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Content Piece: Poverty and Human Trafficking

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Today, Riana gave a fascinating and thoughtful presentation on the issue of poverty and human trafficking. We discussed the surprising prevalence of trafficking both abroad and here in the United States, the root causes of human trafficking, and the possibilities for address this human rights issue.

Check out her presentation below!

Poverty and Human Trafficking Content Piece

Spring 2011

If you’re new to HPSD this semester, check out this very comprehensive guide to what we do!

WELCOME TO HPSD!

We’re really excited to have you on board. This e-mail should have more information about HPSD — its mission, its organization, and its programs. There is a ton of info in here, but most importantly take a look at the committees (down at the bottom) to see if you want to get involved in one!! And feel free to contact us with any questions.

History: HPSD was founded in the fall of 2006 by Eric Meyerowitz ’10 and Toby Norman ’10. The idea was to create a student group that not only talked about development but took action, and took action in a way that was community-based, rigorous, and responsible. The group was formed based around a partnership Eric had established with the community of el Limon, Nicaragua. This is where the core of our work has taken place to this point, but we are rapidly expanding into other areas while maintaining our partnership in Nicaragua.

Philosophy: Our mission is “taking action to reduce poverty in partnership with communities.” We take a holistic approach to development, looking at everything from global health to microfinance to international education, human rights, and much much more. We focus on building long-term relationships based on solidarity and reciprocity with the people with whom we work.

Current Structure: We currently have roughly 30 active general members led by an 9 person executive board. Our board meets Monday nights at 9pm, and all members are invited and encouraged to attend if they are interested. Elections for the next Executive Board will be held in early March. Our general meetings begin with a 20 minute content piece discussion, and 20 minutes of committee work.

Weekly Meetings: Our weekly meetings are 2pm on Sundays in Lamont Forum Room. They are based on “content pieces.” These are group discussions led by any member of the group, on basically any aspect of development. The more controversial the topic the better, but nearly anything development-related is game. We are ALWAYS looking for people to lead content pieces, so if you have any suggestions for topics or would like to lead (or help lead with the assistance of another member), let us know! Contact Matt for that (mcmulroy@fas.harvard.edu)

Campus Events: On campus we host a variety of events, some that are focused on the internal group and some that are campus-wide.

  • Workshops: We usually have a few workshops each semester, where HPSD as a group meets with someone who works in development. Past workshops have featured Jeff Sachs and Jim Kim, and more commonly draw on Harvard faculty or Boston-area NGOs. These are great opportunities to have an intimate discussion with someone very experienced in the field of international development.
  • ISPS Trainings: Eric and Devin lead interactive workshops designed to train people doing fieldwork in the developing world how to build sustainable relationships/projects with communities. There will be 4 trainings this semester and HPSD members, especially those who will be working in developing countries this summer, are *highly* encouraged to attend.
  • Forums: We host an annual campus-wide forum on a specific development issue. Past guests have included Michael Chu speaking on microfinance and Dr. Nicholas de Torrente (former Exec Director of Doctors without Borders) and Howard Zucker of the WHO speaking on “Recession-Era Global Health.”
  • Conferences: This fall we hosted our first conference called “Stories from the Field: Perspectives on International Development” featuring a luncheon with experts who work in international development and post-lunch workshops
  • Local Service Projects: A few times per semester we volunteer in the community. Projects have included local Habitat builds, serving dinner at Rosie’s place, and volunteering at Harvard Square  Homeless Shelter
  • Socials!

We are always open to new ideas for campus events, so if you have ideas for new events or speakers, have some awesome connections to speakers, or would just like to help planning, contact Angela (aqchen@fas) or Min (minlee@college).

Committees: The best way to start getting involved in HPSD is to join a committee.

  • ISPS (International Service Preparation Series): This two-part workshop is offered by HPSD members to the campus to help those planning on traveling abroad prepare adequately for the task. Case studies and philosophical approaches are investigated and presented. Contact Daan (harmsen@fas) or Emily (emilyguo@fas) to get involved.
  • Fundraising: Necessary for our trips to work! This year’s initiative is a Valentine’s Day flower sale. You’ll get a lot of experience working with various infrastructures, including how money gets raised on campus. Contact Margaret (margaretjiang@college) or Maria (mariaxia@fas) to get involved.
  • Campus Programs: Help plan our spring forum! Again, contact Angela (aqchen@fas) or Min (minlee@college).
  • Content Pieces: Read the NYTimes World section every day? Have your eye on Aid Watchers? Help advance our mission of staying abreast of and thinking critically about current events in international development by joining this committee and making short (very low-key) presentations at our general meetings. You’ll have support. Contact Joshua Ra (joshuara@college).

