Past International Visitor Leadership Program Projects

Every year, Global Ties Arizona hosts dozens of IVLP Projects and hundreds of International Visitors.  Contact us to learn how to engage with the visitors.  

Higher Education Administration & Management - A Project for Afghanistan - February 1-5, 2018

This project explored the following themes:

  • Leading Afghan academicians and managers from the higher education sector will examine the latest approaches in university administration, faculty training, curriculum development and other best practices in academia, and help them expand their professional networks.
  • The overall goal is to promote a more flexible and open philosophy toward academia, one that will allow the adoption of some of these best practices, and thereby improve the quality of higher education across Afghanistan.  
  • By encouraging young Afghans to conduct better research, to think critically, and to become more tolerant of different views, upcoming student cohorts will be better equipped to become effective and visionary leaders across Afghan society.
US Foreign Policy: Global Challenges - Multiple Countries - February 22-28, 2018

This project explored the following themes:

  • Discuss foreign policy issues of concern to Europe and the U.S., including counterterrorism and security, transatlantic relations, the changing roles of international organizations such as NATO and the United Nations, trans-boundary environmental policy issues, and global trade trends which frame positions in U.S. foreign policy; and
  • Expose participants to the various players in U.S. foreign policy formulation and to a range of policy views in the public and private sectors.
Global Economic Cooperation - Multiple Countries - March 8-12, 2018

This project explored the following themes:

  •  Examine international economic cooperation in the context of the growth and integration of emerging markets into the global economy;

  •  Examine links between U.S. and foreign financial systems and commodity markets;

  • Review U.S. efforts to strengthen its economy and the international economic system, including stimulating growth and employment; reforming financial institutions; initiatives to assist the recovery of the financial sector domestically and internationally; and

  • Explore how the global economy affects local businesses and communities and how local communities react to global economic ups and down.

Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists : New & Traditional Broadcast Media - Multiple Countries - March 13-17, 2018

This project explored the following themes:

  • Examine the rights and responsibilities of a free press in a democracy;

  • Observe operational practices, standards, and institutions of the media in the United States;

  • Gain insight into the social, economic, and political structures of the United States; and

  • Participate in meetings that highlight current trends and challenges in the media profession, foreign affairs reporting, political affairs coverage, and new media technologies.

Power Sector Modernization - A Project for Iraq - March 17-22, 2018

This project explored the following themes:

  • Participants will gain a broad understanding of energy public/private partnerships in the U.S;
  • Participants will understand basic economics of energy production, distribution and consumption in a government-controlled and regulated market;
  • Participants will become knowledgeable about the use and management of electricity subsidies for the needy;
  • Participants will learn about regulation and reforms in the US electrical sector;
  • Participants will understand the economic and environmental impact of various types of fuels, including renewables.
International Women of Courage - L’Malouma Said of Mauritania - March 24 - March 28, 2018

Mrs. Said is one of ten 2018 recipients of the U.S. Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award, bestowed in Washington DC on March 23, 2018 by Acting Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Heather Nauert and First Lady, Melania Trump.

The IWOC Award annually recognizes women from around the world who have demonstrated exceptional courage, strength and leadership in acting to improve others’ lives. The awardees visit U.S. universities, businesses and non-profit organizations to share strategies and ideas to empower women around the globe. This year marks the twelfth anniversary of the IWOC Award, for which over 120 women have been recognized from more than 65 countries.

L’Malouma Said was born into slavery in 1972 in the far south-eastern town of Boutilmitt in Mauritania. When she was seventeen years old, she was a leading activist at her school for the emancipation of Haratines. Before becoming one of only four Haratine women elected as deputy (Member of Parliament) to the Mauritanian National Assembly in 2006 and again in 2013, she was the president of a cooperative of women traders. She was also officer in charge of women within the El Hor movement (Movement for the liberation of Haratines in Mauritania) as well as a founding member of the Mauritanian anti-slavery organization S.O.S. Esclaves, currently led by her husband Boubacar Messaoud.

