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SUNY Center for International Development Names Second International Senate Fellow

SUNY/CID NEWS STORIES 2006

Zimbabwe Parliament official to translate NYS legislature experience into reform at home

ALBANY - The State University of New York's Center for International Development (SUNY/CID) has named its second International Senate Fellow - Henry Ndlovu, the Clerk of Committees in the Parliament of Zimbabwe.

Ndlovu, who arrived in Albany on January 3, will spend six months working in the office of Senator Dale M. Volker (59th Senate District), in coordination with the Senate Student Programs Office. "Mr. Ndlovu anticipates that his International Senate Fellow experience will help him to develop skills and knowledge of democracy and governance issues that he can share with his colleagues in Zimbabwe to further government reforms initiated in 1999," said James Ketterer, director of SUNY/CID.

Ndlovu joined the Parliament of Zimbabwe in 1999 as it was implementing reforms to establish an effective committee system, strengthen the capacity of committees in legislative scrutiny and oversight functions, encourage public participation and allow unfettered media access to committee business.

Ndlovu's fellowship includes a mentoring element with Robert Compton, assistant professor of Political Science at the College at Oneonta. Also, Ndlovu will study legislative administration with Robert Nakamura, professor of political science at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and director of the Center for Legislative Development (CLD) at the University at Albany.

SUNY/CID launched the International Senate Fellow program in 2005 with Kennedy Chokuda, a staff member of the Parliament of Zimbabwe, who spent six months working in the office of Senator George Maziarz (62nd Senate District). Chokuda's successful experience as the first International Senate Fellow illustrates how SUNY/CID projects can link with New York's governmental institutions and SUNY campuses.

Located in Albany, N.Y., SUNY/CID draws upon the State University's vast intellectual and technical resources and serves as a key component of the University's overall commitment to excellence in international education, cross-cultural exchange, and sustainable development. The Center's approach is international and interdisciplinary, working as part of a global community of scholars, technical experts, government officials, and community leaders.

Since 1986, the Center has implemented more than $130 million in international development projects on five continents in the areas of democratization, economic development, and environmental policy. SUNY/CID is one of only five organizations nationwide that are able to compete for $100 million in U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) projects to improve the capacity and performance of foreign legislatures under the Deliberative Bodies Indefinite Quantity Contract (IQC) announced in May 2004.

The Center is among the world's most active university centers in international development, with implementation and research activities funded by the USAID, the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations Development Program, the U.S. Information Agency, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and several private grant-making foundations.

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