At March's Global Economic Opportunity Circle meeting Peter Francis Luswata of Uganda Rural Community Support Foundation helped members build knowledge about programs that can make an impact in developing countries. He encouraged the Circle to fund projects that help individuals develop skills within constraints that exist to find sustainable solutions to problems.
He also stressed the importance of skill building, technology and training because when people lack technical skills, it is more difficult for them to become entrepreneurs. If you start with teaching basics and build on those – you never know what will become a business. Technical skills “change the lives of people very quickly and contribute to the economy”.
Peter inspired Members to continue their work to help alleviate poverty locally and globally, by sharing, “When you have or are given opportunities, you should try to use those skills to help others”.
Inquiry Teams are now working hard to investigate some of the issue area's most compelling problems and potential solutions. The four teams are Agriculture, Entrepreneurship & Workforce Development, Health, and Strengthening Communities & Technology. So far teams have been looking at sustainable growth methods, skill development, supporting immigrants and women, and stabilizing populations through technology innovation, to name a few.
In the next month, teams will identify a small handful of organizations that might serve as partners. They'll begin due diligence on those organizations and start teeing up conversations with them about what partnership might look like. Qualities Full Circle Fund considers when looking at potential partners include whether the organization has a visionary leader, is at an inflection point, is doing cutting edge work, has the capacity to partner, and what the projected impact might be if Members leveraged their time, talent, and connections to help.
As they dig into this work, inquiry teams are certainly open to new recruits. Please reach out to Jillian if you'd like to join one of the Global Economic Opportunity Circle's Inquiry teams.
Members, log on to the Member Platform to view the presentation from March's meeting. At April's Circle Meeting, teams will be presenting organizations for consideration and members will vote on finalists. RSVP today!