Happy zero discrimination day!

March 1 is a day celebrating everyone’s right to live a full life with dignity regardless of age, gender, sexuality, nationality, ethnicity, skin color, height, weight, profession, education, and beliefs.

Happy zero discrimination day one and all! This day could also be considered one for acceptance, open-mindedness, and celebration of diversity.  Continue reading “Happy zero discrimination day!”

#Be Bold For Change

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The 8th of March is International Women’s Day. It’s origins are in the early twentieth century. What will you be doing to celebrate and support women next Wednesday?

Will you be busy challenging bias and inequality in the workplace (for example speaking out against all-male panel discussions or leadership teams), or adding your support to a group that campaigns again violence, or celebrating the success of inspiring women leaders in your life? If you’re a woman, will you be taking some time out of your busy today to celebrate yourself, and appreciate the mothers, sisters, daughters around you?

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Meet a scholar: Precious Mastala, Malawi

image1-8-1I am Precious Mastala, a student at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) in Malawi, and I am pursuing a BSc in Veterinary Medicine (DVM). Vet Medicine is nice to study and goes with passion and love for animal welfare, which extends community wide.

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We want you! Connecting social value & international development

img_5304Today has been a most interesting day. But, as the non existent winter sun is about to set in London, I find myself with a bit of an identity crisis. Where do we find like minded social enterprises working to enhance social value outside our own communities? Where are the other international development actors working with an ethical and entrepreneurial business approach to development with communities in other countries?

Watipa surely is not alone. But where are the spaces that could connect us? If you are a social enterprise working in the field of international development, we want to hear from you. Continue reading “We want you! Connecting social value & international development”

All in a name: inequality & inequity

img_4954If you turn to the person sitting near you right now and had to explain the difference between inequality and inequity, what would you say?  Continue reading “All in a name: inequality & inequity”

Link Up: Positive health, positive change

link-up-uganda4247Link Up (2013-2016) was a pioneering project that improved the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of almost 940,000 young people who are most affected by HIV in Bangladesh, Burundi, Ethiopia, Myanmar and Uganda. I was really proud to be a part of the team, as a technical advisor, pretty much from start to finish. This week, a Supplement of the Journal of Adolescent Health was published that presents some of the findings from the project and its impact, and is well worth a read for a quiet January evening!  Continue reading “Link Up: Positive health, positive change”

Waste not, want not

16002939_10154049267371010_8218680330025754252_nToast Ale. A social enterprise that takes the crusts from daily baked bread and uses it to brew a good tasting beer. 100% of the profits support a charity working to advocate to reduce food waste and improve the environment, called FeedbackContinue reading “Waste not, want not”

Meet a scholar: Kuyendikuwa, Uganda

Kampala, Uganda. Meet Kyendikuwa Francis, a young man aged 24 who received a Watipa scholarship in 2016 to support his studies in hotel and institutional catering.

img-20161209-wa0003Receiving a scholarship means a lot to me. I have always prayed hard to receive this scholarship opportunity and this will greatly facilitate me with financial aid during my academic session. Continue reading “Meet a scholar: Kuyendikuwa, Uganda”