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Global Applied Project in eastern Africa

Seven MBA students from Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business are currently in eastern Africa completing their Global Applied Project (GAP) addressing Global One Health initiative’s business challenges.

GAP is an experiential learning course that prepares students for international business through an immersive, hands-on business experience in a location outside of the United States. As part of their project, students apply skills learned at Fisher to address an organization's business challenge or opportunity.

The GAP team currently in eastern Africa, which consists of Katie Abdellatif, Aziza Allen, Ariel Cooper, John Cox, Neethi Johnson, Kaitlyn Kendall-Sperry and Obi Nnebedum, has spent one month in Ethiopia and Kenya doing extensive research on local NGOs with similar operations to compile deliverables detailing ideal models of structure and operations-based practices for the Global One Health initiative.

With the help of the regional GOHi office in Addis Ababa, the students have met with several local partner institutions and organizations including the University of Nairobi, CDT-Africa, the International Livestock Research Institute, the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, the World Animal Protection, I-TECH Kenya and the Ethiopian Branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention while conducting their research.

"We have had an amazing time working with the Global One Health Initiative both in Columbus as well as in Ethiopia and Kenya," said Johnson, "The GOHi staff in Africa is amazingly hospitable and kind and we had the opportunity to interview a dozen NGOs that practice the One Health mission in their programming, gleaning insights and best practices so that we can make the best recommendations to Ohio State."

Once the team finishes their project, GOHi will receive recommendations for the initiative to incorporate into their existing structure to improve capability and extend their global reach as an NGO.