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Does the West Know Best? International Perceptions of The West and Its Influence on Development and Humanitarian Aid
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 7:00pm to Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 8:30pm

Does the West Know Best?
International Perceptions of 'The West' and Its Influence on Development & Humanitarian Aid

A presentation by Mercy Corps staff members Noor Rafiq Zangana and Lorina McAdam. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, November 7th
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Mercy Corps, Aceh Community Room (45 SW Ankeny St, Portland)
Call 503-896-5747 for more information 

Noor Rafiq Zangana and Lorina McAdam, Mercy Corps Practitioners-in-Residence, are currently collaborating with Conflict Resolution faculty and students at Portland State University and the University of Oregon. They will share their experiences and insights into how western aid is viewed in recipient countries, such as Iraq and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Zangana and McAdam will also talk about their engagement with local and international actors and how perceptions of the west and certain intervention strategies have affected their work in the field.

Lorina McAdam, pictured here, recently served a two-year post as Mercy Corps country director in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she oversaw programs including water, sanitation and hygiene, food security, environment, economic recovery and good governance. McAdam, native to Australia, has spent the last 14 years working in international relief and development. Prior to joining Mercy Corps, McAdam worked with the International Rescue Committee in South Sudan and with Save the Children in Kenya. She has also served as a United Nations volunteer in Laos and as a small grants program coordinator in Honduras.

Noor Rafiq Qadir has worked with Mercy Corps in her native country of Iraq since 2008. She currently serves as the Deputy Program Manager for SEAM, Iraq. SEAM (Supporting Effective Advocacy for Marginalized Groups) provides opportunities for Iraqi women and youth through trainings and support for local women- and youth-led organizations. In addition to her work with SEAM, Qadir has also worked with the Community Action Program, Literacy Program, Governance Promotion through Conflict Management in Iraq Program, and Empowering Women Peace-Builders, among other Mercy Corps initiatives.

This project has been generously supported by the Jubitz Family Foundation and the Northwest Institute for Conflict Resolution.