Blogs from the Field

Nutrition in Complex Emergencies


In January of 2014, I attended a week-long workshop at Emory University through the CDC titled, "Nutrition in Complex Emergencies."  The purpose of the workshop was to learn about nutrition programs such as the World Food Programme (WFP) in complex emergencies. We learned management skills and program design to address malnutrition as well as macronutrient and micronutrient deficiencies among refugee and displaced populations.

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There is no such thing as a crazy or far-fetched idea in design-thinking


As a first semester graduate student, I saw the Fast 48 workshop design-thinking boot camp as the perfect opportunity to meet other students and learn more about the New Orleans community. I came into it with few expectations and an open mind, and as a student with a nonexistent creative background. This proved to be an initial challenge for this design-thinking weekend as I was pushed to break the rigid borders of my comfort zone.

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Comparing Housing Policies between Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans


Interview with Visiting Brazilian Economist & Researcher, Dr. Rute Imanishi Rodrigues

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Inequality Examined in Cuba


Throughout the week of the “Development and Private Property in Cuba” field portion of the course held from January 3-11, 2014, the students, led by Payson Center Executive Director Colin Crawford, attended lectures and explored different areas both within and outside of the city. Professor Crawford explained that the course was designed "to provide students a hands-on experience in which they could explore the social, economic and other consequen

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The popularity of Congolese music across Africa: Fally Ipupa performs in Abidjan


In my first blog post, I wrote a little about the popularity of Congolese music across Africa. When it comes to the Congo’s most popular export, very few artists come close to Fally Ipupa. While I wasn’t able to see him in Kinshasa, I got a second chance to see him here in Abidjan.

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Tulane International LLC Rwanda Country Office Research Project History


The Payson Center for International Development has been managing various research activities in Rwanda since 1999. As a result of our established presence in Rwanda, we pursued opening the Rwanda Country Office, represented by a locally registered international NGO arm of Tulane University, Tulane International LLC.

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Access to justice in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire


Arriving in Abidjan was a completely different experience from my arrival in Kinshasa. The airport, named after Côte d’Ivoire’s first president, Félix Houphouët-Boigny, was much larger and more organized than Ndjili, in Kinshasa. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the ride to the hotel room. Abidjan’s skyline has to be one of, if not, the most impressive in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Fundación Paraguaya: Lessons Learned from a Self-Sufficient Entrepreneurship School


Assisting the poor to achieve success can be daunting, as the definition of success varies on a personal level. Martin Burt (a current Payson PhD student) took this concept to heart when founding Fundación Paraguaya*, a non-profit organization in Paraguay devoted to promoting entrepreneurship among the world's poor.

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One Young World Summit (OYW), Johannesburg, South Africa, 2013


Where young leaders start leading

One Young World (OYW) is the only youth-dominated event that brings together more countries than the Olympics.  I was selected and awarded a scholarship to represent Panama at this year's Summit in Johannesburg.

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