DIALOGUE AND POLICY

Our research focuses on new and existing evidences, and the knowledge and experience we gain from our work in the community to bring a unique perspective to Minnesota policy discussions. Ghands, Inc shall hold policy discussions touching all areas of a academia by holding seminars whereby distinguished professionals in different field of their specialization would present papers in topics of their choice, Monthly or annually.

The following procedure is applied in conducting this exercise;

The program coordinator should ensure that the following procedure is adhered to in scheduling for any dialogue;

The Basics:

  1. Decide who the participants will be and to communicate with them
  2. Decide on a meeting date, time, and location
  3. Decide which of the topics will be discussed at each meeting
  4. Choose the meeting format (sample format) and consult the Program Guide
  5. Enlist a Ghands,Inc Executive to lay the framework for discussion
  6. Use a half-hour video segment to outline the issue for discussion
  7.  Organize a discussion based on reading the article in the briefing book

Contact Ghands,Inc at 7634390083 to discuss plans and order materials

Responsibilities of a Group Leader or Organizer

  1. Organize the meeting - topic, date, place, time (and speaker, if necessary
  2.  Promote the meeting details to group members or community
  3. Contact speakers well in advance of the presentation date
  4. Communicate clearly to speakers about logistics, including location, parking, security/arrival info, and stipend payment arrangements
  5. Arrange audio-visual equipment for the speaker or video, if necessary
  6. Communicate with the speaker on how the discussion will be moderated
  7. Maintain meeting records and report attendance to Ghands,Inc/Ghands.org
  8. Follow up with speakers after the event and arrange stipend payment
  9. Provide feedback about program quality to Ghands,Inc

Responsibilities of the Ghands,Inc:

 

  1. Process orders for materials (Briefing Books, etc.) in a timely manner
  2. Recruit speakers for each topic and produce a directory of speakers
  3. provide orientation, training, and consultation to leaders and speakers
  4. Collect data on group attendance and feedback on program quality
  5. Provide speakers in the directory with a complimentary Briefing Book. Send Monthly updates to Ghands Inc leaders and speakers with program announcements and information about event program
  6. Inform Ghands Inc of the annual topics chosen by the Foreign Policy Coordinator, and serve as Ghands Inc resource for all groups in Minnesota

Consistent with its mission to improve opportunities and open doors for African Immigrant, the Ghands,Inc believes that advocacy, Civic engagement, and Community-based support are essential parts of any Community-empowerment strategy.  Thus, the organization concentrates on advocacy activities at state and local levels through its initiatives.  In addition, the Ghands,Inc strengthens African participation in the political process through its various civic engagement projects, including the African immigrant Empowerment and Advocacy Project (AEAP).The Ghands,Inc also works to strengthen nascent Community-based organizations in areas where there is a growing African population through the project Emerging African immigrant Communities (EAC) Initiative. To achieve our goal Ghands,Inc apply a process called (C.A.R.B) which means " Challenges, Action, Results and Benefits". This is a tool we use for doing diagnosis before we take up the project;

C= Challenges A= Action R= Results B= Benefits

 The Leadership Institute for Public Service prepares the next generation to take its place in community service and policy development arenas.

The Leadership Institute’s primary goal is to increase the pool of black leaders in Community-based programs and public service careers. The Leadership Institute offers numerous educational and leadership development programs for individuals from all walks of life.

Participants are provided with opportunities to learn the inner workings at the Ghands,Inc, explore public service and public policy careers, discuss current events and policy initiatives and see close up leadership at its very best by working with and learning from Ghands,Inc members.

COLLOQUIUM 1:

Service Sectors, Politics and Development

Themes: 

Social Protection 

  • Energy, Water, Agriculture and Development 
  • Health and Development 
  • Heritage, Culture and Development 
  •  Urban and Rural Development 
  • Gender Dynamics and Women 
  • Politics and Governance 
  • Hollywood, Bollywood, Nollywood, Kenywood, hip hop, etc
  • The language question 
  • Poverty, Deprivation and Vulnerability 
  • Peace, Conflict and Security issues 
  • Internally Displaced Peoples and Refugee Crisis 
  • Economic Development 
  • Civil Society, NGOs and Social Movements

Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome.

Colloquium 2:

Management of Resources 

Themes:

  • Exploitation of Strategic Resources 
  • International Trade, Commerce, e-Commerce and e-Baking 
  • Industry and Manufacturing in the world
  • Outsourcing and Africa’s ‘Silicon Valleys’ and ‘Industrial Parks’
  • Global Finance and Development 
  • Environment, Climate Change and E-waste 
  • Planning and Management of Natural Resources 
  • Business Management, Human Resource and Entrepreneurship 
  • The Cooperative Movement and Savings Societies in world
  • Media, Transport and Communication in the world
  • Trade and regional blocs 
  • Global Business Management
  • Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome.

