Twitter Roundup: July 29 – One-click donations, prototyping in Africa, and drought prediction
Organizations often rely on software to improve their productivity levels, but software can be very expensive. Microsoft recently announced that it is scaling-up efforts to provide free-of-charge software to nonprofits. Microsoft provides support to nonprofits through various software services aside from simply donating the software. Nonprofits can check on the Microsoft site to see if they are eligible for these programs.
Much of Africa’s agricultural crisis, as exhibited by the current famine in Somalia, is related to climate change, which in this case has led to severe drought. Poor ground data on rainfall makes climate prediction a difficult task. Now a team of researchers is working on creating an open-access resource of rainfall data taken over the past thirty years in Africa and Europe, to better assist hunger prevention tactics through increased knowledge of climate variability.
Social entrepreneurs interested in international development work will enjoy reading the blog of ThinkImpact, a company that provides students with the opportunity to learn social entrepreneurship in Africa. This one focuses on the experience of a group in South Africa that is trying to prototype a water retention cistern.
You don’t have to move from your desk to contribute to efforts to reduce hunger and malnutrition. This roundup is a good resource for websites that allow you to donate a meal or money with no more than a click of your mouse.
Social enterprise “solves an old problem in a new way and makes it saleable,” says an entrepreneur in India who is profiled in this article. Her and others’ stories here provide concrete examples, based in India where the social entrepreneurship movement has really taken off, of what inspires people to become leaders for social change, and how they manage to bring their ideas to life.
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