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Seeing the World as a Network – Jen Curran and Training in Malawi

by on January 23, 2013

Jen Curran, getting geographical coordinates in Bangladesh.

This week I am in Lilongwe, Malawi. Jen Curran and I are training a team of people from FHI360 (also funded by USAID) to measure organizational networks. They, in turn, will be using this approach to integrate services for food security, economic strengthening and job training (aka livelihoods) for families infected and affected by HIV in several countries.

Jen works for UNC and is based in the MEASURE Evaluation offices in Chapel Hill. She joined us to work on the geographical information systems (GIS) portfolio. She studied GIS at Tulane University School of Public Health. Her studies were interrupted, though, by the floods of Hurricane Katrina. Universities throughout the country helped out Tulane by taking in their students while they got the campus back in shape. In Jen’s case, it was the University of Chicago that enabled her to finish her Tulane degree.

Jen also came to UNC with a lot of international experience. While living in Capetown, South Africa, for two years she became close friends with the daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and went on a few family outings with them. She says, though, that when they would order goat head at a restaurant, she would mention something about being a vegetarian, which indeed she was.

Since becoming Director, I have had to cut back on my technical activities. Jen is the one I have been training to carry out the organizational network measurements. She also has some training in nutrition and is involved in MEAURE Evaluation’s quickly growing food security portfolio. Jen has many talents and interests that are valuable to our work.


“Seeing the World as a Network” messages appear simultaneously on Evaluate, the MEASURE Evaluation blog. Let’s continue conversations there. I will be monitoring the blog for comments to share in my weekly message.

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