11:00 | Chicago (U.S.), Jun. 20.
Young Peruvian economist Cesar Jara has been named a University of Chicago 2019-2020 Obama Foundation
Scholar as part of a program
that seeks to support dynamic, collaborative, rising leaders from around the world in an innovative one-year academic and leadership experience.
He will receive a Master of Arts degree focused on International Development and Policy and will get hands-on skills training working alongside the Foundation team.
Jara, 33, serves as Advisor to the Housing, Construction, and Sanitation Ministry of Peru.
The 2019-2020 scholars program
covers accommodation, meals, tuition, and transportation fees.
After completing it, Obama Foundation Scholars will return to their communities and continue the important work they started in the program by implementing their own personalized action plan.
In 2017, Jara created and implemented PRESET
, a virtual platform that has improved the evaluation process of water and sanitation projects through digital technical assistance reaching 1,872 Peruvian municipalities and reducing evaluation time on projects from 24 to 5 months.
Now, Cesar is focused on the implementation of the First Strategy, which aims to increase the percentage of rural households in Peru that drink chlorinated water from 2.6% in 2018 to 41% in 2021.