Said is well known for speaking out on human rights issues and her powerful national and international advocacy for the improvement of prisons in Mauritania. She believes Mauritania’s prisoners suffer from a lack of social and educational opportunities, as well as poor safety and health conditions, leading to escape attempts and the spread of diseases among the prison population. Said has a long history of defending human rights and equality, as well as the fight against all forms of discrimination in Mauritania. She is a vocal leader on these issues within the Mauritanian Parliament. She has proven herself to be a courageous woman with a history of commitment, determination, and perseverance in defending human rights issues during her two terms in the parliament.

    Food Safety - A Project for China - March 28-31, 2018

    This project explored the following themes:

    • Examine U.S. policies and programs related to agricultural trade, food safety and sustainable agriculture;
    • Analyze the political, social, environmental, and economic forces that influence U.S. agricultural trade policies;
    • Explore how U.S. food commodities are regulated and marketed, from farm‑ to‑ table and for international export; and
    • Assess how federal, regional and local programs for agricultural research, inspection, trade promotion and resource conservation help ensure U.S. agricultural competitiveness in the global marketplace.
    Advancing Gender, Ethnic & Cultural Minority Rights - A Project for France - April 18-22, 2018

    This project explored the following themes:

    • Introduce a variety of institutions devoted to the empowerment of ethnic, racial, religious, and sexual minorities, and protection of the rights of women;
    • Examine political, legislative, and judicial perspectives on supporting and advancing minority rights;
    • Explore cultural and educational programs/activities that promote diversity;
    • Study how the media address the concept of diversity, and how the media handles diversity within the industry itself;
    • Review the constitutional basis for the separation of church and state, and the separation of powers, and how these principles are applied in contemporary American society; and
    • Examine how American religious groups function in the context of a democratic society, and illustrate U.S. approaches to interfaith dialogue.
    Strengthening Local Government Financial Management - A Project for Iraq - April 18-24, 2018

    This project explored the following themes:

    • Examine the decentralized and self-regulating nature of U.S. federalism and how it promotes transparency in government;
    • Enhance insight into best practices and approaches to responsible and efficient management of public funds and budgets at the municipal level;
    • Analyze public sector efforts to encourage ethical leadership, transparency and accountability;
    • Explore the role of civil society in fostering good governance and accountability in government;
    • Examine the benefits of decentralized planning and management of budgets and expenditures.
    Sustainable Development: Tourism & Economics - Multiple Countries - May 24-29, 2018
    Sports Strategy & Event Management - A Project for Turkmenistan - May 30-June 3, 2018

    This project explored the following themes:

    • To examine models to enhance the role of sports at the elementary, secondary and university levels of education in Turkmenistan;
    • To observe models of inclusion for students with disabilities at all levels;
    • To learn about sports event management, particularly international and large scale sporting events;
    • To examine specifically preparations for the summer Olympic Games of 2028;
    • To examine the infrastructure requirements for support of a successful and lucrative sports sector; and
    • To learn about the marketing and economic side of the sports industry.
    Community Relations & The Fight Against Terrorism in the US - A Project for the Lake Chad Basin - June 5-9, 2018

    This project explored the following themes:

    • Build a cadre of security sector leaders in all three countries that understand the importance of increasing citizen confidence in the legitimacy and effectiveness of justice and security institutions;
    • Enhance the security leaders’ knowledge of methods that can be used to build relationships between community leaders, security providers and government institutions;
    • Support the peaceful resolution of conflict, encourage stability and help mitigate violent extremism, militancy and other forms of instability from manifesting itself in the region.
    Media Sustainability & Innovation: Television Broadcasting - A Project for Zimbabwe - June 20-23, 2018

    This project explored the following themes:

      • Assess methods for commissioning quality content, developing vibrant programming, and fulfilling a public service role; and
      • Examine U.S. systems and innovations relevant to commercial broadcasting including best practices for efficient and effective television network management;
      • Explore the roles and responsibilities of key personnel in addressing challenges related to coverage of elections, and other critical debates in the governance of the country;

      • Review latest technical broadcasting trends. 
    Access to Higher Education for Underserved Communities - A Project for Colombia - June 28-July 3, 2018

    This project explored the following themes:

    • Investigate federal initiatives that have made higher education more available to a wide-range of Americans; and
    • Explore strategies to promote public-private partnerships which advance higher education for traditionally underserved communities;

    • Identify ways to make higher education more accessible to traditionally underserved and vulnerable populations;

    • Demonstrate U.S. higher education programs that seek to assist the adaptation of non-traditional students into a university or college community.

