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Past Programs

2017

Panel Discussion: "Creating, Implementing and Measuring the U.N. SDGs" 

26 October 2017 
Georgia Tech University Campus, Atlanta, GA, USA 

Youth Engagement and the Sustainable Development Goals 

24 October 2017 
Kennesaw, GA, USA

Airports Economic Development Seminar

19-20 October 2017
Port Louis, Mauritius 

On October 19-20, 2017, CIFAL Atlanta, in partnership with Airports Council International (ACI) and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (HJAIA), held a two-day seminar in Port Louis, Mauritius on airport economics and development with 17 senior level airport officials from countries including China, Gambia, Iran, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Upon completion of the seminar, participants were able to provide a better understanding of the airport business drivers; increase participant knowledge in regards to global best practices for the purpose of optimizing airport revenue generation and related revenue management; assist to identify the opportunities available to airport management to enhance all airport revenue sources including airline, non-aeronautical, and service delivery to third-parties; provide an overview of modern technologies available for airports in order to maximize revenues, help to ensure effective planning and use of terminal space and airport surrounding areas to promote economic development.

CIFAL Atlanta, ACI and HJAIA have had a long partnership in providing programs aimed at helping airports in developing countries to improve their practices regarding operations, economics, management, safety, and security in order to keep up with global industry growth.

Youth Engagement and the Sustainable Development Goals

18 October 2017 
Kennesaw, GA, USA

Airports Economic Development Seminar 

13-14 July 2017
Atlanta, Georgia

Group Photo

13-14 July 2017, Kennesaw, Georgia, USA – The International Training Centre for Authorities and Leaders (CIFAL) in Atlanta, in partnership with Airports Council International (ACI) and Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport held a two-day seminar on airport air service development with 1o senior level airport officials from Lesotho, Ecuador, Mongolia, India, Nigeria, Barbados and Tonga. The seminar took place in Kennesaw, Georgia, USA and provided participants with strategies on how to effectively approach and support airline decisions that best serve their airports.

Through a blend of sessions consisting of short presentations, participant dialogue and interactive group activities, the seminar presented practical strategies for developing a route network that not only improves the function of the airport as a connecting point for the local economy to the rest of the world, but which also permits the airport’s commercial success.

Upon completion of the seminar, participants were able to describe the fundamental elements of airport/airline business relations, including the evolution of airline business models, and develop an air service development strategy that correctly approaches their airport’s domestic and/or international markets. They also learned to identify the right target airlines to serve airport strategic markets, including provision of supportive airport policies, facility access, pricing, and marketing incentives and to adjust the airport’s air service marketing strategy to reflect competitive responses and the evolving airline industry commercial environment. Participants learned the importance of involving domestic and international stakeholders in the airport’s marketing approach to achieve commercial success through policy support and establishing collaborative communication and cooperative dialogue with airlines that supports a long term and growing business relationship.

CIFAL Atlanta is pleased to partner with Airports Council International through the Developing Nations Airport (DNA) Assistance Programme to support airports in developing countries by providing training opportunities that helps them to implement initiatives that are sustainable, have impact, and bring results to those airports, while promoting economic growth.

World Water Day Sustainability Forum

21 March 2017 
Kennesaw, GA, USA

Forum on Forced Migration, Immigration and Security 

30 March 2017
Atlanta, GA, USA

Panel Photo

On 30 March 2017, CIFAL Atlanta, in partnership with Georgia State University, World Affairs Council of Atlanta, and with support from the Thalia and Michael C. Carlos Foundation, brought together thought leaders, academics, practitioners and policymakers to explore the causes, consequences and policy responses to the rapid increases in forced migration and refugee movements around the globe.

The forum allowed participants to investigate the driving elements of migration; policy and legal responses to the effects of forced migration including civil and human rights consequences; security implications like terrorism, crime and violence, economic costs and benefits, and the public perception and stigma around displaced people. In addition, attendees explored the implications and reactions for the Atlanta metropolitan area, as a microcosm of how these challenges play out in the U.S., and a locus of national and local debates. A closing working session focused on identifying possible solutions for follow-up, and facilitating discussion.

