“New knowledge and inspiring ideas excite me. The knowledge I’ve gained and the people I’ve met along my educational journey have inspired me to enter the field of development. I completed my Master’s thesis on ‘US Development Assistance to Armenia from 2004 through 2014’. I became involved in donor coordination and economic reform at the … More “Every educated citizen plays an essential role in the development of their country”
OFID 2018 Scholar Amayaa Wijesinghe from Sri Lanka “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” This Robert Frost quote perfectly describes me and my career pursuits. I grew up on the small island of Sri Lanka, which features an … More “I took the road less traveled”
2018 OFID Scholar Alazar Woldeyohannes from Ethiopia “Never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place – that is, the unique you. Have an aim in life, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard, and have the perseverance to realize the great life.” – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam This quote motivates me in the work that I … More “Never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place”
“Han wash han does mek han come clean” this creole phrase describes my life perfectly. Born in the capital city of Georgetown, Guyana to unwed parents. I remember like it was yesterday my foster mother saying, “I have nothing to give you but God and an education” and that she did, making sure that I … More “I have nothing to give you but God and an education”.
Thirty year-old Doaa Althalathin from Palestine, an OFID 2015 Scholar, studied for a Master’s in Poverty and Development at the University of Sussex in the UK. “The international experience changed my thinking about poverty reduction. During my studies in the UK, I met people from different countries who had shared a similar experience or the … More “There is still hope in the world” – Doaa from Palestine
“I have always wanted to be an engineer, and today I’m so proud of being one after years of hard work.
“I’m a medical doctor from Nepal. I work with the NGO: The Centre for Victims of Torture, with victims of violence in the field of peace building, human rights and mental health.
“In 2011, my country went through a crisis. It was bad. Sometimes when you watch the TV, you think okay, this is for others not for my country, but actually, what we experienced in Côte d’Ivoire was very bad.