Nothing worthwhile ever happens quickly and easily. You achieve only as you are determined to achieve … and you keep at it until you have achieved ☼ Robert H. Lauer

Tag: Global Development

Capstone vs. Capstone

As my time at the Harvard Kennedy School comes to a close, I had the opportunity to attend a lunchtime panel where the impending HKS graduates shared their experiences on their capstone presentations. It wasn’t a full-scale synopsis, as the purpose of the panel appeared to be to thank the Ash Center for providing travel… Read More ›

Finding Justice for Kate Puzey

My foreign staffer friend on Capitol Hill forwarded an email to me yesterday, which details a petition seeking justice for slain Peace Corps volunteer, Kate Puzey. Most people I know in the PCV and RPCV community are familiar with Kate’s case. It was highly relevant to my own Peace Corps service in China, which began… Read More ›

World Wise Schools and the Third Goal (It’s a Small World After all!)

When recently perusing the archives for the IAG Awards at the Harvard Kennedy School, I couldn’t help but notice a series of programs from the 1998 submission pool which included entries that were all too familiar. Among the over 1,400 submissions for the year, were three Peace Corps programs I personally came to know and… Read More ›

Deanna Troi: The Precepts of International Health

Issues surrounding scarcity will forever plague international health programs.  The bottom line is in donor funded programs there is never enough to go around, and when the stakes are as high as they are in the development arena, this is life and death. Very much like Deanna Troi’s mission on the bridge – the one… Read More ›

M&E: A Digication

Monitoring and Evaluation. In this case, of International Health interventions. About two weeks ago, the head of our IH department cited M&E as having the largest demand for IH professionals, and thus isolated it as the single beacon of light for many of us going into the field of international development. A burgeoning sub field… Read More ›

The Pharmaceutical Symposium

The Hiebert Lounge is on the 14th floor of the main building of Boston University’s Medical Campus. Despite being there every single day of the week, I’ve only stepped into that room twice. And somehow, those two times have yielded excellent usage of my time. This past weekend, Boston University’s Center for Global Health and… Read More ›

The Hunger Banquet

The banquet sponsored by Oxfam America, which took place this past Fall (2012), mimics life; one’s status at the table comes down to the luck of the draw. This was my ticket: My name is Ngongo. I am a 30-year old Senegalese woman. I have been seeking a divorce from my husband, who beats me…. Read More ›