Duncan McNicholl, PhD candidate at Cambridge, was awarded a CCSF scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year. We are pleased to pass on the exciting news that Volunteer Voices, edited by Duncan, has recently been released.

Duncan is studying for a PhD in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge where he studies institutions managing rural water supply in Ghana, Malawi, India, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, and Bolivia. Prior to starting his PhD Duncan spent nearly five years working in Africa, including in Malawi as a Program Manager for the Water and Sanitation Program of Engineers Without Borders Canada.

Volunteer Voices is a collection of short stories edited by Duncan and written by people directly involved in international development projects. It includes helpful mistakes and lessons learned, and is a valuable resource designed to help aspiring young change makers reflect upon their work and how their practices might improve. Duncan’s hope is that young people engaged in international development can use ideas from the book to help them make more meaningful contributions and to get more out of experiences working overseas.   

We are thrilled for Duncan that Volunteer Voices (click here to visit the website) has received glowing reviews and praise from a number of experts in the field of sustainable development, including James Orbinski MD, former international president of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) and George Roter, the former CEO and co-founder of Engineers Without Borders, Canada.

Sustainable development is a complex and challenging field of endeavor and the thought-provoking stories in Volunteer Voices will help international volunteers to ensure that the work they do is truly effective.