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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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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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CLLAS Grantee Presentation: John Bedan, “Guatemala and the U.S. in the 1960s”

May 18, 2017
12:00 pmto1:30 pm

Gerlinger 246
UO campus

Graduate Grantee Presentation: John Bedan

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced that the Alliance for Progress would bring prosperity and democracy to Latin America. When the program ended seven years later, Guatemala had become a military-state designed to crush dissidents and communists. This study of US-Guatemalan relations during the 1960s traces the transformation of the Guatemalan state into a war-machine that would go on to commit numerous atrocities, culminating in genocide, over the course of the Cold War. 

John Bedan is a graduate student in the UO Department of History. 

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Sunday, January 1st, 2017 Events, Funding, Research No Comments

Freedom Fighter | Stricken by refugees’ plight, anthropologist gets involved

Lynn Stephen, professor of anthropology and codirector of CLLAS, combines her research and the refugees’ stories into a powerful petition for political asylum. Read about her work as an expert witness for more than two-dozen refugees from Mexico and Guatemala in: Freedom Fighter | Cascade: University of Oregon College of Arts and Sciences.

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Documentary Screening: Keep Your Eyes on Guatemala, produced and directed by Gabriela Martínez Escobar

May 18, 2016
6:00 pmto7:30 pm

DVD_Guatemala_WEBStraub 156
2451 Onyx
UO campus

Documentary Screening: Keep Your Eyes on Guatemala, produced and directed by Gabriela Martínez Escobar

Keep Your Eyes on Guatemala tells the story of Guatemala’s National Police Historical Archive intertwined with narratives of past human rights abuses and the dramatic effects they had on specific individuals and the nation as a whole. In addition, it highlights present-day efforts to preserve collective memories and bring justice and reconciliation to the country. TRT 54 min.

Co-sponsored by Latin American Studies, International Studies, Political Science, Sociology, History, Global Justice Program, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Crossings Institute.

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