Malawi Practicum Research Projects

The Malawi practicum gives undergraduate students the opportunity to gain graduate level research and fieldwork experience on topic areas relevant to development and human rights issues impacting Malawi. The students conduct individual research projects based on community-identified needs identified and facilitated by Determined to Develop.

2018 (ongoing)

“Safe Spaces” for Girl’s Extended and Informal Learning:  Assessment for Determined to Develop 
Lauren Breitenstein

Exploring Formal Technical Education and the Benefits to Youth in the Chilumba Area: An in-depth Analysis of Market and Opportunity
Maggie Cadman

Development NGOs and the Use of Media and Technology: Determined to Develop - Case Study
Hannah Donovan

Girls' Economic Empowerment Initiatives: Determined to Develop - Case Study
Morgan Langford

Developing Tools to Educate Adolescent Boys in the Language and Practice of Women’s Rights Issues
Elizabeth Mazza


NGO Management and Effectiveness in Rural Malawi
Nicholas Beatty

Agriculture Services Provided and their Impact on Farmers in the T/A Wasambo Area 
Abigail Dibadj

Learner-Centered Curriculum Development in Chilumba Catchment Region 
Claire Fackel-Darrow

Climate Change and Malawi: Effects and Mitigation Strategies
Jillian Foster

Causes of Deforestation and Community Driven Solutions in Chilumba Catchment area 
Corey Kuminecz


The Effect of Microcredit on Women's Empowerment: Determined to Develop - Case Study
Alexandra Altomare

Factors Contributing to a Girl’s Decision to Drop Out of School in the Chilumba Catchment area
Christine Driscoll

The Impacts and Benefits of Nursery School Education in the Chilumba Catchment Region 
Carlos Rodriguez

Securing Quality Secondary Education: Issues of Accessibility and Equity in Northern Malawi
Joshua Schroeder

Communications and Projects Implementation Among Grassroots Leaders and Human Service Organizations in Chilumba
Eva Schuller


A closer look at the relationship between culture and development in Chilumba
Megan Herr

Effective Collaboration and its Potential Role in the Development of Chilumba: A Stakeholder Analysis
Erin O’Malley

Parents Teachers Associations and their Effects on Children's Education in Primary and Secondary Schools
Rosalia Stadler


Child Forced Labor in Night Fishing and its Impact on Education in Chilumba Area
 Jed Gerlach

Community Based Water Resource Management in Chilumba Area
Jason Hayes

Economic Risk Management in the Agriculture Sector and its Impact on Rural Malawi 
Andrew Lightner

Children's Moral Development, the Utility of Religion and Education: Malawi Case Study
Meredith Pacenta

Gender-based Violence and its Impact on School Drop-outs in Chilumba Area
Daniella Porcelli


Orphan Care and Mental Health in the Chilumba Region
Christine Alwan

Gender Mainstreaming within Community Building Initiatives and Development Activities
Alyssa Bovell, Adie Lewis, and Paige Singleton

Access to Water and Water Sanitation around Maji Zuwa
Dylan Moore, and Kristin Drilling

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