Karatu Library Book Drive

Dear All,
In March EOTM sponsored the delivery of braille reading materials from the Clovernook Center for the Blind in Cincinnati, Ohio to the Karatu Library Foundation in Yola, Nigeria. The donation included books, magazines, newspapers, crossword puzzles, sheet music and chess games. These braille reading materials were manufactured by blind and visually impaired people at the Clovernook Center Center. The Clovernook donation will support the education of some 184 blind children at the the Jada Special Education Center, Nigeria, who have no access to such valuable reading materials.

ETOM is continuing this book drive for Karatu for the remainder of 2012. You can make your tax-deductable donations to the Karatu book drive through PayPal on the EOTM home page.

Daniel Barkley, Ph.D.
Executive Director Economics On The Move

EOTM at Yale University

richardDear All,
I am honored to announce that this summers Yale Exploration program (http://www.explo.org/360/yale) will (again) feature two people from Economics On The Move (EOTM): Dr. Hannah Mugambi and Richard Sanchez (see attached photos). Dr. Mugambi who is on EOTM’s Board of Directors, began her teaching career at the University of Nairobi and has since enjoyed teaching at Goucher College, Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University, Egerton University and the American University of Nigeria. Hannah other interests include Women Leadership and Community Literacy.

This summer, Hannah will be the “Curriculum Coordinator” for Exploration course. In addition to being a great role model for our youths, EOTM will benefit from Hannah’s skills and professional experience. This summer Exploration will again feature EOTM instructor Richard Sanchez. Richard will be teaching Economics (Micro and Macro) as well as Business Etiquette. Richard’s courses will include many of the hands-on learning activities that have made EOTM a success. Through the use of grant funding, EOTM will sponsor highly motivated and qualified students who could not otherwise afford to enroll in Richard’s classes. Richard is a product of EOTM and currently teaches for the Mecklenburg School District located in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Please join me in congratulating Hannah and Richard on their special achievements. Respectfully,

Daniel Barkley, Ph.D.
Executive Director Economics On The Move

Economics On The Move in BOLIVIA!

nicolasDear All,
I am honored to announce that Economics On The Move (EOTM) research scholar, Nicholas Calderon’s project Capesinos Voice the Discourse of Fair Trade been accepted into the 2012-2013 cohort of the Haas Scholars at the University of California, Berkeley (see message below).

Nicolas is in his junior year at UC Berkeley’s Society and Environment program. His studies emphasize understanding how we can improve human relationships with natural resources and each other. Nicholas’ project Capesinos Voice the Discourse of Fair Trade will take place in the Altiplano region of Bolivia, where he will investigate the degree to which fair trade’s purported benefits are met. He will examine the extent of grower knowledge regarding fair trade entitlements, and their use of the Fair Trade social premium.

His methods will combine an examination of discourses about the benefits of “fair trade;” participant observation with photographic documentation; and interviews conducted with small-scale growers (those producing less than 2 hectares). The significance of this research will be to publish the quinoa growing process and what individual actors say about Fair Trade in a free iBook. EOTM Research Fellow Dr. Humberto Caspa has provided Nicholas with critical mentorship in preparing his successful Hass application (see message below). Dr. Caspa and EOTM will continue to support Nicholas’ research efforts in Bolivia. And with the support of private foundations, EOTM plans to increase the number of research scholarships we award.

Please join me in congratulating EOTM research scholar, Nicholas Calderon on this impressive accomplishment. We are grateful to have been able to contributed to his success.

Daniel Barkley, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Economics On The Move

EOTM Fellow Accepted in to the London School of Economics and Political Sciences

pabloDear All,
It brings me great honor and privilege to announce that the London School of Economics (LSE) has accepted Economics On The Move (EOTM) Research Fellow Pablo Bejar to their graduate program in International Development and Economic Policy (see message below and attached photo). This is an incredible opportunity

EOTM awarded Pablo a Research Fellowship in 2010 to support the revision of his thesis paper: “A Current Analysis of Firm Foundation Giving and its Effects on Corporate Financial Performance for American Companies” for academic publication.

Last summer, the Imgard Conix Foundation invited Pablo to present his paper on foundation giving paper to the “Workshop II: Financialization and Corporate Social Responsibility” held in Berlin, Germany. And the Social Responsibility Journal (Emerald) has accepted his paper for publication (see message below).   With help of private foundations, EOTM plans to increase the number of Research Fellowships it awards.

Pablo has made many important contributed to EOTM; he has written grants applications and letters of inquiry to private foundations and government agencies on our behalf. Pablo has also been instrumental in developing EOTM’s the Latin American Economic Development course by identifying appropriate touring destinations and translating documents and letters from our partner universities and organizations in Mexico and Bolivia.

Please join me in congratulating Economics On The Move Research Fellow Pablo Bejar on his remarkable achievements. We are grateful to have been able to contributed to his success.

Sincerely,
Daniel Barkley, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Economics On The Move

EOTM’s 2012-13 Graduate Fellowship Recipient

zubairDear All,
I am happy to announce that Economics On The Move (EOTM) has awarded Zubair Edrees Akbar the 2012-2013 Graduate Fellowship award. EOTM’s Graduate Fellowship supports recent graduates in revising their papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals and presenting their work at professional conferences.

Last month Zubair successfully completed the oral defense of his thesis “The Performance of Islamic Equity Indexes Global Capital Markets” for a Master in Science (MSc) degree in Finance from EDHEC (Ecole Des Hautes Etudes Commerciales du Nord) in Nice, France (see message below).

EDHEC is a highly selective and top-ranking business school; the Financial Times of London ranked EDHEC’s MSc Program in Finance 6th worldwide.

I was honored and privileged to have served as Zubair’s thesis advisor.

Zubair has made many important contributions to Economics On The Move. He was an EOTM instructor for ‘Exploration’at Yale University in 2011. Exploration is an enrichment program that introduces to high school juniors and seniors to the rigors of college academics. Zubair taught two courses: “Investment Methods” and “Business Management.” Zubair developed these courses himself employing many of the hands-on learning and interactive teaching techniques that have helped to make EOTM a success. Students rated his courses amongst the top four courses out of all courses offered (see attached pictures of Zubair teaching at Yale’s Summer Exploration).

Zubair brings with him many extraordinary talents that will help support our project with Citibank on replicating their ‘Future Focus’ program in Nigeria. Future Focus is a program that grooms young people for careers in financial services. Zubair’s experience, passion and dedication to excellence make him an ideal role model for this project.

Economics On The Move is grateful to have played a role in Zubair’s success and we are happy to award him the 2012-2013 Graduate Research Fellowship Award. With the help of private foundations, EOTM plans to increase the number of Graduate Research Fellowships we award.

Please join me in congratulating Zubair Akbar on his remarkable achievements.

Daniel Barkley, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Economics On The Move