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Harvard Africa Development Conference

Harvard Africa Development Conference


March 8-9

Harvard Law School


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The African student organizations of Harvard University are excited to have you attend this year’s Development Conference, entitled “Visible Change in Africa: One Innovation at a Time.” This year, the discussions will be centered on highlighting innovative practical projects and development programs that have been established in various African nations and the visible impact generated from such endeavors.


We are planning on a diverse range of panels: Economic Empowerment for Women Entrepreneurs, Opportunities for Fashion and Entertainment Law in Africa, Re-conceptualizing Education in Protracted Crises, Leveraging Existing Resources for Change in Public-Private Partnerships, China and Brazil in the African economy, and Building Sustainable Heath Systems to Move Beyond Disease Based Aid.

  • Sponsors
  • Harvard African Law Association
  • Harvard Kennedy School Africa Caucus
  • Partnership for Education in Africa
  • Harvard School of Public Health Africa Health Student Forum
  • Graduate School of Design African Association (Africa GSD)
  • Harvard African Student Association
  • Harvard Medical School Africa Health and Advocacy Group

SEID organizes D-Lab Technology Dissemination Program Fellowship Demo


Mobilize Up to Change the World!!

Our next mixer is Feb 15th 6:00 PM- @ MIT Stata Center, R&D Commons

Please join us again to mingle with like-minded people, find teammates and partners, and opportunities to use your skills and experience.

This mixer includes idea pitches and demonstration of D-lab Technology Dissemination Program.

SEID Helping Assured Labor

This past week, SEID members and collaborators Tiago Wright, MBA ’12, Rachel Chung, MBA ’12, Reka Horvath, MBA ’12; Kira Intrator, a Course 4 student; and Pallavi Chaube, significant other of Anand Dass, MBA ’12 were recognized for their contribution to Assured Labor.  The company “enables job seekers in emerging markets to find jobs using their cell phones”, as the article states.  The SEID team explored Assured Labor’s options for new country expansion.  David Reich, co-founder of Assured Labor, notes in the article (published on the MIT News site):

“The students presented their findings to David at the end of the fall semester. He commented, “Our SEID team was great. It was invigorating working with five highly driven people. Given the demands of the Core, I was impressed with the quality work they produced and their enthusiasm for our business. Our team will absolutely implement some of their ideas. The team’s work provided a great perspective on what we’re in for and how we should approach these new markets.”

The SEID team, adding value to Assured Labor and photos

The full article can be found here.

SEID partners with TechnoServe

Last Thursday, SEID kicked off the spring semester by co-hosting an event with TechnoServe at the Venture Café here in Cambridge.  The mixer brought together more than 50 students from schools across the Boston area including Tufts, the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School and Northeastern to connect over a shared interest in international development and social enterprise.  A number of former TechnoServe volunteers were on hand to share their experiences working with an organization that for more than 40 years has helped entrepreneurs in the developing world escape poverty through business creation.  You can find out more about volunteering with TechnoServe here.

The Venture Café, a hub for local entrepreneurs housed in the Cambridge Innovation Center, provideda perfect venue to discuss these themes.  Endeavour Partners, a CIC neighbor, sponsored the event.  We hope this will be the first among many opportunities for cross-campus collaboration over the coming year!

BCG on Global Health

What is consulting’s role in impacting global health issues? Recently, Wendy Woods, a partner at BCG and key thought leader in global health issues, shared how BCG is supporting the entire global health ecosystem including foundations, NGOs, and local government.

The challenge, we learned, is not just getting more money to critical health issues, but finding the best way to get the money to the people who need it most. She was joined by Kurt Knight, a Project Leader, who is helping the Gates Foundation make sure that every dollar they give out has the highest impact.

Entrepreneurship in the Middle East

Mohammad Jhaveri set up Hera Capital, a social investment fund aimed at reducing poverty, extremism, and expanding economic opportunity for the lower-middle classes in Muslim nations. Mohammad provided valuable advice for entrepreneurship in the Middle East, such as structuring the company, legal protection, funding environment, as well as overcoming barriers unique to the region.

Olde City’s founders, Ali Siam and Ena El-Hadidy, envisioned their startup to be engaged in grassroots change. Ali told the story of how they received a bottle of Palestinian olive oil as a wedding gift back in 2007 and created Olde City to spread the gift to the rest of the world. Despite being profitable in only 1 year, Ali presented some of the real challenges they were still facing. The event closed with a tasting of their delicious product

Social Impact Career Panel: Networking

SEID and Net Impact co-hosted a panel on practical ways that MBAs can network their way to social impact summer internships. Lindsay Stradley explained the need for flexibility and always keeping your options open — she was forced to find another internship at the last minute. David Auerbach gave practical advice on how to get the internship of your dreams by reaching out to high-level executives, and Shayna Harris shared the long and careful process she used to find contacts in the right organizations.

Cold-chain problems in India and Pakistan

Entrepreneurs Sam White and Sorin Grama of Promethean Power co-led a talk with Kishore Musale, chairman of Astarc Group, on the challenges of bringing milk from farmers in rural India to processing facilities. Promethean Power produces a solar-powered milk chiller designed to keep milk cool at the source, so it doesn’t spoil before reaching the processing center. This allows milk farmers to collect more money for their milk, as less of it spoils on the farm and in transit. Kishore Musale spoke of the need for such solutions, as he predicts a shortage of fresh milk in the coming years in India, which will drive prices far above what the locals can afford.

Advising Dr. Sarmah

Dr. Pradip Sarmah, CEO of Rickshaw Bank, visited MIT Sloan to give a talk on his successul social enterprise, and to solicit advice from SEID MBA students. Rickshaw Bank is an NGO that has served thousands of impoverished rickshaw drivers in India by selling them rickshaws on credit, allowing them to keep profits for themselves after they have paid off their loans. Dr. Sarmah sought strategic advice on the future of the organization, including organizational structure (non-profit vs. NGO) and how best to scale the business.