News – Fellows Program
Interested in Conducting Research in the Dominican Republic?
February 12, 2020
Join our community of scholars that contributes to the growing body of research on matters of international concern directly impacting the Dominican Republic. Fellows Program, an initiative of GFDD and Funglode, accepts applications from Masters and PhD level candidates and it seeks to generate thought-provoking and innovative new research on issues at the forefront of […]
GFDD and John Jay College of Criminal Justice Presented Results of Research on Prison Reform in the Dominican Republic and the SDGs
December 12, 2019
New York, NY – On Tuesday, December 10th 2019, Jennifer Peirce, PhD Candidate in Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY Graduate Center in New York City and 2017 GFDD/Funglode Research Fellow, presented her work on “Prison Reform in the Dominican Republic and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”. The presentation, held […]
Learning about Prison Reform in the Dominican Republic and the SDGs
November 22, 2019
On Tuesday, December 10th 2019, Jennifer Peirce, PhD Candidate in Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY Graduate Center in New York City and GFDD Research Fellow, will present her work on “Prison Reform in the Dominican Republic and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”. This is a GFDD initiative under its Fellows Program, […]
New Study on Prison Reform in the Dominican Republic launched
July 24, 2019
Jennifer Peirce, holder of a master’s in international relations—published on July 23 at Funglode—through GFDD’s Fellows program. Santo Domingo – Throughout 15 years of political changes and budgetary restrictions, the Dominican New Prison Management Model has adapted, integrated lessons, and shared its experiences and tools with neighbor countries in Latin America. The model stands in […]
Announcing the Launch of GFDD/Funglode Fellow Christina C. Davidson’s “Analysis of Evangelical Christianity in the Dominican Republic”
November 12, 2018
On Tuesday, November 27 the most recent publication of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development and la Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (GFDD/Funglode) Fellows Program will be launched at Funglode headquarters in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic.
Expert Highlights that it is Necessary to Invest in Youth Training for the Development of a Dominican Volunteer System
August 13, 2018
It is necessary to invest in training, simplify processes and establish mechanisms of responsibilities in order to contribute to the development of a volunteer movement in the Dominican Republic, explained expert Megan D. Beddow during the presentation of her recent study on “Key Factor of Dominican Volunteerism.”
Funglode/GFDD Announce Launching of Publication on Volunteerism in the Dominican Republic
July 31, 2018
The Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (Funglode), along with Funglode – its sister organization in the Dominican Republic – and its Fellows Program, cordially invite the general public to the presentation of the publication ‘Fundamentals of the Dominican Voluntary Sector”, written by Megan D. Beddow.
GFDD & FUNGLODE Host the Release of the Book ‘Fundamentals of the Dominican Voluntary Sector’ by Ms. Megan Beddow
February 16, 2018
Seeking to enhance the dialog about the role and importance of Non-Governmental Organizations in the Dominican Republic and worldwide, GFDD & Funglode hosted the release of the book “Fundamentals of the Dominican Voluntary Sector”, at UN Church Center on Thursday, February 15th. The presentation is the last addition to the publication series; Research and Ideas. It outlines the findings of a study carried out by the 2015 GFDD Research Fellow, Megan D. Beddow, which aim to analyze
the external environmental factors and internal organizational characteristics that shape the NGOs of the Dominican Republic while illustrating the classic evolution of the voluntary sector in a developing country.
Newest GFDD Fellow Sergio Morales Will Research Environmental Impact Assessment Tools in the Dominican Republic
October 17, 2016
The Fellows Program, an initiative of GFDD and FUNGLODE, in collaboration with the Instituto Global de Altos Estudios en Ciencias Sociales (IGLOBAL), is glad to introduce its latest scholar Sergio Morales, PhD candidate in Law and Political Science from the University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain. Sergio’s research will focus on the environmental impact assessment as a tool for environmental risk management situations of uncertainty in scientific and in the fight against
climate change around the in the legislative reality of Spain and the Dominican Republic.