Drawing on the insights of distinguished speakers and panelists, the goal of the forum was to create a space where participants could discuss and identify the main drivers and causes of forced migration today and the benefits and challenges associated with the flow of refugees and other migrants across borders, and into communities. By the end of the forum, attendees were also able to recognize how governments can balance national security and protection of human and civil rights of forced migrants, what responses have proved most effective at local, national and international levels, and how individuals across sectors in Atlanta can collaborate to best address this global challenge.

CIFAL Atlanta Helps Host Participants of KSU's Winter 2017 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

Feb-March, 2017
Kennesaw, GA, USA

YSEALI 2017 Fellows

From 2 February to 11 March 2017, CIFAL Atlanta, in partnership with Kennesaw State University (KSU), welcomed 22 young leaders from Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam as part of the U.S. State Department’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI). Their four-week academic residency was spent on the KSU campus, where the participants developed a deeper understanding of human and civil rights through the study of U.S. history—most notably the civil rights movement.

They also participated in community service projects, leadership and ethics training sessions and met and learned from numerous distinguished guest speakers. During the fifth week the participants had the opportunity to visit Miami, Florida to examine immigration issues and disability rights and Charleston, South Carolina to learn about the Gullah Geechee culture, a tradition first shaped by captive Africans brought to the southern U.S. from West Africa and continued in later generations by their descendants. They then traveled to Washington, DC to examine women’s rights and GLBTIQ issues.

The overarching goal of the programme was to train the selected participants to become multifaceted community leaders capable of designing and implementing their own needs-based community service projects in their home communities, provide participants with an overview of the U.S. civil rights movement as an example of how U.S. citizens have shaped U.S. history, government, and society both as individuals and groups, and to strengthen and expand KSU’s and CIFAL Atlanta’s connections and programmes in Southeast Asia.

The Canada-U.S. Partnership

March 1, 2017
Kennesaw, GA, USA

CG Canada

As part of the CIFAL Atlanta and Kennesaw State University “Consular Connect” program, the Consul General of Canada in Atlanta, Louise Blais, met with KSU leadership and gave a lecture to KSU’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Fellows. The 2017 YSEALI cohort comprised 22 emerging young leaders aged 18-25 from ASEAN nations including Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Consul General Blais’ lecture focused on the economic relationship between Canada and the United States and the importance of global partnerships between governments, specifically between the United States and Canada. Goal 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals addresses the need for global governments to build partnerships in support of the Sustainable Development Agenda.

Young Leaders and Social Action

February 20, 2017
Kennesaw, GA, USA

YSEALI Social Action

On 20th February CIFAL Atlanta facilitated a discussion with Kennesaw State University’s 2017 Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative (YSEALI) cohort on Young Leaders and Social Action. The 2017 YSEALI cohort comprised 22 emerging young leaders aged 18-25 from ASEAN nations including Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

CIFAL Atlanta feels strongly that the contribution youth make to society is critical for social and economic progress, and sustainable development depends on youth being involved in decision-making processes that affect their future. Many young people are directly affected by conflicts and social injustices that take place in our world and are passionate about those causes and issues that affect them. They often have ideas for solutions or actions that they could take, but need support and additional guidance in terms of how to carry out a sustainable social action plan step-by-step from ideation to project completion.

At the end of the presentation, participants were able to describe the purpose of the Sustainable Development Goals and identify issues and causes that are important to them. In addition, they had a better understanding of how to research issues and needs within their communities. Participants discussed how to create an action strategy, build task teams, promote their projects and evaluate project outcomes. Ways to ensure project sustainability were also explored.

