Christian Long

Jacqueline Novogratz: Invests in Africa’s Own Solutions

In TED Talks on May 24, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Reflection by DANIELLA W.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

I loved how she started with a story. I believe a story can get anyone interested in what you’re talking about. The odds of the sweater being worn by the little boy are very slim so it’s really cool how she sees the sweater again. The story brings up a point we all should learn from. We take for granted the things we have, even if the clothes we have aren’t the cutest or exactly what we want. Some people don’t have any clothes to wear, so we should cherish what we do have. This wasn’t the interesting video I’ve seen, it felt like she was just telling us essentially what every one else says when they are talking about the poor in other countries.

Something that did set her apart from the other people that talk about the poor is her different approach. Instead of giving them funds and building new things or just writing a check to try and help the people she actually wants to help them help them self. She took the issue of Malaria in Africa and instead of sending more doctors and treating the issue after the people get the dieses, she is hitting it at the core. By helping the people of Africa make their own nets, she’s employing more people of Africa and helping the spread of Malaria. I can only image how the people doing this work feel. Africa has been looked down upon for along time and giving them money helps but no one wants to feel like a charity case. Giving them work however eliminates this feeling and gives them a sense of pride. So I applaud her for this job.

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