The Evolution of African Rural University

NETTING IT OUT
This is the story of the creation of a unique institution—one that is likely to impact the lives of millions of people in Africa. It’s a story about having and realizing a vision—a BIG vision. The vision isn’t the creation of a successful university. The vision is about the work that the graduates of that university will be […]

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Transformation in the Heart of the City

by Beth Heller, Senior Director of Education and Strategic Planning

Standing in the heart of the city, images from 10 years ago popped into my mind. Back then this was a place with dilapidated buildings void of people, trees and flowers. Access to residential neighborhoods to the north and south was severed by grinding traffic on the highway and an inaccessible […]

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COMMUNITY DRIVEN EPICENTRES

 COMMUNITY DRIVEN EPICENTRES
FOR SUSTAINABLE SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN KIBAALE DISTRICT, UGANDA
PROJECT DESCRIPTION
July 2011

1.     BACKGROUND

 

Since the overthrow of Dictator Idd Amini in 1979 to the overthrow of Milton Obote in1987 two major phenomena happened: 1. Four post Amin era leaders, in succession were overthrown mostly violently due continued tribal conflict, extra judicial murder and free fall of the economy 2. A lot […]

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Encircling Institutions

Collaboration with other agencies is often heralded as a way for nonprofits to eliminate duplication of services and reduce costs. It is common for agencies to seek collaborative opportunities both to improve their results as well as to demonstrate to funders that they are willing to work in collaboration. Concrete indicators of collaboration are often required by funders in funding […]

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Why Evaluate Roca’s Intervention Model

So, why is the Crime and Justice Institute interested in partnering with a community‐based youth development organization to evaluate its interventions with high risk young adults? In some respects, the answer is simple. As much as the research in the field of criminal justice has advanced in the last 30 years, the system remains ineffective. Our incarcerated and supervised populations have grown exponentially and […]

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Giving At-Risk Youth a Chance

 

In 1988 in Chelsea, Massachusetts, Molly Baldwin founded a nonprofit called Roca to help urban youth cope with the challenges of entering adulthood. An experienced case worker, Baldwin knew that the transition was intensified for young people who lived in under-resourced communities like Chelsea, where youth disengagement and disenfranchisement were rampant. Baldwin saw disenfranchisement as a threat to the nation’s future as a prosperous, just […]

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