“We Need to Ensure that Economic Development Reaches the Country’s Poorest” states GFDD Fellow Emma Fawcett during Publication Launch
August 31, 2016
GFDD Fellow Emma Fawcett was joined today by a panel of experts for the launch of the latest publication by the Fellows Program titled Challenges for Sustainable Growth through Tourism in the Dominican Republic at GFDD headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The Fellows Program Welcomes the New Researchers to the Dominican Republic
June 20, 2016
The Fellows Program, an initiative of GFDD and Funglode, is glad to receive scholars Fenix Arias, PhD in Urban Education from City University of New York (CUNY); Aireona Bonnie Raschke, PhD candidate in Biology and Society at Arizona State University; Melvin Alvarez-Ortez, MA candidate in Marine Affairs from University of Rhode Island (URI); andwith the objective of strengthening the community of scholars. They will contribute to the expansion of academic research pertaining to
social and economic development, the environment and global governance.
Newest Fellow Aireona Bonnie Raschke Researches Ecotourism Development in the Caribbean through the Whale Watching Industry in the Dominican Republic
February 11, 2016
The Fellows Program, an initiative of GFDD and FUNGLODE, is happy to introduce its latest scholar Aireona Bonnie Raschke, PhD candidate in Biology and Society at Arizona State University. Aireona’s research focuses on ecotourism development and the whale watching industry in the Caribbean, and its effect on native cetacean species and local communities in the Dominican Republic. Her field work through the Fellows Program will be conducted over the spring and summer of 2016.
“This is the moment to strengthen relations between China and the Dominican Republic and to take them to the next level,” GFDD Fellow Yuan Li says
December 11, 2015
As part of the release of the latest publication in the series, Research and Ideas, entitled, “Dominican Republic and P.R. China: Exchange, Trade, and Investment,” the Fellows Program of the GFDD/Funglode invited GFDD Fellow Yuan Li to give a special presentation of her research findings at Funglode headquarters in Santo Domingo on Friday December 11, 2015.
GFDD/Funglode to Host Panel Discussion and Fellows Publication Launch on the Economic Influence of China in the Dominican Republic
November 17, 2015
To commemorate the launch of its Research & Ideas publication series titled Dominican Republic and P.R. China: Exchange, Trade and Investment, GFDD & Funglode will host a presentation of the study in Santo Domingo by GFDD Fellow and author of the publication, Ms. Yuan Li. In addition to commenting on the findings contained in her work, Ms. Li will participate in a panel discussion together with other international policy experts on the economic influence of
China in the Dominican Republic.
GFDD Fellows Present Climate Change Adaptation Research Findings through Book Launch Event at University of Rhode Island
October 29, 2015
In the third and final installment of the release of the latest publication in the series, Research and Ideas, entitled, “Climate Change in the Dominican Republic: Impact on Coastal Resources and Communities,” the Fellows Program of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) invited GFDD Fellows Hilary Lohmann and Mat Rosa to give a special presentation of their research findings at their alma mater, the University of Rhode
Island (URI) on October 29, 2015. The presentations were followed by a panel discussion and Q & A with the Fellows and an expert in the field, Donald Robadue, Senior Coastal Manager at the University’s Coastal Resources Center (CRC).
Announcing Fellows Publication Launch and Panel Discussion on Climate Change Adaptation at the University of Rhode Island
October 27, 2015
The Fellows Program is excited to host a panel discussion and publication launch for a new edition of the GFDD publication series, Research and Ideas, on Thursday October 29, 2015, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the University of Rhode Island (URI) in Kingston, Rhode Island. The publication, titled: Climate Change in the Dominican Republic: Coastal Resources and Communities, is co-authored by 2014 GFDD Fellows, Ms. Hilary Lohmann and Mr. Mat Rosa, post graduate
alumni in Marine Affairs at URI, who will be presenting on the panel.
DREFF and Other Green Film Network Members Recognize and Support BIFED
October 26, 2015
In light of recent attacks in Ankara, Turkey, the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) and other members of the Green Film Network (GFN) are expressing their support for Bozcaada International Festival of Ecological Documentary (BIFED), a fellow international film festival.
DREFF Present at 16th Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival in Toronto
October 23, 2015
The Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF), a GFDD initiative, was represented last night at the opening of the Planet in Focus Film Festival, which takes place in Toronto until Sunday, October 25th. The festival is Canada’s leading environmental film festival, and the first of its kind in the world. This year marks its 16th anniversary, and boasts a full schedule of film screenings and events for the industry, as well as activities aimed at primary and secondary
The Film Racing Extinction and Prize-Winning Director, Louie Psihoyos, Bring DREFF 2015 to a Close
September 14, 2015
The film Racing Extinction and its award-winning director, Louie Psihoyos, honored a total of 120 screenings yesterday, which took place over the course of 6 days, in 11 cities in the country and at the 30 locations of the 5th annual Dominican Environmental Film Festival. National and international guests, representatives of government and non-governmental organizations, experts and the general public attended last night to see one of the most anticipated documentaries in the past
years, which was shown in Santo Domingo last night before its worldwide television premiere a few weeks from now.
