Who Am I?

My name is Deirdre. A 25 year old student, intern, and traveler. I am a graduate student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin studying all things International Development.

What Am I Doing Here?

As part of my program, we are required to complete a summer internship after our first year. My first placement was with Open Knowledge Foundation in Kathmandu, Nepal.  The internship, however, was put on hold after the devastating impact of April’s earthquakes. With the help of some wonderful staff, I have been rerouted to Uganda. As an AidData Summer Fellow, I will be working with UNICEF to conduct an pilot impact evaluation on their program, U-Report. We are attempting to an answer the question, to what extent does citizen feedback affect government decision making in the foreign aid arena?

Why the Blog?

This blog’s existence is two-fold; part academic requirement, part love for recording and archiving my traveling journeys. After college graduation, I moved to Southeast Asia with my best friend to live, work, and travel. The joys of blogging lead to a new city and a new job in Shanghai, China as well as meeting and connecting with people from all over the world. I hope to learn, gain, and give just as much in this upcoming chapter.

Interested in Open Data, Feedback Loops, or Foreign Aid and International Development? Check out the Work Page of my blog. This section will fill up with biweekly academic posts throughout the summer on this subject matter.

Not interested? Well, don’t run away just yet. Check out the Play page to read about the more day to day experiences of the summer. Here you can find the true joys of my travel; the people, the food, the culture, the landscape.


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