Marta Schaaf (Bosnia & Herzegovina)

Marta Schaaf

Marta Schaaf (BOSFAM); Marta graduated from Smith College in 1999, where she studied European History. She spent her junior year in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2000 Marta volunteered for Balkans Sunflowers, a grassroots NGO in Macedonia, and was assigned to work with Roma refugees from Kosovo. She taught English and computers and coordinated Sunflower’s activities with other INGOs. She also assisted the local Macedonian Helsinki Committee and other local agencies with grant-writing and English language publicity. She remained on the board of Balkan Sunflowers, coordinating US-based grant writing. Marta next took a job in New York with Doctors of the World (Medecins du Monde). After a year, she moved to Kosovo, where she directed public health projects. Some dealt exclusively with public health (such as TB control), while others involved working with civil society. Marta helped to set up a health clinic for Roma, and worked to develop the capacity of local disability advocacy agencies. At the time of her fellowship, Marta was studying at Columbia University, with a focus on southeastern Europe, human rights, and political development. Marta wrote the following in a final assessment of her internship: “In general, I was very pleased with my summer, and I think AP offered a unique program. I think because the program is so attractive you would get quite a few qualified applicants. While I was often frustrated with Bosfam, I think this is part of the game when one works with a local NGO. I support Bosfam, and respect the work of the organization. It became almost immediately apparent to me that Bosfam’s first need was to improve its business practices and to begin to make the leap from a one-woman NGO to a small business (not that it will ever completely make this transition).”

18 Aug

My Last Day at Bosfam

On my last day at Bosfam, many of the members told me that it would

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Posted Aug 18, 2003

26 Jul

Military Intervention

I was raised to distrust the military. My parents were active anti-Vietnam protestors, and I

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Posted Jul 26, 2003

17 Jul

The 11th

“July 11th” carries a similar weight in Bosnia as “September 11th” carries in the United

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Posted Jul 17, 2003

12 Jul

Just One of the Women!

A few days ago, I was in the Bosfam office with just the weavers, as

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Posted Jul 12, 2003

07 Jul

A New Initiative for Bosnia

I am here in Bosnia to “build capacity.” Today, I tried to accomplish that by

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Posted Jul 07, 2003

02 Jul


Last Saturday, I went on a day-long vacation with a friend; we were just going

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Posted Jul 02, 2003

23 Jun

Coffee Breaks

My work in the upstairs office at Bosfam is occasionally interrupted by the regular banging

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Posted Jun 23, 2003

17 Jun

My Host: Beba Hadzic

In the 1970s, Beba Hadzic organized controversial women’s dinners in restaurants in her hometown of

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Posted Jun 17, 2003

12 Jun

First impressions

I have worked in other post-conflict situations, but am struck by how omnipresent the ghosts

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Posted Jun 12, 2003





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