Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Charles Rudolf Kpiosa

Charles Rudolf Kpiosa BII

Charles Rudolf Kpiosa BII

Masters Student in International Development and Governance (MIDG), Tsinghua University

In 1983, one year before I was born, my country slipped into 22 years of civil war. This forced my family into exile in 1990 and ended in secession in 2011. I grew up in exile (Central African Republic, MBOKI – a refugee camp) where I received basic education. Education in the refugee camp was not easily accessible; thanks to the Catholic Church, I went to Uganda for high school and to Khartoum for a diploma course in philosophy. Thereafter, I struggled to fund my undergraduate degree in Development Studies at Nkumba University in ENTEBBE, Uganda.

Throughout my life I have experienced happy as well as depressed moments. I would say I was most disheartened by the human suffering in South Sudan. Therefore, the only thing I thought would help prevent human suffering, the images of which remain imprinted in my mind, was to attain more knowledge to bring about transformation. My experience in life has remained a light for my path toward realizing meaningful change towards structural and functional policy that can foster sustainable peace and meaningful development.

During my undergraduate coursework, I worked for Harvard Humanitarian Initiative as a Research Assistant in the Western Equatoraia State of South Sudan. After my graduation in 2014, I worked for GLOBAL AIM as Child Protection Officer. Thereafter, I was employed by Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH) to work as Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer in JUBA, South Sudan for two years (2015 – 2017). I am one of the BIARI 2017 alumni of the Humanitarian Response and Post-Conflict Reconstruction Institute. All these positions were under humanitarian programs responding to emergency situations in South Sudan. Currently, I am at Tsinghua University working on a two-year Masters in International Development and Governance (MIDG).