The Capstone Paper is written by students in the SIT Graduate Institute Master of Arts degree programs. Capstones reassess theoretical knowledge in light of professional experience in the form of a final research paper, incorporating both classroom knowledge and practicum based experience.

The full-text of papers written prior to July 2011 in the Capstone Collection are limited to SIT and other World Learning faculty, staff, students, and alumni. If you are not affiliated with SIT or World Learning and want access to these papers contact your local library and ask about requesting the hard copy on interlibrary loan. Full-text papers written after July 2011 are openly accessible to the public.

Due to copyright restrictions some papers are not available full-text electronically. World Learning affiliated students and staff can check these papers out of the library or, if you are off-campus, request them via interlibrary loan


Submissions from 2007

Advocacy in Myanmar: Planning for Save the Children, Khin Mar Aung

Socially Engaged Spirituality: Spiritual Motivation For Social Change In Delegations To The Bajo Lempa Region Of El Salvador, Michelle Balek

Education and Development: Examining Curriculum for Children with Physical Disabilities BRAC (Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee), Bangladesh, Lamia Bouziane

Profitable Sustainability: The Future of the Millennium Business, Vikas Budakoti

Bridging Microenterprise Development with Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction: Coping With Mission Drift in Ghana, John Eliot Burg

The World Exists in a Mustard Seed: Grassroots Resistance in the Quest for Food Sovereignty, Rachel Fesler-Schnitzer


UNICEF And The Convention On The Rights Of The Child: Improving Healthcare for Ghana’s Children, Lisa Michelle Fiala

Sustainable Cambodia: A Grass-Roots Approach To Monitoring And Evaluation, Leah Hall

Food Insecurity and Household Coping Strategies: Implications for Effective Food Security and Development Policy in Ethiopia, Mulugeta Lolamo Handino

Challenging the Root Causes of Hunger and Poverty: Christian Action in the Field of Development, Emily Hardin

Confronting Corporate Development: Anti-Mining Advocacy in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, Jessica Harper

The Russian Dacha: The Importance of the Dacha Tradition tn Russia’s Local Food System, Erica Hart

Exploring the Dynamic Influence of Youth Organizations Within the Development Sector of Palestine, Amy Hunt

A Multifaceted Approach to Advocacy in the Rare Disease Community: A Case Study of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, Dayle Kern

Remittance Based Livelihoods and Vulnerability Criteria: An Analysis of Humanitarian Food Security Programming in Secluded Pashtun Villages After South Asia’s 2005 Earthquake: The Case of Rashang Union Council, Brian Kriz

Accountability: A Comparative Analysis of Non-Profit and For-Profit Accountability to USAID, Kevin McLaughlin

Participation Of Beneficiary Communities In The Monitoring And Evaluation System: A Case Study Examining The Factors That Influence The Effective Level Of Participation In Childfund Vietnam, Hai Minh Nguyen

A Reflection on Healthcare Reform Policy Analysis: The Catamount Healthcare, an Initiative Healthcare Plan to Cover the Uninsured in Vermont, Quynh Chi Nguyen

Sustainable Tourism In An Ancient City: An Examination Of Ecotourism Operators In Chiang Mai, Thailand, Carey Andrew Northrop

Foreign Aid and Democracy Building in Africa: New England Community Members Perspective on the Use of Foreign Aid as a Tool for Promoting Democracy in Developing Nations, Dimitri Obolensky

Partnering at the Local Level: A Liberian NGO Struggling for Partnership Funding, Kelly O'Rourke

Partnering at the Local Level: Bridging the Disconnect; Planned Project Approaches and Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation, Kris H. Ozar

Is an association a good model of development for the Bashimbi pygmies in the Democratic Republic of Congo?, Naruth Phadungchai

The Israeli Wall: Critical Examination of its Impact on the Role of the Palestinian NGOs, Yaser Qaisi

An Analysis Of Two Community Development Initiatives From The Perspective Of Graves’ Emergent Cyclical Theory Of Human Systems Development, Rebecca J. Reiber

Perceptions and attitudes of a Maasai community in southern Kenya regarding predator-damage compensation, wildlife conservation and the predators that prey on their livestock, Shari L. Rodriguez

Youth Volunteerism And Social Capital, Lori Rothstein

Advocacy by the International Labor Organization (ILO) in India: Case Study of Project to Influence HIV/AIDS Policies in Corporations, Juhi Roy

