Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from Princeton in Africa! Please note our new address:

Louis A. Simpson International Building
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544

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This summer, Princeton in Africa welcomed our 2015-16 fellowship class. This group of 51 inspiring, talented and dedicated new Fellows has begun to head out across the African continent to support our host organizations. They will be working in 15 countries with 31 organizations (including four new host organizations – see the full list of our incredible host organizations here!). We received nearly 450 applications this year, and as you can imagine, the 2015-16 fellowship class is as impressive as ever.

Our pre-departure orientation was held here in Princeton from June 4-8, 2015. As was the case last year, our orientation featured a panel of alumni who shared their experiences, stories and invaluable advice with the outgoing Fellows, as well as a career panel of professional guests who offered our Fellows insight and guidance on how to make the most of their fellowship year.  In addition, there was plenty of time for our Fellows to bond over shared interests and experiences and have fun along the way! We are excited to see our Fellows continue to grow as individuals and as a community over the course of their fellowship year.

Our new Fellows are bright, adventurous, and passionate about Africa, and we can’t wait to experience the year ahead with them. Welcome 2015-16 PiAf Fellows!

2015-16 Fellows' Orientation Group Photo

 

We are pleased to launch the first-ever Princeton in Africa Annual Report for our 2013-14 fellowship year! In our annual report, you will find statistics on the impact of last year’s Fellows and the satisfaction of our partner organizations. We have also included information about our fiscal year 2013-14 expenses and revenue, broken down by source to show the breadth of our operations.

You can check out our annual report on our website here.

On Thursday, October 23, 2014, Princeton in Africa celebrated 15 years of Fellows at its 2014 Annual Gala. We presented the first-ever Princeton in Africa Founders’ Medal to the Co-Founders of Princeton in Africa (Jim Floyd, George Hritz and Frank Strasburger), and the Princeton in Africa Medal to the Tierney Family. Thank you to everyone who supported our event and thanks to all who joined us – you helped make the evening a great success!

You can see more photos of the event here.

In honor of the co-founders, Emmy Award-winning videographer James Blue (Princeton Class of ’91) produced a video in which the co-founders and Emily Holland (one of PiAf’s first two Fellows) discussed the history of PiAf as an organization. To watch the video, click here.

 

Princeton in Africa Annual Gala

Tierney Family and Fred Swaniker at 2014 GalaCo-Founders and Jim Robinson at 2014 Gala

Thursday, October 23, 2014
A private club in Manhattan
New York, NY

6 p.m. cocktail reception and silent auction
7 p.m. dinner, program, and live auction

 

Princeton in Africa will be hosting its annual gala on Thursday, October 23, 2014 in New York City to honor the Tierney Family and the Princeton in Africa Co-Founders – Jim Floyd, George Hritz and Frank Strasburger. For more details, keep reading or check out our press release for the event (available here)!

You are cordially invited to the presentation of

The Princeton in Africa Medal to

The Tierney Family

Tierney Family photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

In recognition of their volunteer and philanthropic work across the African continent and their work to bring funding and much-needed attention to companies and communities in sub-Saharan Africa

and, in honor of 15 years of sending Fellows to Africa,

The Princeton in Africa Founders’ Medal to

Jim Floyd, George Hritz & Frank Strasburger

Jim Floyd photo 1

George Hritz cropped photo from 2011 benefitFrank Strasburger photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

In recognition of their initiative in establishing an organization committed to service and their commitment to the advancement of Africa

Thursday, October 23, 2014
6 p.m. cocktail reception and silent auction
7 p.m. dinner, program, and live auction
Business attire required

Please RSVP by October 3, 2014

Tickets to our annual gala are now sold out.

Princeton in Africa’s annual gala provides us with a significant portion of our program and operating funds each year, and we are extremely grateful for all contributions and support. Thank you for making our remarkable fellowship program possible!

www.princetoninafrica.org / piaf@princetoninafrica.org / 609.258.7215

On October 23rd, Princeton in Africa held its 2014 Annual Gala, which included an inspiring speech by former Fellow Alexandra Hellmuth, Princeton in Africa’s 2013-14 Fellow with Olam International in Ghana.

Alex spoke on behalf of current and former Fellows about why our work is so important.  We are honored to share her comments with all of those who were unable to join us on October 23rd. Thank you Alex and thanks to everyone who joined us in celebrating 15 years of Princeton in Africa Fellows!

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Good evening and thank you all for being here tonight. Your generosity helped make my fellowship experience possible and will continue to provide opportunities for fellowship classes to come. I want to extend a special thanks to the Tierney family and the original Princeton in Africa founders who we are honoring tonight. And finally, thank you to Katie and the whole Princeton in Africa team for organizing an amazing night and for working tirelessly throughout the year to ensure the success of Princeton in Africa.

