Each summer, the Strauss Center's Crook Fellows blog about their summer internships working for organizations supporting development and poverty reduction in developing countries. Follow along by scanning below for blog posts from this year’s fellows and previous fellows.

2017 Crook Fellow Blog Series

Cassie Davis: Bread for the World, Washington D.C. 
Lobby Day - Faith Leaders in the Era of Trump
SNAP in a Trump Budget

Michael Deegan: Office of the Coordinator of Assistance to Europe and Eurasia, State Department, Washington D.C.
Parsing the Dept. of State's Security Clearance Process
U.S. Assistance In the Western Balkans

Ghida Ismail: Evidence for Policy Design, Boston
Expanding Female Access to the Job Market through Affordable Commute
Combining Theory and Practice
Takeways from a Critical Project

Jessi Stafford: Artists for Soup, La Paz Centro, Nicaragua
Living Amongst Poverty: Does It Get Any Easier?
La Paz Centro, Nicaragua: In the “Weeds”

Dane Ulik: Artists for Soup, Nicaragua
Barriga Llena, Corazón Contento' - Food Security in Nicaragua
Full Stomach vs. Clean Water: The Perennial Battle in Rural Nicaragua
Back to Life..but Back to Reality?

Amara Uyanna: Sustainability International, Niger Delta Region, Nigeria 
Niger Delta - A Time-Sensitive But Hopeful Situation
Scientific Philanthropy: A Necessary Adoption for the Future

Katherine Whitton: AidData, Uganda
Being a Professional in a Foreign Country - Economic Policy Research in Kampala, Uganda
Sustainable Cities - A Hackathon in Uganda

Samer Yousif: Ashoka, Washington D.C.
Empowering Innovators to Tackle the World's Most Presssing Issues

2016 Crook Fellow Blog Series

Anna Koons: Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network, Washington, D.C.
Why is There a Humanitarian and Development Divide?
Why is There a Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network?

Aaron Milner: Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.
 
Brent Perdue: Zurza Environmental Sanitation Foundation, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  
Laura Richards: Women of Uganda Network, Kampala, Uganda
 
Paul Ryan: Institute for Social and Environmental Transition, Kathmandu, Nepal
 
Lauren Toppenberg: Bread for the World Institute, Washington, D.C.
 
Patricia Zavala: United Nations Development Programme, Geneva, Switzerland

 

2015 Crook Fellow Blog Series

Throughout last summer, the recipients of the 2015 Crook Fellowship awards blogged about their experiences working for development institutions all over the globe. The fellows interned at nonprofit and government organizations in Cambodia, China, France, Ghana, and Washington, D.C. They presented their experiences in a public event on Thursday, October 29, more information about which can be found here.

A complete list of the fellows' summer blog entries is below:

Leo Carter: Wildlife Conservation Society, Beijing, China
 
Amara Chhin: Cambodian Living Arts, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
 
Marcelle Cohen: Alianza Iniciative de Mujeres Colombianas por la Paz, Bogota, Colombia
 
Steven Damiano: Bread for the World Institute, Washington, D.C.
 
Beatrice Halbach: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris, France
 
Isabel Hovey: Exponential Education, Kumasi, Ghana
 
Alexandra Noble: InterAction, Washington, D.C.

 

2014 Crook Fellow Blog Series

Throughout last summer, the recipients of the 2014 Crook Fellowship awards blogged about their experiences working for development institutions all over the globe. The fellows interned at nonprofit and government organizations in seven countries throughout Africa, Asia, and Central America. They presented their experiences in a public event on Tuesday, September 30, more information about which can be found here.

A complete list of the fellows' summer blog entries is below:

John Dinning: Save the Children, San Salvador, El Salvador
Monitoring and Evaluation at Save the Children
Community Mobilization and Data Collection
Give the Data Back

Annie DuPre: Economic Policy Research Institute and the UN Association of South Africa, Cape Town, South Africa
A Look at Health Microfinance
Cheap and Deadly High: Glue Sniffing in South Africa
Addressing Climate Change in Cape Town
Peace, Security, and Development: Opportunities from South Africa

Rachel Markowitz: Search for Common Ground, Kigali, Rwanda
Innovating for Peace
Realizing the Team
Building Trust with a Frisbee
Friendly Competition: Petty Traders on the Border between Rwanda and DRC

Meredith Maulsby: FHI 360, USAID, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Expansion of IUD Access in Ethiopia
Poverty on the Streets of Addis Ababa
Livestock in Ethiopia

Ben Mauro: Humanure Power, Bihar, India
Fighting Outdoor Defecation in Rural Bihar
What Is a Toilet?
Moving Parts of Sanitation

Peter Morrison: Peace Corps, Dakar, Senegal
Assessing Peace Corps Senegal's Monitoring and Evaluation
Managing Community and Client Expectations
Creating Organizational Change at Peace Corps Senegal

Robbie Paras: Asia Foundation, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Strengthening Women's Economic Entrepreneurship in Mongolia
Better Nutrition and Women's Empowerment through Small-Scale Farming
Sustainable Development and Growth in Ulaanbaatar

For more information on the Strauss Center's Crook Fellowship program, visit our website.

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