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Office of International Development

A Division of the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs

Current OID Projects

Indonesia Youth Leadership Program

$200,000

Indonesia Youth Leadership ProgramThe Indonesia Youth Leadership Program (IYLP) is the third of six youth leadership programs over a three year project cycle (2015-2018) funded by The Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA) within the U.S. Department of State as part of a $1.2M On-Demand Youth Leadership Program. 17 students and 2 adult chaperones traveled from 5 different regions throughout Indonesia, including Jailolo, Ternate, Lampung, Kudus, and Magelang, surveying topics of leadership, project management, diversity, and good governance. Bloomington and the IU campus continue to serve as excellent resources for these important topics and offer participants a wide range of experts and models to study and explore in hopes of improving their own communities through civic engagement.

During their time in Bloomington, participants stay with host families, encouraging immersion into US lifestyle. Program sessions offer a wide variety of hands-on and interactive learning, including a service learning project at Harmony School, conflict resolution workshop hosted by IU’s PACE program, and tours of Bloomington based non-profits Teacher’s Warehouse and Hoosier Hills Foodbank.

6-9 months post the US based portion of the program, IU staff will travel to Indonesia, meeting with participants to deepen their understanding of key program themes in a local context, complete a group service learning project, and support their community initiatives through a seed funding proposal process.

As a program sponsored by ECA, IYLP seeks to promote the agencies objective of international mutual understanding through a wide range of academic, cultural, professional, and sports exchange programs such as IYLP. Alumni of ECA exchanges from over 160 countries compromise over 350 million current or former heads of state and government. More information on ECA’s programs can be found at exchanges.state.gov.

 

Beyond Borders: A Workshop of Filmmaking across the Punjab Region

2016-2017

$149,994

Beyond Borders: A Workshop of Filmmaking across Punjab RegionWith support from the U.S. Embassy, “Beyond Borders: A Workshop of Filmmaking across the Punjab Region” will bring together 30 participants, 15 each from India and Pakistan Punjab region, to work together on conceptualizing, writing, and producing short films during a three-week visit in May 2017 to Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.A. Participants will be engaged in American life through field trips and visit communities around the state of Indiana, learning about the diversity within America but also learning about each other in the process. The workshop is designed to develop filmmaking skills (camera and editing) and engage participants in making their own short films in small mixed groups of Indian/Pakistani members. In this collaborative exploration, there is the potential for participants to discover common ground, cross cultural, political and geographic barriers, and form a foundation of understanding that will have lasting impact in the Punjab region upon their return.

Punjab Region – Participant Portal »

 

2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship

$145,000

Mandela Washington Fellows Program for Young African LeadersThe Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, begun in 2014, is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. In 2017, OID welcomed 25 of the 1000 selected Fellows for a Civic Leadership Institute. Fellows, from 20 different countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa, use this opportunity to propel their professional and civic careers further, bolstering their network of like-minded professionals and academics and further honing in on their leadership and practical skills through hands-on, skills based programming.

IU’s efforts in implementing the Fellowship brings together faculty, practitioners and resources from the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs and several schools: the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the Kelley School of Business, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the School of Global and International Studies and the Maurer School of Law. Other local partners include Cook Medical Inc., Ivy Tech Community College, Sagamore Institute and many other local and community organizations.

Become a Peer CollaboratorPeople are invited to join the conversation on Twitter about the Young African Leaders Initiative using the hashtag #YALI2016.

 

 

Kosovo: Transformational Leadership Program

2015-2017

$378,220

University of PristinaA four-year collaboration between the Faculty of Education (FE) at University of Pristina (UP) and IU’s School of Education through its Center for International Education, Development and Research (CIEDR) will develop capacity at UP to meet the needs and expectations of the nation’s education system. The objectives of the partnership build on the Transformational Leadership Program (TLP) in Kosovo, co-funded by USAID-Kosovo and the Government of Kosovo and administered by World Learning, which aims to spur transformational change in research capacity, teacher education curriculum and pedagogy, and quality assurance.

In support of the FE mission to, “provide quality study programs for initial and continuous training of teachers and other specialists in the area of education, as well as to develop scientific-research activity, for the purpose of improvement of the Education System in Kosovo,” partners will oversee the operationalization of new activities to ensure a sustainable increase in human resource capacity. Project activities include development and support for Scholarly Learning Communities (SLCs), long-term scholarly exchange, short-term trainings, and increased access to research materials and mentoring.

To learn more about the Transformational Leadership Program, please visit the USAID-Kosovo-World Learning website.

