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Stephen Morrison, ’18 Reports on His Design Impact Group Fellowship

Awarded the Design Impact Group (DIG) Fellowship, student Stephen Morrison is spending the summer on a 6-country, multi-region, mixed-methods research project, researching the motivations and psychometrics that underlie the financial lives and behaviors of people in developing countries. The goal, to produce a globally applicable segmentation framework that guides and inspires investment in new tools and services that impoverished communities will use, to improve their lives and better achieve their goals.

Last month Stephen was in East Africa interviewing farmers, seamstresses, shop owners and other daily wage workers making anywhere from $1-20 per day. He is currently researching in Myanmar, Southeast Asia, working to generate a more globally-applicable understanding of the financial lives of rural communities.

“Doing this kind of work is exactly why I came to DSI,” Stephen says. “And I was so well-prepared there to jump in now as a full team-member on an ambitious project at a leading global development design consultancy.”

We are excited to hear more from Stephen in the coming month.

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