Join FAI for a Virtual Conference on Reimagining Microfinance around the World
On June 8 and 9, MicroSave and the Financial Access Initiative are hosting the virtual conference "Reimagining Microfinance around the World: Implementing Lessons from Portfolios of the Poor" to share their findings from more than of a year of in-depth research in Bangladesh, India and South Africa and discuss how use this research to create practical solutions for improving the lives of the poor. The virtual conference will be moderated by Portfolios of the Poor coauthors Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, Stuart Rutherford and Orlanda Ruthven, and MicroSave's Graham Wright. Find out more here.
Karen Grepin's New Paper Explores the Impact of HIV-Focused Donor Aid
A research investigation by NYU Wagner Assistant Professor of Global Health Policy Karen Grépin on the impact of international HIV-focused donor funding on health service delivery will appear in a special issue of the journal Health Affairs. The July thematic issue is devoted to analysis of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, a nine-year-old program of bilateral U.S. assistance to support countries in their battle against HIV/AIDS (and one that has been described as the largest program of U.S. aid since the Marshall Plan). The Health Affairs volume and its dissemination are funded, in part, by the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator; Merck & Co, Inc.; BD; and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Professor Grépin’s paper is titled “HIV Donor Funding Has Both Boosted And Curbed The Delivery Of Different Non-HIV Health Services In Sub-Saharan Africa." She will join contributors, thought leaders, and policy makers at a morning briefing in Washington, D.C., on July 10 to mark the issue’s release.
Katherine O'Regan Receives NYU 2010-11 Distinguished Teaching Award
Congratulations to Katherine M. O'Regan, associate professor of public policy extraordinaire here at NYU Wagner! She has been selected as a recipient of the 2010-2011 Distinguished Teaching Award.
The award recipients include a total of six professors from across the university.
Professor O'Regan will be donating half of her esteemed award to the Wagner Experience Fund, established for the first time this year to fund 50 internships for Wagner students this summer.
Keystone Fellowship on Leadership Selects 18 Fellows
Sponsored by the UJA-Federation of New York, the COJECO Keystone Fellowship is a new leadership development program grounded in a partnership between COJECO — the central coordinating body of the Russian-speaking Jewish community of New York — and NYU Wagner.
Now, the Keystone Fellowship has announced an inaugural, 18-person cohort of Fellows, representing diverse Jewish activists and the broad array of organizations and affiliations across the Jewish community of New York.
Starting in January, 2015, these outstanding Fellows will have the opportunity to study issues of institutional governance, fiduciary responsibilities, and leadership learning. The year-long Keystone Fellowship will also include an intensive, three-day retreat, fifteen group sessions, and a weeklong, immersive learning experience in Israel.
NYU Wagner will award the participants an executive graduate certificate upon their successful completion of the Fellowship program.
"In the Jewish world, there is a pressing need for well-trained and thoughtful volunteer leaders to steer our organizations, from synagogues to schools, to those providing social welfare and culture, to those engaging in political action and social justice," said David Elcott, NYU Wagner's Henry and Marilyn Taub Professor of Practice in Public Service and Leadership, and Co-Director of the Dual Degree Program in Jewish Studies. "As the demands and pressures facing Jewish agencies and organizations increase, supporting further advancement of mid-level leader becomes even more urgent."
Details on the Keystone Fellowship and a list of the new Fellows are available at COJECO.
Kristof responds! NYT columnist answers critique from Wagner's own Dave Algoso
On Friday, 10/29, Nicholas Kristof responded to some critiques of his column in last Sunday's New York Times Magazine, including one penned by Wagner student Dave Algoso for Foreign Policy. Kristof writes, "My Sunday magazine piece a week ago on young Americans engaging in do-it-yourself foreign aid projects sparked a good bit of reaction, including some thoughtful criticisms. You can read the comments below the previous blog post to get a flavor. Let me try to address some of the complaints."