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Submissions from 2014

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Basic Human Health and Sustainable Community Development: A Case Study of a Community in Monte Plata, Dominican Republic, Rachelle H. Arnoux

Class(ed)Room: Individualized Student Disciplinary Policies as Ignoring the Current Economic Order, Nicole H. Awwad

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Planning Sustainable Food Hubs: Thinking Beyond Economic Viability to Democratize Local Food Access, Ashley Bahlkow

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The Value of Conservation Easements: An analysis of the effects of conservation easements on property values in Central Vermont., Jonathan Decker

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Examination of Post War Social Accountability Strategies Aimed at Enhancing Governance in Liberia, MacDonald E. Mitchell

First People Last Place: A Case Study of Monument Valley Residents Priced out of Their Land, Leigh Owen

English as a Second Language: Tutors Motivations and Their Consequences, April-Dawn C. Puls

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The Influence of PeaceJam’s Ambassadors Program on Youth in Relation to their Future Career Choice, Community Involvement and Acceptance of Diversity: A Qualitative Study of Program Alumni from Four Affiliate Regions in the US, Ashley Sicard

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Love Won't Be Denied: A Case Study of the Campaign for Southern Equality's WE DO Campaign, Haley Wilson

Gender Relations in Local Governance: A Case Study of Bawjiase, Ghana, Lauren Wright

Submissions from 2013

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The Primacy of Context: An Exploration into the Causes of Food Insecurity in Kitere, Kenya., William O. Aludo

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The Assessment of Nigerian Diaspora in the USA and Exploring its Potential Contribution to Sustainable Development, Binyam Shimelis Aseffa

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Sustainable Development of Tajikistan: Perspectives for Tajik Aluminum Company (TALCO), Tahmina Azizova

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Eliminating Sexual Harassment of Adolescent Girls in Bangladesh: A Comparative Analysis of Multi-level Strategies, Kristan Bakker

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Sharing What Works Through South-South Cooperation: The Case of the Risk Reduction Management Centre Replication Project, Rachel M. Cohn

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Advocacy for Marine Management: Contributions to a Policy Advocacy Initiative in the Maldives, Neal Collins

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"Fighting Against Ourselves, Why History Continues to Repeat Itself?", Rysheema J. Dixon

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Corporate-Community Engagement in Madagascar: Using Traditional Dialogue Methods to Improve Community Engagement Between Private Firms and Local Communities, Sarah Gaylord - Ratsimbazafy

A New Direction for Fair Trade USA: A Contextual Analysis of Latin American Coffee Farmers, Stephanie Johnson

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Challenges in the Global Food System and Implications for a Sustainable Food System in Mongolia, Marissa L. Markowitz Ms.

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Agroforestry and Smallholder Farmers: Climate Change Adaptation through Sustainable Land Use, Colin McCabe

Women and movements: A feminist reconceptualization of the role of women in the post-colonial nationalist movement in Algeria and the revolution in Syria, Drew McCormick

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Strengths and Limitations of the Design of Helen Keller International’s ChildSight® Program Based on Lessons Learned Through the Implementation in Vietnam, 2011-2013, Bradley J. Owen

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Challenges of Containing New HIV Infections in Ethiopia: Unacknowledged Transmission Route, Dessu Sam

Global Air Protection on Climate Change: The U.S. and Indonesia Air Quality Governance, Metrini Geopani Simatupang

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Engaging Young Professionals in Credit Unions: Reviving a Movement through Online Social Networking, Meet-ups, and Events, Rebecca Spachek

Science Without Borders: Science Diplomacy and the Politics of Power, Alice L. Urban

Submissions from 2012

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Knowledge and Financial Management in Households: An Examination of Married Women’s Perspectives in Chadbourn, North Carolina, Hmoud Fanash Al Surikhi

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Changing the Status Quo of Waste Management: Case Study of a Rural Costa Rican Town, Anna Katherine Rodenborg Baker

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Women Empowerment and Community Development through Ecotourism, Katherine S. Barry

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Homelessness in Brattleboro: An Examination if a Poor Community in Brattleboro, Vt, What Services are Available, and how the Community Could Benefit From Sustainable Development Practices., Emily Clever

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Marketing Vermont as a Multicultural Brand, Shambulia Gadsden Sams

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The Role of Local Food in Increasing Access to Healthy Food in Indianapolis, Indiana, Anna Hostetter

