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The forge of ingenuity: social entrepreneurs innovate through challenges

Social entrepreneurship – After more than fifty years it is still hindered by the perception that all social good should be funded by donations and charity. Yet social entrepreneurs are potentially the richest source of new business principles, argues Hlamalani Ngwenya, who recently co-facilitated an epOnsite training session in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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 […]

OneDollarGlasses in Burkina Faso

The OneDollarGlasses e.V. association was the first prize winner of the “empowering people. Award” by the Siemens Stiftung in 2013. In the same year, ODG launched its first activities in Burkina Faso with the aim of providing as many ametropic people as possible with affordable glasses. With the help of the new glasses, it is […]

Discovering the world of impact investors

Anyone who travels the world knows that preparation is key before entering a new country. Do you need a visa? What’s the best way to get from A to Z? Do you understand the local language? How much time should you plan to reach your destination?

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.

Drones and other robotics for social good: Five questions with Andrew Schroeder

Three robotics labs in Tanzania, Nepal and Peru put aerial drones into the hands of citizens to augment humanitarian work and foment small business. These drones and other robotics are helping to map land, assist in searches and rescues and perform other humanitarian work with guidance by a non-profit called WeRobotics.

Fluechlingsbild in Uganda

“I’m pleased to see just how understanding and generous people are…”

The situation in countries such as Jemen, Somalia and Uganda is intensifying with the population facing acute shortages of water and food. We spoke to Kerstin Grimm from the DRK (German Red Cross). Stationed in Uganda, she took some time out to give us some impressions of her work there…

Fluechlingsbild in Uganda

“Ich bewundere, wie viel Verständnis und Großzügigkeit es bei aller Not gibt…”

Extreme Trockenheit, heftige Regenfälle und bewaffnete Konflikte: In weiten Teilen Ostafrikas leidet die Bevölkerung zunehmend unter akutem Nahrungsmangel und großer Hungersnot. Wir haben mit Kerstin Grimm vom DRK in Uganda über ihre Arbeit vor Ort gesprochen. Im Interview schildert sie ihre direkten Eindrücke und Herausforderungen…

Are you ready for the quantum jump?

Raising impact investment for the first time can be quite life-changing for a social entrepreneur. Better be well prepared. Here are five major tips plus many resources how to become investment-ready.

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 […]