I am honored to be representing Princeton in Africa and I am proud to be a former Fellow. 15 years ago, Emily, our MC, was part of the first fellowship class. Since then, Princeton in Africa has sent 400 Fellows to 35 countries. I want to highlight the three key areas where I think Princeton in Africa has made a significant impact in the past 15 years: They have changed the lives and careers of 400 Fellows, myself included. They have delivered value to countless partner organizations. And most importantly, they have built a strong network committed to positive change in Africa.

I think it is obvious that the Princeton in Africa fellowship provides an incredibly unique opportunity for a recent graduate interested in working in Africa. In thinking about what to highlight in this speech, I looked back at the journal I kept in Ghana. From the very first page penned upon my arrival in northwestern Ghana (in short, it reads: where am I??) to the many subsequent challenges, successes, laughs and tears—it describes the experience of a lifetime. For me, Princeton in Africa helped bridge my interest in understanding the potential of the private sector to deliver business solutions to large-scale social problems with concrete work experience. It also completely expanded my worldview, taught me how to work with an extremely diverse group of people, and ignited new passions: like sustainable farming! As a Jersey girl who had never set foot on a farm before landing in Ghana, this is huge.

Secondly, Princeton in Africa is creating value for their partners: the businesses, organizations, and people who Fellows spend their year with. At Olam, a global agriculture firm, I managed two public-private partnerships between Olam and development organizations that were initiated by the 2012-13 PiAf Fellow Sarah Richards. When I got to my post in the Upper West region of the country, it was obvious how much of a positive impact Sarah had had on her colleagues and the company as a whole. In fact, most colleagues and Olam staff called me Sarah for the first month or so…the fact that we were both blonde haired, blue-eyed, approximately 5’8” females probably contributed to the mix-up, but I think they also just missed her and her contribution to the business. The two projects initiated by Sarah, with backers like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, are aimed at improving the livelihoods of smallholder cotton and cashew farmers through a variety of farmer training programs, environmental initiatives, and education campaigns. My role at Olam was to develop a strategy for successful implementation. During my year in Ghana, I am proud to have led Olam’s investment in farming communities. We trained close to 4,000 cotton farmers on basic business practices to help them better manage their farms, we provided direct market access and fair prices to 20,000 cashew farmers.

What I was able to achieve at Olam is just a fraction of the impact generated by my fellowship class and the many Fellows who have come before us.

Finally, Princeton in Africa is building a core group of people who are committed to growth in Africa. Who here has heard the term “Africa Rising” in the past year? In the midst of a renewed focus on the potential of African economies, it will be even more important to develop a group of people who are not only passionate and motivated to work in Africa, but who will also bring an experienced and educated perspective to development, policy, health, and business challenges there.

Impressively, 15 people in my fellowship class are still working in Africa, and while a few are still working with their partner organizations, the majority of those 15 sought out new opportunities, spreading PiAf’s reach even further across the continent.

On a more personal level, I have found the network to be extremely supportive and encouraging: one of the first people I was greeted by at Yale was a former fellow, Emily Harris, who is in her second year at the School of Management. And my fellowship class now includes some of my best friends and important professional contacts. The rapidly expanding group of former Fellows will continue to grow and leave their mark on the world, and I have no doubt that those who I am lucky to call my fellowship class will be leaders for important issues facing Africa in the future.

In closing, thank you for making an investment in Princeton in Africa—you are an essential part of value creation for Fellows, partner organizations, and the future of the African continent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PiAf  is currently accepting applications for yearlong fellowship opportunities with a variety of organizations working across the African continent. PiAf Fellows work in service-oriented positions in many different fields, including income generation and social entrepreneurship, humanitarian aid, education, post-conflict reconstruction, public health, agriculture and nutrition, and environment and conservation. Since its launch in 1999, PiAf has placed nearly 400 Fellows in 35 countries across the continent. Graduating seniors and young alumni from any accredited U.S. college or university are eligible to apply. Please note that prior Africa experience is NOT a requirement. There is no single background, skill, or experience that makes someone the “perfect” fellowship applicant.  Our Fellows are talented and passionate individuals who bring a wide range of skills and experiences to our partner organizations. For more information, please visit the “Applicants” section of our website.

The deadline for 2015-16 fellowship applications is Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 11:59PM EST!

2015-16 Fellows' Orientation Group Photo

This summer, Princeton in Africa welcomed our 2014-15 fellowship class. This group of 49 inspiring, enthusiastic and dedicated new Fellows has begun to head out across the African continent to support our partner organizations. They will be working in 15 countries with 30 partner organizations (including eight new partner organizations – see our list of Current Partners for more info on all of our incredible partners!). We received over 460 applications this year, and as you can imagine, the 2014-15 fellowship class is as impressive as ever.

