WASHINGTON, D.C., -- Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) will hold an international seminar on the reconstruction of Bam on November 12, 2005 at Columbia University. This seminar will be the first of its kind since the 2003 earthquake that brought devastation upon the city of Bam. Hosted by Columbia University’s Iranian Students Association (CISA), the event is by invitation/application only, and is open to NGO leaders, leaders in the private sector, and scholars in the field of development and civil society.
Participants will be invited from Iran, Europe, Canada and the United States to discuss the positive role that Iranians abroad played in providing aid after the Bam earthquake and to explore new ways that the Iranian diaspora can become more effectively involved in Bam and other projects in Iran. Bam and Beyond will allow participants the opportunity to discuss possibilities of creating cooperation and partnership between NGOs in Iran and in the Iranian diaspora.
In order to do this, Bam and Beyond will provide a review of reconstruction efforts in Bam as well as address questions such as: Can we identify and/or create mechanisms and structures of cooperation and coordination among Iranian and Iranian Diaspora NGOs, the private sector and universities? Was the money that Iranians in the diaspora raised after the Bam earthquake distributed through the most effective and efficient channels? How was this financial assistance used, and was it implemented successfully? Is there room for more and better partnerships between NGOs in Iran and Iranian diaspora NGOs? How can Iranians in the diaspora become better involved in development efforts in Iran?
The Bam and Beyond seminar at Columbia University will be followed and complemented by a parallel seminar in Bam, Iran in the winter of 2006.
The winter seminar in Bam will ensure that the ideas of the seminar at Columbia University are discussed and implemented in Iran.
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