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GPD is changing rapidly, and yet our mission has become more clear than ever.

With DT Global poised to become the next leader in international development, GPD is making strides in new and expanded ventures. We strongly believe that these endeavors are forming a strong relationship and correlation between international development and philanthropy. 

We will continue to keep you apprised of our ongoing efforts to expand our reach. In the meantime, please see below for our regularly scheduled newsletter highlighting the progress made thanks to the collaborative efforts of our Partner organizations and Stardust grantees. 

As always, feel free to reach out directly if we can be a resource to you or if you would like to explore ways we can work together.

NPH Maintains Leadership Development Programming 

Throughout the year, GPD Partner, Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) staff and leadership take part in a series of activities and programs, like Perennial, a Washington-based program intended for transformative leadership. Other programs include the NPHI International Youth Conference which took place in Honduras, as well as the Global Fellowship Program. 

Each of these activities programs are indirect opportunities for NPH to continue to carry out its mission to provide shelter, food, clothing, healthcare and education in a Christian family environment based on unconditional acceptance and love, sharing, working and responsibility.

Northwestern Middle East and North African Studies’ Continues Student-centric Community and Public Programming 

This year, GPD Partner organization the Middle East and North African Studies Program (MENA) at Northwestern University, has continued its mission of educating students, the Evanston community, and the wider public about this vital region of the world. Select students in the MENA program visited Jordan and Turkey to continue their linguistic studies of Arabic and Turkish. 

Furthermore, leading scholars and journalists from the Middle East region visited campus and the Evanston Public Library for lectures on the current state of Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, Israel, the Saudi-Iranian rivalry, cross-ideological alliances in North Africa, Islam and the European Enlightenment, the future of the Sahel region, and the importance of telling the stories of refugees and immigrants.

In Vietnam, West Point Cadets Support DPAA Repatriation Efforts  

From May to June 2019, GPD Partner organization, the Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations (CSCMO) at West Point, and together with the Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) sponsored several Cadets’ participation in efforts to repatriate U.S. servicemember's remains from Vietnam. To support the recovery of US service members remains from the Vietnam War, Cadets and newly-commissioned Second Lieutenants from West Point worked in a joint environment with members of other Services and their Vietnamese counterparts to support this interagency mission. For weeks the team members shoveled and screened soil in search of finding three soldiers' who went missing during the war. 

“My grandfather actually served in Vietnam, and I felt so humbled that I was able to go to honor his fallen brothers,” Cadet Joshua Smoak, United States Military Academy, West Point class of 2020 said. 

DPAA’s mission is to provide the fullest possible accounting of our missing personnel to their families and the nation.

Chicago Council on Global Affairs Celebrates 10 years of Emerging Leaders

Earlier this summer, GPD Stardust Grantee, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs celebrated the 10th Anniversary of their Emerging Leader program. This program selects a class of approximately 20 participants with high potential from across Chicago’s business, cultural, civic, and academic sectors and provides a robust expansive platform to deepen their fluency and exposure to global affairs and policy. 

GPD’s Founder and Executive Director and Member of CCGA’s Board of Directors John DeBlasio and Emerging Leader Class of 2013 said: “the incredible depth of programming and research that the Chicago Council brings to the community and to the broader debate on the issues of significant importance to the United States and the world.”

In Ukraine, GPD Sponsors MezhyhiryaFest 2019

This year the GPD Charitable Trust sponsored MezhyhiryaFest 2019, a Ukranian National journalism summit that gathered around 750 guests and welcomed over 70 presenters and speakers. The event kicked off on June 7, 2019 and began with a film screening and interactive journalism show in Kyiv, Ukraine and continued for the next two days with panel discussions in the Mezhyhirya residence. The main theme of this year’s festival was “Journalism vs Activism” and included discussions of digital innovations related to journalism.

MezhyhiryaFest 2019 expanded on the exchange of experience and networking, presenting attendees with a display of top investigations and emerging trends in the field of journalism as well as the National Award for Investigative Journalism, which celebrates the best works produced by Ukrainian journalists. 


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