MORE TO EXPLORE: International Development

NYU Wagner Convocation | Thursday, May 23, 2019

The Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service's 2019 Convocation Ceremony featured the 286 graduating students, their friends, and loved ones at New York City Center in Midtown Manhattan on May 23.

Alumni Spotlight: Gavin Silber (MUP 2015)

“Tough questions lie at the heart of governance in the 21st century—and NYU Wagner doesn't shy away from them,” says Gavin Silber, Master of Urban Planning, 2015, and Program Co-Director at the Bertha Foundation.

Student Spotlight: Glenda Kee (MPA-PNP)

She is a full-time, second-year MPA-PNP student. Born and raised in Singapore, she moved to New York City over a year ago to pursue her master’s degree at NYU Wagner.

Enhancing a Results Framework and Developing a Theory of Change

Client
United Nations Department of Political Affairs
Faculty
Natasha Iskander
Team
Saif Awadh, Yanran Lyu, Jessica Sederquist, Ivy Shen
The United Nations Department of Political Affairs (UNDPA) plays an integral role in the United Nations’ efforts to prevent and resolve deadly conflict around the world. UNDPA monitors and assesses global political developments to detect potential crises before they erupt and prevent their exacerbation. UNDPA provides support to the UN Secretary-General and his envoys, as well as to UN political missions deployed around the world to help defuse crises or promote lasting solutions to conflict. UNDPA enlisted a Capstone team to explore how its programmatic oversight can improve through the development of a revised Results Framework. This framework includes indicators of achievement and targets that more accurately articulate the breadth of its global activities. The team conducted a capacity-building workshop, planning group interviews, and literature reviews on qualitative methods and conflict prevention. Using their research findings, the team provided recommendations for a revised Results Framework and developed theories of change that illustrate how revisions will impact UNDPA’s operations.
Areas Of Impact
Capstone Year

Incentivizing Renewable Energy Systems in Swaziland

Client
United Nations Development Programme
Faculty
Giuliano Bosi
Team
Xinchong Cao, Robert Chislett, Sheng Cui
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) partnered with Swaziland to launch Partnerships for Affordable Renewable Energy in Swaziland (PARES), aiming to support Swaziland’s transformational shift towards a sustainable development path by encouraging renewable energy (RE) applications throughout the country. UNDP engaged a Capstone team to support PARES in developing frameworks across all sectors that incentivize capacity-building and capital investment for establishing a competitive RE market. The team executed cross-country studies analyzing practices in Liberia, Tunisia, and Armenia to identify best practices. The team also conducted interviews with stakeholders to identify the socio-economic conditions surrounding the development of sustainable energy policy reform. The team provided policy recommendations including the development of the Swaziland Impact Bond (SIB), which involves the synthesis of a special purpose vehicle financing strategy along with derisking instruments within a social impact bond framework. The SIB incentivizes public and private sector collaboration and support of the sustainable development of Swaziland’s RE industry.
Areas Of Impact
Capstone Year

Enhancing Holistic Road Safety in Tanzania

Client
World Bank - Africa Region Urban and Risk Management
Faculty
Paul Smoke
Team
Rachel Gichinga, Elizabeth James, Lisanne Pueschel
The World Bank is a global financial institution that issues loans to countries for development programs. The Tanzania Strategic Cities Project (TSCP) of the World Bank aims to improve the access and quality of basic urban services by financing investments in the urban infrastructure of the country’s secondary cities. The World Bank engaged a Capstone team to complement implementation support of the TSCP by assessing holistic road safety and public space networks in selected project cities. The team’s fieldwork in Arusha and Dodoma included interviewing stakeholders—including government staff, nonprofits, and community members—and visiting local parks, roads, and schools. The team also researched the primary and secondary dimensions of road safety, best practices, and case studies related to pedestrian-friendly urban design elements. Their research culminated in a final report recommending strategies and practices that enhance road safety and stakeholder engagement.
Capstone Year

Evaluation of the World Bank Group’s Evolving Approach in Accra

Client
World Bank Independent Evaluation Group
Faculty
Paul Smoke
Team
Thomas Kalogeropoulos, Fatima Kamran, Fatima Khan, Luiz Felipe Queiroz
The Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) is an arm of the World Bank that evaluates the organization’s project portfolio. The IEG is currently evaluating the World Bank’s Urban Resilience Operations, focusing on how the World Bank is helping its clients strengthen their coping, recovering, adapting, and transforming resilience mechanisms in the face of shocks and chronic stresses. IEG enlisted a Capstone team to assist in the preparation of inputs for the larger IEG evaluation. The team conducted a review of the 2016 Greater Ghana City Strength Report and the World Bank Accra Portfolio to serve as foundation to the research case study. The team visited Accra, Ghana, where they conducted interviews with government stakeholders and World Bank staff. The team’s research culminated in a case study on the World Bank’s evolving approach in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area, which will inform IEG’s official evaluation.
Capstone Year