This is the first of two blog posts about my experience working in Acumen Fund's East Africa office. ~Nena Sanderson
I have admired Acumen Fund for years, since I first readThe Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz, GSB '91 and Acumen's founder and CEO. I have also been dying to return to East Africa after working in Rwanda before business school. When I got the chance to join Acumen as an intern in Nairobi, I couldn't have been more excited.
This summer I am working with the Natural Capital Project (NatCap), a nonprofit, joint venture between The Nature Conservancy (TNC), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment, and University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment. NatCap works with partners across the world to integrate scientific, economic, and social understanding of natural assets -- forests, watersheds, fisheries, etc. -- into real land-use, water, and investment decisions.
Samasource connects people in poverty to work via the internet. (See my previous post for more details!) They partner with computer ICT delivery centers that are already in operation, which provide the day-to-day management of Samasource workers. During this summer, I have been working on updating the terms under which Samasource establishes these partnerships. And this week I flew to Nairobi to wrap up my project with conversations with each delivery center in Kenya.
Summer flies incredibly fast, especially when you are really enjoying it. My summer internship at Ignia (Impact Investing Venture Capital in Mexico) proved to be a great experience both personally and professionally.
First, I would like to share a few personal and general takeaways from working in both Impact Investing and Venture Capital in Mexico.
For those of you who did not read my previous blog post, I recommend it because of the context it provides. Read it here: http://csi.gsb.stanford.edu/promoting-citizenship-in-monterrey-mexico
I cannot imagine a more exciting time to be in healthcare. With the Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act this past June, the healthcare world has been fundamentally transformed – and hopefully for the better.
This is my second blog entry as I near the end of my ten weeks at Lighthouse Community Charter School in Oakland. I am musing on the two topics of how schools are funded in California and what role one can play in education reform without a teaching background.
This will be the first of two blog posts about my summer at the Treasury. This first entry will give you a flavor about the office in which I spent my summer. In the next post, I will provide you with more salient details about my life working in this institution.
Impact investing offers an alluring vision of an industry in which intelligent investment decisions will yield not only profits, but also significant social and environmental benefits. Although I love the attention that impact investing has drawn to the social sector, I have often wondered to what extent it can deliver on this promise. After all, who doesn't want to make the world a better place and earn a decent salary doing it? If it were so easy, wouldn't someone have figured it out before now? What sorts of trade-offs are inevitable in such work?