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MCEDC Digest - April 30 , 2018
Program Announcements
Open Discussion with Previous Practicum Students
Wed., May 2, 2018 at 3:30-5pm
Duane G2B21, same room as Fieldwork Methods class afterwards

Are you going on practicum this summer and still have questions for your peers? Have you already been on practicum and are willing to answer questions? Please join us for some student to student knowledge sharing!
EDC End-of-Year Celebration!
Fri. May 4, 2018, 4:30-6pm
SEEC, Sievers Room S228

Please join us for food and camaraderie at our end-of-year celebration. 
Emily Moore, New MCEDC Student Representative

Congratulations to Emily Moore on being elected as the student representative to the Mortenson Center Leadership Team. One of Moore's goals is to expand social events, keeping what exists, while exploring new ideas and promoting more student involvement in events. Another of Moore's goals is to develop a networking event with local development agencies of all disciplines (WASH, Shelter, Energy, Relief, etc.). Moore also wants to be a voice for students, working alongside the Leadership Team, in the development of EDC 2.0.
Naomi Chang Wins Boren Fellowship

Naomi Chang was selected as a  Boren Fellow, which provides funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests. This fellowship will provide support for her summer practicum with Maji Safi Group in Shirati, Tanzania where she will work with local Community Health Educators on improving WASH practices. 
Webinars & Online Courses
Free Course - Transforming Development: the Science and Practice of Resilience Thinking
April 30 - June 30, 2018

The concept of resilience is proving to be useful across many sectors as a way to understand and respond to a fast-changing and often surprise-riddled world. This free course is designed to help practitioners use resilience thinking as a tool to improve development practice and apply systems thinking across and beyond the SDGs. It will include case studies and examples from practitioners working with these concepts in diverse contexts.  For more information and to enroll
What's Missing? Adding Context to the Urban Response Toolbox
Tue. May 8, 2018, 2-3:30pm

Does the humanitarian sector require a cultural shift to recognize the value of understanding context? What does 'understanding context' mean? Put on by Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP), this webinar is a launch of their new study on urban 'context tools', featuring key findings and presentations from two organizations currently using these tools. 
Emerging Voices of Tribal Perspectives in Water Resources
Webinar Part Two: Tribes & Water Quality & Quantity
Wed. May 23, 2018, 10am

This is the second of two webinars presented by the Universities Council on Water Resources. This webinar will feature two papers on tribes and water quality and quantity from the April issue on tribal waters in the Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Educations.
Job Search Help
Applying to jobs at the World Bank: An insider's guide
Landing a job with the World Bank Group is highly competitive. With only a fraction of candidates receiving job offers, it's important to tailor your application and utilize all the insider knowledge you can get to stand out. Devex spoke with Roberto Amorosino, senior HR specialist at the bank, to get his advice on increasing your chances of getting hired. +Read More
Employment Opportunities
USAID Data Services Unpaid Summer Interns
DC/Arlington area, May-Sept 2018 (flexible/extendible)
Apply by May 11 for priority consideration. Multiple placement options (Bureau for Management; Bureau for Global Health; Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment; Bureau for Food Security; Global Development Lab) For full job application details
Boston University Postdoc Positions
The Pardee Center invites applications for 3 postdocs looking to apply quantitative skills to challenges related to the interaction of human systems and the physical environment, with a focus on environmental governance, climate change adaptation or significant development challenges, such as urbanization in developing countries. For more information 
Conferences and Calls
WASH Symposium - Save the Date
Sat. Oct. 6, 2018, 8am-3pm
Posner Center, Denver
Registration Opens July 2018
FSM5 Call For Abstracts
Fri. June 15, 2018 - Submission deadline
Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire

The 5th International Faecal Sludge Management Conference (FSM5) has issued a call for abstracts in three tracts: city case studies, industry and exhibition, and applied research. Preference will be given to abstracts that present practical and applicable results. Learn more and submit your abstract. 
Traveling for Conference Presentations?
If you are presenting EDC-relevant work at a conference, a pply on the  MCEDC Resources website  for small travel grants. On the website  you can also find links to other department, college, and campus funding opportunities.
News Briefing
A letter of caution on PPPs
More than 80 civil society organizations and trade unions issued an open letter urging the World Bank to reconsider its approach to public-private partnerships. Eurodad Policy and Advocacy Manager Maria Jose Romero explains why.  +Read more
President Donald Trump signed a bill that will allow the MCC to make regional, instead of just single-country, compacts
The US development agency has argued for years that this could allow it to take on more cross-border issues such as trade, energy and water access. "The idea is that we're going to take this model we've tested on a bilateral basis and apply it on a regional basis and really help to connect regional partners' growing economies and markets, and really create some opportunities for trade and investment and help country partners become integrated on a regional basis," said MCC Acting CEO Jonathan Nash +Read More

How To Solve the Refugee Crisis
David Miliband, a former British foreign secretary, offers his thoughts on how to solve one of the most pressing challenges for the world today.
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