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Expert Interview with Mark Oven, Energy Sector Development Expert

Ensuring that energy supplies are resilient, promote development, advance U.S. security and interests, and increase gender equity
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Mark Oven’s life’s work has been dedicated to improving energy in developing countries. He has been at the forefront of energy project implementation since 1986. Mr. Oven has provided oversight and quality control on more than 20 major projects for various government agencies and development organizations, including the U.S. Agency for International Development, International Development Bank, and Millennium Challenge Corporation. His energy sector reform project work has included supporting industrial and commercial clients in Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Eastern Europe.

Informing Citizens of Tomorrow: How Discovery Education Connects with Classrooms

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For businesses, doing “social good” yields more benefits than positive PR. When corporations collaborate to advance a mission, such as engaging young learners in science or preventing drug misuse, they are opening up doors of opportunity for future customers, employees and partners.

Finding Comfort in the Uncomfortable: A Senior Development Leader’s Perspective

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Thomas Reilly is a senior leader in Tetra Tech’s International Development Services division who oversees business and field operations in more than 40 countries. He is a former Chief of Party for the ProDecentralization Peru (PRODES) project. In this post, he reflects on lessons learned from a career working in and out of Peru. All opinions expressed in this post are the author’s own.

Reflecting on lessons learned from a development career working in and out of Peru
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Thomas Reilly is a senior leader in Tetra Tech’s International Development Services division who oversees business and field operations in more than 40 countries. He is a former Chief of Party for the ProDecentralization Peru (PRODES) project. In this post, he reflects on lessons learned from a career working in and out of Peru. All opinions expressed in this post are the author’s own.

Participatory Planning Produces Strategic Blueprints for Cities

Using participatory planning to efficiently deliver public services in urban municipalities
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Graeme Thompson, communications specialist for the Tetra Tech-implemented U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Urban Municipal Governance project (UMG) in Guatemala, discusses how the project executed a three-month technical assistance initiative to help four municipalities deliver high-quality operating plans to the Ministry of Finance. All opinions expressed in this post are the author’s own.

Historic Donation Boosts Education in Mexico

Working to provide access to education to millions of Mexicans who never had the opportunity to study
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Meeting her daughters’ teachers used to be difficult for María de la Luz Vázquez. A single mother from the community of Calamanda, in Querétaro, Mexico, during parent-teacher conferences Vázquez felt ashamed of the fact that she herself did not know how to read or write.

Today her daughters are 28 and 19, and it’s Vázquez’ great pleasure to do her own homework alongside her young granddaughter after successfully receiving her primary school certificate through the literacy program of the National Institute for Adult Education (INEA).

Expanded TransCanada Scholarship Program Helps Remove Barriers to Education

TransCanada is expanding its successful community scholarships program, that will further help hundreds of North Americans gain skills to realize their goals and prosper in the workforce.
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CALGARY, Canada, January 24, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Media Advisory - TransCanada Corporation (TSX:TRP) (NYSE:TRP) (TransCanada) today announced it is expanding its successful community scholarships program, that will further help hundreds of North Americans gain skills to realize their goals and prosper in the workforce.

BCtA Newsletter | Innovations That Improve Lives

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Watch: How Inclusive Business is improving lives in Kenya

What is inclusive business, and how does it work in the context of Kenya? BCtA members and inclusive business actors from SOLARKIOSK, Vava Coffee, Jacaranda Health, Equity Bank and Alternatives Africa answer these questions in this short video by Business Call to Action.

UN Recognition for British American Tobacco’s Programme to Inspire a New Generation of Farmers in Brazil

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BAT’s Novos Rurais programme in Brazil, which is run by the company’s Souza Cruz Institute, provides entrepreneurial training and opportunities for young people to receive financial support for setting up new agricultural businesses.

The programme was recognised in 2017 by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, which awarded it a Certificate of Good Practice for Sustainable Rural Development.

De Beers Group Provides a Solution for a School's Crowded Classrooms

Pupils at a primary school in South Africa have three new classrooms thanks to some heavy lifting machinery from De Beers Group’s Venetia mine.
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The mine sent in a lowbed truck and crane and partnered with local contractors to transport unused mobile classrooms from Alldays High School to the nearby Alldays Primary School in Limpopo Province, saving the school R150,000, which is what it would otherwise have cost to move them.

The move took three weeks – because it had to be fitted in between operations at Venetia mine.

I’ll Be Home for Christmas

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As Ingryt Pedroza watches holiday preparations unfold in Calgary, her mind can’t help but wander between her home in Mexico and the incredible accomplishment she’s about to achieve. 

Four months ago, Pedroza said goodbye to her husband and one-year-old daughter to pursue her long-time dream of studying abroad in preparation to become a top engineer in Mexico. She knew the road wouldn’t be easy, but it was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up.

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