Reflections from Fellows in the Field

The Criticality and Potential of Local Human Rights Educators in Rakhine State, by Benjamin Steiner

by |November 12th, 2018

Written September 2018 by Benjamin Steiner, AC4 Graduate Student Fellow, upon returning from fieldwork in Myanmar.  To many in Rakhine State, Myanmar, “Rohingya” is a pseudonym — a social construction — applied to Bengali illegal immigrants living in a state that rightfully belongs to its namesake Rakhine ethnicity. As evidence, they cite the imposing ruins… read more

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How Can We Teach Those Who’ve Been Ostracized? – Reflection from Niwa Dwitama, AC4 Fellow 2018

by |October 23rd, 2018

While the rule of law and rehabilitation programs for people convicted to terrorism-related charges are important elements of Counter-Terrorism policy, the life of their family members, such as wives and children, are also affected by societal perception and labeling due to their affiliation to terrorism. “Most of these children had dropped out of school because… read more

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Conflict Prevention with NGO Belun in Timor-Leste – Reflections from Anna Larsson, AC4 Fellow

by |October 15th, 2018

Anna Larsson is in the Master of International Affairs Program, specializing in both International Conflict Resolution and Gender & Public Policy, at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. With the AC4 Fellowship award, she was a Women, Peace and Security (WPS) intern at the conflict prevention NGO Belun in Dili, Timor-Leste. Can the Fear of Doing… read more

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Bringing Findings Back by Summer Lindsey, AC4 Graduate Student Fellow

by |October 12th, 2018

People prefer to punish rape and stealing more severely, but wife-beating less severely in the wake of armed conflict. This is what I found from implementing a series of 80 focus groups with a local research organization two years ago in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. This summer, in 2018, I returned to work with… read more

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Centralizing Universality in Human Rights Education for Rakhine State, Myanmar, by Benjamin Steiner

by |October 10th, 2018

When I traveled to Rakhine State, Myanmar as a Human Rights education (HRE) curriculum consultant with the support of AC4, I packed light. My two duffle bags contained several drafts of my HRE curriculum packaged neatly in Columbia University binders, some nifty visual aids and teacher training tools, less changes of clothes than I realistically… read more

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Lessons from the Field, by Irina Soboleva, AC4 Fellow

by |October 10th, 2018

Irina Soboleva is a PhD Candidate in Comparative Politics and Cognitive Psychology. She combines field experiments and ethnography to enhance community engagement in polarized societies. Behind the Scenes: Three Lessons from the Field This summer, I have been running a field experiment on civil participation in Eastern Ukraine. In what comes below, I focus on… read more

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Is data collection a public good? – Reflection from Daniel Thomas, AC4 Grad Fellow

by |October 2nd, 2018

Engaging in data collection in developing contexts is tricky for several reasons, but a primary concern is ensuring that research activities are as valuable, if not more so, for communities as they are for the researcher. Of course, lofty academic goals such as understanding the world around us and separating truth from supposition are valuable… read more

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Youth’s Citizenship Education, Part 2 from AC4 Grad Student Fellow, Luis Rodrigo Mayorga Camus

by |September 25th, 2018

Schools are complicated institutions. They have schedules, timetables, and closed rooms where people should be – and not be – at particular times. When this system ‘works’, one should be able to know where everybody is, with who, and doing what. Of course, human life is always more complex than that. My time in the… read more

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Youth’s Citizenship Education in Chile, by AC4 Grad Student Fellow, Luis Rodrigo Mayorga Camus

by |September 13th, 2018

Over the past years, citizenship education became a hotly debated topic in Chile. Several political corruption scandals involving elected officials and businesspeople called into question the strength of Chilean democracy, the probity and civic virtue of its representatives, and the institutions entitled to educate these traits, particularly the school system. Before the end of her… read more

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Sustainability Transformations in Malawi’s Tea Industry; reflections from Margaret Sagan, AC4 Fellow

by |August 29th, 2018

Our team research project followed up on our coursework in the Business and Human Rights clinic, which centered around guidelines for responsible agricultural investment.  In Malawi, the major agricultural commodities grown for export are tobacco, sugar, and tea.  For our AC4-sponsored project, we decided to look at Malawi’s tea industry.  We wanted to understand how… read more