AAEC's Maryam Almasifard tapped for prestigious United Nations internship
By: Norman Martin
A talented graduate student with Texas Tech University's Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics has been selected to serve as an intern this spring at the United Nations. Maryam Almasifard, a doctoral candidate from Iran, will shortly be going to New York City to work in the Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) Division, where she will focus her efforts on financial/banking economic development-related issues.
During her time in New York, Almasifard will continue her dissertation research assistantship with Tech's Agricultural and Applied Economics department. She currently has completed all her course work, passed all comprehensive exams, and is currently working on her dissertation research, which will correlate with her internship duties at the United Nations.
"We strongly believe that her participation in this internship program is critical to her professional formation," said Eduardo Segarra, a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. "In addition, the internship will allow us to showcase our students at a highly prestigious institution that could potentially hire our students in the future."
As an intern, she will be working alongside with country coordinators, specialists, consultants, national program officers and associates doing research regarding the availability and effectiveness of banking and financial services on economic development across the world.
According to program officials, the UNCDF makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world's 47 least developed countries. With its capital mandate and instruments, it offers "last mile" finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, in support of households, localities and small enterprises that are underserved, where development needs are greatest and where resources are scarcest.
Established in 1966, its mandate is to "assist developing countries in the development of their economies by supplementing existing sources of capital assistance by means of grants and loans."
The organization's financing models work through two channels: financial inclusion that expands the opportunities for individuals, households, and small businesses to participate in the local economy, providing them with the tools they need to climb out of poverty and manage their financial lives; and localized investments that show how fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance can drive public and private funding that underpins local economic expansion and sustainable development.
CONTACT: Eduardo Segarra, Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2821 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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