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Global Soccer’s Backslapping, Backstabbing Backroom Deal-making Politics

By James M. Dorsey

Presidential elections and tournament hosting in the world of soccer appear to be seldom won on the merits of a candidate or bidder’s proposition. Instead, the outcome of polls and bids are frequently the result of backslapping, backstabbing backroom politicking between global soccer managers and political leaders.

World soccer is about to get another taste of the global soccer’s wheeling and dealing with the likely election of Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, the…


Added by James M Dorsey on April 18, 2015 at 9:07am — No Comments

2015 Social Change/Impact Events where PCDN Will be Present

Dear Colleagues

One of our favorite times for the PCDN Team is when we are fortunate enough to interact with our amazing members all over the world. We greatly appreciate the stories of appreciation for the impact that PCDN is having around the world (please continue to add your comments about how PCDN has impacted your work…


Added by Craig Zelizer on April 18, 2015 at 7:26am — No Comments

Reflection on Thieves of State, Corruption and International Security

The MA in Conflict Resolution Program at Georgetown University had the pleasure of hosting Sarah Chayes, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for a talk on her new book Thieves of State. Why Corruption Threatens Global…


Added by Craig Zelizer on April 17, 2015 at 4:47pm — 2 Comments

The Case for Gender Data

Data is a crucial component of any program or intervention. It justifies the need for a specific program, show its effectiveness, and allows us to improve it through evaluation. But this important information tells us little if more than half of the population is missing or misrepresented, so we need to start looking at data with a gender lens. Read more…


Added by TechChange on April 17, 2015 at 1:49pm — No Comments

The Community Peace Project: Uganda

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Follow the project on twitter @peaceprojectug

Added by Dr. Eliezah Titus on April 17, 2015 at 7:05am — No Comments

Questions about Qatar’s World Cup hosting get renewed boost

By James M. Dorsey

A planned anti-Qatari protest ahead of a match between Chelsea and Manchester United, the first major fan demonstration against the 2022 World Cup host, and the imminent publication of a Sunday Times book documenting Qatari political interference in world soccer body FIFA’s 2011 presidential election that returned Sepp Blatter to office at the behest of the FIFA president casts a shadow over next month’s FIFA election and is likely to renew debate about the…


Added by James M Dorsey on April 17, 2015 at 12:45am — No Comments

Can Massively Multiplayer Online Games also be Next Generation Humanitarian Technologies?

Cross-posted from

My colleague Peter Mosur and I launched the Internet Response League (IRL) at QCRI a while back to actively explore the intersection of massively multiplayer online games & humanitarian response. IRL is also featured in …


Added by Patrick Meier on April 16, 2015 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Call for Participation: International Women's Day for Peace & Disarmament - May 24

In little over 7 weeks, we will be celebrating International Women's Day for Peace & Disarmament - May 24 - again!

Women have often been at the forefront of peace and disarmament initiatives. With their own unique experience and analysis of armed conflict, they have been dedicated to building a culture of peace within their communities, countries and on an international level. Women are working for peace in many ways, but this rarely gets the attention and…


Added by Communication WPP on April 16, 2015 at 4:47am — No Comments

Investment in Equity and Peacebuilding: Uganda Case Study

Investment in Equity and Peacebuilding: Uganda Case Study by Family Health International 360 (FHI 360)’s Education Policy and Data Center (EPDC) is a mixed-methods case study into the relationship between investment in educational equity and peacebuilding in Uganda, carried out as part of UNICEF’s Peacebuilding and Education Advocacy (PBEA) program. In the aftermath of a long-running…


Added by Education for Peacebuilding M&E on April 15, 2015 at 3:41pm — No Comments

Reflecting on Conflict Sensitivity

Reflecting on Conflict Sensitivity: an introduction to the International Network for Education in Emergencies’ (INEE) Reflection Tool for Designing and Implementing Conflict Sensitive Education Programmes in Conflict-Affected and Fragile Contexts

Education and conflict have a complex, deeply connected…


Added by Education for Peacebuilding M&E on April 15, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Egypt moves closer to labelling soccer fans as terrorists

By James M. Dorsey

Egypt has moved closer to banning as terrorist organizations militant soccer groups that form the backbone of opposition to autocratic rule with the arrest and pre-trial detention of five alleged members of the Ultras White Knights (UWK), the highly-politicized, street battle-hardened support group of storied Cairo club Al Zamalek SC.

