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Listen to Your End Users for Affordable and Viable Impact

When do the most innovative ideas hit us? Isaac Newton discovered the Theory of Gravity when an apple fell on his head. Three centuries later, Albert Einstein formulated the Theory of Relativity after he fell off a chair. For problem-solvers, creativity and innovation flow comes to them at some of the most unsuspecting moments in life. Young […]

Low-tech Solutions More Likely to be Rooted in Communities

‘No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;’ a sentiment by English metaphysical poet John Donne in the early 17th century might well be a prophecy for our current times. We know that ‘freak’ wildfires in California do not have ramifications for the United […]

Accelerating Energy Access: The Role of Patient Capital

Acumen Fund’s vision is to change the way the world tackles poverty. Their approach to investing is focused on patient capital, early-stage investments, access to expertise, and post-investment support. With global offices in Ghana, Colombia, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, India, Kenya, and the Unites States, Acumen works on building innovative ways to bring energy access […]

Managing Behavioural Change One Dump at a Time

A few years ago, if you spoke about waste management to people living in low-income areas in Nairobi, their response would be simplistic – throwing anything and everything anywhere outside their homes. Overall in Kenya waste generation has been increasing aligned with its rapid urbanization. Urban Africa puts the amount of solid waste generated in […]

More Mobile Phones than Toilets Makes FinTech a Key Player in Social Entrepreneurship

The digital era is touching everything that it comes in contact with. While there are distruptions felt across the board, the rapid progress towards a global digital economy is an area that is of interest for our work.

Preparando una taza sostenible con Café Compadre

Hay motivos para que Cristóbal Olórtegui, un caficultor de la comunidad Sauriaki en Perú, sonría al recoger los frutos de su cosecha, limpiándose el bigote de espuma de café al tomar un sorbo. Durante 43 años ha estado vendiendo granos de café crudo por 2,50 dólares por kilogramo (kg), pero ahora gana 4,3 dólares por […]

Brewing a Sustainable Cuppa with Café Compadre

There’s a reason for Cristobal Olórtegui a coffee farmer from the Sauriaki community in Peru to smile as he reaps the fruits of his labour – wiping the coffee foam moustache as he takes a sip. For 43 years he has been selling raw coffee beans for US $ 2.50 per/ kilogram (kg) but now […]

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 […]

Low-tech Solutions Fight Hunger

Hamid Oubir lives with his family in a small village in northern Morocco. To sell his produce in the market, he has to make his way to the nearest town early in the morning several times a week. If Hamid Oubir wants to avoid the fruits and vegetables from getting spoilt he needs to make […]