Growing Together: Economic Ties between the U.S. and Mexico

January 30, 2017
Kennesaw, GA, USA

CG Mex Group Photo

As part of the CIFAL Atlanta and Kennesaw State University “Consular Connect” program, the Consul General of Mexico in Atlanta, Javier Diaz, met with KSU leadership and gave a lecture to KSU’s Presidential Emerging Global Scholars (PEGS) cohort. The Mexico Institute recently launched a new project entitled, “Growing Together: Economic Ties between the U.S. and Mexico”. This project looks closely at the bilateral economic relationship between Mexico and the United States in an effort to grasp its importance and the effects the relationship has on the U.S. The employment impact on the U.S. in terms of the economy is examined and findings suggest that benefits within the U.S., including competitiveness, money savings and job creation, stem from the economic relationship between the U.S. and Mexico.

Consul General Diaz’s lecture raised awareness of Goal 17, specifically as it pertains to the economic relationship between Mexico and the United States. The Consul General briefed students on the importance of global partnerships between governments, specifically between the United States and Mexico. Goal 17 stems from the ability of global governments to build partnerships in support of the Sustainable Development Agenda, and the important economic relationship between Mexico and the U.S. will be highlighted.

At the end of the lecture, students had a better understanding of the impact of trade and globalization on the average American and were able to identify the benefits of a strong economic relationship between the U.S. and Mexico. In addition, they were able to differentiate the outcomes between Mexico and the U.S. as partners opposed to competitors.

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Sustainable Development Goals & Engaged Young Leaders

January 26, 2017
Kennesaw, GA, USA

Honors Seminar

On the 26th of January 2017, CIFAL Atlanta’s Executive Director, Chris Young, presented to a group of seven undergraduate students in the Honors Seminar class “Cultivating a Global Intellect” at Kennesaw State University. The presentation was designed specifically to address the knowledge needs of young people and raise awareness regarding the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Mr. Young also answered questions raised by the students which reflected a genuine interest for involvement and a desire for action.

At the end of the presentation, participants were able to describe the origins and purpose of the SDGs and identify key challenges in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, students were able to recognize how members of the student body can harness their influencing power to help shape a new, sustainable society. Students left the lecture with an increased awareness of the SDGs and their relevance both nationally and internationally to the 2015-2030 development agenda.

2016

Airport User Charges

December 4-5, 2016
Goa, India

Goa Pic

CIFAL Atlanta, in partnership with Airports Council International, held a two-day seminar on airport user charges with eight senior level airport officials from countries including Cambodia, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The Goa, India based event aimed to provide a detailed understanding of the international policies applying to airport charges to develop, implement and manage a user charges policy, as well as specific charges/rates, compliant with international regulations and best practice.

Through a blend of sessions consisting of short presentations, participant dialogue and case studies, the seminar presented practical strategies designed to respond to the growing industry needs for fair airport charges determination process, this workshop emphasizes a practical approach to learning and will review in detail the main recommendations adopted by the Conference on the Economics of Airports and Air Navigation Services (CEANS), held in Montreal in September 2008, the ninth edition of ICAO’s Policies on Charges for Airports and Air Navigation Services (Doc 9082), which was published in 2012, and the third edition of ICAO’s Airport Economics Manual (Doc 9562), which was published in 2013.

Upon completion of the workshop, participants were able to:

*Develop a user charges policy compliant with international recommendations and best practices

*Fully understand the position of ICAO, ACI and IATA regarding airport charges

*Apply user charges

*Analyze costs for key airport areas

*Establish cost bases for the calculation of airport charges

*Allocate all costs between airport services and functions

*Apply charging policies to achieve the objectives of the airport

*Accurately calculate charges for these services

*Calculate rates that achieve the best balance of generating revenue for the airport

*Develop a negotiating strategy to achieve airport business objectives

*Negotiate charges and rates.

The Sustainable Development Goals and Engaged Young Leaders

November 10, 2016
Columbus, GA, USA

Hardaway High

On 10th November CIFAL Atlanta presented to a group of 430 International Baccalaureate and Model United Nations high school and middle school students at Hardaway High School in Columbus, Georgia. The presentation was designed specifically to address the knowledge needs of young people and raise awareness regarding the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

At the end of the presentation, participants were able to describe the origins and purpose of the SDGs and identify key challenges in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, students were able to recognize how members of the student body can harness their influencing power to help shape a new, sustainable society. Students left the event with an increased awareness of the SDGs and their relevance both nationally and internationally to the 2015-2030 development agenda.

