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October 2013

LIDS Event – Human Rights and Chinese Investment in Africa

October 3, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wasserstein Hall Room B015, Harvard Law School,
1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Event: Human Rights and Chinese Investment in Africa with Professor Muna Ndulo

Professor Muna Ndulo will discuss the human rights consequences of Chinese investment within Africa. Professor Ndulo is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of constitution making, governance and institution building, human rights and Foreign Direct Investments. He is a Professor of Law Cornell Law School and Director of the Cornell University’s Institute for African Development. He has previously served in a number of UN positions in various developing countries, including South Africa, East Timor, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. He has also worked for the World Bank, African Development Bank and United Nations Development Program.


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LIDS Event – Community Development in Rural India: An NGO Perspective

October 9, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wasserstein Hall Room 1010,
1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Event: Community Development in Rural India: An NGO Perspective

When: October 9, 2013 at noon

Location: WCC 1010

Sister Lucy Kurien is the founder of Maher, an interfaith NGO focused on rural development and women’s issues in India. For 17 years, Maher has been running projects all over India including homes for abused and battered women, street children, and the elderly. Currently Maher has 765 children and 240 women in its homes. Maher also trains destitute women in various tradecrafts such as sewing and jewelry making, enabling them to live independently with sustainable income. So far, 2230 women have passed through Maher’s training programs. In order to address the broader development issues facing rural India, Maher also organizes 465 self-help groups in which Maher staff leads discussions with community leaders and women. The topics range from AIDS awareness and importance of education to sustainable farming practices and rainwater harvesting.

Sister Lucy’s talk will focus on the importance of addressing women’s issues for broader community development and the self-help groups. She will discuss the successes and improvements in these communities as well as the failures, and where she sees the greatest challenges to India’s development objects and how we can turn them into opportunities for developing the country’s most impoverished areas.

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IDEAS Global Challenge Generator Dinner, hosted by MIT

October 10, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Walker Memorial, Building 50, MIT,
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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Working on a project to help underserved communities? Need Funding? Want to recruit new members for your IDEAS Global Challenge team? Want to get involved, but don’t yet have an idea?

Then join the IDEAS Global Challenge Generator Dinner, taking place at MIT from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, in Walker Memorial, Morss Hall, Building 50.

Come hear what IDEAS Global Challenge and hear what other creative social impact projects teams are getting started on. This is the chance to pitch your idea and recruit teammates or pitch your skills to get hired onto a team. With the first chance to submit an Initial Scope Statement two weeks away (10/24), here’s your chance to share your idea, meet teammates and form a team.

RSVP at http://bit.ly/UPOCTN or email globalchallenge-rsvp@mit.edu with “Generator” in the subject to sign-up for a 60-second pitch opportunity. Include the following information, choosing one of the following:

Category One – Recruit the IDEAS Dream Team
Category Two –  Get Yourself “Hired”

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