Colloquium 3:

 Education and Development

Themes:

 

  • Education, Research, Science and Development 
  • Open and Distance Learning and Education 
  • Curriculum Reforms and New Pedagogues  
  • Higher Education, Partnerships and Publishing 
  • Exchange Programs and Linkages 
  • Evaluation and Education Reforms 
  • IT and e-Learning 
  • Open and Distance Education 
  • Lifelong Learning and Adult Education 
  • Industry, Technology and Education 
  • Private Education, Early Learning and Special Education 
  • Technical and Vocational Education 
  • Primary Education, Education and Poverty Alleviation
  1. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Colloquium 4:

Judiciary, Constitutionalism and Human Rights 

Themes: 

  • Judicial Reforms and Human Rights in the world
  • International Trade and New Maritime Laws 
  • Local and Global Networks 
  • Cohesion and Integration Issues 
  • New Constitutional reforms 
  • Judiciary and Corruption 
  • Information Technology and Law 
  • Alternative Legal Systems and Structures 
  • Environmental Law and Conservation 
  • Dealing with Global Outlaws 
  • Global Legal Education 
  • Civic and Citizen Education 
  • Special Courts and Small Claims Courts 
  • Global Recruitment Firms 
  • Illegal and Forced Migration 
  • Mineral Treaties and Agreements 
  • Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Colloquium 5:

Engineering, Science and Technology 

Themes:

  • Science and Natural Resource Management 
  • Collaborations in Science, Technology and Development 
  • Agriculture, livestock and fisheries 
  • Engineering and Training in Science and Technology 
  • Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Industry and University Collaboration
  • Research and Development (R&D) 
  • Developing Patents and Trademarks 
  • innovation, Science, Technology and Environment
  • IT, Science and Technology 
  • Science, Gender and Women 
  • Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Colloquium 6:

Religion, NGOs and Non-State Agencies in Development 

Themes:

  • Radicalization, Islam and Christianity 
  • Radical Religious Groups in world
  • Media and the Church 
  • Ethics and Development 
  • Theology and Development 
  • Faith-Based NGOs 
  • Religious Institutions and Development 
  • The Church and the State 
  • Global Mega Evangelists 
  • Religion and Environmental Issues 
  • Religion, Gender and Women 
  • Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Colloquium 7:

Security, Peace and Conflict 
Themes: 

  • Africa Security Architecture 
  • Peace and Security in the Great Lakes Region 
  • Conflict, War and Violence in world
  • Human Rights
  • Peace Education 
  • Conflict management 
  • Refugees 
  • Ethical Issues in Development 
  • Leadership and Governance 
  • Corruption 
  • Regional Bodies and peace  
  • Cold Peace and Warm Peace 
  • Failed and near-failed states 
  • Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Colloquium 8:

Library, Information and Communication Technology 

Themes:

  • Information and Communication Technology 
  • Architecture of IT 
  • Dissemination and publication 
  • Library resources 
  • Library/Virtual library 
  • books/E-Journals 
  • Internet Research 
  • Communication and Journalism 
  • Databases 
  • Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Colloquium 9:

Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Research

Themes:

  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Development 
  • Deconstructing Development 
  • Gender, Women and Development 
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Aid and sector Development 
  • New Paradigms of Development 
  • Minority Groups and Tensions 
  • Interdisciplinary Research 
  • Public Policy and Ecology 
  • Entrepreneurship and Development 
  • Gender and Development 
  • Integrated Rural Urban Development 
  • Environment and Development 
  • Social and Economic Research 
  • Research Regimes 
  • Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Colloquium 10:

Social determinant of African Immigrant health

Themes:

  • Depression
  • Mental Health
  • Stress an Burnouts Management
  • Infection Diseases
  • Domestic Abuse/Violence
  • Disputes and conflicts
  • Divorce
  • Income inequality
  • Stigma
  • Infidelity
  • Educational Inequality
  • Economic Inequality
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Stalking
  • Rights on American with Disability Act
  • Immigration
  • Religion, culture and Health
  • Diabetes, stroke, and other Vascular related diseases such as High and Low Blood pressure

Round tables, independent panels and association meetings

Themes:

a . Open for any panels or round tables 
b . Any relevant topic

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Phone: (763) 205 - 1374,
Fax: (763) 535 - 7558,

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