AidData Summer Fellows: Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and Pacific

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My name is Caroline Davis and in about a month and a half I will be departing to work as an AidData Summer Fellow in Quezon City – the most populous city in the Philippines, nestled in the dense urban jungle that is Metro Manila.  My fellowship is with the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and Pacific (ANSA).  ANSA’s primary goal is to hold the government and development policy practitioners accountable to civil society and to encourage practitioners to act in society’s best interest.  Specifically, I am assigned to work with their Citizen Participatory Audit (CPA) initiative.  CPA encourages citizens to audit the policy implementation process and aims to provide a mechanism for citizen feedback in development.  Due to the Philippines’ vulnerability to natural disasters, a good portion of government funding is designated towards disaster relief and prevention, and the allocation of these funds necessitates citizen auditing in order to maximize effectiveness.  This is where I come in – to support this auditing process for disaster-related funding by making available information to facilitate data-driven decisions.  Spatial data made available to citizens, such as risk and beneficiaries mapping as well as maps of government funded infrastructure, can enhance this process of auditing, monitoring and evaluation of government funded projects in the Philippines.

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Spatial Inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa

African states regularly rank as some of the least developed countries in the world. A closer look within the borders of each state, however, unveils a rather different story; there exists significant subnational variation in levels of development (Migdal 1988; Herbst 2000; Boone 2003; van de Walle 2009). For example, while many parts of Nigeria, including northeastern Nigeria where the terrorist organization, Boko Haram is active, may rank in the bottom quintile in the world in terms of access to public services, other parts of the country rank near the top. This spatial inequality is not unique to Nigeria but prevalent across sub-Saharan Africa. Such spatial inequality is a fact that has plagued these nations in more ways than one. Envy for the lifestyle of those who are better off can ignite anger and in some cases ultimately leads to conflict, terrorism, and eventual state failure (Stewart 2008; Østby 2008; Østby et al. 2009; Cederman et al. 2011; Cederman et al. 2013).

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Abstract: The Multistep Synthesis of a p-Terphenyl Derivative

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My name is Timothy Beck and I am a Junior majoring in Health Science and Biochemistry. My project seeks to achieve a new multi-step synthesis of a compound in the class of drugs called Terphenyls.

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