How the Sustainable Development Goals Affect the Global Poultry Industry

October 31-November 3, 2016
Singapore

Arbor Acres Group Photo  

CIFAL Atlanta participated in the Arbor Acres Asia Association annual meeting in Singapore at the beginning of November. 90 owners and operators of poultry industries from countries including China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom and the United States attended the conference.

During the two-day event, market leaders learned about market conditions in different countries throughout Asia as each customer shared a glimpse of what was happening in their operation. Several internal and external speakers shared their perspectives on the markets in Asia, along with advice on managing current and future issues.

As part of the event, CIFAL Atlanta facilitated a presentation focused on how the Sustainable Development Goals promote sustainable agriculture practices, how they will impact global food production and supply chains, and specifically how they can be addressed within the poultry industry.

Airports Economic Development Program

September 29-30, 2016
Montreal, Canada

ACI Montreal Photo

On September 29-30, 2016, CIFAL Atlanta, in partnership with Airports Council International (ACI), held a two-day seminar in Montreal, Canada on airport economics and development with 14 senior level airport officials from countries including Sierra Leone, Togo, Jamaica, Nigeria, Colombia, Samoa, Canada and India.

Upon completion of the seminar, participants were able to provide a better understanding of the airport business drivers; increase participant knowledge in regards to global best practices for the purpose of optimizing airport revenue generation and related revenue management; assist to identify the opportunities available to airport management to enhance all airport revenue sources including airline, non-aeronautical, and service delivery to third-parties; provide an overview of modern technologies available for airports in order to maximize revenues, help to ensure effective planning and use of terminal space and airport surrounding areas to promote economic development.

CIFAL Atlanta and ACI have had a long partnership in providing programs aimed at helping airports in developing countries to improve their practices regarding operations, economics, management, safety, and security in order to keep up with global industry growth.

Building Capacities in Cooperatives

May 17-20, 2016
Kennesaw, Georgia, USA

Cooperative Conference

17 - 20 May 2016, Kennesaw, USA – CIFAL Atlanta, in collaboration with the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University (KSU), CENECOOP, Fundepos University, Cooperative of the Americas (COOP), Confederation of Cooperatives of the Caribbean and Central America and South America (CCC-CA) held a four-day learning event at Kennesaw State University on cooperative competitiveness and the digital economy.  There were a total of 107 participants and presenters representing cooperatives, universities, financial institutions, cooperative associations/NGOs, and government agencies from the United States and 11 Latin American countries, namely Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Peru.

The event focused on the digital economy component model and aimed to propose a plan for cooperative use of a virtual platform.  The virtual platform would be useful to cooperatives in the Americas in the establishment of processes for exchanging goods and services.  Additionally, it would strengthen and take advantage of the benefits that come with the digital economy in order to achieve competitiveness of the companies involved in these processes.

Through the use of multiple panel sessions and presentations, the conference aimed to establish a process for the "adoption and implementation of digital platforms," ​​from concrete experiences of integration (or underdevelopment) in different sectors of the digital economy. A plan was proposed for creating a virtual and universal information bank ("universal exchange") in which cooperatives, through the exchange of data, can access a variety of information that enables the integration and inter-polarity of platforms. In addition, an action plan to achieve universal inter-polarity of the various digital platforms (existing and future) was proposed.


The 2015-2030 Development Agenda and Urban Resilience Building

April 26, 2016
Newcastle, Australia

Urban Resilience Building

On April 26th 2016, CIFAL Newcastle and CIFAL Atlanta led a presentation on the Sustainable Development Goals and their relevance both nationally and internationally to the 2015-2030 development agenda. The presentation also covered the connection between disaster risk reduction, "build back better" and sustainable, resilient development. In attendance were 45 university students and faculty members, along with a small number of significant attendees from the local community.

