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GOVT-505 Topics
Spring for 2014-2015
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Credits: 1
Prerequisites: None


GOVT-505-01 Topics: Advocacy Skills
Spring for 2014-2015
Anderlini, Sanam
Designed to be interactive and practice oriented, the course will inform students of the key concepts and elements of effective advocacy - with attention to theories of change principles, articularing advocacy goals, target audiences, coaliton building and networking, messaging, presentations and funding raising. I will share examples of international and national level efforts, and provide an opportunity for students to explore and develop their own ideas and designs.

BIO: Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini
Sanam is co-founder of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN). Between 2005-14, she was a Research Associate and Senior Fellow at the MIT Center for International Studies. In 2011, she was the first Senior Expert on Gender and Inclusion on the UN’s Mediation Standby Team. For nearly two decades she has been a leading international advocate, researcher, trainer and writer on conflict prevention and peacebuilding. In 2000, she was among the civil society drafters of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.
Between 2002 and 2005, as Director of the Women Waging Peace Policy Commission, Ms. Anderlini led ground breaking field research on women’s contributions to conflict prevention, security and peacemaking in 12 countries. Since 2005, she has also provided strategic guidance and training to key UN agencies, the UK government and NGOs worldwide, including leading a UNFPA/UNDP needs assessment into Maoist cantonment sites in Nepal. Between 2008 – 2010, Ms. Anderlini was Lead Consultant for a 10-country UNDP global initiative on “Gender, Community Security and Social Cohesion” with a focus on men’s experiences in crisis settings. She has served on the Advisory Board of the UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF), and was appointed to the Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG) on Resolution 1325, chaired by Mary Robinson in 2010. In 2013, she was appointed to the Working Group on Gender and Inclusion of the Sustainable Development Network for the post-2015 agenda.
Ms. Anderlini has published extensively on gender, peace and security issues, including Women building peace: What they do, why it matters (Lynne Rienner, 2007). She holds an M.Phil in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University. Iranian by birth, she is a UK citizen, and has twin daughters.
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: None
GOVT-505-02 Topics: Building a Sustainable Nonprofit Organization
Spring for 2014-2015
Chisholm, Cameron
The course aims to expose students to the major ideas, trends, processes, and unique qualities animating successful non-profit organizations. Students will experience developing the analytical and relational skills at the foundation of being an effective leader and thinking strategically about applying the toolbox of management approaches to building a contemporary sustainable non-profit organization. These skills include, but are not limited to, leadership, social entrepreneurship, mission development, business planning, project planning/design, budgeting, board development and management, branding/marketing/technology utilization, networking, presentation skills, and launch plans.

Bio: Cameron M. Chisholm
Cameron M. Chisholm is President, International Peace & Security Institute: Extensive experience in program management for international participants and a career focused on global peace and security issues; President and Founder of the International Peace & Security Institute (IPSI), a non-profit organization dedicated to training leaders in the peace and security fields to be ready for the challenges that confront them in the real world. IPSI curricula are designed to be rigorous, substantive learning experiences that give our trainees the tools they need to make peace reality. Before founding IPSI, Cameron worked with the World Bank, CEWARN, the U.S. Department of State, and The Carter Center. He has a B.A. from Emory University and a M.A. from the University of Bradford, UK. Cameron is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Elliott School and is a Rotary World Peace Fellow Alumnus. Cameron was named as one of the 2012 "top 99 under 33" most influential foreign policy professionals and is a Fellow at the Truman National Security Project.
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: None
GOVT-505-03 Topics: Writing for Govt Grants & Contracts in Intl Development
Spring for 2014-2015
Bjornlund, Eric
This course is intended to help students to understand the process of government funding for international development programs and to help prepare them to write proposals and applications for government contracts and grants in international development and related fields. It is designed to encourage the development of practical skills that will be directly relevant and useful in writing proposals and applications. Students who take this course should be more marketable and better prepared to work at consulting firms/government contractors, NGOs, government agencies, intergovernmental organizations or other places involved in international development or other government-funded fields.

The course will meet once a week for five weeks beginning in late January. We will begin with an overview of government contracting (acquisition) and grants (assistance), including consideration of the policy, legal and regulatory environment governing U.S. government funding, with a particular focus on the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of State. Next, we will consider the scopes of work or program descriptions of actual USG requests for proposals (RFPs) or requests for applications (RFAs). Then, we will focus on the instructions and evaluation criteria from particular RFPs, which govern the process of responding to such RFPs, and we will compare the corresponding requirements from particular RFAs, all drawn from actual solicitations in the international development field. We will also touch on other mechanisms, such as Annual Program Statements, Broad Agency Announcements, Requests for Information and Requests for Statements of Interest, among others. Throughout the course, we will work on practical writing issues that are particularly relevant to proposals and applications for U.S. government funding.