GFDD Publication “Lo Dominicano | All Things Dominican” Launches in Conjunction with 5th Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival
September 11, 2015
“Lo Dominicano” (All Things Dominican), a new publication of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD), was published this Friday September 11, as a part of the 5th Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF).
US Embassy supports DREFF 2015
September 10, 2015
The United States Embassy in the Dominican Republic supported the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) in its fifth edition. The award allowed five U.S. filmmakers to visit DREFF, September 8-13, 2015, and to screen their films to Dominican audiences around the country. Ruth Urry, Cultural Attaché of the American Embassy in Santo Domingo, gave warm remarks on the opening night of DREFF, thanking the opportunity to be part of this initiative, consistent with
their sustainable development aims, and their academic and cultural exchange programs in the country.
Opening Night of the DREFF 2015 Starts a Great Week of Films and Environmental Education in 11 Cities across the Country
September 9, 2015
The 5th Dominican Environmental Film Festival, which will be held from September 8th to 11th in 11 cities in the country, was inaugurated in Santo Domingo yesterday with the film Landfill Harmonic and the special presence of its protagonists: the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura from Paraguay, who are the guests of honor at this year’s festival. In a room full of people at the Palacio del Cine at Ágora Mall, international and national guests, environmental
experts, representatives of governmental bodies and non-governmental organizations, and spectators of all ages were present for a night filled with good movies, surprises. and lots of emotion.
100 Loyola Students Learn How to Make Environmental Short Films in 72 Hours
September 8, 2015
In an effort to train a new generation of Dominican filmmakers to spread the message about environmental protection and sustainable development, the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) offered a workshop to students at Colegio Loyola in Santo Domingo. The workshop is called “Environmental Short Films in 72 Hours.”
The DREFF and a New Generation of Dominican Filmmakers
September 7, 2015
The 5th Dominican International Film Festival, which will be held on September 8 to 13th in 11 cities in the country, aims to develop a new generation of environmental filmmakers. In this year’s festival, in addition to the panels and forums with national and international experts that will be held after each screening, the DREFF will hold 4 workshops and two master classes. Funglode´s headquaters will welcome a workshop on DSLR technology and low-cost film-making, the master class
by director Denis Delestrac called “My 10 Rules for Making Documentaries” and the workshop “Green Activism: Promoting Environmental Consciousness through Images.”
San Juan de la Maguana Welcomes the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival Once Again
September 1, 2015
From September 9 to 12, San Juan de la Maguana will be one of the 11 cities to welcome this year the 5th annual Dominican Environmental Film Festival, an initiative of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (Funglode). The Monina Cámpora Cultural Center is the chosen stage for activities and free screenings. On Wednesday, September 9th, at 6:00 pm, the inauguration of the festival will take place with the screening
of the documentary The Wisdom to Survive and the participation of the producer Angela Alston and other special guests from the country and elsewhere.
Jon Bowermaster to be Guest of Honor at DREFF 2015
August 31, 2015
The Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF), and initiative of GFDD/Funglode, is honored and excited to announce filmmaker, author, and award-winning journalist Jon Bowermaster as a guest of honor at this year’s festival. Jon will be present at the screenings of his film Antarctica, On the Edge 3D, and will be leading a panel discussion at the Academy of Sciences in Santo Domingo. We are also excited to announce that Bowermaster will be
receiving an award of recognition for Inspirational Documentary Films.
Environmental Activism Runs in the Family- Bobbi and Emily Hunter to Attend DREFF 2015
August 31, 2015
A mother-daughter activist duo, Bobbi and Emily Hunter are no strangers to encouraging environmental change. As the wife and child, respectively, of Bob Hunter, the first president of Greenpeace, the family has always been involved in environmental awareness. Bobbi and Emily will be present at the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) this September as representatives for the screenings of two movies; Activism 2.0 and How to
Change the World. Additionally, the Hunters will be receiving an award of Recognition in Outstanding Contributions to Environmental Awareness.
