Men in blue shirts and brown pants dance on dirt.

Bridging the Skills Gap in Rwanda

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.

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Using Public Health to Investigate Violence in the Niger Delta

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.

Children play soccer in the street.

Where Does Data Come From?

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.

People pose for a group photo in front of a tree.

My Time in Bangkok

Before coming to Bangkok, I learned in GHD of ASEAN’s immense growth potential despite varying economic profiles. ASEAN states are emerging as frontier markets built to the rhythm of industry, commerce, and tourism. Strong income growth is propelling households into the consuming class, where shoppers are developing a preference for fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) packaged in single-use plastics later discarded in waterways or leaked out of garbage trucks enroute to landfills.

Group poses for photo dressed in red aprons.

Sustainability Driven by the Private Sector

I am spending my summer working with the Public Affairs and Communication East Africa team to help research, develop and launch a PET recycling initiative for Kenya. Coming in with limited technical knowledge of recycling, I quickly immersed myself in research on the PET landscape and recycling initiatives in Kenya and sub-Saharan Africa.

Four women sit in chairs laughing while other woman, standing, looks over their shoulders.

Campo, Communities, and Collaboration

This summer I am working for Global Communities’ ANDA program, based in Montería, Colombia. ANDA, which in Spanish means ‘to go forward’, is a five-year program that was initiated in 2013 with the aim of reducing poverty and improving the quality of life for vulnerable populations and victims of forced displacement in 43 communities of the Department of Cordoba.

Three people pose for a photo in an outdoor market.

To Expect the Unexpected

Only two more weeks left in beautiful Rwanda. In a surprising turn of events, the bulk of my work starts now. I met with my supervisor to discuss the new and adjusted work plan. Might be ambitious at this stage, I was thinking. He smiled reading my expression and raised both eyebrows in affirmation as Rwandans do.  “You can get it done.” He paused then added: “with many liters of coffee!”


Student group visiting GlobalGiving

GSED Fellows Visit GlobalGiving

On November 10, the Global Social Enterprise and Development Fellows visited the GlobalGiving offices to meet with President and Co-Founder Mari Kuraishi. Mari spoke about the history of GlobalGiving and its unique business model as a crowdfunding platform. Students were able to gain insight on the complexities of starting a social enterprise and the day-to-day operations of the organization.