As a Louis Dreyfus Scholar, I was offered a chance to visit one the projects supported by the Foundation. Choosing one was a difficult task, as the Louis Dreyfus Foundation’s footprint in supporting local communities was spread far and wide on the World Map- from my native province in India to South America, from Mongolia in Asia to many countries in Africa. I finally zeroed in on the Biogas project in Rwanda only to realise that I could also visit the project’s Head Quarters (HQ) in Kenya. So I clubbed my visit to both countries in my week-long sojourn to East Africa.
From May 26th – May 28th, Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholar Abhijay Negi attended the 2017 Global Scholars Symposium in Cambridge. The Global Scholars Symposium (GSS) is an annual four-day event that seeks to connect, inspire, and challenge postgraduate students in the UK. Founded in 2008, GSS brings together some of the world’s most accomplished and promising scholars to connect with remarkable global leaders in a focused setting. He shares his experiences below.
On Tuesday 20th February 2017 two WHT scholars, Onthatile Serehete and Claire Keene, both medical doctors and MSc International Health and Tropical Medicine students had the rare opportunity to present to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria & NTDs at the Houses of Parliament.
After our exciting Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust Trump Inaugural Debate, we bring you an account of the evening by WHT Scholar, and the debate’s moderator, Atherton Mutombwera. If you would like to catch up on the evening’s events, a video of the debate can be found here and a video of the Q&A session here.
Thanks to the generosity of the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust and the Max Weidenfeld Travel Grant, I had the unique opportunity to visit Myanmar for a week, where I led a team of undergraduate and graduate students from Oxford as part of the Oxford Microfinance Initiative (OMI).
Last week I had the pleasure of attending a conference at the Ditchley Foundation centered on the question- “Will we still have one global internet in 2025?” The conference dealt with a myriad of topics ranging from the governance of the internet to the impact the Internet of Things will have on parliamentary politics. Over the next few weeks I will address several of these issues beginning with the term “digital disappointment”.
My Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust pro-bono project took place on April 12, 2012 at the Kiserian Children’s Centre located on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. The project was focused on providing high school students with the knowledge and skills needed to further their education.
In recognition of his work with Dehradun-based social activist network, Making a Difference by Being the Difference (MAD), Louis Dreyfus WHT Scholar Abhijay Negi was invited to the Houses of Parliament to meet with British politicians of Indian origin to discuss their contributions to society. He shares his experiences below.
As a Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann scholar, I had the unique opportunity to visit Mukteshwar, a small town nestled in the hills of Uttarakhand, in Northern India. This, along with the surrounding villages, is the site for a collaboration between the Louis Dreyfus Foundation (LDF) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). The project aims to bring together the twin aims of sustainable agriculture and food security by reviving traditional food crops which had be jettisoned for cash crops. The region has its own specific difficulties, by virtue of harsh geographical terrain and extreme weather conditions. In an area where all productivity comes to a standstill during the 4 months of winter, securing food supply and providing means of economic sustainability are the prime motives. A testament to the various difficulties faced by the farming community in India as well as the rest of the developing world, Mukteshwar presents a set of opportunities as well as challenges.