5th Annual Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival Also Comes to Puerto Plata
August 28, 2015
Yamile Eusebio, Operations Director, gave the details on the upcoming environmental film festival, which will take place against the backdrop of places such as the Sosúa Bay Hotel, Gregorio Urbano Gilbert Polytechnic School, and Santa Rosa de Lima College.
New Phone App for DREFF 2015 Puts Information at Your Fingertips!
August 28, 2015
GFDD/Funglode are excited to announce the availability of the new app for the upcoming Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF)! With the app, you can access information on film panels, workshops, activities, exhibit listings, and more!<
The Recycled Orchestra of Cautera and film Landfill Harmonic Kick Off the 5th Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival
August 27, 2015
The 5th edition of the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) is proud to present the Recycled Orchestra of Cautera and its Director, Favio Chávez, as guests of honor and the stars of the DREFF opening night. Opening night will be held in Santo Domingo on September 8th at the Palacio del Cine de Ágora Mall and will feature a screening of the film starring the Orchestra, Landfill Harmonic. The Recycled Orchestra of Cautera will also be
traveling to Punta Cana, where they’ll participate in a special presentation on September 10th at 8:00 pm, in the Puntacana Village.
Community Activities Encourage Involvement at the DREFF
August 26, 2015
Along with screening over 30 inspiring films, the DREFF will host multiple community activities during the week of the festival this September. These activities range from demonstrations and contests to exhibits and hands-on activities. The goal of these activities at the DREFF is to promote dialogue and the exchange of knowledge and experience, and inspire Dominicans to adopt actions that contribute to the appreciation, conservation, and sustainable use of their environmental
More than 35 films, 30 venues, 11 cities, 40 special guests and 12 countries in the DREFF 2015
August 24, 2015
Over 35 films, documentaries, and national and international short films will be displayed at the fifth edition of the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) taking place September 8-13, in cities across the Dominican Republic. With hot topics that range from recycling and activism, to food waste and animal extinction, a total of 11 cities across the country will host over 30 screening venues for those in attendance.
San Francisco de Macorís Hosts 5th Edition of Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival
August 24, 2015
The 5th edition of the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF), an initiative of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (Funglode) is opening in San Francisco de Macorís on Wednesday September 9th through Friday the 11th.
“A Solid Local Business Base is Necessary to Improve Economic Development in the Dominican Republic,” Dr. Caraballo Cueto on Local Capacity Development
July 31, 2015
Dr. José G. Caraballo Cueto, who holds a PhD. in Economics from the New School for Social Research, spoke at the launch of the Fellows Program publication, “Capacidad local para beneficiarse de la globalización y aumentar el empleo: El caso de la República Dominicana.”
The Countdown to DREFF 2015 is on!
July 22, 2015
The countdown has begun. The calendars are marked and everything you have wanted to know about the fifth edition of the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) is now available on the official website. The entertaining and easy to use website will collect information on films, special guests as well as the cities and venues hosting the Festival from September 8-13. It will keep you on top of the screenings and activities that will revolve around a common theme this
year: Toward an Agreement on Climate Change, United Nations 2015.
Leonel Fernández Addresses Research Congress on Innovation
July 6, 2015
As part of his presentation, Dr. Fernández urged the country’s universities to intensify their efforts to produce innovative knowledge.
DREFF Arrives in Barahona for the First Time
July 4, 2015
Dozens of students from the health and education fields at the Catholic University of Technology of Barahona (UCATEBA, by its acronym in Spanish) participated in the screening of the documentary Extinction in Progress, as part of the year round environmental screenings of the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF). This activity is part of the interagency agreement signed this year between the DREFF and the Red de Universidades
Ambientales (RAUDO), through which, among other things, a schedule of projections is developed all-year-round.
GFDD/DREFF and FUNIBER: Promoting Sustainable Development Awareness in the Dominican Republic
June 25, 2015
The Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) and the Fundación Universitaria Iberoamericana (FUNIBER) hosted a lecture on sustainable development. The event was held at the Barceló Hotel in Santo Domingo with approximately 100 people in attendance.
GFDD Fellow Henry Montero stresses how Cognitive Behavioral Therapy improves practical thinking and diminishes the delusions of Parkinson’s disease patients
June 11, 2015
GFDD & Funglode hosted a special side event at the United Nations during the 8th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on Thursday June 11. The lunchtime event, moderated by Marc Jourdan, GFDD UN Representative, presented the latest addition to the publication series Research and Ideas: a research study carried out by Henry A. Montero, a 2014 GFDD fellow on the topic of ‘Treating Parkinson’s
Disease Psychosis with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy’.
