Feasibility of a self sustaining business model to help humanitarian sector

Feasibility of a self sustaining business model to help humanitarian sector

Tanzania / United Kingdom

Project Overview

This project will allow partner insititutes and different business units to collaborate and work on the feasibility of recycling pcs as a sustainable business model to help alleviate the poverty trap in Tanzania. Students from Arusha, CU Business school and CU Computing will collaborate.

The project has loose boundaries and requires the use of self initiative of Master level students from Business and computing schools to utilise global online tools of their choice and self manage themselves. The exercise will require the students to capture their experience and this will lend weight to future projects of similar scope.

OIL Outcomes

  • To plan and prepare and an OIL project as an initial proof of concept and information gathering exercise
  • To identify and utilise a small set of geographically dispersed students from a variety of modules from partnering Institutes and from within different Schools within Coventry University
  • To expose students to the diverse cultures, experiences and skills of each other in an effort to develop understanding and sensitivity that can be utilised in their futures.
  • To utilise and build on the course learnt skills by students so they may be positioned to have a value proposition when pursuing their careers
  • To allow students to self manage a project that has ‘loose’ boundaries and requires an exercise in initiative , maturity and an exploitation of any and all technology available.

OIL Activities

6 week duration , starting on March 20th  – Hand-in Mon 1st May 2017

Phase 1 : Pre- Wk 1 : Candidates chosen from respective constitutes and courses, with allocation of groups
Phase 2 : Wk 1 :introductions and details exchanged
Phase 3 : Wk2 : Develop roles , team structure, methods of communications, choose tools for work, create a draft gantt chart etc
Phase 4 – Wk3 –Wk 6 (4 weeks duration) Group project tasks with reflection –
Wk7 -Submission of deliverables (Mon 1st May)

Status checks weekly, OIL platforms encouraged and to be used

Type of Interactions

Weekly planning, meetings, assignment of tasks, status checks , paired/buddied work, report writing and presentation


The project partners are Tariq Aslam : senior lecturer in Computing and Dr Razak Alhassan : lecturer in Business School at Coventry University, and Joy Jospeph at Institute of Accountancy in Arusha .