Contributors 2015

MERRI is pursuing a M.A in International Affairs at The New School and holds a B.A. in Global Studies from Carnegie Mellon University. She has experience working with local and international nonprofit organizations, monitoring and evaluation, and qualitative and quantitative research. Merri’s primary interests lie in both economics and development, conflict and security. Currently she is serving as a monitoring and evaluation organizational consultant at the Consortium of Self-Help Approach (CoSAP) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


CAITLIN is an M.A. in International Affairs candidate at The New School, with a concentration in development. She received a B.A. in International Studies from North Carolina State University.  Caitlin has over two years of residence and work experience in Lesotho, Southern Africa as a secondary science and mathematics educator with the U.S. Peace Corps.

She is currently an intern at JaRco Consulting PLC, an Ethiopia-based international development consulting firm. Specifically, she is assisting JaRco and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the monitoring and evaluation process of community-based newborn care, a government-led initiative to increase newborn survival in rural areas by improving the quality of interactions between health workers and families.

From this internship she expects to gain experience in qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, as well as project evaluation.  Additionally, Caitlin hopes to better understand best practices in maternal and child health as well as the connection between health and economic development, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa.


WALLA is a research scholar with International Rivers, a California based think tank that is at the forefront of awareness campaigns and advocacy efforts with regards to the impact of dam buildings on communities across the globe. She will be conducting a study that investigates the impact of the Gibe Dam being constructed in the Southern region of Ethiopia on the indigenous Omo. Specifically Walla will focus on the intimate and inextricable relationship between the environment and the economy, and the effect it has on women’s socio economic position within these communities.

Through interning with International Rivers, she hopes to become more skilled and knowledgeable in conducting research and data collection in an efficient and professionalized manner and becoming more familiar with advocacy work in developing countries.


DANIELLE  is pursuing a M.Sc in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management at The New School. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Randolph College. Danielle has fundraising and advocacy experience in local environmental organizations and research and field experience in sustainable and alternative agriculture.

Currently Danielle is a research and proposal writing intern with Yom Institute for Economic Development (YIED), a post-graduate institute focusing on program management and economic development in cooperation with graduate university programs throughout Ethiopia. Danielle assists YIED with international calls for projects related to rural development, climate change mitigation, and sustainable economic growth. She will also be working with local masters students with thesis in environmental research, preparing training workshops and academic seminars at the associated universities.

Through this internship at YIED, Danielle hopes to expand her knowledge of research and development issues pertinent to East Africa, and develop stronger project management, economic research, and training skills for work in international environmental policy and project implementation.


NADINE is an International Affairs student specializing in human rights-based development, peacebuilding and post-conflict development. She is currently interning at the Center for Human Rights at Addis Ababa University where she assists in research activities and co-teaches a course on English Writing for MA students in their Human Rights program.  Nadine would like to focus her research on the legal constraints that international human rights organizations, especially those working in the field of gender equality and women’s empowerment, face in Ethiopia. Over the course of the two months she seeks to gain in-depth knowledge of human rights issues in Ethiopia as well as a hands-on experience in conducting field research. instagram.com/xmariposita


RACHEL is concentrating in Development at the New School’s Graduate Program in International Affairs. In Ethiopia she is interning with Wide Horizons for Children (WHFC), an NGO that aims to improve health and education of poor children. Rachel’s task is to recommend ways for WHFC to more effectively monitor its Family Empowerment Program, in which poor, mostly single mothers receive monthly stipends of 350 birr (about $17). The women invest their stipends in micro-businesses, such as teff grain for cooking injera or yarn for weaving baskets.  After showing consistent profit over several years, the client qualifies for a grant between 3,000 and 17,000 birr, paying for improved technology or additional materials, allowing her to “graduate” from the program.

Interning with WHFC will serve as an initial application of Rachel’s GPIA education. Studying international affairs from the New School libraries has laid a foundation of development theory in a historical context. Rachel looks forward to facing these challenges first hand, cementing her appreciation for field work and qualitative data collection.

While here in Ethiopia ELYSE will be working on three projects with three different NGOs: Wide Horizons for Children (WHFC), For the Love of Mothers and Children, and World Wide Orphans. All three work with the most in need group of children and families to raise them out of poverty and support their educational needs. The projects Elyse will be working with will range from project design to monitoring and evaluating, to best practices. These organizations will give her great insight to development (economic and social) at the ground level.


HELENA is excited to spend the summer in Addis planning a program on Girls’ Education for the Boston based Wide Horizons for Children (WHFC) and conducting monitoring and evaluation for the local NGO Consortium of Self-Help Approach (CoSAP).  Pursuing an MS in International Affairs at the New School’s Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy in New York, Helena focuses on conflict and security. Helena hopes to perfect her M&E skills while in Addis, and looks forward to working with organizations engaged directly with local communities. Focusing on Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Nepal and Sierra Leone, Helena spent five years with the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) implementing advocacy, capacity building, media and research programs on women and peace and security, prior to enrolling at TNS. 


TOPAZ is enrolled in the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management graduate program at Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at The New School. She has a BBA in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Pace University and previously studied and worked in Italy. Topaz is interested in ecotourism, capacity building and socio-economic developmental projects in marginalized communities.


ROSE is excited to be spending her summer in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia engaged in monitoring and evaluation of a small business grants program run by the international NGO Wide Horizons for Children, as well as a program to help homeless mothers obtain housing and work run by the local organization Love for Mothers and Children. Through her participation, she hopes to contribute to the success of these programs and gain practical knowledge and field experience.


KATHLEEN is pursuing a M.A. in International Affairs specializing in International Development at the New School. She holds a B.A. in Political since with a minor in Chinese from the University of Arizona. Kathleen is interested in program design and monitoring and evaluation of human development projects in Asia and Africa.


From Quito, Ecuador MONICA is currently pursuing an MA in International Affairs with concentration in Development at The New School with anticipated graduation year of 2016 and hold a BA in Government and International Affairs from Augustana College.

Highly interested in the monitoring and evaluation of human development projects, and determined to work for the improvement of children’s lives in the Global South, Monica is spending her summer on Ethiopia interning for Wide Horizon for Children (WHC), Love for Mothers and Children, and Wide World Orphans (WWO).

Monica will to be monitoring and evaluating the school-feeding program of WHC, collecting baseline information for Love for Mothers and Children, and consulting best practices for WWO. She is beyond excited to  be able to contribute to the admire goals and achievements of these organizations!