populations. As an initiative of the city and county of San Francisco, it provides healthcare to the region’s estimated 64,000 uninsured adult residents.

 
Healthy San Francisco presents before the National Selection Committee in November 2011

Administered by the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Healthy San Francisco integrates existing public and private healthcare providers into a single, centralized system, whereby residents can enroll, select a primary care medical home, and gain access to services, information, and support. Since its launch in 2007, over 85 percent of uninsured have voluntarily enrolled in Healthy San Francisco, particularly notable as 20 percent of enrollees had not accessed healthcare services at all in the last two years. Independent evaluation data reveals that enrollees show steadily declining emergency department use over time and 94 percent of enrollees have expressed satisfaction with the program. At this seminar, Healthy San Francisco, one of the year's Innovations in American Government Award Finalist, will present its innovation.... Read more about Healthy San Francisco: Providing Healthcare to San Francisco's Uninsured

2012 Feb 29

The Return of the West: The U.S., EU, and China

4:10pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Richard RosecranceRichard Rosecrance, Harvard Kennedy School
Co-sponsored by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

About the Seminar
The United States is a democracy in (relative) decline. But it need not make war to reverse its fortunes or become subject to the attacks of other nations. Economic forces, as outlined in this seminar and Rosecrance’s forthcoming book, The Return of the West: The United States, the European Union and China, will likely mute challenges and also raise the overall power and influence of Western nations.... Read more about The Return of the West: The U.S., EU, and China

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