Jane Hammaker

Age: 24
Home Town: Rockville, Maryland
Education: B.A. in Economics & Foreign Affairs (University of Virginia), M.P.P. (University of Virginia)
Specific Field Interests: Gender, Inclusive Development, Education
Placement: YUWA in Ranchi, Jharkhand
Area of Focus: Education

Fellowship Project: Develop a life skills curriculum for adolescent girls from vulnerable backgrounds around sports-based training to enhance education, build confidence, and improve health.

Highlights: Jane is serving as an American India Foundation (AIF) Clinton Fellow with Yuwa in Ranchi, Jharkhand. For her Fellowship project, she is developing a life skills curriculum for adolescent girls from vulnerable backgrounds around sports-based training to enhance education, build confidence, and improve health. As a student of economics and politics, Jane has been captivated by the beauty and complexity of India throughout her college years. She first traveled to India in the summer of 2017 to work with a social enterprise in Delhi. She has participated in a variety of India-based projects, including working as a research assistant at her university’s Delhi Jal Board Yamuna River Project in New Delhi, co-launching an apparel brand with young female entrepreneurs in rural Uttar Pradesh, and working for a Delhi-based environmental action group to evaluate sustainable solid waste management practices. She interned with the United Nations ESCAP to research women’s entrepreneurship in the informal sector, and participated in the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship to study Hindi in Jaipur. She is ecstatic about better understanding localized approaches to gender equity and development by serving on the AIF Clinton Fellowship. Ultimately, she hopes to become an expert in poverty alleviation in South Asia and to work in policy implementation by identifying best-practices, promoting accountability through monitoring and evaluation, and collaborating with governments to improve social protection for the most vulnerable.

Posts by Jane Hammaker

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Staying Curious

This past week weekend was the best I’ve had so far in Jharkhand. It was […]

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How Can We Learn From People, to Design for People?

It’s 4:37AM. I silence my blaring alarm and bolt upright. Am I doing this? It […]

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Yuwa Moments, Part II: Storytelling for Impact

I didn’t expect to publish a Yuwa Moments Part II, but November was so filled […]

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Yuwa Moments: Courage and Confidence in Rural Jharkhand

It’s the second half and the score is tied. In a desperate final attempt to […]

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