March 18, 2014, No comments

With global water use growing at more than twice the rate of human population increase in the last century, the issue of water security issue is quickly rising to the […]


General Electric and Ashoka Changemakers Award $75K to Innovators Advancing Economic Equality for Women in the Middle East and North Africa

January 23, 2014, No comments

The winners of the Women Powering Work: Innovations for Economic Equality competition, sponsored by General Electric and Ashoka Changemake ...

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Four Lessons From A Social Entrepreneur Tackling The Youth Employment Crisis In Southern Africa

November 18, 2013, No comments

Dorien Beurskens, founder of Young Africa (YA) and an Ashoka Fellow who was elected as part of the “Future Forward” partnership with ...

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The New Nigeria: Sustainable Banking, Responsible Investment and Social Innovation

October 31, 2013, No comments

Two years ago, I wrote about the signing of the Nigerian Lending Principles—a landmark agreement made by eight of the nation’s leading ...

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    Can Pay Toilets Save Lives?
    September 10, 2012, 1 Comment

    Providing low fee pay toilets in schools, slums, and cities may not seem like a revolutionary idea. But when you consider that since 2008,  50% of the world’s population now resides [...]

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    7 Thoughts in Thinking Again on Microfinance
    March 19, 2012, No comments

    David Roodman, from the Center for Global Development, recently published a book called “Due Dilligence: An Important Inquiry into Microfinance” that is drawing attention, once again, to the validity and [...]