“On my Summer Practicum, I worked in collaboration with farmers from two villages in Western Kenya on how they view, manage, and problem-solve growing issues within sustainable land management. Understanding how farmers make decisions regarding their land and how the dynamics of the small farming communities function is a way to bring light to policy and supportive programs that will be beneficial for both humans and natural resources.”
– Anna Jackson (MDP 2019)
An essential feature of the MDP program is a summer field practicum. This practicum creates a structured opportunity for field-based learning within ongoing development projects. Students can undertake this field practicum with international partners or with local projects situated in the Southwest/borderlands region.
Examples of Past Practicums by Arizona MDP Students
"A Theory of Change: Climate Variability and Livelihoods in Chiang Mai and Nan Provinces, Northern Thailand"
|Humane Society||United States||"The Integration of More Plant-Based Foods in Our Diet: Reformulating our Assumptions about Consumption"|
"Considering the Gendered Nature of Post-Harvest Losses in the Barotse Floodplain, Western Province Zambia"
"Social and Gender Analysis Key Findings: Barotse Hub, Western Province, Zambia"
|Starbucks||"Addressing Farmer Health Initiatives in Rwanda"|
|CGIAR||"Youth Decision Making in Agricultural Adaptations to Climate Change An Analysis in East Africa"|
|University of Parakou||Benin||"At the Interface of Science and Decision-making: Environmental Governance and Natural Resource Management in Sub-Saharan Africa"|
|Conserve Swaziland/CANGO||Swaziland||"Wildlife Conservation in the Kingdom of Swaziland: Challenges and Prospects"|
"Perceptions of Education in Chacraseca: Where to Target Education Projects to Improve Quality and Equity"
"Undoing Internalized Oppression: Addressing Gender and Development Disparities through Formal Education Systems"
|AMOS Health and Hope||Nicaragua||"Aiming for Behavioral Change: The Looming Zika Epidemic as a Springboard to Better Community Health"|
|UNICEF||Multiple||"The Role of Technology and Innovation in Development: Lessons Learned from UNICEF's Innovation Initiatives"|
|UMWAD (Philippines)||Philippines||"Poverty Alleviation Through Collaborative Development"|
|Manusher Jonno Foundation||Bangladesh||"Assessing the Right to Information Act in Bangladesh"|
|Sakala||Haiti||"A Retrospective Analysis of Participatory Action Research for Youth Development in Cite-Soleil, Haiti"|
|Swaziland National Trust Commission||Swaziland||"Conservation and Development in Mhlumeni, Swaziland: A Community Needs Assessment Completed on Behalf of the Swaziland National Trust Commission"|
|UA Institute for the Environment||United States||"Climate Services and Vulnerability: Challenges of Jamaican Farmers"|
|Dadaab Refugee Camp||Kenya||"Refugee Income Inclusion: From Humanitarian Aid to Economic Self-Sufficiency"|
|International Center of Maize and Wheat Improvement||Mexico||"Information and Communication Technology for Food Security and Environmental Stewardship in Mexico: Regionalization of Agricultural Activities to Inform Decision-Making and Repackaging of Data for Higher Utility"|
|World Vision||Romania||"Child Protection in the Wider Black Sea Region: Implementation of a Child Protection Index "|
|Africa Rice (CGIAR) + Monterey Institute for International Studies||Benin||"Evaluating the Impact of Entrepreneurial Education on Poverty and Well-Being Among 18-30 Year Olds in Benin"|
|Center for International Forestry Research||Indonesia||"REDD+ and Fuelwood Use: Policy Implications of Informal Market Energy Demands"|
"Organized Insecurity and Migrant Experiences: Structural Violence, and the Construction of Spaces of Manipulation of Central American Migrants in Southern Mexico"
"Las Mujeres Luchandoras: Central American females speak out on the migrant trail in Oaxaca, Mexico"
|International Water Management Institute||Laos||"Hydrological impacts of land use/land cover change and options for best management practices:Case studies of two micro-catchments in Thailand and Vietnam"|
|Winrock International||Myanmar||"Permaculture Design Systems for Refugee Camps: Building resilience and community in areas of resource scarcity"|
|Good Neighbors||Dominican Republic||"Report on NGO Community Development Projects in Rural and Urban Dominican Republic; Health, Sanitation, and Poverty Alleviation Programs of the Caribbean"|
|International Institute of Tropical Agriculture||Uganda||"Climate Change and Smallholder Farmers in Rural Uganda"|
|Pima County Development Services||United States||"Integrating Community and Participatory Approaches to Neighborhood Development Strategies"|
|University Research Co. LLC||Cambodia||"Health Equity Funds: An Innovation in Health Care Financing in Cambodia"|
|Universidade Estadual de Maranhao||Brazil||"Rich Waters, Poor fishermen: The Enigma of the Fishery of Raposa"|
“I worked with the NGO WorldFish on my Summer Practicum in Sierra Leone, where daily life is a struggle for most people. By providing technical knowledge and inputs for small-scale fish farming to sustenance farmers in the district, WorldFish is helping people provide their families with more varied diets and much-needed extra income that can be used to improve and, hopefully, sustain their livelihoods for years to come.” – Joseph Stewart (MDP 2019)