When I was assigned to USAID/Ghana’s office this summer, I could not even begin to imagine the learning experience and adventure that awaited me in this country. My original scope of work included tasks like helping develop USAID/Ghana’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) and working with the West Africa Regional Mission to amend Development Objective Agreements with regional partners…
I am spending my summer working as part of the innovative finance team at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Jakarta, Indonesia. First thing you are probably wondering is what is innovative financing? Is it just new jargon, or was the word “‘innovative” thrown on for posterity? No, it is about finding new ways to improve lives.
On one of our recent field visits, we learned the meaning of being called a lion. In Ethiopia, a person is a lion if they are innovative, foreword thinking, and daring. They represent strength and fortitude. After reflecting on this, we recognize that many lionesses have touched our internship and allowed our summer to be so fulfilling.
I have now been in Zambia for almost two months and I feel very well acclimated to the lifestyle this country brings. I have made great connections to my coworkers as well as established my routine as a Lusakan resident. I am now considered a permanent fixture in the office and am incorporated in meetings and events as any other employee.
GHD’s Anna Khandros shares how her summer experience with Save the Children in Lebanon helped her learn more about the work being done to support Syrian refugees.
President’s Delivery Unit and the Ministry of Agriculture with the Tony Blair Institute – Erin Collins, GHD’19
I am writing this from the north of Togo where I have spent the past few days in the field accompanying a team to meet with farmers and local authorities about a new government program, Le Mecanisme Incitatif de Financement Agricole (MIFA).
For the first 8 weeks of my internship, I was almost exclusively focused on the Women in Business (WIN) program. The program, which is still in its inception phase, is using a Market Systems Development (MSD) approach to drive growth for women-owned MSMEs in one or more of four key sectors: textiles, agro-processing, childcare services, and cross-border trade…
When I thought I had finally settled on an internship in Ecuador, an opportunity opened up for me to stay in Washington DC and work at the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) headquarters. Since this was a great networking opportunity and a better option for my family, I chose to go back to the Bank where I had grown over the last five years.
On my sixth dive in El Nido I saw a green sea turtle, a hawksbill sea turtle, three stingrays, a cuttlefish, a school of barracuda, and maybe a hundred species of tropical fish. I surfaced and boarded the speedboat, feeling elated…
For the Third Year, GHD Students Author Case Studies for the International Youth Foundation’s YouthActionNet Program
Several Global Human Development Program students have authored case studies on emerging issues in international development through a partnership with the International Youth Foundation. Students enrolled in a course exploring the role of social enterprises and social entrepreneurs were paired with young leaders of social ventures identified through the IYF’s YouthActionNet program.
GHD’18 Rushika Shekhar, Credit / Ability Team to Win 2nd Place in StartUp Hoyas Entrepalooza Competition
GHD student Rushika Shekhar, part of the Credit/Ability team, pitched and won second place in the Startup Hoyas Entrepalooza Competition on April 24. The top nine teams pitched for six minutes to compete for a combined $18,000 in cash prizes.