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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

Opinion: Can science eliminate extreme poverty?

Source: SBS

There is always hope that scientific innovations will help solve global problems. So can scientists help solve the globe’s ultimate problem: eliminate extreme poverty?
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

DataWind Rolls Out an Affordable Bridge to Education

Source: Press Release

DataWind, a leading developer of wireless web access and products, and the manufacturer of the world’s lowest cost android tablet PC, announced that it has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA).
Monday, April 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Google Acquires Titan Aerospace, the Drone Company Pursued by Facebook

Source: Tech Crunch

Google has acquired Titan Aerospace, the drone startup that makes high-flying robots which was previously scoped by Facebook as a potential acquisition target (as first reported by TechCrunch), the WSJ reports. The details of the purchase weren’t disclosed, but the deal comes after Facebook disclosed its own purchase of a Titan Aerospace competitor in U.K.-based Ascenta for its globe-spanning Internet plans.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Predicting Disease Outbreaks in a Changing Climate in Africa

Source: allAfrica

The IPCC report focuses on climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability.
Thursday, April 03, 2014 — No Region Specified

USAID, Hillary Clinton Launch Global Development Lab for Game-Changing Innovations

Source: Devex

The event will take place in New York, with Hillary Clinton delivering the keynote address, following an internal launch and a USAID town hall discussion earlier this week in Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, April 02, 2014 — No Region Specified

New climate innovation centre launched in Ethiopia

Source: Energy Live News

A new climate innovation centre which aims to help jumpstart clean technology and climate-smart ventures has been launched in Ethiopia. Called the Ethiopia Climate Innovation Center (ECIC), it is expected to help more than 3.1 million people increase resilience to climate change and create more than 12,000 jobs in the next 10 years.
Friday, March 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Facebook Will Deliver Internet Via Drones With “Connectivity Lab” Project Powered By Acqhires From Ascenta

Source: Tech Crunch

Facebook plans to bring Internet to the third-world via drones, satellites, lasers, and more. Today Mark Zuckerberg unveiled Facebook’s Connectivity Lab which will work on the Internet.org project. It’s powered by talent acqhired from solar-powered drone maker Ascenta as well as poached from NASA.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

Innovative business model introduced to benefit oil palm farmers

Source: Ghana Web

B-BOVID, an agribusiness based on social entrepreneurship principles, is introducing a unique profit-sharing concept to its oil palm enterprise which, will greatly benefit local farmers and their communities.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 — North Africa and Near East

Computer Access for the Poorest at $7 a Head

Source: Times of Israel

Israeli start-up Keepod believes it has a low-cost way to bring the billions living in poverty into the digital age.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

The Best Buys in Global Health: Striking the Effective Balance

Source: Huffington Post Impact

Innovation in both the development of new technologies and better delivery methods is critical. But here's where it gets more complex: An intervention must be designed from the perspective of the health consumer, and it must be affordable and have an effective delivery system.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Empowering People With Cooking Stoves

Source: Techli

Imagine spending 30 percent of your income on cooking fuel, inhaling the equivalent of 20 cigarettes daily while preparing meals for your family, and having to send your daughter to collect fuel for hours every day. What sounds like a far-fetched scenario is the reality of millions of people around the world in countries like Nepal, Darfur and Haiti.
Thursday, March 06, 2014 — South Asia

Biocon Launches e-healthcare Programme in Odisha, India

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Biotech major Biocon in partnership with Canara Bank and Odisha government has initiated an e-healthcare programme for the underprivileged and rural communities in the state.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 — No Region Specified

Facebook Looking Into Buying Drone Maker Titan Aerospace

Source: Tech Crunch

Facebook, one of the primary backers of the Internet.org initiative, which aims to bring affordable Internet access to the 5 billion people in the world who still lack connectivity, is in talks with a company that could help further that agenda.
Friday, February 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Goldman Sachs, Mitsui PEs invest Rs 315 cr in Global Beverages

Source: The Financial Express

Global Beverages & Foods (GBF), promoted by fomer Godrej group head A Mahendran, has raised Rs 315 crore from Goldman Sachs and Mitsui Global Investment to build a large, fast-moving consumer goods platform.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 — Asia Pacific