Screening of “Planet Ocean” Closes Week of Environmental Awareness at Unibe
June 8, 2015
Thanks to the agreement between the Dominican Universities Environmental Network (RAUDO by its acronym in Spanish) and GFDD’s Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF), the 2015 Environment Week hosted several screenings of environmental films, in addition to exhibitions, lectures, and workshops on creative recycling.
Fellows Program Welcomes Newest Program Participant Megan Beddow
June 5, 2015
The Fellows Program, an initiative of The Global foundation For Democracy and Development (GFFD) and Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (Funglode), is pleased to receive Megan Beddow into the program. Megan has earned a Bachelor Degree from Florida Southern College in math, sociology, and Spanish, and is currently a candidate of a double degree (MA and MPA) in the University of Indiana. Her field of research includes the operation of nonprofit organizations, community
development, and social entrepreneurship, with a focus on communities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Megan is currently seeking to use her analytical skills for international development.
UNIBE Students Join the Creative Recycling Wave with the ReCrearte Program
June 5, 2015
As part of the celebration of the Environment Week 2015, on June 2, Unibe hosted an orientation session on ReCrearte, GFDD/Funglode creative recycling program. A total of 65 students majoring in Marketing, Medicine and Advertising joined the “green” wave of creative recycling. In addition, after the lecture, the young people enjoyed GFDD’s award-winning documentary “Garbage or Resource? A Dominican Republic Experience,” which provides an overview of solid waste
management at the national level, and provides practical solutions for its management.
UNIBE Kicks Off Environment Week 2015 With Film Screening
June 4, 2015
UNIBE formally opened Environment Week 2015 – dedicated this year to the prestigious biologist and environmentalist Celeste Mir– with a screening of Lago Enriquillo: Preludio del cambio climático (Lake Enriquillo: Prelude to Climate Change). The film’s director, Fernando Báez, was present at the event, which was organized through UNIBE’s partnership with the Dominican Environmental Film Festival, an initiative of
DREFF and Dominican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Work Together to Promote Social-Economic Development
May 27, 2015
The Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of the Dominican Republic signed a collaboration agreement with the aim of promoting sustainable social-economic development and environmental awareness in the Dominican Republic. Natasha Despotovic, Executive Director of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD), and Bautista Rojas Gómez, Environment and Natural Resources Minister, signed the agreement,
the goals of which include promoting a culture that encourages the proper management and use of natural resources in Dominican society.
Upcoming Environmental Film Screenings at UNIBE University
May 8, 2015
Public screenings of Lago Enriquillo… Prelude to Climate Change; Last Call; Planet Ocean; and the GFDD production Garbage or Resource: A Dominican Republic Experience will take place at UNIBE University during the first week of June. The screenings are part of the year-round Environmental Film Screenings Program, and take place during the 2015 Semana del Ambiente of UNIBE.
The Environmental Network of Dominican Universities Joins as a Strategic Ally of DREFF
April 30, 2015
The Environmental Network of Dominican Universities (RAUDO by its Spanish acronym), has signed an agreement with the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF), where both sides expressed interest in supporting the diffusion and development of activities to raise environmental awareness in the country, particularly in universities.
GFDD Presents Book on Sustainable Development at International Book Fair Santo Domingo 2015
April 28, 2015
GFDD presented “Towards Sustainable Development and the Green Economy in the Dominican Republic: National and International Context, Legislation and Practical Guide for the Home and Office,” at the XVIII International Book Fair Santo Domingo 2015, held April 23 through May 4.
Meet Megan Beddow, GFDD/FUNGLODE Fellow Researching Nonprofit Management in the Dominican Republic
April 27, 2015
The Fellows Program, an initiative of GFDD and FUNGLODE, is excited to introduce its newest scholar, Megan Beddow, dual master’s candidate in Public Affairs and Arts at Indiana University. Megan’s research focuses on nonprofit partnerships and institutionality in the Dominican Republic, and is slated to begin in June 2015.
