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Graduate Research Assistant

University of Guelph

Keteh Amba is Master's student in Capacity Development and Extension in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph. Her Master's research is on citizen participation in political processes based on field work and survey research in Abuja, Nigeria. Her interests include civic engagement, capacity-building in international development, human rights, political development, rural livelihoods, and mediation of development by information and communication technologies.

In her undergraduate studies at the University of Guelph, she was actively involved in student organizations against discrimination and racism, including being President of the African Society of Guelph (ASG) in 2007/2008 and member of the International Student Organization (2004-2006). She is currently a Human Rights Fact-Finder in the Human Rights and Equity Office at the University of Guelph.

As a researcher in the ICASP team, she will be investigating citizen participation and contemporary improvisation in community development. Additional content being created is a piece on the utilization of improvisation practices in the disbursement of foreign aid in international development.

Listening itself, an improvisative act engaged in by everyone, announces a practice of active engagement with the world, where we sift, interpret, store and forget, in parallel with action and fundamentally articulated with it ("Mobilitas Animi" 113).

– George E. Lewis