Ruthie Nachmany, 2012, Anthropology

My project focused on evaluating scientific communication in the developing world. The organization I worked for, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), is headquartered in Sri Lanka, and works in South Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, and Africa. Along with another intern in India, and an intern in Ghana, we created a total of three reports (one India-specific, one Ghana-specific, and one general report) about how IWMI succeeds and fails in communicating its scientific products. In India, we studied the spread of an article, “Agriculture Miracle in Gujarat after 2000” by Drs. Tushaar Shah, Ashok Gulati and others while the student in Ghana studied the “Ghana Dams Dialogue Newsletter.” During this eight-week internship, I conducted background research, created a survey, interviewed and created reports with the other interns. Each interview had two components – one discussing the interviewee’s use and understanding of the article, and one discussing his/her use of the IWMI website. The interviews took place in Delhi, Faridabad, Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, and Anand.