Author: Amara Uyanna

Scientific Philanthropy: A Necessary Adoption for the Future

Photo: Robert Bassam (CC) Crook Fellow Amara Uyanna makes the case for bolstering philanthropy with scientific principles, backing up her argument with experiences gleaned during her time working with Sustainability International: I’ve always thought of philanthropy as an art: the art of giving. While I still believe there’s an artistic component to it, I am now of the opinion that to secure our future, we need to incorporate science into philanthropy. Decades ago, John D. Rockefeller Sr. coined the term “scientific philanthropy,” which he described as “the application of frontiers of science, technology and engineering to improving the state of humanity.”...

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Niger Delta – a time-sensitive but hopeful situation

Photo: Jurgen 2017 Crook Fellow Amara Uyanna is interning with Sustainability International this summer in Nigeria, and updates us here on the environmental conditions of the Niger Delta region, where among other responsibilities she is coordinating bioremediation efforts in the area: “Time is an illusion” just as much as “time is of the essence.” Either of the preceding axioms can be used depending on context. In my opinion, time has been of the essence with regards to the Niger Delta. For over five decades, the Niger Delta has been the oil hub of Nigeria, the eighth largest oil producing country. The...

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