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Class 12 (2013-2015)

Lyttelton Braima, Sierra Leone

Duke University – Master in International Development Policy

Lyttelton always dreamt of becoming a banker. After completing undergraduate studies in neighboring Liberia, he returned home to a ruined nation where communities had been virtually destroyed by war. Touched by the devastation of his own village, he decided that his economics degree could be more meaningful if put to use to lift people out of the ashes of the civil war. Thus, Lyttelton began to work for Care International as program officer for the Rights Based Approach program sector from 2002 to 2006, planning and implementation of community empowerment projects. These interventions led to greater awareness on rights, regular interaction with local government bodies, and collective action by communities on several fronts. Lyttelton joined the World Bank as program officer in 2008. As a research economist, he has conducted series of analytical studies on post war governance and justice issues with a view to understand the policy environment, and shape the discussion in a way that makes reforms fair and equitable for poor sections of the society. Findings from these studies are currently helping Sierra Leone’s local level justice reform and decentralization program.

Applied Field Experience

NAMATI, Liberia