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Study finds microfinance can help, even if goals aren’t met | Around the O

Erin Beck

Editor’s Note: Erin Beck is a member of the CLLAS Executive Board.

Source: Study finds microfinance can help, even if goals aren’t met | Around the O

August 7, 2017—UO political scientist Erin Beck thinks development organizations aren’t asking the right questions if they want to truly understand what the money they spend trying to help lift poor people out of poverty around the globe is actually doing.

Her new book, How Development Projects Persist, outlines her takeaways from researching nongovernmental microfinance organizations for poor rural women in Guatemala and challenges standard ways of measuring the success of development projects. She argues that organizations rely too much on numbers and often overlook critical human interactions, which are not as easily measured but are central to understanding how development projects function and persist.

“We can’t just think about what the projects are doing for people but should also examine what people do for projects,” Beck said. “We need to look at how policies get transformed on the ground.” › Continue reading

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Two CLLAS affiliated faculty members receive Fund for Faculty Excellence Awards

Gerardo Sandoval

June 9, 2017—CLLAS executive board member Gerardo Sandoval (PPPM) and affiliated faculty member Jessica Vasquez-Tokos (sociology) are among 16 recipients of UO’s 2017-18 Fund for Faculty Excellence Awards, announced June 9 by Provost Scott Coltrane.

From Around the O: “Established in 2006 with the generous support of Lorry Lokey, the Fund for Faculty Excellence Awards aims to increase the academic quality and reputation of the University of Oregon by highlighting and supporting world-class research and teaching.

Jessica Vasquez-Tokos

“‘Since its inception the award has been bestowed on 137 outstanding faculty members,’ Coltrane said. “These faculty members are recognized for their enduring commitment and contribution to our shared institutional spirit of learning, intellectual inquiry and service.’  

“Candidates are nominated by deans, with input from faculty and unit heads, and nominations are reviewed by the Fund for Faculty Excellence Awards review committee before a final determination is made by the provost. The award provides faculty members with a $20,000 salary supplement or $30,000 for research support.” 

For a full list of recipients: http://around.uoregon.edu/content/provost-announces-recipients-faculty-excellence-awards

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Oregon governor appoints PPPM professor to Oregon Housing Stability Council

The UO School of Architecture and Allied Arts features an article about CLLAS executive board member Gerardo Sandoval in the June 13, 2017, issue.

Source: Oregon governor appoints PPPM professor to Oregon Housing Stability Council | School of Architecture and Allied Arts

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Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 Advisory Board No Comments

UO Today: Prof. Christopher Chávez talks about research on Latinos and media

June 2, 2017—An interview on UO Today with CLLAS executive board member Christopher Chávez.

UO Today: Professor talks about research on Latinos and media | Around the O

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Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 Advisory Board, Research, Uncategorized No Comments

Kristin Yarris receives one of UO’s highest teaching honors

Source: Eleven faculty members receive UO’s highest teaching honors | Around the O

Kristin Yarris with UO Provost and Senior Vice President Scott Coltrane

May 23, 2017—CLLAS executive board member Kristin Yarris, assistant professor, Department of International Studies, College of Arts and Sciences received the University of Oregon’s Ersted Award for Specialized Pedagogy, in recognition of achievement and expertise in the area of global health.

Prof. Yarris’s “research agenda is centered around the social determinants of health and wellbeing and the cultural shaping of illness and distress in different global locations.”

More on Yarris at: https://intldept.uoregon.edu/profile/keyarris/

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Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 Advisory Board, Awards No Comments

Erin Beck’s book now out

How Development Projects Persist: Everyday Negotiations with Guatemalan NGOs
by Erin Beck. Duke University Press (May 2017)

Erin Beck is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Oregon and a member of the CLLAS Executive Board.

Publisher’s Synopsis

“In How Development Projects Persist Erin Beck examines microfinance NGOs working in Guatemala and problematizes the accepted wisdom of how NGOs function. Drawing on twenty months of ethnographic fieldwork, she shows how development models and plans become entangled in the relationships among local actors in ways that alter what they are, how they are valued, and the conditions of their persistence. › Continue reading

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Monday, May 1st, 2017 Advisory Board, Books, Research No Comments


2017 Latino Roots Celebration


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