8 Reasons for Attending the ICSD

Exposure: Finding employment is all about who you know now a days and this conference was such a good experience to get our names out in the academic world and build a stronger network within the field of development.  2. Learning: On the second day of the conference, we were able to hear many people…

International Conference on Sustainable Development

Tuesday 20 September, 13 MDP Cohort 4 Candidates flew to New York City to attend the annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (IC-SD) at Columbia University. As the MDP program at the University of Waterloo was founded as part of the global MDP network, we are invited to attend and submit papers to the conference….

Reflections from Conversations

Walking the path from my hostel, through Berekuso, and up the hill to Ashesi, I tend to think about the good and bad of living in Ghana, what works well and what changes would improve the lives of most citizens. At points the path can be wide, but while climbing the hill it narrows without…

Au revoir Cameroun

  Hello followers of the UWaterloo MDP Blog! It’s been my utmost pleasure to help my classmates share the stories of their placements as the MDP Student Engagement Coordinator and the Manager of the Blog. I would just like to give a huge shout-out and thank you to my colleague Laura who helps me edit…

Ghana be Home Soon

When preparing to leave for Ghana, I didn’t really know what to expect. I had spoken to others who had spent time in this beautiful country, but no one had ever visited Kumasi, where my placement was to be based. Adding to the mystery, there was very little information on what I would actually be…

Working for Ulto Property Group in Toronto

With the coming of August, I have been in Toronto for three months. During the last three months, I have worked as an intern at the Ulto Property Group Inc. in Toronto, with the goal of learning the concepts of green building in practice. Ulto Property Group is a specialized web and traditional real estate…

Reflections on Ghana

June, 2016 – Working: Since I have been working abroad I have learnt a few things about planning research projects – they CHANGE WITHOUT WARNING!!!! But it is how you deal with these changes that matters. It reminds me of a song “funny thing about a garden beauty live beyond its gates, but weeds and roots…

Putting Food First in Burnaby

I was kind of baffled the first time I heard of “food security”. I thought it might be related to some innovative methods which could help humans avoid food poisoning ─ then I realized, food poisoning (or food sanitation I should say) is just a tiny part of food security. The concept of food security…

Lessons from Abroad

MDP students have been on placements abroad for a few months now, and some of us are even wrapping things up and heading home soon. Many of us, including myself, have written about our experiences and mentioned that it was difficult to adjust in our new cities, or that we found ourselves in a steep…

War on Human Trafficking

Why I am, Where I am In undertaking my studies in International Development, some would expect that I work in a nation that is below the poverty line, war torn, or politically unstable.  However, my passions and interests have led me somewhere else.  The internship is located in a nation not often mentioned in Canada. …

How I’m learning to be a leader

This unassuming picture is one of the first places Stephen Little and I enjoyed coffee when arriving at Ashesi University in May. At that time, the enthusiasm I’m sure many nascent development practitioners go through was practically emanating from my MDP t-shirt and ‘go-getter’ attitude. A few weeks later, this place meant something radically different…

OpenAccess Energy Summit

A fantastic beginning to our work with WISE. Our work started with the participation of the OpenAccess Energy Summit held by the Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. There was a multinational, multidisciplinary and multi-generational group of participants present at the summit to discuss and share their points about solutions…