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Mwila Chigaga, Zambia

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University
Mwila’s strong sense of social responsibility has been evident since childhood; in primary school, she helped teach nutrition classes in surrounding villages. Since receiving her law degree from the University of Zambia, Mwila’s work has reflected her keen interest in issues of social justice and human rights. After working in a private law firm for two years, she worked for the government as principal state advocate and advised the Attorney General on matters of international law. Mwila has also represented Zambia abroad, serving in London as a Deputy High Commissioner, and in New York while reporting to the 3 rd committee of the U.N. about human rights, economic, social, cultural and humanitarian issues. In Zambia, Mwila founded an organization called Widows With Strength, which empowers widows to be self-sufficient. Mwila hopes to use her fellowship to enhance her skills in international relations, and to encourage government leaders to consider the linkages between equality, development and peace. Area of Interest/Research: Mwila’s thesis deals with the issue of gender mainstreaming in the Zambian HIV/AIDS strategic management plan. Internship: International Labour Organization (ILO), Geneva, Switzerland Mwila worked on implementation of gender mainstreaming in development policies and programs in the Gender Unit of the ILO. She also researched the social dimensions of globalization.

 

Edem Effiong , Nigeria

School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Edem’s interest is in developing policy at the local, national and international level in public health and violence prevention. After receiving her degree in Mass Communication at the University of Lagos and a Certificate in Health Communication, she began her professional career as a broadcast journalist. She developed the first Rotary Peace project in Nigeria, “the Calaban Peace Project,” and trained over 300 educators in the AIDS Control and Prevention Project. Prior to becoming a Peace Fellow, Edem worked as Program Head at Nigeria Youth AIDS Program, and volunteered her skills in program and curriculum design to Reach Services, an organization that emphasizes conflict management and resolution. Edem hopes that the Rotary World Peace Fellowship will better position her for a leadership role in youth health and development in Nigeria. Area of Interest/Research: Edem’s interest is in developing policy at the local, national and international level in public health and violence prevention. Internship: IPAS, Chapel Hill & Nigeria

The Rotary Center remembers Edem Effiong. Shortly after arriving in Chapel Hill from her home country of Nigeria, Edem was diagnosed with a rare type of leukemia. Despite recurrent trips to the hospital and many medical obstacles, Edem completed her master’s degree from UNC’s School of Public Health, in addition to making presentations and winning awards around the US. With her family so far away, her own personal strength was championed and sustained through the thoughtfulness and kindness of her Rotary family and friends. She will be missed both for her steadfast determination and her personal strength of character.

 

Zazil (María) Romero Echaverría, Mexico

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University
Zazil received her degree in International Relations at Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico. Following graduation, she specialized in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution in The Netherlands. She has worked as Coordinator for the Promotion of Culture in Monterrey Mexico, as well as Logistics Coordinator for the International Hispanic Association. After completing several trainings in conflict resolution, she became the Latin American Regional Coordinator for the Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution in Washington DC. Upon completion of the program, Zazil hopes to work for an international organization that promotes sustainable development as a means to prevent conflict and ensure peace. Area of Interest/Research: Zazil’s research project focuses on the invisible citizens of a region in Mexico, which live under extreme poverty and have very few opportunities for development. She hopes to find alternatives for sustainable development that are suitable for this population. Internship: Organization of American States, Washington, DC and the Red Cross, Panama Zazil primarily conducted research on cases such as border conflict in Guatemala and Belize, current political instability in Nicaragua and presidential transition in Bolivia.

