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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 […]

Boosting your growth with hybrid fuel

What’s the ideal engine to speed up your social vehicle? And which fuel do you need to run it efficiently? While many social entrepreneurs are not aware of their options, there is a suitable funding model for everyone. Time to investigate which instruments the social finance market has in stock for you. But don’t forget: […]

Sierra Productiva

Sierra Productiva: Small innovations breaking big ground – by Julia Wachsmann

Take these tiny innovations and picture the change they signify for the life of a small-scale farmer – Amazing! Now picture that they become available for a whole country – I feel something groundbreaking is about to develop!

Rethink, Retool, Reboot: technology as if people and planet mattered

Technology as if people and planet mattered – by Simon Trace

With a short foreword of the epNetwork team: As member of the empowering people. Award jury in 2012, Simon evaluated many of the varied low-tech products and solutions entered. In his role as then CEO of Practical Action, he was able to identify the value and sustainability of these innovative technologies in developing regions. His […]

Why is it good to be a social entrepreneur? – by Christina Möhrle, FASE

So much has been written about social entrepreneurship that this seems a very strange question to ask. Isn’t it crystal clear that being a social entrepreneur is the next best thing after the invention of the wheel? But while our universe is brimming over with definitions of what it is and what not, the juice […]

The Art of Storytelling for Social Enterprises

The art of storytelling is something that is perfected by Kenyans and in many African cultures. Every evening in many Kenyan villages, the young ones sit down and either listen to their grandfather or grandmother. I remember sitting in such settings many times with my late grandfather. He was a man of many stories, but […]