After a lot of ups and downs, learnings both in the workshop in Zurich and from the field, the iCats fellowship 2012 has come to a close. The majority of the fellows have departed from their respective regions and countries and are heading home to digest the plethora of information and stimulation they have undergone in the last year. From building capacity and financial modeling tools in Haiti, to developing a mobile health strategy in South Africa, the fellows have applied their vast knowledge and experience in difficult environments to create impact. Not only impact for their organizations, but impact on peoples lives, the people within the organizations, and most importantly on themselves. If less was accomplished than hoped for while working for the organizations due to adverse conditions, many of the fellows stepped up and helped provide feedback to prevent similar situation for the incoming class 2013. Most importantly, people were willing to take a step back, put their lives in perspective, and give something back.
Here are some impressions from the last year that have created an everlasting impression: