Research can enhance local capacity to address community development issues
In collaboration with our partner the Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD), we are pleased to introduce a new exciting opportunity for Occidental Richter scholars. Students will engage in community-based research, working alongside an FSD community partner organization on their research opportunities in Nicaragua, Argentina, Bolivia, India, or Uganda.
FSD supports more than 300 community partner organizations and has trained more than 3,000 volunteers to support their work. For more than 18 years, FSD's community development efforts have maintained an ongoing project sustainability rate of 80 percent, addressing health, social, environmental, and economic issues by responding to community priorities and offering training, grants, and volunteer support to our community partners.
Possible Research Project Areas
While many partner organizations work on multi-sectoral issues, students can identify a particular area of interest in:
- Human rights
- Global or community health
- Appropriate Technology
- Gender Equity
- Economic development (microfinance, microenterprise, social entrepreneurship)
- Youth and education
A few example projects include:
- A market analysis for a women’s cooperative providing much-needed dry goods and other fair-price sundries in Tola, Nicaragua
- A review of legal rights of and support options for victims of domestic violence in Nicaragua
- Identifying the barriers to raising awareness of HIV/AIDS risk and access to prevention and treatment services among youth in Masaka, Uganda
At this time students are not selecting a specific partner organization to work with. Students are ONLY investigating the kinds of organizations they might be placed with based on their area of interest. Once a student is selected for the Richter, placement will be determined in conjunction with their background and the needs that have been identified within the selected theme and location.
Once a student has identified an area of interest he or she should continue to the Proposal Process to learn more about what steps to take in order to be a successful Richter candidate.
In-country support and infrastructure including
- Placement with partner organization
- Workshops: Educational workshop on key sustainable community- based development topics and tools (participatory project design & management, community engagement, monitoring & evaluation, grant writing, lectures and field visits on key development issues)
- Research project supervisor
- On-site orientation
- Cross-cultural integration and technical support
- Health and safety support
- Homestay (includes 3 meals a day)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (323) 259-2533
- Visit: McKinnon Center for Global Affairs Johnson 102