Leslie’s Peacebuilding Project in Amman
Thanks so much for taking a look at my rockethub page, created to support my summer peacebuilding project in Amman, Jordan. For those of you who may not know, I am in my last year of a Master’s in Global Affairs program at NYU- where I’ve been studying international human rights, gender, and peacebuilding. This degree will hopefully complement my J.D. in international human rights law and allow me to pursue my passion for human rights research and advocacy.
This summer I have an amazing opportunity to put my skills and knowledge to use in Amman, Jordan where I’ll be working as a volunteer graduate consultant for the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Regional Hub for Arab States.
The UNDP collaborates with societies at local, national, and regional levels to increase their ability to withstand crises and prevent conflict. The UNDP creates programs to drive sustainable growth and improve qualities of life, and to target underlying causes of conflict. The Regional Hub for Arab States in Amman, Jordan supports 22 country offices and conducts thematic work based on the regions’ specific needs, including: economic, social, and political inequality, extreme and pervasive gender inequality, poverty, unemployment and stagnant development growth, and potential and current environmental hazards.
As a graduate consultant this summer I’ll assist in conceptualizing and developing a conflict analysis methodology and framework that will best meet the specific and targeted needs of the many communities that make up the region. Also, I’ll be undertaking some of the research, and as part of the team will assist in completing a comprehensive and regionally focused conflict analysis.
I am extremely excited to be going, and to be able to put my education and skills to use for a project that I truly believe in. Conflict analysis is a first step in assessing a community’s needs and is beneficial to both the UNDP’s programming efforts as well as to those communities the UNDP serves!
With your support, I’ll be able to live in Amman, and work onsite at the regional hub for Arab states for two months this summer, allowing me to gain real first-hand field work and peacebuilding experience, and to contribute to important work being done by a great international organization. As the UNDP is non-profit and has limited funding, my consultancy, although valued, is unfortunately on a volunteer basis. This makes any support you might be able to give that much more significant, and extremely appreciated. My personal goal is to raise $3,500, which will be used to cover the cost of my travel to and from Amman, rent and living expenses for two months, visa costs, and transportation within the country.
I am also glad to count on your emotional and moral support as I take a challenging step towards fulfilling my personal goals and lifelong dreams. I know that I’m up for the challenge, and I know that is in large part because of how extremely lucky I am to have the support of family and friends like you! Thanks so much for everything! I’d be happy to discuss this project, my previous experience, or my professional and academic goals should any of you wish to contact me privately.
Thank you so much again for your time and interest!
I am an attorney and human rights advocate with experience in research, analysis, and writing in the areas of gender, peacebuilding, and international human rights law. Additionally, I have a background in organizing and campaign building, policy drafting, and event planning. I am sincerely and enthusiastically dedicated to the achievement of universal human rights, and through my work strive to bring attention and support to those populations most vulnerable to abuse.