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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 […]

COVID-19 success stories – a blog series: aQysta

In this blog series, we explore how some of our epNetwork members have dealt with/been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in their work and in their communities. First in the series is aQysta.

Social Enterprises as Job Creators: Four Ways the Sector Can Boost Employment Opportunities in Africa

According to the African Development Bank, by 2030, there will be about 1 billion people in Africa of working age (between 15-64) – an increase of approximately 40% when compared to 2018. Naturally, this means more jobs will urgently be needed in order to improve living conditions, reduce unemployment and create sustainable economic growth in […]

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 […]

An interview with Karen Hitschke (Yunus Social Business): The Role of Local Networks and Personal Interaction

For Siemens Stiftung’s newest report ‘How Digital Solutions May Enhance Social Financing’ we talked with Karen Hitschke, Managing Director of Yunus Social Business, about the need of personal interaction for social entrepreneurs.

Interview with Huseyin R Demirhisar from BiD Network: “Good Technology is Mutually Beneficial”

In this post, we highlight an interview of Siemens Stiftung’s newest report “How Digital Solutions May Enhance Social Financing” with Huseyin R Demirhisar, CEO, Co-founder and Managing Partner of the BiD Network.

Interview with ARED’s Henri Nyakarundi: “Fundraising is about networking”

In this post, we highlight an interview conducted with Henri Nyakarundi, Founder of African Renewable Energy Distributor (ARED), which originally appeared in Siemens Stiftung’s newest report ‘How Digital Solutions May Enhance Social Financing’.

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 […]