July - August, 2016
DREFF to Put on its Largest Festival to Date: 45 Films, 140+ Screenings in 11 Cities, and More Than 45 International Guests
DREFF to Put on its Largest Festival to Date: 45 Films, 140+ Screenings in 11 Cities, and More Than 45 International Guests

The Countdown Is On! 6 Days to the Great Environmental Film Celebration in the Dominican Republic, DREFF 2016

Under this year´s motto “Yo Soy Sostenible,” the sixth annual Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) will kick off in Santo Domingo with the movie The True Cost on September 13th, 2016, accompanied by a big celebration of sustainable fashion at Palacio del Cine-Ágora Mall, in Santo Domingo. Don’t miss out on any of it!

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Landfill Harmonic, Winner of the GFN Award 2016, Hosted by DREFF

The winner of this year’s Green Film Network (GFN) Award – the Oscar of environmental filmmaking – has just been announced! Landfill Harmonic, the joint Paraguay/USA production directed by Brad Allgood and Graham Townsley, has been chosen from among nearly 20 competing films representing various other countries. DREFF is proud to be the first host of the annual GFN Award in the Americas. The film – screened during the opening ceremony of DREFF 2015 – will again run during this year’s Closing Ceremony on September 18 in Santo Domingo.

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Calling All Dominican Social Science Undergraduates – Apply Now to Participate in the Global Dominican Academic Exchange Program at Yale University

The Global Dominican Academic Exchange Program (GDAE) is pleased to open the application period for the second consecutive GDAE, “The Yale Experience,” to take place October 9–16, 2016, at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Applications will be received until September 16, 2016. Accepted students will be welcomed by their hosts, the Dominican Student Organization: QuisqueYalies, at Yale University.  Send your application now!

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A Discussion on the Importance of Sustainable Tourism for the Development of the Dominican Republic

On August 31, the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and its sister organization Fundación Global Democracia y Desarollo (Funglode) hosted a panel discussion on the importance of sustainable tourism for development in the Dominican Republic, as part of the official launch of the GFDD/Funglode publication “Challenges for Sustainable Growth through Tourism in the Dominican Republic” by GFDD Fellow Emma Fawcett. Several policy experts the from the NGO community and the Dominican board of tourism joined the report’s author to contribute to the discussion.

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InteRDom Summer Program 2016 Participants Experience an Unforgettable Adventure in the 27 Charcos de Damajagua

The group of students of the InteRDom Summer Program 2016 lived an unforgettable experience on July 2 during their visit to the 27 Charcos del Rio Damajagua in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. This natural treasure has existed for thousands of years but was only recently discovered and is now one of the most visited tourist attractions in the country. For three hours the students, accompanied by InteRDom staff and lifeguards, toured the 27 Charcos and were immersed in different activities. First they traveled a path for about 45 minutes to the waterfalls, then climbed up to the 27th waterfall and came back jumping, swimming, and sliding down natural slides.

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6th DR Environmental Film Festival

Save the Date!
September 13-18, 2016
Dominican Republic



Call for Entries Now Open: GFDD/Funglode Awards

Call for Entries Now Open: GFDD/Funglode AwardsThe Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (Funglode) and the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) have released a call for submissions in their 2016 Awards, now in their 10th edition. The 2016 Funglode/GFDD Awards will be given in the following categories: Essay, Journalism, Novel, Poetry, and Photography. The deadline for entries to this contest is October 3, 2016, by 4:00 pm. Works should be submitted to the Funglode offices in Santo Domingo (Centro de Estudios de la Cultura de Funglode, calle Capitán Eugenio de Marchena #26, La Esperilla, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) or to the GFDD office in New York (780 Third Avenue, 19th floor, New York, NY 10017, USA).

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Death by a Thousand Cuts Screened in Washington, DC: “The ferocious and growing competition for natural resources is fertile ground for social conflict”

Death by a Thousand Cuts Screened in Washington, DCThe Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF), in collaboration with the DC Environmental Film Festival (DCEFF) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), celebrated on July 27th the screening of the film Death by a Thousand Cuts at the E Street Cinema in Washington, DC. Before a full house that required the opening of two screening rooms, the movie’s codirectors Juan Mejía Botero and Jake Kheel and producer Ben Selkow discussed the film and expressed their hope that it would serve to call attention to the implicated parties and generate dialogue and transnational solutions between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

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Join Us for the 8th GFDD Golf Tournament on September 26th in New York!

The Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (Funglode) are pleased to announce the 8th edition of the GFDD Golf Tournament, slated to take place once again at the prestigious Glen Head Country Club in Glen Head, New York, on Monday, September 26th. As a tradition, former Major League Baseball player and long-standing friend of GFDD Juan Marichal will be the Honorary Starter of the tournament. The event will feature the attendance of special guests, as well as the presence of former Dominican Republic president and current president of GFDD/Funglode, Dr. Leonel Fernández.

When: Monday, September 26, 2016
Where: Glen Head Country Club - 240 Glen Cove Road, Glen Head, NY 11545

For more information:
Kenia Hernández
Tel: 212.751.5000


RD2044: Improving Infrastructure to Achieve the Economic, Social and Human Development of the Dominican Republic

GFDD and Funglode invite you to the event RD2044, a multimedia presentation showing the investigation procedure, the concept of the design of the research projects and the planning of the necessary infrastructure in the 32 provinces of the Dominican Republic in order to achieve the economic, social and human development of the country over the next 30 years.

When: Tuesday, September 27th 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Where: Symphony Space - 2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025


“Latinos in USA: An Essential Link to the Future of the Americas”, a conference by Dr. Leonel Fernández

Global Foundation for Democracy and Development, in partnership with Miami Dade College will offer a conference by Dr. Leonel Fernández, president of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development, titled “Latinos in USA:  An Essential Link to the Future of the Americas”. The former president of the Dominican Republic will discuss the development of Latinos in United States and its relationship to Latin America competitiveness, October 4.

When: October 4, 2016
Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm
Where: 7128-ETCOTA Auditorium - 500 NE 2 Avenue, Miami
R.S.V.P.: kenia@globalfoundationdd.org


GFDD Partners with UNA-USA Council of Organizations to Launch Study on Civil Society and Development

The Global Foundation for Democracy and Development in partnership with the United Nations Association of America (UNA-USA) Council of Organizations (COO), the Southern NY State Division of UNA-USA and the League of Women Voters will host a forum in conjunction with the release of a new study on Civil Society and Development, The new study by Vinay Bhargava and colleagues at the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) summarizes major trends reflecting the growing importance of civil society organizations (CSOs) in international development. The event will give particular attention to how civil society organizations can help implement and monitor governance improvement actions in the United Nations Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development (Agenda 2030), especially under SDG 16, at the national and sub-national levels. Finally, it will cover key lessons from PTF’s experience and challenges that CSOs are likely to face in engaging with national governments during implementation and monitoring of governance reforms under Agenda 2030, as well as ideas for helping CSOs address the challenges.

PTF and COO welcome co-sponsors and/or discussants from the COO membership and the NGO/CSO community.

When: Wednesday October 5, 2016
Where: UN Church Center, 777 United Nations Plaza (at 44th Street, between First and Second Avenues), New York, NY 10017.

For more information:
Marc Jourdan
Tel: 212.751.5000


Dominican Film Showcase *Embassy Edition* in Washington, DC

GFDD’s Dominican Film Showcase will be screening a wonderful selection of Dominican films in Washington, DC, in collaboration with the Dominican Republic Embassy in the United States during the Dominican Film Showcase *Embassy Edition*. This initiative is the product of a close partnership between the two entities and the support of the Dominican Republic Film Commission (DGCINE for its acronym in Spanish). The next scheduled screenings for 2016 are:

Friday, October 7, 2016, 5:30pm: Details coming soon! Save the date!
Friday, December 2, 2016, 5:30pm: Details coming soon! Save the date!

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Washington, D.C.
1629 K st. NW Suite 1100 Washington, DC 20006
T: 202.296.1840 - F: 202.315.3368

New York
780 Third Avenue 19th Floor New York, N.Y. 10017
T: 212.751.5000 - F: 202.315.3368