Ambassador John W. McDonald gives a lecture at the Center for International Development and Conflict Management

    On Thursday, July 7, 2016, retired Ambassador John W. McDonald, CEO of the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD), welcomed an invitation from Professor John L. Davies of the Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM) to lecture at the University of Maryland, College Park. Addressing a group of public policy students, Ambassador McDonald spoke of his involvement with the United Nations Population Fund and the challenges in its formation.

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    IMTD Launches John W. McDonald Peacebuilding Clinic

    IMTD is formally launching the John W. McDonald Peacebuilding Clinic as well as the Design, Monitoring & Evaluation Clinic within it and moving toward recruiting interns by specializations after a successful "soft" launch based on new programs this Spring, with budding partnerships in Kenya and Bolivia and research initiatives related to Syria and Iraq, among others.

    Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD) offers interns a variety of levels and types of experience in the worlds of multi-track diplomacy, peacebuilding and conflict analysis and resolution. If you are prepared to seize opportunities, interns have options that include co-publishing, presenting at conferences, acting as organizational representatives and helping launch and grow programs. What you accomplish at IMTD depends on what you put in. We are not a big budget organization. However, we believe stewardship of our interns is central to our mission. You will not be asked to serve paid staff coffee at IMTD. Rather your team will be tasked with running the show. Senior, long-term interns are Program Managers who in turn guide Program Officers. And there are a host of professional development experiential education opportunities.

    Clinical program work is done in teams, based on a law school clinic model. That is to say, the work is client-focused and praxis-based. We mix experiential and intellectual learning in a variety of ways in order to promote holistic learning and growth in our clients and ourselves. Team members run their projects together and normally choose a primary focus of one of the following: 1) research; 2) evaluation; 3) grant writing and program development; or 4) organizational diplomacy/stakeholder work. 
    Our clients are treated as full partners and they learn "side-by-side" with us in a "developmental evaluation" style of organizaitonal partnership, even as we are often an ocean or two away. 

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    April 2016 Leaps Toward Client Goals in Kenya and Bolivia

    Children Peace Initiative –Kenya Project

    In the spring of 2016, IMTD began a partnership with a small NGO, Children's Peace Initiative, Kenya (CPIK).  It was the first “client” of the John W. McDonald Design, Monitoring and Evaluation Clinic.  CPIK educates and empowers children to become life-long peaceful problem solvers within conflict-affected communities; it provides them with conflict resolution tools, guides them in building friendships across ethnic divides, and helps them to develop strong leadership skills.

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