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empowering people. Award 2019 Attracts Global Attention

After three months of gripping promotions for empowering people. Award 2019, we are excited to share that the award has witnessed enthusiastic participation from across the globe. The third round of the international competition for social entrepreneurs with a sustainable solution in developing countries has drawn close to 800 applications cutting across geographies, languages and […]

Rugged – tech Farming and Ferrying Success

At a time when climate change, growing population and changing consumption patterns have mounted pressures like never before to revolutionize the oldest human industry – agriculture, agri-tech companies are vying to take ‘smart farms’ to the next level. While high-tech unmanned drones, AgBots and the Internet of Things are taking over farms, developing regions still […]

Structure Transparency and Accountability from the Bottom Up

A social entrepreneur’s journey is a steep and constant learning curve! For Guido van Hofwegen and his wife Lieselotte Heederik making a pan-continent move from the Netherlands to Banda Aceh in Indonesia is a testimony of that. With the aim to support the post Tsunami reconstruction work in Indonesia, the couple soon realized the massive […]

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 […]

Financing for Good – Finding Sustainable Models for Social Enterprises

Financing is one of the biggest challenges to any entrepreneur. For social entrepreneurs – an industry which sees little investment, despite its high impact – this is an even bigger obstacle to success. To help get over this obstacle, empowering people. Network brought 19 entrepreneurs together in Johannesburg, South Africa, this August. These entrepreneurs, coming from Burkina […]

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 […]

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 […]

Evaluations Promote a Culture of Error: Dr. Susanne Johanna Väth

As charities or networks in the field of development cooperation do we allow some space for introspection? And consider our scope, approach and impact! Do we know if we are relevant at all? To get to the bottom of these questions that often pop-up in our field of work, Siemens Stiftung commissioned CEval GmbH to […]

empowering people. Award is back

Do you believe in unsolvable problems? Or fight your way to the first spark of a small idea? Give your ideas a global platform and win a chance to springboard to a sustainable future! We are calling on social entrepreneurs and developers across the world: Apply for #epAward2019 – the third round is on!

Nueva edición del empowering people. Award

¿Crees que hay problemas sin solución? ¿O te abres paso en cuanto se te enciende la bombilla? Expón tus ideas en una plataforma global y puede obtener una oportunidad que les sirva de trampolín hacia un futuro sostenible. Lanzamiento hoy de empowering people. Award, un concurso internacional que identifica a emprendedores sociales prometedores que solucionan problemas […]