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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 […]

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 […]

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.

Spinning straw into gold…

Producing biogas from organic waste. Interview with Sameh Seif Ghali, TADE. Sameh Seif Ghali has been working in community development in Egypt for 25 years. Passionate about solving some of his country’s most pressing problems in rural areas, Sameh established the Together Association for Development and Environment (TADE), an association that develops low-cost community-based projects […]

On the (rough) road to development

You may know David Wilson as one of the winners of the latest empowering people. Award. He and his team from the American organization, Mobile Agricultural Power Solutions, won a prize with the innovation, the AgRover. This utility vehicle is geared towards farmers in developing regions, who are forced to spend a substantial amount of […]

Thinking outside the (service) box…

In 2012/13, Henri Nyakarundi won an empowering people. Award with his innovation the “Mobile Solar Kiosk ” (MSK). At the time, the MSK primarily offered a mobile charging point, which could be attached to bicycles and mopeds. The micro solution was used to quickly charge cell phones for people on the go, using renewable energy […]

Trip to Zambia: Notes to self…

I’m thinking about increased border controls, about nationalist movements across the western world, crime against refugees and about the future leaders of our world which group has just been enlarged by the new American president. All of these developments seem so distant, yet they will without doubt determine the direction of all our futures. Me, […]

Duncan Onyango

Voices from the jury: Duncan Onyango

The African economy has experienced a trend in recent years with Kenya’s increasing number of innovation start-ups, providing solutions to business problems.

The Ezystove

Making Life Ezyer

Right this minute a woman somewhere in rural sub-Saharan Africa is on a long trek. Not because she’s part of a nomadic tribe or visiting a neighbouring village but because she has to do something that many of us with modern conveniences take for granted – cook for her family. She starts her journey early, […]