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Dr. Anna Snyder in Yangon, Myanmar.

The Rohingya crisis in context

by Alison Ralph  •  Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

by Dr. Anna Snyder

I was in Myanmar several months ago in October of 2017 doing research on the role of diaspora, especially women, in the ongoing peace processes. While I was there I spoke a little bit to the ethnic minorities I interviewed about the Rohingya crisis and I learned a few things about the perspective of ethnic minorities in Myanmar on the crisis. I'd like to share some of what I learned but I want to clarify that I am no expert on the ethnic cleansing or the current agreement for their return and so direct people to news sources including Irrawady News, a Myanmar based news source. I also want to clarify that by sharing one indigenous perspective, it's not my intention to downplay the horror of the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya, the egregious violation of human rights. And although everyone I talked with in Myanmar struggled with the international condemnation and how to approach the rights of the Rohingya in Myanmar, no one I spoke to supported the military's campaign to destroy the Rohingya people.

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Kyle Wiebe on the summit of Mount Kenya

Kyle Wiebe: Addressing the unaddressed

by Alison Ralph  •  Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 10:31 AM

Without an officially recognized address, how can people access services like water and sanitation from government? 

That's the question that brought Kyle Wiebe ('14) to Nairobi, Kenya this past year, where he has been working with UN-Habitat, a United Nations programme that aims to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all.

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Khao San Road, Bangkok, Thailand

Buddhist temples, elephants, green curry, tuk tuks, lantern festivals!

by Alison Ralph  •  Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 9:30 AM

For three weeks in late fall of 2017, I traveled to Cambodia and Thailand to research and develop relationships with possible practicum organizations and to learn more about Southeast Asia in the context of student placements. The decision to travel to the region was a follow-up to a student survey that was initiated because more of our IDS and CRS students were choosing to complete their practicum locally rather than internationally and we wanted to learn more about how and why students were making practicum decisions.

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Photo by Oladimeji Odunsi

CRS and IDS influencers from the African diaspora

by Alison Ralph  •  Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 8:20 AM

February has almost flown by, but we didn't want to let it slip away without marking Black History Month!

This year, we want to highlight influential people from the African diaspora who are working in International Development and Conflict Resolution—experts our professors reference regularly in their classes.

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Emmanuel Allieu at Radio Gurune in Bolgatanga, Ghana.

Lessons from Community Radio in Ghana (video)

by Alison Ralph  •  Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 11:11 AM


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