Caitlin Ferguson

Age: 23
Home Town: Fort Collins, Colorado
Education: BA Communication Studies, Public Advocacy and Rhetoric; Minors in Global Social Entrepreneurship and International Affairs; Northeastern University
Specific Field Interests: Social enterprise, impact measurement, education, income generation
Placement: Waste Ventures (Vizag, Andhra Pradesh)
Area of Focus: Social Enterprise

Highlights: Caitlin's interest in social enterprise began while working at a nonprofit research and consulting firm in Boston. This interest intersected with international development shortly thereafter while on a field study with Northeastern's Social Enterprise Institute in Cape Town, South Africa where she consulted with local township entrepreneurs. Following the field study, she worked in Hubli, Karnataka at the Deshpande Foundation for six months as a Junior Fellow. During this time, she focused on a number of the Foundation's educational programs to develop, implement, and evaluate curriculum. She also completed a research grant on the Indian higher education system and the impact social enterprises can have in higher ed. Wanting to gain more from her time in India, Caitlin later spent time studying beginning Hindi in Jaipur, Rajasthan on a Critical Language Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State. She also has experience in program assessment, research, and data analysis. Caitlin looks forward to combining all of these interests back in India as a Fellow.

A Visit to Aravind

Back at orientation in September, I remember meeting my co-fellows and learning about their placements. Most placement organizations I had not heard of, but there was one that I knew

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Technology at the Dump

Carrying my colleagues and me, our auto slows down to turn onto the dirt road that leads to our project site. Flanked on both sides by glimmering green rice paddy

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Sundays in Vizag

Sundays are a relatively quiet day in my current town, Visakhapatnam—Vizag for short. The city wakes up later than usual, many shops are closed, and there are fewer vehicles whizzing

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FAQs — Indian Style

You hear it over and over again: India is a vast country, one of many contradictions and great diversity. I agree, but one thing that has remained quite the same

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Questions and Observations

When asked by so many why I wanted to join this Fellowship, my primary response is that I want to get more on-the-ground experience in international and economic development. It

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