The path of my specialist degree has helped me develop research skills and given the opportunity to go to Kampala (Uganda) for a research project.
I was appointed Project Manager for my six-person team. We worked with the Community Development Resource Network (CDRN), a Kampala-based non-governmental organization to study participatory techniques as a means of resolving community conflicts related to land issues. Due to the ambiguous property laws in the country, conflicts in the Masaka region (southwest of Kampala) are very common. The idea of our project was to study participatory techniques practiced by CDRN to resolve conflicts. In addition to promoting formal recognition of land ownership among community members and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) strategies, we have been able to provide some recommendations to the NGO on how conflicts can be avoided in the first place.
After returning to London, I did an internship at Y-Care International, an NGO of the YMCA movement in the United Kingdom and Ireland, based in London. I studied how credit schemes can be made accessible to vulnerable young people in rural Liberia and I presented this research as a thesis for my Master’s degree. This research is expected to be published in February 2018.
Before starting my PhD in October 2018 I wanted to take a break from studying. Although the idea of resting was tempting, I didn’t succeed and decided to do something productive. The Dialogue Place International Volunteers program, recommended by a friend, seemed to me a great thing as it not only allows me to travel in this beautiful country, but also allows me to make a small contribution to the important activity that Dialogue Place is carrying out .
After finishing this program, I will go to London in March for an internship at a political consultancy firm called Thorncliffe. In June I will take the exam to obtain the Investment Operations Certificate (IOC) to start working in the financial sector during my doctorate. And if all goes well, in the future I will work to continue Dialogue Place’s commitment to social enterprises because I think it is imperative that these initiatives expand not only in the EU but also outside. ”