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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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Tunisia set to reopen museum after attack

first_imgTunisia’s Bardo Museum to reopen after deadly attackTunisia is set to reopen the Bardo Museum to the public with a grand ceremony on Tuesday less than a week after gunmen killed at least 20 people including tourists.The move comes as the government continued a crack down on suspected militants and beefing up security.Many members of the public have welcomed President Essebsi’s move to fire top Tunis security chiefs following last week’s jihadist attack, in which 20 people lost their lives.A concert and a public rally are expected, with museum officials saying they want to show the world that the gunmen “haven’t achieved their goal”.On Monday, Tunisia’s prime minister dismissed six police chiefs.Two of the gunmen were killed by the security forces during last Wednesday’s attack, while a third is on the run, officials said.The attack was the deadliest in Tunisia since the uprising which led to the overthrow of long-serving ruler Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.Suspects have been arrested over the attack but just two gunmen were thought to have raided the museum.They are said to have been trained in Libya in an area controlled by Islamic State (IS) militants.last_img read more

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Boxing: Mary Kom preparing for her Sixth World Championship

first_imgAdvertisementIndian boxer MC Mary Kom says she has her sights set on a historic sixth World Championship crown and is training “smartly” to achieve it. The 35-year-old had pulled out of the Asian Games due to a shoulder problem but is expected to be back in action at the World Championships to be held in New Delhi in November.“One thing I am certain of that if I don’t get any injury and give 100 percent in my training then I definitely I can say that I am going to win the World Championship. If something in between happens then I can’t say. But I am healing well”“I am training smartly for the World Championship. Six-seven years ago we would train for two-three hours but now it is not required. We are able to do everything in an hour of training. Staying fit is very important for a comeback so I would say one should be clever with the training”“The girls are training well, working hard. I want them to perform well at the Asian Games and get medals. The federation is taking initiative to see what is better for the boxers,” Mary said.Advertisementlast_img read more

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