DREFF Establishes New Partnership with India’s CMS Vatavaran Environment and Wildlife Film Festival
April 24, 2015
The Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF), a Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) initiative, signed an agreement with India’s International Environment and Wildlife Film Festival and Forum, CMS Vatavaran. With this agreement, DREFF expands its outreach by partnering with a festival in Asia, reinforcing its mission of developing global networks for the discussion of pressing issues and possible solutions.
“We need everyday people to be involved in sustainable development,” Says Glenn Denning
April 22, 2015
Glenn Denning, director of the New York office of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), said the goals of sustainable development cannot be just a document, that they have to be more than a call to action. “There must be a way for them to be implemented and for that, financing is necessary,” he said.
70 Students from Santiago and San Pedro de Macorís Participated in the II Environmental Excursion: Recycling for a Better Planet
April 19, 2015
A group of 70 students from Santiago and San Pedro de Macorís participated in the II Environmental Excursion: Recycling for a Better Planet, organized by GFDD/Funglode and Siempre Más and Fundsazurza foundations. The youths visited Fundsazurza facilities in the capital, Santo Domingo, where they learned about the ReCrearte program and enjoyed the short documentary Garbage or Resource? A Dominican Republic Experience, both initiatives of GFDD/Funglode.
DREFF and Instituto IBERIA Join Forces to Raise Awareness of the Environment in the Dominican Republic
April 8, 2015
The Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF), and initiative of GFDD/Funglode, signed a collaboration agreement with Instituto IBERIA that will help to continue increasing awareness of sustainable socio-economic development in the Dominican Republic, thereby promoting the exchange of experiences, knowledge, research and environmental awareness in general in the country, while foster a culture that encourages proper management and use of natural resources in Dominican
DREFF and UNIBE Sign Agreement to Raise Environmental Awareness and Promote Sustainable Development in the Dominican Republic
April 3, 2015
The Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF), an initiative of GFDD/Funglode, signed a collaborative agreement with the Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE, by its Spanish acronym), to support activities that promotes sustainable development in the Dominican Republic. The contract was signed by Dr. Julio Amado Castaños Guzmán, Vice-chancellor of the academic institution, and Natasha Despotovic, GFDD and DREFF Executive Director.
More Than 90 People Participate in La Vega in the Presentation about ReCrearte
March 27, 2015
More than 90 people, including students and teachers from public and private schools as well as representatives of Cooperativa de Ahorros y Préstamos Vega Real, participated on March 25th in the talk organized by ReCrearte in the town of La Vega, as part of the XXII edition of the Geography Week, in collaboration with Listin Diario’s Plan Lea, under the slogan "More Food, Less Pollution."
100 Students Attended the DREFF Year-Round Environmental Film Screenings in San Antonio de Guerra
March 26, 2015
One hundred students from four public schools located in the Dominican district of San Antonio de Guerra enjoyed the screening of the short film Circular, by Mexican filmmakers Aránzazu Zamora and Alexandra Castellano. The activity, organized by the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) and the Institute of Environmental Law of the Dominican Republic (IDADR for its acronym in Spanish), took place on March 25 of this year. The Apolinar Concepción,
Arcadia Reyes, Cleotilde Castillo and Tomás Hernández Franco schools participated in the event that was held as part of the implementation of the Eco-Schools program and in the framework of DREFF’s Year-Round Environmental Film Screenings program.
Dominican Evening at the EFF
March 20, 2015
The Dominican Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) hosted a Dominican evening as part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (EFF), with screenings and a panel at the Gala Hispanic Theater. Lago Enriquillo: Preludio del cambio climático and Mañana, winner of the Globo Verde Dominicano Award 2014, were shown to an enthusiastic audience who sought to know more about the environmental situation in the Dominican Republic and its
exquisite natural resources. The DREFF – an initiative of GFDD – also organized a panel discussion that followed the screenings. Natasha Despotovic, Executive Director of the DREFF, oversaw the panel and introduced the films’ directors, Fernando Báez and Carlos García.
DREFF: Special Guest at the DC Environmental Film Festival Opening in Washington, D.C.
March 18, 2015
The Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF), a GFDD’s initiative, was invited as a special guest to the opening night and launch party of the 23rd Annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF). The opening was held at a fully packed Elihu Root Auditorium of the Carnegie Institution for Science on March 17, 2015 with the Washington, D.C. premiere of Bikes vs. Cars.
