For this month’s video report, I’m joined by Assistant Professor of Development Economics Jenny Aker for a discussion about her latest research into the use of mobile technologies to improve conditions for populations in developing regions of Sub-Saharan Africa. It’s fascinating, important work that also provides Fletcher students with opportunities to gain real world experience in developing regions while pursuing their Fletcher degree.

Fletcher alumnus Joshua Haynes (MIB '10), now a senior development technologist and media advisor at USAID, pictured with children of villagers in Niger attending a mobile literacy workshop. Credit: Joshua Haynes 2009

Fletcher alumnus Joshua Haynes (MIB ’10), now a senior development technologist and media advisor at USAID, pictured with children of villagers in Niger attending a mobile literacy workshop. Credit: Joshua Haynes 2009

You can read more about Jenny’s research here. Also, here’s a great story about the work of her former student Joshua Haynes who is now the Senior Development Technologist and Media Advisor at USAID.

Finally, here’s a warm welcome to the 375 students returning from the annual Fletcher ski trip to Maine. They had a great time, not only downhill skiing, but also snowshoeing, skating and cross country skiing. It’s a wonderful tradition and a great way to break back into the second semester.

Fletcher Students enjoying the annual Fletcher ski trip to Maine. Photo: Andi Sparringa

Fletcher Students enjoying the annual Fletcher ski trip to Maine. Credit: Andi Sparringa

For those of you in the DC area, I hope to see you at the School’s annual DC Career Trip and Student-Alumni Networking Event on February 20, 2014.

Thanks for watching and we’ll see you next month!

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One Response to Video Update: February 2014 “Making an Impact”

  1. Michael Anderson says:

    ADM Stavridis,

    Sir,

    Thanks for this insight into novel, applicable ideas to benefit Sub Saharan Africa. National War College has permitted me to broaden my skill set, now as a EUCOM alum I will lead our Africa seminar to Ethiopia in early May.

    I see that you are on the NDU/NWC calendar while you are in town on 20 February. I’ll be in the Lincoln Hall audience applauding your efforts past and present.

    Kindly,

    Mike Anderson
    Colonel, US Army (Ret)/Deputy EUCOM J9
    National War College Class of 2014