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Making Relief Aid More Sustainable

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…

Solar Irrigation Solutions in Africa

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

Backpack Farms: Targeted solutions to help African farmers become more resistant to drought

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

In a Failed State, a Path to Success

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

Weekly Roundup: New Standards for Impact Investing, Solutions in East Africa and Citizens Step Up To The Plate

Didn’t have time to read the news this week? Every week, we report on the conversations surrounding the big issues in the world of social entrepreneurship. GIIRS Revs Up For…

Rainfall data could help end famine, but politics are key: a research scientist explains

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

Weekly Roundup: politics and social enterprise, famine in Somalia, and Murdoch, Murdoch, Murdoch

Didn’t have time to read the news this week? We’re reporting on the conversations surrounding the world of social entrepreneurship and innovation. This week was all about Big Structures and…

Slideshow: Inzozi Nziza creates a market for ice cream in Rwanda

It’s an unlikely place for an ice cream shop, and an even more unlikely batch of people to be running it. Inzozi Nziza, or “Sweet Dreams” in Kinyarwanda, is Rwanda’s…

Counterintuitive innovation that works: Five takeways from Stima Systems at SOCAP

“We don’t sell our products, we don’t market them, and we don’t take them to our clients” -  CEO Konrad App of micro-leasing solar energy company Stima Systems. Showcasing at…

On starting over: Maria Springer of Kito International

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…

Peace Direct: Tapping into the power of local social entrepreneurs to build peace in conflict regions

Over the past 15 years, more than five million people have been killed in the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). More than 400,000 women are raped…

Slideshow: Barefoot Power brings solar lighting off-the-grid

A couple hours drive on a dusty road outside of the southern town of Masaka, Uganda, you’ll find Musubiro Village. Miles from the closest electricity grid, there is little hope…

The importance of reaching out: Chris Clark of Sunflower Solutions

In this series social entrepreneurs discuss the importance of reaching out. From transforming strangers into business partners to saving flooded headquarters, our contacts and future contacts routinely prove integral to…

Mini Case Study: How to recruit top talent, when you can’t pay top dollar

PROBLEM: In 2009, the co-founder of Anza Technologies, a startup that designs and delivers high-quality, income-generating products to African farmers, was confronted with one of the biggest obstacles facing most…

Slideshow: How Mafuta Sasa turns waste cooking oil into clean biodiesel

Michael Mwakilasa is not your typical Tanzanian entrepreneur, and Mafuta Sasa Ltd is not your typical African energy company. After spending a year experimenting with converting wasted vegetable oil (WVO)…