GlobalResolve- Solving Challenges, Impacting Lives

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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, Latin America and the Caribbean. 


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 address developmental challenges in the Global South.

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

Current Projects:

  1. Maasai Automotive Education Center (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. 

  2. Maasai 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 Maasai community members living at the project site, and through teaching the enkaji improvement methodology to other villages, potentially 10,000 individuals will benefit.

  3. Building Island Resiliency Through Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation (St. Lucia)

    • Major hurricanes and storms have been forecasted to continue rising in the Atlantic. With island economies dependent on agriculture and tourism, stronger storms have the potential to devastate entire economies in one full-swoop. This goal of this project is to build resilient communities in island states, through the fostering of local projects dedicated to issues of food, energy and water security. The islands would also benefit from localized project activities that generate innovation/entrepreneurship/employment, and a strengthened cultural identity. Our first project lies within the rural community of Soufriere, on the island of St. Lucia, with a women-led agro-food enterprise. Unfortunately, without entrepreneurial skills, nor managerial guidance, these women take home just over USD$100 per month each. They are failing to achieve economies of scale, and failing to find methods to improve efficiencies within their production line.

  4. 33 Buckets (Peru)​​

    • This project is a collaborative effort involving Global Resolve, 33 Buckets, and Universidad Ignacio de Loyola (USIL) to develop an aquaponics system in a rural, Peruvian community called Occopata (about 30 minutes from Cusco, Peru). 33 Buckets is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that leverages the human-centered design process and engineering expertise to develop sustainable water solutions. 33 Buckets has collaborated with USIL on 8 clean water initiatives and is now partnering with the Global Resolve program to engage Barrett students in a humanitarian project that will involve developing a sustainable fish farm system. The goal is to raise continuously 500-1,000 trout, which can be consumed by the community as a healthy protein source, and also sold in markets and become a revenue source for the community. 

  5. Addressing Systemic Health Challenges (Mexico)

    • At its core, this project, with the support of Naco Wellness Initiative, focuses on developing healthy lifestyles in the community in collaboration with local health workers and community stakeholders. The current project goals are delivering workshops in all kindergarten and elementary schools in Naco Sonora on dental hygiene and hand-washing, infrastructure improvements at a kindergarten, participation in a community gardens program started by local students and collecting information for an on-going community health assessment. The community has also indicated interest in training on basic first-aid which may be developed and implemented during future site visits.

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. Traveling to project sites provides an intense cross-cultural experience for students and an improved sense of empathy, urgency, and global competency to better address complex problems throughout their post-collegiate careers. Being able to participate in the entire project management cycle allows students to experience the full spectrum of working on a project that delivers positive impact in communities throughout the Global South. During each phase, our overarching goal is to make a difference in the communities we serve with a human-centered design approach. Both the students and communities share knowledge and develop transferable skills that will allow all those involved to be changemakers in the world.

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