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Review for Project Akilah Inc, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

"Working in the field of international development, one of the greatest challenges is instituting projects that are not only viable in the short-term, but sustainable in the long-term. Akilah has managed to create a trajectory that accounts for the triple bottom line of environmental, social as well as financial sustainability, grown from and managed in a distinctly Rwandan context. Akilah's holistic approach on cultivating leaders and managers far surpasses most models which tend to focus on business development or access to finance alone. They are preparing a class of economic and social drivers, instead of mere aid-recipients. They are investing in long-term models for sustainable resource management and revenue-generation, instead of relying on extended donor support.

Tourism and hospitality are quickly emerging as core sectors in emerging economies around the globe, with a pronounced presence in oil-rich, post-conflict countries. Positive, localized and strategic options for developing these sectors in an equitable way will become critical in the next few years. The Akilah Institute for Women is well ahead of the curve in anticipating this momentum and has a long road of opportunity ahead."

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In meeting the first group of students to break ground at Akilah after having been present for Akilah's much earlier startup phase, before they even had a campus.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Create a train-the-trainers program for others imagining similar models for education, leadership-development and value-chain inclusion.

Role:  Volunteer & Since Akilah's early days, I have volunteered on various aspects of Akilah's development.