Friday, June 20, 2014

June 21-23 Peace Corps Celebrates `Next Generation' of Volunteers with Events at Georgetown University

The Peace Corps Celebrates `Next Generation' of Volunteers with Events at Georgetown University June 21-23; Events Culminate with Unveiling of Peace Corps Stamp by U.S. Postal Service

Washington, D.C., June 11, 1999—More than 200 Peace Corps volunteers, the 'next generation' of Peace Corps volunteers to serve in the new millennium, will be in Washington, D.C. June 21-23, for a special training session before they depart for five countries—China, El Salvador, Ghana, Niger, and Romania. This fall, more than 7,000 Peace Corps volunteers, a 25-year high for the agency, will be working in 77 countries around the world.

Ambassadors' Forum
WHERE:Georgetown University, Inter-Cultural Center Auditorium
WHEN: Monday, June 21, 7 p.m.
PANEL: Ambassadors of China, El Salvador, Ghana, Niger, and Romania
Moderator: Former Peace Corps Director Elaine Chao, now a distinguished Fellow at the Heritage Foundation

Capitol Hill Welcoming Ceremony
WHERE:Caucus Room, Russell Senate Office Building
WHEN: Tuesday, June 22, 9 a.m.
Confirmed Attendees: Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), Congressman Chris Shays (R-Conn.), Congressman Sam Farr (D-Calif.), Congressman James Walsh (R-N.Y.), and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)

Panel Discussion with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
WHERE:Georgetown University, Inter-Cultural Center Auditorium 
WHEN: Tuesday, June 22, 5 p.m.
PANEL:Returned Peace Corps volunteers now working in various fields, including business, health, education, non-profits and media
Moderator: Journalist Maureen Orth, a returned Peace Corps volunteer

Closing Ceremonies: Peace Corps Concert and Stamp Unveiling
WHERE:Copley Lawn, Main Campus, Georgetown University
WHEN: Wednesday, June 23, 6 p.m. Ð 9 p.m.
Entertainment: Comedian Al Franken, singer Cindy Cain, Big Village

Liechtenstein agrees to return Abacha’s stolen €167m to Nigeria

June 18, 2014 4:31 pm

Liechtenstein agrees to return Abacha’s stolen €167m to Nigeria

ABUJA - AUGUST 30: Picture dated 30 August shows Nigerian President General Sani Abacha at the last session of the summit meeting of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Abuja. Britain ruled out 22 October allowing a Nigerian delegation to attend the next Commonwealth summit scheduled to begin 24 October in Edinburgh. "They would need visas to get over here and under the present restrictions they would be unable to obtain them". Nigeria was suspended from the Commonwealth after the execution of nine human rights activists in November 1995. (Photo by Issoug Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)©AFP
Liechtenstein’s government has agreed to return to Nigeria €167m linked to the late General Sani Abacha, ending the country’s longest running battle to recover money that the late military dictator laundered through European banks.
Nigeria first requested Liechtenstein’s assistance in recovering the assets in 2000, two years after Abacha’s sudden death at the age of 54 paved the way for the return of civilian rule.
But the recovery effort has been hampered by lawsuitstaken out by companies linked to the Abacha family –as it has in other legal jurisdictions.
Liechtenstein’s constitutional court dismissed a final appeal over the return of the funds in March 2013, but the principality still refused to release the money, infuriating Nigerian officials.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s minister of economy and finance, late last year accused Liechtenstein of “aiding and abetting corruption” by refusing to accept Nigeria’s guarantees that it would pay compensation if any liabilities resulted from a last-ditch effort by Abacha-linked companies to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights.
Officials in the principality feared they could be open to compensation claims from the Abacha-linked companies if it was shown they had not had a fair hearing.
But on Tuesday a statement by the principality said: “In May 2014, the complaint pending in Strasbourg was withdrawn by the four Abacha companies, clearing the path for repatriation of the assets once and for all.”
Abacha was the penultimate and most brutal of Nigeria’s military rulers. He and what Switzerland’s Supreme Court dubbed the “Abacha family criminal enterprise” amassed a fortune estimated at $3bn-$5bn from misappropriation of public funds during his 1993-1998 rule.
In a bizarre twist on Tuesday, the Nigerian government dropped embezzlement charges against Mohamed Abacha, the late dictator’s eldest son saying there had been new developments in the case.
Mohamed Abacha was accused of receiving N100bn ($600m) of the late dictator’s money, and has fought off various attempts to charge him over the years.
Enrico Monfrini, a Swiss lawyer working with the Nigerian government, has traced $2.4bn of assets linked to Abacha, most of which were channelled through European banks.
Criminal investigations and subsequent forfeiture proceedings established that the Lichtenstein funds originated from bribes paid by Germany’s Ferrostaal AG to companies whose ultimate beneficiary was Abacha. They related to a grossly inflated contract for the construction of an aluminium smelter.
So far, Nigeria has recovered $1.3bn, the largest tranche of which – $500m – came from Switzerland in 2005. A further $1.1bn – in France, the UK, Luxembourg and the Channel island of Jersey – is still tied up in legal proceedings. The US in March froze more than $458m linked to Abacha in Jersey and France.
Nigeria has engaged the World Bank’s Stolen Asset Recovery unit (Star), which was set up by Mrs Okonjo Iweala when she was at the bank, to ensure that the funds recovered from Liechtenstein are used properly – as it has done with other recovered assets.
While the Abacha funds are being recovered belatedly, fresh allegations of grand scale corruption have emerged in Nigeria this year.
The government of President Goodluck Jonathan has hired PwC to carry out a forensic audit of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in response to allegations by Lamido Sanusi, the former central bank governor, that the state oil company failed to remit as much as $20bn in revenues due to the treasury between 2012 and 2013.