A Nuclear Free Vermont: Moving Towards Closure, Chad Simmons

Assessing Readiness for Community Currency in a Sri Lankan Context, Nancy Tuller

At The Verandah Of Mecca: Cultural Consequences Of Humanitarian Intervention, A Case Study Of Tsunami Relief In Ceh, Indonesia, Abigail Wilson

Assessing the Effectiveness and the Impacts of LePMIL works in facilitating a conflict resolution and advocating a new policy in Nipa-Nipa and Nanga-Nanga Forest Management, Agung Wiyono

Submissions from 2006

Enhancing Disaster Recovery Coordination Between Government Agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations: Findings and Lessons from Sri Lanka, Candice T. Abinanti

The Adirondack forest worker : surviving in a changing timber industry, Michelle Bashaw

The Impact of Training Programs on Women’s Lives in Tsunami Devastated Community in Kalutura District, Sri Lanka, Ruah Basker

Challenges for poor people's participation in the poverty reduction program in Ben Tre province of Vietnam, Tran Thanh Binh

Is Kitchen Design At Sarvodaya’s Damniyamgama ‘Eco-Village’ An Appropriate Model For Household Energy Use?, Peter Buley

Community Dependency and NGO Programming: An Examination in Hambantota District, Sri Lanka, Belle Cantor

Religious leaders as mediators : a necessary progression, Andrew Cook

Child trafficking in Togo, West Africa : how to understand a culturally accepted practice, Amanda M. Day

Power relations in St Lucian agriculture, “the good, the bad and the ugly”, Peter E. Dillon

How Can Sustainable Solid Waste Management be Achieved in Sri Lanka? An Inquiry into the Role of Education and Awareness Building through Grassroots Efforts, Dana L. Eceberger

What teaching philosophies are currently applied at the Pioneer School and do they meet the expectations of parents and the principal?, Arleigh Giroux

Voices of the Internally Displaced: Tsunami Aftermath in Sri Lanka, Michele A. Green

What roles do faith-based organizations play in African American community development?, David Horton

Sarvodaya’s Peace Action Plan In Action: A Case Study Of A Southern Sri Lankan Village, Erica Hougland

U.S. Foreign Assistance in Palestine: Partners or Contractors? A Case Study of U.S. Agency for International Development Assistance Program in Palestine 1999 to 2003, Reem A. Jafari

Perceived linkages between urban decay and HIV risk behavior : a study of substance-using women in the South Bronx, Angela Jeffers

Post-Tsunami Aid In Sri Lanka: Insights From The Inside, Jennifer Lefing

The Incorporation of Indigenous Knowledge within a Sustainable Development Context: Maya-Kacquikel Perspectives from Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, Ben Levy

Consumer acculturation : immigrants in the U.S. and 'American' food, Kelly Lind

The Self-Advocacy Movement in New York State: The Experiences and Perspectives of People With Developmental Disabilities and Their Allies, Jane Wanjiru Matu

Impact Assessment Of Disaster Preparedness In Galle District, Sri Lanka, Jill Morehead

What are the Stigmas Attached to HIV/AIDS and How are they Related to Voluntary Counseling and Testing in the African Born Immigrant Community (ABIC) in Lowell, Massachusetts, Victoria Nayiga

Barriers to care : exploring the ideals and realities of providing rehabilitative services to poor and homeless women, Danielle Robare

New beginnings : assimilation and integration of refugee youth in Boise, Idaho : a case study of refugee youth in Boise, Idaho, Michael L. Rupp

The Esperance School, Haiti: Fostering Literacy among the Surage Population, Susan Louise Sandy

Awareness of Self in Their Own Words: A Case Study of Three Young Women in Kottegoda Village, Sri Lanka, Mary L. Scotti

Community ownership of a public good : identifying the socio-cultural context of community-based water management in Senegal, Laurel A. Varnado

Measuring the Impact of Sarvodaya in the Village of Hummana, Thomas Venner

A case study in civic agriculture : the impact of the town farmers' market on social cohesion & civic engagement in Brattleboro, Vermont, Christopher J. Watson

Analyzing the Needs of Community Health Workers in Rural and Urban Minnesota, LuAnn M. Werner


Motivation Factors of Volunteers as Village Society Leaders, Mudiyanselage Manjula Wijethunge

