Determined to Develop continues to be recognized for its collaborative, on-the-ground approach toward development and we are proud of our institutional partners.
From 2013 to 2015, we were a proud partner of DFID-funded International Citizen’s Service. (ICS) is a UK development program that brings together 18 to 25 year-olds from all backgrounds to fight poverty in developing countries across the globe. The ICS program is government-funded, by the UK Department for International Development (DfID).
Determined to Develop is proud to have been chosen as one of the project partners for ICS in Malawi. Since January 2014 we have been hosting groups of volunteers from both the UK and Malawi who join us throughout the year, for three months at a time, to assist with our projects. ICS volunteers in the first cycle of the program in Malawi were largely involved with our Nursery Education program, working closely with nursery school teachers to provide them with support in lesson planning and evaluation, behavior management techniques and introducing applied learning into the classroom, to ensure that the nursery teachers are able to offer high quality education to all of the children. ICS volunteers have also assisted with our reforestation project, Women’s Revolving Goat Project and Tilipo girls group.
A second cycle of ICS has now begun, and D2D will continue to work with groups of volunteers. In this cycle, ICS volunteers will assist D2D’s in their women’s empowerment program, working to provide support for women’s groups in Chilumba in community development initiatives, and Income Generating Activities (IGA).
Determined to Develop continually welcomes academic partnerships with universities and no partnership is stronger than that with the University of Dayton (UD). In the past 5 years, The University of Dayton has increased its commitment toward the Global South, including Africa, and as such has expanded a partnership that has included Determined to Develop.
Each summer, two groups from UD travel to Malawi to assist with Determined to Develop projects.
Human Rights Program
The University of Dayton established the USA’s first undergraduate human rights studies program in 1998. More than one hundred students have graduated from the program and pursued careers as human rights advocates and academics or humanitarian professionals in legal, governmental and non-profit sectors. Determined to Develop is proud to partner with the University of Dayton’s Human Rights Program to provide a platform for student research and advocacy that aligns with D2D’s mission within Malawi. Specifically, students have contributed toward our mission through the following areas of student research:
Examples of Past Collaborative Research by Human Rights Students:
Agricultural Risk Aversion in Smallholder Farmers
Gender Based Violence Against the Girl Child
Communities Access to Clean, Potable Water
Student Morality in Government vs. Grant-Aided Mission Schools
Health Systems & Their Challenges to Responding to Ever-Growing Populations
Women’s Decision Making in the Home Using Nominal Group Technique
Responses to People With Disabilities in the Developing World: Malawi
NGO Leadership & Human Rights
The Grieving Process of Orphans and Vulnerable Children
The Impacts of Child Labor and Usipa Fishing
The ETHOS program, or Engineers in Technical Humanitarian Opportunities of Service Learning, has been a partner of D2D for several years.
ETHOS seeks to provide service-learning experience through technical immersions, student activities, research, and hands-on projects within the developing world. Through these experiences, students have gained perspectives on how engineering and technology are influenced by the world. Participating students have been able to use their engineering skills for humanitarian purposes, serving others through practical engineering knowledge.
The UD Ethos program has lead on the following projects:
2011: Design and Construction of an orphanage in Rural Bundi Village
2012: Construction of a two room classroom block at Khwawa CDSS
2013: Construction of a Tilipo Nursery School & Community Center, serving more than 200 children
2015: Survey of Land for a new High School, including site plan and design of water pumping system
The University of Minnesota & The Australian National University
The Global Undergraduate Leaders Program (GULP) is a new and innovative cohort-based leadership program for student leaders at the University of Minnesota and the Australian National University. Students at both universities collaborate virtually and embark on a leadership journey providing opportunities to enhance cross-cultural communication and global awareness. Partnering with Determined to Develop’s initiatives, the Global Undergraduate Leaders Program culminated in a two-week trip to Malawi, jointly working with D2D on development issues within our programming areas.
Lattitude Global Volunteering is an international youth development charity who’s mission is to educate and develop young people worldwide by providing opportunities to volunteer abroad and to make a positive difference to the lives of others through a distinctive, challenging, structured and supported overseas volunteering experience in a culture and community different from their own.
Determined to Develop’s most outstanding high school collaboration is Central Catholic, in San Antonio. Deserving a mention because of its focus of social justice and equality, Central students travel to Malawi each year to understand social inequality through Determined to Develop’s programming. Returning to San Antonio, Central students are always actively engaged in promoting these concepts.
D2D was pleased to host a research group of masters and PhD students from Columbia University in the summer of 2013 as they conducted the first steps of a needs assessment for our new high school project. The research team concluded with a report to the Board of Directors and local Malawian stakeholders, including the Ministry of Education.