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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 […]

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 […]

Designing a Healthier World: How epExpert Carlo Supported Global Health in India

“I wanted to use my ‘powers’ for good!” – Carlo’s statement leaves no questions unanswered. To ensure that the spirit and strength of people like him benefit others, Siemens Stiftung has devised empowering people. Expert Service (epExpert Service) offering hands-on support to those facing far-reaching challenges in their businesses. To be specific, epExpert Service is […]

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!

“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 […]

“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.

OneDollarGlasses: las gafas ofrecen nuevas perspectivas de vida a los habitantes de Burkina Faso

Los expertos estiman que alrededor de 700 millones de personas en todo el mundo carecen de acceso a las gafas, pese a necesitarlas, y que por lo tanto, están en desventaja en cuanto a  educación, interacción social y mercado laboral, debido a que son incapaces de realizar muchas actividades. La asociación OneDollarGlasses,  ganadora de los […]

OneDollarGlasses: New Life Perspectives in Burkina Faso Thanks to Glasses

Experts estimate that around 700 million people worldwide have no access to glasses – and are thus disadvantaged in education, social interaction and the labor market, because they are unable to perform many activities. The OneDollarGlasses Association, winner of the first empowering people. Award 2013, manufactures affordable glasses for developing countries, and has to date […]

Annual Report 2015/2016

Our Annual Report is out! Read about our international approach and impact, local hubs and global networks

How can an internationally-active foundation achieve impact on a large and small scale? Travel with us to our projects in Africa, Europa, and Latin America and learn more on global ideas and local solutions for sustainable development.