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Afghan Women’s Powerful Poetry – Even Amidst War

Despite constant dangers, Afghan women’s poetry continues to flourish. One outlet for women’s poetry is Mirman Baheer, Afghanistan’s largest literary society for women. Mirman Baheer operates in Kabul with over…

Managing Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Costs: Naya Jeevan

The financial burden of healthcare is a global challenge. According to 2011 World Bank data, the average global out-of-pocket expenditure on healthcare is 69.1%. To put this figure into perspective,…

Goonj: Rescuing Uttarakhand and Bridging the Clothing Divide

In the hilly and scenic state of Uttarakhand, India, monsoon floods have become deadly – killing almost 10,000 people.  The flashfloods this month have absorbed villages, ravaged homes, and left…

Andrea Coleman: “You cannot deliver a medicine by virtual technology”

Andrea Coleman is co-founder and CEO of Riders for Health, a non-profit organization that manages and maintains vehicles for health-focused partners in Africa. Together with co-founder and husband, Barry Coleman,…

Lobbying for the Greater Good

  This is part of David Bornstein’s regular series – Fixes – for the New York Times. In May, scientists reported that the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere had reached…

Half the Sky Game: What went Right and What went Wrong

Asi Burak Since its debut on March 4, the Half the Sky game has seen more than 500,000 players (!) , who in total have contributed more than $160,000 in donations directly…

India’s Other Rural Dwellers

Rural issues dominate the discussions regarding India’s development. Without a doubt, the needs of rural India are great. As per the 2011 Census, more than 833 million people live in…

Impact Investment: Just 1% – 2% of Venture Capitalism, says Arun Gore

Esha Chhabra chats with Arun Gore, the president and CEO of Gray Ghost Ventures, about impact investing movement. Arun Gore is at the helm of Gray Ghost Ventures (GGV), a venture capital…

Living Along Mumbai’s Giant Water Pipelines

  Hop, skip and jumping along one of the water pipes “There’s so much poverty to be seen here and at the same time so much joy and happiness.” This…

Everest: 60 Years Later – Do We Still Need to Conquer the Mountain?

(Photo: Esha Chhabra)  Once you see the Himalayas, you’re hooked. The sheer immensity of nature is awe-inspiring, to say the least.  It also puts a lot in perspective, including my…

Filmmaker Mira Nair: The Global Storyteller

Mira Nair’s mantra is “If we don’t tell our stories, no one else will.” In her latest film, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, she’s exploring her Lahori roots with her contemporary lifestyle…

Paul Polak: Testing New Funding Model for His Second Global Venture

Paul became known for making the treadle pump accessible and affordable for low-income markets. It was his first foray into “social business.”   For the past three years, Paul has…

Does Bangladesh’s Garment Industry Respect its Workers?

By Nisha Kumar Kulkarni Last month’s garment factory collapse in Savar, outside of Dhaka, is being coined as the worst industrial disaster in Bangladesh’s history. Though the police ordered the…

iPads for Schools? Not that simple. Ed-Tech Needs “Design Research.”

Kim Campbell and Hila Mehr Last week, gaming company Zynga announced the launch of a $1M accelerator for educational games in partnership with the NewSchools Venture Fund. Similarly, ed-tech incubator…

Sparking Innovation – in the middle of the Pacific

by Brittany Koteles Unreasonable at Sea (UaS), a first-time collaboration between Unreasonable Institute, Semester at Sea, and Stanford’s d. school, was born with the objective to accelerate companies that are…