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.
Arcadia Weidenfeld Scholar Poojan Shrestha (MSc International Health and Tropical Medicine) originally planned on doing his pro bono project at a school where he hoped to launch a health education class with some of his medical colleagues. Instead, he found himself leading an investigation on the front line of an infectious outbreak, working to protect villagers in rural Nepal.
Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld Scholar Birendra Rana (MSc Water Science, Policy and Management) received a Max Weidenfeld travel grant to conduct research for his thesis in Nepal. In this blog post, he shares the results of this research