New Tactics Blog
Data 4 Change is a workshop where human rights organisations and journalists are paired up with researchers, designers, and developers to create data visualisations that can help change the world. The need for the workshop was first realized when organizers learned that human rights organisations in the MENA region collect primary data, and had a strong desire to visualise their research, but lacked the skills and access to professionals to do so.
Neighbors are important. I learned that growing up on a farm in rural North Dakota near the border with Manitoba. And I learned that while living in the tiny landlocked country of Armenia. These experiences, among others, have piqued my interest in what it means to be a good neighbor. As a result, I’ve become increasingly interested in Mexico, our neighbor to the south, and with whom the U.S. has a complicated, interdependent, and ever-evolving relationship.
Amnesty International UK (AIUK) is seeking to engage a consultant to undertake the development of organisational best practice guidance and principles to ensure the organisation is meeting the highest standards in safeguarding the security of the individuals they campaign with and for.
Background to the project
The answer is “no” if that person is Kailash Satyarthi. His exuberant child within shines forth as strongly today as when I first had the honor of meeting Kailash-ji in 2003 in New Delhi along with his team in Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement).
Marie Soueid is CVT policy counsel.
Last month, I had the opportunity to participate in an online conversation from CVT’s New Tactics in Human Rights program, with the title “Protecting Survivors and Witnesses.” This conversation was led by individuals from a number of universities and medical and human rights law organizations, and raised particular questions on the role of states and civil society, effectiveness of protection mechanisms and risk management.
Halfway through March, I joined a team of five graduate students from the Carlson School to partner with the New Tactics program at Center for Victims of Torture. Our goal was to explore ways that the New Tactics program could become more accessible, and also find ways to support the ongoing development of the program. While it might seem unusual to think of five MBA students working on a project supporting a nonprofit, each of us felt drawn to the program. Many of us had worked abroad prior to returning to graduate school and all of us were impressed with the work New Tactics does training advocates of human rights globally.