Current Collaborations

Many of CIPUSA’s collaborations involve partners from around the world.  These programs may be funded by governments, foundations, or partnering organizations. In the past few years, CIPUSA has worked closely with the U.S. Department of State, foreign governments, universities and other organizations on such programs.

Current programs include:

Open World Leadership Center

The Open World Program at the Library of Congress brings emerging leaders from post-Soviet states to the U.S. in order to give them firsthand exposure to the American system of participatory democracy and free enterprise. The principles of accountability, transparency, and citizen involvement in government are among the concepts emphasized by the Open World Program. Today Open World has more than 14,000 alumni and a network of some 6,000 U.S. host families. The program is funded by the Open World Leadership Center (the Center), an independent entity established in the U.S. legislative branch in 2000. CIPUSA and its network offices began hosting Open World delegations in 2009. Recent delegations have been hosted from Russia, Serbia, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine.

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Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale (GIZ) Social Work Training Program

CIPUSA's history is deep rooted in social work and has partnered with the German Ministry to train German social workers since 1956.  Currently CIPUSA partners with GIZ to train ten German social workers each year.  Participants of this program are selected by CIPUSA and GIZ staff and participate in a 1-3 month training program in the U.S. hosted by a CIPUSA affiliate office.  If you are interested in learning more about this program please visit the GIZ website for details.

The Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program

CIPUSA collaborates with OCLC to provide early career development and continuing education for library and information science professionals from countries with developing economies.  Up to five individuals are selected each year for participation in this one month program based in OCLC's headquarters in Dublin, Ohio. The program provides Fellows opportunities to meet with leading information practicioners and explore topics including information technologies, library operations and management, and global cooperative librarianship.  For more information about this Fellowship please visit the OCLC website.


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