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To commemorate our 25th anniversary, we are running a series of articles written by experts and inspiring individuals who have come to know and influence Olam over the years. Each has their own perspective on what it means to Transcend Boundaries – the meaning of 'Olam'. To see the full series, click the Transcending Boundaries tab under categories on the left.
  1. Transcending Boundaries: How to maximise Africa’s demographic dividendJan 04, 2017

    bankole Bankole Makanju
    From a continent seen as dark and unknowable, Africa has become place of opportunity. Ours is a continent of young people: there are more people under 15 in Africa than the entire population of Western Europe.[i] By 2050, Africa’s population is expected to double to 2.4 billion and be home […]
  2. Training the teachers who are helping farmers learn to countSep 08, 2016

    Roger Kasper_2 Roger Kasper
    The lives of uneducated villagers in rural Africa are being massively changed for the good by an Olam literacy project in northern Cote d’Ivoire. Classrooms are being set up in warehouses, churches and even in the shade of trees to teach adults and children how to read, write and count. The […]
  3. Transcending Boundaries to solve Africa’s biggest challenge: squandered talent, by Atta Rita Felicia Foufouet, MPA student at LKY and Olam ScholarApr 29, 2016

    Felicia_LKY Atta Rita Felicia Foufouet
    Africa’s potential is boundless. Home to almost 200 million young people aged 15 to 24 and blessed with abundant natural resources, it has the capacity for incredible economic development. Unfortunately, the African education system faces numerous challenges, and what should hold immense potential is instead a ticking time bomb. High […]
  4. How small farmers and the private sector can end poverty and hunger, by Kanayo F. Nwanze, President, IFADApr 21, 2016

    IFAD2 Kanayo F. Nwanze
    Private companies are discovering that small farms are big business at the same time as the development community is realizing that they are key to ending poverty and hunger. There are 500 million small farms in the world, and their potential is huge. Indeed, small farms are responsible for up […]
  5. Transcending Boundaries: Increasing political trust and good governance in sub-Saharan Africa, by Chimdessa Tsega, public policy student, LKY School of Public Policy and Olam ScholarApr 13, 2016

    Chimdessa_Photo Chimdessa Tsega
    The notion of trust is subjective. It can only be reflected in the eye of the beholder. When it comes to governance of a country, trust becomes even more complex since the beholder is the entire population of that country. Despite this complexity, we can define national trust as a […]
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