Articles on the Network in general

Drought in East Africa – and how Siemens Stiftung can help

Rain hasn’t fallen for months in East Africa, causing a dire living situation for locals. To offset some of the potentially catastrophic effects, Siemens Stiftung works with communities on the establishment of safe water kiosks in Kenya and Uganda. Caroline Weimann, project manager at the foundation, has just been onsite and reports how this technical […]

The Fabulous Fish Farm – a project by Alan Fleming

A fish farm in a container set to transform South Africa’s aquaculture industry? Sounds crazy. But there is one in a township doing just this. And it can be run on solar energy. This is Alan Fleming’s vision and what he’s been working on for the last five years – step by step. Townships are […]

Technik hilft Menschen

Unternehmer mit Innovation und Vision können Großes für Menschen bewegen. Das war schon früher so – zum Beispiel bei Werner von Siemens. Ein Gespräch. Die eine: Ururenkelin eines der größten Unternehmer des 19. Jahrhunderts. Der andere: Gründer eines Startup. Nathalie von Siemens und Lennart Budelmann.

TRIEX – a story of sustainable entrepreneurship

The TRIEX Gestión de Residuos project, launched in 2001, was the result of an initiative by chemists Ana and Ruben, who were concerned about the lack of proper hazardous waste management in Uruguay. The personal experiences of Ruben in the sales field and Ana in the pharmaceutical industry triggered their interest in providing a solution […]

Spinning straw into gold…

Producing biogas from organic waste. Interview with Sameh Seif Ghali, TADE. Sameh Seif Ghali has been working in community development in Egypt for 25 years. Passionate about solving some of his country’s most pressing problems in rural areas, Sameh established the Together Association for Development and Environment (TADE), an association that develops low-cost community-based projects […]

A day for water…

Today is World Water Day. Held annually on 22nd March, the United Nations advocates a day which is dedicated to the topic of water. Time set aside in our busy schedules to reflect on the importance of this life-giving, life-preserving force. While most of us take clean water for granted, worldwide more than 600 million […]

On the (rough) road to development

You may know David Wilson as one of the winners of the latest empowering people. Award. He and his team from the American organization, Mobile Agricultural Power Solutions, won a prize with the innovation, the AgRover. This utility vehicle is geared towards farmers in developing regions, who are forced to spend a substantial amount of […]

TALA: Of Data, Money and Mobile Technology

Identity means everything to humankind. We are who we are because we hold onto an image of ourselves. This is power. It is control. Consequently, a people without identity, are a people void of control. Nothing gives people control over their lives more than financial identity. It’s with this knowledge that the Android app called […]

Thinking outside the (service) box…

In 2012/13, Henri Nyakarundi won an empowering people. Award with his innovation the “Mobile Solar Kiosk ” (MSK). At the time, the MSK primarily offered a mobile charging point, which could be attached to bicycles and mopeds. The micro solution was used to quickly charge cell phones for people on the go, using renewable energy […]

The people behind the names: Meet the empowering people. Network team

The year has got off to a great start and we are just finalizing our plans for the epNetwork for the coming months – we have a lot to do this year! This of course means that you’ll be seeing (and certainly hearing from us) in person, but just to recap, and for those of […]