 

Tzu Han Huang , Taiwan

School of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Tzu Han Huang graduated from National Taiwan University with a Bachelor in Social Work. Prior to working as a school social worker in an alternative high school for high school dropouts, she had extensive experiences working with a grassroots human rights organization and various social welfare agencies, primarily serving children and single-parent families. Growing up as a second generation of Chinese immigrants in Taiwan since the 1949 civil war and living under the constant political tension between the two sides of the Strait, preventing the escalation of hostility and bringing about creative resolutions to the future of Taiwan are more pressing than an ideal pursuit. In addition to conflict prevention in the China-Taiwan situation, she is also interested in using sustainable development as a long-term strategy for conflict prevention. Her primary focus is on building and incorporating local capacity in development with a critical emphasis on gender mainstreaming. Her current research topic is related to the evaluation of micro-finance’s program impact on its social objectives, i.e. gender equity and social inclusion in South Asia. Area of Interest/Research: Tzu Han is conducting a participatory action research on Burmese refugees’ experiences of resettlement services in Carrboro and Chapel Hill. The project aims to empower participants to collectively define their problems, plan for and initiate community change. The findings also hope to benefit local social services providers in evaluating and enhancing their services to refugees. Internship: UNICEF, India Tzu Han conducted qualitative research on Polio Eradication Campaign in West Bengal, specifically looking at a small percentage of parents who refuse to give polio vaccine to their children and documenting the perceptions of this refusal from a broad range of sources. She interviewed villagers, community leaders, health workers and government officials to compile a report, a short documentary film and a Powerpoint presentation.

 

Josephus Tenga, Sierra Leone

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University
Josephus has extensive experience in the field of development and conflict resolution, with over 20 years of professional and field experience that included multiple missions in conflict areas. After receiving his degree in Economics from the University of Sierra Leone, he spent several years working in commercial banking. His experience in financing rural credit initiatives sparked his interest in development. From there, Josephus was recruited into UNICEF, where he helped establish UNICEF’s country office in Sierra Leone and worked as an Officer of Supply and Logistics. His volunteer work with international organizations such as UNAMSIL and UNOSOM has taken him to Somalia, Liberia and areas of conflict within his own country. He most recently served as the CFO of CAUSE Canada, where he was responsible for technical and professional guidance in finance and administration. Josephus intends to concentrate on poverty alleviation initiatives and how they can minimize the emergence and consequences of conflict, and the study of ‘preventative development.’ Area of Interest/Research: Jose’s Master’s project will build upon his research completed during a summer internship at the World Bank, looking at issue of including local leadership in post-conflict reconstruction in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Specifically, the project will examine in detail the reasons for the lack of participation of local leaders in post-conflict nation building in these countries and propose recommended courses of corrective action. The project is addressed to The Director of The Public Sector Governance Group at The Bank. Jose hopes that the Group would include his recommendations in assisting the governments in Liberia and Sierra Leone to design more effective policies to promote their nation building efforts. Internship: Carter Center, Atlanta, Georgia and the World Bank in Washington, DC. At the Carter Center, Jose researched the peace process in Liberia. At The World Bank, he researched post-conflict leadership in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

 

Hyunjoo Youn, Korea

School of Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Hyunjoo earned her B.A. in English Language and Literature (major) and Education (minor) at Hoseo University, and M.A. in English linguistics at the Han-kuk University of Foreign Studies in Korea. She has also completed a course for Human Rights and North Korean Refugees through NKHR NGO in Korea. Hyunjoo has been an active participant, leader and organizer in many international youth programs, conferences and forums including World Youth Leader’s Conference commemorating 50 th anniversary of UN and Korean independence; and Korea-ASEAN Future-Oriented Youth Exchange Project. She has also worked for UNESCO Asia-Pacific regional office in Thailand, Korean National Commission for UNESCO, Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and SARANGBANG Group for Human Rights (NGO). Upon completion of the Rotary World Peace Fellowship program, Hyunjoo would like to pursue her career helping children in need including street children and North Korean refugees. Area of Interest/Research: Hyunjoo’s Master’s research focuses on street children in Thailand and education policy. Internship: UNESCO, Bangkok, Thailand Hyunjoo developed and improved a bioethics textbook, assisted the SHS unit’s HR projects, and attended conferences and meetings on behalf of her unit. She also conducted institution visits to UN agencies to identify what types of works are being done to improve conditions of street children.

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