Participants learned that the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals will help guide the decisions we take over the next fifteen years. As we all work towards the Goals within our own countries and at the local, regional and global levels, best practice sharing and enhanced capacities are essential. In addition, new ways of collaborating among stakeholders were explored with an aim to develop and finance infrastructure projects, to provide services and to promote socially inclusive, better-integrated and sustainable cities. In addition to receiving important background information on the UN-SDG Agenda, adoption of disaster risk reduction principles articulated in the Sendai Framework were also discussed, including connections between the UN-SDG agenda and the implications of Sendai.

By the end of the presentation, researchers and teachers at the University of Newcastle were able to better understand how their work can be connected to the Agenda and the Sendai Framework.


Airports Economic Development Program—Air Service Development Seminar

April 21-22, 2016
Gold Coast, Australia

Air Service Development Seminar

On April 21-22, 2016, CIFAL Atlanta, in partnership with Airports Council International and Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, held a two-day seminar on air service development with 19 senior level airport officials from countries including Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Micronesia and Mongolia. The Gold Coast, Australia based seminar focused on providing participants with the understanding of how to effectively approach and support airline decisions that best serve their airports.

Through a blend of sessions consisting of short presentations, participant dialogue and case studies, the seminar presented practical strategies for developing a route network that not only improves the function of the airport as a connecting point for the local economy to the rest of the world, but which also permits the airport’s commercial success.

Upon completion of the seminar, participants were able to describe the fundamental elements of airport/airline business relations, including the evolution of airline business models, and develop an air service development strategy that correctly approaches their airport’s domestic and/or international markets. They also learned to identify the right target airlines to serve airport strategic markets, including provision of supportive airport policies, facility access, pricing, and marketing incentives and to adjust the airport’s air service marketing strategy to reflect competitive responses and the evolving airline industry commercial environment. Participants learned the importance of involving domestic and international stakeholders in the airport’s marketing approach to achieve commercial success through policy support and establishing collaborative communication and cooperative dialogue with airlines that supports a long term and growing business relationship.


CIFAL Atlanta Helps Host Participants of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

Feb-March, 2016 YSEALI
Kennesaw, GA, USA

21 March 2016, Georgia, United States - From 1 February to 4 March 2016, CIFAL Atlanta, in partnership with Kennesaw State University (KSU), welcomed 21 young leaders from Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam as part of the U.S. State Department’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI). Their four-week academic residency was spent on the KSU campus, where the participants developed a deeper understanding of human and civil rights through the study of U.S. history—most notably the civil rights movement.

They also participated in community service projects, leadership and ethics training sessions and met and learned from numerous distinguished guest speakers. During the fifth week the participants had the opportunity to visit three cities in Alabama and Tennessee, all of which were of significant importance to the civil rights movement. Their educational study tour and programme concluded with a visit to Washington D.C., where they had an opportunity to engage with policymakers, governmental representatives, businesses, and think tanks.

The overarching goal of the programme was to train the selected participants to become multifaceted community leaders capable of designing and implementing their own needs-based community service projects in their home communities, provide participants with an overview of the U.S. civil rights movement as an example of how U.S. citizens have shaped U.S. history, government, and society both as individuals and groups, and to strengthen and expand KSU’s and CIFAL Atlanta’s connections and programmes in Southeast Asia.


CIFAL Atlanta Hosts Grace Schmidt from CIFAL Curitiba at the Year of Portuguese Speaking World Program at Kennesaw State University

11 February, 2016
Kennesaw, GA, USA

Year of the Portuguese Speaking World Conference

On February 11th 2016, Kennesaw State University held a one-day Spring InternationalConference as part of their Year of Portuguese Speaking World program. CIFAL Atlanta was proud to host Grace Schmidt from CIFAL Curitiba, who was the keynote speaker for the event and presented on “The Global South, Soft Power, and the Solidarity Economy”. 60 participants, the majority from academia, and also including Brazil’s Consul General in Atlanta, attended the conference throughout the day.

