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Submissions from 2003

A comparative study of Land Negotiation Tables as a participatory approach for land conflict resolution in the post-conflict society of Guatemala, Bettina Borggraefe

Polish NGOs abroad : a case study of third sector diplomacy relationships, Julie Boudreaux

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Polish NGOs abroad : a case study of third sector diplomacy relationships, Julie Boudreaux

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International student participation trends in U.S. distance learning undergraduate degree programs, Sandra L. Brosious

International student participation trends in U.S. distance learning undergraduate degree programs, Sandra L. Brosious

Post-Conflict Social Recovery towards Sustainable Development and Lasting Peace: A Case Study of a Local Peace Initiative in North Maluku, Indonesia, Menchita O. Caramat

Post-Conflict Social Recovery towards Sustainable Development and Lasting Peace: A Case Study of a Local Peace Initiative in North Maluku, Indonesia, Menchita O. Caramat

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Maya-Tseltal women : social change in a community development and empowerment process, Sandra Beatriz Castro

Maya-Tseltal women : social change in a community development and empowerment process, Sandra Beatriz Castro

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A comparison study of faith-based and secular after-school programs, Steve Chaplain

A comparison study of faith-based and secular after-school programs, Steve Chaplain

Non-Governmental Organization Participation in the SA8000 Standard: The Challenges and Benefits of Southern Ngo Accreditation in the SA8000 System, Krisha Corbo

Non-Governmental Organization Participation in the SA8000 Standard: The Challenges and Benefits of Southern Ngo Accreditation in the SA8000 System, Krisha Corbo

The impact of Programming for Impact : a study on evaluation methods and the RSVP Program, Heather Lynn Curtin

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The impact of Programming for Impact : a study on evaluation methods and the RSVP Program, Heather Lynn Curtin

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Cross-cultural communication, Arther Desomoeur

Cross-cultural communication, Arther Desomoeur

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Capacity building of grassroots organizations, M. Devadhason

Capacity building of grassroots organizations, M. Devadhason

Third country resettlement : an evaluation of the International Rescue Committee Refugee Resettlement Program in the Salt Lake City area, Craig Patrick Dixon

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Third country resettlement : an evaluation of the International Rescue Committee Refugee Resettlement Program in the Salt Lake City area, Craig Patrick Dixon

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A post-colonial theoretical perspective : the case of Belize, Jacqueline Dragone

A post-colonial theoretical perspective : the case of Belize, Jacqueline Dragone

Fundraising after a Calamity: How Non-Profit Organizations Deal with a Post-Tragedy Scenario, Sherry Dutton

Fundraising after a Calamity: How Non-Profit Organizations Deal with a Post-Tragedy Scenario, Sherry Dutton

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An overview of the microfinance sector and its role in development, Herbert Pasipanodya Dzapata

An overview of the microfinance sector and its role in development, Herbert Pasipanodya Dzapata

Youth and Social Change: Using Facilitative Leadership Practices for Youth Empowerment, Scott Enebo

Does experience speak? : a study of the perceptions and actions of select expatriate English teachers with three months to seven years experience in Japan within the classroom culture of Japanese students studying English, Matthew Eng

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Does experience speak? : a study of the perceptions and actions of select expatriate English teachers with three months to seven years experience in Japan within the classroom culture of Japanese students studying English, Matthew Eng

Project Stakeholder Input for Successful Monitoring & Evaluation Systems: A Guatemala Case Study, Bethany Esch

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A comparative analysis of domestic violence services for refugee women living in California, Melisa Esposti

A comparative analysis of domestic violence services for refugee women living in California, Melisa Esposti

International Development Training Design: Does Culture Count?, Joanna Flagler

International Development Training Design: Does Culture Count?, Joanna Flagler

Community Supported…Anything: Applying Concepts and Practices of Community Supported Agriculture to a Variety of Products in Vermont, Gregory Hellmann Flatt

Community Supported…Anything: Applying Concepts and Practices of Community Supported Agriculture to a Variety of Products in Vermont, Gregory Hellmann Flatt

The impact of a cross-cultural service learning program on the host communities of central Ecuador, Amy E. Fox

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The impact of a cross-cultural service learning program on the host communities of central Ecuador, Amy E. Fox

“Who Feels It Knows It”: Grenadian Small Farmers’ Perspectives on Neo-Liberal Development, Sharon Gralnick

“Who Feels It Knows It”: Grenadian Small Farmers’ Perspectives on Neo-Liberal Development, Sharon Gralnick

Student perceptions of the benefits of service-learning and study abroad opportunities in Australia and New Zealand, Kristi S. Hanratty

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Student perceptions of the benefits of service-learning and study abroad opportunities in Australia and New Zealand, Kristi S. Hanratty

Assessing the self-esteem outcome of work done by Peace Corps volunteers working with youth in Ecuador, Wendy Hason

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Assessing the self-esteem outcome of work done by Peace Corps volunteers working with youth in Ecuador, Wendy Hason

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How can CSA farmers in Vermont effectively incorporate low-income members of the community?, Cynthia M. Hellman

How can CSA farmers in Vermont effectively incorporate low-income members of the community?, Cynthia M. Hellman

