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Global WA Development Policy: The Blog!

by Global Washington Policy Coordinator Danielle Ellingston

GlobeWelcome to development policy posts on the Global Washington blog! You may wonder why we need another development policy blog, since there are so many great global development blogs already out there.  Well, this blog is different- we will bring you the news and noteworthy ideas on a weekly basis, with a special emphasis on issues of interest to the development community in Washington State.  Our state is second only to the “other Washington” in organizations committed to global development, and now the many voices of development in Washington State have a venue to come together to discuss and influence policy.

Here’s what you can look forward to in future posts to this blog:

·    Foreign Aid Reform status– progress with legislation and the administration’s efforts, such as the Presidential Study Directive
·    Ideas for making aid work better
·    Development and Policy News from around the state
·    What’s happening in other countries and the multilateral organizations
·   How you can become involved

First and foremost, the Presidential Study Directive is picking up steam and the Obama administration is looking for your input on where to focus foreign assistance.  We sent out a survey to our mailing list asking for input, which we will compile and send off to DC.  If you’re on our mailing list and you didn’t get this survey, you might check your email spam box.  We’ll be looking for more input in the future, so please make sure to put on your safe list!  (And of course, sign up to be on our mailing list if you haven’t already done so.)

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Global Social Event: The Middle East

Global Washington volunteer Michelle Alten reports on our September 16th event

oneworld2Kristin Hayden, Founder and Executive Director of OneWorld Now! spoke to a gathering at Global Washington’s Salaam Maleukum Middle East Networking Event on Wednesday, September 16th.  The event was part of Global Washington’s ongoing series of Global Socials the 3rd Wednesday of each month that convene development organizations around geographic regions or issue areas.  Kristin spoke about how she created OneWorld Now! and talked about her separate but related project, One World 2011.

Kristin came upon the idea of starting OneWorld Now! in 2002 when she returned to the United States after living and working abroad.  She recalled that at the age of 15, she went on a student exchange to South Africa when the country was still under Apartheid.  The sojourn was a life changing experience for her and led to a passion for learning languages.  Upon her return to the United States in 2002, after living overseas, Kristin was disturbed by the reaction in the United States to the events of 9/11.  Witnessing the fear and stereotypes that Americans showed towards Arabs and Muslims, Kristin started OneWorld Now!, a program that provides language and leadership training as well as study abroad opportunities for low-income and minority youth.

The program of OneWorld Now!, Kristin pointed out, deliberately focuses on Arabic and Chinese because these languages are strategically important but not typically offered in the public schools. Students also learn leadership by digging into underlying beliefs and stereotypes.  They commit to a year of the program, and then go abroad in summer to work on their language skills, participate in community service, and live with families.  Currently students go to Morocco, Egypt, and Jordan.  Upon their return they participate in a give-back project.

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