Summer Fellows Cohort 2019

25 Fellows will spend the summer in 12 countries working on an ambitious set of projects.

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South Korea, Art Center Nabi

Amy will work on applications of blockchain technology at Art Center Nabi. She will also work with Art Center Nabi's staff in planning the International Symposium of Electronic Art, which is taking place in Korea this year. A new grad, Amy will start a job in consulting at Deloitte at the conclusion of her fellowship.

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The Philippines, Habitat for Humanity International

Gustavo will work with the Habitat for Humanity team to develop a youth sentiment survey covering issues ranging from volunteer work to the sustainable development goals and perceptions of housing as a social problem to behaviors and preferences around advocacy. He looks forward to leveraging his background in qualitative research this summer.

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Guatemala, CHOICE Humanitarian

At CHOICE, Madeleine will help develop a curriculum for the organization's education program, which is taught at the only school in Sikaabe. She will also contribute to new financial analysis of CHOICE's agricultural programs.

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Kenya, Professor Camilla Buchanan

Emma will be working closely with Community Health Partners in Narok County, Kenya to update the organization's social media and community outreach programs. A key component of this initiative will be creating a newsletter format and content to be distributed throughout the year. She will also be working on the philanthropic engagement for CHP, updating their website to highlight opportunities to donate while emphasizing donor impact.

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Italy, International Fund for Agricultural Development

Heather will support IFAD's geospatial data initiatives through work on the IFAD GeoNode, a novel collection of geospatial data sources. Her role will include identifying novel data sources, reporting on use cases, providing written recommendations on the future of GeoNode, and preparing new layers and maps using GeoNode resources.

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Laos, Village Focus International

Milena will contribute to VFI's Land and Livelihoods Program this summer. She will also work with the VFI team on cross-cutting communications and marketing campaigns, complementing her experience working on social media projects at an organization serving migrant youth in Paris, France. VFI is a non-governmental organization that aims to strengthen village life by eradicating human trafficking, assuring communities’ land rights, and increasing their food security.

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Costa Rica, Habitat for Humanity International

Katherine is a rising senior studying International Relations and Sociology. This summer, she will be working with Habitat for Humanity International in Costa Rica to evaluate disaster risk reduction and response metrics. She's thrilled to have an opportunity to put her qualitative research skills to use in the field and, hopefully, to see a sloth in its natural habitat.

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Georgia, Professor Dan Maliniak

Elizabeth will gather data and information from NGOs/CSOs working in e-governance in Georgia. With this data, she will contribute to the endline report for the USAID iChange initiative, as well as to a manuscript-length project on Georgia-NATO relations.

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Laos, Village Focus International

Caroline will contribute to VFI's Protection and Empowerment of Women and Children Program this summer. She will also work with the VFI team on cross-cutting communications and marketing campaigns. VFI is a non-governmental organization that aims to strengthen village life by eradicating human trafficking, assuring communities’ land rights, and increasing their food security.

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Laos, Village Focus International

Abby will contribute to VFI's Protection and Empowerment of Women and Children Program this summer. She will also work with the VFI team on cross-cutting communications and marketing campaigns. VFI is a non-governmental organization that aims to strengthen village life by eradicating human trafficking, assuring communities’ land rights, and increasing their food security.

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Sierra Leone, Professor Phil Roessler

Working with Professor Phil Roessler and in partnership with a local agricultural organization in a cash crop region, Aaron will conduct research on spatial inequality and the impact of cash crop agriculture on long-run development in Africa.

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Guatemala, CHOICE Humanitarian

At CHOICE Humanitarian, Diana will assist with improving the education curriculum and creating a registration system for the local hospital to enhance their health initiatives. Diana is excited to about the opportunity to work abroad in Latin America and further her passion for sustainable development.

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Colombia, Professor Eric Arias

Daniel will support a randomized control trial (RCT) in Medellin that seeks to evaluate the extent to which community meetings among citizens and police and the provision of security-related information can improve trust and cooperation among citizens and the police forces, and the state more broadly. Daniel's work this summer will consist of assisting in the planning and organization of policy diffusion events, establishing contact with relevant stakeholders (NGOs, policy makers, etc) to brief them on the research, assisting in communication with donors, contributing to data management and analysis, and overseeing the implementation of an endline survey.

