Dadaab Life: Auto-photography from 2015

Last year, the Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University helped support my work using autophotography. Most of the photos were taken by women involved in training programs in Dadaab who I asked to take photos of people, places, or moments in their lives when they felt powerful or empowered. Women were instructed to get permission from the subjects of their photos (most frequently their family members) and I shared the photographs that the women agreed to share publicly with TAMU. Below is the collection of photographs they curated to share. On June 24, 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda, I will attend a showing of these photos and photos from other projects funded by the Center on Conflict and Development. I’ll share details about the venue and times closer to the date.

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How to effectively manage project risk

Here’s a guest blog post I wrote for American University. There are a variety of project management resources that discuss risk management. Here I will introduce some of those resources. In particular, I will consider risk management in international development projects drawing on my personal experience in Afghanistan and the Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya […]

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Why training for adults? Refugee’s systems and support for empowerment

Reposted from the Center on Conflict and Development As I began to discuss in my introduction post, I am using visual methodologies to understand empowerment in diverse adult education classrooms in Dadaab. The content of the training has thus far in the pre-dissertation process, been diverse. Last year, I spent two months in Dadaab and […]

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Theory Rant

I have been doing a lot of thinking about my research interests and my theoretical understandings of the world. I came to Penn State with this view of the world that I had developed over time through studying anthropology and conflict, working in educational contexts (mostly university settings, all formal, all admittedly in the western […]

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Toward Inclusion of Conflict-Affected Youth in the Post-2015 Education Agenda

Reposted from the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies blog. Adolescents and youth in conflict-affected environments may never have traveled to school without fear, never known a functioning civil society or political or family stability. These youth are frequently displaced, either within their country or as refugees. They may find themselves stranded before they have […]

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I’m here to help

If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have comebecause your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.   In 2009, as a new graduate student in the Peace and Conflict Resolution program at American University, I went out to a neighborhood bar with a fellow […]

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