This year, 13 students took part in my International Development Planning Studio and developed 13 high-quality project proposals. The studio was supported a range of international development experts at Virginia Tech, who worked closely with the students to challenge and refine their ideas and help them develop the wide-range of skills needed to create an international development project proposal. I’d especially like to thank Bill Anderson, John Browder, Emily Van Houweling, Susan Marmagas, Kurt Richter, Kerry Redican, Keith Moore, James Foreman, Sophie Wenzel, and Shantal Hover for the expertise they brought to the studio.
I have listed below the titles of the student proposals to provide an indication of the range of subjects that the students explored this semester.
- Increasing Livelihood Opportunities and Productivity for Tuvalu’s Outer Islanders
- Foundation of a Sanitary Pads Manufacturer in Makoko, Nigeria
- The DTaP Project: Minimizing the incidence of Bordetella pertussis in Sokoto, Nigeria, through a vaccination and infectious disease education intervention
- Addressing the High Incidence and Case-Fatality of Human Rabies in the Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh, India
- Safe and Affordable Drinking Water in Santa María del Carbón, Honduras
- Statelessness: Improving access to citizenship for stateless Dominicans of Haitian descent living in the Dominican Republic
- Veron Mobile Clinic Project, Veron, Dominican Republic
- Development Proposal to Reduce Iodine Deficiency in Nampula Province, Mozambique
- HIV Prevention among Women in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
- Proposal for Addressing Poverty in the Department of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala
- Scaling up sanitation demand in iganga district: A proposal for improved sanitation and hygiene
- Improving the Access and Quality of Education in rural areas of China
- Defensive Driver Education Program to Reduce Road Deaths in Georgetown, Guyana
The images below were taken during the last two studios when the students formally presented and defended their proposals to a panel of international development experts.