Panel Discussion

Ashley Jones - Habitat for Humanity (Bratislava, Slovakia) – Jones worked on a project that seeks to improve energy efficiency in Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her project aimed to mitigate the effects of rising energy prices by using homeowners’ associations to promote energy efficient housing upgrades and gain community support for regional energy reform.
Tyler Pearson – Heifer International (Phnom Penh, Cambodia) – Pearson conducted a value chain analysis on backyard poultry production in Cambodia. The goal of the study was to search for areas along the chain that can be made more efficient to improve the livelihoods of the farmers and their families.
Lindsay Kuehn – Legal Resources Foundation Trust (Nairobi, Kenya) – Kuehn produced primary data, collected from focus groups and interviews, that assisted the LRF in designing programs to increase women’s ability to access and own land in Kenya, where informal justice systems often allow some communities to prevent women from owning land.
Neena Viel – Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project (Kanunga District, Uganda) – Because there are an estimated 35,000 AIDS orphans in Southwestern Uganda who do not attend primary school, Viel conducted an assessment aimed at understanding the factors that limit school enrollment, and how Nyaka can better serve the target demographic.
Jessica Boyd – Habitat for Humanity (Bogota, Columbia) – Boyd worked in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity to diversify its funding sources and develop and expand its organizational capacities. This project help the organization develop more sustainable, long-term projects, allowing it to effectively serve its target populations.