March 2024 IVLP Visitors

This March, we host seven in-person delegations as part of Citizen Diplomacy Programs at WorldBoston. Check below to see where the visitors are from and what the objectives are of their visit.

Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists – Media Responsibility in an Age of Disinformation for the Indo-Pacific

An Inter-Regional Project

  • Introduce and provide broad exposure to the serious impact of the current threat posed by
    disinformation and deceptive news
  • Explore ways to verify reliable sources of information and counter misinformation
  • Discuss how social media and new technologies can be utilized to amplify messages,
    disseminate information and connect with a target audience
  • Consider ways to foster a discerning audience of media consumers
  • Focus on approaches to build trust between the media, government and citizens

American Language and Multicultural Diversity

A Multi-Regional Project

  • Enhance the participants’ understanding of American culture and history as context for English-language education
  • Showcase the regional and ethnic variations and the distributions within the United States of English-language dialects
  • Discuss shared challenges for English language teachers
  • Observe language teachers and students in K-12 classroom settings and exchange views with teachers on pedagogical methodology
  • Discuss issues with educational policy makers at the national, state, and local levels

Entrepreneurship as the Engine of Prosperity and Stability – Small Business Development

A Regional Project for Africa

  • Observe the effectiveness of the business sector in creating jobs and alleviating poverty
  • Examine the legal and regulatory systems that allow entrepreneurs to flourish, and
    identify policies that may discourage such enterprises
  • Discuss societal barriers facing entrepreneurs, especially women and other disadvantaged
    groups, and best practices in overcoming these restrictions
  • Explore various business models, support mechanisms, and innovations such as
    micro-lending, multi-level marketing and the use of the internet, among others

Promoting Transparency and Accountability in Government Institutions

A Project for Albania

  • Explore internal government systems to promote transparency and accountability, with the
    goal of preventing corruption before it occurs
  • Examine mechanisms for monitoring and enforcing ethical guidelines and rules established
    to safeguard public integrity
  • Observe digital solutions and online platforms designed by governmental agencies to
    increase transparency of government services
  • Discuss the role of, and protections granted to, whistleblowers and other private citizens
    who shine light on corrupt actions of government officials

Empowering Women Leaders in STEM

A Project for Bhutan

  • Engage with experts at all levels of government, in academia, and within the private sector
    on best practices for attracting, developing, retaining, and empowering women in STEM
  • Discuss how technological innovations and women’s contributions can be deployed to
    support the growth of industries, improve government services, and facilitate
    international trade
  • Gain exposure to advanced skills for human resources development and leadership
    training to foster equitable and diverse working environments, especially in scientific and
    technological fields

Higher Education in the U.S.

A Project for Moldova

  • To get an introduction to higher education at U.S. public and private institutions, including
    contemporary challenges and developing trends
  • To explore the needs and responsibilities of higher education and its changing
    relationships with other elements of U.S. society
  • To observe the administration of higher education institutions, including financing, public
    responsibility, and transparency of decision-making processes
  • To visit university associations and networks and obtain a better understanding of
    mechanisms for establishing and maintaining inter-university contacts worldwide
  • To discuss topics of common concern such as identifying and promoting the values of
    academic integrity among students, faculty, teachers, and administrators
  • To learn about technology, information and best practices addressing academic integrity

Sustainability and Economic Development in the Blue Economy

A Sub-Regional Project for the Cook Islands, the Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Vanuatu

  • Exchange best practices to protect the economic, security, and environmental benefits of
    the ocean through sound science, technology, and management
  • Explore tools to conserve biodiversity and safeguard the health of ocean ecosystems

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