Ambassador Linda Thomas and Former President Ellen Johnson

Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Discusses the Future of Democracy in Africa

On the 20th and 22nd of March, Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf shared her insights and experiences of democracy in Africa in a series of events held at Georgetown University. Her first appearance was at a lecture where she addressed the audience of Georgetown students, staff, and faculty, and then engaged in a question and answer session moderated by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who served as United States Ambassador to Liberia from 2008-2012.

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Economic Migrants and Forced Migrants Require Different Policy Approaches, finds GHD Professor Lidia Ceriani

In her research on Risk Preferences and the Decision to Flee Conflict, GHD Professor Lidia Ceriani finds that the variation in risk tolerance between economic migrants and forced migrants means that the two groups respond differently to policy initiatives. These findings are contrary to findings on economic migrants, and call for separate policies toward economic and forced migrants.
Hoya Haxa

Hoya Haxa! Georgetown Team Wins First Ever Vatican Hackathon

From March 8th to 11th, 120 students from around the world participated in a 36-hour hackathon at the Vatican in Rome, aptly named VHacks. The Vatican hackathon was the first of its kind and encouraged students to tackle challenges in three categories: Migrants and Refugees, Social Inclusion, and Interfaith Dialogue.

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Alumni Spotlight: Marion Abboud, GHD’17

What does GHD mean to you? Marion Abboud, GHD’17, shares how the Global Human Development Program challenged her to think practically about development solutions.

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GHD Students Explore Applications for Blockchain in International Development

In January 2018, 27 GHD students and a GHD professor, along with 71 other participants from various institutions and countries, enrolled in an online certificate course on blockchain technology. Developed by the social enterprise TechChange, the Blockchain for International Development course centered on how blockchain is being used to address pressing international development challenges.

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Rushika Shekhar, GHD’18: One of the Hoyas Who Will Be Hacking the Vatican

GHD is proud to be sending Rushika Shekhar, GHD’18, as one of five Hoyas chosen to represent Georgetown University at the VHacks, a hackathon at the Vatican. The three -day event will bring students together from around the world to “use technological innovation to overcome social barriers and embrace common values.” This team is supported by the Maker Hub, The Global Human Development Program at the School of Foreign Service, Computer Science Department, The Massive Data Institute at the McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative, The Center for Social Justice, The Global Social Enterprise Initiative, The Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, and the Communication, Culture & Technology Masters Program.