Name: Gashaye Melaku Tefera

Nationality: Ethiopian

Countries where you have worked or studied:
Ethiopia, USA and ADVANCES countries (UK, Denmark, Poland, Portugal, France)

Universities and qualifications before ADVANCES:

  • MSW, Addis Ababa University
  • BA in Sociology, University of Gondar
  • Previous professional experience/Fields of social work practice

Gashaye has vast experience in the non-profit sector in Ethiopia where he developed and managed various projects focusing on women empowerment, education, human rights, and reproductive health.  He also worked as a lecturer at Jimma and Ambo Universities. Besides his professional career, Gashaye is a songwriter.

Three things that you most value about the ADVANCES programme:

  1. Its balanced approach towards global-local practice
  2. Its timely courses and supportive professors
  3. The experience with diverse groups and countries

Message for other social workers thinking about applying for a place on ADVANCES:
If you aspire to be a global social worker who is also in touch with local realities and perspectives, ADVANCES is the right place to be.

Sample Project:

Personal Blog:


Topic of research project:
Towards Culturally Relevant Social Work Practice: Combating Gender Based Violence Among Refugees In Ethiopia


Where were you based for Semester 4?

Current position and place of work:

Atlas Corps Fellow at United Way Worldwide, Alexandria, Virginia, USA