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Morocco & Liberia, LEAD Africa

Henry will support the launch of a new academy in Casablanca, Morocco, building on his experience as a Summer Fellow with Monrovia Football Academy in 2018. He will help lay the research foundation for an impact evaluation for the academy in Morocco, modeled on an impact evaluation conducted in Liberia.

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Colombia, iMMAP

At iMMAP, an international non-profit that provides information management services to humanitarian and development partners, Jahnavi will produce analytical reports related to the humanitarian impacts and the social, economic, and political consequences of the Venezuela migration crisis in Colombia and neighboring countries.

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Morocco & Liberia, LEAD Africa

Jack will support the launch of a new academy in Casablanca, Morocco. Over the course of the summer, he will help lay the research foundation for an impact evaluation for the academy in Morocco, modeled on an impact evaluation conducted in Liberia.

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Costa Rica, Habitat for Humanity International

As part of HFHI's Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning team, Jioni will conduct qualitative research around how countries are preparing for and responding to natural disasters. A new W&M grad, Jioni will begin a fellowship with the Princeton in Latin America program after her fellowship with HFHI in Costa Rica.

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Colombia, Professor Eric Arias

Anna will support a randomized control trial (RCT) in Medellin that seeks to evaluate the extent to which community meetings among citizens and police and the provision of security-related information can improve trust and cooperation among citizens and the police forces, and the state more broadly. Anna's work this summer will consist of assisting in the planning and organization of policy diffusion events, establishing contact with relevant stakeholders (NGOs, policy makers, etc) to brief them on the research, assisting in communication with donors, contributing to data management and analysis, and overseeing the implementation of an endline survey.

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Kenya, CLASP

This summer, Megan will work closely with CLASP's Nairobi-based research lead to implement a range of research projects to better understand the needs of off-grid consumers, how products perform in the field, and what the socioeconomic impacts of these appliances are. CLASP's mission is to improve the energy and environmental performance of the appliances & equipment we use every day, accelerating the transition to a more sustainable world.

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The Philippines, CheckMySchool

Matt will be collaborating with CheckMySchool on the School Neediness Index, which was developed by 2018 Summer Fellows and is currently being used by development partners and government stakeholders in the Philippines. Additionally, he will be working with the CheckMySchool team to develop ICT tools that support CheckMySchool in promoting transparency and communication between public school leaders and the Department of Education.

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Kenya, Professor Camilla Buchanan

Jessica is collaborating with Professor Camilla Buchanan and Community Health Partners (CHP) located in Narok County, Kenya. Her work will focus on creating a vaccination database and digitizing the clinic's vaccination data which is currently all kept in paper documents. Once digitized, the data will be analyzed to highlight key communities with especially low vaccination rates, and identifying risk factors that impact a child's likelihood of receiving all of their vaccinations. This information will be used by CHP in their immunization program.

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South Korea, Art Center Nabi

Salma will work on applications of blockchain technology at Art Center Nabi. She will also work with Art Center Nabi's staff in planning the International Symposium of Electronic Art, which is taking place in Korea this year. She has a passion for user experience and plans to incorporate her past work in human computer interaction into her Fellowship.

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Washington D.C., Global Environment Facility

Sydney will support the The Global Environment Facility - the largest donor for environmental aid in the world - in conducting geospatial evaluations on a number of project implementations. The GEF is specifically interested in the relationship between land cover change and socio-economic outcomes such as conflict. Sydney's efforts will contribute to a regional-scale analysis of the area of interest to identify hotspots of change.

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Italy, International Fund for Agricultural Development

John's work with IFAD this summer will be focused on the interactions between IFAD's SDG commitments and available data to monitor those commitments. He will explore examples of how GIS can help illustrate how IFAD is engaged with the SDGs, identify shortcomings in currently available data, and provide recommendations for how GIS/Earth Observations can illustrate aspects of development impact.

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Georgia, Professor Dan Maliniak

Deb will gather data and information from NGOs/CSOs working in e-governance in Georgia. With this data, she will contribute to the endline report for the USAID iChange initiative, as well as to a manuscript-length project on Georgia-NATO relations.