Mohit and Nitin, your D-Prize winners

The announcement of the annual D-Prize winner is something I look forward to every year. The D-Prize, sponsored by the Institute for Business in the Global Context (IBGC), is a development entrepreneurship competition that awards up to $30,000 to recipients to pilot an anti-poverty venture in the developing world. It’s one of Fletcher’s best showcases of the amazing creativity and innovation in our student community.

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IBGC studies the potential of digital tech in Africa

Readers familiar with Fletcher may have stumbled upon the work of the Institute for Business in the Global Context (IBGC) at some point. It’s one of the busiest research centers at the school, and also houses the MIB program. IBGC researchers have been investigating various aspects of emerging digital economies for years now, including research into the “ease of doing digital business,” mobile payments, and cashless economies.

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“Empowering the Third Sovereign” with Carlo

One of the fun things about administering the Fletcher Educational Enrichment Fund – a small grant program designed to provide support to students’ independent research and experiential learning pursuits – is getting a close-up look at all the interesting things our students are up to. The fund has supported all manner of excursions to professional and scholarly conferences, field-based data collection and other research, and competitions and simulations. Until recently, though, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a documentary film as the end result of a project proposal.

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Fletcher heads to Quantico

Fletcher typically has a prominent military portion of our community, with a significant number of students who are veterans or active-duty service members, in addition to several faculty whose work focuses on security policy and military affairs. One of their important functions is to act as liaisons for non-military students interested in learning more about various areas of the armed forces. For those of us with no direct experience or connection, the military can seem complicated and a bit intimidating.

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Asian American and Pacific Islander National Security and Foreign Policy Next Generation Leaders

If ever there were a news item worthy of the “Cool stuff!” tag, it’s the list of “Foreign Policy Next Generation Leaders” from the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community recently published by The Diversity in National Security Network and New America. The list is an impressive collection of talent as a whole, but what we’re obviously most interested in here is the fact that it’s positively larded with Fletcher alumni!

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Classroom feedback with MALD student Diana and Prof. Ebrahim

Professor Alnoor Ebrahim is one of Fletcher’s most popular instructors. Don’t take my word for it: check him out receiving the Paddock Teaching Award (sort of the Best Professor Oscar at Fletcher) at last year’s commencement ceremonies. We were extremely fortunate to have him as a member of the Admissions Committee a few years ago, and his thoughtfulness was a huge asset to our work. It’s also on display during orientation week at the beginning of each academic year in the “Rules of Engagement” session he administers, in which he encourages new students to take a few moments to consider how they can create respectful and productive relationships with all members of the Fletcher community, including student colleagues, faculty, and administrators. He’s an expert at creating an inclusive and welcoming environment.

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Tufts 100K New Ventures Competition – Fletcher cleans up!

Not too long ago I congratulated current Fletcher student Farah Momen on receiving this year’s D-Prize for The Now Exchange (TNE), an enterprise providing health access and agency to Bangladeshi women in that country’s garment industry. We recently learned that Farah and her business partner Giulia Bova are continuing an awards run that would make Rami Malek and Bohemian Rhapsody jealous, having also just placed first in the Social Impact Track of the Tufts $100K New Ventures Competition!

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2019 D-Prize winner

Back in October, I mentioned the Fletcher D-Prize (formally the “Fletcher D-Prize Poverty Venture Solutions Competition,” if you’re not into the whole brevity thing). Administered by the Institute for Business in the Global Context (IBGC), the D-Prize awards up to $30,000 for a social entrepreneurship proposal to combat poverty in the developing world. It’s one of the coolest things at Fletcher, in my view.

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Fletcher on Broadway

I wrote not too long ago about some recent publications by Fletcher faculty and alumni, and just stumbled upon a unique addendum to that post. With occasional exception, most Fletcher authors tend to focus on policy-related work, or at least lean heavily toward non-fiction. Not so with alumnus Christopher Demos-Brown, whose play American Son recently concluded its Broadway run.

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