Students from Santiago and Santo Domingo Travel to the Cocoa Trail with RDescubre Program
March 18, 2015
A group of 50 outstanding students from 10 schools in Santiago and Santo Domingo participated yesterday in the educational excursion to theCocoa Trail, in the province of San Francisco de Macorís, an excursion organized by GFDD/Funglode’s RDescubre program, in collaboration with Plan Lean of Listín Diario.
GFDD Submits Written Statement on the Eradication of Violence against Women in the Dominican Republic for the Opening Ceremony of CSW 59
March 10, 2015
Following the Opening Ceremony of the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59) on Monday March 9, 2015, the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) released a written statement on the official website of CSW59 on the topic of the eradication of violence against women, calling for a coordinated response to this pandemic at all levels and by all relevant stakeholder groups.
Governments Agree to Step Up Action to Achieve Gender Equality at Opening Ceremony of CSW59
March 9, 2015
GFDD was present as the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status (CSW59) opened today before a packed General Assembly Hall at United Nations Headquarters. With record attendance by civil society, the conference hall was rapidly filled to capacity, forcing CSW59 organizers to send the remaining participants to two extra overflow rooms from which they could view the opening ceremony. During the event, governments also agreed to step up action to achieve gender equality.
Newest Fellow Jenna Giandoni Researches the Impact of Investments in Sustainable Environmental Projects in the Dominican Republic
February 17, 2015
The Fellows Program, an initiative of GFDD and FUNGLODE, is happy to introduce its latest scholar Jenna Giandoni, dual master’s candidate in Business Administration and Science Environmental Management & Sustainability at Illinois Institute of Technology. Jenna’s research focuses on impact investing as it is applied to environmentally sustainable businesses in the Dominican Republic. Her field work through the Fellows Program will be conducted over a three month period, from
January to March 2015.
Major Changes Needed for Financing Development Post-2015
December 18, 2014
Global Foundation for Democracy and Development, in collaboration with the UN Association of the United States of America Council of Organizations (UNA-USA COO), convened a panel of speakers at the UN Church Center on December 18, 2014 to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations (UN).
New Fellow Christina Davidson Explores the History of Protestantism in the Dominican Republic
December 17, 2014
The Fellows Program, an initiative of GFDD and FUNGLODE, is excited to introduce its newest scholar Christina Davidson, doctoral candidate in history at Duke University. Christina’s body of research focuses on Latin America and the Caribbean with a specialty in Dominican History. Her dissertation, entitled, “Converting Spanish Hispaniola: Transnational Genealogies and Racial Politics of Protestantism in the Dominican Republic,” explores the intersection of
national, racial, and religious imaginaries and how ideas about race, religion, and the nation change across time and within the transnational, circum-Caribbean world.
Meet Hilary Lohmann, GFDD/FUNGLODE Fellow Researching Resource Dependency for Coastal Communities to Climate Change Adaptation
July 23, 2014
The Fellows Program, an initiative of GFDD and FUNGLODE, is pleased to introduce our most recent fellowship scholar, Hilary Lohmann, Master’s candidate in Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island (URI). Hilary’s research measures the vulnerability of coastal community members to changes associated with variations in climate.
GFDD/FUNGLODE Fellow, Dr. James Mahon, Presents his Research at the Social Economic Council
June 18, 2014
On Monday, June 17, 2014, Dr. James Mahon presented the results of his research, “Tax Reforms in Latin America,” for the Social Economic Council (CES in Spanish) in Santo Domingo. Dr. Mahon, Professor at Williams College in Massachusetts, was hosted by the distinguished Monsignor Agripino Núñez Collado and Dr. Irma Capriles, Executive Director of CES, a distinguished association of non-partisan representatives from the corporate, social and labor sectors who offer advice on public
policy and political oversight.
Fellows Program Generates Interest Among SIPA Students at Columbia University
March 25, 2014
Columbia University played host to the first-ever Fellows Program information session on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, to promote research opportunities in the Dominican Republic to Masters and PhD candidate students at the School for International and Public Affairs (SIPA).
Columbia University Hosts First Fellows Program Information Session
March 24, 2014
Fellows Program representatives will travel to Columbia University on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm to promote the Fellows Program to Masters and PhD candidate students at the School for International and Public Affairs (SIPA).
