International Women's Day- Women & Community Water Projects by Josie Sam

To view a recording of Josie Sam's presentation (recorded during the Cross-Cultural Psychology class 3/17/10 click on the following URL
To access the recording, when the login screen opens click on the GUEST button, enter an email address and name, then click on "Play." Click on "Open" in the dialog box that appears. Your computer might have to down load some java files in order to play the Elluminate Live recording of the event. (If you are on a slow dial-up connection the recording might take some time to load).

Josie Sam presented her emerging research “How Does Improved Access To Clean Water Impact Rural Communities? Measuring and Evaluating the Impact of Water Projects in the Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam District of Central Region, Ghana” for our UAF International Women’s Day event Friday, March 5th, 2010. Josie Sam is from Ghana, West Africa. She completed a Bachelor’s degree at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana with a double major in English and History. She has worked with organizations dealing with women and children’s rights, microfinance and rural development, and is currently working on a Masters degree in Natural Resource Management at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, with a focus on rural development and gender issues.

Josie's Master’s thesis will examine how improved access to clean water impacts the lives of rural Ghanaians in terms of health, education, women’s empowerment, and community participation in development projects and governance. She is interested in studying the potential for gender-sensitive development interventions to change gender and social disparities. The objective is to ensure equitable access to, and control over, resources, benefits, costs, and decision-making between men and women.
Josie Sam and some of her adoring audience from the Rural Sociology class.


  1. I'm really looking forward to this particular talk. Water is said to be soon be "blue gold". The focus on women and communities will be fascinating. Thanks for organizing this event.

  2. So so proud of you and I wish I could be present! I will be in class at the time and so I look forward to seeing a recording of your talk. Good luck and you'll do great!-Charisha Arnold

  3. Thank you Josie for the great presentation; very enlightening. We take so much for granted. Good job!
    Office of Multicultural

  4. Keep it up. The presentation was awesome. Good Job Josie!

    Juliet. Women Center