Industry: Charity (The Global Fund)
La Chataigneraie (International School of Geneva)
Challenge: June 2016
Challenge: Engaging and elevating gender equality within the Geneva community and connecting this community to the issues affecting beneficiaries worldwide.
Participants: 33 students
• 100% of students felt the event ran smoothly and any problems were handled well.
• 100% of students felt they had good support.
• 100% of students found the programme interesting and might recommend it to a friend.
• 100% of students had a good feel for what it is like to be part of a real business assignment.
“Students work on 8 billion dollar fundraiser.”
The Global Fund partnership organisation is aimed at accelerating the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria epidemics. This partnership organisation includes governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by these diseases. To achieve its mandate the Global Fund raises and invests nearly US $4 billion a year to support programmes in the countries and communities most in need.
The students were set two challenges by the Global Fund. They were split into two groups to work on these two projects. Within their subgroups, the students further divided themselves into teams, which they worked in for two and a half days. At the end of the week the students presented their innovative and creative fundraising ideas to a team of experts.
The students highlighted that the best parts of the week were “ working in a team and overcoming difficulties that come with a tight deadline and a big team” and “ learning to speak confidently before an important crowd.”
Over the week the students also improved the following personal development skills:
- Problem solving- 97%
- Team working- 97%
- Leadership skills- 74%
- Working to tight deadlines- 97%
- Project management- 100%
- Motivating myself- 100%
Student Solutions: After the week-long programme, the students had created two groups, ‘Incite’ and ‘Leman Vision’. They suggested well thought out marketing strategies including social media handles, campaigns, statistics and collaborations to the panel.
The panel left the presentation feeling excited and invigorated by the students’ ideas and the possibilities which they held for ‘funding the Global Fund’.
Bryan Morris Senior Project Manager, Innovation Hub & Replenishment, External Relations Division, Global Fund was “ well and truly blown away by the quality of the presentations and there were indeed some very interesting ideas proposed which could be useful in the future. “ In fact, he indicated that the presentations were so interesting that many members of the Global Fund team came in to listen on their lunch break.
Veronica Montes, Replenishment Officer, Global Fund was also “ impressed by how motivated the students were. Not only did they come up with great ideas, but they also did thorough research and understood the organization and our needs.”