University of Minnesota Partnership with The MasterCard Foundation Learn, Earn, and Save Initiative
The UMN Team is working together to explore several broader research questions. In addition to engaging in training and data collection on site with the NGO partners, UMN graduate students are involved with data analysis, presentations, and publications. Faculty and students are considering the transfer of entrepreneurship training across national contexts, the role of foundations and NGOs in promoting educational change, and the ethical and practical challenges of international research and evaluation collaborations. By integrating global civic engagement into graduate education, this project advances the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development's mission of enhancing leadership, policy, and development around the globe.
Since this project began in 2011, UMN graduate students are involved in a wide range of exciting opportunities related to the partnership, including participating in a seminar course, working as graduate assistants, and serving as UMN Project Fellows.
At the University of Minnesota
- Graduate students participate in a seminar course, OLPD 8087—Advanced Seminar in International
Development and Education: Research Partnerships. This seminar applies research skills to international
development education projects (specifically the Learn, Earn, and Save Initiative), with graduate students
and faculty working together in the co-creation of project activities, data collection and analyses, and
utilization of data to make decisions about policies, strategies, and advocacy in international
Students involved in this seminar have conducted literature reviews to understand country contexts, studied research design, received training in qualitative and quantitative methodology, and learned how to use software to collect and analyze data.
- The UMN Team, including four graduate assistants, conducted a literature review that surveyed a broad body of research and studies addressing issues surrounding microfinance, entrepreneurship education, and youth development.
- The UMN Team, including graduate assistants and graduate students, participated in the
College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) Research Day in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 by preparing poster presentations on the MasterCard Foundation project.
- Graduate students continue to design presentations and media materials associated with the project.
In Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda
- Graduate assistants and students continue to serve as Lead Project Fellows and Project Fellows to co-design and co-facilitate data collection training workshops in Kenya (Nairobi), Tanzania (Bukoba, Morogoro, and Njombe), and Uganda (Masaka).
- In 2012, ten UMN graduate students served as UMN Project Fellows during the summer to collect, enter, and analyze interviews with youth participants and key stakeholders in urban, semi-urban, and rural sites in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.
- In 2013, sixteen UMN graduate students collected interview data as UMN Project Fellows in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
- In 2014, sixteen graduate students collected the Year 3 interview data as UMN Project Fellows in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.
- In 2015, 19 UMN faculty and graduate students collected the Year 4 interview data in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda
- In May/June 2016, again 19 UMN faculty and graduate students collected the Year 5 interview data from youth, stakeholders, and NGO staff in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
Youth carpenter in Tanzania, June 2013.
Youth chef in Tanzania, June 2013.
Revised July 2016