Professional Networking: Working a room.

Pass along to the youngest and all the future leaders you know.

You will have to learn to ‘work a room’,  this has outstanding tips for professional networking.

The start of any relationship (personal or business) begins on the approach and communication.  Ending a business relations is still similar, cease communications.

Enjoy.  I’ll see you playing the room out of the corner of my eye.


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IBMA Tip of the Week

Each week, the Institute for Black Male Achievement aims to bring you a capacity-building tip to spark discussion and generate ideas on how to advance our organizations, ourselves, and the field. 

June 20, 2014

NetworkingTwo events in the field of black male achievement were held on the same day this week. At the same time as the annual A Gathering of Leaders was happening in Oakland, CA, across the country in New York, NY, the Institute for Black Male Achievement hosted the first annual Investing in Black Male Achievement: Accelerating What Works conference, where seven nonprofit leaders from across the country took the stage in front of a room full of funders and shared how their organizations are improving the life outcomes of black men and boys (if we missed you at the event, watch the video here).

Our field like others is anchored by many events that bring us together as a field locally and nationally. Many of us spend significant time attending various local and national events, and look to these as venues to build new relationships with potential colleagues, partners, and yes, funders. Thus, at any event, networking is an important skill to make sure to get the most out of the time you spend. Please see below for some tips on how to work a room effectively, and the full diagram from Effective Networking here.
1.      Don't go in cold. A week before, research the event to get a sense of the audience. That way, you'll know who you want to meet and be able to use the information to break the ice with them.
2.      Try wearing something bright. There will be a bazillion blue suits there - why not stand out in something bright - but not in a bad way. Travel light by carrying a wallet with two pockets - one for business cards coming in - the other for business cards going out. No fumbling.
3.      Walk the walk. Walk through the event with confidence, and try to look like you are having a good time. People attend these events because they want to meet other skilled, talented people.
4.      Start with the food table. People tend to be very accessible around the food. Talking and eating go together. It's a great way to get started at an event. 
5.      Who's who. Circle the room first before you pick your targets to speak with. This will give also you a chance to remember names so that you don't have to look down at nametags while talking with folks. 
6.      Approach VIPs first. Keynote speakers love to talk and can be great contacts, but after they give their speeches they're always swamped.  
7.      Spot the lone wolves. Rooms can be crowded, so look for people who are standing alone. It can be harder to integrate into a group, and individual contact is best and most effective for networking.
8.      "And you are?" The goal is to ask others about themselves so that you can connect to their interests and lives. You can say what you do and then your name at the end so that they're more likely to remember.
9.      Press the flesh. Be the first to extend your hand. It's an old protocol, a sign that you're eager to interact. Also make sure to shake hands good-bye. 
10.    Be curious. While talking to strangers, ask open-ended questions to assess right off whether they'll be of any help. Don't go off into a 20-second commercial about yourself. Real leaders are curious. 
11.    Card exchange. Have your cards readily available in a pocket so they're easy to exchange. You can put the cards you receive in another pocket so they don't get mixed up. 
12.    Get an introduction. Sometimes rather than approaching someone solo it makes sense to have a mutual acquaintance give an introduction. The next time you meet there will be that association and context. 
13.    Give and take. Always try and be a connector, the person who brings people together. This not only helps you look more connected, but may also help others want to return the favor. 

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The Institute for Black Male Achievement is a national membership network that seeks to ensure the growth, sustainability, and impact of leaders and organizations committed to improving the life outcomes of black men and boys through systemic change.

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