    Literacy & The Use of Technologies in Education - A Project for Malta - July 1-4, 2018

    Professor Mifsud is Director of the Ministry of Education’s National Literacy Agency.  The work of this agency is a new initiative that focuses on developing and improving literacy skills among school-children and demonstrating to their parents the benefits of reading to children.  Language assistants visit classrooms and conduct read-aloud sessions with children and their families. Maltese schools are becoming increasingly multi-ethnic and English-language skills, but are struggling to maintain standards that serve the needs of its students.  Professor Mifsud is hoping to learn about innovative digital literacy techniques that will enhance and further boost programs in Malta that integrate students from various socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, engage students in multimedia reading experiences, and involve parents and teachers in collaborative reading projects.

    This project explored the following themes:

    • Examine U.S. programs and their tools that promote innovative digital literacy projects in schools;
    • Meet with professors, scholars in learning and digital access, and researchers in the advance of literacy skills for children in order to promote more innovative applications of developments in the fields of literacy and digital technologies, that will promote literacy;.
    • Understand the use and effects of digital technologies and how they relate and render effective policies and strategies within the private and public sector.
    • Examine the role of media education as part of media broadcasting and how digital technologies can have a larger impact in this regard


    Infrastructure Development in the Indo-Pacific - Multiple Countries - September 11-17, 2018

    This project explored the following themes:

    • Review U.S. infrastructure development successes, techniques, and technologies;
    • Explore partnerships that link capital and financial resources with infrastructure projects and economic growth; and

    • Discuss policy and regulatory infrastructure development issues at the federal, regional, state, and local levels;

    • Examine public-private partnership collaborations between communities, industries, and infrastructure experts.

    Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists - Multiple Countries - September 13-19, 2018

    This project explored the following themes:

    • Review the history and importance of press freedom in the United States;
    • Examine the structure, practices, and future of broadcast journalism in the United States;
    • Illustrate how new technologies shape the way news is gathered, reported, distributed and consumed;
    • Explore the crucial role of responsibility and accuracy in reporting in a democracy, the emergence of disinformation and the efforts of fact‑checking groups;
    • Examine how broadcast media influence and reflect American society;
    • Demonstrate the influence of social media and digital technologies on how citizens use and share information; and
    • Explore the current and potential contributions of broadcasting to the formation of an informed citizenry within a diverse, democratic and decentralized society.
    Museum Management - A Project for Uzbekistan - September 19-23, 2018

    This project explored the following themes:

    • Explore specific programs for children and how museum exhibits are displayed and geared towards children’s learning;
    • Observe the different departments and functions within U.S. museums, including those responsible for exhibitions, cataloguing and inventory, preservation, volunteer management, and social outreach;
    • Explore museum funding mechanisms and financial stability strategies;
    • Discuss the importance of partnerships with educational institutions and the private sector.
    Current Issues in American Politics & Society - A Project for Germany - September 26-29, 2018

    This project explored the following themes:

    • Explore the current political and social debates in the United States at the national, state and local levels;
    • Examine the role and importance of “battleground” states in the 2016 Presidential elections and the upcoming 2018 mid-term election;
    • Learn about the issues that matter most to American voters and how those issues impact voting trends; and
    • Understand how current political and social debates influence national and foreign policy;
    Building Capacity in Teen Mental Health Care and Prevention - A Project for Russia - September 29-October 2, 2018

    This project explored the following themes:

