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Global Poverty Action Day Film Screening and Discusssion

Global Poverty Action Day Film Screening and Discusssion

On April 19th, the UC Davis Blum Center will host a screening of Poverty Inc., a documentary that takes a critical look at what it terms the "aid industry" to uncover the ways in which the traditional systems of development assistance by the West can stifle economic development and reinforce cycles of poverty in developing countries. The screening will take place the evening of April 19th, beginning at 5pm and will be followed by an informal Q&A discussion facilitated by UC Davis faculty with expertise in international development and foreign aid. There will also be an opportunity to support a UC Davis student-led project to construct a community library in Haiti. Donations are welcome. RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/poverty-inc-film-screeing-and-discussion-tickets-33230793197

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World Food Center: Connecting UC Davis Research and Policy

World Food Center: Connecting UC Davis Research and Policy

The UC Davis World Food Center invites UC Davis undergraduate and graduate students to lunch with: Catherine Bertini Former Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, 2003 World Food Prize Laureate, Professor, Syracuse University RSVP Monday, October 10, 2016 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. UC DAVIS Free to attend Limited to 12 In honor of World Food Day, Catherine Bertini is visiting campus for a scholarly lecture on her role heading the World Food Programme for more than a decade, as part of a long career addressing critical food and nutritional issues among the world's poorest. For more information, please visit our website or email us at worldfoodcenter@ucdavis.edu.

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Africa Rising Speaker Series: Harnessing Agriculture for Improved Nutrition

Africa Rising Speaker Series: Harnessing Agriculture for Improved Nutrition

October 5, 2016 4:00pm Student Community Center, Meeting Room D (second floor) Free reception to follow event Shawn Baker is the director of the Nutrition Team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He leads the foundation’s efforts to ensure that women and children receive the nutrition they need for healthy growth and development. Shawn Baker spent much of his professional career in West Africa and will draw from these experiences as he discusses how the Gates Foundation is leveraging agriculture for improved nutrition and prosperity. Following the seminar, a panel of UC Davis experts will add their perspectives to how the campus is working at the intersection of agriculture and nutrition in low-income countries. In Sub-Saharan Africa, agricultural labor accounts for the majority of the workforce. Many of these farming households survive on diets that fail to meet their nutritional needs. Addressing this challenge begins with nutrition-sensitive agriculture, which integrates nutrition concerns throughout the agricultural value chain. http://worldfoodcenter.ucdavis.edu/events/shawn-baker.html

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Impact Abroad Info Session

Impact Abroad Info Session

GRANTS OPPORTUNITIES FOR UCD STUDENTS *Are you interested in doing work or research internationally?* The Blum Center, RIFA, and the Trellis Fund will hold a joint panel discussion with former awardees and an informational session on *grants available for graduate students to do work and research abroad. WHAT: info session about grants opportunities WHEN: Sept 27 (this coming Tuesday) WHAT TIME: noon (expected duration: 90 min) WHERE: PES room 3001 Come join us for free pizza, sweets, and a pleasant conversation about funding opportunities. See you there! Blum Center/RIFA/Trellis Fund University of California Davis

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Small Seed Grants Program

Small Seed Grants Program

CITRIS at UC Davis, the Blum Center for Developing Economies, the Center for Regional Change, and the Institute for Social Sciences are announcing its inaugural small seed grants competition to support pilot projects that promote social good, foster collaboration across disciplines within UC Davis, and enable outreach with community organizations. We are soliciting proposals for pilot projects that promote social good through both technological as well as systems development advances to support healthy, sustainable, prosperous, and equitable livelihoods within underserved communities in the United States and abroad. Projects that use online tools, including social media, mapping interfaces, and websites to enhance public engagement in cultural, political, social, and economic issues are encouraged, as well as innovative business, marketing and development applications. Proposals will be accepted in one or more of the following areas: field testing; market research and impact or life cycle cost/benefit analysis; assessment of financial viability; and/or development of innovative technological solutions, product or system designs that demonstrate effectiveness in promoting social good and have the potential for scale‐up. Projects need not encompass all of these components, and projects devoted to developing new solutions, technologies and/or advancing fundamental knowledge essential to sustainable practices are encouraged. Deadline to apply for up to $5K in funding is June 1. Want to learn more about the Tech for Social Good grant? Or want to find a collaborator? Register for an info session and matchmaking workshop on Thurs., May 19 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm (Room Located TBD, UC Davis Campus): http://techforsocialgoodinfosession.eventbrite.com

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UC San Diego Summer Field Internship

UC San Diego Summer Field Internship

Paid Summer Field Internship Opportunity with the UCSD Cross-Border Initiative APPLICATION FOR UC STUDENTS We are pleased to announce the 2016 Blum Summer Field Internship! July 5 - August 31, 2016. Stipend: $3000. Applications due: April 29, 2016. Successful Applicants notified: May 9, 2016. The BLUM Summer Field Internship Program was launched in summer 2014 to promote undergraduate research on poverty and social equity in the San Diego-Tijuana region. For more on last summer’s internship see here: http://blum.ucsd.edu/bsfi2015.html.

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2016 PATA and PASS Grants Info Session

2016 PATA and PASS Grants Info Session

Join us for PIZZA AND CONVERSATION on how to apply to become a UCD Blum Center Summer Fellow! The info session takes place January 28, 2016, 6PM at PES 2005 Plant & Environmental Sciences building SAVE YOUR SPOT: please email pbalbontin@ucdavis.edu This is a joint initiative of the BLUM CENTER FOR DEVELOPING ECONOMIES in partnership with CA&ES, COE, CL&S, and CBS. Please see more information attached.

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Ann Prepare Lavni

Ann Prepare Lavni

Creating a strong, healthy, and independent Haitian nation, one student at a time!

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AWBC

AWBC

Academic Without Borders, Canada – Steven Davis, Ececutive Director, discusses AWBC projects in higher education in developing countries, as well as opportunities to volunteer.

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Making a Difference

Making a Difference

Making a Difference: The challenges and opportunities of working internationally. UC Davis Blum Center student grantees and NGO partners (Freedom from Hunger and the Global Women’s Water Initiative) share their experiences working to alleviate poverty and inequality while building community in East Africa and Peru.

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The Global Poverty Project

The Global Poverty Project

104 billion reasons to be the change. Learn how.

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Share the Harvest

Share the Harvest

Each meal served provides a $0.25 cent donation that supports locally sourced, nutritional, and warm school lunches for approximately 4000 children in Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Kenya.

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Invisible Children

Invisible Children

Movie screening and discussion about efforts to stop the violence and involuntary subscription of children soldiers by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in the Central African Republic.

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Eradication of Poverty

Eradication of Poverty

United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

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Dreaming Nicaragua

Dreaming Nicaragua

Latin American Documentary screening followed by a discussion with Susan Kinne (Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, Managua and director of the Grupo Fenix NGO.

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Climate Refugees

Climate Refugees

Climate Refugees: the human face of climate change. Movie Screening and Discussion with Producer Justin Hoganand David Kyle, UC Davis sociologist.

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Campus Community Book

Campus Community Book

Campus Community Book Project Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

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Formal Without Boarders

Formal Without Boarders

Internationally focused multi-club effort to raise money for impoverished communities in developing countries.

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One Day Without Shoes

One Day Without Shoes

Participants go shoeless to bring awareness to children’s health and education.

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The UC Davis Blum Center coordinates and sponsors many initiatives and events that bring to campus discussions on global poverty alleviation and international development.