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]
Download our most recent publications below available for your reference.

Read our Global Annual Reports to find out how our organization has developed and grew through the past years. [2]

Please find the AIESEC Annual Report 2009 at this link and on AIESEC.org.

[1], [2] AIESEC.org

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How opportunities can shape you: Brooke Jones

July 4, 2009

While Australians normally go to the beach and relax during their big summer break from university, Brooke decided to go on an AIESEC internship in Beijing China working in sustainability.  Coming into her internship with little previous interest in climate change, she is now as committed as ever.

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Aaron Fu, an alumnus and emerging leader in CSR

June 29, 2009

Based on an interview with Aaron Fu, an AIESEC alumnus, we explore his pathway into the CSR field of work.  From an AIESEC conference to internships, all the way to his invitation to guest tweet at the Responsible Leadership Summit in London.
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Understanding the context for climate change solutions of the world’s most vulnerable

June 21, 2009

by Darren Willman

SUNDAY 21 JUNE 2009 – The International Commission on Climage Change and Development’s report on managing the climate change issue says “context matters”.  In those countries most vulnerable to climate change, Africa, I surveyed members of AIESEC as representatives of youth opinion for the unique solutions in their countries.

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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 (www.lesoutien.org) 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.


My Internship

June 15, 2009

Luca Nizzola, Citizenship Coordinator at Microsoft

Luca joined AIESEC in 2005 in the local committee of Geneva, Switzerland, in the last year of his studies in international relations. Initiall joining only for an internship, he quickly realized that AIESEC offered much more than that. After 2 months as team leader for the external relations team,  Luca was elected Vice President External Relations in his local committee. One year later, he was elected at the same position but this time in the national commitee. After that,  he left for Sao Paulo, Brazil, to organize the AIESEC International Congress with a team of 55 individuals from all over the world. He concluded his AIESEC Experience with what he wanted to do when he joined the organization : an internship. Luca is currently working as an intern in Brussels, Belgium, for Microsoft in CSR initiatives.

SustainabilityTell us about your internship…

I’m assisting my managers in reaching out to goverment leaders in the European Union institutions to make them aware of Microsoft CSR initiatives mainly in the area of environment, e-health and education. What I love about my internship with Microsoft is that I learn a lot about how such a huge company is functionning and dealing with such topics. Besides, as a graduate in international relation, I enjoy getting to know the EU institutions and sometimes participate in some meetings due to my internship.

I was very surprised and impressed by the work Microsoft is doing all over the world mainly through its departments of Citizenship and Community Affairs. Microsoft is working closely with NGOs and foundations to enable them to perform through different initiatives such as software donations, support to apply for international grants, IT skills building and more. On environment, Microsoft is investing a substantial amount of its 9 billions dollars budget in Research and Development to develop more energy efficient softwares and operating systems like the upcoming Windows 7. I was for instance very impressed by a prototype that Microsoft Research has produced. It’s a USB stick called Somniloquy that once introduced in your computer augment network interfaces while your computer is at sleep and can reduce energy consumption between 60 and 80 % !

What was AIESEC’s role in attracting your interest in CSR and sustainability?

I had never heard of CSR until the moment I joined AIESEC. At that time, CSR was chosen globally as one of the 5 main topics that AIESEC wanted to work with, mainly to enable members to develop leadership skills in a specific topic that can impact the world today. AIESEC in my country and abroad organized plenty of seminars and conferences where CSR was one of the topic of discussion and where business leaders, academics and NGOs were sharing their views on the topic. This helped me a lot to discover and understand what CSR means and what businesses are doing today in that area.

n507571342_2656476_2477105How did your involvement in AIESEC build your interest in CSR and sustainability?

As local and then national Vice President External Relations, I was the one who was responsible for engaging companies in AIESEC activities. I had to find ways to involve them in our internship program but also in our national conferences and other projects. Thanks to AIESEC I had the immense privilege to interact regularly in my mid twenties with business leaders all over my country. And that’s by working closely with them that I could have a glimpse of their business activities, CSR being one of them. I discovered that companies in Switzerland were much more active than I thought in this area and were running many interesting and meaningful programs. The more closely I worked with them, the more aware and interested I became about CSR.

How is AIESEC curreny making an impact in CSR and sustainability?

It is making an impact by providing a platform for people to develop through leadership roles, international internships and its learning environment, the so called AIESEC Experience. Very often people join AIESEC with a very vague idea of what they want to achieve in life or more simply, where they would like to work after university. What is so great about AIESEC is that it helps you, without noticing it at first, develop crucial skills, understanding and knowledge of the world around us. During my time in AIESEC, I was surrounded by like-minded people all over the world that became eager to do something with their life. Some people wanted to improve education in their coutries, other started their own business or NGO while others currently work in CSR branches of well-known corporations. AIESEC not only provided them with key competencies to improve the state of the world, it provided them with a set of values that will hopefully guide their life and their work in the future. When some of the AIESEC alumni will work for a SME or a multinational company later on, I hope that not only the competencies gained but mostly their values and their mindset will impact their colleagues, their partners, their business and their community at large. At least, the potential is there. That’s for me how AIESEC is making an impact in CSR and sustainability.


Climate change requires the world to be more culturally sensitive

June 13, 2009

by Darren Willman

SUNDAY 14 JUNE 2009 – Mass migration as a result of climate change will be an issue of growing importance in the next 40 years.  But as Western Europe and European Union remain conservative and reserved, they reveal a need for cultural empathy and understanding across continents.

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