Articles on the Network in general

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 […]

Silvana Bonnet (in the middle) discussing with other workshop participants

“Diversity is the key…”

We talked to Silvana Bonnet, Communication Manager of Canales Asociación Civil, one of the winners of the empowering people. Award. The winning solution Videobooks in Sign Language enables deaf children access to literature and reading. The videos, created by Canales Asociación Civil, combine children’s books and young adult literature read in sign language, with voice-overs […]

It’s never too early to care…

Today is World Prematurity Awareness Day, an emotional topic as without adaquate care, prematurity can have devasting consequences for whole families. Heartbreakingly, figures by the World Health Organisation reveal that an estimated 15 million babies are born prematurely every year and preterm birth complications are the leading cause of death among children under 5. It […]

Trip to Zambia: Notes to self…

I’m thinking about increased border controls, about nationalist movements across the western world, crime against refugees and about the future leaders of our world which group has just been enlarged by the new American president. All of these developments seem so distant, yet they will without doubt determine the direction of all our futures. Me, […]

Hanno Burmester, das Resultat, speaking about developing and retaining people in purpose-driven organizations.

Is the entrepreneurial journey simply the search for the holy grail?

Interacting with social enterprises and entrepreneurs is always, always a worthwhile experience for us. In fact, it’s pivotal to our work in the empowering people. Network, because what we do is in our name. By regularly gauging the challenges this group of highly motivated individuals face, we can not only scale the degree of support […]

The whole cohort of the epOnsite training in Montevideo, Uruguay.

IDIN entrepreneurs attend PIA member Siemens Stiftung’s epOnsite training in Uruguay

Three entrepreneurs and innovators from the International Development Innovation Network (IDIN) recently participated in a Siemens Stiftung (Foundation) workshop in Uruguay, representing one of the several exciting connections MIT D-Lab and the Siemens Stiftung are fostering between our networks. Beyond building ties with IDIN, Siemens Stiftung joined the MIT Practical Impact Alliance as a member […]