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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 […]

About the Courage to Keep Organizational Structures Agile

“I learned the value of investing time in managing my organization’s structure, as this has a direct impact on all staff and the company’s future”, says Wesley Meier, founder of EOS International and a member of empowering people. Network (epNetwork). Inspired by epNetwork’s workshop on organizational development in 2017, Wesley and his team have been […]

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 […]

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.

“Seguimos trabajando para lograr un efecto positivo en el trabajo de los emprendedores sociales”

En 2017, la fundación Siemens Stiftung encargó a CEval, un instituto independiente, que realizara una evaluación de la empowering people. Network (epNetwork), a fin de analizar sus logros y objetivos. En esta entrevista, Carola Schwank, Jefa de la Unidad de Empowering People Network (EPN)/Development Cooperation de la fundación Siemens Stiftung, habla sobre los resultados clave […]

Preparando una taza sostenible con Café Compadre

Hay motivos para que Cristóbal Olórtegui, un caficultor de la comunidad Sauriaki en Perú, sonría al recoger los frutos de su cosecha, limpiándose el bigote de espuma de café al tomar un sorbo. Durante 43 años ha estado vendiendo granos de café crudo por 2,50 dólares por kilogramo (kg), pero ahora gana 4,3 dólares por […]

“We keep working to have a positive effect on social entrepreneurs’ work”

In 2017, Siemens Stiftung commissioned CEval, an independent institute to carry out an evaluation of empowering people. Network (epNetwork), to analyze their achievement and objectives. In this interview, Carola Schwank, Head of Unit Empowering People Network (EPN)/Development Cooperation at Siemens Stiftung, talks about the key findings of the evaluation and their strategy.