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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
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
Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists : New & Traditional Broadcast Media - Multiple Countries - March 13-17, 2018
Power Sector Modernization - A Project for Iraq - March 17-22, 2018
International Women of Courage - L’Malouma Said of Mauritania - March 24 - March 28, 2018
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
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
Community Relations & The Fight Against Terrorism in the US - A Project for the Lake Chad Basin - June 5-9, 2018
Media Sustainability & Innovation: Television Broadcasting - A Project for Zimbabwe - June 20-23, 2018
Access to Higher Education for Underserved Communities - A Project for Colombia - June 28-July 3, 2018
Literacy & The Use of Technologies in Education - A Project for Malta - July 1-4, 2018
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
Museum Management - A Project for Uzbekistan - September 19-23, 2018
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
Entrepreneurship and Strategic Innovation - A Regional Project for Europe - October 4-10, 2018
Organization & Project Management Best Practices - A Project for Uzbekistan - October 24-31, 2018
U.S. Elections - A Regional Project for the Near East & North Africa - October 31-November 4, 2018
Global Coalition Security Cooperation - Multiple Countries - October 31-November 5, 2018
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
Youth Empowerment & Promoting Tolerance - A Project for Belgium: Mr. El Hajjaji - November 14-20, 2018
Advocacy & Support for Minority Interests - A Project for Kazakhstan - November 18-24, 2018
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
Gold Star Alumni / Water Resource Management - A Project for Mr. Biplab Paul - January 16-20, 2019
Transforming Education in the Digital Age - A Project for Armenia - March 9-13, 2019

This project explored the following themes:

  • Explore the tendencies and successes of e‑learning strategies at U.S. education institutions and how technologies are incorporated in the educational process;
  • Observe the teaching methodology where learning environments focus on problem‑centered and inquiry‑based activities, authentic settings and examples; and where teachers are using interactive teaching methods, ICT and acting often as coaches and mentors rather than just information and content experts;
  • Explore the platforms, software and other online tools with developing teams (IT companies) to better understand the process, the best practices that could be used in developing e‑resources in Armenia and the flexibility of adjustments to those resources considering the rapid developments in IT sector;
  • Understand how the State deals with border issues, education and technology for a diverse and changing student population.
Alternative Care - A Project for Kenya - March 16-20, 2019

This project explored the following themes:

  • Discover alternatives care services and foster programs
  • Review best practices to enhance services for children in foster care programs
  • Examine Arizona’s approach to arranging care and placement
  • Understand the effects of nonprofit partnerships in alternative care
Transforming Education in the Digital Age - A Project for Armenia - March 9-13, 2019

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International Adoption - A Project for Kenya - March 16-20, 2019

This project will explore the following themes:

  • Discover alternatives care services and foster programs
  • Review best practices to enhance services for children in foster care programs
  • Examine Arizona’s approach arranging care and placement
  • Understand the effects of nonprofit partnerships in alternative care
Disaster Preparedness - A Project for Bolivia - April 4-6, 2019
Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists: New and Traditional Broadcast Media - Multiple Countries - April 9-13, 2019

This project will explore the following themes:

  • Examine the structure, practices, and future of broadcast journalism in the U.S.
  • Explore the crucial role of responsibility and accuracy in reporting in a democracy
  • Examine how broadcast media influences and reflects American society
  • Demonstrate the influence of social media and digital technologies on how citizens use and share information
Teaching English as a Second Language - A Project for the Maghreb - April 13-18, 2019
Financial Sustainability in Higher Education - A Project for Georgia - April 24-30, 2019
Global Investment Practices in the U.S. - A Project for China - April 27 - May 1, 2019

This project will explore the following themes:

  • Explain the role and structure of ethics in government and business in the United States and illustrate the principles underlying transparency and accountability;
  • Examine similarities and differences in ethical standards between government and the private sector in the United States;
  • Address international efforts to strengthen the integrity of governments and businesses worldwide;
  • Explore the effect of transparency on trade, investments and economic development;
  • Demonstrate the benefits of transparency and sustainable project development;
  • Examine the importance of social responsibility for companies investing abroad;
The Hague Abduction Convention - A Project for India - May 10-15, 2019
Sustainable Cities - A Multi-Country Project - May 16-21, 2019
Renewable Energy - A Project for Turkmenistan - May 16-22, 2019
Access to Justice in Rural Communities - A Project for India - June 7-12, 2019
Protecting Soft Targets from Terrorist Attacks - A Project for Algeria - June 15-19, 2019
The Department of State has outlined the following specific objectives for the project:
  • Introduce strategies used by federal government and local law enforcement agencies and industry experts to prevent terrorist attacks targeting public spaces, transportation hubs, and cultural venues
  • Share best practices and create relationships with professional counterparts
  • Examine methods for protecting vital infrastructure assets
  • Introduce advanced technology and equipment and their use as force multipliers
  • Promote domestic and international information-sharing mechanisms
New and Traditional Media - A Project for China - June 19-25, 2019
21st Century Changemakers: Be Best - Strategies for Combatting Cyber-Bullying- A Multi-Regional Project - June 20-25, 2019

This group will explore the following themes:

  • Examine the rights and responsibilities of a free press in a democracy
  • Observe operational practices, standards, and social media institutions in the US
  • Discuss how to identify, prevent and respond to incidents of cyber bullying
  • Explore government and private sector efforts to promote positive online behavior
Cross-Border Trade - A Sub-Regional Project - June 26-29, 2019
Water Resource Management - A Project for Iraq - July 9-13, 2019
Youth Leadership and Community Engagement - A Project for Mexico - July 24-27, 2019

The Department of State has outlined the following specific objectives for the project:

Empower, encourage and inspire youth to actively participate as change agents in their communities.

Help Youth Council members expand their network and learn from other organizations’ best practices on how to involve others in their programming; and

Strengthen Youth Council members’ skills on how to work with other organizations in the region to better impact target audiences.

Regulatory Approaches to Cybersecurity Risk - A Project for China - July 27-31, 2019

This project will explore the following themes:

  • Focus on the underlying foundations of establishing a National CERT by observing U.S. policy and implementation
  • Examine the legal and policy framework for data protection and privacy in the United States at the Federal level
  • Explore current regulations and data management standards for protecting personal information in the commercial sector
Water Resource and Waste Management - August 9-15, 2019
Global Security Cooperation - August 14-18, 2019
Data and Criminal Justice - August 17-21, 2019
Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists - August 31-September 5, 2019
October 2-5, 2019 - Strengthening the Capacity of Government Spokespersons to Handle Disinformation IVLP for the Kyrgyz Republic
September 12-17, 2019 - Urban Revitalization IVLP for South Africa
September 14-18, 2019 - Central Asia Journalism Study Tour for Multiple Countries
September 17-21, 2019 - Social and Educational Inclusion IVLP for Ethnic Minorities for the Czech Republic and Slovakia
September 18-21, 2019 - Advancing Minority Rights IVLP for Hungary
September 26 - October 1, 2019 - U.S. Federal Tax and Local Tax Collection IVLP for Iraq

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