The five men - Sayed Ali, Seif Kamel, Mahmoud El-Domiati, Abdallah Ghoneim and Anas Tawfik – were arrested last week on charges of…


Added by James M Dorsey on April 15, 2015 at 4:06am — No Comments

Tech for M&E Online Course Sneak Peek: Dow Maneerattana of World Resources Institute

Open data has been a popular topic in international development recently, but what about the evaluation of open data programs? We are excited to welcome Dow Maneerattana from World Resources Institute (WRI) to our upcoming…


Added by TechChange on April 14, 2015 at 3:35pm — No Comments

Peace Events, A New System for Peace Data and Metrics

I attended a fascinating presentation on April 10th at the…


Added by Craig Zelizer on April 14, 2015 at 2:50pm — 1 Comment

What??? Greeks, Germans, Cypriots, Turks and Americans can NOT work together? I HOPE you are wrong...

First Steps of HOPE at Harvard and MIT

Ancient dromeis

2015 Annual…


Added by Alexis Lyras on April 14, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

$20,000 in bonus prizes and matching funds available from GlobalGiving


What's the Open Challenge? 

The Open Challenge is a great opportunity to join the GlobalGiving community. During this first campaign you expose your donors to online fundraising and using the GlobalGiving platform. You get to learn all about GlobalGiving's great features and get to know the GlobalGiving Team. Not only that, but it is an excellent opportunity to…


Added by Michael Gale on April 14, 2015 at 10:21am — No Comments

Radical Increments: Toward New Platforms of Engaging Iraqi Studies at Columbia University

Please see the conference description below and the attached program.  All are welcome with RSVP.

Radical Increments: Toward New Platforms of Engaging Iraqi Studies
Columbia University

April 24-25, 2015

The rift between theory and application in Iraqi studies has grown over the past three decades, with Iraqi scholarship curtailed at home due to…

Added by Joscelyn on April 13, 2015 at 10:41pm — No Comments

Top Ten Tips for a Successful Career in Washington, D.C. Policymaking


This advice is distilled from a January 2015 talk given by Alexandra Toma, Executive Director of the Peace and Security Funders Group, a network of public, private, and family foundations and philanthropists who make grants contributing to peace and global security. Ms. Toma is a Capitol Hill veteran and has over 12 years’ experience at senior levels of…


Added by Colleen Chiochetti on April 13, 2015 at 9:23pm — No Comments

2015 UNE Peace Conference

Keynote speakers: Ulrike Hopp Nishanka, Victoria Fontan and Noelene Nabulivou.

Conference journal publication: The Peace and Conflict Review, University for Peace, Costa Rica. 

In recent years the partnered terms of ‘peace formation’ (offered as an alternative to ‘peacebuilding’) and ‘peace infrastructure’ have been promoted as the advancement of peace and conflict studies, particularly when it is linked to the idea of localism. Some…


Added by Paddy Tobias on April 13, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Guide to MA Program in Peace and Conflict Resolution and Related Fields

Dear Colleagues

Many individuals around the world are interested in doing graduate work in Peace and Conflict Resolution at the MA or Ph.D. level. This guide is for MA level programs. For Ph.D. programs see the resource guide There are several excellent existing guides to finding programs listed below (Please note that no…


Added by Craig Zelizer on April 13, 2015 at 6:41pm — 36 Comments

After Garissa, Kenyan papers reject sensationalism

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

When violence occurs, journalists of course must cover it. Peace journalism differs in that it encourages a discussion of how to responsibly report such violence.

One example is the awful events of April 2, when 147 people were killed in an attack at Garissa University in Kenya.

In perusing Kenyan newspaper front pages from the next…


Added by Steven L. Youngblood on April 13, 2015 at 11:21am — 1 Comment

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