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Leland Fellow

Mette Karlsen

2nd Class, 2003-2005

Field Placement: Save the Children, Bolivia

Mette Karlsen worked with Save the Children Bolivia’s USAID-funded Title II program, which operates integrated food security projects in 11 municipalities in Bolivia’s poorest region. She worked with the agriculture and natural resource management team on a rural income generation initiative focused on strengthening the organizational capacities of smallholder farmers’ associations.

Policy Placement: Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance Project (FANTA), Washington, DC

Mette assisted FANTA with one of its major objectives – strengthening the monitoring and evaluation capacity of private voluntary organizations working on nutrition and food security activities supported by USAID.

Pre-Fellowship Education/Experience:

Mette holds an MA in Development Studies from the University of Leeds. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Latvia, where she worked as a teacher and volunteer coordinator. During her three years with Peace Corps, Mette managed several community outreach projects focusing on leadership development and gender awareness. Since then, Mette worked for several development contractors in Washington D.C. As a Program Analyst at Mendez, England & Associates, she provided grants management support for USAID desk officers in the Office of Food for Peace. Mette speaks Norwegian and Spanish.