Mortenson Center Digest - Feb. 18 , 2019
Program News
Mortenson Center Awarded Grant

The Mortenson Center was just awarded a grant to conduct a health and economic impact evaluation of Bridges to Prosperity-constructed footbridges in rural Rwanda. The grant is funded by Bridges to Prosperity (B2P) and an anonymous donor. 

Since 2012, B2P's field program in Rwanda has led to the completion of 37 footbridges that have created new, safe access for an estimated 225,000 people. They are slated to construct 350 more in the next five years. Read more about B2P and the Impact Evaluation.
Three New EDC Related Publications

Davis, A., Javernick-Will, A., and Cook, S. (2019). "The use of qualitative comparative analysis to identify pathways to successful and failed sanitation systems". Science of the Total Environment. Read now.

* Davis, A., Javernick-Will, A., and Cook, S. (2019). "Priority Addressment Protocol:Understanding the Ability and Potential of Sanitation Systems to Address Priorities"Environmental Science and Technology Read now.

* Palagi, S., and Javernick-Will, A. (2019). "Institutional Constraints Influencing Relocation Decision Making and Implementation." International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
Read now.
Student Highlight

Matt Bentley, Allie Davis and James Harper are all recipients of a Rotary WASH Scholarship Grant. The grant provide funds to help recipients attend WASH conferences or help with their applied WASH field research. 

Allie is also a winner of the EEF Mini Grant from their Fall 2018 grant cycle. This award will be used to partially fund her dissemination work in India.

Nice work!
Bernard Amadei Receives 7th Honorary Doctorate

Former Mortenson Center Director Bernard Amadei has been awarded his seventh honorary doctorate degree, this time from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry at State University of New York (SUNY). SUNY said the award honors Bernard's environmental leadership through the founding of Engineers Without Borders USA. There are more than 100 student chapters including one at CU Boulder and one at SUNY.  Bernard is now a doctor eight times over. View the other institutions that have awarded him doctorates.
Webinars & Online Courses
How Can Open Source Accelerate Energy Access for People Off the Grid?
Tue. Feb. 26, 2019, 3-4:15am - Can be viewed later

This webinar hosted by Wisions of Sustainability will explore how energy practitioners are applying open source to solve concrete challenges to energy access including the possibilities and difficulties of using open source technologies for advancing SDG7.
Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Pathway for East Africa
Self-directed online course

This course draws on the latest global practice and theory combined with expert content from East Africa and around the globe to advance knowledge and learning on the area of practice and research. It introduces new thinking on vulnerability and risk, on resilience and on urban contexts. 
How To Write Your CV
Watch anytime

Global development is a competitive sector and your CV is your calling card. Learn how to make yours stand out. 
CU Events
Become a CWA Student Ambassador
Tuesdays, 7pm
Humanities 186

The Conference on World Affairs (CWA) Student Volunteer Committee seeks ambassadors. Students are paired with speakers based on their interests and speaker's expertise. Ambassadors will have lunch with their assigned speaker, show them around campus and often gain valuable advice and career connections. 
New Venture Challenge: Supply Chain & Sourcing for Startups
Wed. Feb. 20, 5:30-7:00pm
Discovery Learning Center, 1B70

It can be a long road from idea to impact. Learn from experts about the challenges one may encounter in making a product innovation a reality. 
Posner Center Symposium
Thur. & Fri., Feb. 21 & 22
Denver, CO

The Symposium is the first annual event. This convening brings together development practitioners, academics, policymakers, students and activists using collaboration for social change.  Read about the event and keynote speakers.  RSVP for the evening reception here.
Job & Funding Opportunities
Sub-Saharan Africa Water Advisor (USAID)
Washington, DC

The Advisor is tasked with providing technical support to USAID/Africa missions and USAID/Washinton on water-related issues as they relate to health, agriculture and natural resource management activities. Read the full description and apply.
Post-doctoral Research Associate in Population-Environment Interactions
March 6, 2019 - Application review begins
Aug. 2019 - Start date

CU Population Center (CUPC) at CU Boulder is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow with expertise in population-environment research. Candidates must have a PhD in social sciences related to CUPC research themes. Learn more. Direct questions to
Aquaya Program Associate: Burkina Faso
March 8, 2019 - Deadline for submission
June 2019 - Position begins on or before.

The Aquaya Institute is recruiting a Program Associate for a full-time position based in the southwestern region of Burkina Faso. The Program Associate will manage Aquaya's Monitoring for Safe Water program activities. Read the full job description. Send resume and coverletter to to
Indigenous Communities Fellowship
Currently Accepting Solution Proposals

MIT Solve seeks tech entrepreneurs within the Oceti Sakowin, Navajo Nation, and Hopi Tribe communities with solutions that support and scale sustainable economic development and resiliency. Selected Fellows will receive a minimum of $10,000 and take part in the flagship Solve at MIT event in May 2019.  Learn more.
IBM Pilots Blockchain and IoT Sensor Solution To Track Sustainable Groundwater Usage In California

IBM Research is partnering with The Freshwater Trust (TFT), a nonprofit working to protect and restore freshwater ecosystems, and SweetSense Inc., a provider of low-cost satellite connected sensors, to pilot blockchain and IoT technologies for monitoring ground water usage in one of the largest and at risk aquifers in N. America. The University of CO Boulder will provide additional research support. Read the article.
Trump signs global women's economic initiative
President Trump signs the Women's Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP)

USAID will allocate $50M to support W-GDP to create a new fund which aims to help women in developing countries realize their economic potential.
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