MS in Global Affairs
Alumnus, Class of 2013
Today 1.2 billion people live in extreme poverty, many subsist on less than $1.25 a day. A quarter of the world still doesn't have access to electricity. Preventable diseases such diarrhea or pneumonia kill two million children every year. There is work to do.
The MS in Global Affairs International Development and Humanitarian Assistance concentration offers a range of courses to analyze these issues through a variety of angles—from the theoretical framework of economics to the intertwined roles played by politics, security, public health, and climate. The program provides the opportunity to exchange with instructors through practical field experience and to study international development in a fantastic place, New York City, which is home to the UN, numerous NGOs, and an incredibly cosmopolitan population.
After graduation I joined a research institute in development economics at the University of California, Berkeley, evaluating the impact of poverty alleviation programs around the world. So much money has been spent on poverty eradication programs whose impact is unknown, but by using science, it is actually possible to experimentally test different development interventions, to identify those which are most effective, and to then advocate for funding for them.
I am now working out of Nairobi, Kenya with Evidence Action, an organization that is scaling up anti-poverty programs whose efficacy is backed by rigorous scientific evidence––so that as many people as possible can benefit. We work with governments and NGOs all over the world.