Courtney Crumpler, 2013, Anthropology
In Mozambique this summer, I conducted an independent research project and worked as an intern at Africare, a US-based Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). My goals were to investigate cooperation between Brazil and Mozambique around HIV/AIDS care and treatment, and to learn more about how foreign NGOs operate in developing countries. I worked part-time with the Country Director for a Africare, sitting in on meetings, asking questions, and assisting him with program planning and management. Outside the office, I conducted interviews with professionals working in other NGOs in the Mozambican government and in the United States and Brazilian foreign service. We spoke about health interventions presently being facilitated by Brazilians or Brazilian-affiliated organizations and about objectives for the future. As an intern, I was exposed to realities of aid delivery as well as observed the challenges and rewards of directing an NGO. Through my research, I gained firsthand information about the Brazilian influences in Mozambique that are changing the landscape of healthcare there. As I continue to work on this project, I hope to situate all that I learned over the summer within a broad understanding of global health and to learn more through writing my Junior Paper and Senior Thesis in the anthropology department.