The Entrepreneurship in Africa (EIA) course, AAAS 212 is designed for students who have a passion for development in Africa. The goal of the course is to inspire and equip potential (social) entrepreneurs with knowledge and skills necessary for driving economic and social development in Africa. Students will examine challenges and innovation in various spheres, dialogue on solutions and identify viable routes to leapfrog change on the continent. The course will expose students to the important role of leadership and how entrepreneurs can leverage their ideas to create policy-level change. The course is designed to run as a seminar course, featuring faculty from across and beyond Harvard. A distinctive feature of the AAAS 212 course is the sessions with successful entrepreneurs from Africa who will come in to share practical experience, interact with students and reinforce learning. Students will form teams to develop a project or business plan that address enterprise and development needs. The course is open for cross-registration to all Harvard graduate students, limited by capacity to college students.
This course is for students who are interested in gaining a better understanding of how social entrepreneurs can generate sustainable educational innovations. Over the course of the semester, participants will develop a viable education venture, preparing them to launch their own social enterprise to improve educational opportunity. The course will be taught at the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab) and will involve a series of activities and experiential workshops focused on the fundamentals of creating an educational enterprise. Readings, discussions, and related activities examine the contributions of social entrepreneurs to expanding educational opportunity. Students will engage in biweekly conversations with guest mentors, all of whom are education entrepreneurs working domestically or internationally. Weekly discussion sections will include workshops to build targeted skill sets.
The policy brief was written as a component of the Urbanization and International Development course offered Spring 2014. The paper addresses the need to better protect renters from the adverse impacts of rapid urbanization in the Global South. It responds to the fact that urban renters, despite the challenges they face, have long been overlooked by policy-makers and planners. The brief begins by unpacking the heterogeneity of renters as well as the nuanced and highly context-specific relationships that exist between diverse groups of renters and landlords. It then enumerates some of the primary challenges that renters face, including: weak contractual rights, perceptions of transience, substandard housing, frequent evictions, weak enforcement of protections, and limited mobilization. The brief aims to inform the ways in which policies can be tailored to better address the needs of this vulnerable group. The brief concludes with a series of guiding principles and organizational, procedural, legal, and physical strategies to protect and empower rentals in the Global South. Excerpts from the brief were included in the September 2014 edition of the International Union of Tenants’ quarterly magazine, the Global Tenant.
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The primary component of FIELD 2 is the Global Immersion, in which students work in small teams and are required to apply the tools of design thinking – customer observation, brainstorming, and prototyping – to develop new products and services for Global Partner companies located in emerging markets. The culmination of the module comes in the January Global Immersion, when students travel to each market and work over a period of eight days to complete their projects and present their conclusions to their Global Partner.
HBS FIELD Global Partners in Africa 2014-15 (22 partners)