KPMG has provided Restless Development with 13 technical placements so far this year as part of their first cross-border CSR programme, BRIGHT.
We have hosted these placements in India, Nepal, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. We have 5 remaining placements that will be hosted in Sierra Leone and Uganda this month.
The response to the placements undertaken this year has been overwhelmingly positive for both Country Programmes and the KPMG BRIGHT participants.
KPMG BRIGHT volunteers and Restless Development team in Delhi
Anneleen: “I had an incredible 2-weeks experience. The goal of my placement was to assist in setting up a private sector engagement strategy. Currently Restless Development India gets most of its funding via bilateral and multilateral support from different governments. As India is developing more and more, this support is not sustainable. Therefore I was asked to set up a strategy for private sector engagement, aimed at setting up long term partnerships with companies rather than one-time funding….These two weeks have been an incredible experience that I will never forget!”
|Colin and Vasleios|
Volunteers - Colin McAdam, Benjamin Lammens, Adam Paxton and Vasileios Papapostolou worked on finance, private sector engagement strategy and designing leadership training for managers.
“When you actually see the population of the rural areas you certainly feel the need to deliver on your placement and everyone was really excited about working on and delivering the training course.” (Vasileios)
“It’s been very easy to build some excellent relationships with people here because of their general enthusiasm and personable natures, something that many companies, organisations and communities around the world could learn from,” (Colin).
Catherine Stephens, our Performance Director, commented:
“We’ve had such valuable support and feedback. We also have a LinkedIn group set up for all the staff/ KPMG staff members involved in the Restless Leaders training programme... these placements are – collectively - being transformative for us.
There is such a buzz about the Restless Leaders training programme!”
To find out more about the KPMG BRIGHT placements and the partcipants' experiences please visit the KPMG BRIGHT blog page http://kpmgbright.wordpress.com/category/restless-development/