I undertook my internship at the Africa Refugee Development Center (ARDC), as a coordinator for the Education for Humanity program. Through this experience, I enhanced my theoretical and practical skills in monitoring and evaluating development projects. Secondly, I gained a deeper understanding of the causes and effects of current global development problems including poverty, inequality, climate change, conflicts, and migration.
Writer and editor. Educated at schools and universities in England and Nigeria, he worked as an education social worker and child protection trainer in London before moving to Israel in 2007. Akin is co-editor of The Tel Aviv Review of Books (www.tarb.co.il).
An alumnus of Makerere University Kampala, a Uganda-based ceramic artist and lecturer at his alma mater. He has been a practicing artist for more than a decade and a teacher for over 17 years. Edward describes his work practice as inspired by the materiality of things constructed by communities. “I borrow elements from day-to-day life, and I am interested in fabricating ceramics in an experimental way. I mainly work with hand-building techniques, combining slab, coil, throwing, sculpting, and joining parts in a fabrication way.”
Graduated from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2020 with a master’s degree in Nutrition for Global Health. She has since made aliyah and now lives in Tel Aviv. Sarit is currently Communications and Donor Relations officer with NALA, an organization promoting awareness about the elimination of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).
During the internship component of the Glocal program, I was a Programs Officer at IsraAID. Glocal helped me to build a comprehensive and broad perspective of International Development and its complexities. My internship brought me closer to the everyday challenges of this field while balancing the needs, the possibilities, and the potential of all stakeholders. Hence, Glocal was an exciting opportunity to acquire tools and knowledge about humanitarianism, community work, gender, and feminism.
I conducted my internship in Lima, Peru with Ocupa Tu Calle, a local organization seeking to reduce inequality of access to quality public spaces through the recovery of unused and abandoned spaces, through participatory, small-scale community urban interventions. Along with my work in the field of urban public space, I also learned about additional challenges of the city's residents, related to other fields such as migration, environment, poverty, and crime.
As an experienced architect and urban planner with a special interest in spatial justice, I conducted my internship with two affiliated organizations of SDI which are supporting shack and slum dwellers in Namibia and Kenya. In Namibia, I worked with the local organization, Namibia Housing Action Group (NHAG), which is supporting the shack dwellers federation of Namibia and was part of the Community Land Information Program (CLIP).
I’ve enjoyed the broad range of development topics, especially the chance to pursue the particular areas of interest for me - health and refugees - through the supplementary modules. The internship has really helped me to decide on the direction I want to take after Glocal. It has shaped my thoughts about what kind of role I see myself in, as well as given me valuable contacts to help me achieve this vision.
During the internship component of the Glocal program, I interned with Sidreh Lakiya. Learning about the organization’s social business, Bedouin culture, and the struggles that Bedouin women go through in Israel, also allowed me to learn a lot and to contribute to the mission of Sidreh.
For my internship, I joined Community Empowerment for Rural Development (CEFORD) in Arua, West Nile Region, northern Uganda. I also teamed up with a Ugandan Artist and a South Sudanese refugee; together, we published a children’s storybook called Asiteza (Take Heart), which aims to promote peaceful coexistence between refugees and host communities in the West Nile. This project was made possible through the GLOCAL Internship grant.
Following my work on Intractable, a podcast investigating the Israel-Palestine Conflict through audio storytelling, I was drawn towards GLOCAL, as a means of exploring further the intersections of conflict, peace-building, economic development, and migration. For my GLOCAL internship, Skyler worked at Mesila, a south Tel Aviv-based organization working with families from the city’s asylum-seeking and migrant worker communities.
With the understanding of cultural similarities between Nepal and India, I chose to pursue my internship with Restless Development in Nepal, an INGO that aims to bring young people to the decision-making table across areas of civic participation, livelihood, and sexual and reproductive health. I contributed to the curriculum design and implementation of a project called Zero Toleranceand created a procedure to sensitively handle cases of violence.
The experience I gained throughout my internship in Ecuador with both refugees and women’s empowerment, together with the academic knowledge that I gained in Glocal, has widened my horizons and provided me with practical and theoretical skills to share with the world.
During my internship, I learned a lot about the African asylum-seeking community in Israel, and migration more generally, through different angles, allowing me to develop a broader understanding of this complex issue. One of the main lessons I take from GLOCAL is that whatever cause or population we choose to work with, we need to educate ourselves in every aspect related to it.
During the internship component of the Glocal program, I interned with Kuchinate - an arts-based economic and psychosocial collective for African asylum-seeking women. I learned that the NGO world is often in survival mode, and thus has difficulties in planning its long-term goals. One can often find the key solution for the different problems that come up within the community, as they hold a diversity of skills, human wealth, and useful knowledge.
I chose Glocal because I wanted to understand the theories that explain development. I have created new friendships and a network that continues to be valuable in both my academic life and on a personal level.
I chose to intern in Kav LaOved (KLO) in Tel Aviv. My internship in KLO and my studies at Glocal have brought me to understand the importance of community resilience, and what can be done to preserve and develop it. Glocal has broadened my horizons, supporting my creativity and making me able to design special projects, for the organization and for the asylum-seeking community both of whom are now facing an impossible reality.
In my internship at IsraAID HQ, I worked in organizational strengthening processes and projects. My main takeaways from the internship are experiencing the challenges of implementing extensive participatory approaches, understanding how necessary and beneficial they are; and learning about the difficulties of organizational growth and field professionalization, alongside the implementation of development programs and emergency responses.