North Star’s Regional Director of Southern Africa, Paul Matthew, returns to South Africa this week, after being one of forty leading late-stage social entrepreneurs involved in a week-long executive education module on creating systematic change. With the objective of immersing participants in systems thinking for social change, the course was developed jointly by the Schwab…

Bringing together some of the worlds most talented econometrics students from 30 different universities, including Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge amongst others, the 16th Annual World Econometrics Championship, held in Amsterdam from 29 March 2015, will encourage these future world-shapers to consider a deeper element of thought than their usual case studies require. This year, North…

This week we introduce you to David Nyambati, one of our Project Officers (playing a strong role in our IT department) in East Africa. Growing up in Nairobi, Kenya, David’s formal education took place at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. “I accidentally enrolled for Sociology and Political Science.” He shares with a smile, “I…

North Star’s operations in West Africa are expanding, with four Wellness Centres opening in January this year in Togo, in partnership with the United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA) and Togo’s Ministère de l’Enseignement de Base et Primaire (Ministry of Basic and Primary Education). The clinics are set up at four villages, namely Agoè-Nyivé, Tsévié, Pya and Dapaong, each located…

This week we introduce you to Sylvia Mushumba-Barure, one of our Nurses in Southern Africa. Born in Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe, Sylvia attended primary school in Masvingo Province and then was enrolled at a boarding school, Gutu Mission, for secondary school. Her mother’s work with NGO’s in different provinces meant that Sylvia was…

North Star Alliance is ringing in the New Year with some great news; just this week the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and the Global Fund confirmed the extension of their contract with North Star until the end of March, following which we will enter into “Phase II” of the project. The team from SADC…

For our first blog post in 2015 we’re continuing our team profiles and are pleased to introduce you to Ngunga Nguta, one of our Programme Managers in East Africa. After studying Community Development and Communication, Ngunga joined the North Star team after “stumbling across a job advert on the internet”. While a typical day in…

Today, as part of our Utrecht office Christmas coffee afternoon, our Director shared the following North Star Christmas Tale (with a nod to his Canadian Christmas tradition roots…) Speaking of optimisation, for you all I’ve got something of a realisation Consider Santa Claus on whom we’re so reliant, His journey is worthy of an ORTEC…

Following on from our piece in the Dutch newspaper, Trouw, last week, below is a translated version in English with thanks to our amazing volunteer translators, Geert, Uschi, and Lorraine. Photo Caption: A North Star Alliance “wellness container” in Kenya, where people on the move can drop in with their health-related questions. PHOTO: JEAN-PAUL BERVOETS “Ebola…

It was Red Velvet Cupcakes that brought in clients to our Cato Ridge Roadside Wellness Centre last Thursday 11 Dec. Celebrating World Aids Day and World HIV Awareness Month, the South African RWC exchanged the cupcakes for HIV tests between 2pm and 10pm, encouraging truck drivers, sex workers and truck stop community members to ‘know…

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