Waste reduction in Nicaragua

Wenck

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Spencer will be working in Bluefields, Nicaragua over the summer to scale up a waste reduction system that was piloted in January. The pilot has been functioning to quickly convert organic waste into animal feed and compost. Due to the success, interest has grown in turning the system into a commercial enterprise that would be capable of processing a significant portion of the cities organic waste. Spencer will be working with the current pilot operators to improve the design of the current system so that it can be scaled more easily and cheaply, and also to work with the municipal government and local investors to gain the necessary regulatory and monetary support for constructing the commercial facility.

For more information on the work that was conducted in January, please visit this previous blog.

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Improving the livelihood of tea farmers in China

Reddy

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Rishi will be spending the summer in Yunnan, China working with Kangti Company to define an export strategy for teas picked by ethnic minority groups in southern Yunnan. Tea farmers in parts of China currently lack the financial and regulatory capacity to export some of the best teas in the world. Exportation represents a tremendous growth opportunity for these farmers and would result in significantly increased living standards. Rishi will work with Chinese regulatory agencies and farmer cooperatives to introduce high-quality loose leaf teas to the artisanal American market in an effort to improve the livelihood of farmers in China.

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Cycling mobility after earthquakes in New Zealand

Bui

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Lily Bui will be working in Christchurch, New Zealand, in order to design, develop and deploy a mobile app for that tracks cyclist commutes, which will assess mobility patterns of cyclists after the 2011 earthquake. She will be working with the smart city trust SensingCity and the University of Canterbury.

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CURE International Hospital in Uganda

Sweeney

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This summer, Katelyn will be traveling to Mbale, Uganda to work with CURE International Hospital. CURE is a children’s neurological surgical center that provides lifesaving surgeries to patients suffering from spina bifida, hydrocephalus, brain tumors, and other cranial and neural abnormalities. Katelyn will be providing biomedical technical support by updating many of their current technologies along with providing pre- and post-surgical psychological support to the children and their families.

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Data and capacity building for better health in Togo

Heyman

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This summer, Julia and Cathy will travel to Togo to work on expanding Hope Through Health’s current data management skills by training staff skills in Microsoft Office. In order to improve the clinic’s monitoring and evaluation techniques, they plan on capacity building through expansion of data analysis skills. To ensure the clinic’s growth, they will develop a sustainable training program for future staff which can be continued in their stead as Hope Through Health undergoes a major expansion program over the next ten years. Additionally, Julia and Cathy will train the clinic’s new IT hire in Commcare, a mobile health platform which involves transitioning from paper-based to computer-based patient records.

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Collaborative problem solving in environmental conflicts in Salt Lake City

Payne

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Hannah will spend the summer in Salt Lake City, Utah, working for the Environmental Dispute Resolution Program (EDRP), based at the Wallace Stegner Center in the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. Over the summer, she will be helping to build capacity for collaborative problem solving of environmental conflicts in Utah and the Intermountain West. She will work on a number of projects, including developing programming for the Utah Forum on Collaboration and investigating opportunities for using collaborative processes to address climate change in Salt Lake City.

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Community-building in Mississippi

Williams

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Grant will be working with rural cooperative members across the state of Mississippi regarding the obstacles and exclusions they face in their communities, particularly around issues of economic opportunities, decision-making, and community energy. Grant and his team will provide tools and workshops to educate the community about the cooperative structure and values. The community and organization will work together to develop a strategy for overcoming barriers of exclusion and creating local democratic processes for change.

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Sustainable charcoal in Tanzania

Ruiz

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This summer Fernando will be working with ARTI Energy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. ARTI is an NGO that works to create sustainable charcoal by training farmers to carbonize their agricultural waste; ARTI processes the carbonized waste to make charcoal briquettes. Fernando will be assisting ARTI in creating improved training techniques by documenting current carbonization practices and training methods as well as analyzing samples of char produced by farmers.

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Urban planning as public service

Ferrara

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Catie is a DUSP-PSC Summer Intern, jointly supported by the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and the Public Service Center.

This summer, the Boston Redevelopment Authority is launching two pilot programs to practice and evaluate new, creative methods of involving the public in planning the future of the neighborhoods where they live and work. Catie will be assisting the BRA’s Community Planning department in this undertaking by adding to their creative, logistical, and analytical capacity.  This internship will support the BRA’s practice of planning as a public service and lead to new sets of zoning and development guidelines that reflect residents’ visions and respond to their needs.

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USAID Global Development Lab

Magzoub_web

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Amna will be working in Washington, D.C. this summer at USAID’s Global Development Lab. Specifically, she will be working with Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN) team. Tasks there will include improving USAID’s monitoring and evaluation platform to understand how the US Government prioritizes and allocates foreign assistance; improving the Network’s new platform, the Global Innovation Exchange, to help the team move their innovators in their ecosystems through the Global Development’s innovator pipeline.

Amna will be working in Washington, D.C. this summer at USAID’s Global Development Lab. Specifically, she will be working with Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN) team. Tasks there will include improving USAID’s monitoring and evaluation platform to understand how the US Government prioritizes and allocates foreign assistance; improving the Network’s new platform, the Global Innovation Exchange, to help the team move their innovators in their ecosystems through the Global Development’s innovator pipeline.

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