Solidarity Nicaragua: HPSD has been working with the community of el Limon, Nicaragua, since the organization’s inception in 2006. The focuses of this year’s trip will still be listening, learning, solidarity, and building relationships with our partners in Estelí while engaging in several development programs on the ground. We will continue our long standing commitment to the students and teachers at el Instituto Nacional Francisco Luis Espinoza (INFLE), the largest public secondary school in Estelí. Over the last several years we have also implemented water filter programs in five rural communities around El Limón. This year we will also implement a program in the community of La Ramada, an isolated village without access to clean, filtered water, located near a community we worked with last year (Potrero Grande). Applications for the Nicaragua trip can be requested from Angela Chen (aqchen@fas).

Children of the Border: We are working with Kirkland Tutor Sebastian Velez to support his NGO, which serves impoverished children of Haitian descent living on the border Dominican Republic and Haiti. We are focusing on issues of water access and contraception, and plan to run a 2-4 week trip to the Dominican Republic this summer. HPSD/CotB is also partnered with DR Water, led by Tracy Han ’11 and Matt Mulroy ’12, which you heard all about today!. For more information about Children of the Border, you can check out their website: http://childrenoftheborder.wordpress.com/ Contact Matt at mcmulroy@fas if interested in joining this committee!

If any of these committees piques your interest and you’d like to find out more, feel free to either contact the project leader directly, or simply email one of us and we can answer questions/put you in touch with the appropriate person!

Once again, welcome to HPSD, and we look forward to seeing you at the next meetings/events!

Careers in Development – a luncheon

The Harvard Project for Sustainable Development presents…

Exploring Careers in Development

A luncheon event with Kennedy School of Government Mid-Career Fellows

Microfinance | Environmental Sustainability and Green Energy | Global Health | Development in Africa | Development in India and South Asia | Advocacy, Human Rights, and Activism | Innovation in Development and Bottom of Pyramid Approach | Innovation in Education

Friday, December 3

12 pm – 3 pm

SOCH Penthouse P02

Lunch and dessert will be provided!

To attend, RSVP here.

Interested in these topics? Wondering what it’s like to work in these sectors or ways to get started?

Join us for lunch followed by short panel discussions with Kennedy School Mid-Career Fellows, professionals in the public service and non-profit sectors with many years of full-time work experience.

*RSVP is required to attend. Space is limited.

Fellows Bio Information:

Caroline Pearce international ngos; africa

Caroline Pearce has worked for 11 years for organizations that aim to achieve social change through campaigns, lobbying, and public mobilization. Most recently, she spent three years as Oxfam’s West Africa regional advocacy coordinator; this involved working with a range of national and regional civil society organizations, supporting them in their efforts to influence and monitor government policy, spending and action, particularly on education and healthcare. She also led research, analysis, and policy development on essential services and development
finance for Oxfam in the region, acted as a mentor to the African Network Campaign for Education for All, and was a founding committee member of the African Civil Society Education Fund. Caroline previously worked for the Jubilee Debt Campaign in the UK, leading their campaigns and policy work before, during and after the successful campaign for a significant debt cancellation agreement for low-income countries at the 2005 G8 meeting in Gleneagles,
Scotland. She has also worked as parliamentary affairs and policy officer for the Fawcett Society, the UK’s leading women’s rights lobby group, and for Survival International, which campaigns with tribal peoples for their rights to land and self-determination and of which Caroline is still a trustee.

