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Working at the International Labour Organization (ILO), by Tasfia Zaman (F’20)

by tuftsigl
Working at the International Labour Organization (ILO), by Tasfia Zaman (F’20) Aug 19

When I think about my beloved childhood home of Dhaka, Bangladesh, I remember the busy streets, the smell of incense in the air, and my grandmother cooking while debating the ideals of feminism. Believe me, my grandmother and I have had some very enlightening conversations about navigating life as a woman. Not so surprisingly, we have a lot in common: she started her career as a single, independent doctor and I as a single, independent, policy analyst. Both of us are very proud of each other’s accomplishments.

Aug 07

Why is albania’s talent leaving the country? by Alfred Sogja (F’1G)

by tuftsigl

U.S. Ambassador Yuri Kim visits U.S. technology company Mozenda in their offices in Tirana, Albania. Photo taken by U.S. Embassy-Tirana.

Aug 03

Can Grassroots Initiatives Foster Innovation in Guinea-Bissau? by Marcia Almeida Mendes (F’20)

by tuftsigl

Can grassroots initiatives foster innovation in Guinea Bissau? This is a question I came up with last summer while spending time in Guinea-Bissau, a small nation in West Africa, for my capstone research and a consultancy project. This summer, I have been working with a grassroots organization based in the country to try and answer it.

Nov 12

The Current Status of Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Nutrition (WASH-N)in Ruhango, Rwandaby Magnifique Mukundwa (E’20)

by jtijssen

As part of my Empower fellowship, this summer I was able to visit companies and social enterprises doing work related to water, sanitation, hygiene, and nutrition (WASH-N) as well as both primary and secondary schools.

Nov 08

To the Waters Initiative by Magnifique Mukundwa (E’20)

by jtijssen

This summer, I was fortunate to go to Rwanda to conduct internal market research for To The Waters, a social enterprise that aims to use engineering, innovation, and entrepreneurship to promote access to water, sanitation, hygiene, and nutrition (WASH-N) in developing nations.

Sep 13

Stories from the Field by Geoffrey Tam (F’20)

by jtijssen

During my first stakeholder meeting with Kwangu Kwako, Ltd. (KKL), I had the opportunity to meet Milka Achieng, a charismatic young woman who has grown up in Kibera’s Gatwekera neighborhood. Kibera is referred by many as Africa’s largest slum with an estimated population of around 250,000 people.

Jul 23

Arriving in Dubai, Acclimating, and Beginning Work by Connor Doyle (A’21)

by tuftsigl

The 13-hour flight to Dubai consisted of me sleeping and conversing with the Bangladeshi woman sitting next to me; she was traveling with her daughter to see her family and parents back home. Two-thirds of the world’s population lives within an eight-hour flight from Dubai.

Jul 18

Public Works by Colin Steele (F’3G)

by tuftsigl

I have read that the urge to create begins as a tickle and turns into a bonfire. In this first report on the project I am calling Public Works, let me try to describe the idea that has been tickling me for the past few years and the beacon I am hoping to light.

Jul 12

Your Place, My Place: Investing in the Strength of Nairobi’s Informal Settlements by Geoffrey Tam (F’20)

by tuftsigl

Five major components define a slum household according to UN Habitat: lack of access to an improved water source, lack of access to improved sanitation facilities, lack of sufficient living area, lack of housing durability, and lack of security of tenure.

Jun 19

The Empowerment Seascape of the Mediterranean by Vanessa DiDomenico (F’21)

by tuftsigl

This summer, I am spending three weeks in Greece conducting research to help in the creation of a maritime-centered, youth non-profit. The goal of the non-profit is to raise awareness about the industry, while finding roles for youth and young professionals to become more involved and empowered.

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