The Year of Portuguese Speaking World program seeks to highlight the historical and cultural connections between the nine Portuguese-speaking countries, along with their desire to protect the environment, the need for better food security, and the nature of resource governance. The overarching goal is to understand that this diverse region will contribute to the development of approaches to solving global issues and challenges that face us as we attempt to interact positively across cultures. The Spring International Conference was vitally important because it brought together scholars, policy-makers, and community leaders to engage these important themes.


2015

Airport Emergency Planning Seminar

April 15 - 17, 2015
Atlanta, USA

Airport emergency planning seminar

In April 2015, CIFAL Atlanta, in partnership with Airports Council International and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, held a three-day long learning event on airport emergency planning with 27 senior level airport officials from developing countries throughout the Caribbean, South America and Africa. The Atlanta based seminar focused on strategies for airport emergency action planning with a focus on operations training, management training and public safety and security.

Through a blend of sessions consisting of short presentations, participant dialogue and activities including hands-on training exercises, the seminar presented practical strategies to assist participants in identifying the essential steps needed in improving their airport operations in preparation for emergency airport events.

Participants were able to identify landside, airside and terminal management operations that best support sustainable airport emergency planning practices. In addition, they were able to identify airfield and general maintenance best practices and gained skills regarding the implementation of airport public safety and security practices at the local level, inclusive of access control, badging, TSA checkpoints, baggage handling and compliance systems. They gained a better understanding of the roles that police bomb squads, K9 units, Centralized Control and Command Centers (C4), Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) all play during an emergency event.


International Conference on Cooperative Competitiveness and the Digital Economy

May 4 - 7, 2015
San Jose, Costa Rica

Conference on Cooperative Competitiveness

In the first week of May 2015, CIFAL-Atlanta, in collaboration with the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University (KSU), CENECOOP, Fundepos University, Cooperative of the Americas (COOP), Confederation of Cooperatives of the Caribbean, Central America and South America (CCC-CA), and the Ministry of Labor of the government of Costa Rica, held a three-day long learning event in San Jose, Costa Rica on cooperative competitiveness and the digital economy. There were a total of 74 participants and presenters representing 17 cooperatives, 4 universities, 3 financial institutions, 6 cooperative associations/NGOS, and 2 government agencies from 12 Latin American countries, the USA, and France. 52 high-ranked leaders were among those in attendance.

Through the use of multiple panel sessions and presentations, the conference focused on the improvement of management and leadership capabilities of cooperatives in the Americas in order to better prepare them in addressing the economic challenges in an increasingly competitive and global marketplace. In addition, the conference examined the importance of fostering a digital ecosystem that would allow independent cooperatives to take advantage of economies of scale, provide better service to its members, and implement more efficient and coherent transactional, marketing, financing and capitalization activities.

Participants left the conference familiar with an economic development model specific to cooperatives, including the skills necessary for implementing professional managerial training programs in the face of competition from globalization, accessing and developing internal and external capital markets, transitioning to a digital economy, rethinking the regulatory and legislative framework, and integrating with academia, society, and government agencies.


Air Route Development and Incentives

May 25 - 26, 2015
Lima, Peru

Air Route Development

Working in conjunction with the Airports International Council (ACI), CIFAL Atlanta organized a seminar on air route development and incentives which was held in Lima, Peru from May 25th through May 26th.

Twenty senior officials from airports in Columbia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and Panama were in attendance at the seminar, which focused on the development of air routes in regional airports in Latin America and the Caribbean and their impact on economic development. Short presentations and hands-on training exercises were aimed at fostering the sharing of best practices and cooperation between airlines and at learning contemporary techniques regarding the principles of airport marketing, development of incentives for the establishment and growth of air routes, the company airport-airline relationship (including the behavior of airlines) and the participation of other economic sectors in the development of air routes. 

CIFAL Atlanta and ACI have had a long partnership in providing programs aimed at helping airports in developing countries to improve their practices regarding operations, economics, management, safety, and security in order to keep up with global industry growth.


Airport User Charges Conference

September 3 - 4, 2015
Panama City, Panama

Airport User Charges Conference

In September 2015 CIFAL Atlanta, in partnership with Airports Council International, organized the Airport User Charges Conference in Panama City. 16 participants from 11 countries were in attendance.

