The Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA) at The New School invites you to celebrate our tenth anniversary. This is an occasion for celebration, reflection, and to reaffirm our intellectual substance. We celebrate our growth into a robust graduate program now with 400 graduate students from 62 countries that has experienced sustained growth to become a unique program in international affairs. Over the course of a decade, GPIA has had more than 750 graduates and has created dialogue around critical social science perspectives on the current challenges of global media, development, human rights, urbanization, peace and security. This is a time for reflection on the world today and the challenges ahead. To mark our tenth anniversary, to celebrate its achievements and deliberate on the future course of global affairs, the GPIA introduces a series of events over the course of the 2011-2012 academic year.
A full schedule of events is available at www.gpia.info/10thAnniversary
Famine Crisis in the Horn of Africa
Why do we still have famines in the 21st Century? What long-term solutions must be implemented to end the famine, avert future food crises, and rebuild the agricultural sector in Africa?
In the Horn of Africa, the worst drought seen in 60 years has caused over 13.3 million people to flood the borders of Kenya in hopes of finding food, shelter, and water. Decades of inter-tribal and clan war, severe resource depletion and the absence of governance have led to an outbreak of famine. This hunger crisis has left millions displaced and NGOs stretched beyond their capacity. While governments struggle to deliver life saving assistance amidst poor economic markets and opposition by terrorist forces, it is apparent that a new approach in handling famine and food insecurity is necessary.
Featuring experts on the issue, the panel will provide an overview of the key challenges and obstacles facing the people in Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Somalia. They will discuss the ongoing efforts to build a sustainable agriculture in the region, the role of foreign aid in the progression of famines and insight on the impact of biodiversity on food security. Is “Green Revolution” the movement towards smallholder agricultural development the answer? Can the international community fill the financing gap in emergency needs for the Horn as aid funding decrease? How are NGOs handling the large amounts of displaced families? They will also address new methods of strengthening the humanitarian response and discuss the movement towards food sovereignty by means of GMOs. In addition, they will share their perspectives on, what improvements to the economic and social infrastructure are needed to secure food access in the event of another drought.
Our expert panelists include:
Mrs. Sibi Lawson-Marriot
External Relations Officer for Central and Eastern Africa at World Food Programme (WFP)
Mr. Duncan Mclean
Director of Operations for Somalia at Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
Mr. Glenn Denning
Director, MPA in Development Practice Program; Director, Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development at the Earth Institute
When & Where
The students in the New School’s Graduate Programs of InternationalAffairs (GPIA) formed Project Africa to encourage and foster awareness about African issues, cultures, and values. Every year this student-run organization brings together, some of the best minds researching and working in Africa, to share their findings and provide news from the field.
Through its events, Project Africa educates students and the public about Africa’s history, politics, and trends on development efforts, gender issues, and a wide array of other topics. Each year Project Africa hosts cultural events such as filmscreenings,musical and artistic showcases, and literature reviews on and off the campus.
Our Mission is to promote a greater understanding and increase cross-cultural awareness of the continent and its people. Through our efforts, we wish to inspire other students to further their knowledge of Africa through constructive dialogue, personal research, or interdisciplinary engagement.