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Checking in with our epA 2019 winners – a blog series: BLUETOWN

In this 11-part blog series, we will be checking in with our empowering people. Award (epA) 2019 winners to see what they’ve been up to since our most recent award ceremony in Cairo last July. Check out what’s new with BLUETOWN! Below is an interview with Emil Damholt, Impact and Commercial Project Manager at BLUETOWN.

Africa – A Continent with Huge Potential for Social Innovation

The following interview with Patricia Jumi, Managing Director and Co-Founder of GrowthAfrica, occurred as a follow-up to the ‘Innovative Financing for Social Entrepreneurs‘ round table discussions in Cairo. SIEMENS STIFTUNG: Patricia, with your unique long-term view, what would you say is the next big action item that ecosystems for entrepreneurs in emerging economies need?

 

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 […]

Local Social Enterprises Key to Bridge Development Gaps in Africa

Growing up in Burundi, Henri Nyakarundi had a dream… run as far as he could from what his young mind thought were dearth of opportunities. So, right after his high school he made way to the United States and pursued his higher education in Computer Science. He tried his hand at multiples work stints, including […]

 

Birth of Baby SolarTurtle for Secure and Sustainable Energy

The last blog Collaborating in a Sea of Unknowns by epAward 2016 winner and epNetwork member James van der Walt gave an insight into surviving in a competitive business environment. Let’s take a ride with him to follow his entrepreneurial journey of setting up a successful social enterprise in Africa and discover the bumps and […]

Evaporative Cooling Can Combat Food Loss

Food insecurity remains one of the most burning development challenges, as Food and Agriculture Organization notes – roughly one-third of the food produced globally gets lost or wasted every year. Whilst in the developed world it is mostly a waste journey from refrigerators to landfills, for millions in the developing regions, it is lost in […]

Special WASH Award Offers Cash and Combined Expertise

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are still crucial areas with the need for consolidated support, considering worldwide around 844 million people still do not have access to safe drinking water and over 2.3 billion people lack access to improved sanitation. It is a fundamental precondition for many areas of life as it cuts across multiple […]

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 […]

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 […]