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 address developmental challenges in the Global South.

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

Current and Future Projects:

  1. Massai 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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Puerto Penasco Community Engagement Center (Mexico)

    • This project is a collaboration between GlobalResolve and Amor to develop a community engagement center in Puerto Penasco, Mexico (Rocky Point). This project provides an opportunity for students to work alongside local community members on several development projects. In 2015, the city of Puerto Penasco donated a seven-acre parcel to Amor for permanent development to build alongside the community. In recent years, a shower/oasis facility, caretaker housing, an off grid power system and a La Cocina has been designed, resourced and built with the help of GlobalResolve. GlobalResolve students gain valuable, practical real-life experience through cultural, collaborative and technical interaction at the project site. Future projects include medical assistance outreach, water bore hole and vertical gardening as well as a facility for training and community interaction.

  5. 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.

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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