    • Introduce the U.S. experience in implementing teen mental health care and high-risk behavior prevention; the best practices in providing mental health care: and other care for especially vulnerable or marginalized groups, victims of domestic violence, and LGBTQ teens;
    • Explore models of integrated community response to challenges in teen and young people’s mental health care and prevention such as school programs, campus programs, and other programs that build on cooperation between different agencies; and
    • Broaden and strengthen ties between Russian regions and U.S. counterparts, as well as Russian and U.S. educational and healthcare organizations and NGOs working in the area of teen mental health challenges and education among youth.
    Preventing & Combating Domestic Violence - A Project for Algeria - October 2-5, 2018

    This project explored the following themes:

    • Examine various social service agencies in the US involved in the prevention, treatment, and assistance to victims of domestic abuse/violence;
    • Review the treatment programs from intake to reintegration in the community;
    • Demonstrate public/private partnerships and cooperative efforts that aim to improve
    • community welfare and prevent domestic abuse; and
    • Illustrate various types of public advocacy campaign strategies that use both traditional and social media.
    Entrepreneurship and Strategic Innovation - A Regional Project for Europe - October 4-10, 2018

    This project explored the following themes:

    • Examine how U.S. society fosters innovation and creativity in the private sector, specifically how entrepreneurs gain a space in the marketplace;
    • Explore how academic and scientific research is converted to the commercial sector;
    • Examine how entrepreneurs can successfully engage with policy makers at the national, regional, and state levels;
    • Discuss the variety and range of market niches served by successful entrepreneurs and innovators in sectors such as high tech, new media, retail, and consumer services;
    • Enhance understanding of the links between capital, business development services, and market access to enable entrepreneurs to build high‑growth and high‑impact ventures; and
    • Observe young innovators and how they have used entrepreneurship to ease access to information, to empower minorities, and shape public discourse.
    Organization & Project Management Best Practices - A Project for Uzbekistan - October 24-31, 2018

    This project explored the following themes:

    • The project will allow the group to meet with professionals in the field of business and nonprofit management who can share best practices.
    • The project will teach participants the best approaches to managing staff, implementing organizational changes, and analyzing business/operational processes.
    • Additionally, the U.S. experts will share expertise on how to oversee project design within an organizational context, communicate ideas to win funding, organize project plans, and monitor project implementation.
    • While the Uzbek professionals come from different spheres, they all routinely interact with U.S. assistance programs and are responsible for project development and oversight.
    U.S. Elections - A Regional Project for the Near East & North Africa - October 31-November 4, 2018

    This project explored the following themes:

    • Examine the U.S. political and electoral process, political activism, and campaigns, with a focus on the political priorities of the younger generation and the role of young Americans in shaping the future U.S. political landscape;
    • Explore how individuals, community groups, and public and privately funded organizations influence the outcomes of elections;
    • Identify the importance of community service in America and the correlation between a successful campaign and an actively engaged and widespread network of volunteers; and
    • Review political, social, and economic policy formulation processes, leadership strategies and skills, and communications techniques used to run an effective campaign.
    Global Coalition Security Cooperation - Multiple Countries - October 31-November 5, 2018

    This project explored the following themes:

    • Expose participants to the U.S. security and defense policy making process and perspectives on global issues;
    • Examine specific security issues, such as regional conflicts, weapons proliferation, energy security, homeland security, international terrorism, and the use of preventive diplomacy to address these challenges;

    • Study successful intervention and rehabilitation programs designed to reintegrate disenfranchised youth and to prevent radicalization;

    • Examine the activities of border-focused taskforces at the federal, state, and local level;

    • Discuss human rights and civil liberties obligations when fighting terrorism; and,

    • Examine sustainable traditions of multilateral bodies and joint interagency initiatives to combat transnational threats that are dependent upon global networks and relationships.

