Case | HBS Case Collection | October 2012

Carolina for Kibera

by Kathleen L. McGinn, Beth-Ann Kutchma and Cailin B. Hammer


Carolina for Kibera (CFK) is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to promote youth leadership and gender and ethnic cooperation in Kibera, the largest unstructured settlement situated in the heart of Nairobi, Kenya. CFK's programs constructively leverage the power of the community, offering an exemplar of participatory development. CFK's affiliation with University of North Carolina offers a new model of social enterprise. After eight years of success under the founding leadership of Salim Mohamed, Rye Barcott and Kim Chapman, CFK is at a critical juncture. Mohamed, Executive Director of all operations in Kibera, is leaving to go to graduate school. Rye Barcott, Founder and President, has a new career and a growing family and can no longer play an active role in CFK's operations. Kim Chapman, Chair of the U.S. Board of Directors, has accepted a full-time faculty position and must step down from her roles at CFK. These departures come at a time when the Gates Foundation has just awarded CFK a two-year, $1 million grant. The case ends as CFK begins to grapple with impending changes in organizational leadership and activities.

Keywords: power and influence; organizational behavior; social enterprise; negotiation; Power and Influence; Non-Governmental Organizations; Social Enterprise; Negotiation; Kenya; United States;


McGinn, Kathleen L., Beth-Ann Kutchma, and Cailin B. Hammer. "Carolina for Kibera." Harvard Business School Multimedia/Video Case 913-701, October 2012.