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Lights, - camera, - action! : community organizations' use of Brattleboro Community Television as a communication tool in Brattleboro, VT, Dawn Hoff

Lights, - camera, - action! : community organizations' use of Brattleboro Community Television as a communication tool in Brattleboro, VT, Dawn Hoff

Re-entry strategies employed by students at the School for International Training, Stephen P. Holland-Wempe

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Re-entry strategies employed by students at the School for International Training, Stephen P. Holland-Wempe

Content creation in Bhutan for ICT mediated sustainable development, James Houle

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Content creation in Bhutan for ICT mediated sustainable development, James Houle

The Causes of Entrepreneurial Success in BRAC Micro – finance Program, Ahmed Khalid Hyder

The Causes of Entrepreneurial Success in BRAC Micro – finance Program, Ahmed Khalid Hyder

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The impact of IES students on Japanese host families : Japanese host families' intercultural development, Yumiko Ikeda

The impact of IES students on Japanese host families : Japanese host families' intercultural development, Yumiko Ikeda

How do artists relate to emotional stress and what relevance does that have for those using art in the intercultural field?, Quinton L. Jackson

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How do artists relate to emotional stress and what relevance does that have for those using art in the intercultural field?, Quinton L. Jackson

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Bilingual first-generation Chinese immigrants' use of ethnic Chinese media in the United Sates, Joy Yi Jia

Bilingual first-generation Chinese immigrants' use of ethnic Chinese media in the United Sates, Joy Yi Jia

Using relations between Japanese and Korean international students in U.S. universities as a model for international peace building, Manami Kaneko

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Using relations between Japanese and Korean international students in U.S. universities as a model for international peace building, Manami Kaneko

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Vipassana meditation : its role in prison reform and reintegration of prisoners in society, Akanksa Kela

Vipassana meditation : its role in prison reform and reintegration of prisoners in society, Akanksa Kela

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Intercultural learning in the liberal arts : the role of multicultural and international educators, Kathleen S. Knaul

Intercultural learning in the liberal arts : the role of multicultural and international educators, Kathleen S. Knaul

The Somaliland Experiment: Issues of Identity and Recognition for a Nation, Erica Krug

The Somaliland Experiment: Issues of Identity and Recognition for a Nation, Erica Krug

A study of the affect of tax policies towards environmental NGOs in China, Hanying Li

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A study of the affect of tax policies towards environmental NGOs in China, Hanying Li

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Mindful mediation : a comparative study on the stages of mindfulness and the role of the mediator, Katherine Limon

Mindful mediation : a comparative study on the stages of mindfulness and the role of the mediator, Katherine Limon

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How to effectively develop the market for Chinese films in the U.S., Hangyu Liu

How to effectively develop the market for Chinese films in the U.S., Hangyu Liu

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Subsidizing peace : a study of funders and CR success, Brooke Elizabeth Loder

Subsidizing peace : a study of funders and CR success, Brooke Elizabeth Loder

Some obstacles to the implementation of effective curriculum for the instruction and practice of commercialization for the Mayan Kekchi´ of rural Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, Imani Lucas

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Some obstacles to the implementation of effective curriculum for the instruction and practice of commercialization for the Mayan Kekchi´ of rural Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, Imani Lucas

A review of current research on the health risks and safety of genetically engineered foods, Kathryn Madigan

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A review of current research on the health risks and safety of genetically engineered foods, Kathryn Madigan

Identity Borderlands: What Opportunities Can They Offer Us?, Laurie McDonnell

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Identity Borderlands: What Opportunities Can They Offer Us?, Laurie McDonnell

Egoistic, Altruistic, or Pacifistic: Volunteers' Motivations to Serve, Jennifer McGowan

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Egoistic, Altruistic, or Pacifistic: Volunteers' Motivations to Serve, Jennifer McGowan

The Relationship Between Activism and Collective Living at the Colibri Urban Housing Collective, Inc., Carrie Miller

Identifying the Resistance to Counseling Problem Gamblers in the State of Vermont, Joy K. Mitchell

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Identifying the Resistance to Counseling Problem Gamblers in the State of Vermont, Joy K. Mitchell

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Managing US federal grants to impact sustainable development : a case of PIDT in Benin, Vincent M. Mugisha

Managing US federal grants to impact sustainable development : a case of PIDT in Benin, Vincent M. Mugisha

Effects of the Maquila Industry on Nogales, Sonora, Andrea Muilenburg

Effects of the Maquila Industry on Nogales, Sonora, Andrea Muilenburg

Orphans in Cambodia: A Case Study of Families of Children in a Public Orphanage, Misaka Nakajima

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Orphans in Cambodia: A Case Study of Families of Children in a Public Orphanage, Misaka Nakajima

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Assessing Institutional Capacity: The Case of Fundacion Cristo Redentor, Robert B. Natiello

Assessing Institutional Capacity: The Case of Fundacion Cristo Redentor, Robert B. Natiello

Meeting the Needs of International Students on the Internet, Erika Therese Nelson

Meeting the Needs of International Students on the Internet, Erika Therese Nelson

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The Study of the Factors Affecting Sustainability of Community Groups in a Remote District of Nepal, Dutta Narayan Ojha

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The Role of the Project Diacom in Reconciliation in Bosnia, Vahidin Omanovic