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. As GlobalResolve nears two decades in existence, honors students continue the work of designing innovative solutions to various problems around the world. 


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)

    • The Maasai are an ethnic group that have been forced to occupy less and less territory in Kenya over the years. Due to their location by wild game reserves, they become safari guides in order to support their families and protect the very land and Earth that is so valuable to them. However, there is a problem due to the lack of resources. Currently, the Maasai must depend on others to repair their vehicles, but these shops around town specifically target the Maasai and overcharge them for poor repairs. Thus, the Maasai resort to spending more than half of their income on poor repairs than feeding their families and supporting their community. This ultimately perpetuates a cycle in which the Maasai are taken advantage of and are forced to evacuate more and more of their native lands. Our team is seeking to create an education and repair center, where Maasai guides can learn how to repair the cars, save their money, support their families, and improve their economy by creating new jobs. Your donation will help to fund the center, as well as fund the mobile repair kits that  the guides will be able to carry on each safari adventure. Here is a link to our project website to learn more: We also have a blog!

  2. Creating Economic and Community Revitalization Opportunities  (Trinidad & Tobago)

    • The project focuses on establishing a framework for long term positioning of local NGOs as incubators for building the capacity of community groups connected to the newly designated UNESCO Man and the Biosphere location in Tobago. In addition, the project team is developing blue economy ideas with local partners and discussing the development of land/marine conservation research opportunities for students. The project team is currently collaborating with the Environmental Research Institute Charlotteville in Tobago.

  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. In Spring 2021, the project evolved into a joint collaboration with students at Sir Arthur Lewis Community College in St. Lucia to assist with the development of an innovation hub and community-based projects.

  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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