My fellow development practitioners

I am truly honored to be among the 50 amazing people – each more impressive than the next – that I had the pleasure of meeting this past week during the MPA-DP orientation.

SMS-Enabled Live Data for Water ProjectsThe MPA-DP Class of 2014 is composed of talented, diverse and compassionate future development practitioners. I am looking forward to getting to know and work with them all over the next two years.

We all had to submit bios and photos so I expect they will be posted to our program’s website in the near future. Until then, suffice it to say that they are all extremely impressive.

Next week (orientation week #2), I will get to meet the rest of the SIPA Class of 2014. There will be about 450 students total in my class, including MPA and MIA students.

On another note, here is a conversation I had on Twitter with some amazing people at the cutting-edge of fighting water poverty. We discussed how to use mobile technology to improve reporting on water projects in developing countries, which could be a game-changer for the sector’s monitoring and evaluation capability.

Two observations: (1) this was the first time I have ever had a legitimate conversation on Twitter, (2) it’s cool to be treated like an equal by real development practitioners. I’m looking forward to many more conversations like this one when classes start. I hope that my program will equip me with the skills I will need to turn Twitter discussions into reality.

P.S. I’ve been bad about taking photos. I will post some good ones next week.



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