Internship in Uganda

Chipo Marisa Petersen did an internship at an NGO in Uganda and gained good insight into climate adaption strategies, general NGO-work and the large agricultural sector in Uganda.

At my third semester I had the opportunity to undertake an internship position at the Ugandan based NGO, Development Network of Indigenous Voluntary Association (DENIVA). I was mainly engaged with the NGO’s project regarding climate change adaptation in agriculture under the supervision of the Project Officer.

My job included undertaking administrative tasks, participating in monitoring and evaluations, contributing to reports as well as participating in meetings and workshops in relation to the project. Furthermore, I conducted a field study on one of the project sites managed by Mayuge District Farmers Association in eastern Uganda.

Here I investigated the mechanisms of one of the most central climate adaption strategies - the climate resistant seed technology, that was part of the project - from the perspective of small-scale farmers. The internship has been a unique opportunity to get an insight into one of Uganda’s largest sectors, agriculture, and to bridge the gap between theory and practice of climate change adaptation.

- Chipo Marisa Petersen