LASER PULSE Blog

Contextualizing Deliverables: Policy Briefs

When working through your LASER PULSE project you’ll be working as a team to communicate your research to others and there are many different mediums (deliverables) through which to communicate your findings. A common type of deliverable is the policy brief. Generally, a policy brief is a 2 to 4 page document that advocates for...

Hongkham Xayavong (Lao TPHI) presenting her team’s poster on the nutritional status of adolescent students in Lao PDR

Impacts of LASER PULSE capacity building project result in recognition and awards at a major academic conference in Laos

Cover photo: Hongkham Xayavong (Lao TPHI) presenting her team’s poster on the nutritional status of adolescent students in Lao PDR. The LASER PULSE Applied Nutrition Research Capacity Building (ANRCB) project, which recently entered its 5th year, has as a long-term objective the strengthening of research capacity among colleagues in the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic. This capacity...

Workshop in the Vieba Garment Ltd., Vietnam

Promoting Water Circulation in Small-Scale Enterprises in Vietnam

Vieba Garment Company, located in the My Hao district of Hung Yen province in Vietnam, is a private enterprise that imports raw wool and produces woolen textiles employing approximately 200 people. The enterprise has premises covering a total area of 33,480 m2, of which 8% is green tree area, the other 34% is covered by...

Kigali Group Photo

Skills Enhancement for Dairy Value Chain Actors to Increase the Quality and Safety of Milk in Rwanda

One of the objectives of the project “Impact of Traditional Practice on the Quality and Safety of Post-Production Handling in the Milk Value-Chain in Rwanda" is to develop an intervention mechanism to reduce postproduction losses in the Rwandan milk value chain. The project is currently being implemented in Rwanda by Alabama A&M University (AAMU) in...

Planning the Future for Out-Of-School Children; A Meeting to Plan for Education Efforts in Somalia

What should the future look like for out-of-school children and youth? Several USAID projects met in Nairobi in October 2023 to review progress on progress and look forward to future education interventions in Somalia. Over the past 5 years, AGES and BaB have implemented accelerated basic education (ABE) in Somalia, and LASER Pulse researchers have engaged...

Reflections From the Bar ama Baro Evaluation Dissemination Workshop

A recent workshop brought together Mogadishu-area educators and education experts to discuss the past, present, and future of an initiative bringing schooling to some of the most-needed groups in Somalia. The Bar ama Baro (BaB) project has provided accelerated basic education (ABE) for formerly out-of-school children and youth in Somalia in recent years. The Somali Research...

Participants during panel discussions.

Helping the Poultry Industry Keep Bangladesh Healthy, a Policy Co-creation Workshop in Dhaka

“Many poultry producers know how to handle chickens safely, and they have a good attitude towards safe poultry production, but in reality, they don’t do it. They use too many antibiotics and don’t remove sick chickens from the flock. There’s moral hazard here - farms overuse growth promoters and boost their profits, but the overall...

Womens's Focus Group Discussion

The State of Social Inclusion in Nepal: A Study of Time Allocation (SOSIN-SOTA)

Although Nepal has made consistent efforts to cultivate an inclusive society over the past decades, its prevailing traditional caste system, patriarchal norms, and religious practices continue to foster exclusionary practices against women and those belonging to lower castes and ethnic groups. Indigenous Peoples, Madheshi, Dalits, and Muslims experience discrimination based on stigmatization of cultural identity...

Leveraging and Enhancing the Voices of the Indigenous Peoples of Uganda and Combating Child Trafficking in Karamoja, Uganda

By Betty Bugusu, PhD., Technical Director, LASER PULSE, Purdue University, and Harriet Adong, Director of Communications and Knowledge Management, Makerere University - RAN On August 31, 2023, Makerere University, School of Public Health, ResilientAfrica Network (RAN), Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), Gulu University Constituent College (GUCC) in Moroto, and Purdue University brought together 89...