Microfinance vs. Biotechnology: Defining Success and Failure


By Dennis Shaughnessy  When I think of the gap between theory and field in microfinance, and in the definition of success or failure in alleviating poverty, the comparison that comes to mind is with new cancer drugs developed by biotechnology companies. Amgen vs. ACCION, Genentech vs. Grameen, if you will. I’ve been fortunate to study, work […]

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Blanketing Unemployment: Sam Manning and the SARCS

By Rachel Shaheen  After a team of nine SEI field study students engaged in business consultation with the South African Red Cross Society (SARCS) last summer, one student returned this year to transform what was simply a student proposal into a tangible, full-functioning program. Sam Manning, a rising junior and international affairs major, arrived in Cape […]

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Nico Rodriguez and Habib El Magrissy Turn Capstone Project into a Reality

By Nico Rodriguez DRIP (Dominican Republic Irrigation Project) started as a capstone project for Advanced Studies in Social Entrepreneurship during the spring of 2013. The initial vision for the project included the installation of a drip irrigation system to increase the yields of the crops being grown in Mata Los Indios, Dominican Republic—and ultimately the incomes […]

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2013 Dominican Republic Field Study Program Summary

  By Rebecca Willett Just a few weeks ago, 31 SEI students completed a month-long field study program in the Dominican Republic. This trip marked the fifth year of the Social Enterprise Institute’s Dominican Republic Field Study program, and we are excited to count this one as another great success, alongside our partner microfinance organization, Esperanza […]

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Alumnus Update: Q&A with Kristen Paonessa

 By Olivia Allen  Kristen Paonessa, a 2012 graduate of Northeastern and an alumnus of SEI recently completed her first year as a Teach for America — Houston corps member. Learn more about Kristen’s challenges, successes, and key takeaways from her first year as a 6th and 8th grade reading teacher in the Houston Independent School District below. […]

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SEI Congratulates the Huntington 100

President Aoun meets the Huntington 100, photo taken by Brooks Canaday (Northeastern)

President Aoun congratulated Northeastern’s Top 100 Seniors and Juniors after the Academic Convocation on Thursday, April 18th. SEI sends our congratulations to these outstanding students in recognition of their service and contribution to the NU community and beyond. The Huntington 100 is a prestigious honor awarded to students that have been nominated by faculty, staff, and peers.

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