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Providing and Advocating for Marginalized Citizens’ Rights in Kazakhstan by Elmira Askerova (F’19)

by tuftsigl
Providing and Advocating for Marginalized Citizens’ Rights in Kazakhstan by Elmira Askerova (F’19) Aug 10

This summer, I had a chance to work with a newly established social enterprise whose main goal is to create job opportunities for marginalized citizens – the disabled, single mothers and orphans – in Astana, Kazakhstan.

This start up project was founded by young professionals who, while being educated in western universities, were impressed by how well social issues were addressed and managed in developed countries. Upon graduation, they returned to Kazakhstan to contribute to the country’s development. They faced many challenges and obstacles working in a post-Soviet legacy country, where social entrepreneurship is a new trend.

One of my tasks was to connect with international donors such as UNDP, World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Asian Development Bank, various foreign embassies, and local NGOs to see how they could support the development of this social enterprise in Central Asia.

Jul 27

Empowering Those Who Deliver Hope: Community Health Work in Kenya by Olivia Ng (A’20)

by tuftsigl

“Community health workers deliver hope and health door to door, day in and day out; they are my heroes. It is our job to support them as they break that stubborn link between being poor and having poor health.”
-Josh Nesbit, CEO, Co-Founder, Medic Mobile

Jul 15

For the Children, by the Children: Improving Early Childhood Development Programs by Gauri Khanduja (F’19)

by tuftsigl

I am spending the summer in Kigali, Rwanda, interning with Search for Common Ground (Search), an international non-profit that works in conflict transformation in about 36 countries.

Jul 02

The Impact Investing Landscape in Italy by Alice Ursini (F'19)

by heatherbarry

Soon after arriving in Italy for my summer internship, a populist government came to power. Two deeply different parties, the Five Star Movement and the League, won the majority in the recent election and, defying all expectations, formed a coalition to rule the country.

Jun 22

Understanding First-Hand How Everyday People Use Innovative Ideas and Techniques To Tackle the Issues of our Times by Grishma Rimal (F'19)

by tuftsigl

It takes approximately 140 seconds to get from the bottom to the top of the escalators at the Rosslyn Metro Station. Every morning, I take those escalators on my way to work.

Mar 13

IGL Student speaks on her research and experiences in Ghana by Jhanel Chew

by tuftsigl

When I left the United States, it was 27 degrees outside. There were piles of snow everywhere and I was freezing in my big winter coat and snow boots. By the time I finally got off the plane, the sun had set and the temperature in Ghana had cooled significantly to a low 80 degrees.

Nov 09

Empower Presentations by Sean Silbert

by tuftsigl

Each year, the Institute for Global Leadership sponsors a group of motivated Tufts University students to pursue social entrepreneurship projects that have a real-world impact.

Oct 28

Media Role in Connecting and Uplifting Communities by Nemmani Sreedhar

by tuftsigl

It’s been over a month since I wrapped up my summer project, but the learnings from this summer are still seeping in. What do we do when we face issues for which we do not have any easy or quick solutions?

Oct 24

Creating a line of socially conscious footwear with Peter Sacco by Sean Silbert

by tuftsigl

Peter Sacco, a second-year student at the Fletcher School, is a 2016 Empower Fellowship recipient. He used his fellowship to travel to Guatemala and work with local craftsmen to begin a socially conscious line of luxury footwear. Check it out at www.adelanteshoes.com. Adelante Shoe Co.

Aug 24

Randomized Controlled Trials in a Developing Country Context by Ananda Paez

by tuftsigl

Conducting a Key Informant Interview (KII) on the outskirts of Makeni town, Bombali province, Sierra Leone

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