Claire McMahon

Claire McMahon

Claire is finishing her MSc in International Development at the University of Edinburgh and previously obtained bachelor's degrees in anthropology and international policy from Pacific University in Oregon. Currently, she is based in Nepal where she is doing a study on women's workloads and the gendered division of labor in the context of community forestry. She has previously completed research in Trinidad and Tobago regarding indigenous experiences and discrimination. She has particular interests in gender and social inclusion, development policy, aid structures, and seeks to understand the nuances around critical development issues. You can connect with Claire on linkedin here: www.linkedin.com/in/clairemcmahon94
    • How you can help children without volunteering in an orphanage

      Recently, Words in the Bucket (WIB) published an opinion piece, titled, “to stop the institutionalization of children, stop volunteering in orphanages.” This piece argued that the increase of foreigners wanting to volunteer with children in developing countries has led to an increase in orphanages and, subsequently, the number of...
    • To stop the institutionalization of children, stop volunteering in orphanages

      A church in the Midwestern U.S. raises money for some of its members to travel to Uganda and volunteer with the orphanage they partner with. They show photos of church members with the children and the community lauds them for their good work. The church has raised over $200,000...
    • “Fighting is a way of life”

      Tribal fighting in Papua New Guinea (PNG), where loyalty to tribe trumps loyalty to country, and an attack on one is viewed as an attack on all, is certainly not new. While PNG has not kept official records of deaths as a result of tribal conflict, conflict is regularly...
    • Young mother with children at Nyamebekyere clinic in Ghana. Source: Flickr

      The importance of family planning

      If you are a woman of reproductive age, there is a 64 percent chance that you use some form of contraception. In Europe, this figure is 80 percent, while in the United States, latest statistics reveal that there is approximately a 62 percent chance you are using contraception. While...
    • Nepal’s forest women on the periphery

      Sabitra wakes up with the sun at 5 am. Her husband, children and in-laws sleep. She heads outside to start her chores for the day, feeding the goats, chickens, and tending to the maize which is beginning to grow tall outside of the small one-bedroom house the family shares....