Our pre-departure orientation was held here in Princeton from June 4-June 8. As was the case last year, we had a wonderful panel of alumni who shared their experiences, stories and invaluable advice with the outgoing Fellows, as well as a career panel of professional guests who offered our Fellows insight and guidance on how to make the most of their fellowship year.  In addition, we were thrilled to see the Fellows quickly bond with each other over shared interests, goals, jokes, and experiences. We have no doubt that this strong sense of community will unite our Fellows throughout their fellowship year and beyond.

Our new Fellows are bright, adventurous, and passionate about Africa, and we can’t wait to experience the year ahead with them. Welcome 2014-15 PiAf Fellows!

2014-15 Fellows Orientation Group Photo

PiAf  is currently accepting applications for yearlong fellowship opportunities with a variety of organizations working across the African continent. PiAf Fellows work in service-oriented positions in many different fields, including humanitarian aid, social enterprise, public health, conservation, and education. Since its launch in 1999, PiAf has placed more than 300 Fellows in 34 countries across the continent. Graduating seniors and young alumni from any accredited U.S. college or university are eligible to apply. Please note that prior Africa experience is NOT a requirement. There is no single background, skill, or experience that makes someone the “perfect” fellowship applicant.  Our Fellows are talented and passionate individuals who bring a wide range of skills and experiences to our partner organizations. For more information visit the “Applicants” section of our website.

The deadline for 2014-15 fellowship applications is Wednesday, November 6th at 11:59PM EST!

To find out more information about 2014-15 fellowships with Princeton in Africa please attend our online webinar on Wednesday, October 16th from 6:00-8:00PM EST.

On November 12th, 2013, Princeton in Africa held its 2013 Annual Gala and presented the Princeton in Africa Medal to Bob & Jennifer Diamond and Barry & Dolly Segal. Thank you to everyone who supported our event and thanks to all who joined us – you helped make the evening a great success!

PiAf Board President presenting PiAf Medal to Bob and Jennifer DiamondPiAf Board President Jim Robinson presenting PiAf Medal to Barry Segal

Princeton in Africa Annual Gala

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Racquet & Tennis Club

370 Park Avenue
New York City

6:00 cocktail hour & silent auction
7:00 – 10:00 p.m. dinner, event & live auction

Please join us! We are looking forward to an enjoyable evening, celebrating this year’s honorees – Robert & Jennifer Diamond and Barry & Dolly Segal (more information below), our fellowship program, and the friends and supporters who make it happen. Tickets to our annual gala ($350/person or $150/person for former Fellows) can be purchased online by credit card here or you can email piaf@princetoninafrica.org for more information or additional payment options.

If you are interested in helping to sponsor this important Princeton in Africa event, please click here for more information on sponsorship packages and for our 2013 chair pledge form.

Princeton in Africa’s annual benefit provides us with a significant portion of our program and operating funds each year, and we are extremely grateful for all contributions and support. Thank you for making our remarkable fellowship program possible!

 

You are cordially invited to the presentation of the Princeton in Africa Medal in honor of:

Robert & Jennifer Diamond

For their commitment to improving access to quality financial services across Africa, their thoughtful philanthropic approach to fostering changes in health and education, and their efforts to bring attention to the remarkable growth underway and the incredible opportunities that exist across Africa.

and in honor of:

Barry & Dolly Segal

For their commitment to finding and funding innovative, sustainable solutions in Africa, their efforts to build the capacity of grassroots organizations in Africa, their longtime support for Princeton in Africa, and in recognition of the Segal Family Foundation as a model for other philanthropists eager to make a difference in Africa.

Please call our office at 609.258.7215 or email piaf@princetoninafrica.org with any questions or for more information regarding ticket sales.

The beginning of summer is always an exciting time at Princeton in Africa! Our 2013-14 fellowship class of 46 inspiring, enthusiastic and dedicated new Fellows has begun to head out across the continent to support our partner organizations. They will be working in 15 African countries with 25 partner organizations. We received a record number of applications this year (466 applications from 125+ American colleges and universities). As you can imagine, the 2013-14 fellowship class is as impressive as ever.

Our pre-departure orientation was held here in Princeton from June 6-June 9, and it was an energizing—and full!—several days. Not only did we have a wonderful panel of alumni who shared their experiences, stories and invaluable advice with the outgoing Fellows, but this year we also hosted an international careers panel. Our professional guests offered our Fellows insight and guidance as they prepare to set out on their fellowship journey. In addition to preparing for their upcoming year, the Fellows quickly created strong bonds with each other during the pre-departure orientation, and we have no doubt that this will be a strongly united fellowship class.

Our new Fellows are bright, adventurous, and passionate about Africa, and we can’t wait to experience the year ahead with them. Welcome 2013-14 PiAf Fellows!

Princeton in Africa's 2013-14 fellowship class
Princeton in Africa’s 2013-14 fellowship class