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.
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.
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.
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!”
The Georgetown practicum is part of YouthActionNet’s larger efforts to partner with institutions of higher learning around the globe to integrate social change into the academic experience and career interests of students. The 2017 case studies feature research from GHD students Milan Kaur, Nikunj Beria, Molly Bernstein, Rushika Shekar, and Dalia Mehiar.
Based on what I found when applying to various schools, this is hands down the best and most focused international development program out there right now.
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.
“Ethics and Development: A Great, Big Gray Area of Questions, Dilemmas, and Uncertainties” by Marion Jehane Abboud, GHD ’17
“This weekend, the Global Human Development ’17 cohort escaped to Georgetown’s Calcagnini Contemplative Center for an Ethics and Development Retreat. The discussions and debates that took place were nothing short of inspirational.” Hear more of Marion Jehane Abboud’s thoughts on her Ethics Retreat experience.
These studies present findings from a collaboration between YouthActionNet and Georgetown University’s Global Human Development Program under YouthActionNet’s University Connect initiative. Each study paired a social entrepreneur with a Global Social Enterprise and Development Fellow to analyze assets, methodologies, and opportunities.
Eight teams from across Georgetown’s campus were given the chance to compete for over $15,000 in the Startup Hoya Challenge with first place prizes of $5,000. Capaz and Social Impact Connection, two GSED fellow teams, were semi-finalists in the StartupHoya Challenge Social Innovation track.
“I found the Global Human Development Ethics Retreat the perfect opportunity to reflect on the larger questions that frequently become lost in the daily rush of action items, homework assignments, and career concerns.” Read more to hear Kyle’s thoughts on the GHD Ethics Retreat.
It’s the end of the school year and students are getting ready for the summer break. At the Counterpart International Office in Garoua, things are anything but slowing down. The summer months allow for the acceleration of teacher trainings, construction of warehouses and kitchens, delivery of commodities, and school gardening.