This event aimed to provide a detailed understanding of the international policies applying to airport charges to develop, implement and manage a user charges policy, as well as specific charges/rates, compliant with international regulations and best practice.


Workshop on Aid Reduction and Local and Civil Society in States in Transition

November 2, 2015
Washington, D.C., USA

Workshop on Aid Reduction

In November 2015, in partnership with Kennesaw State University and the U.S. Institute of Peace, Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, CIFAL Atlanta hosted 20 representatives from private and public donor organizations, including the U.S. State Department, international NGOs and representatives from the government security sector and academia.  

The goal of the workshop was to develop planning frameworks to help bilateral and multilateral donors and international NGOs anticipate and address the challenges raised by reductions in financial support (withdrawal) and maximize any potential benefits. It also helped participants identify grassroots strategies for adapting to donor withdrawal that are amenable to scaling and diffusion among local civil society: the ultimate goal being to empower local civil society as donor financial support declines.


Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

July 14, 2015
Atlanta, USA

Mandela Washington Fellowship

On July 14, 2015 CIFAL Atlanta led a presentation for 25 young African leaders from countries including Ghana, Mauritania, South Sudan, Uganda, South Africa, Togo, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Senegal, Liberia, Madagascar, Angola, Kenya, Mali, Swaziland, Burundi, Mauritius and Tanzania, who were chosen to take part in The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. The Fellows were hosted by Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies for six weeks. The six-week long institute was geared towards the preparation of future leaders in public and non-profit organizations and future scholars in public policy and administration.

The experiences and skills attained will allow Fellows to contribute to improving the accountability and transparency of government back home.  Each week participants explored themes that included various topics related to public management and policy, including fiscal decentralization and subnational government finance, tools of public management and policy analysis, public administration, budgeting, civic engagement, and expenditure policy related to education, healthcare and criminal justice. 

As part of the event, CIFAL Atlanta presented on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the role that young professionals can play in implementing the new goals by engaging their local communities.


Gender and Women’s Studies Panel

October 29, 2015
Atlanta, USA

Gender and Women's Studies Panel

As part of the Kennesaw State University (KSU) Year of the Portuguese Speaking World program, CIFAL Atlanta assisted in organizing and moderating a Gender and Women’s Studies Panel on 29th October 2015 on the KSU campus in Kennesaw, Georgia, USA.

Three Brazilianists, who are current professors and researchers from Georgia State University, Spelman College and Kennesaw State University, presented on topics related to the current and historical role of women throughout Brazil. Participants learned about the history and recent research done specifically on sex tourism in Bahia, Brazil, Brazilian women’s filmmaking and intersectionality in the lives of black women activists in Salvador, Brazil. By examining this history, participants were able to better understand the significance of ending discrimination against women in the workplace and “full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision making” in the public life of women, as it pertains to Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

In addition, participants learned how the cultural and sexual economies of tourism are inextricably linked in Salvador, Brazil’s tourism industry and understood better the intersectionality in the lives of black women activists in Salvador. Participants were able to identify forms of violence against women and girls in the public and private spheres within the region, especially as it pertains to sexual exploitation. The three presentations were followed by a lively question and answer period.


Airport Technology & Infrastructure to Support the Best Passenger Experience- Joint Program with CIFAL Merida

November 9, 2015
Mexico City, Mexico

Airport Technology and Infrastructure to Support the Best Passenger Experience

In November 2015, in partnership with CIFAL Merida and SITA, CIFAL Atlanta organized a joint-event with the aim to gather the leaders and actors of the new Mexico City International Airport in order to analyze how intelligent airports are building and adapting their premises and infrastructure to guarantee a seamless and enjoyable travel experience for passengers in Mexico from start to finish. 

The 2-hour discussion forum, with 99 beneficiaries present, took place on the ESIME Ticoman premises, which is part of the Instituto Politécnico Nacional, currently the only University offering aeronautical engineering studies in Mexico City.

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