Victoria Solbert

international sustainable development professional

Intro to the Southern Region

By vicsolbert | June 24, 2014 | 1 Comment

A glimpse of the Sundarbans

First full week in the field. Though in reality a lot more time was spent in the car than in the field. Traveled from Dhaka to the south region, first stop the district of Satkhira and the village of Munshigonj on the edge of the Sundarbans National Park. It already would have been about a […]

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Elephant Extortion

By vicsolbert | June 20, 2014 | 2 Comment


While I work on writing up some more thoughtful posts on my first extended trip to the field, here is a fun story about how we got held up by an elephant. Elephants have historically been used extensively across Asia for labor and transportation, even siege engines and mounts of war. Their massive size, dexterous […]

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Empowering Women

By vicsolbert | June 11, 2014 | 0 Comment

A group of women who attended a Financial and Entrepreneurial Literacy Training Course.

While in the field earlier this week, outside the city of Srimongol, I interviewed a group of 10 young women who had participated in a Literacy Training program run by the CREL project. The training program not only taught reading and writing, but also math skills, and applied them towards business and financial management. So while […]

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An Outside Perspective

By vicsolbert | June 9, 2014 | 1 Comment


So my first visit to the field revealed a need to re-evaluate my survey strategy. While I wanted to incorporate focus group discussions, I had hoped to also do a number of more in depth personal interviews. There were some serious flaws to this plan however. First, I was accompanied to the field by three other […]

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