The Southern California Grantmakers will host an event to launch Measure of America’s latest well-being report, A Portrait of Los Angeles County. This event is open to the public, click link for more info! We are excited to announce the launch of the Portrait of Los Angeles County! Please join us for an optional pre-launch lunch starting at 12:45 followed by a presentation of key findings from the Portrait of Los Angeles County. Hear perspectives from different sectors about how we can use these findings to improve well-being throughout LA County. The Portrait of Los Angeles County examines well-being using the human development framework and index. In addition to exploring life expectancy and health data, the Portrait looks at data focused on access to knowledge (school enrollment rates and educational degree attainment rates) as well as measures related to standards of living and median earnings for full and part-time workers. The report will present Human Development Index scores for LA County places and demographic groups and explore a range of critical issues, including education, living standards, environmental justice, homelessness, inequality, and access to opportunity.
The 2017 Democracy Fellow, Prof. Danielle Allen, will give a public lecture on “Political Equality” on Thursday, Nov. 16th. For three consecutive years, the Anxieties of Democracy program has invited an internationally-renowned democracy expert to New York for a residency at the Social Science Research Council headquarters, and to give a public lecture on a theme of their choosing. This year, we are honored to welcome Professor Danielle Allen (James Bryant Conant University Professor and Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University) as the 2017 Democracy Fellow. On Thursday, November 16 from 5:30-7:30pm at Hunter Colleges' Roosevelt House, Professor Allen will give a public talk on "Political Equality," which will deal with themes of inclusion, domination, justice, and empowerment. Reception and book signing to follow.
This is the 3rd event in the inaugural year of the Abe Fellows Global Forum - Japan and the Leadership of the World Trading System Broad structural changes over the last quarter century are reverberating through the global economy and the institutions that regulate it. Recent US policy has shifted away from a leadership position in both long-standing institutions such as the WTO and newer trade agreements such as TPP-11 and RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership). These shifts are creating room for stronger regional ties and raise the question of which nation(s) will lead trade initiatives in Asia? Additionally, a shift toward populism across the world threatens to lead countries towards greater economic protectionism. Our speakers will focus on questions related to these issues as they relate to Japan, the US-Japan relationship, and East Asia.
On November 9th Mary Kaldor, Professor of Global Governance and Director of the Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit at the London School of Economics (LSE), gave a book talk on her recently released book, International Law and New Wars at the Security Council Report in New York City. International Law and New Wars examines how international law fails to address the contemporary existence of what are known as “new wars” - instances of armed conflict and violence in places such as Syria, Ukraine, Libya, Mali, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Sudan. Tatiana Carayannis, Director of the Understanding Violent Conflict Initiative, moderated and provided Introductory remarks.
United Nations Secretariat On 3 November 2017, the Understanding Violent Conflict Initiative (UVC) partnered with the Permanent Mission of Belgium to the United Nations to facilitate a high-level Expert Brainstorming on "Diamonds in the Central African Republic for Sustainable Development and Peace." The meeting was co-hosted by the Kingdoms of Belgium and Morocco and by the Government of CAR. Participants included representatives from civil society, the United Nations Secretariat, and 21 Permanent Country Missions to the UN. They discussed key challenges and opportunities for building the CAR’s capacity to counter the illicit exploitation of natural resources and the role MINUSCA and other partners can play to establish the conditions necessary for the successful implementation of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme in CAR. Ambassadors and Permanent Representatives Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve of Belgium; Ambroisine Kpongo of the Central African Republic, and Omar Hilale of Morocco provided introductory remarks on the draft national strategy to address these issues, while a group of experts comprised of Marc Van Bockstael (Antwerp World Diamond Centre), Ruben De Koning (The Sentry), Marie Lintzer, (Natural Resource Governance Institute) and Damian Lluna (European Commission) provided their expertise on armed groups operating in the CAR and the role of the sanctions regime. This meeting will support the implementation of the Plan for the Recovery and Peacebuilding in CAR and the work of the African Ministers of Mining at the upcoming African Diamond Conference in Brussels on 13-15 November. UVC Director, Tatiana Carayannis, moderated the discussions.
On 30 October 2017, UVC Director Tatiana Carayannis participated in the Africa Center for Strategic Studies’ (ACSS) Emerging Security Sector Leaders Seminar as a panelist during a session entitled, Conflict Focus: Civil War Resolution: South Sudan and CAR. She was invited to share her expertise and insight on the conflict in CAR, the status of UN’s efforts in the region and some major challenges to peacebuilding. The panel is part of ACSS’ inaugural Emerging Security Sector Leaders Seminar, from 23 October to 9 November in Washington, D.C. The seminar aims to provide the next generation of African security sector leaders with practical and effective tools upon which they can draw to contribute to their nations’ security and development. Around 60 mid-level security professionals from over 30 African countries are participating in the seminar.
On 26 October 2017, the Central African Policy Forum (CAPF) hosted a discussion with Kris Berwouts on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with the support of the Permanent Mission of Belgium to the UN. Kris Berwouts, Independent Analyst on DRC and Author of Congo’s Violent Peace, presented his assessment of the political climate in the DRC. Participants, including representatives of civil society, the United Nations Secretariat and Permanent Country Missions to the UN, then expressed their views and offered questions and comments. UVC Director and CAPF Steering Committee member, Tatiana Carayannis, moderated the discussion.
On 17-18 October 2017, UVC Director Tatiana Carayannis and Program Manager Aaron Pangburn participated in a series of workshops for the Politics of Return research consortium and the Centre for Public Authority and International Development at the London School of Economics (LSE). The UVC has received two grants to participate in these research projects, and Tatiana and Aaron presented their recent progress and planned research agenda to a number of scholars and practitioners involved in the work. Director Carayannis, as co-investigator, will help provide strategic direction for both projects and lead on the research in western Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.
Measure of America co-director Sarah Burd-Sharps will participate in the Health, Wealth, and Housing: Promoting Cross-Sector Collaborations for Equity Conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Sarah will discuss the latest research and evidence-based strategies that move the needle on improving the quality of life for low-income families with other expert panelists.
Measure of America's Kristen Lewis will present a sneak peek of our upcoming Portrait of Los Angeles County report at the Southern California Grantmakers annual conference.
On 26 September 2017, UVC Director Tatiana Carayannis hosted a workshop on ‘citizenship and civicness’ at the University of Kinshasa (UNIKIN). This workshop included members of the Congolese academic community especially faculty and researchers from the Centre d’Etudes Politiques based at UNIKIN.
Measure of America's Partnerships Specialist Vikki Lassiter will be a speaker at MANY's Connection 2017 event, which brings together actors working to improve outcomes for youth from various sectors.
On 12 September 2017, UVC director Tatiana Carayannis participated in the first red team exercise on UN peacekeeping, convened by the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General. She was invited to provide feedback on the UN Secretary General’s draft strategic review report on the UN’s Peacekeeping Mission in the Congo (MONUSCO).
Measure of America’s co-director Kristen Lewis will be a speaker in a meeting about the role of philanthropy work in the Southwest in contributing to the universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) co-hosted by the Council on Foundations, Philanthropy Southwest, and Albuquerque Community Foundation.
On July 21, 2017 the Measuring College Learning panel in Art History convened for the first time. With the help of the College Arts Association, the meeting organized eight experts, including artists, freelance art historians, and faculty from across the nation, in order to lay the groundwork for establishing a framework of essential concepts, competencies, and potential avenues for an assessment tool.