September 15, 2013
LIDS adviser Katrin Kuhlmann launched a nonprofit called New Market Labs earlier this year. NML intends to generate and house innovative approaches in economic law, regulation and policy to address impediments to market expansion in developing countries. Based in Washington, DC, NML is already partnering with TransFarm Africa, the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on projects in Tanzania and Ethiopia.
Kuhlmann, together with former LIDS co-President Colette van der Ven and Erum Sattar of Harvard Law School, has also set up the Trade Innovation Institute, an informal group that gives students at Harvard and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy an opportunity to research legal and policy matters relevant to NML”s mission.
Katrin Kuhlmann is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, President of TransFarm Africa, a fellow at ANDE, and Executive Director of the U.S.-Africa Business Center. She was a 2012-13 Wasserstein Fellow at Harvard Law School.
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April 19, 2012 – Colette van der Ven
“I am sorry,” an elderly man mumbled as I was walking up a hill, looking rather lost. I couldn’t figure out why he was apologizing. Was it because I looked lost, or because I was walking uphill? Either way, I smiled and thanked him, quietly amused by this Tanzanian practice of apologizing for the inconvenience of others. I wasn’t, however, in the least inconvenienced. I was appreciating Arusha’s moderate climate and green landscape—a stark difference from humid Dar es Salaam—while looking for the CEO of Golden Food Products Ltd.
When I finally found Mr. Ayo’s factory, we set down for tea with milk and sugar—a remnant of Tanzania’s colonial past—and I learned all about his family business. Since Golden Food Products began producing peanut butter and jam in 1998, it had expanded significantly and had also began to sell organic spices and honey. The company had built quite a name for itself, as its high quality products were sold in the local supermarkets and frequently used by high-end hotels. It supported over 3000 smallholder farmers, provided employment and health benefits to a few dozen women, and created a high-quality product for local consumers.
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