HLS Global Development Consulting

Previous projects:

Assessing the Impact of Sauti Ya Dada

In this project, HLSGDC will support the monitoring and evaluation of Sauti Ya Dada, a girls’ leadership development program in East Africa. Students will analyze qualitative and quantitative data to help Creative Action Institute better understand the impact of their programming.

Americans in the Arctic: Understanding Greenlandic Cruise Ship Travel and What to Do When Things go Wrong

In this project, HLSGDC will investigate the Greenlandic cruise industry and analyze the potential risks involved. The team will develop a creative deliverable to help stakeholders visualize and understand this information.

Exploring National Bodies that Prevent and Address Torture with Recommendations for Egypt

HLSGDC students will conduct case studies of how different countries established National Preventative Mechanisms as set out in the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and make recommendations for stakeholders in Egypt.

Improving Rural Livelihoods with Honey Sales

Pueblo a Pueblo trains rural coffee farmers in Guatemala to produce honey, but have limited capacity to support the marketing and sales of the honey. HLSGDC students will work with PaP to set up infrastructure so that beekeeping farmers can sell their honey locally.

Analysis of WASH Policies towards Mexico and Middle Income Countries in Latin America

HLSGDC students will write a policy memo analyzing international development and aid policies about water and sanitation towards Mexico.

Green Guardians: Fostering Understanding of Waste Management and Segregation Among Middle Schoolers in India

Waste segregation (trash, recycling, compost) is a relatively new concept in India, which historically has not done waste segregation, which makes it difficult to implement in communities. HLSGC will develop a curriculum for 6-8th graders that will educate them on waste management and foster a culture of being conscious about waste and waste systems in children in order to increase community participation.

Gaining Independence on the International Stage: A Guidebook for the Autonomous Bougainville Government

A non-binding referendum in Papua New Guinea has granted independence to the Autonomous Region of Bougainville; yet stakeholders are unclear what is needed to become an internationally recognized independent country. HLSGDC will draw on recent experiences and international law to develop a guidebook on what needs to be done both internally and on the international stage to become a recognized independent country.

Learning for Global Development: A Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Framework

HLSGDC will develop a comprehensive MEL framework that GDC students can use for ongoing strategy monitoring, program evaluation and learning.

Project 1

The Partner: The Hijabi Mentorship Program, Kenya

The Project: HLSGDC reviewed and edited THMP’s internal policies and created suggestions for them to both improve and become more competitive for grant and funding opportunities.

Project 2

The Partner: The High Atlas Foundation, Morocco

The Project: After reading through HAF data, HLSGDC students developed themes and coded a large collection of oral history data. Students created a dashboard to visualize and organize the materials.

Project 3

The Partner: People’s Radio Myanmar 

The Project: HLSGDC conducted research and interviewed with Burmese development workers in order to create short podcasts that will raise awareness to the democracy activism and development work taking place in Myanmar by Yone-Htwat-Soh-Mon.

Project 1

The Partner: The Hijabi Mentorship Project, Kenya

The Project: HLSGDC conducted a landscape review of global funding opportunities available to the client and created a guidebook to support their fundraising initiatives

Project 2

The Partner: Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, El Paso, Texas

The Project: HLSGDC conducted country condition research to support the detained deportation defense team who provide legal services to indigent asylum seekers.

Project 3

The Partner: Education Organization in Mexico

The Project: HLSGDC worked with the organization to identify their impact and visualize it in the form of an internal dashboard.

The partner: Reclaim Childhood, a sport for development organization based in Jordan, which works to empower women and girls through sport.

The project: HLSGDC conducting a monitoring and evaluation audit by organizing and analyzing 5 years of data and reports. Based on this analysis, HLSGDC provided recommendations for how to organize their data and how to improve its monitoring and evaluation practices.


  • Co-chairs: Gillian Zeuli and Emma Dabelko 
  • Recruitment Chair: Skyla Hernandez 
  • Project Managers: Morgan Short, Annabel Prokopy, Mohamed Izadine, and Peter Wang 
  • Orientation/Events Coordinator: Isabel Hastings and Malena Fisk 
  • Partnership Coordinator: Mahi Patel 
  • Communications: Gillian Zeuli and Emma Dabelko
  • Faculty Advisory: Elisheva Cohen

Interested? Apply today!

HLSGDC is open to undergraduate and graduate students across IU. Applications for the Spring 2024 are due on January 12, 2024. Those selected are expected to participate in a mandatory orientation on January 28th.

Still have questions?

Contact Morgan Short, Recruitment Officer, mokshort@iu.edu or Dr. Elisheva Cohen, Faculty Advisor, ellcohen@iu.edu.