Is there an art to mediating conflicts?

Being a mediator is not really about trying to understand someone else’s conflict in order to help resolve it. It’s more about working with the parties to get them to understand their own conflict, said Peter Sampson, who works at the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) as the...

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Professional Networking 101

Whether you’re a student, professional, or entrepreneur, having a strong network can make a world of difference when it comes to achieving your goals. While professional networking is often associated with job hunting, its benefits are numerous: in addition to career opportunities, your professional network may offer business leads, knowledge...

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YALI Network members: How to succeed as an entrepreneur

YALI Network members shared their success stories and advice for fellow entrepreneurs with IIP Coordinator Macon Phillips. Patrick Stephenson, Mariam Njai and Daniel Bonsu (pictured above) attended an IIP Tech Camp in Ghana in May. Afterwards, Phillips sat down with them to discuss entrepreneurship in Africa. During the roundtable discussion,...

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Developing a Business Plan

When launching a business, one of the most important first steps is to write a business plan. A good business plan will help you answer important questions, such as the value of your idea, potential market opportunity, and costs associated with everything from production to marketing. Securing capital, attracting team...

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Advance your career by using an essay to talk yourself up

Whether you’re writing an essay to apply for admission to university, graduate school or the Mandela Washington Fellowship to take your career to the next level, your job is the same: demonstrate to the decisionmakers that you’re the best choice. Emphasize outcomes “Sometimes we focus on things we’ve done” —...

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