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Marco Tavanti
Leadership scholar, NGO consultant, international sustainable development expert
Leadership scholar, NGO consultant, international sustainable development expert
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Indicators and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The MNA program is getting ready to launch a Certificate on Sustainable Development and Sustainability Reporting for Summer 2017. This is a very important news as there si a strong need to create capacity to measure sustainability practices of organizations and align them to the national sustainable development goals (SDGs) reporting. The United Nations Global Compact has been instrumental to create these capacities though initiatives like the http://sdgcompass.org

Also, the MNA program is geared to help our nonprofit leaders students to become familiar with logic models and the development and tracking of indicators for the measurements of nonprofit impact and sustainable impact.

Recently, the United Nations Statistical Commission today agreed on a set of global indicators that will measure success towards the new sustainable development agenda, which will lead anti-poverty efforts through 2030. On the last day of its 47th session, the Commission approved a draft global indicator framework intended for a global follow-up and review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“Completing the indicator framework is of course not the end of the story – on the contrary, it is the beginning,” said Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Wu Hongbo, in remarks delivered by Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development Lenni Montiel.

According to a news release, the set of 230 global indicators proposed by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG indicators (IAEG-SDGs) is “a robust framework intended for follow-up and review of progress at the global level towards achieving the 17 SDGs.”

The framework is not meant to track success at regional and national levels, which will depend on the realities on the ground for each country. National and thematic reviews of the 2030 Agenda’s implementation will be reviewed by the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development starting in July.

“The SDG indicators will require an unprecedented amount of data to be produced and analysed – and it is evident that this will pose a significant challenge for national statistical systems, in developing as well as developed countries,” underscored Mr. Wu.

The initial global indicator framework will next be submitted to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the General Assembly for adoption.

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Dear MNA community friends: Here is an opportunity to learn more on innovative technologies for nonprofit and for nominating an impactful nonprofit for this award. Check it out. 

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Today is the International Migrant Day. We still have a way to go to promote social inclusion and global citizenship based on human security... Let's reflect for a moment on the humanity journey through global migration and on the human rights implications and international obligations in forced migrations. 

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THE MNA PROGRAM ON REFUGEES

Join us for the preparatory meeting for the Academic Global Immersion Program (AGI-Rome) on refugee crisis.

Welcome to these conversations on the current refugee crisis and the role of NGOs in Europe. We are privileged to have here today Dr, Emanuele Vedramini, professor at Catholic University of Piacenza and at Bocconi University Milan. An award winner and recognized international expert on the study of public and nonprofit administration, Dr. Vedramini will help us to understand the complexity of EU civil society and the policies and debates in Europe for the current refugee crisis.
 
This evening is part of a preparatory session for the Academic Global Immersion Program in Rome that for the second year, has been collaborating with Jesuit Refugee Service, Italian nonprofits, international NGOs and Intergovernmental organizations to experience, understand and act in response to humanitarian emergencies and human rights linked to refugee services, forced migration and anti-human trafficking.
 
The graduate students in the Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA) and the Master of Public Administration (MPA) that participated in the 2015 AGI-Rome program got really motivated in their career and global engagement. Some redirected their careers toward the fight against modern slavery, others oriented their career goals toward international NGO development works; others prepared a conference USF4freedom engaging JRS-USA, NFS and other Bay area nonprofits and NGOs in the value of accompaniment for forced migration services and advocacy. Some of them also published their studies in anti-human trafficking.
 
There are 59M of forcibly displaced people worldwide according to the UN refugee agency. More than 19M are classified as refugee including the unresolved 5M of Palestinian refugees.
This category of forced migrants includes internationally designated refugees but also IDPs, Asylum seekers, and Stateless people.
The phenomenon on migration for other push factors like climate change, extreme poverty, or lack of human services are not considered under the international refugee law making the boundaries of perilous journeys for seeking asylum, migrant smuggling and human trafficking more and more blurred.
Developing (poor countries) host almost 90% of the all refugee movements.
More than 13 M were newly forcedly displaced including the Syrian refugees who are not the largest refugee population with more than 4M and more than half of them minors. Just to put in proportions, the current Syrian crisis affects 12 M people who are escaping violence, collapsed infrastructures and seeking safety for their children. This is more than the people affected by Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti Earthquake, and the Indian Ocean Tzunami combined. 
 
The Mediterranean migration and refugee crisis which started a few years ago and inspired the development of the AGI-Rome program has conservative estimation of 170,000 people who reached the Italy, Spain and Greece. This year more than 1,700 have died in the journey, but estimations are much higher. This is a global crisis that requires our compassionate and competent attention.
 
As our politicians and political candidates continue to make simplistic solutions, often totally ignorant of international humanitarian law and the current stringent 9 steps refugee resettlement procedure in the USA, we need to think about our collective, civil society, human rights, and human security centered approaches.
 
We at University of San Francisco take seriously our global responsibility and respond by promoting informed decision making, world engagement and global citizens.
We change the world from here and there. 
We reiterate the importance cross-sector and social value centered solutions that our governments, nonprofits, NGOs, and businesses need to embrace through a civil society centered and human dignity centered approach. 
 
Please join me to welcome Dr. Emanuele Vendramini who will help us to understand these complexities, the challenges, the responsibilities and the opportunities emerging with the current refugee crisis.  

https://www.usfca.edu/event/2015-12-01/mna-speaker-series-the-ngo-sector-italy-and-europe

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International Journal of Sustainable Human Security - Social Issue on Anti-Human Trafficking (December 2015).

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Academic Global Immersion in Rome 2015
Students from the Master of Nonprofit and Public Administration program at the University of San Francisco (USF) traveled to Rome over the winter break as part of the inaugural Academic Global Immersion (AGI) program in January 2015. The week-long course, I...

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NONPROFIT CONNECTIONS CALENDAR

The recently created Nonprofit Student Council (NSC) has prepared the first event on this MNA speaker series.

This initiative of the Master of Nonprofit Administration Program (MNA) is in collaboration with the NSC and the Advisory Board of the program (AB-MNA).

Join us and mark your calendar for the planned additional events for the 2015-2016 academic year:

2015-2016 Calendar
 
September 22, 2015: Fundraising Trends – Dr. Robert Glavin (6:00 pm)
October 27, 2015: Conscious Leadership – Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Davis (6:00 pm)
November 21, 2015: Nonprofit Research – MNA Student Projects (Posters Presentations) 3:00 pm
 
February 16, 2016: Nonprofit Impact - TBA
March 22, 2016: Fourth Sector - TBA
April 18, 2016: Nonprofit Career – TBA
 
Events open and free to the USF community and nonprofits friends
USF Downtown Campus - 101 Howard St. San Francisco, CA 94105
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CROWDSOURCING REGULATIONS

Something that is overdue and that nonprofit and social enterprise need to pay attention to: regulation for citizen's protection. Something else is the regulatory elements for crowdsourcing at the international level. Read more here. 
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