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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 previous experience in the field, the organization welcomed me onto their projects. Among other thing
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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 atmosphere and bright colors from the small street vendors outside selling homem
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Story from the field: Impoverished Yes; Impotent No!

Impoverished Yes; Impotent No! By: Ellen Sparling I met Geza, a United Nations Peace Ambassador from Ethiopia in 2011. Naturally, though dealing with a language barrier, we hit it off over our passion for travel, culture, and social justice. Over time, we decided it was time to humbly approach the vast issue of water inequality by starting in the village that raised him; a little village called Dukem. Throughout the
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Mentors Spring 2014

Mekala W. Education, Community Building Zack G. Public Engagement on Global Issues, Project Development and Delivery, Voluntourism, Culture & Social Change Beth T. Agricultural research for development, gender research, small-scale fisheries, food security, regional focus on East Africa (Uganda) Ellen Morgan health, humanitarian work, natural resources policy Lesley G. gender, public health, sexual and reproducti
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Story from the field: “The Remand Home”

The Remand Home By: Alecia Greenwood Uganda, to me, is a country full of contradictions. I met people that were loving and peaceful, yet I knew many of them had been delivered from a time of violence and hatred. They were denied the liberties that they deserved, and yet they rose above the suffering. In travelling to Uganda, my mission was to offer myself to that culture, but in the end that culture offered more to m
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Bridging the Gap

When I joined The Undercurrent as a volunteer last Fall, it was just a journal.¹ It represented an opportunity for me to volunteer just a few hours a week on something related to my studies. Now, as we reach The Undercurrent’s tenth anniversary, the journal is so much more than a journal—it’s a bridge between Canadian international development students and the rest of the development community. My first impression of
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Story from the field: “Someone Else’s Mile”

Someone Else’s Mile By: Amanda Brissenden​ While working for Engineers Without Borders Canada in Kisumu, Kenya, I found myself traveling to visit a variety of water systems in the surrounding regions. This often meant jumping on a matatu, the local public transport, and arriving in a new town to search for people to talk to and a place to stay. One day, I found myself in a beautiful town, fields full of green crops a
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Story from the field: “The Americans Are Coming”

The Americans Are Coming By: Claire Sieffert In the second week that I worked at a Ugandan clinic for HIV/AIDS patients, the organization was due for a check-up. The donors had decided it was time for the clinic’s regular inspection to guarantee the good that they were purchasing was acceptable. Pre-visit, our colleagues’ mantra was “the Americans are coming, the Americans are coming!” It was like a picture book from
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Session Proposals

Call For Proposals to Lead Sessions at InSight  Theme: Borders Without Boundaries  May 28th – 30th, 2014 Brock University, St. Catherine’s, Ontario The Undercurrent invites you to participate at its 2014 conference as part of the annual meeting of the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) at the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Congress, at Brock University.
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You Have So Much To Offer: Seven Networking Tips for International Development Studies Students

There were times when I could have been a lot better at networking during my undergrad in IDS. I could have built better friendships that would also turn into professional contacts, and I would have had more people to ask about what to do next when I faced major professional challenges. Almost two years out of school, I think a lot about networking and about how changing my mentality around it might have helped me ba
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