Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Dr. Rebecca Wolfe is a Senior Youth and Peacebuilding Advisor with Mercy Corps’ Youth and Conflict Management team. Since joining Mercy Corps, she has developed and supported programs in various countries including Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kosovo, Kenya, Liberia, Philippines, Kashmir and Yemen. She also published the agency’s Youth and Conflict toolkit in January 2011. In November 2009, Dr. Wolfe worked with USAID/Kosovo to develop their youth strategy. Before joining Mercy Corps, Dr. Wolfe taught at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs. She received her PhD in Social Psychology from Harvard University.
International Organizations: NGOs
The role of International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) in relief and development has grown more complex and urgent in recent years. From the shocking poverty of sub-Saharan Africa, stabilization of Afghanistan, earthquake relief in Haiti, floods in Pakistan, and the youth bulge throughout the developing world, INGOs ability to tackle issues cross disciplines in a coordinated and sustainable way is central to their success. This course is designed to help students increase their knowledge and understanding of such organizations -- what they do, how they operate, the complex issues they face, and how they can be more effective in achieving their development goals. This includes analyses of the implications of international structures, human resources, cultures, the role of global politics, key management skills needed and career possibilities. Throughout the course, we will analyze and discuss various structural and management issues central to working at an INGO including: