July 1, 2004: Headlines: COS - Guyana: COS - Ethiopia: IT: Development: Masters of Public Administration in International Development: Harvard: Guyana RPCV Poranee (Pam) Kingpetcharat just finished her year in the Masters of Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) program and during her three-month stay in Ethiopia her work will mainly consist of developing a strategy for post- implementation support in IT

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Guyana RPCV Poranee (Pam) Kingpetcharat just finished her first year in the Masters of Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) program and during her three-month stay in Ethiopia her work will mainly consist of developing a strategy for post- implementation support in IT

Guyana RPCV Poranee (Pam) Kingpetcharat just finished her first year in the Masters of Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) program and during her three-month stay in Ethiopia her work will mainly consist of developing a strategy for post- implementation support in IT

Guyana RPCV Poranee (Pam) Kingpetcharat just finished her first year in the Masters of Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) program and during her three-month stay in Ethiopia her work will mainly consist of developing a strategy for post- implementation support in IT

Guyana RPCV Poranee (Pam) Kingpetcharat just finished her first year in the Masters of Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) program and during her three-month stay in Ethiopia her work will mainly consist of developing a strategy for post- implementation support in IT

Caption: In Guyana, Peace Corps volunteer Pam Kingpetcharat teaches computer repair.

As the saying goes "time flies when youíre having fun." This is definitely the case since more than half my time here has passed though it feels like I only arrived yesterday in Addisí shiny and large Bole International Airport. I have so far been in Assossa, Mekelle, Gondar, and Bahir Dar. Iíve found Addis to be one of the safest and most comfortable cities to walk around in, and I have lived in Bangkok, Thailand, Georgetown, Guyana, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Washington, DC. Everywhere Iíve traveled in Ethiopia, Iíve seen new roads constructed, new buildings taking shape, and a level of activity and punctuality (YES, punctuality!) that rarely is experienced in the developing world. The only thing I was unprepared for was the cold, driving rain, accompanied by periodic ice. Iíve been told that Addis is most beautiful when the sun is shining and the skies are clear. Since my friends and I both agree that Addis is an exciting, thriving, and growing new city, perhaps Iíll return to discover other aspects of both Addis and Ethiopia. Poranee (Pam) Kingpetcharat




Profile: A summer in Ethiopia

Periodically, you will see new faces at the DSA Project office and if that new face appears around summer time, itís very likely that this new face belongs to one of the summer interns flown in by the Harvard Summer Internship Fund or the Harvard International Development Internship Fund. Thatís the reason why I find myself in rainy Addis Ababa from June 1 through August 31 st . My name is Pam Kingpetcharat and Iím working with both the Budget and Accounts Reform and the Information Technology departments here at DSA this summer. My work during my three-month stay in Ethiopia will mainly consist of developing a strategy for post- implementation support in IT as well as assess the current training being delivered for the Financial Information Systems (FIS) the Project has developed.

This is probably a side of the DSA Project that few rarely seeÖthe academic side. Since the DSA Project is implemented by the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University, it regularly receives infusions of new faces interested in studying the accomplishments of Ethiopiaís reforms. As for myself, Iíve just finished my first year in the Masters of Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) program. Since the program is geared towards practitioners in development, a summer internship in a country in which the student has never served is one of the program requirements. I chose to come to Ethiopia for multiple reasons: Iíd never been to Africa before, administrative and financial decentralization is my area of interest as is public finance and the role of IT to support these objectives. Furthermore, my ancestral country of Thailand faces many of the same challenges as it attempts to implement administrative decentralization per the requirements of our 35 th constitution enacted as of 1996.




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