GlobalResolve- Solving Challenges, Impacting Lives

GlobalResolve takes students around the world to find innovative solutions to complex, local problems.

GlobalResolve- Solving Challenges, Impacting Lives

GlobalResolve, a program in Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University, began in 2006 by helping provide clean water in a Ghanaian village and today consists of partners and projects ranging from clean cookstoves to improved crop production in 13 countries in Asia, Africa and North and South America. Learn how to get involved today!

GlobalResolve has three main objectives:

  1. Expose ASU students to life-changing experiences that empower them to make an impact in the world.

  2. Design solutions to help relieve the effects of poverty in the developing world.

  3. Create collaborative opportunities for ASU colleges with external partners.

Current and Future Projects:

  1. SolarSPELL (Fiji and Palau)

    • SolarSPELL is an offline, portable, solar powered digital library, which brings currently non-existent educational information to school children around the world. Approximately 30 ASU students, 10 high school students and staff/faculty will build SolarSPELLs for 100 schools and impact an estimated 20,000 students and teachers.

  2. Auto/Maker Shop (Kenya)

    • There are no Maasai-owned safari vehicle repair shops.  Currently, safari guides are overcharged for repairs/maintenance. The goal is to create a Maasai-owned auto repair facility on donated land with a training curriculum to empower the guides to prototype designs, repair their own vehicles and save money. This project will impact 200 ASU and 10 Prescott College students working with the Maasai.  The savings will impact the guides’ approximately 1200 family members.  The facility will provide jobs for around 20 community members. 

  3. Maasi Women Enkaji I-Build (Kenya)

    • This project will improve enkaji (hut) living conditions by building a more durable exterior to repel rain/insects, implementing low smoke fireplaces, inserting LED solar lighting and glass bottle windows. The enkaji improvements will create warmer/drier homes, reduce health issues and allow children to complete evening homework. The project will impact 72 Massai community members living at the project site, and through teaching the enkaji improvement methodology to other villages, potentially 10,000 individuals will benefit.

  4. Amungme Papua Coffee and Lombok Fishermen Projects (Indonesia)

    • The Amungae project aims to design and implement a sustainable coffee production system to address harvesting and processing challenges for a community of 30 families. In addition, local fisherman in Lombok are unable to preserve the quality of their catch. The goal is to build/implement a solar-thermal ice-maker system. The project will increase profit margins and impact 15 families-approximately 60 individuals.

  5. Biochar and Solar Irrigation (Nepal)

    • Biochar is a carbon-rich form of charcoal that can act as a wood substitute for a source of household energy. GlobalResolve has helped create a biochar business.  The project seeks to expand to additional communities and create an income generation plan for its sale. In addition, farmers rely on a labor-intensive process of hauling water from rivers. The solar irrigation project aims to build and expand this system, which will double the productivity and income of the farmers by allowing them to grow multiple crops while adding nutrition to household diets. Both projects combined will impact approximately 1500 community members.

  6. Puerto Penasco Community Engagement Center (CEC) – New La Cocina (Kitchen) Facility (Mexico)

    • The Puerto Penasco CEC is supporting the local community and volunteers that build houses alongside the impoverished. Currently, the facility uses 2 burner camp stoves to feed up to 400 per day. This results in multiple dinner shifts and late nights for the cooking crew and volunteers. We know that properly fed, well-rested volunteers build excellent homes for the community. In addition, the food and fellowship shared around the table provides an opportunity for the volunteers to learn about the community and culture. The funding will provide a small commercial-grade kitchen for training and volunteer/community eating events. The new La Cocina will also provide training to the local community for the growing resort industry.  The site effort started in Fall 2016 and has provided many student-led, community inclusive innovations for the facility

Outcomes and Impact: 

While the project sites are multi-year efforts, GlobalResolve has produced tangible positive outcomes in its communities of focus. From providing a Peruvian orphanage electricity to developing a smokeless stove for villagers in Ghana, these projects have improved the quality of life in a way that the local residents can maintain and grow on their own moving forward. One of the most recent and successful projects is in Amaltari, a small Nepal community near the Chitwan National Park. Invasive plants, especially two vines called Mikania micrantha and common Lantana, have overtaken the indigenous forest vegetation used by wildlife and local animals, including the endangered one-horned rhinoceros. By working with scientists from Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu and from the Nepali government and identifying the scope and nature of the problem by listening to the community to understand the practical challenges of removing these plants from their forests, GlobalResolve students and faculty helped the community harvest the vine and turn it into a cash crop called biochar. Biochar is an alternative to the traditional wood charcoal used in Nepal. The community sells the biochar to a local company to make into charcoal briquettes that are then sold on the street. The community has now taken ownership of the local biochar production business. One of the most distinguishing aspects of GlobalResolve is their long-term, holistic approach to working with their target communities. Instead of choosing new projects and locations every year, GlobalResolve works to build up single communities step-by-step, taking care of the most pressing needs first. This allows the faculty and students to create a genuine connection with the people they are working to help and provides the opportunity to see the transformation their work has on a community over time. The impact goes well beyond the students and communities served. 

Why we need your help: 

GlobalResolve requires funding to support the individual project needs and send student project team members to our community sites. Student travel for project implementation is a core value of GlobalResolve from the beginning. Traveling to areas where students can see firsthand the realities facing people with hardships provides us with an improved sense of empathy, urgency, and global competency to better address complex problems through our post-collegiate careers. Being able to participate in the entire project management cycle from research, design, implementation, and evaluation, through to improvement, allows students to experience the full spectrum of working on a project to helping in a community. In each implementation or impact evaluation, we are not only making a difference in the communities we are serving, but we are learning how to make that difference by developing transferable skills that will allow us to be changemakers for the rest of our lives.

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