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NYU Wagner Convocation | Classes of 2020 and 2021

The Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service celebrated the Classes of 2020 and 2021 at New York City Center on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. We are proud of our exceptional graduates and grateful for the opportunity to recognize their accomplishments alongside friends, family, and faculty.

NYU Wagner Convocation Class of 2022 | Wednesday, May 25

The Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service's Convocation Ceremony celebrated the Class of 2022 at New York City Center on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. We are proud of our exceptional graduates and grateful for the opportunity to recognize their accomplishments alongside friends, family, and faculty.

Small Firm Diaries: Global

Support from the Gates Foundation to the NYU Financial Access Initiative for the collection and analysis of small fir

Small Firm Diaries: Kenya

Support from FSD Kenya to the NYU Financial Access Initiative for the collection and analysis of small firm diaries i

CONNECTING RURAL-TO-URBAN MIGRANT WORKERS TO JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Client
DABASHOU
Faculty
Andy Moss
Team
Yipeng Dong, Xinchi Wang

China’s growing aging population and its removal of the one-child policy has led to a strong demand for housekeeping services, creating an opportunity for the millions of workers with limited education and skills who migrate from rural villages to cities. DaBaShou, the team initiative, seeks to improve the ability of migrant workers to secure hourly jobs in the housekeeping industry. The team’s mission is to improve efficiency and transparency, and promote a safe working environment for the women-dominated home cleaning industry. To assess existing solutions, the home service industry market, and the challenges that urban-to-rural migrants face when looking for employment, the team conducted desktop research, stakeholder interviews, and over 60 customer discovery interviews. The team’s solution—a mobile application that connects clients seeking home services to migrant workers searching for hourly work—is currently being tested in Beijing as a minimum viable product prototype.

Capstone Year

INCREASING PERIOD PROTECTION FOR YOUNG WOMEN IN ZAMBIA

Client
ZAMPADS
Faculty
Andy Moss
Team
Ashley Otto, Olivia Thompson, Camilla Zard

Menstrual Health Management (MHM) is a key aspect of safeguarding the health, dignity, and overall life opportunities of girls and women. A study by Zambia’s Ministry of Education shows that girls miss an average of 36 school days per year due to ineffective MHM. While there are many challenges to implementing effective MHM rooted in social norms and beliefs, access to safe and affordable MHM products is a critical component of ensuring individual protection and gender equity. The team conducted over 60 customer discovery interviews with Zambian women and health organizations, and discovered that many young women in Lusaka still feel unprotected by the cheap pads that are most accessible there. As a result, the team created ZamPads, a social enterprise that seeks to manufacture high-quality, low-cost sanitary pads locally. By leveraging Zambia’s thriving cotton sector and establishing short, cost-effective supply chains, ZamPads can fulfill its mission of providing “period peace of mind” for all women, not just those who can afford it.

Capstone Year