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July/August 2018

New Research Project on ‘Sandwich Strategies’ for Reform

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded $500,000 to Professors Jonathan Fox (ARC Director) and Rachel Sullivan Robinson, both of American University’s School of International Service, for a multi-year project entitled “Sandwich Strategies: Comparative Analysis of Institutional Change in the Global South.” The Accountability Research Center (ARC) will partner with Nigeria’s Center for Democracy and Development on this project, which will document and analyze where sandwich strategies have been attempted in practice, and how they contribute to institutional change in Nigeria and elsewhere in the Global South. For more on this new project, please follow ARC’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

Photo courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Gathering of Indigenous and Afro-Colombian Peoples and Communities for Evaluating the Implementation of the Peace Accords and Building Alliances

From July 31 to August 2, a workshop was convened in Bogota, Colombia by the Comisión Étnica para la Paz y la Defensa de los Derechos Territoriales (Ethnic Commission for Peace and the Defense of Territorial Rights) made up of delegates of the Organización Nacional Indígena de Colombia-ONIC (the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia), Gobierno Mayor (traditional indigenous authorities of Colombia), and Consejo Nacional de Paz Afrocolombiana-CONPA (the National Afro-Colombian Peace Council) to address the goals and priorities of indigenous and Afro-Colombian citizens in the Colombian peace process. The workshop, supported by ARC, Rights and Resources Institute and attended by ARC Director Jonathan Fox and ARC Researcher Mariana Cepeda, brought together high-level government officials, international organizations, and community activists. The workshop enabled partners to: 1) to take stock of progress on implementation of the Ethnic Chapter of the peace agreement, both internally and in an accountability session with government authorities; 2) to reach agreement on guidelines for a joint strategic path forward; and 3) to strengthen alliances with national and international organizations for evaluating the implementation of the Ethnic Chapter.
Encuentro étnico para la evaluación de la implementación de los acuerdos de paz y construcción de alianzas
Workshop in Bogota, Colombia July 31 to August 2, 2018.

Indigenous Interpreter Capacity Building & Linguistic Justice Training

The Accountability Research Center, along with Frente Indígena de Organizaciones Binacionales (FIOB), the International Mayan League, and Comunidades Indigenas en Liderazgo/Indigenous Community Leadership (CIELO) (Los Angeles) hosted indigenous interpreters and indigenous rights advocates in Washington, DC from August 10-12, 2018.  The three day training brought together over 20 Maya, Mixteco, Zapoteco and Nahua peoples from across the U.S. to improve interpretation and advocacy skills and to address the pressing language access challenges facing indigenous people from Central America and Mexico who are currently detained in the U.S. due to the family separation policy.  This exchange is informing ARC reflections about the broader issue of how the field of transparency, participation and accountability addresses language rights issues.

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With Regards,
Jonathan Fox
Director, Accountability Research Center
Professor, American University School of International Service
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