 

Indonesia: Higher Education Leadership and Management

2011-2016

$1,262,000

The strategy of the HELM project is to leave a legacy of stronger management systems in Indonesia’s higher education sector that will continue to improve academic quality, not just in a limited one-time manner, but in a regular and systematic fashion over the short, medium, and long terms. This project provides technical assistance to strengthen the capacity of Indonesian higher education institutions to perform effectively in four core areas: financial management, general administration and management, quality assurance, and collaboration with external stakeholders. Given USAID’s investments in teacher training programs, the HELM project will also target several institutions of higher education that have teacher training and/or education administration and management programs.

Indonesia has 10 to 12 programs in education management, though almost all of them focus on primary and secondary education. To help at least three Indonesian higher education institutions develop or strengthen post-graduate programs in higher education leadership and management, HELM will support them in developing curriculum (creating connections with other disciplines within the university as appropriate), adapting teaching methods to support the chosen curriculum if needed, and targeting program communications to attract students. To accomplish this task Chemonics has selected OID to help administrators identify how to differentiate their program from others as well as identify and/or implement methods to attract students.

To learn more, please visit the Chemonics website.

 

Mongolia: Mongolian United States Student Envoy

2016-2017

$200,000

MongoliaThe Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA) within the U.S. Department of State, as part of a $1.2M On-Demand Youth Leadership Program, will fund the second of six youth leadership programs over a three year project cycle. 20 youth and 3 adults from Mongolia will visit the Bloomington campus, Indianapolis, and Washington D.C. to study leadership, diversity and civic engagement over the course of four weeks. The Mongolian United States Student Envoy (MUSE) focuses on democracy with specific emphasis on youth participation while providing a wide variety of hands-on experiences for young leaders to promote social responsibility, democratic environmental stewardship, critical journalism, and fundamental leadership skills, positioning participants as community leaders in their evolving country. An in-country follow-on workshop will be held 4-8 months post the US-based exchange in order for participants to discuss their post-program engagement and work together to continue implementing relevant and sustainable projects.

Sponsored by ECA, MUSE seeks to promote the agencies objective of international mutual understanding through a wide range of academic, cultural, professional, and sports exchange programs such as MUSE. Alumni of ECA exchanges from over 160 countries compromise over 350 million current or former heads of state and government. More information on ECA’s programs can be found at exchanges.state.gov.

 

Italy: Youth Leadership Program with Sicily

2016-2017

$200,000

Youth Leadership ProgramAs part of a$1.2M On-Demand Youth Leadership Program, funded by the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA) within the U.S. Department of State, Southern Italy (Sicily) will be the first of six youth leadership programs over a three year project cycle. Through this month-long exchange, 21 youth and 3 adults will come to the IU campus for the study of leadership, diversity, and civic engagement. The Youth Leadership Program with Italy (YLPI) focuses on community inclusiveness with specific emphasis on topics of immigration. Additionally, the program offers a wide variety of hands-on experiences for young leaders to promote social responsibility, environmental stewardship, critical journalism, and fundamental leadership skills that will position participants as community leaders in their evolving country.

Program activity includes a series of events around campus and the community to learn more about how Bloomington and IU address topics of inclusion, as well as themes of journalism, human rights, and the many faces of democracy. An in-country follow-on workshop will be held with participants to discuss their post-program activities once they’ve returned home, and work together to implement appropriate and sustainable community projects.

As a program sponsored by ECA, YLPI seeks to promote the agencies objective of international mutual understanding through a wide range of academic, cultural, professional, and sports exchange programs such as YLPI. Alumni of ECA exchanges from over 160 countries compromise over 350 million current or former heads of state and government. More information on ECA’s programs can be found at exchanges.state.gov.

 

Burma: Youth Leadership Program with Burma

2014-2019

$420,000

Burma participants group photo 2014The The Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA) with the Department of State has awarded Indiana University $326,406 to manage a student exchange program for Burmese for three cohorts of youth leaders. The Youth Leadership Program with Burma (YLPB) offers a wide variety of hands-on experiences for young leaders from Burma as a means to promote civic engagement, social responsibility, and fundamental leadership skills that will position participants as community leaders in their evolving country. As a program sponsored by ECA, YLPB seeks to promote the agencies objective of international mutual understanding through a wide range of academic, cultural, professional, and sports exchange programs such as YLPB. Alumni of ECA exchanges from over 160 countries compromise over 350 million current or former heads of state and government. More information on ECA’s programs can be found at exchanges.state.gov.

Student activity includes a series of events around campus and the community visiting Indiana University departments such as the Indiana Daily Student to learn more about media consumption and journalism as well as local grassroots and national non-profit organizations such as United Way and Goodwill Inc. Discussions on human rights and sustainability are led by university and community leaders to encourage social responsibility and engagement with current and relevant issues facing these participants. In-country follow-on workshops are held with participants to discuss post-program activity and work together to implement appropriate and sustainable community projects.

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