AIESEC Annual Report 2009

September 22, 2009

Hello world!

AIESEC International is the global office of the AIESEC network. Together with our partners from business and civil society, we regularly produce reports and surveys on a range of topics related to leadership, talent and youth. [1]
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Read our Global Annual Reports to find out how our organization has developed and grew through the past years. [2]

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My Internship

June 16, 2009

Marcia Tiro, Development Intern in Cote d’Ivoire

Marcia , 20, joined AIESEC at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, where she majored in Natural Sciences. As an active member at the local and regional level, she took on many roles before becoming a participant to the Exchange Program and leaving for Cote d’Ivoire for a development based internship in the domain of HIV/AIDS.

Marcia shares her experience as an AIESEC Intern here.

SustainabilityAs I contemplate on the first month of my internship in West Africa I have realized that in developing countries such as Cote d’Ivoire the key to helping prevent the expansion of viruses and diseases (from a sustainable point of view) such as HIV/AIDS is education, especially education of the younger population. That is why the ASK (Answers, Solutions, Keys) program is so effective and is needed in HIV/AIDS infected areas (such as Cote d’Ivoire). The purpose of the program (when well organized) is to educate high school and university students on topics not only surrounding HIV/AIDS, but sexual education, self-esteem and self-growth (topics that shape your personal actions and thoughts). This causes a domino effect, as when one individual is educated they will spread the word to 5 of their friends, etc. Being a part of the ASK program in Abidjan and seeing the keen faces of the students at the sessions (who I must add are not there out of force but out of personal choice) melts my heart. Education really can be applied around the world, it may not have such a huge impact as it does on developing countries but it does work.

However in cases where you are educating larger “communities” and villages, you need a different approach than to come in with your ideologies of development and education of “this is HIV/AIDS and this is what you need to do to stop the epidemic”. Fortunately during my internship, I have also been given the opportunity to work in a non for profit NGO based in Abidjan called Le Soutien ( and it is through this organization that I have learned that the most effective way to spread education and help in the domain of HIV/AIDS is to go straight to the source (the children and especially the orphans affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, and also women empowerment). The non-for-profit focuses on providing resources for orphans and vulnerable children affected and infected by HIV/AIDS (OVC) .

Picture 1Once a week, the children come to the office for a day of activities (eating, learning, counseling) and are able to receive medicines (if needed). The focus is on family and community and providing a support network for the children to develop in a positive environment without discrimination. Home visits to the homes of the OVCs are also done. Another project they are working on is called Project NUNSSEU (The child is the future) this is a project based in Danane (Village in the North of Cote D’Ivoire) for a period of 3 years (10 villages each year). The counselors in the Le Soutien office in Danane travel to each village and help to mobilize the village. Since women are the heart of the household (with out women you cannot have children), Le Soutien focuses on women empowerment and provides womens groups with land so that they can make money and feed their children. Since the village sees this positive impact that the organization does then they can trust the organization and are able to be mobilized on topics such as HIV/AIDS.

Through this whole experience, I have found that short-term development internships really are about learning and experiencing, a lot of self-growth. And the only way that we can really “make a difference” and create a “sustainable environment” is to bring back what we have learned to the same domain back home. We need to share our stories with others and exchange our new networks with each other to create a large global circle.

The Role of Youth in Sustainable Development

June 5, 2009

Sustainable Development Projects in Africa

by Koba Tchegoun Adebo

The latest bulletin from the World Bank on the fight against food crisis shows a funding level of 732.8 million dollars out of 866 million in total for projects in 30 countries. It shows an effort being made, but we still have to question how it is being used, and where are the beneficiaries?

sustainabilitylogo1Increasingly, the different approaches and business models are silent as to the effectiveness of development programs and policies in Africa. Faced with this intensification of public awareness, capacity building of development actors at the base is needed.

Today, a project of the fight against hunger in Africa is most of the time to purchase rolling stock, pay bills, travel expenses and other primes; this state of affairs leads me to emphasize the role of positive change so that African youth are aware of the voice of development.

Finally, we young scholars and researchers in Africa have a need for truth in the history of the development of our continent…


From Guest Blogger Koba Tchegoun Adebo, President of AIESEC in Senegal

Koba Tchegoun AdeboRead more about Tchegoun here

Tchegoun will be sharing his perspectives on Sustainability during the rest of this week in a series of Guest Posts.

A Call for Change

June 4, 2009

New Paradigms, New Challenges

by Koba Tchegoun Adebo

How will the world change? Far from fatalism or pessimism, I addressed the problems of the world and particularly Africa.

sustainabilitylogo1One solution is the word “CHANGE”. This word has become essential in all areas, activities, sectors and social strata of the population worldwide. A sweeping socio economic, political and financial, environmental and religious upheaval reveals a need for change. This change implies a new paradigm, which in turn leads to new challenges.

However we must not overlook pockets of resistance to change where they come; change is not everyone’s business. Often those for whom change is most beneficial refuse to pay the cost, but after a while they are slowed by the collateral damage generated by the new paradigms.

Take the institutions or the international community who know what must be done to have a world of justice and tolerance, where the lowest is protected, yet still don’t do enough. A look at the state of our planet, the air we breathe, pandemics and epidemics that threaten us (climate change, AIDS, malaria, H5N1, H1N1 and so on. …), the successive crises experienced by our planet : food crisis, energy crisis or oil crisis, financial crisis…

What now needs to change? How? Where? When? And with whom?

I open the debate and I would like to have your opinions, suggestions and ideas on the matter.

“Any knowledge shared is not destructive for the future”


From Guest Blogger Koba Tchegoun Adebo, President of AIESEC in Senegal

Koba Tchegoun AdeboI am Koba Tchegoun Adebo and I was born in Benin, to a teacher father and an international trader mother. I grew up in a family of three children of which I am the youngest. I was a student in Economic Policy Analysis and Evaluation of Projects at the University of Dakar Senegal. Since I was young, I learned resilience and open-mindedness from my father. I am equitable and respectful of human values. I believe that only sustainable entrepreneurship can save our world against all the crises we are facing. My core values are boldness and challenge, perseverance and humility in sharing knowledge and recognising merit.

Tchegoun will be sharing his perspectives on Sustainability during the rest of this week in a series of Guest Posts.