Hugh grew up on a sheep and cattle farm in rural Australia and now resides in Melbourne. Hugh received a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business from Monash University and has worked across the development and social sector and, most recently, in management consulting. In consulting, he has worked across strategy, operations and project management for corporations, government and nonprofits. Hugh has a long-standing interest in market-based approaches to development and initiatives aimed at affecting social change. In pursuing this interest, Hugh has worked and volunteered in remote Indigenous communities in outback Australia, volunteered in microfinance in Tanzania, and founded an Australian nonprofit, Wheels in Motion, that aims to improve the quality of life for those living with spinal cord injuries.
 

Fellows Blog Posts by Hugh McKenzie

Jun 20, 2018 GO Global Update

Rwanda's Gihembe refugee camp

The movement of people across and within borders in East Africa since the 1950’s has been significant. Often, movement has been a result of conflict or instability, with people leaving their homes in search of safety.  When the Rwandan Genocide ended in 1994 and the Rwandan Patriotic Front took control of the country, those who had fled were encouraged to return home. In the 24 years since the genocide, more than 3.4 million Rwandan refugees have returned home,...

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Apr 25, 2018 RW Rwanda

It is busy, dark and noisy. There is the intermittent running of a diesel engine as 2 mechanics attempt its repair, and what seems to be an endless stream of men unloading bags of cement into an adjacent shed. About 80 people mill around, chatting and making last-minute phone calls to see where missing group members are. I am in a shed out the back of a small bank branch near the bustling Kimironko market in Kigali, Rwanda. The group I am here to visit, Tuzamurane Group B, are here for a disbursement meeting, where members will sign a group contract and receive loans amounting to...

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