Monday, June 22, 2015

Consulting - The Proexpansion Project

Consulting - The Proexpansion Project

Consulting for field partner organizations serves as a main component of the Fellowship. Fellows are teamed up (2-3 fellows per team) and magically matched with an organization in the Emzingo network. During the duration of the Fellowship, fellows work with field partners in understanding problems and crafting  custom solutions. This is an approach used by many business schools, including Anderson School of Management at UNM, called service learning. Fellows are given real-world opportunities to provide service to organizations by using skills and applying knowledge to solve problems. Meanwhile, fellows are also learning new skills and knowledge as they adapt for new contexts and the ill-structured nature of the problems. It is a win-win situation for organizations and students alike.

Our field partner
Proexpansion is a consulting firm that promotes market initiatives to generate economic prosperity and well-being for Peruvian citizens. They consult for a range of stakeholders regarding a wide range of issues and are a source of relevant information for creating a better planet.  In 2014, Proexpansion completed an assessment of waste in Peru with the following findings:
       7 million tons of waste is produced each year in Peru
       50% of waste is in informal landfills and not treated properly
       20% of waste is processed in formal landfills
       2% of waste is recycled
       110% growth in recycling sector
These statistics alarmed Proexpansion and awoke an interest in generating solutions in order to help improve the waste management system in Peru. Proexpansion partnered with Emzingo Fellows to identify top waste management business models that they can set in motion with stakeholders in Peru.  My team of Fellows are responsible for the following deliverables during the 2015 Peru Fellowship:

1.     Who is doing what in waste management around the world?
      Develop benchmark study of successful waste management business models around the world.

2.     What is feasible in Peru?
Analyze 3-5 business models that would be appropriate for the context.

3.     Who are the stakeholders that should be approached?
Identify potential stakeholders that could be interested in exploring opportunities (ie. Investors, companies, municipalities, NGOs, citizens)

Let the journey through the wild world of waste management begin!

Audriana Stark

2015 Peru Emzingo Fellow

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