The weather here in Accra has been a wonder. The people tell me we are approaching “rainy season” and that heavy, ferocious rain will soon become a daily thing. The last time it rained (a few days ago), I couldn’t go out to get my work done. I later heard that some rural-area businesses were damaged by the rain. Somehow there is no in-between: it’s either scorching hot or it’s raining dogs, cats, and ND squirrels.

My research is progressing steadily and I think I have somewhat mastered the rhythm of things. I bring an application letter to schools for permission to work with their teachers on questionnaires and potential interviews, talk to administrators at the school, and then I usually have to wait a few days (or weeks, or indefinitely, unfortunately) to hear back. My goal is to have 40 questionnaires filled out, and 20 interviews conducted. I’m about a little over 2/3 into my goal.

While most Ghanaians speak English, they also speak Twi and Pidjin English. Some people speak Twi to me without realizing that I don’t understand it, so I have learnt some basic phrases beyond my initial Akwaaba (Welcome), which I learnt at the airport. I finally had some of the local food, specifically wakye, which is made with rice, beans, and a special sauce. I really liked it. Ghanaians also love to dance and listen to Afrobeat music. I have always loved Afrobeat music, but now I have learnt to appreciate the Ghanaian touch to it.


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Global Citizenship for Human Development: A Conversation with Muhammad Yunus

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Muhammad Yunus

Muhammad Yunus, the recipient of the 2017–18 Ford Family Notre Dame Award for International Development and Solidarity, is an economist, social entrepreneur, and Nobel Laureate, heralded around the world as a pioneer of microfinance. More recently, he has become known for his efforts to harness capitalism as a force for good that promotes equitable human development and global sustainability...
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