The Marc Lindenberg Center for Humanitarian Action, International Development, & Global Citizenship was established in 2002 to equip students, faculty, and staff with resources for international research, education, and outreach.

The Lindenberg Center seeks multidisciplinary approaches to address widespread international issues by supporting:

  • Cross-national faculty exchanges
  • International partnerships, programs and resources
  • Environmental challenges and climate change
  • Conferences and events featuring visiting international speakers

Current focus areas include:

  • Humanitarian crises and conflicts
  • Extreme poverty and hunger
  • Environmental challenges and climate change
  • Health crises and sanitation
  • Agricultural policy and food supply

The Lindenberg Center engages in these activities to spark interest in and nurture the development of global citizenship in students, faculty, and the broader community.

The Center is named in honor of Marc Lindenberg, a former dean and professor at the Evans School, who made international affairs his life’s work. Dean Lindenberg devoted his career to improving lives through direct action, teaching, research, and fostering a sense of personal responsibility in the lives and careers of his students and colleagues.

Marc Lindenberg Center Research Projects

  • Global Women’s Philanthropy is an ongoing project led by Washington Women’s Foundation founder Colleen Willoughby and the Marc Lindenberg Center. Global Women’s Philanthropy engages in research to determine if the innovative model of women’s collective giving developed by the Washington Women’s Foundation can be seeded in China. If successful, women’s collective giving will become a model of philanthropy that can be replicated in other areas.
  • The Global Action Prize recognizes an Evans School student for extraordinary work in an unpaid internship or activity that promotes global citizenship or international development.
  • In collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Center evaluated the Program for Improving Market Participation of the Poor in two provinces in Vietnam and conducted research on the effectiveness of the new activities and findings about the rural poor and their interactions with markets. The Center presented this work at a joint United Nations conference in Rome in 2009 between the Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the International Labor Organization.

International Research at the Evans School

  • The Evans School Policy Analysis and Research Group (EPAR) engages Evans School faculty and students in providing research and policy analysis for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on topics as varied as gender and technology, fertilizer policy, poultry markets and climate change.
  • Enhancing Women’s Participation Along the Agricultural Value Chain in Tanzania: Professor C. Leigh Anderson and Associate Professor Mary Kay Gugerty are leading a project to develop and test innovations for increasing women’s participation in value chain initiatives in Tanzania, sponsored by USAID.
  • Linking Think Tank Performance, Decisions, and Context: Associate Professor Mary Kay Gugerty and Associate Professor Stephen Kosack are writing a series of case studies to clarify the interactions between the context of country and policy, and think tank strategy and effectiveness, sponsored by the Results for Development Institute and funded by the International Development Research Centre.
  • Empowering Women & Strengthening Health Systems Through Nursing and Midwifery: Implications of Innovative Global Models for the US: Led by Senior Vising Fellow Marla Salmon and sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this project aims to identify, explicate, and inform translations of models and lessons learned for the US nursing community related to innovative investment in nursing and midwifery training and enterprise practices, and strengthening of community-based health services in lower income countries.
  • The Global Emergence of NGO and Nonprofit Voluntary Regulation: Nancy Bell Evans Professor in Nonprofit Management Mary Kay Gugerty, along with her colleague Aseem Prakash (Department of Political Science) researches what factors drive the emergence of voluntary regulatory programs in the nonprofit sector and variations in their program design. Recent increases in nonprofit voluntary standard-setting or certification programs can be understood as way for nonprofits to respond to reputational problems: Voluntary programs obligate nonprofits to adhere to specific requirements, signaling sound organizational policies to external stakeholders who cannot observe the internal operation of nonprofits. This research examines a global inventory of more than 300 nonprofit voluntary programs to understand the drivers of program emergence across nations and sectors and the factors underlying variations in program design, to develop a database and analyze program emergence, structure, and effectiveness across countries and across nonprofit sectors.
  • Communication, Search, and Mobile Phones: A Telephone Directory Intervention in Tanzania: Sponsored by the University of California, Davis, BASIS Assets and Market Access Innovation Lab, Assistant Professor Brian Dillon and team are researching the extent to which smallholder farmers in Tanzania directly benefit from a telephone directory that lists contact information for a wide range of locally based enterprises. They will measure the impact of the directory both on the households that receive it and the firms that are listed. The BASIS Assets and Market Access Innovation Lab is comprised of researchers from around the globe who operate in support of USAID’s Bureau for Food Security.

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