Thanks Chloe! We'd love to take our work to other regions, but are currently focused for the next few years in further refining our work in Uganda first. Other organisations in Greece could also replicate our model without us anyway, as we're not reinventing the wheel - just applying it slightly differently!
The social ventures can be in any sector, but they need to be innovative and replicable beyond the initial pilot community. The community-centered approach prevents creating unnecessary enterprises. So no soap making, sewing, welding... The pilot from 2017 is a good case study: from initial research in the first 2-3 weeks - including taking a flyer with a hypothetical vocational training center around town to gauge demand -the interns realised the saturation of tailors in the marketplace. So, they then did a systems mapping of the problems faced by tailors and identified poor marketing as the problem they would address. From more brainstorming they then created a website which links high quality tailors on the street to clients for repairs and adjustments.
Thanks Kate! These contacts could be really useful.
In terms of other connections, we'd love to form relationships with more international universities to find more students to volunteer with their Ugandan peers. Geography is not particularly important for this, although English is required to communicate with Ugandan students. It would also be great to find other NGOs within Uganda who could provide technical expertise to students with ventures in their fields.
On feedback from students on the peace/prosperity bridge, our statistics on this aren't fantastic because we only adjusted our KAP surveying technique in January this year. So, whilst 94% of students identified themselves as global citizens and 56% said UniTED has contributed 'a lot' to this answer (31% said a little), we cannot give more concrete stats about their changing attitudes and practices, as well as prosperity, caused by UniTED at this time. When asked to list skills they had gained from UniTED, student mentioned: leadership, communication, time management, use of internet/skype, planning, proposal writing, critical thinking, administration, public speaking, handling finances, and teamwork. So qualitatively, we know our tutorials really are greatly benefiting students and their ventures; and now we are laying the foundations to make more quantitative measurements. In our August 2015 training camp for 100 students, 97% told us at the end of the week that they cared more about global issues.
On the rollout of the project over the next 3 years, I will attach our strategic plan for 2017-19. And write a summary in the iterations section above.
Thanks for all the feedback! Let me know if there are more improvements I can make.