Site Visits to Advocacy Organizations and Government Agencies
During the Seminar, you will have to opportunity to visit at least 2 offices of organizations and government agencies related to international policy. This will give you the opportunity to meet with women staff at the organization in a small group setting and ask any questions you may have about the work they do. Please see below for a list of organizations students have visited in the past:
World Food Programme
In December 1994, WFP’s governing body adopted the WFP Mission Statement, the first for an United Nations organization. The Mission Statement was based on a fundamental review of WFP’s policies, objectives and strategies that involved member states of WFP, non-governmental organizations, United Nations and other agencies, academics and staff members. The WFP Mission Statement is to be considered as a living document that will be reviewed periodically.
WFP is the food aid arm of the United Nations system. Food aid is one of the many instruments that can help to promote food security, which is defined as access of all people at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life. ¹ The policies governing the use of World Food Programme food aid must be oriented towards the objective of eradicating hunger and poverty. The ultimate objective of food aid should be the elimination of the need for food aid.
Targeted interventions are needed to help to improve the lives of the poorest people – people who, either permanently or during crisis periods, are unable to produce enough food or do not have the resources to otherwise obtain the food that they and their households require for active and healthy lives.
Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights to be respected and protected for everyone. Amnesty International believes human rights abuses anywhere are the concern of people everywhere. Outraged by human rights abuses but inspired by hope for a better world, Amnesty International works to improve people’s lives through campaigning and international solidarity. Their mission is to conduct research and generate action to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated. Amnesty International members and supporters exert influence on governments, political bodies, companies and intergovernmental groups. Activists take up human rights issues by mobilizing public pressure through mass demonstrations, vigils and direct lobbying as well as online and offline campaigning.
Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), headed by Assistant Secretary William R. Brownfield, advises the President, Secretary of State, other bureaus in the Department of State, and other departments and agencies within the U.S. Government on the development of policies and programs to combat international narcotics and crime. INL programs support two of the Department’s strategic goals: (1) to reduce the entry of illegal drugs into the United States; and (2) to minimize the impact of international crime on the United States and its citizens. Counternarcotics and anticrime programs also complement counterterrorism efforts, both directly and indirectly, by promoting modernization of and supporting operations by foreign criminal justice systems and law enforcement agencies charged with the counter-terrorism mission.
The World Bank Human Development Network, Education Unit
The Human Development Network is the World Bank’s home for policy, programs and research in the fields of Education, Health, Nutrition & Population (HNP), Social Protection & Labor, Children & Youth, HIV/AIDS, and Development Dialogue.
The Chief Economist’s Office within the Network supports studies and training to measure the impact of programs and help governments deliver better services.
The Network’s mission is to assist low and middle income country governments individually and collectively increase the inclusive and efficient investment in people, with a view of driving faster and more equitable growth. The human development network is dedicated to actively participate in global efforts that contribute to poverty reduction through improving access to education, health and social services and to build balanced and competitive societies.
Education is a key to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and is a powerful driver of the development of individuals and societies. The World Bank has invested $69 billion in education in the last 50 years. New commitments surged to more than $5 billion in 2010 in the wake of the financial crisis. The Bank’s new Education Strategy focuses on Learning for All: investing early, investing smartly, and investing for all.
Accordia Global Health Foundation
Accordia Global Health Foundation overcomes the burden of infectious diseases by building healthcare capacity and strengthening academic medical institutions in Africa. Infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis are the leading cause of death in Africa today. We have the knowledge to prevent and treat these diseases, but people in Africa are not receiving the care they need. This is a crisis that has devastated the entire continent, with long-term economic and political consequences that will be felt throughout the world. Unfortunately, it is a crisis that will continue to plague children and their families for decades to come. At Accordia, we believe that a lasting impact can only be achieved by leveraging the expertise and contributions of diverse partners and by focusing these efforts to develop the skills and infrastructure in Africa that are necessary not only to fight this epidemic, but also to lay the foundation for future infectious disease crisis.
