Johns Hopkins SAIS expert available to discuss the global agenda for children

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As her recently published book, Invisible Children: Reimagining International Development at the Grassroots, provides a new perspective on the global agenda for children, author Maya Ajmera —an International Development Adjunct Lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies— is available to offer additional insight about the greatest challenges for the world’s most vulnerable children.

Invisible Children argues that the existing global agenda for children has failed, and identifies the reasons behind the failure of billions of dollars of international aid to reach millions of children. Highlighting the innovative and effective efforts pursued by community-based organizations to address the most basic challenges of health, education and survival, the book offers a blueprint for collective action by governments, multilateral organizations, the nongovernmental organization community, philanthropists, academia and the media.

Ajmera, who founded and led the Global Fund for Children for nearly two decades, is available to discuss:

  • The plight of marginalized children especially child laborers, street children, refugee and migrant children, and the importance of investing in poor girls and boys.
  • Case examples of high-impact community-based organizations who are addressing children’s well-being with innovative and holistic approaches.
  • The successes and failures of the foreign aid system, and why it is failing to reach millions of marginalized children. The reasons why children’s issues should be seen as a serious foreign policy imperative rather than charity.
  • Specific policy recommendations for how the US government and other major actors can more effectively bring attention to these issues and support grassroots efforts to improve the lives of the hardest to reach children.

Ajmera is currently the president and CEO of the Society for Science & the Public and publisher of Science News. She is also a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.  Ajmera co-authored the book with writer and editor Greg Fields, who worked at the Global Fund for Children and founded an international development consultancy.

The authors will participate in a number of lectures and events to discuss their book and bring attention to children’s issues globally, including the Development Roundtable, “Invisible Children,” with Ajmera on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 at Johns Hopkins SAIS.

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About Johns Hopkins SAIS

A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today’s critical issues. For more than 70 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school’s interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016