Anti Racism Resources

DSO stands with those who confront systemic and individual racial injustice. We are proud to support inspiring social impact organizations and we continue to listen, learn, and take actions that support necessary and enduring change.

First DC Journey Mapping with LEDC

First DC Journey Mapping with LEDC

On April 12th, the DC team gathered together with the Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) at their WeWork office in DC to complete our first design thinking centered session

DSO Design Thinking Workshop

DSO Design Thinking Workshop

Design thinking is a concept that has seen increased interest in DSO recently. Our professional volunteers have been introduced to frameworks and tools around implementing design thinking into project work. Companies such as SAP, Pariveda, and Ashoka have all contributed to an increasing awareness of design thinking.

Pittsburgh Social Impact Case Competition

Pittsburgh Social Impact Case Competition

The Pittsburgh team, with the help of members from the DC and SF team to hosted a case competition on Carnegie Mellon’s campus at the Tepper School of Business. This was one of the first social impact case competitions this campus has seen, and with solid on the ground marketing help from a student organization, Undergraduate Marketing Organization (UMO), we ended up having 8 teams (28 participants) take part in the day’s affair.

Improving online course engagement with Gooru

Improving online course engagement with Gooru

Dedicating to honoring the human right to education Gooru is a nonprofit edtech startup that offers an online courseware platform for K-12 settings. Students and educators all over the world can build and deliver their course materials through Gooru, either in a classroom setting or a self-learning experience.

State of the Hub: Washington DC

State of the Hub: Washington DC

The DC hub has experienced great growth since launching in Georgetown in 2014. We focus on achieving tangible, measurable results for global clients we believe in through creativity, passion, and teamwork. To do this, we are deliberately using our position as a member of the global DC community to enhance our projects and grow our hub.

State of the Hub: Pittsburgh

State of the Hub: Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh hub is bustling with activity this Fall with new projects, new members, and continued discussions with nonprofits on potential projects.

Dream a Dream: A Study Abroad in India

Dream a Dream: A Study Abroad in India

​​If you’re planning on studying abroad, you may be able to test out a career path while still pursuing your education by taking advantage of an intern abroad program. Now a days, more and more employers are recognizing the benefits of studying abroad, and are actively seeking out candidates with study abroad experience.

Global Health Media Project

Global Health Media Project

Global Health Media Project (GHMP) is a nonprofit that develops and distributes high-quality video training materials for health workers in low-resource settings. It’s an organization that meets all three of the conditions listed above. GHMP’s precise and descriptive videos are used as primary educational materials. GHMP’s videos have been downloaded in almost every country, both developing and developed, across the globe.

The Qualities and Quirks of a Dream Team

Amy reflects on the roles of a dream team, outlining the Fierce Imaginer, Silent Do-er, Strengths Sparker, Graceful Gather, Endless Energizer, Tough Lover and Guilt Tripper.

Social Impact Investing: An Exercise in Efficiency

Social Impact Investing: An Exercise in Efficiency

Minkee reflects on a panel of thought leaders in social entrepreneurship speaking at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business arguing that leveraging the private sector is vital to grow out an organization focused on social change.

My Future and Africa’s Thanks to Future Forward

Lucus reflects on earned how he learned to work with a team through all sorts of challenges, small and large, got a window into the world of international development consulting and DC’s corporate culture, worked on his own business skills, but more importantly he got to work on a project that had an impact on the world and will continue to in the future.

Coast to Coast

Coast to Coast

Hannah lived in the DC Metro area her entire life but left the east coast and moved out west all the way to Southern California. She reflects on her cross country move.

Congrats, you’re An “Official Non Profit”. Now What?

If you recently started a nonprofit or work/volunteer for a small organization you might be overwhelmed with everything there is to do to setup your organization for success in executing their mission. Here at Development Solutions Organization we went from a student organization in 2008 to an official 501©(3) and have some tips on getting started.

My Time in the Other China

My Time in the Other China

Matt reflects on his study abroad in Taipei, Taiwan and expounds upon his experience by introducing Taiwan through his eyes.

Our Place in the Future

Our Place in the Future

Ellen reflects on where we are in time and how we live in a world where communication is not a journey. She can speak to he mother, and can see her face on a computer screen. That’s incredible. We live in the future.

Why Mentoring Matters

Ajay outlines four principles on why mentoring matters - mentoring is important, each member matters, choice assignments and mentoring is a two-way street.

Improving Water Access in Nepal

Improving Water Access in Nepal

Wei had had the privilege of working with an amazing community located in the foothills of Nepal, called Sabhung. As part of the Hartford Professional Chapter (HPC) of Engineers without Borders (EWB) USA, he partnered with a local NGO, Namlo, to help improve water access to the Ward 8 community of about 800 residents.

The Importance of Being Busy

Trisha reflects on the Importance of Being Busy. Do what you love. It's absolutely important to spend time with your [self | friends | family], but you also owe it to yourself (and society!) to follow your passions and be happy.

Agency and Positive Change

Agency, in simple terms, deals with choices. Your capacity to make choices and decisions to determine your future and shape the world around you. People’s happiness, health and well being are closely tied to their agency whether they are in the “first world”; countries or developing nations.

Mobile Money: When Piggy Banks Fly

Mobile money is bringing financial services to the poor around the world, and DSO is taking part in the revolution with Hummingbill, a solution that allows companies to send customers accurate, timely bills, which customers pay on their cell phones via SMS even if they don’t have a bank account or a data connection.

Lets not pretend to celebrate Mandela Day

Lets not pretend to celebrate Mandela Day

One of DSO’s clients, Cameroon Development Football Program understands the power of this coordinating device and is using soccer to empower and educate the youth of Cameron. Mandela, like CFDP understood the power of soccer and sports and used it as a coordinating device for attempting to unite races in South Africa and as an emotional outlet when he was in prison.

Retreat and much more …

Retreat and much more …

Sonal reflects on a SF DSO Retreat and the opportunity to get to know the SF team better in a gorgeous sun-kissed setting, have delicious food for every meal and most of all for the time to reignite her passion for international development.

The Importance of Incremental Progress

The Importance of Incremental Progress

Saurabh reflects on time spent at an ART clinic in Zambia working with 3 other classmates on a project to improve overall patient wait-time. This incremental progress is hugely rewarding and impactful and the reason why more of us need to work on the world’s biggest challenges.

Six hours in the life of a refugee …

Amy reflects on her experience at the American Red Cross Global Refugee Simulation. Families forced to leave their homes would never have a home again. Water, food, sanitation, and education; basic necessities to her, had become a luxury for 15.4 million people around the world.

Women Techmakers Summit

Lizzie reflects on her experience at the Women Techmaker's Summit hosted by Google, where she had the opportunity to network with many talented women working in tech, as well as hear great talks by some of the tech industry's most inspiring women leaders.

The evolution of the DSO logo

The evolution of the DSO logo

Outlining DSO’s ongoing effort to evolve our online presence and presentation and update our logo.