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Land is Life: A Policy Advocacy Case Study of the Northern Thailand Land Reform Movement, Jason Lubanski

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Planning and Designing a Sustainable Volunteer Based Organization: The Putney Food Shelf, Annik Yvette Paul

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Case Study of Voces de la Frontera and Immigration Policy in Walker's Wisconsin, Erin E. Peot

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The Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy: A Case Study Advocating for Pregnant and Parenting Teens in Massachusetts, Kassandra Petr

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Effects of Leadership and Trauma on Grassroots Community Development in Post-Conflict/Genocide Societies: A Rwandan Case Study, Bryna C. Ramsey

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Homelessness: An Outcome of Structural Cruelty, Bharat Rathod

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Food Fight: A Case Study of the Community Food Security Coalition’s Campaign for a Fair Farm Bill, Marni Salmon

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New Culture: Personal and Cultural Transformation, April G. Thomas

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Designing A Complete Community Center: Responsive Design in a Rural Setting, Sheryl Tubbs

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Motivating Factors for Young Adults in the Brattleboro Area to Start in Organic Agriculture for Their Career, Tomokazu Utsugi

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Looking To Do More. Evaluating the Process of Researching and Proposing a Location Change to a Local Food Pantry, Allison Wilde

Submissions from 2011

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Transforming Lives and Communities: A case study on building partnerships in the Philippines through Appreciative Inquiry, Rizalina L. Ababa

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Sustainable Development Projects For Refugees Case Study: Measuring The Scope Of Sustainability Of Sustainable Development Projects And Microcredit In Eritrean Refugee Camps In Eastern Sudan, Khalid Alssardiyah

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Toward A Praxis Of Revolutionary Solidarity, James Patrick Byrne

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A Framework for Monitoring Local and Regional Food Systems, Heather Victoria Davis

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Building Community Food Security: An Evaluation Of A Market Basket Csa, Joshua Davis

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Energy Management and Governance in Vermont: A Case Study, Nicole Davis

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Analysis Of The Causes Of Migration From Gorno-Badakhshan To Moscow, Sharaf Davlatov

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Ethnic Minorities and Food Security in Northern Thailand, Monalisa Diamond

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Emerging Youth Leaders: A Redesign Of A Two-Way Youth Exchange Between The US And Senegal, Aspen L. Felt

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Policy Analysis In Practice: Lessons From Researching And Writing A “Statenote” For Education Commission Of The States, Dinah J. Frey

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Civil Society And Government Partnership: A Case Study In Sikoro, Mali, Kara Grijalva

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Safe Power Vermont: A Look Into The Campaign To Retire The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station., Dylan M. Kreis

Exploring The Concept Of Sustainability In A Fragile State’s Health System: The Case Study Of Liberia, Seema Manohar

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The Effects Of Training – Based Development Intervention In Makeni, Sierra Leone, Stephanie Meyer

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Rethinking Communications & Nonprofit Management, Christopher Nichols

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Is Mine Risk Education (Mre) Having A Significant Effect And Long-Lasting Impact On Attitudes Towards Uxos At The Community Level?, Phounsy Phasavaeng

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Engaging At-Risk Youth in the Green Movement: A Study of an Interdisciplinary Environmental Education Program’s Impact on Eco-Literacy and Interest in the Green Economy, Kirstin Kweilin Powell

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Addressing Food Insecurity Through Community Sponsored Agriculture: Lessons from Riverhill Farm CSA, Vanessa Reed

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A Case Study of a Project Entitled Community Skills for a Complex Situation: Managing Mining in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, Arash Shane Robinson

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Elevating the Advocacy Impact Of The Global Partnership For Environment And Disaster Risk Reduction By Understanding The Motivations And Aspirations Of Its Members, Brittany Star Weiss Smith

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The Unheard Messages Of HIV&AIDS: A Look At Knowledge, Communication, and Programming Efforts in Ntcheu, Malawi, Lisa M. Yankowski

Submissions from 2010

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Building Food Secure Communities In The Southeastern United States: A Case Study Of “Local Food For Local Power”, Christopher Adams

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The Forest Protection Fund: An Innovative Business Approach to Reconcile Conservation and Community Based Livelihoods: A Case Study and Interim Assessment of the Lebialem –Mone Forest Landscape Integrated Conservation and Development Project (ICDP)., Stella Ajabji

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Bridging the Gap: Strategic Framing and Budget Advocacy in Tanzania, Anthony Garett Baker

