Youth, Social Entrepreneurship, and Sustainable Development Project

 Youth continue to be largely ignored by those in power. Rather than viewing them as important human capital, youth are often viewed with suspicion because they frequently challenge traditional norms and ways of doing things in society. These authorities fail to comprehend that putting youth to work would not only enhance economic growth, but…

Debating International Relations in Central Asia

Earlier in 2020, the Hollings Center through its small grants program, co-sponsored a project with Crossroads Central Asia and experts Shairbek Dzhuraev and Eric McGlinchery. The purpose of the project was to contribute to an informed debate and dialogue on international relations in Central Asia, with a particular focus on evolving modes of engagement of…

Get Started: A Video Series for Educators Preparing to Teach Online

For over twenty years early adopters of eLearning spent time and energy trying to convince administrators, quality standards committees, funding agencies, and academic staff of the merits of digital education and the necessity of the education industry to pioneer new approaches to teaching and learning to meet the needs of learners in the 21st century….

Training on Hydro-Climatic Modeling – Kabul River Basin

The unique hydrology of the Kabul River Basin, with both Afghanistan and Pakistan being simultaneously upstream and downstream neighbors, raises the potential for increased conflict and mistrust between the two countries if development of the basin is performed unilaterally. The basin is highly vulnerable and adaptation requires authentic climate and hydrological data. However, majority of…

Afghanistan-Pakistan Trade Portal

In order to expand mutual peace, prosperity and overcome barriers to trade Hollings Center for International Dialogue grantees from Pakistan and Afghanistan launched an Afghanistan-Pakistan Trade Portal (APTP). The Project aimed at supporting and growing bilateral trade and economic links and between Pakistan and Afghanistan.  The trade portal web site can be found at: https://afpaktradeportal.org….

Women in Peace Festival – Islamabad

The Women in Peace Festival was a two-day event organized in Rawalpindi, Islamabad by grantee and previous Hollings Center participant Uzma Yaqoob. The festival is one of several initiatives to come out of the Center’s Afghanistan-Pakistan Partnership program, sponsored in part by the Hollings Center and by the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.  The festival…

Sustainable Development Practices and Food Security in Morocco

In late 2018, the Hollings Center for International Dialogue, in partnership with the High Atlas Foundation and the University of Central Florida, awarded a small grant to Peter Jacques and Yossef Ben-Meir to conduct a project in Morocco to look at the applicability of sustainable development goals in relation to the Amazigh people of the…

Creating a Responsible Business Coalition

Following the Hollings Center dialogue Profits to Peace, a small grant was awarded to consider the formation of a business coalition in the Greater Mediterranean that would promote positive peace goals in a region beset by multiple conflicts. This is the report of a roundtable meeting on creating that coalition, which took place on November…

Oregon & Tunisia Farm-to-School Exchange

In October 2018, the Hollings Center sponsored a small grant that created an exchange program between representatives of Tunisia and the U.S. state of Oregon to compare best practices for Farm to School Food Programs.  Led by grantees Andy Fisher, Amy Gilroy, and Maria Lukyanova, officials from both countries had an opportunity to share insights…

Bridging the Business Gaps between Pakistan and Afghanistan

As part of the Center’s ongoing Afghanistan-Pakistan Partnership program, this project brought together local business community representatives from Afghanistan and Pakistan to promote regional integration by bridging the gaps in business, culture and education between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The project aimed to foster entrepreneurial eco-systems to generate employment opportunities for entrepreneurs and make Afghan and Pakistani…