The conventional explanation for South Sudan’s weak performance is that it lacked capacity. That was the premise on which international donors began major capacity-building programs immediately after the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement. But how public money is actually spent suggests something else.
The following figure, from the World Bank, “Public expenditures in South Sudan: [...]
A civil war ignited in South Sudan on 15 December 2013. Despite the best efforts of mediators from Ethiopia and Kenya, and pressure from the United States and others, the war has not stopped. The forces of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan (GoRSS) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army and [...]
The closing panel of the Unlearning Violence conference centered on the connections between ethics and education, particularly in regard to young children. Unfortunately, the Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi Rinpoche, the Founder and Director of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), was unable to deliver the [...]Continue Reading →
This piece was co-authored by SuhYoon Kang and Roberta Sotomaior. It is a summary of Panel Four from the WPF sponsored conference, Unlearning Violence, held February 13 & 14, 2014.
How do we translate research findings into effective policy? How do we ensure that the evidence reaches the political channels? This panel, moderated by [...]Continue Reading →
This panel included formal presentations on innovative programming to provide protection to at-risk children, and an overview of the ways in which children are subject to violence. Following these, the discussion explored the ethics of professional practices. Throughout, the panelists dwelt on the need to learn from and with the communities one seeks to engage.Continue Reading →
Dr. Maryanne Wolf of Tufts University’s Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development opened panel two with a series of Kantian questions: “What can we know? What should we do? How can we hope?”
Throughout the panel, Wolf, and fellow panelists, Dr. Regina Sullivan and Dr. John Lawrence Aber, both of New York University explored the answers to these questions as they relate to how the experience of violence impacts children’s development.Continue Reading →
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