Graduate student, Kayemba Mvula receives prestigious fellowship to strengthen access to justice in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

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First-year, international development graduate student, Kayemba Mvula will be spending his summer in Kinshasa, DRC as a Tetra Tech DPK (Tt DPK) Global Law and Development Fellow working on their Rule of Law Institutional Strengthening (ROLIS) Project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) ProJustice initiative.

Tetra Tech DPK’s Global Law and Development Fellowship provides a short-term, concentrated experience for students enrolled in or graduated from graduate programs in law, international development, court administration, public policy, or related areas. The fellowship is designed to help introduce fellows to concepts of judicial reform and capacity building in developing countries, and to provide exposure to the management and implementation of international development projects.
 
Kayemba's academic and personal background made him an ideal candidate for the Tt DPK fellowship. He is Congolese by birth but has lived most of his life in New Orleans, and has a B.S in Politcal Science from Louisiana State University. Moreover, he is fluent in both English and French. In addition to his full-time course load, Kayemba has also been applying his skills as a research intern on the Payson Center's Survey Research on Child Labor in West African Cocoa Growing Areas project funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.
 
Kayemba says, "The Congo is a country with very weak legal institutions. Resources are lacking and thus access to justice is low. Capacity building and educating the public are effective ways to alter this reality. I am very excited to get to work on this important project."
 
The Payson Center congratulates Kayemba on all he has accomplished in his first year of our graduate program and is excited to learn about his fellowship experiences this summer as he returns to the DRC. Graciously, Kayemba has agreed to contribute a few posts to the Payson Center Website's Blogs from the Field so that everyone can read about the challenging justice-sector project and his new impressions of his birth-place.

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