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Development Ventures Education (DVE) is a brand-new division of Development Ventures. DVEs mission is to design and implement research-based education programs and services with the aim of supporting equal educational opportunities for all. With expertise in a wide array of contexts, we can provide technical assistance and services for the following areas:

  • Policy analysis and advisement;
  • Strategic planning;
  • Qualitative and quantitative studies and program evaluations;
  • Designing engaging educational resources such as curricula and toolkits;
  • Teacher training, professional development and capacity building.

In March 2015 Development Ventures with the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and Greenergyze S.A. conducted a rapid market appraisal with small-scale producers in off-grid low-income agricultural communities across in the South Coast and Highlands of Guatemala. The RMA was successful in the identifying three specific agricultural value-chains and the domestic power consumption needs that Community Accelerators will target in the country.

Read more about Community Accelerators here...

A significant part of the ethos of the Development Ventures team is to look for adventure and new horizons whilst working to support the development of untapped potential. In our desire to support people everywhere to overcome great challenges in the pursuit of these goals, Development Ventures is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring a team to enter the 2013 Mongolia Rally.

The Mongolia Rally is an unusual event designed less around style and high-tech engineering and much more about overcoming adversity and the search for adventure. Teams entering the Mongolia Rally find this by enduring a 10,000 mile dash over mountains, deserts and some of the most remote terrain on the planet, all whilst driving a car with an engine size of around 1 liter. As the organizers of the rally put it “There is nothing like staring down the bonnet of a Nissan Micra at hundreds of miles of dirt track and foot-high rocks. Or driving for 15 hours and only getting 20 km, then finding out it was in the wrong direction.”

Read more about the Mongal Rally here...

 

In May 2012 Development Ventures sponsored William Ledwith, who works for RBC Dexia Investor Services, to complete a physically and mentally challenging climb of Mount Kilimanjaro in support of displaced people in East Africa.

"I have done some mentally and physically challenging events in the past … but all of that was more than 10 years ago and I decided needed a new challenge. The challenges this time were first and foremost in raising the sponsorship! But the physical element wasn’t to be underestimated either.

I knew we’d always be moving slowly and taking breaks – this approach helps with altitude – but the demands on the cardio-vascular system are still high because your body has to compensate for the diminished oxygen in the air as you move higher. The temperatures were also a concern because it would be pretty warm in the day and cold at night – especially when climbing to the summit. Once I overcame these challenges, the overall experience was amazing. It was an eye-opening glimpse into the life of the Masai and other communities in Tanzania and I saw some of the most varied and breath-taking scenery I’ve ever witnessed and I developed some strong friendships with perfect strangers as we successfully reached the extreme altitude zone of the ‘Roof of Africa’.

My group of 26 fellow climbers and I raised over £150,000 which is now being used to support the operations of Hope for Children’s Namuwongo field office just outside Kampala in Uganda. This office supports a community that is made up mostly of displaced people from Rwanda and neighboring countries who have escaped conflict.

Namuwongo is a very underdeveloped area with very little infrastructure access to basic services and education and as a result the communities living there suffer greatly from low employment and high rates of infection form easily preventable disease. The funds we raised are going to support projects to provide places at schools; immunization against Polio, Diphtheria and Tetanus for children; setting small enterprises; and in providing women’s educational programs."

Development Ventures is pleased to announce that through our ‘investing in human capital’ process we are now able to recruit our first Afghan National Team Member. In March 2012, Ms Rahimzadeh joined the team and has been working as a Technical Expert on Development Ventures contract to support the IBM and the United States Department of Defense Task Force for Business & Stability Operations (TFBSO) SME investment project. Based in Herat, Ms Rahimzadeh is responsible for sourcing and performing due diligence on selected Afghan SMEs that are suitable investment proposals and is also assisting the IBM financial analysts in preparing an investment portfolio.

Read more about the Development Ventures team here...

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