From the 17th to the 19th of November, Georgetown Social Enterprise and Innovation Fellows convened to take part in the Social Innovation Lab, a three-day intensive course where students were challenged to apply design thinking principles to real-world problems to create innovative solutions to some of the most pressing needs facing the world’s refugees today.
First-year Global Human Development graduate student Amina Mendez-Acosta was awarded 3rd place in the 2017 Peter Drucker Essay Challenge last week. Her candid essay on her childhood experiences that shaped her into the financial inclusion advocate she is today was selected in the Manager/Entrepreneur category out of a staggering 422 essays submitted from 79 countries.
Jesuit education has played a key role in Muzabel Welongo’s (GHD‘19) life, and ultimately helped bring him to Georgetown University as a graduate student in the Global Human Development program.
GHD Teams Up with Pinbox Solutions to host First Global Policy Roundtable on Digital Micropension Inclusion
On October 12, 2017, pinBox Solutions and the Global Human Development Program co-hosted the first global policy roundtable on digital microPension inclusion. This invitation-only roundtable was the first of a series of regional meetings aimed at jump-starting a global dialogue and collaborative action on digital pension inclusion and coverage expansion in developing countries.
Professor Jeremy Konyndyk reflects on President Trump’s handling of the Puerto Rico crisis in the Washington Post. Click here to read more.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia has conferred distinguished National Honors on Stephen D. Cashin (SFS ’79 and member of the SFS Board of Advisors) and Professor Steven Radelet (Donald F. McHenry Chair in Global Human Development, and Director of the Global Human Development Program).
At the time of writing this post, I have just completed a ten-week internship with Education Development Center (EDC) in Kigali, Rwanda focused on providing stable employment outcomes for Rwanda’s large young working-age population.
In the field of international development, practitioners are always eager to achieve large scale and sustainable impact at a reasonable cost. To achieve this impact, various strategies are forged; new ideas are tested, tested ideas are implemented, implemented ideas are monitored, and sometimes those monitored ideas are either shunned or enhanced for better results.
Already the world’s youngest region, Africa’s youth population is expected to double to 830 million by 2050 – a reality that poses both a risk and an opportunity for the continent. Harnessing the potential of young people is central to stimulating economic growth in the region, while failing to do so increases the risk of economic and political instability.
Could the same strategies that public health officials used to prevent outbreaks of diseases like the Ebola virus and HIV also contain spread of violence? This is a growing question for practitioners focused on conflict and violence, especially those who specialize in gang violence.
Global Human Development Professor Gary Newton has joined Whole Child International as a Senior Director for Policy. Gary will lead the development of a policy framework to guide their programmatic and geographic expansion.
This summer, I am in Côte d’Ivoire with the World Bank Gender Innovation Lab working on a randomized impact evaluation for the Sahel Women’s Economic Empowerment and Demographic Dividend (SWEDD) project. We are about to launch the baseline assessment in 280 villages in the northern part of the country.