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Rohingya, Religion, Response: Part Two

Some of the most devastating wars in history have been fought in the name of religion. It is undeniable that differences in belief systems and ways of worship can cause irreconcilable disputes. Though religion plays a role in causing many conflicts, it also has the unique power to resolve them. In part one, I examined […]

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Global Global Policy Studies & International Security International Development Technology Policy

Open for Innovation: The Growth of Social Entrepreneurialism in Uganda

Photo: Rachel Strohm (CC) This past summer, I had the good fortune to attend the LeoAfrica Economic Forum, a one-day conference dedicated to chronicling disruptive growth and development innovations in Africa. The event featured panelists and organizations from all segments of the innovation space in Africa and played host to a series of talks about […]

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Global International Development Summer Internships

La Paz Centro, Nicaragua: In the “Weeds”

Photo: Germán Enrique Padilla Díaz (CC) Crook Fellow Jessi Stafford shares more of her experiences interning for Artists for Soup: Creating a life in Matagalpa has been lovely. I am surrounded by friends, my favorite restaurants, my favorite cafes, and work in the comfort of my office. But Artists for Soup did not begin in Matagalpa. The organization […]

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Global Policy Studies & International Security International Development Summer Internships

Being a Professional in a Foreign Country – Economic Policy Research in Kampala, Uganda

Photos: Katherine Whitton Crook Fellow Katherine Whitton has been interning through the AidData Summer Fellowship Program at the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) in Kampala, Uganda this summer. Her work involves a feasibility assessment, production of geocoded data, geocoding and GIS training, and research plan development. Katherine is sharing her thoughts about living in Africa as an […]

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Global Policy Studies & International Security International Development

‘Barriga Llena, Corazón Contento’ – Food Security in Nicaragua

Photo: Zenia Nuñez (CC BY 2.0) Crook Fellow Dane Ulik has been spending his summer working for Artists for Soup, a nonprofit whose mission, amongst many others, is to improve food security in La Paz Centro and Matagalpa, Nicaragua. Dane is applying his research and data analysis skills to aid the organization in refining their initiatives, and […]

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Global Policy Studies & International Security International Development Summer Internships

Empowering Innovators to Tackle the World’s Most Pressing Issues

Photo: Indi Samarjiva CC 2.0 2017 Crook Fellow Samer Yousif is interning this summer with Ashoka, a nonprofit that supports a worldwide network of social entrepreneurs in their mission to address development issues in their own localities. Here he updates us on his work evaluating the impact of these entrepreneurs’ initiatives: The capitalist structure has […]

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Global Policy Studies & International Security International Development Philanthropy & Non-Profit Organizations

4 Reasons Why Global Food Security is Necessary for U.S. National Security

Photo: European Commission One million children die each year from hunger. This statistic is staggering, but it is about to get much worse. Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N (FAO) Director-General Jose Graziano De Silva warns that without emergency food aid over the next 6 months, “20 million people will starve to death in […]

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Global Policy Studies & International Security International Development Philanthropy & Non-Profit Organizations Rural Development

Three Weeks in Mumbai

Photo: Sarah Blumberg, the author and her cohort shown in front of the Ashte village Community Center The children turned attentively and chorused “Good Morning, Teacher!” as we entered the room. Students sat cross-legged on the floor with their school bags splayed around the perimeter. One class excitedly recited the “continent” song for us and […]

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Economics & Trade Policy Global Policy Studies & International Security International Development LBJ School Rural Development

A Pro-Women Opportunity for U.S. Policymakers

Photo: USAID. This op-ed was first published on The Hill on March 8, 2017.  Authors: Catherine Weaver (ceweaver@austin.utexas.edu), Mary Vo (mary.vo@utexas.edu), Lina Nabulsi (lina.nabulsi@utexas.edu), and Cassie Gianni (cassie.gianni@utexas.edu) On International Women’s Day on March 8, U.S. Congress can celebrate women by signaling their intent to fully fund the new Global Food Security Act (GFSA). In June […]

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Global Policy Studies & International Security International Development Philanthropy & Non-Profit Organizations Politics and Governance Rural Development

Orientalism and the Neo-Imperialism of ‘Voluntourism’

Photo: Barbie Savior Edward Said’s criticism of exoticized and patronizing Western views of the East that he claims drive historical “Orientalist” study is echoed in the way that Western development approaches the “developing world,” especially Africa. The millennial trend of “voluntourism” encapsulates this neo-imperialist approach. The term “voluntourism” has emerged as the practice of high school […]