Anton Best health, hiv, aids

A physician who has been working with the Ministry of Health in Barbados since 1999 immediately after he completed his medical training at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica and Barbados. Anton received his Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2005. Since graduation he has worked at the main hospital in Barbados, government health centers and as a private general practitioner. He has been working in the Barbados AIDS Program in the Ministry of Health since 2002 and is

currently the Senior Medical Officer of Health (CD), managing that program from June 2007 – June 2010. The main duties of this job include:

1. Advising on evidence based national policies for the prevention and control of HIV/STI/TB;

2. Program administration of a robust and comprehensive AIDS program;

3. Managing and coordinating health related projects with various international donor organizations;

4. HIV and STI research and

5. Clinical Management of people with HIV.

Branka Andjelkovic un; poverty development/alleviation issues

Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Branka enrolled in the Harvard Kennedy School Mid-Career Master in Public Administration program in July 2010. She already holds a MA in International Relations and European Studies from the Central European University and MA in Theory of Literature from the Belgrade University, Serbia. Before HKS she was a visiting scholar at the Center for European and Eurasian Studies, UCLA, where she also worked on the 2010 UNDP Human Development Report for Europe. Branka was a Head of the Poverty Reduction and Economic Development department in UNDP Serbia until 2008. As UN expert she advised the Government
of Serbia on the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, employment activation programmes for disadvantaged populations, civil society participation in public policy formulation and in this capacity closely worked on breaking poverty and social exclusion in Serbia.

Sujeet Kumar south asia; poverty development issues

Sujeet comes to the Harvard Kennedy School Mid-Career Master in Public Administration program with a decade’s experience in the private sector, grassroots and international NGOs and government. Sujeet is the Executive Director and co-founder of Kalinga Kusum, a social enterprise that addresses challenges tied to education and entrepreneurship in rural communities in India. Previously, he worked as a Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Geneva, Switzerland. Earlier, he worked for the United Nation Development Program
(UNDP) and for Infosys Technologies in India. Sujeet also holds a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Oxford, where he received the Skoll Foundation’s inaugural Skoll Scholarship in Social Entrepreneurship. His passions are political advocacy, learning about other cultures and building linkages between them, livelihood-enabling education, and the role of social media in contemporary society.

(Desiree Flores) grant-making; philanthropy

Desiree was the Program Officer for Health programs at the Ms. Foundation for Women, where she led grantmaking, fundraising and programmatic work for the Foundation’s Reproductive Rights Coalition and Organizing Fund, Women and AIDS Fund, and Sexuality Education Advocacy Initiative. She was active in the Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health and Rights and Funders Concerned about AIDS, where she served as board chair. Before joining the Foundation, Desiree was a Fellow with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute where she worked at the National Endowment for the Arts and National Organization for Women Legal
Defense and Education Fund. She is a UCLA graduate where she majored in Dance and Chicana/o Studies.

Eric Kacou development in africa

Raised in Cote d’Ivoire, Eric Kacou’s passion is enterprise solutions to poverty for Africa and the rest of the developing world. Eric is actively engaged in consulting, energy ventures, and investing across Africa. Eric was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2010. Eric has also been selected as an Archbishop Desmond Tutu fellow.

Eric’s book, Entrepreneurial Solutions for Prosperity for BOP markets, is scheduled for publication in January 2011 by Wharton School Publishing. Eric identifies breakthrough approaches that can help businesses in low-income countries grow successfully, and profitably.

Drawing from his on-the-ground experience, Eric shows how companies and nations can overcome the Survival Trap mindset that breeds dependence, mistrust, and failure. By integrating mindset, business and development, Kacou offers solutions that not only lead the way to success for businesses but also for communities and countries. Eric leverages case studies and his own experience to articulate tangible recommendations that can truly launch a “virtuous cycle” of prosperity creation.

Over the past ten years, Eric has advised CEOs and leaders in over a dozen developing nations in Africa and the Caribbean. Eric served as Managing Director of OTF Group, a competitiveness consultancy focused on emerging markets. An expert in post-conflict economic reconstruction, he led the Rwanda National Innovation and Competitiveness Program, an initiative by President Paul Kagame to upgrade Rwanda’s economy. Eric also co-founded the Academy for Leadership in Competitiveness and Prosperity (ALCP) to train young Rwandan leaders in owning their nation’s development agenda.

In addition, Eric helped launch the Pioneers of Prosperity Africa awards. Featured in the documentary “Unlocking Africa”, this initiative between the OTF Group and the Social Equity Venture Fund (SEVEN) recognizes dynamic companies in emerging markets that serve as role models for future business leaders.

Prior to joining the OTF Group, Eric worked a strategy consultant with Monitor Company in Toronto and Paris advising Fortune 500 executives. Representatively, Eric advised a global pharmaceuticals firm on the launch of its drug in France, supported a North America chemical manufacturer on the optimization of its supply chain, and restructured the joint-venture portfolio of a US healthcare firm.

