Sagamore Solutions is a monthly e-newsletter featuring efforts to advance our core mission: to build and implement solutions to society's biggest problems.
When think tanks focus on international development, they typically produce reports or hold conference much like government does. Sagamore’s scholars and partners are engaged in policy upstream but we are also actively advancing solutions downstream as well. Please see a collection of stories below featuring Sagamore’s work in Africa.
Jay Hein and Scott Pyle were featured speakers at Clemson University’s Balkans Foundation speaker series. Click below to listen to their collaborative efforts to bolster Rwanda’s enterprise solutions to poverty model.
Liberia was established 175 years ago by Americans interested in giving former slaves an opportunity to live in a free African republic. The experiment was sorely tested by two civil wars and given recent hope by the first female president elected on the continent of Africa. Click below to view senior fellow Donald Cassell's presentation at the 53rd annual conference of the Liberia Studies Association.
Sagamore partner Emil Ekiyor grew up in Nigeria and his family sent him to the US for high school to give him more opportunity. He soon found that Americans had a system to turn his raw athletic talent into a NFL football player. Emil now operates InnoPower to build the same opportunities for minority entrepreneurs that athletes and entertainers experience. Click here to read more about Emil.
As an action-oriented think tank, Sagamore’s Africa fellows are changing policy, building local economies, and preparing the next generation of African youth for success.
THE JOK FUND
The JOK Charitable Fund is a charitable fund created by Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, NFL linebacker for the Cleveland Browns to support community and economic development opportunities in the US and Africa.
DALE DAWSON, RWANDAN CITIZEN
Sagamore partner Dale Dawson was made a Rwandan citizen following his decades-long service to President Kagame and other partners in establishing a Kigali-based bank, a fellowship program for several hundred of the country’s most talented youth to study abroad, and a growing set of enterprises to fust foreign-direct investment in the country. Click here to read more about Dale’s efforts to transform Rwanda's economy
FARM-TO-MARKET TRANSPORT WITH BASIC UTILITY VEHICLES
Sagamore provided an Indiana-based Basic Utility Vehicle to Dale Dawson’s Rwanda farm to accelerate their agriculture-and-economic development vision. This past month, Sagamore hosted BUV entrepreneur Silas Nfor who is the first African BUV driver to visit the US. Check out this video of Silas in action and read his story here.