Read more at CASE Notes.
"This has been a year of ups and downs for the CASE team. Most notably, this year marked the passing of our founder and dear friend, Greg Dees. We are all still struggling to come to terms with his passing and miss him daily. However, we know that he is here in spirit, guiding what we do and, in his honor, we continue to drive CASE forward to provide leaders and organizations with the business skills needed to create lasting social change. In that spirit, we wanted to celebrate some of the accomplishments from the past year."
The Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) has done a great write up of CASE and SEAD accomplishments over the 2013-2014 school year. Through research, publications, academics, and events, we are proud to be a global leader in the study of social entrepreneurship!
Read more at CASE Notes.
Ending Extreme Poverty: USAID Launches Global Development Lab, Duke One of Eight University Partners
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On April 3rd, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah announced a new program to help lead the effort to end extreme poverty by 2030. The U.S. Global Development Lab will develop solutions to global problems using science and technology. The initiative brings together 31 Cornerstone Partners, including Walmart, DuPont, Coca-Cola, GlaxoSmithKline, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Duke University.
TIME writes, "Those partners are developing products that marry cost-effective strategies with science and technology, often creating simple strategies to tackle problems ranging from hunger to disease to literacy in the process. A group of Stanford University graduates are shopping a low-cost, environmentally friendly home lighting product that set out to reach 22 million people in Africa who currently rely on kerosene lamps to light their homes at night. USAID partners at Berkeley created a mobile application that can detect water borne diseases using an iPhone camera and parts built from a 3-D printer. And by working together, USAID hopes the solutions will reach a higher number of people at a faster pace.
'We see this as a transformation in how you do development,” said Lona Stoll of USAID. “By tapping into things that really make America what it is, which is our entrepreneurial spirit, our scientific expertise, and our real commitment to help people, you have a real ability to accelerate our impact.'"
The Duke Center for International Development, a part of the Sanford School of Public Policy, is pleased to welcome GiveDirectly co-founders Michael Faye and Paul Niehaus for their Rethinking Development Policy series talk on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Faye and Niehaus will discuss GiveDirectly’s vision of a world in which direct giving to the poor is both a significant share of overall giving and the benchmark donors use to evaluate giving to organizations. Studies have found that wealth transfers from GiveDirectly to poor communities in Kenya have had large, positive, sustainable impacts across a diverse set of outcomes, including assets, business and agricultural income, expenditures, food security and mental health.
We highly recommend checking out this talk on February 12th! It will be held in Sanford Hall room 201. For more information, please email Julia Vail.
The Pratt Pouch can prevent the transmission of HIV
A USAID development lab for scaling innovations in global health.