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Laura Ostenso

Knowledge Exchange Lead

Innovation

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Company Description

Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation is a USAID program that helps the private sector to scale and market agricultural technologies for smallholder farmers through investing in technology commercialization and knowledge exchange. The program also fac ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Knowledge Management Specialist

USAID - Feed the Future Knowledge Driven Agricultural Development Project (Insight Systems, Inc.)

Nonprofit Digest

ECHOES

Knowledge Management Specialist

Knowledge-Driven Agricultural Development Project, Insight Systems Corporation

Consultant In Monitoring, Evaluation, and Project Management

Independent Consulting

Associate

Innovation Network Inc

Program Assistant

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Affiliations

Team Member On Projects
The California Endowment

Team Member On Several Innovation Network Projects
Annie E. Casey Foundation

Team Member On Projects
The Atlantic Philanthropies Inc.

Team Member On Projects
CARE Inc

Team Member On Several Innovation Network Projects
Advocacy Evaluation Project

Team Member On Projects
Advocates

Manager, Special Programs and Evaluation
World Cocoa Foundation

Education

B.A.

Political Economics

Evergreen State College

B.A.

Political Economics

The Evergreen State College

M.A.

Anthropology of Development

University of Sussex

M.A.

Anthropology of Development

University of Sussex , England

graduate degree

Anthropology of Development

University of Sussex , England

graduate degree

International Development

University of Sussex

Web References (25 Total References)


Partnering for Innovation - Meet the Team

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Laura Ostenso Knowledge Exchange Lead

Laura identifies and develops knowledge management and communication strategies in support of Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation's goals and activities, and builds learning communities that strengthen commercial solutions to development challenges.


Congressional Hunger Center » Laura Ostenso

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Laura Ostenso Congressional Hunger Center > Laura Ostenso

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Leland Fellow: Laura Ostenso >
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Laura Ostenso worked with the World Cocoa Foundation on its signature youth education and livelihoods development project, Empowering Cocoa Households with Opportunities and Education Solutions (ECHOES).
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Laura works to draw on her experience in West Africa with ECHOES to manage a new program, the Cocoa Community Development Fund (CCDF), and the ongoing Cocoa Metrics and Progress (CocoaMAP) Initiative. Both efforts leverage existing public-private partnerships to directly reach farmers; the CCDF delivers innovative small grants to cocoa growing communities, and CocoaMAP consolidates sector wide data to provide a snapshot of sustainability at the farm level to better serve cocoa farming communities. In addition, Laura works with program staff to integrate evidence-based approaches and best practices in program and knowledge management into WCF development projects, and to support the communications and outreach team in its branding and dissemination of WCF programs.
Pre-Fellowship Education/Experience:
For 3½ years, Laura worked as a consultant to a variety of nonprofit clients-from Native American cultural preservation programs and international health advocates to youth development and microfinance resource organizations-to provide research, evaluation, and capacity building services. With an underlying focus on promoting community development initiatives by improving nonprofit programs and capacities, she has worked in Washington, D.C., Washington State, California, and Texas, and internationally in Uganda, Taiwan, and Brazil. Laura received her MA in the Anthropology of Development from the University of Sussex in Brighton, England and her BA in Political Economics from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Laura is a native Californian and in her spare time enjoys working as a barista in small, craft coffee houses (which she has done for eight years!).
Laura Ostenso has authored the following publications:


Congressional Hunger Center » Notes from the Field

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Laura Ostenso worked with the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) in Ghana on its signature youth education and livelihoods development project, Empowering Cocoa Households with Opportunities and Education Solutions (ECHOES). Read Laura's blog post on the WCF website and watch the video about her work with the ECHOES program.


Officers and Staff | World Cocoa Foundation

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Laura Ostenso, Manager of Special Programs and Evaluation

Laura Ostenso is a manager of Special Programs and Evaluation at the World Cocoa Foundation. She focuses on community development, mobile technology, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E). Download bio


Laura ...

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Laura Ostenso

Laura Ostenso, MA, is a Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellow at the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF). She works with WCF education and livelihoods programs to in-vestigate programmatic progress and impact, participate in private-public partnerships that advance farmer livelihoods and education in Ghana, and to identify the linkages of WCF's programmatic work with hunger alleviation and poverty reduction. Based in Accra until June 2012, Laura will be based in Washington, DC, starting July 2012.
Before starting as a Leland Fellow, Laura was a staff member at Innovation Network and served as a consultant to a variety of nonprofit clients-from Native American cultural preservation programs and international health advocates to youth development and microfinance resource organizations-to provide research, evaluation, and capacity building services. She is passionate about supporting and advancing international development initiatives that empower nonprofits/NGOs, governments, and the communities they work for. She has worked domestically in Washington D.C., Washington State, California, and Texas, and internationally in Uganda, Taiwan, Brazil, and Ghana.
Laura received her M.A. in Anthropology of Development from the University of Sussex in Brighton, U.K. and her B.A. in Political Economics from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Since arriving in Ghana, Laura has discovered the joy of drinking hot chocolate instead of coffee, surprising her friends and family in being able to triumph over her coffee fanaticism (for the time-being). You can read about cocoa, chocolate, coffee and more on her blog: http://coffeemeetscocoa.wordpress.com/.

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