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Avoiding easy money has finally changed the game

After 10 years of avoiding Western aid, donor funding, well-meant impact investments and simply refusing to play the game of how Africa is seen and treated, my dream has finally come true. It started with a phone call in December 2019 when I was contacted by the Germany Africa Business Forum (GABF). An article in […]

Catalyzers of social innovation in under served markets: The case of IoT technologies

Internet-of-things (IoT) is one of the key components of the information and communication infrastructure needed for social impact creation in under served markets. A recent study conducted by World Economic Forum also showed that of more than 640 IoT projects, 84% of existing IoT deployments can contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)[1]. Applications […]

Africa needs Decent and Impactful Jobs – Now and for the Future!

Africa’s demographic transition is underway. In 2030, around 1 billion people in Africa will be between 15 and 64 – the so-called working age population. This corresponds to an increase of approximately 40% compared to 2018 (AfDB, 2019). These demographic changes represent a considerable opportunity. Countries in which the largest share of the population is […]

Discussions about how to Improve Social Financing are recurrent – and that’s the way it should be

There is no event, publication or discussion about social financing that doesn’t point to the mismatch between the provision of capital supposedly designated to create impact and the financing needs of social enterprises. Innovative forms of financing have been designed in the last years, including patient capital, crowdfunding or social impact bonds, and the amount […]

Zonas no interconectadas (ZNI) en Colombia: un paraíso natural oculto donde las energias renovables se enfrentan a los combustibles fósiles, el aislamiento y la corrupción

Nicolás Mora-Guarda es recién graduado del máster en “Management and Technology” de la Universidad Técnica de Múnich, con especialización en acceso a energía en países emergentes y energía para el desarrollo. Antes de su máster, Nicolás estudió y trabajó en Chile durante varios años. El viaje a Colombia formó parte de su tesis de magister, […]

Non-Interconnected Zones in Colombia: A Hidden Natural Paradise where Renewable Energy Systems Face Threats from Fossil Fuels, Isolation, and Corruption

Nicolas Mora-Guarda is a recent graduate of the Masters in Management and Technology program at Technical University of Munich, where he specialized in energy access in emerging countries and energy for development. Before his masters, Nicolas already studied and worked in Chile for several years. His trip to Colombia was during his master thesis, where […]

How This Civil Engineer from London Turned on the Taps in the Philippines

“Technology can overcome any obstacle when it is used to serve people and not profits.” – Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate The term ‘technological innovation’ probably makes you think about exciting emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence or Augmented Reality, but new technologies aren’t the only route to innovation. In fact, existing technologies, when applied […]

epAward Shortlisted Solutions are Highly Impactful and Scalable

Determining the business potential of smart innovations is no easy task! After the evaluation of the technical functionality of empowering people. Award 2019 entries, Intellecap came on board to examine the 26 long-listed projects on their ability to sustain over the long run. Intellecap is engaged to foster and grow enterprises that have the potential […]

 

Mother Tongue Stories Now a Click Away

What are the chances that a Psychology graduate, a corporate lawyer and an NGO worker come together to create a virtual library? Though from diverse backgrounds, the heart of the founding team at NABU.ORG was aligned – democratizing access to literacy particularly for children from underserved backgrounds. The girl power behind the innovative publishing network […]

Handpicking the Best Entries for epAward 2019

empowering people. Award 2019 received around 800 entries from across the globe. Our evaluation partner AT-Association assessed each submitted project on their technical functionality, suitability with the award category and criteria along with their social impact. This the third time that they have partnered with us and have sifted through the applications to hand-pick the […]