“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 […]

“We keep working to have a positive effect on social entrepreneurs’ work”

In 2017, Siemens Stiftung commissioned CEval, an independent institute to carry out an evaluation of empowering people. Network (epNetwork), to analyze their achievement and objectives. In this interview, Carola Schwank, Head of Unit Empowering People Network (EPN)/Development Cooperation at Siemens Stiftung, talks about the key findings of the evaluation and their strategy.

OneDollarGlasses: las gafas ofrecen nuevas perspectivas de vida a los habitantes de Burkina Faso

Los expertos estiman que alrededor de 700 millones de personas en todo el mundo carecen de acceso a las gafas, pese a necesitarlas, y que por lo tanto, están en desventaja en cuanto a  educación, interacción social y mercado laboral, debido a que son incapaces de realizar muchas actividades. La asociación OneDollarGlasses,  ganadora de los […]

OneDollarGlasses: New Life Perspectives in Burkina Faso Thanks to Glasses

Experts estimate that around 700 million people worldwide have no access to glasses – and are thus disadvantaged in education, social interaction and the labor market, because they are unable to perform many activities. The OneDollarGlasses Association, winner of the first empowering people. Award 2013, manufactures affordable glasses for developing countries, and has to date […]

White Elephant

El elefante blanco

Según el Diccionario Oxford, un elefante blanco es “una posesión inútil o problemática, especialmente una que es costosa de mantener o de la que es difícil deshacerse”. No había oído esta expresión hasta mi visita a la comunidad de Conejo en Colombia. Todo comenzó cuando la fundación Siemens Stiftung y el MIT D-Lab decidieron probar […]

White Elephant

The White Elephant

According to the Oxford Dictionary, a white elephant is “a possession that is useless or troublesome, especially one that is expensive to maintain or difficult to dispose of.” I hadn’t heard about this idiom until my visit to Conejo in Colombia. It all started when the Siemens Stiftung and MIT D-Lab decided to test their […]

Empowering People Network

WHAT A YEAR! 2017 with the empowering people. Network team

2017 is almost over and for the empowering people. Network team it was a quite exciting one. In this post Carola Schwank, Sabine Baumeister, David Hoffmann, Beate Grotehans and Alexandra Resch from the epNetwork team share their personal highlights and give insights into an eventful and joyful empowering people. Network year.

Observations on leadership, sustainability and Europe

The last few months, and especially the last week, my thoughts concentrated on a group of about 50 people who went to Amsterdam following our invitation. Today I am sitting alone in my office and it feels similar to handing in my master thesis: I am relieved because the stress is over – but also […]

Toolification: My personal journey in shaping the way we do business support at SEED

My journey with SEED and providing one-on-one business support for eco-inclusive enterprises started in 2009. I worked with enterprises from Kenya and Ghana on their business plans, which at the time seemed to be already quite advanced. Given the maturity of their business plans, I assumed that the people behind those enterprises had a clear idea […]

Annual Report 2015/2016

Our Annual Report is out! Read about our international approach and impact, local hubs and global networks

How can an internationally-active foundation achieve impact on a large and small scale? Travel with us to our projects in Africa, Europa, and Latin America and learn more on global ideas and local solutions for sustainable development.