I am currently studying an MSc in International Development at the University of Bristol and am due to graduate in October 2013. I have a strong interest in supporting economic and social reform, health development and delivering improvements to environment and infrastructure; that is why I decided to do my dissertation on the French Development Assistance: Towards Better Governance and Development? While a university education in ID will enhance my understanding and knowledge, it is only the beginning of learning how to positively affect development. I want to support advocacy efforts and promote sustainable and innovative solutions. For instance, I want to see the improvement of the access to health treatment and prevention projects by empowering them through community education. My academic and extra-curricular experiences have convinced me to pursue a career working within IOs or consultancy agencies, particularly in the area of international development cooperation. I plan to gain experience in the project management field in Africa in 2016. My future career goals are to work in either the diplomatic service or an international organisation, in a role which will provide me with a broad range of skills and experiences needed for this complex field. I am looking forward to leading teams and to meeting political challenges. I hope my career will have me work in many places around the world, on meaningful projects. The skills that I wish to further develop in this new vocation are: management, leadership, negotiation and diplomacy. I learned that if I want to affect the world of development, I will have to work hard to achieve even the slightest results. From these results I may then come to learn what is effective in different development contexts.