Month: July 2015

Evaluating Girls Educational Programs in Ghana

First in a series by Isabel Hovey (LBJ MGPS Student) covering her internship at Exponential Education. LBJ alum Helen Gradstein founded Exponential Education (Expo) as a community-based solution to educational gaps facing students in developing countries. Alongside her undergraduate professor, Dr. Kate, the two of them started Expo with 4 senior high school students and 15 junior high school students. Five years later, Expo has implemented over 45 different projects in 3 different countries and reached over 1600 students. Expo subscribes to the idea that effective supplemental educational programs increase student access to education and improve learning levels. Enrolled students are...

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The Longest War: Redefining the Colombian Peace Process from Bogotá

Photo Credit: First in a series by Marcelle Cohen (LBJ MGPS Student) covering her internship at La Allianza Iniciativa de Mujeres Colombianas por la Paz. I came to Colombia in late May, inspired by the peace process that a hopeful international press had promised would finally put an end to the world’s longest civil war.  The peace talks taking place in Havana between the Colombian government, lead by President Juan Manuel Santos, and the leftist guerrilla Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (the FARC), have been lauded as exemplary for their focus on victims and securing important gains such as demining,...

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A New Rural Development Framework for the 21st Century

First in a series by Beatrice Halbach (LBJ MPAff Student) covering her internship at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In the past several decades a number of countries developed extremely rapidly, completing processes of industrialization, urbanization, and social transformation in 20 or 30 years. Comparable change took centuries in today’s developed countries. China is the most vivid example of this phenomenon: since the start of economic reforms after the death of Mao Zedong in 1976, China has transformed from a mostly poor, rural country into an industrialized upper middle-income country with the 2nd largest economy in the world. At the same time, China has achieved...

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