Category Archives: Spotlight Stories

Silicon Savanna, Solar Panels and M-Kopa

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by Dennis R. Shaughnessy  While many young people dream of a job in Silicon Valley working for a tech start-up upon graduation from college or business school, increasingly there are others who feel drawn to a different dream and a different kind of hub for start-ups. Nairobi, Kenya is now referred to by many as the “Silicon […]

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Millennium Development Goals: are we on target?

by Professor Sophie Bacq  The soon approaching deadline of 2015, by which all the world’s nations and leading development institutions agreed to meet eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), forces us to reflect on achievements and areas for improvement. In this vein, we must assess where we stand in terms of extreme poverty and hunger eradication, universal […]

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Learning From Failure: Tales from a Failed Aquaculture Enterprise in Senegal

Sara Minard

by Sara Minard, PhD. Starting a social enterprise in a low-income country is not hard. There are enough social problems out there to test potential solutions, definitely enough donors who are looking for projects to call their own, and many willing souls interested in serving the poor. The act of beginning a social enterprise, like many entrepreneurial […]

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Join us! Spring Break 2015 in the Dominican Republic

NU student Eesha Ramanujam at Project Esperanza, Dominican Republic in 2014.

Are you looking to have more impact during spring break? Join us in the Dominican Republic as we partner with Project Esperanza to live and serve a Haitian Community in Puerto Plata. Our program will focus in the areas of education, social aid, and community development. Our projects will include, but are not limited to: Educational activities (ex: Solar […]

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Notes from the Field: Threads of Peru

Juliana Huaman Quispe_Rumira Sondormayo

It’s 3:15 on a Saturday morning and I quietly close the door of my Cusco apartment behind me. By 3:50 I close the sliding door of an Ollantaytambo-bound combi, a cheap van heading almost 40 miles northwest to the heart of the Sacred Valley, to the same town that around a million Machu Picchu visitors […]

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The way we deal with conflict is a choice

Nelson Mandela

How can we tackle conflict in our daily lives, both at home and on a global scale? What causes conflict and can it be avoided? These questions are at the root of Citizen School’s newest after-school curriculum program, created to educate middle school students about dealing with conflict on a day-to-day basis.   The curriculum was […]

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