Reflections from Fellows in the Field

New Publication on Project Ankur, from 2015 Fellowship Receipients

by |November 23rd, 2016

Srishti Sardana and Marina Marcus, team recipients of the 2015 Fellowship, have received their first publication for Project Ankur, their AC4 sponsored project. The full paper, published in Journal of Clinical Psychology, is available here: “Narratives of Violence, Pathology, and Empowerment: Mental Health Needs Assessment of Home-Based Female Sex Workers in Rural India.“ The paper gives an overview… read more

Abandoned businesses on the main street of one of the research sites. Owners abandoned many of these businesses because they were unable to pay extortion fees. A few days before I was there, a high ranking authority of the state had visited this small city, and that is why the façades were recently painted different colors; seemingly trying to mask a reality for the political class that is difficult to ignore for the members of this community.

Reflection from AC4 Fellow, Laura Vargas

by |March 28th, 2016

My name is Laura Vargas and I am a Doctoral Student in Social Policy and Policy Analysis at the Columbia School of Social Work. Over the course of almost nine weeks I traveled more than 5,500 miles to conduct qualitative interviews with dozens of medical professionals. I travelled to sixteen different municipalities located in five… read more

Reflection from AC4 Fellow, Emily Richardson

by |March 21st, 2016

Working in a conflict-affected context is never easy. In a country like Pakistan, security threats are constant. When I lived in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital city for most of 2013, I was regularly on “lock-down”. Forced to work from home, I was not allowed to leave my apartment until the situation was deemed safe. During elections… read more

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Photo: a recently militarized Miskito village.

Reflection from AC4 Fellow, Fernando Montero

by |February 23rd, 2016

Two days into my stay on the Afro-indigenous Miskitu Coast of Nicaragua, a shootout between mestizo settlers and local indigenous residents in a small Miskitu village shocked the region and brought sustained national media attention to the coast for the first time in years. Tensions between non-indigenous settlers and Miskitu residents are a longstanding issue… read more

Reflection from Olive Nsababera

by |November 13th, 2015

I spent the past three months with UNICEF in Amman, Jordan, conducting research on the hopes and aspirations of young people. This included trying to understand what drives young people towards positive forms of participation such as civic engagement instead of resorting to destructive methods of participation. The focus of the research was Jordan, Syria… read more

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Reflection from Valerie Bondura

by |November 10th, 2015

“The Old Town of Belchite— children no longer run around, you can no longer hear the songs our parents used to sing.” The above image is from the door of a large ruined church in the old town of Belchite, in Aragon, Spain. Belchite was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War, with the town changing… read more

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Reflection from Nora J. Keller

by |November 9th, 2015

With the generous support of the Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4), I was able to return to Timor-Leste this summer to conduct a second round of interviews for my dissertation on innovation trajectories in rebel organizations. In my work, I explore why some armed resistance groups actively use nonviolent action as a strategy,… read more

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Promoting Active Citizenship in Brazil – Reflection from Diana Engel Gerbase

by |November 9th, 2015

Hi, all! My experience this summer is one that I will definitely never forget and I am so thankful for having AC4 as one my supporters. After about a year and a half of maturation of my ideas and a lifetime desire to work in the improvement of civic engagement in Brazil, I finally started… read more

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Interview with AC4 Scholarship Recipients to the 2015 CMM Learning Exchange

by |October 15th, 2015

The 2015 Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM) Learning Exchange, also known as the FUGIC Forum, took place in Munich, Germany, from September 17-20. Hosts of the Learning Exchange were the CMM Institute and the Institute for Global Integral Competence. This interview was conducted by AC4’s Meredith Smith and Venera Kusari. What motivated you to choose… read more

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Reflection from Kristen Grennan

by |September 1st, 2015

I am so eternally grateful to the AC4 Fellowship for giving me the opportunity to explore my interests in such a fascinating and exciting environment as the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ). The ICTJ is the leading organization in the field of transitional justice, which occurs when a society is transitioning from conflict to… read more

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