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Devon Matthews, Dalhousie University

Devon is a 3rd year student at Dalhousie University studying International Development and Environmental Sustainability.  Devon has travelled extensively, especially enjoying her recent travels in South America. Her commitment to academia is equally as important to her as the ‘real world’ skills she has learnt from her global exploring.  Her interest in International Development was catalyzed by her invol
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Welcome Back!

Welcome back to another school year from all of us at the Undercurrent! We hope you had a wonderful summer filled with sunshine, exploring, pleasure reading, farmer’s markets and of course, relaxing. While you may not be overly excited about getting back into the school grind already, here at the Undercurrent we’re very excited for […]
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Moira Hennebury

  Moira is a forth year student at the University of Waterloo majoring in International Development with special focus on Sustainable Local Economic Development. Her research interests include urban planning, sustainable food systems, and public health. In 2012, Moira became the first Faculty of Environment student at the University of Waterloo to be awarded the […]
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Andrew Hay, Carleton University

Following a career with the Canadian Forces, Andrew has been working as a paramedic in Ontario for the last 4 years. His passion for helping others has evolved into a keen interest in the field of international development. Specifically, Andrew has recently been working with the Can Go Afar foundation and the Eritrean Afar State in […]
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M’Lisa Colbert, Senvion SE (B.A Concordia University)

M’Lisa Colbert will be graduating this coming fall with a BA in Political Science and English Literature from Concordia University in Montreal, QC. She speaks English, French and Spanish. She has worked as a writer for the Political Bouillon; an inter-university political review journal based in Montreal and as a research assistant for the Projet Accompagnement […]
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Nathan Stewart (B.A., University of Guelph)

Nathan is a recent international development graduate from the University of Guelph currently taking time between his undergraduate and graduate studies. In the past, Nathan has worked with a variety of environmental non-governmental organizations, political organizations, and government agencies. He is currently working on developing the National International Development Students Association in the hopes of [&helli
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Caitlyn McGeer

Caitlyn is a graduate student at the University of Oxford’s Center for Criminology. Caitlyn has a variety of international living experiences, and she has worked with community development initiatives in Ghana and Ecuador. Within Canada, she previously worked for youth-development-focused NPOs. Caitlyn is actively involved in both youth and migrant rights organizations. Her main research interests include [&hel
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Too Inexperienced To Know What You’re Good At

International development graduates occupy a purgatory in the development field: thoroughly trained to identify ethical problems, they can have a hard time producing imperfect solutions; thinkers on a systemic, global scale, they are best suited for the executive level but have little of the corresponding experience or skills to get there; possessing a broad social […]
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Story from the field: “The Words of a Twelve Year Old Girl That Forced Me To Question My Role in Development”

The Words of a Twelve Year Old Girl That Forced Me To Question My Role in Development By: Chelsey Acierno In January of 2013, I participated in an exchange through SFU to the University of Cape Town in South Africa in which I was fortunate enough to secure an internship with a grassroots HIV/AIDs organization. Having […]
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Story from the field: “Lessons Learned”

Non-Governmental Actors in Ibarra, Ecuador: “Lessons Learned”  By: Melissa L. Ball When I initially arrived to the city of my assigned research placement with a small migration office, named “the Pastoral Migratoria”, I wasn’t sure of what to expect. Standing in the middle of a crowded bus station in downtown Ibarra – with its boisterous […]
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