3rd Class, 2005-2007
Field and Policy Placement: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Yodit Beyene returned to her home country for the two-year policy and field placement to work as the Communications Specialist for the Ethiopia Strategy Support Program (ESSP), a collaborative undertaking by IFPRI and the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI). Yodit’s role was to facilitate effective communications across various national and international audiences in support of the ESSP effort to overcome the numerous and complex challenges of bridging knowledge and policy to achieve agricultural and rural development in Ethiopia. In addition to developing and managing the program’s communication strategies, Yodit was involved in conducting research on the landscape of knowledge management in Ethiopia.
Yodit received an MA in International Development with a focus on International Education and a regional focus on Africa. She served as a Communications Manager for Ethiocorps Inc. and with the Arlington Institute in developing potential projects to collaborate with the Millennium Challenge Corporation.