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Njabini Incorporated's newest project: Wakulima Pamoja (Farmers Together)

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Michael Behan, a senior in his last semes­ter at North­east­ern Uni­ver­sity pur­su­ing a busi­ness major with a dual con­cen­tra­tion in Social Entre­pre­neur­ship and Finance, was run­ning in a small ultra marathon race. In order to get there he needed to drive about fif­teen hours, the last six of which were on tri­als through the desert. …
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Blanketing Unemployment in South African Townships

In July of 2012, 40 stu­dents from the Social Enter­prise Insti­tute (SEI) trav­eled to Cape Town, South Africa, to con­sult with local micro-entrepreneurs and social enter­prises under the tute­lage of Pro­fes­sors Den­nis Shaugh­nessy and Gor­don Adomdza of the Entre­pre­neur­ship & Inno­va­tion Group at North­east­ern Uni­ver­sity. SEI hosts inter­dis­ci­pli­nary North­east­ern stu­dents in Cape Town for their …
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Breaking into the field of international development: Michaela D'Amico's time with URCSF

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Break­ing into the field of inter­na­tional devel­op­ment work is dis­tinctly chal­leng­ing for recent col­lege grad­u­ates. But with the right com­bi­na­tion of honed skills, dis­tinct pas­sion, and good tim­ing, some have secured these much-sought oppor­tu­ni­ties. Michaela D’Amico, a 2010 grad­u­ate of North­east­ern, is one of those tal­ented peo­ple. Michaela recently returned from Uganda, where she was work­ing …
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Interview with Cebisa Mahlukwana, a 2008 South Africa Field Study Program student

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I recently had the oppor­tu­nity to inter­view Cebisa Mahluk­wana, a mem­ber of the 2008 South Africa Field Study Pro­gram. At the con­clu­sion of the pro­gram, Cebisa was awarded a schol­ar­ship to attend North­east­ern Uni­ver­sity to ful­fill his MBA, which he will begin in the fall. Upon doing addi­tional research on the TSiBA grad­u­ate, I dis­cov­ered …
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Net Impact Spring 2012 Semester

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This semes­ter, the under­grad­u­ate chap­ter of Net Impact worked to pro­vide inter­ac­tive and socially minded ini­tia­tives for its mem­bers and the North­east­ern com­mu­nity. Two of the most impact­ful and inter­ac­tive ini­tia­tives stem from Grameen Amer­ica which prompted stu­dents to under­take two inter­est­ing sim­u­la­tions of poverty: the $27 chal­lenge and the Live on $5 a day …
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Citizen Schools – Take Back the Kitchen

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10 vol­un­teers from the Social Enter­prise Insti­tute have been involved in an excit­ing vol­un­teer­ing pro­gram through Cit­i­zen Schools, in part­ner­ship with Haley House in Dud­ley Sqaure. Cit­i­zen Schools is a national not-for-profit orga­ni­za­tion aim­ing to improve inner city edu­ca­tion by extend­ing the school day through the use of “appren­tice­ships”.  Appren­tice­ships are taught once a week by “Cit­i­zen …
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