William TARPAI
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  • Riverside, CA
  • United States
  • International Development Consultant
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William TARPAI commented on Craig Zelizer's video

Does Media Matter for International Development?

"This is a great presentation that asks questions and supplies responses that might prove helpful for those organizations wondering whether they can make a contribution to end hunger (or whatever issue you wish to tackle) from the safety of the…"
Apr 25, 2014
William TARPAI commented on Kim Sivertsen's event The Nansen Seminar 2014 - Dialogue in Peacebuilding
"Sadly, I will not be able to attend this event, but I would very much like to arrange an interactive event that organizations I belong to might be able to have online between the Nansen Center in Lillehammer and Riverside, California US"
Apr 25, 2014
William TARPAI commented on Hor Hen's blog post Disasters, Development and the Environment
"Thanks for posting!  It is timely as the UN is preparing for a major meeting which will occur during the annual General Assembly meeting later on this year, and then for the Sendai conference in 2015.   Building up resilient communities…"
Apr 22, 2014
William TARPAI commented on Marli Yamada Carvalho's event World Red Cross Day Celebration - Washington DC
"I posted on LinkedIn - Sadly as I'm on the left coast, I will not be able to celebrate World Red Cross this year at the Board of Governor's building in DC. But I am certainly planning to celebrate this date! World Red Cross Day has…"
Apr 15, 2014
William TARPAI replied to Craig Zelizer's discussion Upcoming PCDN Interview with Mr. Steve Killela, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Institute for Economics and Peace (which produces the Annual Global Peace Index)
"With reference to helping Afghanistan and its neighbors to promote entrepreneurship and job creation as the international community pulls out their military forces by the end of 2014, noting that modern fiber optic and celluar networks are giving at…"
Sep 10, 2013
William TARPAI replied to Mathias Kjaer's discussion Framing an Evaluation: The Importance of Asking the Right Questions
"thanks for the tips..  "
Jul 11, 2013
William TARPAI liked Craig Zelizer's discussion New Report, New Technology and the Prevention of Violence and Conflict
Jul 4, 2013
William TARPAI liked Craig Zelizer's video
Jun 25, 2013
William TARPAI commented on Fiona Ngarachu's blog post Peace education. Transforming situations or transforming societies?
"Fiona,  Thanks for starting this discussion.   Lots of good responses already.  What came first the chicken or the egg?  Having been active in a number of post-conflicts areas over the years I was a professional UN officer, it…"
Jun 22, 2013
William TARPAI replied to Andre Poyser's discussion Human-Centered Design (HCD) Micro Grants to tackle Poverty
"Allow me to encourage all members of this platform to give this announcement maximum distribution among groups and organizations that you may be familiar with.... "
Jun 12, 2013
William TARPAI commented on Erin's blog post The Post-2015 Development Agenda: 10 Things to Celebrate, and Get Behind, in the High-Level Panel Report
"Thank you Suzanne,   Over the last few days, I have reviewed 5 or 7 of the back ground papers, and am now focusing on the actual high level report to the Secretary General. It focuses on “... two of the world’s biggest challenges…"
Jun 10, 2013
William TARPAI commented on Craig Zelizer's video

Counting the Cost - Bangladesh: The cost of fashion

"Tax avoidance by major global corporations is certainly a topic that needs the type of exposure al Jazeera is providing.  Wake up American media!"
May 28, 2013
William TARPAI replied to Craig Zelizer's discussion Call for Nominations, Arab Gulf Programme for Development International Prize for pioneering human development projects in the field of “Fighting the Phenomenon of Street Children”
"It is great to see AGFUND leadership and support for this initiative.  In every post-conflict country that I worked or visited the problem of street children is rampant.   My memories of Christmas day in Luanda Angola in 2000 come back to…"
May 28, 2013
William TARPAI liked David J. Smith's discussion New Publication: Peacebuilding in Community Colleges: A Teaching Resource, from U.S. Institute of Peace Press
May 24, 2013
William TARPAI commented on Marie Aziz's blog post Job: Programme Manager - Central Asia - based in Osh, Kyrgyzstan
"Osh is a great place to visit and live!  From 1998 to 2000, I spent more than a month during 5 visits.  Along the historic old Silk Road, this position will offer the incumbent an opportunity to link up with the Asian Development Bank…"
May 21, 2013
William TARPAI commented on Craig Zelizer's video

Inside Story - Nepal: Reconciliation or retribution?

"Having looked into the eyes of persons who were responsible for killings in several states, the hurt they had caused didn't seem to be bothering them - indeed they continued to be responsible for making sure victims who had returned from exile…"
May 21, 2013

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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
- Since the 1960s supporter of the International Red Cross movement.
- Former Peace Corps and United Nations Volunteer
- Former UNHCR staff member
- Former Franklin Fellow, US Department of State, Bureau for Conflict Stabilization Operations
- Enthusiastic supporter of the US Institute of Peace (USIP)
(have attended countless USIP events and courses, including:
Please indicate if you're joining PCDN as an individual or organization (please mark the appropriate category)
individual (professional)
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Dominican Republic, Somalia, Bosnia, Mozambique, Angola, 5 Central Asian states (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan) and Pakistan.
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
International Development Consultant
How many years professional experience do you have ?
What is your personal or organizational website?
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Civil Society, Conflict Resolution, Development, Facilitation, Information and Communication Technology, Internally Displaced, Humanitarian Relief, Organizational Development, Peacekeeping, Refugees, Social Entreprenuership
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Advocacy, Budgeting, Capacity Building, Evaluation, Monitoring, Program Administration, Program Implemenation, Research, Training
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
-supporting transition from war to peace for Afghanistan with it neighbors along the New Silk Road
-improving governance, civil society and entrepreneurial opportunity;
-involving diaspora in development;
-social networking and empowerment;
-improving peacekeeping
-building a bigger, better, bolder Peace Corps

William TARPAI's Blog

Bike Towns - Helping Health Workers Do Their Job

Posted on December 15, 2009 at 6:05pm 0 Comments

It was pleasing to read a great example of grassroots America helping out in global development today. Surprisingly it was an article in Bicycling magazine. [ http://www.bicycling.com/ In the Bike Lane December 7th, 2009; "Riding With a Purpose" By Deb Cosgrove - see below ]

I posted a comment saying Americans at the grassroots levels from all around our country can and should involve themselves in people to people development efforts like… Continue

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At 8:02pm on April 19, 2012, Jennifer Lentfer said…

Thanks William for your comment and recommendation. I hope you continue to follow how-matters.org!

At 9:20am on November 16, 2011, Craig Zelizer said…
Thanks sorry I have a book deadline and it is an intense period of the semester do I cannot meet then
At 11:19pm on December 3, 2009, Joaquin Salazar said…
Dear Sr. William TARPAI, it was a really great surprise to notice that you are currently in Puerto Escondido in our superb "Dom Rep". Many greetings for you and admiration for all the interesting things you have done and are doing regarding peace education and related issues. It would be an honor to meet you when you by chance come through Santo Domingo.
Kind regards, Joaquín

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