Erin Beck

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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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

“Achieving Justice: Gendered Violence, Displacement, and Legal Access in Guatemala and Oregon,” a roundtable

April 13, 2017
2:00 pmto4:30 pm

 

 

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
Ford Lecture Hall
1430 Johnson Lane
Eugene, OR  97403
UO campus
PDF: printable flyer

Organized by the Center for the Study of Women in Society’s Américas Research Interest Group, this roundtable will explore how gendered violence in Guatemala leads indigenous women to flee the country as refugees to seek asylum in the United States. By putting experts on gendered violence in Central America into conversation with Oregon-based asylum attorneys, the roundtable will explore the legal reforms with greatest potential to provide effective justice for its survivors. The roundtable will address many critical questions such as: in countries with multiple forms of violence and weak rule of law, what resources are available to displaced women seeking justice and security? What obstacles to gendered justice in Guatemala push women to leave the country? Once in the U.S., what factors prevent women from seeking protection through asylum, and what resources help them create new systems of support and autonomy?

Speakers:

  • Erin Beck, UO Department of Political Science
  • Gabriela Martínez, UO School of Journalism and Communication
  • Lynn Stephen, UO Department of Anthropology
  • Vannia Glasinovic, U.S. Asylum Attorney
  • Christopher Anders, U.S. Asylum Attorney
  • Anna Ciesielski, U.S. Asylum Attorney

Sponsored by the UO Center for the Study of Women in Society’s Américas Research Interest Group, the Wayne Morse Center for Law & Politics, and the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies.

Note: This is a pre-conference event connected to the LALISA Conference: http://las.uoregon.edu/2016/12/12/2nd-lalisa-conference-april-13-15/

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“Gender Justice in Guatemala: Advances and Challenges,” a talk by Erin Beck and Lynn Stephen

January 19, 2017
3:30 pmto5:00 pm

guatema_vendorErb Memorial Union (EMU)
Room 119
UO campus

UO professors Erin Beck and Lynn Stephen will discuss their research in a CLLAS Faculty Collaborative Research talk titled “Gender Justice in Guatemala: Advances and Challenges.” The talk will take place in Room 119 in the Erb Memorial Union on January 19, 2017, at 3:30 p.m.

Presentation Focus
“In Guatemala, a woman is killed every twelve hours and her killer is likely to go unpunished. Feminicide—the killing of women based on their gender in the face of a negligent or complicit state—is the extremity of gendered violence, which includes sexual assault, gender-specific forms of torture, and economic and psychological violence towards women. Our project explores the accomplishments and challenges of Guatemala’s new feminicide law and specialized gender violence courts. We use in-depth ethnographic and qualitative analysis of the participants: judges, social workers, advocates in women’s organizations, those who train judges and advocates about gendered violence and its prevention, and survivors of gendered violence. This presentation will focus on the history of the feminicide courts and use the case study of indigenous Mam women from Todos Santos Cuchamatan, Huehuetenango to explore what the obstacles to women’s access to gendered justice are: including monolingualism, isolation and poverty, regional cultures of competing generational masculinities, and local justice systems that encourage women to reconcile with aggressors.”

Erin Beck is an assistant professor in the UO Department of Political Science. CLLAS founding director Lynn Stephen is a Distinguished Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, in the UO Department of Anthropology.

Their CLLAS-funded research is the first phase of a long-term collaborative project.

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Combining Activism and Research: Synergies and Obstacles

May 10, 2016
3:00 pmto5:30 pm

AmericasRIG_large_poster_final2Browsing Room
Knight Library
1501 Kincaid St.
UO campus

Panel: Combining Activism and Research: Synergies and Obstacles

Presentations by:

  • Daniel HoSang, UO Department of Political Science
  • Lynn Stephen, UO Department of Anthropology
  • Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj

Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj is a journalist, social anthropologist, and international spokeswoman who has been at the forefront in struggles for respect for indigenous cultures. She was Executive Director of the Mecanismo de Apoyo a Pueblos Indígenas Oxlajuj Tzikin (Support Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples) (2005-2013). Dr. Velásquez Nimatuj is the first Maya-K’iche’ woman to earn the doctorate in Social Anthropology and she initiated the court case that made racial discrimination illegal in Guatemala.

Irma Velasquez

She has won numerous academic fellowships and awards for her journalism, She was a member of the Latin American Consulting Group of Indigenous Leaders for UNICEF and participates in the UN through the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. She also served as advisor on indigenous issues for the Latin American and Caribbean office of UN Women (2014-2015). She is the author of Pueblos Indígenas, Estado y Lucha por Tierra en Guatemala (AVANCSO 2008) and La pequeña burguesía indígena comercial de Guatemala Desigualdades de clase, raza y género (AVANCSO-SERJUS 2002). She writes a weekly newspaper column in elPeriódico de Guatemala and through both her political and academic efforts seeks to create viable and realistic ways to create equality for indigenous people and a truly democratic and participatory democracy in Guatemala.

Sponsored by CSWS’s Americas Research Interest Group (Americas RIG), CLLAS, Department of Political Science, and the College of Arts and Sciences Program Grant.

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Discussing Genocide and Human Rights in the Classroom: Challenges & Opportunities

June 5, 2015
3:30 pmto5:00 pm

Human-Rights-Curriculum_final140 Allen Hall
UO campus

PDFs now available for these presentations at http://cllas.uoregon.edu/?p=5692

Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) presents:

Teaching Human Rights in the Context of the Museum

  • Stephanie Wood, PhD, Director, Wired Humanities Projects, University of Oregon
  • June Irene Black, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art / Assistant Curator for the Arts of the Americas and Europe, University of Oregon

The Thirst for Rights: The Struggle for Water in Latin America and Africa

  • Erin Beck, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Oregon
  • Yvonne Braun, Associate Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies and International Studies

“Gustavo Germano: Ausencias” Exhibit is available to view at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art through August 2015. For more information, visit:   http://jsma.uoregon.edu/exhibits/

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