The Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs annually sponsors 25 German-speaking young professionals and university graduates from all disciplines who are committed to improving the world of tomorrow. During the 12-month programme, Fellows work in two or three international organizations that are active worldwide – non-governmental or non-profit organizations, or business enterprises. The Fellows’ own practical questions serve as their project proposals and determine their workstations anywhere in the world. Seminars are also held on current issues in international cooperation, and to develop their leadership skills and key competencies.
During her fellowship year, Louisa works on innovative finance and investments in development cooperation and the potential to raise private funds alongside with public funds. She gained professional experience in development finance at the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) and an Indian micro-finance NGO. She spent one year in Togo and held positions at the German Bundestag and the research group ‘Global Food’. For her master’s thesis, she conducted research on the impact of certifications on smallholder farmers as an assistant, on success factors of Ugandan micro-enterprises with the GIGA Institute and furthermore worked independently on the savings behavior of Indian slum-dwellers. Louisa studied Economics (BA) and Development Economics (MA) in Göttingen and Pune