Eric earned his MBA at the Wharton School and is currently completing a Mason Fellowship in Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University. Eric also serves on the Wharton Executive Board for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Eric is the author of several articles on competitiveness and private sector development, and a contributor to the book In the River They Swim: Essays from Around the Globe on Enterprise Solutions to Poverty published in May 2009. Eric’s knowledge, experience and enthusiasm have made him a sought after speaker.

Violet Gonda human rights

Violet works for a radio station which is Zimbabwe’s first independent broadcaster, although she has been forced to broadcast from exile in London because of extreme media restrictions back home. She has been reporting and exposing the crisis in Zimbabwe from the UK for the last nine years. In 2002, she was banned by the Mugabe regime from returning to Zimbabwe because of her work at the radio station. The station broadcasts on shortwave to Zimbabwe; and via the internet to the estimated three million Zimbabweans living in exile in the Diaspora.
She is a producer/presenter and have a popular programme where she puts government officials in Zimbabwe under the spotlight.

Violet holds journalism qualifications from Zimbabwe and a Master’s degree in International Journalism from City University in the United Kingdom. She believes that it was through her dedication to work for social rights that she won an international award for Best Radio documentary from the International Association of Women in Radio and Television, for her portrayal of the plight of women in Zimbabwe (2005). Our radio station of only nine individuals has over the years won numerous awards for exposing the atrocities taking place in Zimbabwe, including receiving a team Free Media Pioneer Award from the International Press Institute. In 2006, the station was awarded the International Station of the Year from the Association of International Broadcasters. That same year, she was a nominee for the International Press Freedom Award by the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression.
Violet was a Stanford University Summer Fellow in their Centre on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. In 2007 she was awarded a John S. Knight Fellowship to study at Stanford University – a year long fellowship for journalists.

Mariam Jashi hiv, health, working for un

Mariam comes with 14 years of professional experience within Government and NGO sectors, and the United Nations system. For almost 11 years she has worked with UNICEF leading health and nutrition programme portfolio in Georgia and Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), and inter-agency partnership in mother-to-child-transmission of HIV at UNICEF New York HQ. Mariam also served as UNAIDS focal point for Georgia (2000-2006) and as the HIV/AIDS Technical Advisor to the First Lady of Georgia, Chair of the Country Coordination Mechanism
(2004-06). Over the last nine years Mariam has leveraged $97 million from USAID, JICA, Global Fund, GAVI, GAIN and UNITAID through strategic and operational planning for health, nutrition and HIV programmes in Georgia and countries of sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Middle-East. Mariam is a medical doctor (MD) and holds a master degree in public health (MPH) from the Tbilisi State University, Georgia. She has joined the Kennedy School as the
Mason Fellow and Mid-Carrier MPA candidate for the class of 2011. She is fluent in Georgian (native), English and Russian.

Chaminda Rajkapse environmental issues; sustainability

Chaminda is a current Mid-career MPA student at Harvard Kennedy School. Before that he worked for the United Nations helping Angola, Botswana and Namibia decide how to use and conserve the land and water resources of the Okavango River. He also has extensive experience working with the Mekong River in Southeast Asia and the Zambezi in Southern Africa.

Sadaffe Abid microfinance

Sadaffe Abid is a social entrepreneur from Pakistan. Sadaffe was part of the pioneering team of Kashf Foundation, one of the leading microfinance organizations in Pakistan and catalysed the development of the organization from two rooms to 150 branch offices with an outreach of 300,000 clients and a loan portfolio of $ 50 million. She has been an advisor to Acumen Fund’s Pakistan office. Acumen is a non profit venture fund based in New York that supports social enterprises and use of business principles to create social good. She is a mentor to MIT Legatum Fellows assisting in development of strategies for building enterprises focused on low income households. Her interests include yoga, meditation, cycling, trekking and reading. Sadaffe has a Bachelors in Economics and International relations from Mount Holyoke College, U.S.A. She is currently enrolled in the Mid Career Master’s in Public Administration Program at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Chris Kasabach bottom of the pyramid; innovation in ngo sector; education

Chris has broad international experience in new venture creation, entrepreneurship and integrated product development. Over the last 20 years he’s merged design, technology and social engagement in the fields of healthcare, computing, education and the arts. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Discover magazine, the Smithsonian/ Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and Venice Biennial as part of Japanese artist Mariko Mori’s Wave UFO art installation. His work has received the awards that set the standard in design and business including two Gold IDEA awards. Chris’s career started as a Thomas J. Watson (IBM) Fellow in the early ’90s when he lived in most countries below the Sahara desert working as a designer and researcher. His work influenced the first consumer protection legislation for southern Africa, which he helped draft with the United Nations Development Program.

