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Ann Hudock landed in Sierra Leone in 1990 ready to change the world. What happened there changed her life. She spent a year of volunteering with a local nongovernmental organization (NGO) called the Association for Rural Development (ARD), where she wrote proposals for rural development efforts, and learned firsthand about the challenges of local development. ARD was founded by two dynamic leaders who believed they could make a difference in their communities, and through their experience working with an international NGO, hoped to attract donor funding for their home-grown solutions to the crippling poverty in their country. What they soon discovered, however, was that even with the best of intentions donor funding could undermine grassroots initiatives and that conditions tied to funding could limit the flexibility to respond to the most urgent needs.
Ann dedicated the next several years to supporting the development of ARD by designing and managing an ongoing relationship between ARD and her alma mater, the University of Dayton. Volunteers from Dayton went to Sierra Leone for either a month- or year-long program where ARD teamed them with local NGOs who introduced them to local development challenges. During this time, Ann completed her masters in international affairs with a thesis on relationships between international and local NGOs. From there, she received a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship and attended the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, receiving a DPhil in international development.
“Each step of my career has been informed by the experiences I had in rural Sierra Leone and working with ARD and the communities they served, particularly groups of dynamic women. Whether I was working in the Department of State with the Under Secretary for Global Affairs, or USAID in the Center for Democracy and Governance I had an appreciation for the real challenges people faced on the ground and the often simple solutions that became complicated by outside assistance. Yet without assistance, including new perspectives, things were unlikely to change. My sole focus then was to figure out how we could do development better.”
- Ph.D., development studies, University of Sussex
- M.A., international affairs, University of Dayton, Ohio
- B.A., English, University of Dayton, Ohio
- Author of “NGOs and Civil Society: Democracy by Proxy?” Published in 1997 by Polity Press (available in English, Chinese and Japanese editions)
- Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, US Department of State
Deputy Representative, The Asia Foundation, Hanoi, Vietnam
“To be able to contribute in even a small way to the support of the justice sector in Sierra Leone is an honor. So many people in Sierra Leone have worked tirelessly to bring peace to their country. Stability and security are prerequisites for the development that is needed there and DAI is well equipped to support those efforts.”
— Ann Hudock, regarding the winning of the Sierra Leone Security Sector and Justice program