Meet Jim Mahon, GFDD/FUNGLODE Fellow Researching Tax Incidence and Tax Reforms in the Dominican Republic and Latin America
March 17, 2014
The Fellows Program, an initiative of GFDD and FUNGLODE, is pleased to introduce the fellowship of our current scholar, Dr. James E. Mahon Jr., Professor of Political Science and Political Economy at Williams College, and researcher for the Woodrow Wilson Center. Dr. Mahon’s research focuses on the political economy of tax reforms in the Dominican Republic and the region.
Meet Mat Rosa, GFDD/FUNGLODE Fellow Researching Governance Profiles of Institutional Arrangements for Climate Change Adaptation
March 6, 2014
The Fellows Program, an initiative of GFDD and FUNGLODE, is pleased to announce the fellowship of our most recent scholar, Mat Rosa, Masters candidate in Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island (URI). Mat’s research focuses on governance profiles of institutional arrangements for climate change adaptation.
Meet Henry Montero, GFDD/FUNGLODE Fellow Researching Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease
February 3, 2014
The Fellows Program, an initiative of GFDD and FUNGLODE, is pleased to announce the fellowship of our most recent scholar, Henry Montero Tapia, Ph.D candidate in psychology at Capella University. Henry’s research will examine Cognitive Behavioral Therapy evidence-based treatment for symptoms related to Parkinson’s disease psychosis.
GFDD and FUNGLODE Present Fellow Program Candidate Findings at UN Headquarters
October 9, 2013
On Thursday, October 17, 2013, in honor of the United Nations International Day of Eradication of Poverty, Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and its sister organization in the Dominican Republic Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE) in collaboration with the Dominican Republic Mission to the UN, will organize a Panel Discussion and Publication Launch entitled: “Local Capacity Development: The Key to Benefiting from
Globalization and Reducing Unemployment in the Dominican Republic“.
Panel Discussion Convened at FUNGLODE Asserts Importance of Efficient Social Spending Emanating from Incoming Tax Revenue
July 26, 2013
During an interesting seminar convened at FUNGLODE, a prominent researcher from the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, James E. Mahon Jr., explained the need for countries to be conscious about the importance of efficient social spending that emanates from incoming tax revenue.
Researchers from NYU School of Medicine’s Child Study Center Conduct Research in the Dominican Republic Through the Fellows Program
February 4, 2013
The Fellows Program, in conjunction with InteRDom Internships in the Dominican Republic, is excited to announce “Latinos in Context,” a research project being developed by a group of researchers at New York University School of Medicine’s Child Study Center.
The Fellows Program Announces Research Initiative with New York University Child Study Center on the Effects of Developmental Transactions during Early Childhood on the Mental Health and Functioning of Young Dominican Children
October 22, 2012
The Fellows Program is pleased to announce that it will be collaborating with the New York University Child Study Center to realize a research project that will investigate how parenting practices impact the well-being and development of young children. The initiative will complement other studies undertaken by the Child Study Center to identify risks and protective factors that affect the mental health and functioning of children of Dominican and Mexican heritage in New York
GFDD Publishes Report on Transportation System Integration in Santo Domingo by GFDD/FUNGLODE Fellow Carl Allen
July 27, 2012
Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) is pleased to announce the publication of the report “El Metro and the Impacts of Transportation System Integration in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic,” by Carl Allen, 2009 GFDD/FUNGLODE Fellow and graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School Master’s Program in Public Policy and Urban Planning.
Meet José Caraballo Cueto, GFDD/FUNGLODE Fellow in the Area of Economic Development and Poverty Eradication
July 24, 2012
The Fellows Program, an initiative of GFDD and FUNGLODE, is pleased to announce the fellowship of our most recent scholar, José Caraballo Cueto, Ph.D. Candidate in Economics at The New School for Social Research. José’s investigation will examine how increases in employment and entrepreneurship would contribute to poverty eradication and enhanced market competitiveness in the Dominican Republic.
GFDD Strengthens Partnerships with Dominican Student Leaders from Universities and Colleges in New York City
June 6, 2012
On Tuesday, June 5, Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) convened a reception with active Dominican leaders in the New York City academic community. Student leaders and faculty met with the Foundation’s executives and staff to present GFDD’s programs and projects and to learn more about the innovative and influential work being spearheaded by Dominican youth leaders.
Interested in Conducting Research in the Dominican Republic?
May 25, 2012
Let us do the leg-work for you. You concentrate on what you have to do – RESEARCH. The Fellows Program, an initiative of Global Foundation for Democracy and Development, has fellowship opportunities for M.S., M.A., Ph.D.