Articles on the Network in general

Listen to Your End Users for Affordable and Viable Impact

When do the most innovative ideas hit us? Isaac Newton discovered the Theory of Gravity when an apple fell on his head. Three centuries later, Albert Einstein formulated the Theory of Relativity after he fell off a chair. For problem-solvers, creativity and innovation flow comes to them at some of the most unsuspecting moments in life. Young […]

Financing for Good – Finding Sustainable Models for Social Enterprises

Financing is one of the biggest challenges to any entrepreneur. For social entrepreneurs – an industry which sees little investment, despite its high impact – this is an even bigger obstacle to success. To help get over this obstacle, empowering people. Network brought 19 entrepreneurs together in Johannesburg, South Africa, this August. These entrepreneurs, coming from Burkina […]

Low-tech Solutions More Likely to be Rooted in Communities

‘No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;’ a sentiment by English metaphysical poet John Donne in the early 17th century might well be a prophecy for our current times. We know that ‘freak’ wildfires in California do not have ramifications for the United […]

Managing Behavioural Change One Dump at a Time

A few years ago, if you spoke about waste management to people living in low-income areas in Nairobi, their response would be simplistic – throwing anything and everything anywhere outside their homes. Overall in Kenya waste generation has been increasing aligned with its rapid urbanization. Urban Africa puts the amount of solid waste generated in […]

Evaluations Promote a Culture of Error: Dr. Susanne Johanna Väth

As charities or networks in the field of development cooperation do we allow some space for introspection? And consider our scope, approach and impact! Do we know if we are relevant at all? To get to the bottom of these questions that often pop-up in our field of work, Siemens Stiftung commissioned CEval GmbH to […]

empowering people. Award is back

Do you believe in unsolvable problems? Or fight your way to the first spark of a small idea? Give your ideas a global platform and win a chance to springboard to a sustainable future! We are calling on social entrepreneurs and developers across the world: Apply for #epAward2019 – the third round is on!

Nueva edición del empowering people. Award

¿Crees que hay problemas sin solución? ¿O te abres paso en cuanto se te enciende la bombilla? Expón tus ideas en una plataforma global y puede obtener una oportunidad que les sirva de trampolín hacia un futuro sostenible. Lanzamiento hoy de empowering people. Award, un concurso internacional que identifica a emprendedores sociales prometedores que solucionan problemas […]

More Mobile Phones than Toilets Makes FinTech a Key Player in Social Entrepreneurship

The digital era is touching everything that it comes in contact with. While there are distruptions felt across the board, the rapid progress towards a global digital economy is an area that is of interest for our work.

“Seguimos trabajando para lograr un efecto positivo en el trabajo de los emprendedores sociales”

En 2017, la fundación Siemens Stiftung encargó a CEval, un instituto independiente, que realizara una evaluación de la empowering people. Network (epNetwork), a fin de analizar sus logros y objetivos. En esta entrevista, Carola Schwank, Jefa de la Unidad de Empowering People Network (EPN)/Development Cooperation de la fundación Siemens Stiftung, habla sobre los resultados clave […]

Preparando una taza sostenible con Café Compadre

Hay motivos para que Cristóbal Olórtegui, un caficultor de la comunidad Sauriaki en Perú, sonría al recoger los frutos de su cosecha, limpiándose el bigote de espuma de café al tomar un sorbo. Durante 43 años ha estado vendiendo granos de café crudo por 2,50 dólares por kilogramo (kg), pero ahora gana 4,3 dólares por […]