Third-year international development Doctoral student, Mina Madani is spending her fall semester in Ganta, Liberia as a Tetra Tech DPK (Tt DPK) Global Law and Development Fellow working on their Mitigating Land Disputes Liberia (MLDL) program funded by the U.S. State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL).
Tetra Tech DPK’s Global Law and Development Fellowship provides a short-term, concentrated experience for students enrolled in or graduated from graduate programs in law, international development, court administration, public policy, or related areas. The fellowship is designed to help introduce fellows to concepts of judicial reform and capacity building in developing countries, and to provide exposure to the management and implementation of international development projects.
Mina’s academic and professional background in public health made her a unique candidate for the Tt DPK fellowship in Liberia. Mina has a B.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, holds an M.P.H. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Public Health, and conducted her master’s internship in HIV/AIDS prevention in the Republic of Cameroon. Prior to her return to academia at Tulane University, Mina managed an HIV/AIDS treatment adherence program for three years at a nonprofit clinic in the South Bronx. She has spent the past two summers in the Republic of Tajikistan via the U.S. Department of State’s Title VIII and Critical Language Scholarship programs and is excited to start work in Liberia as a Tt DPK Global Fellow. She has just arrived in Liberia and started her first work week with two trips to the field.
The Republic of Liberia is recovering from a devastating 14-year civil war that ended in 2003. The conflict left Liberia with destruction of its institutions and weak rule of law, especially in areas far from the capital Monrovia. The Tetra Tech DPK MLDL program works in two remote counties in Liberia to defuse conflict and reduce crime by: launching, supporting, and building the capacities of county and district security councils to identify and address security concerns; strengthening the role of local community forums in addressing security issues; and improving the community policing and investigative skills of local law enforcement. The overarching objective of the program is to identify and address potential conflicts that could destabilize the community. This is essential work to be done in a post-conflict nation, and it can contribute to lasting stability, peace, and justice for Liberians.
The Payson Center congratulates Mina on all she has accomplished in her time as a Payson PhD student and is excited to learn about her fellowship experiences this fall in the Republic of Liberia. Mina has agreed to contribute a few posts to the Payson Center Website’s Blogs from the Field so that everyone can read about the project and her impressions of this post-conflict nation as it struggles to reclaim rule of law, justice, and lasting peace for its citizens.