Human Development

Washington Fellows 2014

This summer the Dickey Center, along with multiple partner organizations across Dartmouth, hosts 25 young leaders from 19 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa. They represent a wide range of backgrounds with an incredible array of experiences. These young leaders are the first cohort of the "Washington Fellowship," which is at the center of President Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI). YALI is a State Department-led program (overseen by the International Research & Exchanges Board - IREX) that is working to provide opportunities to "spur growth, strengthen democratic systems and enhance peace and security."

The goals of the Washington Fellowship are:

Expanding Education in Nepal

by Wouther Zwart '14, International Internship, VillageTech Solutions, Nepal

I spent four wonderful months in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, with a small NGO called VillageTech Solutions. Their education project is an audio-visual teaching aid, which is aimed to improve both the method of teaching as well as to augment the teaching material available to Nepalese public schools.

During my time in Nepal, I collaborated with Nepalese universities, local start-ups, open source groups and companies to finalize the development of the project and to build a community of students, engineers and entrepreneurs in order to expand education methods in public schools.

Student Organizations in Development

International Development Forum

The International Development Forum was founded in 2011. Like many others on campus, we were interested in international development, but could not find a venue to discuss the topic outside of classroom setting. We decided to create a group where people of all knowledge levels could assemble and discuss the issue of development.


Dartmouth has a growing cadre of researchers and students—not to mention alumni—actively working in international development. Dartmouth’s faculty includes numerous practitioners and analysts who engage with development in the departments of anthropology, engineering, economics, environmental studies, geography, and sociology, among others.

Contact Us


The Dickey Center for International Understanding
Dartmouth College
29 North Main Street
6048 Haldeman Center
Hanover, NH 03755

603-646-2023 (phone)
603-646-2168 (fax)

[email protected]

Legacy and Mission

President Dickey's commitment to the liberal arts, or, as he termed them, "the liberating arts," was perhaps best expressed in his Great Issues course, designed to introduce seniors to the problems of national and international relations they would face as citizens. He sought to expand the horizons of Dartmouth beyond Hanover and introduced the Northern Studies program, a Russian Civilization department, and foreign studies and social action programs, as well as opening the William Jewett Tucker Foundation.

Dickey Center Director

Prior to joining the Dickey Center, in 2012, Daniel Benjamin served as Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the U.S. State Department. In that position, he was the principal advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on counterterrorism. Ambassador Benjamin was the longest serving coordinator for counterterrorism since that position was created, and during his tenure, the Office of the Coordinator was elevated to become the Bureau of Counterterrorism.


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