The McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University values service, student action, and social responsibility. McCourt Policy in Practice (MPiP) is a student-led organization at the McCourt School that allows members to engage in an ongoing policy-learning experience. Formerly known as Project Honduras, MPiP provides students of the McCourt School with the opportunity to partner with local communities and nonprofit organizations in developing countries to use rigorous policy tools in designing, implementing, and evaluating sustainable, evidence-based development projects that address identified needs.
MPiP aims to leverage the unique assets and technical expertise of the McCourt School to provide the residents of local communities in Honduras and the Dominican Republic with access to better services and an improved quality of life. The planning and design of MPiP projects engages students and faculty advisors throughout the academic year.
Since 2007, students have traveled to the island of Roatán, Honduras multiple times per year to implement ongoing service and development projects. The students have worked primarily in the community of La Colonia Balfate, a shantytown community of migrant workers created to meet the demand of the growing tourist industry on the West End of the island. Because of the rapid expansion, this community continues to experience a variety of environmental and infrastructure challenges. Students worked with local leaders in Balfate to survey residents and to implement projects that address the community needs. The installation and monitoring of a water distribution and chlorination system in Balfate is our most significant project to date. MPiP was also involved in school-based interventions, which included expanding school facilities, increasing access to technology and school supplies, and constructing a water catchment system. The organization has also completed health-related interventions, such as procurement and delivery of medical supplies to the community clinic. Additionally, MPiP members have successfully executed information sessions and workshops on a variety of issues, such as dental hygiene, computer and financial literacy, environmental sustainability, and the importance of clean water.
In an effort to expand its reach in development, the MPiP team explored opportunities to utilize the expertise gained from educating communities and advocating for environmental sustainability in Honduras. MPiP identified similar policy issues in the Dominican Republic after a series of discussions with local organizations. In the fall of 2014, MPiP established a new partnership with The DREAM Project, a non-profit organization working in the Dominican Republic. During the 2015–2016 academic year, MPiP will continue to work in Cabarete with the DREAM Project to conduct an evaluation of its Montessori early childhood education program. MPiP will also begin a new project in Puerto Plata with our long-time engineering partner, the ERM Foundation, among other organizations to assess the economic value of environmental damage from untreated sewage discharge.
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McCourt Policy in Practice is funded through the generous support of donors from across the country. Members organize several fundraising events that are open to both the university student body and the general public every year in Washington, DC, including an annual charity auction that is typically held in the winter. Please contact us to learn more about how you can attend or support upcoming events.
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