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Duncan McNicholl

Duncan McNicholl (BASc) is a PhD candidate with support from the Cambridge Trust. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, he has nearly five years of experience working in Africa, where he was previously Program Manager for the Water and Sanitation Program of Engineers Without Borders Canada in Malawi.


Focusing on rural water supply in Africa, Asia, and South America, his research explores the combined influences that multiple stakeholders have on helping stakeholders managing service delivery to improve performance. A summary of the initial research concept is available here, and preliminary findings from Ghana and Malawi can be found here and here respectively.


His current fieldwork includes further research in India, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, and Bolivia, and is expected to conclude in 2017.


Duncan is also editor of the book Volunteer Voicesa guide for the critically minded volunteer and early career development worker. It is designed to help aspiring young change-makers engage with the complicated environment of international volunteering from a hands-on perspective that can help them to benefit and contribute as much as possible from the experience. By sharing stories, mistakes, and learning this book guides readers to reflect on their own work and how their own practice might improve




Duncan McNicholl