    U.S. Electoral Process - Multiple Countries - November 3-8, 2018

    This project explored the following themes:

    • Understand the development of democracy and civic education in the western tradition;
    • Learn about party development and cohesion as well as strategic communications;
    • Explore the triggers that cause electoral violence and cause elections to fail;
    • Study the role of police and other security services in mitigating risks to the electoral process, candidates, and ensuring safety during protests;
    • Learn about election center and voting precinct preparation, election monitoring, vote tabulation, and security procedures; and
    • Emphasize how political leaders, civil society, and NGOs can mitigate electoral violence and the rhetoric that causes.
    Policy Formulation: Data Collection/Analysis at the Local Level in the U.S. - A Project for China - November 6-10, 2018

    This project explored the following themes:

    • Gain exposure to best practices in how federal and local governments in U.S. collects and analyzes data;

    • Examine best practices related to the benefits and challenges of data analysis in the U.S. and how accuracy is ensured;

    • Observe the interaction between government, civil society, and the community as ways to boost transparency through data collection and analysis; and

    • Explore civil society’s role in collection and how data is used to encourage the government to meet needs of citizens.

    Youth Empowerment & Promoting Tolerance - A Project for Belgium: Mr. El Hajjaji - November 14-20, 2018

    This project explored the following themes:

    • Introduce the ethnic, religious, linguistic and racial diversity in American culture;

    • Increase understanding of the contributions made and challenges faced by minority groups in the United States;

    • Gain an understanding of U.S. policies on immigration and citizenship, the different players that influence policy formation and implementation, and the public and private sector programs that facilitate the integration of immigrants into American society;

    • Examine programs and campaigns to promote human rights and combat all forms of discrimination (with focus on Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and Afrophobia); 

    • Explore good practices in promoting more diversity in the workplace and preventing discrimination in the recruitment phase;

    • Introduce programs that promote civic responsibility and assist immigrant and minority youth in marginalized communities to work for social, economic, and political empowerment and prevent radicalization.

    Advocacy & Support for Minority Interests - A Project for Kazakhstan - November 18-24, 2018

    This project explored the following themes:

    • Examine how minority groups of all kinds – either based on ethnicity, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, politics, or other criteria – work to bring their concerns to the attention of society;
    • Explore best practices for advocacy, lobbying, media-engagement, social-media, and other strategies and techniques that result in effective social and political change; and
    • Determine how government interacts with, and responds to, the concerns of minority organizations in the U.S. context.
    21st Century Changemakers: New and Traditional Media in the Digital Age - A Project for the Kyrgyz Republic - November 29-December 5, 2018

    This project explored the following themes:

    • Explore online and digital resources for sharing and receiving information, particularly interactive digital media; 
    • Meet with journalists and visit media organizations currently utilizing new media methodology, including blogs, podcasts, RSS distribution, SMS messaging, Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Reddit and You Tube;
    • Interview editors and staff members at small town, regional and alternative city newspapers and media outlets that are adapting to or have already created new media platforms;
    • Learn about journalism training programs at various universities and media resources;
    • Engage university faculty and students focused on new media opportunities and ‘convergence’ in the media to see how aspiring journalists are being trained differently than in the past;
    • Examine commercial models for on-line media that enable these vehicles to operate as viable businesses.
    Water Resource Management - A Project for Morocco - December 1-5, 2018

    This project explored the following themes:

    • Learn about and see first-hand technological advances and best practices in the water sector;
    • Explore solutions for water efficiency/leakage control, water re-use, demand management/consumer awareness, wastewater treatment, and seawater desalination;
    • Gain exposure to U.S. technologies for water development and treatment that U.S. companies could export to Morocco;
    • Meet with and observe state water authorities, water boards, utilities, wastewater treatment plants, and desalination facilities.
    Water Resource Management - A Sub-Regional Project for Northeast Africa - December 14-20, 2018

    This project explored the following themes:

    • Provide an overview of how the U.S. manages freshwater supplies for agriculture, energy production, and domestic and industrial uses; 
    • Explore U.S. efforts to protect the environment, with a focus on the quantity and quality of surface and groundwater supplies for a variety of competing uses locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally;
    • Assess U.S. transboundary water management programs and discuss cooperative strategies to establish regional and global dialogues on shared resource conflicts and concerns;
    • Explore perspectives for sustainability and remediation, and solutions for pollution and contamination of water through agricultural and aquaculture activities; and
    • Examine innovative financial, scientific, and technical strategies for assessing, monitoring, and conserving water resources.

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