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April 2018

Better Cities with Strategic Investments in Social Housing

April 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Public Affairs building Room 3343

Diane Davis, Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism, Harvard Graduate School of Design, will discuss the 3-year research project Building Better Cities with Strategic Investments in Social Housing, funded by Mexico’s National Workers Housing Authority (INFONAVIT). Drawing from fieldwork in seven Mexican cities, the research outlined the major barriers and enablers to densification, identified governance conditions at the local level that prevented nationally-guaranteed mortgage credits for social housing from being used to achieve more sustainable housing patterns, and proposed a…

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May 2018

Policy to Results at the Sub National Level

May 3 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Keynote Speaker: Seema Manghee from World Bank In many cases, there is a consensus on taking the right policy decisions by local government authorities.  However, it is generally a challenge to translate them into improved service delivery. Seema Manghee would talk about the institutional, financial and political economy issues at the sub national level with reference to her experience of working in cities like Istanbul, Karachi, Johannesburg, Kiev and Sarajevo.   Seema Manghee has been working in international development at the World…

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Water in the Middle East & Africa: A Nexus of Communication and Conflict

May 7 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Covel Commons Grand Horizon Ballroom UCLA Campus

On May 7, experts from a wide range of fields will gather at UCLA to highlight challenges and solutions – in policy and technology – to address water resource issues in the Middle East and Africa. At Water in the Middle East and Africa: A Nexus of Cooperation and Conflict, leading scholars and practitioners will discuss: Building and maintaining sustainable food systems, Ensuring safe, clean water supplies, and Establishing transboundary partnerships for allocating water resources and avoiding conflicts

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Nationalism and Tribalism are on the rise. What does this mean for the future of globalization?

May 10 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Public Affairs building Room 3343

Salon Series led by Professor Michael Storper In this Salon, we will explore the recent rise of nationalism , tribalism and identity politics. We will discuss the different origins they have, forms they take and their wide range of political affiliations, from Barcelona to Budapest, from Brexit to Trump, from Russia to India.    The idea of a global human community is under challenge from more traditional forms of seeking community and identity.  But some forms of this identity-seeking are more…

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Shake Hands with the Devil: Humanitarian Health in an Inhumane World

May 22 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Public Affairs Building 4357

Stephen Commins is Associate Director, Global Public Affairs, Luskin School of Public Affairs.  he is the author of 'Non-State Providers, the State and Health in Post-Conflict Fragile States' and co-author of "From Service to Systems:  Entry Points for Seeking to Strengthen Health in Fragile States'.  He is currently undertaking a quality assessment of NGO projects in fragile states and recently wrote the background paper on Education and 'fragility, conflict and violence' for the World Bank's World Development Report 2018.  From…

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Working with the Grain

May 23 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

“Best practices” prescriptions for development confuse the end point with the journey of getting from here to there, so are not useful in responding to the governance ambiguities of our time. In this seminar, Brian Levy will introduce an alternative approach laid out in his book, Working with the Grain: Integrating Governance and Growth in Development Strategies (New York: OUP, 2014). In many nascent democracies, power is fragmented, the rule of law and public bureaucracies are weak; political stability is…

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GPA Graduation Dinner

May 30 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Public Affairs Bldg, 3rd Floor Commons & Patio

We will celebrate the accomplishments of the GPA certificate recipients of 2018. For certificate recipients and FCLs only.

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October 2018

Social Norms Change: Berk Ozler, World Bank

October 24 @ 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm
Luskin PAB 4240

  Increasing the Uptake of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs) Among Adolescent Females and Young Women in Cameroon Prof. Berk Özler, Lead Economist, Development Research Group, The World Bank RSVP Here (for FREE LUNCH) In sub-Saharan Africa, 25% of teenagers have started childbearing (ICF, 2015). While young women describe many of these births as planned and intentional, women under the age of 20 also have the greatest percentage of mistimed/unintended pregnancies compared to all other age groups. For example, in Cameroon,…

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November 2018

America’s Role in Conflict and Stabilization

November 1 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
PAB 2343

  From Korea to Afghanistan, the U.S. military has waged deadly and costly wars in pursuit of peace. Yet, have these military interventions produced positive, sustainable change? Ambassador Rick Barton considers this question in his new book, “Peace Works: America’s Unifying Role in a Turbulent World,” which he will discuss in a public talk on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 12:30 p.m. in Luksin room 2343. Mixing stories, history and analysis, Barton draws upon his more than 30 years of work…

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Re-imagining Distressed Cities

November 13 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Luskin PAB 2343

Professor Steve Marr of the University of Malmo and Garth Myers of Trinity College will outline a number of long-term comparative urban studies projects that seek to place African-focused approaches to urban theory at the center of a rethinking of contemporary urban theory. One of these is an ongoing book project entitled, "Social Infrastructure and the Politics of Everyday Insecurity in Lagos and Detroit: Rethinking Urbanity in a Time of Crisis." The second, "The Practice and Politics of Climate Change…

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