Nonprofit and NGO

A New System for the Office of Child Welfare

In a mid-sized U.S. county, children’s lives are lost and the local Office of Child Welfare finds its own information management practices to be implicated in the tragedy. Lucinda Angle, the county executive, is determined to improve the office’s information systems. She soon discovers that managing child welfare data also requires taking into account the data requirements and systems belonging to stakeholders at the state and federal levels as well. Angle and her senior staff issue a Request for Information (RFI) to seek ideas from software vendors on building a new system.

Esperanza Healthy Families: Strategic Program Development for a New Nonprofit

This fictional simulation demonstrates the challenges of developing programs for a nonprofit organization with multiple and sometimes competing demands. Esperanza Healthy Families includes both health and nutrition components with program directors for each who advocate for their own programs. The Executive Director must find middle ground while also faithfully executing a charge for the Board to propose programs that align with board goals.

Defining Sustainability in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy

Chief Minister Taib has set in place a massive sustainable dam project (SCORE) to increase energy production throughout Malaysia and develop Sarawak’s economy by bringing foreign industrial investment to the area. The SCORE project dams have been qualified as sustainable by the International Hydropower Association’s (IHA) Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Forum, and construction on the Murum Dam, the third of a potential 12 dams, was completed in 2013.

Kigali, Rwanda: Urban Agriculture for Food Security?

This case evaluates the premade decision of the Kigali City Council (KCC) to incorporate urban agriculture into the city’s long-term development agenda, as the key tool to address the problem of food security. A land-scarce country characterized by a predominantly rural population, Rwanda has a history of unsustainable approaches to food security, exacerbated by the collapse of the coffee industry in the 1980s and the genocide in the 1990s. After the genocide, international donors swept in to rebuild the war-torn country, which included projects designed to combat food insecurity.

The Yellow Dragon and the Great Green Wall: Combating Desertification in Northern China

Every year extreme sandstorms created by strong winds blowing southwest from the Gobi Desert devastate air quality levels, bring transportation and outdoor activities to a grinding halt, and create major headaches for urban life throughout cities in eastern China, including Shanghai and Beijing. The past decades have seen increases in the severity and regularity of these sandstorms as deserts in China expand due to continuing degradation of agricultural areas and grasslands. This spreading desertification presents a challenge both for major cities and rural livelihoods.

The Colombo Port Expansion Project: Can a rising tide lift all boats?

This case raises the question of whether infrastructure development can foster inclusive growth and poverty reduction for an entire population. After decades of civil war, Sri Lanka witnessed rapid gains in economic and human development, vaulting the country to low middle income status. The Mahinda Chintana (national development strategy) attempts to refocus the county on a broader developmental agenda. In pursuit of the Mahinda Chintana goals, Sri Lanka aims to harness rapid economic growth by reorienting its economy toward knowledge-based and high value-added sectors.

Qatarstrophe or Success? The 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Qatar has received much attention since winning the bid to host the 2022 World Cup, and not all of the attention has been positive. A major component of Qatar’s winning bid to host the World Cup was the small nations emphasis on sustainability. In order to achieve this vision for sustainability many innovative technologies have been proposed to deal with issues of heat and energy production. While stadium construction is still in its infancy, controversies over human rights violations, expenses, and cultural aspects have already erupted.

Replication of Sustainable Cities

Cities of developing countries are perhaps the most vulnerable for climate change. To deal with their challenges of changing climatic conditions, Rockefeller Foundation created a network of multi-level organizations working in different cities, the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN), in 2008. ACCCRN’s primary goal is to build city-level climate resilience and to share experiences and “success stories” through network to encourage other cities and scale up climate resilience actions globally.

The Regional Environmental Center: A Case Study in Regional Solutions to Cross-Boundary Water Issues

In the aftermath of the conflict in the Balkans in the 1990s, waterways such as the Drina River became natural boundaries between newly formed countries. In other cases, like the Timok River between Bulgaria and Serbia, newly formed states inherited existing bilateral agreements. This presented new challenges with regards to management of shared resources, especially given the recent violent history and lack of trust between populations. Dozens of cities rely on shared rivers for drinking water and sanitation.

Which Way Does the Wind Blow? Wind Power Investment and Development in Mexican Cross-Border Communities

The case study chronicles the development of Baja California state’s first wind farm and illustrates the energy dilemma faced by a region experiencing high electricity costs due to climate, detachment from the national grid, and an incompatible national energy regulatory structure. The case follows David Munoz Andrade, Director of the Baja State Energy Commission, and his vision of wind development as the solution for meeting the region’s energy needs and fostering growth.