Our fellows had an impact around the world

Kennedy Odede, NVF Senior Fellow and Founder of Shining Hope for Communities, which has been distributing soaps, tissues and food for the people living in informal settlements in Kenya. Photo Credit: Kennedy Odede / Twitter

When news began to spread about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in early 2020, a few of the Aspen Institute’s New Voices Senior Fellows were immediately contacted for media interviews and to advise world leaders.

Once the virus began spreading in earnest in March 2020, and nations closed borders and issued stay-at-home orders, dozens of fellows took on leadership roles in their community and beyond to help people stay safe, fed, and informed. Some who are doctors went into the frontlines, others who are researchers helped with efforts to find a vaccine. …


A sampling of the ways NVF Senior Fellows soared in 2020

2013 class:

· Jacques Sebisaho was selected as a 2020 Emerson Collective Dial Fellow. The fellowship “equips remarkable social entrepreneurs with new communications tools to strengthen their voices and extend the impact of their work.”

· Kennedy Odede was awarded the Head of State’s Commendation by President Uhuru Kenyatta for his work in the urban slums during the COVID-19 pandemic.

· Regina Honu was selected for the list of 50 African Digital Champions of 2020 by the Africa Digital Festival. They honor people who are unlocking Africa’s Digital Future.


Here’s the list of their writing in 2020

Many of our Senior Fellows (alumni) continue to publish articles well after their fellowship year. Here are their 322 pieces from 2020!

2013 Fellowship Cohort

1. Kennedy Odede wrote for Daily Nation, “Chance to avert disaster in urban slums.”

2. Kennedy Odede wrote for the Guardian, “’We’re taking matters into our own hands’: bracing for impact in Kenya.”

3. Kennedy Odede wrote for Daily Nation, “Let’s not allow mistrust to get in the way of Covid-19 response.”

4. Kennedy Odede wrote for The Star, “Clean water is a right, not luxury.”

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These are examples of what the amazing alumni of our program achieved in 2018!

Koketso Moeti was one of 20 people selected globally for the inaugural Obama Foundation Fellowship.

Awards and Recognitions and Big Achievements

2013 Class

Debbie Ahenkorah was recognized at the African Entrepreneurship Awards 2018.

Kennedy Odede was selected for the Obama Foundation Leader Africa Programme.

Kennedy Odede’s organization received the $2 million Hilton Humanitarian Prize from Conrad N. Hilton Foundation!

Ola Brown wrote an e-book, Fixing Healthcare in Nigeria: A guide to some of the key policy decisions that will provide better healthcare to all Nigerians.

Ola Brown received the Business Achievement Award at the 2018 Silverbird Man Award.

Ola Brown was…


Learn about development issues from the experts!

Our alumni continue to publish well after their fellowship year. Here are their pieces from this year! Plus, 11 of them penned pieces for the Development as Dignity book, spearheaded by ‘Dapo Oyewole.

2013 Class

Jane Otai, October 2018, Urbanet, “Empowering Youth to Make Informed Sexual and Reproductive Health Decisions.”

Kennedy Odede, November 2018, New York Times, “What a Kenyan Slum Can Teach America About Politics

Ola Brown, July 2018, Medium.com, “How to make $1bn from a single product in Nigeria.”

Ola Brown, October 2018, Vanguard, “Restructuring health care systems in Nigeria.”

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An audio version is available at SoundCloud

Holly: You have an op-ed ready to go. It has a clear argument, strong evidence, it’s timely, you’ve considered the counter-argument and it has a specific call to action. Now it’s time to pitch!

Welcome to the Aspen Institute New Voices Fellowship Tips! My name is Holly Kearl and I manage the alumni of our fellowship program. Today, I am talking with our Alumni Council members about their tips and experiences with pitching. First, here is some practical advice:

Before you pitch an article, you should know who you want to reach and…


An audio version is available at SoundCloud.

Holly: If you plan to write an op-ed, it is important to have a goal in mind. Are you trying to influence policymakers? Local community members? Researchers? Funders? What do you want them to do?

Welcome to the Aspen Institute New Voices Fellowship Tips! My name is Holly Kearl and I manage the alumni of our fellowship program. Today, I am talking with our Alumni Council members about their tips and experiences with deciding on the audience for an op-ed and crafting a call to action. …


An audio version is available at SoundCloud.

Holly: You have decided to write an op-ed, you have your argument and evidence and newshook, but you are worried about the potential backlash. You think, “What if I get hate mail? What if people disagree with me?” And so on. You are not alone if you feel this way and it’s perfectly reasonable to have those concerns.

However, consider this saying the OpEd Project often uses: “If you say things of consequence, there may be consequences, but the alternative is to be inconsequential.” In other words, if you stay silent, you won’t…


An audio version is available at SoundCloud.

Holly: If you find yourself thinking as you watch or read the news, “Noo!! That is so wrong” or “That won’t work” or “I know a better way that could be achieved,” it sounds like you may have inspiration for an argument!

Welcome to the Aspen Institute New Voices Fellowship Tips! My name is Holly Kearl and I manage the alumni of our fellowship program. …


An audio version is available on SoundCloud.

Holly: It’s a Sunday evening and you have a few hours alone, without any other obligations. You want to write an op-ed, but what should you write about? How can you make your piece timely?

Welcome to the Aspen Institute New Voices Fellowship Tips! My name is Holly Kearl and I manage the alumni of our fellowship program. Today, I am talking with our Alumni Council members about their tips and experiences with getting an idea for writing an op-ed — and making pieces timely. …

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