Monday, July 20, 2009

Day 17

Magdalen College Bell Tower, as seen from the Botanic Garden.
It was a rainy morning in Oxford, and cold all day. Exam Two was this morning. I don't envy these students - they've covered a lot of ground in less than three weeks. They are certainly earning their credits! Following the exam, we were visited by Lea Borkenhagen, the Head of Sustainable Livelihoods Strategy for Oxfam International. Oxfam, based in Oxford, is a confederation of 13 organizations working around the world to address poverty, hunger, human rights, and disaster relief.

Oxfam was one of the first NGOs to begin working with the private sector to address many of these issues. Oxfam recognizes that business is necessary to lift economies out of poverty, and that collaborations are necessary to affect change on the complex issues they seek to address.

Ms. Borkenhagen's presentation turned out to be quite interesting and relevant to the class. Like other guests who spoke to the class, her presentation touched on markets, supply chain, and brand identity.

This afternoon the students worked on their group projects, while Dr. McDougall and I scouted some potential future locations for the Kelley in Oxford program. Dr. McDougall returned to St. Catz to grade exams, while I visited the Bate Collection of musical instruments. You can never run out of things to do in Oxford!

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