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.
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.
The Summer School Foreign Policy Immersion Program at Georgetown University attracted 47 high school students from across the U.S., Turkey, Canada, China, Italy, Spain, Taiwan, Colombia, and France. Retired Ambassador John W. McDonald came to Georgetown on July 22 to lecture to the group on Track II and Multi-Track diplomacy.
On May 24-26, 2016 more than 500 professionals, including 155 speakers from 23 countries, and 195 different organizations attended the NEXT GEN PEACE, the annual Alliance for Peacebuilding conference in Washington, D.C. During the three full days of the event, participants were able to attend 49 unique sessions and exhibits, covering a broad range of topics from climate change, trauma healing, and electoral violence, to race relations in America, storytelling, violent extremism, fragility, systems, technology, and evaluation.
Forage Center Presentation to Conservation International and the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy
On Tuesday, July 26, 2016, interns and staff attended a co-hosted event at Conservation International (CI), organized in part by IMTD. Attendees learned from CI about their Conservation and Peace program, followed with a detailed presentation by David J. Smith of the Forage Center. IMTD is looking forward to working with the respective organizations as we advance our initiatives in Bolivia and in our upcoming Peacebuilding Clinic.
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