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An Unlikely Obstacle to Girls’ Education: Improving Hygiene Around the World

There’s been a slow but steady push in recent years to improve girls’ access to education in developing countries. But while education has tremendous implications for gender equality and economic…

DC Comics, Time Warner, Warner Bros Announce Campaign to Increase Aid to the Horn of Africa

On January 23, DC Comics announced a new campaign to support to humanitarian work in the Horn of Africa, where a confluence of drought, famine, and Islamist militia rule have…

Conversations with Unreasonable Fellows: Ties Kroezen of NICE

Ties Kroezen lives in the Netherlands, but the fruits of his labor are in Africa. His company, NICE International, brings IT services and clean energy development to The Gambia and…

The Silicon Valley of Shit: Nairobi Is Ground Zero for Sanitation Innovation

A “flying toilet” is a particularly Kenyan device: a small grocery bag used as a toilet and then tossed out the window onto the street. The first encounter is both…

The Other Half of the Story: The HPV Vaccine in Rwanda

Several weeks ago, as GOP presidential hopefuls Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry wrangled over the ethics and implications of vaccinating preteen girls against the human papillomavirus (HPV)—the virus that causes…

End Malaria: Michael Stanier on publishing, impact and the possibility virus

It’s sometimes a stretch to see how buying a product can solve a cause, but with his new book End Malaria: Bold Innovation, Limitless Generosity, and the Opportunity to Save…

A Business In A Beehive

Bees. More specifically, African Bees. They’re probably not the first, or even the fifth thing that comes to mind when you think of poverty alleviation. Yet these little insects are…

How Novozymes Aims To Create A Profitable Social Enterprise In Africa

Some people look at sub-Saharan Africa and see conflict, hardship, and poverty. Others look at Africa and see a potential market in the millions of people who constitute the Base…

On starting over: Troy Holmberg of Coast Coconut Farms

When a good idea is executed poorly the smart social entrepreneur will often scrap the project and go back to the drawing board. In this series entrepreneurs talk about discarding…

Driptech: How affordable irrigation can transform small-plot farms

This is part of a series highlighting innovations and possibilities for action for the famine in Somalia. Most news reports frame the famine and political conflict as near unsolvable; we’re exploring…

Fighting a Famine; Northeastern Kenya

April 22nd, 2010 was the last time Sahal H. Abdi, Kenya Red Cross Regional Manager for North Eastern Kenya, can recall a singledrop of rain touching down on the scorched earth…

Sanitation In A Bag

Anne Nudge is a Sales Representative for Peepoople AB, a Swedish social enterprise that, last October, launched a pilot project in Silanga, marketing and selling “The Peepoo”– a single-use, personal toilet that sanitizes human excreta shortly after defecation, preventing the feces from contaminating the surrounding environment. After just a few weeks, the bag transforms the waste into a nutrient-rich fertilizer.

Hatua Likoni: Offering Scholarships and Mentors For Kenyan students

After studying abroad in Kenya during her junior year at Wesleyan, Gabrielle Fondiller founded Hatua Likoni, an organization that helps students pay their school fees through scholarships and provides mentoring to get them into college. Starting with seven students in 2007, the program now supports 76 young Kenyans in the Likoni region, and has a staff of local mentors who work with the students to keep them motivated in an under-resourced education system.

Peace Direct: applying a ‘local first’ approach to conflict resolution

This is part of a series highlighting innovations and possibilities for action for the famine in Somalia. Most news stories frame the famine and political conflict as near unsolvable; we’re examining…

Addressing Mental Health in Conflict Zones

This is part of a series highlighting innovations and possibilities for action for the famine in Somalia. Most news stories frame the famine and political conflict as near unsolvable; we’re examining…