Seminar Dates: June 8–28, 2014
Application Deadline: April 1, 2014
Contact: Dr. Carter Crockett
ISE291: Developing Enterprises in Rwanda
This seminar provides students with an experiential introduction to the needs of a poor developing country and the diverse array of emerging models for addressing those needs. Class sessions will be dedicated to the complex social issues and emerging solutions found in the nascent field of social enterprise and development (non-profit, government and business) to alleviate poverty. Students will then have the chance to put their knowledge and compassion to use through service (similar to an intense, 3-day internship), while working indirectly and directly for the benefit of Rwandan development.
Why Rwanda? Rwanda represents an ideal location for development experts and experiments to engage. Because it is small, relatively poor, landlocked and relatively free of natural resources, it represents an attractive place to begin to test development impact. Many development experts over the last ten years have shown remarkable progress in such a context, and many have used Rwanda as an accessible “testing ground” for proving concepts that are worth adapting and expanding in other developing countries. In Africa, there is perhaps no more accessible and hopeful place to study the effects of development efforts from business, government, non-profit and missionary sending organizations.
Carter Crockett, first visited Rwanda in March of 2009, and moved there to live with his family from June, 2009 to July, 2013. During this time, he co-founded a social enterprise known as Karisimbi Business Partners, a management consulting firm that has served every sector of the economy and many of the primarily government agencies and leaders over the past four years. While living and working in Kigali, Rwanda, Dr. Crockett developed respect and familiarity among a broad cross-section of like-minded social entrepreneurs in this small, rapidly developing country.
CURRICULUM: ISE291: Developing Enterprises in Rwanda
This seminar in developing enterprises will:
In addition to visits to organizations, service projects and a short 'internship', students will be responsible for readings, essays & journals, class presentations and participation.
On campus: 4 preparatory class meetings; assigned readings & discussion.
On the ground:
Registration for international seminars is handled by the GEO. After accepted students have paid their deposit to the GEO, the GEO register seminar participants.
GLOBAL UNDERSTANDING CORE CREDIT
Students wishing to fulfill Global Understanding core through participation in the Rwanda Seminar must:
The seminar will meet with individuals and organizations that work in various areas of development throughout the country. Click below for a map of where the seminar will go. Examples of organizations the seminar will visit/hear from include:
|Health Care||Rwanda Ventures||Partners in Health|
|Farming||TechnoServe||One Acre Fund|
|Micro-Enterprise||Hope International||Urwego Opportunity Bank|
|Public Policy||Laterite Consulting||Ministry of Commerce & Industry|
|Legal Structures||International Justice Mission||Ministry of Justice|
|Accounting & Investing||Acacia Accounting Services||Fusion Capital|
|Business Management||Karisimbi Business Partners||Asili Natural Oils|
Map of Seminar (PDF)
Total program cost including non-refundable deposit is approximately $5,300. This covers:
A $30 non-refundable application fee must accompany the application. A $450 non-refundable program deposit (which counts against tuition) will be due with the application by April 1. The remainder will be billed to student accounts. full details available from Student Financial Services
Students are responsible for obtaining their passports well in advance of the seminar. (Passport numbers required for travel reservations in APRIL)
Students are also responsible for securing any needed immunizations. Go to the CDC website for Rwanda.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 1, 2014
Please note, applications will be considered for acceptance in the order received. Applicants should: