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October 2013

LIDS Event – Community Development in Rural India: An NGO Perspective

October 9, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wasserstein Hall Room 1010,
1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Event: Community Development in Rural India: An NGO Perspective

When: October 9, 2013 at noon

Location: WCC 1010

Sister Lucy Kurien is the founder of Maher, an interfaith NGO focused on rural development and women’s issues in India. For 17 years, Maher has been running projects all over India including homes for abused and battered women, street children, and the elderly. Currently Maher has 765 children and 240 women in its homes. Maher also trains destitute women in various tradecrafts such as sewing and jewelry making, enabling them to live independently with sustainable income. So far, 2230 women have passed through Maher’s training programs. In order to address the broader development issues facing rural India, Maher also organizes 465 self-help groups in which Maher staff leads discussions with community leaders and women. The topics range from AIDS awareness and importance of education to sustainable farming practices and rainwater harvesting.

Sister Lucy’s talk will focus on the importance of addressing women’s issues for broader community development and the self-help groups. She will discuss the successes and improvements in these communities as well as the failures, and where she sees the greatest challenges to India’s development objects and how we can turn them into opportunities for developing the country’s most impoverished areas.

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IDEAS Global Challenge Generator Dinner, hosted by MIT

October 10, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Walker Memorial, Building 50, MIT,
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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Working on a project to help underserved communities? Need Funding? Want to recruit new members for your IDEAS Global Challenge team? Want to get involved, but don’t yet have an idea?

Then join the IDEAS Global Challenge Generator Dinner, taking place at MIT from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, in Walker Memorial, Morss Hall, Building 50.

Come hear what IDEAS Global Challenge and hear what other creative social impact projects teams are getting started on. This is the chance to pitch your idea and recruit teammates or pitch your skills to get hired onto a team. With the first chance to submit an Initial Scope Statement two weeks away (10/24), here’s your chance to share your idea, meet teammates and form a team.

RSVP at http://bit.ly/UPOCTN or email globalchallenge-rsvp@mit.edu with “Generator” in the subject to sign-up for a 60-second pitch opportunity. Include the following information, choosing one of the following:

Category One – Recruit the IDEAS Dream Team
Category Two –  Get Yourself “Hired”

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2013 LIDS Symposium

October 18, 2013 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West,
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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This year’s LIDS Symposium, entitled “Trade and Entrepreneurship: Linking Local Growth to  Global Markets,” aims to highlight the legal, political, and economic barriers facing new businesses and aspiring exporters in developing countries. The symposium begins with the underlying notion that independent and sustainable development cannot occur without the emergence of successful, exportable domestic industries. While approaches such as microfinance gained traction in the past decade, efforts to grow subsistence-level producers and informal businesses into more efficient medium-sized enterprises in developing countries have remained frustratingly slow. Through the rich experience of the speakers, the 2013 LIDS symposium aims to exchange valuable lessons from NGOs, government, academia, and groundbreaking fieldwork in the search for solutions that to lead the way forward in this critical area of development.

MIT Economist, Co-Founder of the Poverty Action Lab & Best Selling Author of POOR ECONOMICS

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