Experience some of the developing economies of southern Africa while discovering your ability to use your professional skills to contribute as a global citizen. This new program is a hybrid between a regular study abroad program in international business and a development consulting project. This program is available to students in numerous majors, both inside and outside of the business school.
Consulting Project Element
Teams of 3–5 students will work with villagers in the Lilongwe, Malawi area. The Malawi minister of agriculture noted the life-changing nature of last year’s projects. This year’s projects will be equally significant in helping villagers to improve their lives. Students will spend about ten days in villages helping locals to establish businesses, find markets and establish supply chains for craft projects, explore and develop creative options for cooking fuel (solar and charcoal from agricultural by-products), help create marketable products—mostly from by-products, and conduct unique marketing research to establish appropriate pricing and to find accessible markets for products. Students from a variety of backgrounds will be needed for each team to help with strategy, supply chain building, accounting and costing, marketing, technology, and engineering, etc.
Study Abroad Program Element
International business in development contexts will be studied in southern Africa. Students will 1) meet with business, government, and not-for-profit leaders, 2) learn about resource extraction—with all of its pros and cons in developing regions, 3) examine the benefits and unintended consequences of foreign direct investment, 4) participate in a safari highlighting environmental issues in development, and 5) visit cultural, historic, and geographic sites.
The program will take place in the following locations:
- Lilongwe, Malawi: one of the ten-poorest countries in the world
- Johannesburg, South Africa: a nation with a dual economy
- Lusaka and Livingstone, Zambia: a country with mineral extraction and Victoria Falls.