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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. A cup half full: Collaborating for water securityMar 22, 2017

    Chris Brown Chris Brown
    Water is something most of us take for granted. We turn on the tap and it flows. We buy it in bottles. We use it to grow gardens and irrigate food crops. Yet it’s amongst the most precious natural capital on earth. But after decades of deliberation on policy and […]
  2. Changing and saving lives, one day at a time.Mar 08, 2017

    simone Simone Koopman
    Making a brave choice of living and working alone in West and South Africa, Dr Simone Koopman is an inspiration to women and doctors who make serving society their purpose of life. What or who inspired you to become a doctor in Africa? The doctor who was earlier working in […]
  3. 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 […]
  4. 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 […]
  5. 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 […]
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