SF Bay Area Event: Power and Privilege in International Development

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Power and Privilege in International Development:
A Conversation with Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Kenyan Social Entrepreneur

Tuesday, March 18th from 12-1pm in Blum Hall Room 330
Light snacks will be provided. Please RSVP: http://bit.ly/1cK1V2W.

Students from the Master of Development Practice Program and the Goldman School of Public Policy’s International Public Policy Group are hosting a brown bag discussion with Dr. Wanjiru Kamau- Rutenberg, Founder of Akili Dada, a leadership incubator for young Kenyan women. Join us as we tackle critical questions about philanthropy and international development:

How do the power structures and privilege inherent in donor-grantee or foreigner- local relationships undermine social change work?

Are “impact evaluation” and “scale” everything they’re cracked up to be? What do they look like on the ground? Is it possible to maintain the values and the integrity of an organization when you grow it to scale? Whose definition of impact and success matters more – the social entrepreneur’s? The donor’s? The local community’s?

Bring your passion, your skepticism, and your toughest questions for a lively discussion!

About Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg

[Wanjiru_Board] Wanjiru, a native Kenyan who currently lives and works in Nairobi, earned a B.A. in Politics from Whitman College and Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science from the University of Minnesota. Her research and teaching interests center on the politics of philanthropy, gender, Africa, ethnicity, and democratization, and on the role of technology in social activism. She has received widespread recognition for her work with Akili Dada, including being honored as a 2012 White House ‘Champion of Change’, named one of the 100 Most Influential Africans by New African Magazine, a 2012 Ford Foundation Champion of Democracy, and a recipient of the 2011 Yamashita Prize from UC Berkeley.


Co-Hosted by the Center for African Studies. Space generously provided by the Blum Center for Developing Economies.


Power and Privilege in International Development