Written by Stephen Wernet Tuesday, 31 January 2012 17:48
During this past year, I continued and extended work begun in the prior year. The foremost work was continued involvement with PROCOMRwanda and its evolution from an international nongovernmental organization focused on relief into a social enterprise whose mission is “Africans Feeding Africans” through sustainable agricultural development and agrarian education. PROCOMRWANDA operates much like an American L3C with dual or double bottom-line mission. It seeks to raise Rwandans out of poverty through teaching and assisting local farmers to utilize modern agrarian methods. As part of its organization structure, PROCOMRWANDA developed and incorporated EASCO, a seed and agro-economic development corporation. Working under leases with both private individuals and governmental entities, EASCO and PROCOMRWANDA are developing, tilling, planting and harvesting on tracks of land primarily in Eastern Rwandan provinces.
Evolving out of my work with PROCOMRWANDA , papers have been presented at several conferences. These juried presentations were developed and written in partnership with the Director of PROCOMRwanda, Dwight W. Jackson, Ph.D. Our work focuses on understanding the work of PROCOMRWANDA within the context of public-private partnerships and through the conceptual framework of resilience theory. Papers were presented at the XV IRSPM Conference held in Dublin, Ireland, at the Fourth Conference in International Social Work held at The University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, and at the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) in Toronto, Canada. A handbook for working with community leaders to enhance transformational development and resilience in the developing world was completed for The Harbers Family Foundation who have supported my work on resilience in Africa and Southeast Asia.
During the past year, I made three additional invited presentations. One presentation focused on our Africa work on resilience and transformation development in Africa and Asia. The other two presentations focused on the use of Balanced Scorecard and Introduction to Administrative Supervision. These presentations were made to administrative staff of Catholic Charities on Greater Saint Louis.
Finally, I revised the Social Entrepreneurship course that I originally designed and taught in 2008 under sponsorship of the Coleman Fellowship. The course is being taught this Spring 2012 Semester with a combined enrollment from The School of Social Work and The Entrepreneurship specialty in the School of Business MBA program. As part of the course requirement, students complete a real time business consultation. This semester we are working with a local L3C, The Juice Box. I will post the course syllabus to the Coleman Fellows Website in the near future.
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