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Dispatch from UN-Habitat in Kenya: Andrew Horne’s third blog from the virtual field

Photo credit: United Nations By Andrew Horne, MIPP As I am currently interning with UN-Habitat, my blog for this month will focus on how UN-Habitat addresses the concerns of global youth in an increasingly young world. In the last several decades, there has been an explosion in the global population of youth, with these changing …

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Dove flying in front of the Ukraine flag (blue and yellow stripes)

Dispatch from IOM in Ukraine: Ashley Mungai’s Third blog from the virtual field

Photo credit: Eurasia Review By: Ashley Mungai, MAGG I’m constantly in shock that it has barely been two months since the crisis in Ukraine began, yet the impacts of this crisis have devastated the lives of millions of Ukrainians and will echo for decades to come. Working virtually for IOM Ukraine, I receive daily reports …

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Peace symbol made of yellow leaves on a blue background

Dispatches from the IOM in Ukraine: Haily Eggleston’s third blog from the virtual field

Photo credit: Engin_Akyurt/Pixabay By: Haily Eggleston, MIPP Interning at IOM Ukraine during the war has provided me with insight into how much work goes into humanitarian relief, particularly in times of crisis. During times like these, we all hear about the extraordinary acts of bravery that happen, but there are so many more things that …

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IOM Ukraine volunteer helping to direct two children at the border

Dispatch from the IOM Ukraine: Ashley Mungai’s second blog from the virtual field

Photo credit: IOM By Ashley Mungai, MAGG student It has been nearly a month since the war broke out and the Ukrainian crisis began. Unfortunately, the reality on the ground keeps getting worse and worse.  Our situation reports suggest that at least 12 million people are in need within Ukraine, and as of 16 March, …

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Ukraine's biggest national flag on the country's highest flagpole and the giant 'Motherland' monument are seen at a compound of the World War II museum in Kyiv, Ukraine, December 16, 2021. Picture taken with a drone.

Dispatch from IOM in Ukraine: Ashley Mungai’s first blog from the virtual field

Photo credit: Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko By Ashley Mungai, MAGG I always knew that an internship in the UN system would change my life. However, I had no idea just how much of an understatement this would be. My name is Ashley Mungai, and I am currently finishing up my MAGG program. I am an international student …

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Ukraine flag (blue and yellow stripes) flying on a flag pole with a dove flying toward the flag at sunset

Dispatch from the IOM in Ukraine: Haily Eggleston’s second blog from the virtual field

Photo credit: ELG21/Pixabay By Haily Eggleston, MIPP When the Russian Federation launched a broad military offensive against Ukraine, I honestly thought that was the end of my internship. Up until that point, I had been working on interview questions for other units as part of a mapping exercise of private sector and civil society partners …

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Photo of Kiev

Dispatch from the IOM in Ukraine: Haily Eggleston’s first blog from the virtual field

Photo credit: Pixabay By Haily Eggleston, MIPP When I began looking at post-graduate study programs, the Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) program at the Balsillie School of International Affairs immediately caught my eye, so much so that it was the only program I applied for. There were a number of factors that led me …

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Mangroves

Dispatch from the United Nations Development Programme in Viet Nam: Joanna Hausen’s third blog from the virtual field

Photo credit: UNDP Viet Nam By Joanna Hausen, MIPP When I was first introduced to the portfolio of activities for the GCF funded Coastal Resilience Project in Viet Nam, I was excited to see how it all weaved together. Although I am focused mostly on the component of the project that is concerned with compiling disaster …

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Boats in a small river, tied to a wooden dock, beside mangroves

Dispatch from the UN Development Programme in Viet Nam: Kestrel DeMarco’s third blog from the virtual field

Photo credit: Merran Eby By Kestrel DeMarco, MAGG One of the first things people ask me when I tell them about my internship with UNDP is whether I’ll be able to go to Viet Nam. Unfortunately, because of COVID, what would have been a six-month internship based out of Viet Nam has been a six-month …

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New building of the National Assembly building, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Dispatch from the United Nations Development Programme in Cambodia: Misha Goforth’s third blog from the virtual field

Photo credit: Sorn Seang Heng/flickr By Misha Goforth, MIPP I’ve been working with UNDP Cambodia for about 3 months now and it’s hard to believe I am halfway through my posting already. So, as I write my final blog for the dispatch series, I want to talk a bit more broadly about development work and …

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