Deul Lim ’13



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The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria

I worked as a summer intern at The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, an international organization based in Geneva that finances projects to combat epidemics in more than 150 countries. I arrived at the Global Fund when it was redesigning grant management policies to improve the organization’s efficiency and impact. As a part of this effort, I worked with my supervisors at the Operational Policy & Renewals team to research the determinants of the Global Fund disbursement speed. I interviewed staff members, collected data, and ran regression analysis. I presented the research to more than 50 staff members; the final dataset and report were distributed to the presentation participants. In the third month of the internship, I helped with a Program Finance team project, which aimed to prepare for audit by compiling a clear record of past fund allocations. I worked closely with Finance Officers to collect and verify source documents and to put together balance sheets detailing the fund allocations on AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis projects in Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, and Pakistan. The internship experience inspired me to write a senior thesis on international development and to pursue a career in economics research.

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The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, Geneva, Switzerland


Kristina Graff, Center for Health and Well-Being, Woodrow Wilson School