It’s a new month and that means we have a new online intern tapping into his networks to change the world. Meet Daniel from Norway. Here’s what he had to say about why he’s fighting hunger – and why he’s hopeful our generation will be key to solving it.
1) What do you want to be when you "grow up"?
Owing to my heritage and experiences, my primary interests lie in African affairs, governance and the issues of poverty and deprivation. My volunteer work in southern Africa and my undergraduate studies in Development Studies at Oslo University have given me the opportunity to explore some of these issues in depth.
It is my hope that I'll be able to continue this path in my graduate studies and, when I "grow up" work internationally with these same issues. The enormous challenges -- but also great possibilities -- inherent in this field provide a tremendously challenging, but at the same time intensely inspiring field of work that it is my ambition to be able to dedicate my life to.
Never have the challenges raised by issues of poverty, hunger and underdevelopment been bigger. However, I believe that united, we can help fight the fight, reverse the trends and, if not save the world, at least make it a better place.
2) Why did you apply to be an online intern?
As a student, it can be difficult to find meaningful and "real" ways to make an impact. As soon as I came across the WFP Online Internship, I knew this was my chance! Here was an opportunity to help create awareness and spread the word to youth across the planet in ways in which they could get engaged in the fight against hunger - a fight that has never been more important.
Joining a team of people dedicated to perhaps the most important work in the world, bar none, seemed like an amazing opportunity. Being able to do "my part" sounded like an amazing and inspiring opportunity. I still can't believe I was selected, a humbling thought. But now that I'm here, I'm going to make the most of it!
3) How do you think students can use social media for social change?
The explosion in the use of social media among students has made this arena an exceptional way to get in touch with and engage students. Students, probably more than any other group, have in a very short time made social networks their primary communications tool. Social media provides a great opportunity to connect with other young people across the globe.
The power of social networks lies in the fact that they are not constrained by national borders, geographical distance or other separators, enabling youth to connect and share ideas and thoughts globally, in an instant, and on a scale never seen before. Students can team up on important issues on a truly global scale. We are the global social generation and the social networks are our turf!
4) Why are you interested in WFP and the work we do around the world?
First of all, I truly believe in the ideas of the United Nations and the power of a united humanity. I believe that some issues like hunger are too big and too important to be solved by any one nation alone, and that what is needed if we are to make true progress is to work together, motivated by our common humanity.
The work of the UN World Food Programme in fighting hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity is probably some of the most important work being done in the world today. As the world’s largest humanitarian organization focusing on hunger, the WFP is in a unique position to be able to actually make an impact.
The World Food Programme saves lives worldwide and fights the most important fight in the world - how could I not be interested??
5. What are your hopes for the future?
My hope is that we, as humans, learn to recognize the power inherent in our shared humanity and realize that the factors that separate us are nothing compared to those that unites us. I hope we learn to realize the power inherent in working together towards common goals instead of fighting over tiny differences. Lastly, I hope we see that the challenges of today are dwarfed by the possibilities of tomorrow.