4th Class, 2007-2009
Field Placement: Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, Washington, D.C.
Anne-Claire Hervy worked with the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, a research and advocacy membership organization founded in 2000 to build consensus and mobilize support for strategic, long-term public and private investments in African agricultural and rural development. Anne-Claire’s time at the Partnership was divided between assisting the Partnership in improving its communications and outreach activities and supporting a new initiative to strengthen the capacity of higher education institutions in Africa. The initiative, which began in July 2007, is a joint effort of multiple organizations led by the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (now the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities). The goal of the Initiative is to strengthen and support capacity building partnerships between African and U.S. higher education institutions in fields related to national and regional development with a focus on science and technology.
Policy Placement: Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, Washington, DC
Anne-Claire continued her work with the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa. Midway through her field year Anne-Claire was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Africa-U.S. Higher Education Initiative. As Chief Operating Officer, Anne-Claire managed the daily operations of the Initiative and oversaw the development of the Initiative’s long-term strategy, including travel to meet key African education leaders.
Anne-Claire holds an MA in International History from the London School of Economics and an MA, ABD in International Relations from American University’s School of International Service. During her studies at American University, Anne-Claire worked on a project to examine development partnerships, focusing on the relationship between international and developing country NGOs and obstacles to local ownership of relief and development processes. This project entailed organizing and leading a research trip for American University students and faculty to Sri Lanka in March 2006 to examine these issues as they played out in the reconstruction effort following the Indian Ocean tsunami. For the three years prior to her Leland Fellowship, Anne-Claire also worked in communications and program evaluation for Manna Inc., a D.C.-based affordable housing organization. Originally from France, Anne-Claire grew up in Baltimore, Maryland.