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Event:Students Making a Difference in Developing Countries: The 2012 Crook Fellows
Category:LBJ School Events
Date:Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Time:12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Location:SRH 3.122
Contact:Liz Stettler
Sponsor:Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law
Description:The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law invites you to Students Making a Difference in 2012 with the 2012 Crook Fellows, on Wednesday, October 17 at 12:15 pm in Sid Richardson Hall, Room 3.122. Refreshments will be provided.

The Strauss Center�s William H. Crook Program sponsors the Crook Fellowship program, providing summer fellowships to students in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs working for nonprofit organizations in developing countries. Since 2008, it has enabled student work on twenty-eight development projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Program is dedicated to promoting global economic development and fighting poverty and was made possible by a gift from Mrs. Eleanor Crook in honor of her late husband. William H. Crook was a prominent public figure in Texas politics and a pioneer in global development.

The Crook Fellowships for 2012 have been awarded to the following students and projects to be presented during this event:

Jenny Achilles and Ahmed Bilal Hakeem worked with the McLain Association for Children in Tbilisi, Georgia, meeting with teachers and families to perform an evaluation on the association�s educational training program for teaching and mentoring children with disabilities.

Ala Ahmad worked with the Palestinian Hydrology Group, a non-profit organization in the Palestinian region working to improve access to water and sanitation devices. She participated in evaluating the effectiveness of aid received and formulating new proposals for development programs in the West Bank.

Sarah DeCuir traveled to Cairo, Egypt to work with the United Nations Development Programme Regional Center for Arab States. Within the Poverty Team, she worked on outreach activities based on a recent report on development in the Arab world that advocates democratic transformation.

Sarah McDuff worked with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She worked for the Economic Development and NEPAD division conducting research, producing publications and organizing regional conferences with the main goal of reducing poverty in the region.

Allison Minor worked at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia in Beirut, Lebanon with the Social Policy team where she researched the involvement of private sector organizations in the provision of social services.

Rebecca Moore traveled to Granada, Nicaragua to work for People Helping People Global, a Vermont based micro-lending organization. She worked as a liaison between U.S. donors and micro-loan recipients, interviewing potential borrowers and updating lenders via the organizations blog.

Hanna Murphy-Pack spent her summer working for the United Nations Development Program-Iraq in Amman, Jordan on a poverty reduction initiative. She researched best practices and reviewed previous development projects as well as worked on capacity building and democratic governance.

Elena Rodriguez worked with Fundacion Ethos, an independent, non-profit think tank based in Mexico City, Mexico. Here she researched poverty in Mexico and Latin America, organized conferences and examined the process of democratization firsthand during Mexican presidential elections.

Cody Rothschild traveled to Panajachel, Guatemala to work with Mayan Families, a non-profit that promotes economic development and general well being for citizens of the region. She took a leading role in the organizations family aid, medical aid, elderly care and infant nutrition programs, working directly with the community.

Niniane Tozzi worked for the United Nations Development Programme in Cairo, Egypt. She worked in the Poverty Reduction Unit researching and analyzing projects, monitoring ongoing projects and performing fieldwork related to food security.

Ross Van Horn worked at the United Nations Development Program International Poverty Center for Inclusive Growth in Brasilia, Brazil. He worked in the Social Protection and Cash Transfers Unit researching social insurance and social assistance to at risk populations in Latin America and Africa.

Information last updated: 1:55 PM, October 10, 2012

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