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16 a l umni Essa C. Mussa DEM 2007-08 | Ethiopia Where do you work? Since I graduated from IOB, I have been doing my PhD at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany. I am in my final year of study. Nivedita Varshneya Training Gender 2004 | India Where do you work? I am a Country Director at Welthungerhilfe India. How did IOB experience affect your life/ career? It gave me valuable skills on the subject of engendering projects, programmes and institutions. On my return, I formulated action plans for engendering my organization and projects and these were immensely useful to my projects. The donors appreciated the measures tremendously. Apart from subject skills, the international exposure and knowledge exchange enriched my career and life. I made some friends and contacts with other countries which have lasted for quite some time. Research? From my work I am looking for research evidence on the issue of diet diversification using the ‘Linking Agriculture, Nutrition and Natural Resource Management ‘ approach of Welthungerhife. It seeks to provide evidence on how this approach contributes to improvement in household, particularly women’s, diet diversity and tackles the issue of hidden hunger. E xchange to change M ay 2017 How did IOB experience affect your life/ career? My study at IOB was the most useful experience leading to my PhD work in many ways. It was at IOB that I was exposed to the contending views of development discourses, introduced me to a wide range of research resources and methods, equipped me well to identify and conduct development and policy relevant research, and taught me key professional ethics (punctuality, integrity, caring for others, and open- mindedness). IOB also opened to me a wider world of scholarship which, since then, I have been exploring. If you were the director of a research fund, what is a research question that you would agree to finance? Child education in developing countries, particularly in rural areas, needs more research that guides policy. I believe that our investments in children today will determine how we may sustain our future development pace, create a knowledge based economy, and fit into the fast changing world. I would also like to see young people being at the center of development research both in skills formation, job creation and employment opportunities, and engaging them in innovation. I strongly believe that developing countries need to accommodate the rising number of the young population and use this opportunity in their economies as a change powerhouse which otherwise would be against peace, security, and development efforts.