Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Thanks Nicholas Wong for sharing on this.

Helping Hands: Poverty and Development in Southeast Asia (23-24 Apr, Columbia Univ)
Date: April 23 and 24, Friday and Saturday
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm (Fri); 9.30am - 2.30pm (Sat)
Venue: 102 Jerome Greene Hall, Columbia Law School
With photo exhibition''Perspective on Laos: Interactions of Improved Villages, Livelihoods and Development Work'' - featuring 80 photographs by Photographer Tommy Chu from a training project in Lao PDR.
The conference is free and open to the public.
To RSVP and for further details, please email by 22 Apr (Thurs).
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Speakers: Tim A. Hardy Director of Outreach, Burma Global Action Network [Burma] | Karen Zusman Independent Journalist and Producer [Malaysia] | Eugene Martin Former Diplomat and Specialist, US Institute of Peace [Philippines] | Dana Doan Board Member and Strategic Advisor, LIN Center for Community Development [Vietnam] | Toshi Nakamura Co-Founder, Kopernik [Indonesia] | Gil Lacson Relationship Manager for Asia, Women's World Banking [Philippine] | Anis Chowdhury Senior Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations [Malaysia] | Sahba Sobhani Program Manager, UNDP Growing Inclusive Markets Initiative [USA] | and more.

Conference schedule

23 April 2010 (Friday)

09:00    Registration

09:30    Introduction & Opening Remarks

10:00    Keynote "Politics, Governance and Poverty"

11:30    Tea Break  

11:45    Country Case Study "Public-Private Partnerships: Corporate Giving in Vietnam"

12:45    Lunch & Networking

02:00    Panel "Partners in Development: Respective Roles and Obligations"

03:30    Tea Break

03:45    Panel "Microfinance, Rural Development and Poverty Alleviation"

05:15    Closing Remarks


24 April 2010 (Saturday)

09:30    Registration

10:00    Keynote "The State of Southeast Asian Development"

11:30    Tea Break

11:45    Movie & Producer Talk "Pls Don't Say My Name: Plight of Burmese Refugees Living in M'sia" 

01:15    Country Case Study "Decentralization in Cambodian Education: Schools Funding Management"

02:15    Closing Remarks

Presented by Columbia University's Southeast Asian League and Southeast Asian Student Initiative | Sponsored by Davis Projects for Peace | Sponsored in part by the Arts Initiative at Columbia University. This funding is made possible through a generous gift from The Gatsby Foundation | Supported by Microfinance Working Group, Thai Club, Columbia Society for International Law, Asia Pacific Affairs Council, and the Residents' Council of International House, New York. 

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