Change Management In Environmental Nonprofits, Olesya Boreyko

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The Many Faces Of Multiculturalism: Teacher Perspectives — An Elementary School Case Study, Carrie Doggett

Maturing Advocacy: One INGO’s Experience in Developing Advocacy Across the Organization and Into the Programs, Annita L. Espinoza

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Institutional Food Buyers in A Local Food System: The Perceived Barriers and Opportunities of Expanding Windham County’s Local Food System, Katherine Gillespie

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Short-term and long-term impact of invitation program for Japanese teachers to Korea, Anna Hagiwara

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Overcoming the Drug-War Meme: A Comparative Analysis of Existing Illicit-Drug Policies and the Grassroots Advocacy Efforts to Encourage “Harm Reduction” in the Pacific Northwest, Nathan Michael Haslip

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A Welcome Departure: A Case Study on Democratic Governance Assessments in the Eastern Caribbean, Colin Hickman

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Education for Sustainable Development in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam, Phuong Vu Lan Hoang

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Yayasan Bumi Sehat Bali: A Case Study in Developmental Midwifery, Beth Bongiolatti Irvine

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Environmental Discrimination: Watershed Councils as Environmental Justice Advocates in Alaska, Jessica Kayser

Breaking the Silence: On Developing a Culturally Relevant Native American Youth Sexual Violence Prevention Curriculum, Nina Kunimoto

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Renewing Community Food Sovereignty Through Urban Agriculture in Havana, Cuba and Mexico City, Mexico, Amy Linzie

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Improving and Broadening Organization Collaborations to Reduce Human Trafficking: A Program Constraints Assessment and Opportunities Identification, Katie Nicole McLaughlin

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``Vive y Déjà Vivir : Food Sovereignty in the Talamanca Region of Costa Rica”, Molly Meehan

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The Affected: The Nicaraguan Ex-Banana Workers Movement’s Struggle for Indemnification & Government Assistance from DBCP Exposure, Scott P. Montegna

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Gleaning Reinvented: What Possibilities Might a Traditional Model Offer To A Modern Local Effort?, Sara Jane Novak

Key Steps For Building Long-Term Relations With Community-Based Volunteers In Community-Development Organizations: A Case Study Of The Catholic Commission For Justice And Peace (CCJP) In The Archdiocese Of Blantyre, Malawi, Aloisious A.C. Nthenda

The Sustainable Livelihoods Approach Through Permaculture Support Program in Pirak Timu Community, Aceh, Indonesia: A Case Study of Aceh Permaculture Foundation, Nuraida

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Sustainability of the Fair Trade Movement: YUAB Case Study, Elizabeth Peery

Transformation of the Royal University of Bhutan: Policy, Challenges, and Recommendations, Tshering Pemo

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Advocating for Women’s Empowerment: Highlighting the linkages among gender inequality, malnutrition and food insecurity, Carolyn Ramsdell

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Seeds Of Knowledge: Case Study Of A Grassroots Planned And Managed Project For School Fee Reduction And Food Security For Primary Schools In Jinja, Uganda, Steven Rozmus

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The impact of the Conservation International Indonesia’s on the sustainability of coffee farmers’ community in Dairi Regency, North Sumatera Indonesia, Ramainim Saragih

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Evaluating United Nations Peacekeeping Operations: The prospects for Peace and Development in the 21st Century, Philip John Taiwo

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A “Best Practices” Framework for Assessing Faith Based Short-term International Projects, Joyce Thompson

Factors That Prohibit Women’s Access to HIV/AIDS Testing, Counseling, and Other Services in the State of Vermont: A Case Study of Women in Windham County, Advine Tugumisirize

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Strategic Planning For The Improvement Of The Development Efforts Of A Guatemalan Faith-Based Nongovernment Organization, Vianney Adilia Vásquez Calderón

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Coalition for a Livable Future: A Regional Approach to Addressing Equity in a 21st Century Metropolitan Landscape, Shannon Wilson

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Eclipsed: Investigating The Impact Of Solar Household Systems On Sustainable Development In Rural India, Garret Takeo Wong

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Transitional Housing For Women And Families: A Case Study Of The Turning Point Transitional Housing Program., Kwaku Osafo Yeboah

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Evaluation and Monitoring at The Institute for Global Education and Service Learning, Jenna L. Zorn

Submissions from 2009

Community Food Security for Vermont: Local Solutions to the Global Food Crisis, Richard Berkfield