Monthly Archives: February 2018

Stephanie Swinehart ’19 attends Sustainable Ocean Summit

This past November, IPED graduate student Stephanie Swinehart represented Fordham at the 5 th Annual Sustainable Ocean Summit sponsored by the World Ocean Council, held in Halifax, Canada. The conference theme, “The Ocean Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 14): Business Leadership and Business Opportunities” centered on the interconnections between sustainable development, scientific innovation, and stewardship of the global ocean.

Stephanie in front of Halifax Harbor.

The realities of climate change are particularly pronounced for the oceans. Rising sea levels, acidification, and declining fish stocks all pose significant threats to the billions of people living near the coasts. Combined with a rising global population and changes in climate patterns across the world, the implications of climate change for the world’s most vulnerable population in terms of food security and climate migration are immense. The variety of issues discussed at the conference included ocean energy, illegal fishing, indigenous community rights, extractive industries, ocean pollution, arctic exploration, and ocean mapping/satellite technology.

Presentation on how extractive industries can responsibility contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“Economic development and poverty reduction do not have to be zero-sum, but all the stakeholders must be at the table. Forums like this, where industry and community meet, are critical to ensuring that businesses take into account those that don’t have a voice on the international stage,” writes Stephanie. Organizations present included the United Nations system (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Food and Agriculture Organization), government representatives from Small Island Developing States, and major oil and gas companies in addition to marine scientists and academics from universities around the world.

Lynn Kavanagh of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative talks about the discarded fishing gear that makes up 1/10 th of the world’s marine debris.

Representing 70% of the earth’s surface, protecting the world’s oceans is of critical importance and something to which each one of us can contribute. “These are not issues for discussion only at conferences or on a global stage”, reminds Stephanie, “but are actions we all must take as development practitioners.” Reducing single-use plastics (straws, to-go containers), energy consumption, and eating sustainably-caught seafood are all ways to make an individual impact. For more information on what you can do, please visit National Geographic or the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch.

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Coverdell Fellow: Kelly Cannon ’19 and the Belmont Business Improvement District

By: Kelly Cannon ’19

I work at the Belmont Business Improvement District (BID) as a part of my Coverdell Fellowship for the Fordham IPED program. The mission of the Belmont BID “is to promote and expand the economic well-being of the business community, and the community at large, by promotion of the “Little Italy in the Bronx” brand, our strong ethnic heritage and leadership in the culinary marketplace, and by leveraging the mercantile, social, political, and cultural assets within and around or community.” My daily tasks as an intern at the Belmont BID vary, but typically my work includes website management, interacting with local business owners, planning community events, and conducting administrative responsibilities. Additionally, I research the neighborhood and gather information on the happenings in the area. “Little Italy in the Bronx” attracts people from all over the world, and the Belmont BID works hard to promote the area and benefit the community.

Kelly Cannon ’19 working at the Belmont Bid Christmas Event.

Building relationships with the local restaurant owners and shopkeepers in the neighborhood where I live is one of the best parts of my internship. It has allowed me to become more familiar with my neighborhood and develop an appreciation for the rich culture and tradition of this century old community. Instead of only interacting with the Fordham students in the area, I now know Ritchie, who sells plants inArthur Avenue Retail Market and Dave who runs the famous Mike’s Deli.

Local business owners contributed their products to the Belmont BID celebration.

Another one of my favorite parts of my internship was participating in the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in December. The evening brought nearly 1,000 members of the Belmont community to Ciccarone Park. Attendees gathered together to listen to Christmas carols, watch the tree lighting, eat Italian cookies, and drink hot chocolate. Santa Claus even came to the event and handed out more than 600 toys to the children of the community. Overall, I’ve enjoyed my experience at the Belmont BID, as it has enabled me to become more integrated into the area where I not only study, but live.

The Belmont BID Christmas Tree Lighting.

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Philippines Project Assessment Program 2018

By: Sarah Garwood ’19

This January, 11 Fordham IPED graduate students and one Economics undergraduate student participated in the Philippines Project Assessment Program. At Ateneo de Manila University, students engaged in coursework on project monitoring and evaluation and Filipino culture. The program also included a four day immersion, where students conducted project evaluations of local Marine Protected Areas and affiliated projects in the La Union province, in the north of the Philippines.

Soccer matches and ultimate frisbee kept this group moving and bonding!

Dr. Ang (front right), a professor at Ateneo University, taught the group Filipino Economics.

IPED students exploring Katipunan Avenue, outside of Ateneo University.

Alumni of the Fordham IPED program gathered with current students for an Alumni lunch. Some alumni work at various NGOs, such as Catholic Relief Services and UNICEF, in the Philippines and others work at Ateneo University.

IPED students past and present gather for a meal.

The IPED community enjoyed Filipino dishes at the rooftop alumni lunch.

Students explored the Philippines and its rich history through various cultural trips. Because of its strategic location, Corregidor Island has been important in the defense of the Manila Bay and seaport for centuries. Today the uninhabited island is full of World War II ruins and memorials, commemorating the Filipino, American, and Japanese soldiers who died there.

IPED students at Corregidor Island.

Students learning about Filipino history at the Filipino War Memorial Wall.

Intramuros is a historical, Spanish colonial area walled-off inside the capitol city of Manila. The students explored Fort Santiago, where there is a shrine to national hero Dr. Jose Rizal. They also visited a functioning Augustinian monastery.

IPED students at Fort Santiago.

IPED students near the Pasig River.

Students engaged in a four-day project assessment of various Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the La Union province. In teams of three, they conducted interviews and focus group discussions in various barangays, or villages. One group assessed an affiliated project, the Luto ti Poro catering service managed by the Poro Sea Lovers Association (PSLA). The immersion was facilitated by the Institute for Social Order (ISO) and the Ateneo Office for Social Concern and Involvement (OSCI).

Upon arriving to San Fernando City, the group was hosted for a lunch by former Mayor Mary Jane Ortega at her home.

Students with former Mayor Mary Jane Ortega.

Students and volunteers who patrol the Lingsat MPA.

Students with the PSLA volunteers.

IPED students with PSLA Council Members.

Students with children from the Poro community.

Upon returning back to Manila, students spent the day at the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Experts presented on various economic development topics including climate finance.

Fordham IPED students at the Asian Development Bank.

After presenting their findings, students celebrated along with Program Director, Dr. Henry Schwalbenberg, Program Manager, Ms. Donna Orda, and IPED Alumna Bea Lumanas ’13, on a dinner cruise on the Manila Bay.

IPED community celebrating on a dinner cruise.

IPED students on the Manila Bay dinner cruise.

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Career Trip: Finance

By: Sarah Garwood ’19

On Friday, January 26th, Fordham IPED students participated in a Finance focused career trip in Manhattan, New York. They first met with Mario Carias, CFA, Managing Director of Content and Member Services at CFA Society New York. He spoke about his experience on Wall Street and in the financial sector. He also shared advice on the three part exam process required to become a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Later in the morning, we walked to Bank of America to meet with alumnus Joe Quinlan ’84, Managing Director and Chief Market Strategist, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. He shared about how he has applied his IPED education in his work with international trade, foreign direct investment, and global economic trends. He offered advice and emphatically recommended continuous learning and reading strong authors.

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