Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Development

Datuk Jaafar Bin Abu Bakar came to the University of Wisconsin–Madison halfway through his career as a government servant, starting as a land administrator in with the Malaysia's Federal Land Development Authority and later joining Malaysia's civil service.

Kristen Rasmussen knew securing a job with an international non-governmental organization would be a challenge, even with her Master of International Public Affairs from the La Follette School. So when she moved to Cambodia after graduating in 2003, she focused on freelance consulting jobs to gain experience.

As financial planning director, Ryan Baumtrog helps keep Minnesota's budget on track.

La Follette School professor Isao Kamata one of six University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty members to receive grants from the campus Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy.

After graduating in 1983 from what became the La Follette School of Public Affairs, Kurt Thurmaier spent three years at the Wisconsin state budget office as a budget and management analyst, then headed off to earn a Ph.D. in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

For 1983 alum Leo Kazeri, the question of why he became a Catholic priest is answered through his actions.

What started as a trip to celebrate a 25th wedding anniversary by visiting an old friend in Tanzania has developed into a new partnership for two alumni.

The EDGE Project, started in part by two public affairs students to facilitate community development in Uganda, is featured by the University of Wisconsin–Madison news site this week.

For Farha Tahir, gender analysis is the key to helping impoverished communities, even those she has never visited. "Good international development policy must consider the different roles men and women play in the communities the policy seeks to help," the La Follette School student says.

Eric Postel, founder of Pangaea Partners, an international investment banking and consulting company, will discuss the role of international development from the non-governmental organization perspective and explore how federal policy influences NGO decision-making and vice versa. The gathering emphasizes informal discussion and includes a light breakfast. The roundtable is 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 22, in the La Follette School conference room. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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