Bio: Eric Bjornlund
Eric Bjornlund is a lawyer and is co-founder and president of Democracy International (DI), a U.S.-based firm that provides technical assistance, analytical services, and project implementation for democracy, rights and governance (DRG), conflict-mitigation, transition initiatives, and other international development programs worldwide for the U.S. government and other funders. He is also adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown University and teaches in the graduate program in Democracy and Governance.
Over the past 25 years, Mr. Bjornlund has designed, managed and evaluated development programs in more than 50 countries and in all regions of the world. He has expertise across the full range of DRG, conflict and transition programs. He also has extensive experience with evaluation methodology and survey research and has led projects in emerging democracies and semiauthoritarian and conflict-affected countries. At Democracy International, he oversees a rapidly growing organization with more than 200 full-time staff members, five overseas offices, and active programs in more than 20 countries.
Mr. Bjornlund has written and spoken extensively about transitional and postconflict elections, democratization, legal reform, and international democracy promotion. He is author of Beyond Free and Fair: Monitoring Elections and Building Democracy (2004; Arabic edition 2013) and has also written and published numerous book chapters, articles, essays, and reports. At Georgetown, he has taught courses on Democracy Promotion and Democratic Theory and on DG and Postconflict Political Reconstruction. Mr. Bjornlund has testified on a number of occasions before the U.S. Congress and at the United Nations and has spoken at conferences and universities throughout the world. He has served as an expert on elections, election monitoring, and civil society for the U.S. State Department and various U.S. embassies and has appeared often on television and radio in the U.S. and abroad.
Mr. Bjornlund worked previously in senior positions in the U.S. and abroad for the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the Carter Center, and he was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Earlier in his career, he practiced corporate and international law at Ropes & Gray, one of the largest law firms in the U.S.

Mr. Bjornlund earned a Juris Doctor from Columbia University, a Master in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a B.A. magna cum laude in Economics from Williams College.
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: None
GOVT-505-04 Topics: Technology for Social Change
Spring for 2014-2015
Martin, Nick
New technologies have fundamentally changed the way that NGOs, governments and companies engage with communities around the world. Tools like mobile phones, digital maps, and social media platforms have already demonstrated tremendous value in addressing a range of social problems and yet so much more potential exists on the horizon. This one credit course will explore some of the ways technology is being used to respond to crises, improve healthcare delivery, monitor elections, provide banking services, ensure effective governance, expand educational opportunities, and more. It will also address some of the key challenges these new tools present, such as lack of access, underdeveloped infrastructure, implementation issues, as well as obstacles for scale-up and evaluation. The course is designed for Georgetown University students to assist them in developing concrete strategies and technological skills to work amid this rapidly evolving landscape. Participants can expect an immersive and interactive learning environment with a variety of real world examples from organizations working in the field.

Featured Skills and Tools
- Using Mobile phones to improve agricultural, finance, and health outcomes
- Leveraging social media tools to build campaigns and drive change
- Collecting, managing, and visualizing data more effectively

BIO: Nicholas Martin
Nicholas Carl Martin is an American technologist, entrepreneur, and educator best known for founding the international organization TechChange: the Institute for Technology and Social Change.
Martin has delivered a number of speeches at the United Nations, The US State Department, and USAID on the role of technology for international development, online learning & capacity building and m-learning His work has been featured in the New York Times, Fast Company, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Guardian, The Economist, and more.
Nick is a Pop!Tech Social Innovation Fellow and an International Youth Foundation Global Fellow.He graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in English Literature and Education and from The University for Peace with a masters in Peace Education.
Prior to founding TechChange, Martin started an award-winning conflict resolution and technology program for DC elementary schools called DCPEACE.
As of November 2013, Nick is also an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University.
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: None
GOVT-505-05 Topics: Storytelling for Influence
Spring for 2014-2015
Lentfer, Jennifer
As institutions and organizations evolve, everyone has a role and responsibility in ensuring that their messages break through the information superhighway to enable the changes they want to see in the world. Communications is no longer a specialized skill set to increase visibility and build a brand, it is something all people in an organization must use to achieve its mission. Storytelling for Influence will enable students to hone their ability to educate, motivate, and persuade specialized audiences for policy advocacy, programming, and public outreach, i.e. write something that will get read and say something that will be heard. The course will be based in experiential learning, where students will be telling/writing their own stories and/or critiquing/improving existing communications products using acquired knowledge/tools.

Bio: Jennifer Lentfer
Jennifer Lentfer is a Nebraska farm girl turned international aid worker. As the creator of the blog,, she was named as one of Foreign Policy Magazine's "100 women to follow on Twitter" in 2012. Jennifer has worked with over 300 grassroots organizations in east and southern Africa over the past decade, serving with various international organizations in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Namibia, and the U.S. including the Red Cross, UNICEF, Catholic Relief Services, and Firelight Foundation. Jennifer is currently Senior Writer on Oxfam America’s Aid Effectiveness team and a lecturer in Georgetown University’s Center for Social Impact Communication.
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: None
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