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Francophone mayors from five continents convene in NOLA to think locally and act globally on development issues


“Think globally, act locally!” Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and current President of the International Association of Francophone Mayors (AIMF) thus summed up the crucial role of mayors in areas such as economic development, social growth, the environment, cultural understanding, and global peace.

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Convention of the International Studies Association


A month ago I attended the International Studies Association Convention which was held in downtown New Orleans from February 18 – 21. I was able to make it to panels every day. The first one I attended was “hurricane Katrina, Ten Years After: Life and Security Revisited”. During this panel focus was on low-income housing before and after Katrina, the reliance on philanthropy to rebuild the city and the dramatic changes in the school systems as most schools transitioned to a charter school style.

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Payson makes an impressive showing at the International Studies Association 2015 Annual Conference


The International Studies Association (ISA) recently held its annual convention in New Orleans from February 18 - 21, 2015.  The theme was Global International Relations and Regional Worlds: A New Agenda for International StudiesThe ISA is one of the largest inter-disciplinary scholarly organizations in the world and Payson Center faculty and graduate students have been involved with this group for years. ISA has a broad range of interests including International Development, which is further propelled by the ISA Global South Caucus.

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Bringing some Payson-style logic to a national microfinance event


This past weekend, two other Tulane undergraduates and I attended the sixth annual Lend for America Summit. This year held at UC Berkeley, the Summit brings together students and professionals active in the American microfinance industry. This year’s theme was “Activating Impact”, with a focus on how to provide the highest quality services to micro-entrepreneurs in communities around the country.

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The view from São Paulo


I find myself in São Paulo because I was asked to participate in the Second Annual Seminar on "Dialogue Among Judges", hosted by the Mackenzie Presbyterian University, one of this capital city's very best private universities.

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Report from Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) Annual Meeting 2014 in Istanbul


As the international community prepares to mark the seventieth anniversary of the founding of the United Nations next year, the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) held its 2014 Annual Meeting to examine Global Governance: Engaging New Norms and Emerging Challenges.

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Nutrition in Complex Emergencies


In January of 2014, I attended a week-long workshop at Emory University through the CDC titled, "Nutrition in Complex Emergencies."  The purpose of the workshop was to learn about nutrition programs such as the World Food Programme (WFP) in complex emergencies. We learned management skills and program design to address malnutrition as well as macronutrient and micronutrient deficiencies among refugee and displaced populations.

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