Research Analyst, Development Programme, Humanitarian Dimension
Afsaneh Hachemian is a Research Analyst in Human Rights Programme within the Humanitarian Dimension. She contributes with research investigating the definition of human rights in the 21st century and the evolving policy debate around it.
Obstacles to Development in the Sub-Saharan region, Feminist Foreign Policy, and Political Violence and Intrastate Conflict.
English, French, Spanish
Afsaneh is a second-year student at UCL, studying International Social and Political Studies. She is particularly interested in studying obstacles to development throughout the African continent, with a specialization in the Subsaharan region. For her International Development class, I had to analyze an obstacle to development in any developing country, and propose solutions to it. She studied Mali and the impact of colonialism and conflict on the economic development of the country, and, more specifically, how these factors have affected education and climate variability. Her proposed solution was an integrated literacy programme within 'Educational Safe Spaces', that would teach Malian children how to read and write, but also how to adapt farming practices to an evolving climate (e.g. drought and flooding), all while shielding them from conflict. While studying this subject, I grew increasingly interested in understanding the complex network of obstacles to development in the Subsaharan region. Her work for this class inspired my dissertation topic: How the Islamic State's West Africa Province (Boko Haram) is affecting the development of the region. Hence, when she saw CYIS's Development Programme, I was instantly drawn to the organization as it gave me a platform to research and write about topics that are incredibly interesting to me. In addition, being a part of my university's societies and journals has pushed me to develop my writing skills and creativity. This year, she led the Diplomacy Society's YouTube channel where I learned to conduct interviews and plan videos about current events around the world. She is, therefore, looking forward to participating to help develop CYIS's podcast and other creative channels.