Spring 2012

Book Launch: ‘Let There Be Light: Electrifying the Developing World with Markets and Distributed Energy’
Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld, CEO and Founder of the Truman National Security Project
Drew Sloan, Client Solutions Associate at OPOWER
The Truman National Security Project and the Make US Strong campaign proudly invite you to the to the launch of Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld and Drew Sloan’s new book, “Let There be Light: Electrifying the Developing World with Markets and Distributed Energy.”We will discuss the role international development plays in a comprehensive national security strategy and how business and foreign investment can contribute positively at home and abroad. Reception to follow.

The launch will be followed by a Make US Strong campaign Cycle for Security Tour update from Truman Partner Janessa Goldbeck, about her upcoming 4,200 mile bicycle tour across America to protect international development.

Thursday, February 2, 2012
Lidner Family Commons, Room 602
The Elliott School for International Affairs
1957 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20052Sponsored by the Roosevelt Institute’s GW Chapter, the GW STAND chapter, and the Organization for International Development.

Panel Discussion: More Than Just Credit
Sharlene Brown, National Director, Oikocredit USA
Anna Awimbo, Director of Research and Administration, Microcredit Summit Campaign
Anita Gardeva, Senior Analyst, Center for Financial Inclusion at ACCION International
Jenny Morgan, Director, Association Development Community of Practice, The SEEP NetworkModerator: Robert Maguire, Professor of Practice of International Affairs, Director, Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program, GW
Microfinance has been on the tips of peoples tongues since 2006 when Muhammad Yunus won a Nobel Price. Yet still when people think of Microfinance they think mainly of micro-credit. The Organization for International Development at the Elliott School is hosting a panel discussion on the other aspects of microfinance, from micro-savings to social performance management to wrap around services. Robert Maguire, director of the Latin America and Hemispheric studies and Professor in the International Development Studies program. Sharlene Brown, will talk about Social Performance management; Anna Awimbo will discuss how the Microcredit Summit Campaign is partnering with Freedom from Hunger to reach microfinance clients in India wiht health education and services; Anita Gardeva will be talking about the challenges associated with expanding product range and addressing client needs in Microfinance; Jenny Morgan will discuss the need for savings products in microfinance and the challenges hindering its development.
Friday, April 6, 2012
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Lidner Family Commons (Room 602)
The Elliott School for International Affairs
1957 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20052RSVP at: OID@gwu.edu

Film Screening: Total Brokenness
Christina Fink, Professor of Practice of International Affairs, GW
After 27 months of filming and editing, Total Brokenness was recently completed and will be screened at the European Independent Film Festival this year in the non-European docu-film category. Total Brokenness takes a journalistic approach, based on the director’s own struggle in understanding widespread sexual violence against children in Cambodia. The film runs about one hour long and focuses on the vulnerability of young women and children in Cambodia in relation to sexual violence and touches on themes of gender and development, conflict, impunity, rule of law, poverty, economic disparities in Cambodian society, and social psychological repression. The film will be accompanied by discussions led by Prof. Christina Fink.Small donations will be accepted at the door. Funds raised benefit the Mary K. International Media Co. Ltd. Back to School MKI Fund in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, set up by the Director to assist in sending rape victims back to school.
Friday, March 30, 2012
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Room 505
The Elliott School for International Affairs
1957 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20052