The May 2017 Monthly Newsletter for the Presidential Precinct.


Precinct Alumna Reporting from the Ground as Strategic Leader of #BringBackOurGirls
In Episode 04 of the Global Founders Podcast, Bukky Shonibare, a Strategic Team Leader for the Bring Back Our Girls movement, discusses the recent freeing of 82 Chibok school girls from Boko Haram in Nigeria, along with underlying challenges regarding access to education for young girls. Bukky is a Presidential Precinct alumna, having attended the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship.

Global Founders is a monthly podcast produced by The Presidential Precinct and hosted by Neal Piper. This podcast is recored at the Potter Studio at Montpelier, the home to President James Madison, the Father of the Constitution and Architect of the Bill of Rights.

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The Presidential Precinct Network
As we reflect on the five year anniversary of the Precinct, we are struck by the enduring power of the Presidential Precinct Network and its ability to strengthen connections built during programs. Whether for online course content, funding and development opportunities, or simply staying in touch with alumni and faculty the PPN continues to offer a robust, multi-regional, and secure dialogue for its growing number of members.

Sandrine Julien: advocating for human rights through art 
exhibition in Mauritius
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Terry Mutsvanga: receives grant for supporting transparency and accountability in upcoming elections
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Optimizing Africa’s Demographic Dividend
Through the lens of three different youth develop programs in Africa, Martin Namasaka with the London School of Economics and Political Science projects the future impact of impending population growth on the African continent. He uses the Pan African Leadership Incubator (PALI), an initiative launched in part by Presidential Precinct alumni, as a prime example of compounding youth impact in both local communities and the continent as a whole.

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This month we recommend to our readers two articles that have broad significance to anyone interested in the progress of civil society around the world.

First, in Africa we look at the challenge of education and the role that private business can play in solving educational shortcomings. This piece differs from much that we publish because it addresses capitalist solutions that, while they may be anathema to some, suggest that private companies may be both profitable as well as one of the solutions to educational challenges facing cash short governments. This piece should be heartening because it promotes investment by the wealthy industrialized world in an “industry” that will improve education in the developing world.

Second, if ever there was more glaring example of the impact of leadership than current day Venezuela, it is hard to imagine. Outside of a small handful of Maduro government insiders there are few students of government anywhere who don’t see Venezuela as a tragic example of hopeless mis-management. At the Precinct we frequently encourage our visitors to look to history for the lessons that should inform our choices for tomorrow. What lessons will historians find in the Venezuelan tragedy? This article suggests some.

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