Doug holds a dual BA in History and in International Studies from the University of Utah. He studied international development in Dakar, Senegal, and with RECODEF, a Senegalese NGO which promotes economic development, sustainable agriculture, and women's equality in the rural community of Fissel. He has experience working in communities around Salt Lake City, including co-founding the University of Utah Prison Education Project, which provides sustained, quality higher education to individuals incarcerated in Utah prisons; volunteering with the International Rescue Committee's New Roots community farming program; and working on the ground floor of a kitchen for people experiencing homelessness. Doug is motivated to learn about environmentally and economically sustainable agricultural practices in the Global South, particularly relating to water use and conservation in the face of climate change.
Host Organization: ACDI/VOCA
First Year Placement
Doug is working at SADA and CDP, programs by ACDI/VOCA to strengthen cashew and other agricultural value chains in northern Guinea. He works with the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) team to track the programs’ impact on partner businesses and growers. In addition, he is working with ACDI/VOCA’s Washington, D.C.-based MEL team to support other projects. These include reviewing and reporting on the survey data of SADA’s partner growers, as well as developing plans for how the newer CDP project will improve its implementation over time. He is also trying to serve as an everyperson and pick other things up along the way.