Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg

May 14, 2011

My good friend Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg was this year’s recipient for the Thomas Yamashita Prize from the Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of California, Berkeley. As I’ve stated before, Wanjiru has had a huge impact on the way that I think about development and aid in the developing world. In her acceptance speech for the Yamashita Prize, she gave a thoughtful speech on power, privilege and philanthropy. It’s a great introduction to the ideas that have influenced my engagement with aid and development. Click here to link to her blog and speech. To learn more about Akili Dada, which is the non-profit that Wanjiru founded, click here.

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One Response to “Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg”


  1. I love you!!!
    Thanks for being my thinking buddy and shaping so many of my thoughts as well!!!

    You’ve certainly taught me to live authentically and I miss our walks desperately!


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