Reversing Poverty

2021 SMU Giving Day: The Power of One Person’s Vision

Mohammed Njie envisions a future in which all of Africa has access to reliable, affordable, clean energy in his lifetime. Since his first day at the Hunt Institute, he has been working to make this vision a reality, starting with his home country of The Gambia. Mohammed developed a plan with the help of the [...]

2021-06-17T16:51:25+00:00 April 14th, 2021|

Women Artisans and the Case for Handicrafts

As more and more social entrepreneurs show up in industry, both non-profit and for-profit, there is increasing overlap between the initiatives of the Social Enterprise and the Global Development Lab. While this integration will be a primary focus for the Hunt Institute in 2021, the overlap between entrepreneurship and innovation has been evident in past [...]

2021-02-03T20:36:39+00:00 December 15th, 2020|

The Kijiji Project, Tanzania

The Hunt Institute's Global Development Lab partnered with Jessie Zarazaga, Ph.D, Director of the Master of Arts in Sustainability and Development from Lyle School of Engineering, to work with Clara Ford, Founder, President, and CEO of Kijiji Innovative Sustainable Solutions (KISS) and MASD alumni on what we call the Kijiji Project. Born in Kasisa Village, [...]

2021-01-20T20:53:36+00:00 September 29th, 2020|

Clara Rulegura Ford, Social Enterprise 2021 Cohort Entrepreneur

With a lust for life and affinity towards advancing sustainable development, Clara Rulegura Ford, CEO of Kijiji Innovative Sustainable Solutions (K.I.S.S.), joined the Hunt Institute’s Social Enterprise 2021 Cohort as a Social Entrepreneur, with aspirations of encouraging sustained economic development. A multifaceted individual, Clara Ford is an alumna of the Clinton Global Initiative University and [...]

2021-12-02T18:15:51+00:00 September 16th, 2020|

Why We Do What We Do: Part 1

Sitting in her office on another Zoom call, the Assistant Director, Corrie Harris, works to motivate team members given the current state of affairs: an ever-changing landscape that greatly affects their ability to collaborate with in-country partners and affiliates. A series of delays, losses, and obstacles have flown in their path, yet they continue to [...]

2020-09-07T20:58:48+00:00 September 7th, 2020|

Beta COVID-19 Relief Map

In Spring of this year, the Hunt Institute’s Map 4 Good project evolved into Map InDallas, an organizational expansion that included the addition of a stakeholder Advisory Committee led by Dr. Eva Csaky and implemented with the guidance of Dr. James Olivier. Weeks later, the then-emerging COVID-19 pandemic shifted the focus to how best to [...]

2020-09-08T22:16:37+00:00 August 31st, 2020|

Map 4 Good is moving to Map InDallas

The Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity’s project “Map 4 Good” has evolved into Map InDallas. This transition includes an interdisciplinary advisory committee representing a range of key stakeholders for the project. While the name of the project has changed, the goals remain the same. Map InDallas looks to connect individuals in need with free [...]

2020-08-28T20:31:31+00:00 March 4th, 2020|

Spring 2019 Semester Update

Spring 2019 As we near the end of the second semester, the Hunt Institute is proud to highlight some of our student’s accomplishments from this academic year. Varsha Appaji Varsha has been working on a project dedicated to analyzing an inclusive economy and has discovered a great interest in the Internet of Things. This summer, [...]

2020-01-14T18:46:24+00:00 December 17th, 2019|

Global Development Lab

Launched by the Hunter & Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity and housed in the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University, the Global Development Lab is a catalyst for projects fostering global development one concept at a time. The program uses a project-based interdisciplinary engagement model that involves student teams [...]

2020-08-06T19:59:12+00:00 October 6th, 2018|

The Creative Economy Matters

Silvia Rivera is the definition of a world changer. Since joining the Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity as a student analyst, Rivera has conducted research on artisan entrepreneurship and inclusive economic development. Rivera recently returned from Washington, D.C. after participating in “The Creative Economy Matters,” a conference hosted by the Artisan Alliance. For this [...]

2020-08-21T20:45:51+00:00 February 27th, 2018|