Sunday, July 18, 2010

Staying for Tea: International Development Alumni Blog

Aaron Ausland (IPE '96) writes a blog called "Staying for Tea: Good Principles and Practice of International Development" that analyzes the issues that he deals with as an international development professional. His most recent post, for example, talks about the challenges and opportunities of "voluntourism." Readers who are interested in international development would do well to follow this blog.

Aaron is a development practitioner with over a dozen years of experience designing, managing, and evaluating development projects in over two dozen countries with a variety of organizations, including the Mennonite Central Committee, World Concern, Agros International, Trickle Up, and World Vision.

His diverse work has included launching a microfinance program in Bolivia, consulting a multinational mining corporation on their corporate social responsibility strategy, evaluating a multi-million dollar emergency response to the Indian Ocean tsunami, creating an econometric model to help combat corruption in Peru, and leading a multinational team of operations auditors.

He is the founder and editor of The Global Citizen: a Journal for Young Adults Engaging the World Through Service, which is published by The Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship, where he also serves as a Board member. He has a Masters in Public Administration in International Development from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a BA in IPE from Puget Sound. (Aaron's senior thesis studied "macrofinance" versus "microfinance" as development tools.)

He currently works for a large development organization as the Associate Director of Independent Research and Evaluation and lives in Bogotá, Colombia with is wife and two children.

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