The Integration of Educational Technology into Elementary Education and Development in Honduras: Recommendations from Proyecto Clic’s Education Professionals, Dennis Winkler

Submissions from 2005

How published books shape public opinion and policy implementation : a case study of author Jeffrey Smith, the book "Seeds of Deception," and the passing of the GMO seeds labeling bill in Vermont, Christian Avard

Sowing the seeds of food justice and small farm viability : what will it take?, Shayna C. Bailey

Trees and trade-offs : perceptions of eucalyptus and native trees in Ecuadorian highland communities, Ashley David Carse

Board Development, Fundraising Practices, and Fiscal Sustainability of Ukrainian Non-Profits: Research and Recommendations, Jon M. Johnson

How Do Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) Programs Impact Women? A Case Study of the NEW Program at the YWCA of the National Capital Area, Annie Jones-Demen

Assessing and Addressing the Feminization of Poverty: Case Study of the Social Development Fund in Senegal, Fatou Aminata Lo

Refugee empowerment : an alternative approach to refugee resettlement, Aryakorn Joy Phaphouvaninh

The Women's League of Burma's advocacy team : the obstacles many, their numbers few, their voices powerful and their strength immeasurable - seeking justice where there is none, Jennifer A. Quigley

Redefining citizen participation : lessons in building socially sustainable development : an NGO approach to integrated municipal development in El Salvador, Amanda Rabinowitz

Integrating poverty alleviation strategies into the private sector's response to HIV/AIDS : ALB's business partnership approach to HIV/AIDS in South Africa, Akilou Seibou

Tourism and sustainable development: A case study of tourism impacts on the Senegalese Petite Côte region, Jean-Claude Kobenan Seye

Giving and receiving : the food pantry experience and the question of empowerment, Angela V. Smith

Unequal access : a socioeconomic analysis of the delivery of public health in the United States, Aaron Thorp

Children at the Gate: Meeting the Psychosocial Needs of AIDS Orphans in Northern Namibia, Shirley A. Triano

Organic versus modern agriculture : Honduran hillside farmer motivation to adopt new agricultural methods, Michael Robert Wenrick

Submissions from 2004

Legal socialization -- myth or reality? : a case study on the ZANG Armenian Legal Socialization Project, Ruzan Aghazadyan

The NGO road map : participatory development in the Palestian context : a case study of the Ma'an Development Center, Meghan Anne Audette


Assessing Community Participation in Development Planning: A Case Study of Participants' Perceptions from a Small Rural Community in St. Lucia, Augustine Dominique

Artistic resistance as a form of social change and community development in a time of war and globalization, Kimberly Ead

Building a framework for a needs-based approach to gender : a study of four World Neighbors programs, Natalie Elwell

Can ethanol help mitigate the impact of fuelwood use on the environment in Haiti?, Jean-Claude Etheart

Escaping the shadows of globalization : health in the hands of people (a model drawn from experiences in South India), Justin L. Hickman

The Manifestation of Sustainable Development and Issue of Sustainability in Development Discourse: A Comparative Study of Ideological & Practical Perspectives, Narayan B. Karki

The Indispensable yet Misunderstood CAGE Animateur: What’s Wrong with Some International Sustainable Development Projects in Girls’ Education and how they can be Improved, Amy Sara Morros

Indigenous People’s Responses to Environmental Injustices and Degradation: A Case Study of the Ogiek Community of Kenya, Judith Akinyi Obiero

Today's Youth -- Tomorrow's Future : a youth program in Springfield, Massachusetts and its practice of the youth development approach, Mara Philips Shulman

World Vision Mongolia’s Poverty Alleviation Program in Nalaikh, Mongolia, Baasankhuu Purev

The blue revolution, shrimp farming and unreasonable women : an analysis of ecofeminist resistance to a development scheme gone awry, Levy M. Schroeder

The persistence of world hunger : an examination of USAID efforts, Sara Taylor

Submissions from 2003

A comparative analysis of domestic violence services for refugee women living in California, Melisa Esposti

Managing US federal grants to impact sustainable development : a case of PIDT in Benin, Vincent M. Mugisha

Weaving Experiential and Online Learning: A phenomenological study of experiential learning online, Karen Sigel

Submissions from 2002

Deaf Advocacy: Increasing Accessibility at Arts Venues in Brattleboro, Vermont, Susan Kyle