Category: LIDS LIVE
March 7, 2014 – Sarah Weiner
One morning, while getting ready for work—at a leisurely, “island” pace that law school no longer affords—Vai Leka showed up on my doorstep wanting to go with me. My two-year-old neighbor was going through a stage of stealing her father’s shoes, and the photo I snapped of her, pencils in tow, ready for work, is one of my favorites from the two years I spent in Tonga as a Peace Corps volunteer.
Having researched women’s rights in developing countries during college, I arrived in Tonga keenly aware of its gender inequalities. However, as I settled in to my village, I of course realized that I knew little about the way men and women actually interacted in day-to-day life in the small archipelago. Women actively participated in town meetings, ran stores, and trekked into the capital for their coveted government jobs. Furthermore, my conversations with them revealed that the women in my village wanted the same thing as the men: a way to support their families and opportunities for their children to do the same.
One theme of Professor David Kennedy’s course at Harvard on Law and Economic Development is that development is about making hard choices—prioritizing certain … Read More »
March 7, 2014 – Sarah Weiner
This semester, a LIDS team supervised by Orrick LLP is completing a project for Qorax Energy, a renewable energy social impact firm focused on bringing international power engineering expertise to the Somaliland electricity market. I recently spoke with C. Nicolas Desrosiers, a co-founder of Qorax about his experience starting a social enterprise, the legal challenges he has faced, and how the LIDS team will be helping him this semester.
Can you briefly explain what led you to start Qorax Energy?
I had spent the year before starting Qorax working at a university in Somaliland and, for a short time, at Somaliland’s Ministry of National Planning & Development. In the course of my year there, I saw many challenges and opportunities but the most striking was the energy crisis. Somalilanders pay some of the highest prices for energy in the world, often more than ten times what consumers in the U.S. pay, and they also have incredibly high unemployment. I developed the idea for Qorax Energy with Nigel Carr and Abdishakur Mohamoud. Our mission is to reduce this high expenditure in Somaliland and other areas where electricity markets are inefficient. Together, we saw an opportunity to dramatically lower energy costs … Read More »
Our guest, Mr. Hamilton, has had to postpone his talk due to an impending resolution to some urgent and exciting negotiations. We will post updated event information just as soon as we have a new date.
We apologize for the inconvenience, and we hope you are able to attend during the rescheduled time and date!