In 1999, Chris co-founded BodyMedia, today a world leader in the field of wearable health monitoring. BodyMedia’s reach extends from major hospitals to rural clinics, scientific expeditions to network television. While growing BodyMedia his roles included Head of Product Development and Vice-President of Product Design. In 2005 he led the company’s development expansion to Asia and in 2009 led its market expansion to over 25 countries in Europe and Africa. Chris teaches widely, most recently as the lead faculty member of Carnegie Mellon’s Graduate Design studio. He is an inventor on over 20 patents, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s Design Program and currently an MPA candidate at Harvard’s Kennedy School.

Forum with Julio Frenk this Friday

The Future of Global Health: Policy, Evidence, and You

Join us for a discussion about the intersection of global health policy, research and individual action with Julio Frenk, Dean of Harvard School of Public Health and former Minister of Health of Mexico. This Friday, October 29, 1:30pm at Harvard Hall 104.

Moderated by Arachu Castro: Assistant Professor of Social Medicine in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School

Mike’s Pastries for all!

Please RSVP here or join the event on facebook.

*RSVP is not required, but will help us with food estimates.

Get involved with 2seeds

Still looking for something to do this summer?   How about piloting an innovative, community-based rural development project in Tanzania!

If you’re interested, come to the 2Seeds Network Info Session this Thursday at 5pm at 124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 100.

The 2Seeds Network is currently recruiting students to help lead projects in Tanzania. While we are looking primarily for juniors and seniors, all students are welcome to attend. Our mission is to help local community leaders create sustainable programs that address the emerging crisis of food security in Africa. At every step, 2Seeds encourages our project leaders to embrace independent decision making, enforce financial accountability, and humbly seek a deep and sincere partnership with the local African community.

For more information, visit 2seeds.org, or contact Sam Bonsey at sbonsey@fas.harvard.edu

Roses for Haiti

General Meeting this Sunday

Harvard Project for Sustainable Development

Sunday, 2pm, Lamont Forum Room

HPSD is a student group dedicated to fighting poverty and injustice in the world through long-term partnerships with communities in developing countries. We are dedicated not only to discussing development issues, but also to taking action and effecting change, one community at a time.

We have built partnerships in Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Uganda, and Tanzania. On campus, we host forums, workshops, and field work training sessions on development issues. Past guests have included Jeffrey Sachs, Michael Chu, Jim Kim, Howard Zucker, and many other development experts and grassroots workers.

At our weekly meetings, we hold rigorous discussions on topics related to sustainable development. This week, the DRwaterteam, having just returned from the Dominican Republic, will present a case study of their recent water chlorination and health project. They installed chlorine dispensers in the community of Las Mercedes and conducted a series of water tests and a health survey. Come find out about their experience and discuss the project with them.

Questions? Interested but can’t make the first meeting? Email Kristen Calandrelli (kcalandrelli@gmail.com) or Devin Worster (dtworster@gmail.com)!
Looking forward to seeing you there!

The HPSD Executive Board

Nicaragua trip applications

The Nicaragua trip for the summer 2010 is finalized! The dates of the trip are 6/1/10 – 6/14/10. E-mail Eric Meyerowitz (emeyerowitz@gmail.com) for an application. It is not an extremely difficult application but it has a ton of information about the trip. The application is open to anyone and everyone in HPSD. The best applicants will have been involved in HPSD during the year — but no previous international experience is expected (though, of course, it is not a bad thing if you have it).

Submit the application by February 1, 2010 at 10pm to Emily Guo (emilyguo@fas.harvard.edu). The applications will be read name blind and Emily will remove names and send them out to the rest of the steering committee. If you have any questions while you are filling out the application or about the trip in general, please don’t hesitate to contact me or any of the other members of the Nicaragua Steering Committee (detailed in the app).

Looking forward to reading your applications and working with you over the next semester. Have a wonderful holiday and a happy vacation,

Peace,
Eric and the NSC

PS — Any trip vets who have not already spoken with me but would like to be involved in the trip, please email me back!