Pre-approved partner proposals

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(1) Research Question: What is the impact of environmental education interventions in Argentina?

  • Location: Argentina
  • Key Topics: environmental education, socio-environmental issues, sustainable practices, biodiversity conservation, Latin American studies, Spanish, statistical analysis, qualitative analysis

(2) Research Question: Is there a connection between teenage pregnancy among Nicaraguan immigrants and exclusion from the Costa Rican public health care system?

  • Location: Costa Rica
  • Key Topics: migration, global health, adolescent pregnancy, health care exclusion, transborder issues, youth, gender and sexuality, Latin American studies, Spanish, statistical analysis, qualitative analysis

(3) Research Question: What are concrete manifestations of women's empowerment in rural Costa Rica, and what different strategies promote gender equality education and community participation for men and women?

  • Location: Costa Rica
  • Key Topics: women and gender studies, gender equality, community self-management, ecotourism, women's autonomy, sustainable livelihoods, rural community development, Latin American studies, Spanish, qualitative analysis

(4) Research Topic: Various potential research questions at the intersection of environmental and social concerns in rural Costa Rica.

  • Location: Costa Rica
  • Key topics: environmental studies, rural community development, subsistence agriculture, transnational corporations, indigenous cultures, ecotourism, ecosystem health, species monitoring, Latin American studies, Spanish, qualitative analysis, natural science data analysis

(5) Research Question: What are contributing factors to the high dropout rate in the Costa Rican educational system at transitional stages?

  • Location: Costa Rica
  • Key Topics: education, youth, adolescent transition, educational retention, rural issues, Latin American studies, Spanish, qualitative analysis

(6) Research Question: In what ways is machismo within the hip-hop community in Quito, Ecuador and associated gender and sexual violence a public health concern?

  • Location: Ecuador
  • Key Topics: arts for social change, hip-hop for social change, global health, gender and sexuality, LGBTQ+ studies, gender and sexual violence, community organizing, participatory action research, Latin American studies, Spanish, qualitative analysis

(7) Research Question: What can be done to improve reading culture and literacy in rural Kenya?

  • Location: Kenya
  • Key Topics: literacy education, educational systems, community development, African studies, qualitative analysis

(8) Research Question: What are the causes and impacts of poverty at the local level in Nicaragua, and what are outcomes of microfinance interventions?

  • Location: Nicaragua
  • Key Topics: economic development, microfinance, entrepreneurship, community banking, marketing, Latin American studies, Spanish, statistical analysis, qualitative analysis

(9) Research Question: What is the current state of water quality in rural Nicaragua?

  • Location: Nicaragua
  • Key Topics: global health, environmental sustainability, water contamination, indigenous cultures, stakeholder engagement, Latin American studies, Spanish, qualitative analysis, natural science data analysis

(10) Research Question: What are the community impacts of migration from rural areas in Nicaragua?

  • Location: Nicaragua
  • Key Topics: migration, women's rights, community development, Latin American studies, Spanish, qualitative analysis

(11) Research Question: How are individuals and organizations working in areas of community development in the wake of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico?

  • Location: Puerto Rico
  • Key Topics: community development and planning, post-disaster response, geographic information systems, ecology, environmental science, community development mapping, education, Caribbean studies, Spanish, qualitative analysis, statistical analysis

(12) Research Question: How can a community-based organization work to ensure participation and involvement of persons with disabilities in democratic processes in Uganda?

  • Location: Uganda
  • Key Topics: governance, human rights, disabilities and accessibility, democratic processes, political science, international relations, African studies, statistical analysis, qualitative analysis

(13) Research Question: Can a Ugandan-based NGO improve the health of local villagers through its home-visit education program?

  • Location: Uganda
  • Key Topics: global health, village health workers, preventive and therapeutic health, stakeholder engagement, African studies, statistical analysis, qualitative analysis

(14) Research Question: How can solid waste be managed such that rather than causing sanitation concerns it adds value to a semi-urban community in Uganda?

  • Location: Uganda
  • Key Topics: environmental management, public health, sanitation, organic fertilizer, solid waste management, corporate social responsibility, African studies, qualitative analysis, statistical analysis

(15) Research Question: Does participation in a large-scale community well-being program in rural Central Appalachia create meaningful changes in core measurements of health?

  • Location: West Virginia, USA
  • Key Topics: public health in rural America, information technology, holistic health interventions, lifestyle-affected chronic disease, statistical analysis, qualitative analysis

(16) Research Question: What factors contribute to the gulf between educational/economic redevelopment actors and the residents within the community in McDowell County, Central Appalachia?

  • Location: West Virginia, USA
  • Key Topics: economic development and diversification, public health in rural America, public-private partnerships, stakeholder engagement, public relations, communication strategies, qualitative analysis



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