International Association of Women Judges
The International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization of more than 4,000 members at all judicial levels in more than 102 nations. Since forming in 1991, the IAWJ has united women judges from diverse legal-judicial systems who share a commitment to equal justice and the rule of law.
The IAWJ believes that women judges are in a unique position to advance the rights of women through the judicial system, and to protect and empower women throughout the world. Through pioneering judicial education programs and worldwide collaboration, the IAWJ is working to advance human rights, eliminate discrimination on the basis of gender, and make courts accessible to all.
In dialogue with women judges from all levels and different types of courts, IAWJ members share experiences and best practices in such areas as violence and discrimination against women, international child abduction and gender bias in the courts.
Fund for Global Human Rights
The Fund for Global Human Rights is founded on the belief that securing basic freedoms worldwide requires effective, frontline organizations challenging abuse wherever it occurs. Thus the Fund for Global Human Rights works to ensure a strong, effective human rights community worldwide. Grants are awarded through a competitive and transparent grants process in areas strategically chosen to maximize the impact of funders’ dollars and advancement of human rights everywhere. Their grants support campaigns that otherwise might falter for lack of resources, bring financial stability to groups, and help organizations take their work to the next level in terms of visibility and impact.
National Institute for Child Health and Human Development
The NICHD was initially established to investigate the broad aspects of human development as a means of understanding developmental disabilities, including intellectual and developmental disabilities, and the events that occur during pregnancy. Today, the Institute conducts and supports research on all stages of human development, from preconception to adulthood, to better understand the health of children, adults, families, and communities.
USAID Global Health Fellow Program
The GHFP is a five-year cooperative agreement with the US Agency for International Development. GHFP seeks to improve the effectiveness of USAID population, health and nutrition programs. Using evidence-based best practices, the program’s vision is to create a large, sustainable pool of talented global health professionals and responsive organizational and professional development programs. GHFP’s main areas of focus include: 1) the recruitment, placement, career development and mentoring of fellows and interns both in Washington DC and abroad; 2) implementation of a diversity initiative that creates opportunities for underrepresented populations in the field of global health; and 3) organizational development support for USAID staff in Washington, DC and USAID Missions and professional development opportunities for fellows and USAID staff.
USAID Conflict Management and Mitigation
Many of the most important causes of violence, extremism and instability – such as stagnant or deteriorating economies, weak or illegitimate political institutions, or competition over natural resources – are the central concerns of aid. Development assistance must take this into account. Therefore, the Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM) was created to change the way aid is planned and implemented. CMM envisions an agency that effectively prevents, mitigates and manages the causes and consequences of violent conflict, instability and extremism. CMM leads USAID’s efforts to identify and analyze sources of conflict; supports early responses to address the causes and consequences of instability and violent conflict; and seeks to integrate conflict mitigation and management into USAID’s analysis, strategies and programs.
Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources.
Winrock matches innovative approaches in agriculture, natural resources management, clean energy, and leadership development with the unique needs of its partners.
By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.
Winrock International is committed to: building human capacity, creating long-term relationships, managing effectively, communicating openly, and promoting teamwork.
Our strength lies in unity as an organization and dedication to our objectives. Winrock’s success is determined by common appreciation of these shared values by the staff, members of the Board of Directors and our Advisory Council, and by our partners and collaborators.
American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
The American Enterprise Institute is a community of scholars and supporters committed to expanding liberty, increasing individual opportunity, and strengthening free enterprise. AEI pursues these unchanging ideals through independent thinking, open debate, reasoned argument, facts, and the highest standards of research and exposition. Without regard for politics or prevailing fashion, we dedicate our work to a more prosperous, safer, and more democratic nation and world. AEI is a private, nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution dedicated to research and education on issues of government, politics, economics, and social welfare. Founded in 1943, AEI is home to some of America’s most accomplished public policy experts–from economics, law, political science, defense and foreign policy studies, ethics, theology, health care, and other fields. The Institute sponsors research and conferences and publishes books, monographs, and periodicals.