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Lecture explores international development

first_imgNotre Dame’s Kellog Institute for International Studies hosted Dr. Sara Sievers, a principal thought leader in international development from the Earth Institute at Columbia University.Her lecture, titled “Making a Difference in the World: Connecting the Personal and Professional in International Development,” highlighted key strategies and requirements needed to implement effective changes in developing countries.During her lecture, Sievers highlighted how personal values and basic principles of international development frequently conflict when working within the developing country’s political context. Sievers said the main question at the core of the discussion is how good ideas and good intentions are sometimes sidelined when applied to a realistic scale.“This is where the personal and the professional become important,” Sievers said. “We can sit around and talk about all these glorious principles of millennium development goals, but if we violate that in the compounds that we live in, what does that say about who we are and what we really believe?”According to Sievers, Nigeria stands as a prime example of case studies in international development, due to its ecological complexity, relatively high economic disparity and maternal and infant mortality.“[Nigeria is] a large country with a very complex federal system,” Sievers said. “There are relatively few places in the developing world that are more complex than Nigeria.”Sievers said one of the greatest difficulties she faced during her work in Nigeria was living and working in a high-income household while witnessing the economic hardships faced by a local underprivileged family. Sievers was unable to help the lower-income family due to bureaucratic restrictions.Sievers said the experience of not being able to take immediate action helping is one of the most painful dilemmas that workers in developing countries must face.“Basically I was living in a violation of the things that I hold most profound,” Sievers said. “At some point you have to be able to take care of the people you can touch, the people that are closest to you. Don’t treat them like a statistic.”While universities remain important developers in aid strategies for developing countries, their theoretical approaches have difficulty translating because of the intricacy of political and economic structures, she said.“One of the things that happens a lot with universities is people come up with a lot of ideas that should happen, but they don’t take into account whether the country actually has the resources to make it happen,” Seivers said.Sievers said different strategies for implementing programs in international development include trying to understand the country’s political scope. By understanding the politics, developers can learn when to make concessions and when to compromise goals in the face of corrupt governments. Sievers said compromising constituted the hardest challenge for the majority of people in international development.“That [compromise] can be an especially frustrating step, because it feels like you’re compromising your principles and it can be a very unsatisfying stage,” she said. “If you’re able to make those compromises, then you have a chance at being able to achieve the real world results that are motivating you to be here.”Tags: International Development, Kellogg Institutelast_img read more

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Gladson Awako speaks on failed moves to Europe after winning U-20 World Cup [VIDEO]

first_imgAccra Great Olympics midfielder, Gladson Awako, has expressed his disappointment on failed attempts to joining top European clubs early in his career.The midfielder was a part of Sellas Tetteh’s U-20 squad that won both the African Nations Cup and the FIFA World Cup in 2009 although not featuring much for the team.The 29-year-old revealed in an interview on Pulse Ghana that he had chances to play for clubs like Tottenham Hotspurs, Inter Milan, AS Monaco among others but the moves did not happen.“I am disappointed because I had chances to travel outside to train with some European clubs like Tottenham, Inter Milan, Monaco, but it didn’t happen the way I wished. However, I still moved on and I believe that things will get better,” He told Pulse GhanaAwako added that much is expected of players at the U-20 level by clubs.“It is different from playing in the U-17 team. It is the U-20 so those clubs out there have some expectations because you are already mature. If you are playing for the U-20 you have already hit 18, 19, 20 years of age so you should be a matured player. They have some target that they want to see from the player”. He added.Gladson Awako after the U-20 World Cup in Egypt moved to the Spanish side, Real Club Recreativo de Huelva in 2010 but soon returned to the Ghana Premier League to play for Kpando Hearts of Lions.After a year Hearts of Lions, he moved to Berekum Chelsea where he won the Ghana Premier League in 2011 and reached the group stages of the CAF Champions League in 2012.After excelling on the domestic scene, he joined TP Mazembe in 2012.He returned to the Ghana Premier League in 2019 after a spell with Phoenix Rising Star in the United States.Watch the interview here:last_img read more

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