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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Women working in Africa

GSED Fellows Published in the Youth Action Net Case Study Series

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.

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“A Reflection on Purpose” by Kyle Goeckner-Wald, GHD ’17

“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.

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Ground Realities

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.