The Philippines Rolls Out Telemedicine with TV White Spaces

Source: Future Gov Asia

TV White Spaces will tap unused frequencies between TV channels to deliver data connectivity to further support rural broadband, telemedicine, educational content delivery and to enhance the data gathering capability of the government’s sensor networks.
Monday, February 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

‘Quality, a concern for Indian healthcare sector’

Source: The Hindu

As many as 98,000 hospital deaths occur annually due to medical errors, which also increase the cost of treatment for patients, according to K.K. Kalra, Chief Executive Officer of the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH).
Monday, February 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Google and SolarAid partner to explore impact of solar technology on poverty alleviation in Africa

Source: Press Release

February 2014: Today Google has announced their continued support of international development charity SolarAid and their work distributing solar lights in rural Africa, by funding a two year evaluation on the impact of solar lights on poverty alleviation.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

CDC health projects improve disease detection and control

Source: The Observer

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) global health security (GHS) projects on early disease detection, response and prevention in Uganda and Vietnam have resulted in improvements in those areas.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Opinion: A Wealthier Africa Will Depend on Health Care

Source: The Japan Times

The BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) have long been the focus of emerging-market investors. But it is in Africa, a region with the world’s second-fastest growth, where the next big business opportunities lie.
Thursday, February 06, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

IBM starts rolling out Watson supercomputer in Africa

Source: Reuters

IBM says system will improve farming, e-commerce, health.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014 — Asia Pacific

Innovative off-grid fridges to give a sure chill to vaccines

Source: SciDevNet

The Philippines is set to receive donations of medical refrigerators with an innovative cooling technology that runs without electricity for up to ten days or more, ensuring the viability of vaccines especially in disaster-affected areas, SciDev.Net has learned.
Monday, February 03, 2014 — No Region Specified

An African messaging app could beat out WhatsApp, Line and WeChat in India

Source: Quartz

This is what 21st century globalization looks like: Mxit, an African company has just announced its intention to enter the Indian market, taking on established players from the US and newer contenders from China and Japan. Mxit makes a popular mobile messaging app and claims 7.4 million monthly active users, with just under a million of those outside South Africa.
Thursday, January 16, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ethiopia breaking new technology ground

Source: IT News Africa

At the beginning of 2013 when Ethiopia’s government approved mobile money in the country, allowing banks and micro-finance institutions to provide transaction-based banking online.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

Bill Gates supports affordable bio-toilets for Ghanaians

Source: Ghana Web

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has offered a grant of one million US Dollars to the Biofilcom, inventors and producers of biofil toilets to scale up to make the toilets available at cheaper cost.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

SRL Diagnostics to enter CIS, Africa

Source: Business Standard

SRL Diagnostics, the healthcare arm of Fortis, is eyeing expansion into fast-growing markets of Africa and CIS countries. SRL, which has about 40 per cent share of the organised diagnostic market in India, plans to open labs and collection centres countries such as Congo, Kenya and Nigeria in Africa. It is also looking at tie-ups in CIS countries.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Doctors Without Borders Pioneers Opening Up Access to Humanitarian Data

Source: allAfrica

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is pioneering an open-access approach within the humanitarian sector in the hope that other medical aid organisations will follow suit.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

German Firms Seed Web Shopping in the Developing World

Source: The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

The message from his boss on the phone from Germany was straightforward, recalls Hendrik Harren, a former website manager in Africa: "I want you to build the Amazon of Nigeria for me." The caller was Oliver Samwer, an Internet tycoon in Berlin who had already cloned American e-commerce businesses for Europe's market. By 2012, his focus was shifting to the developing world. Mr. Harren found his new assignment daunting. "I had never founded an Amazon," he says.
Monday, January 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

11 Ingenious Solar Projects Impacting the Developing World

Source: Mashable

It's easy to take energy for granted, forgetting that throughout much of the world, a lack of power affects everything from business to education to matters of life and death. Approximately 1.5 billion people still don't have access to electricity worldwide, with an additional 1 billion having only intermittent access.
Friday, January 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Silicon Valley casts its nets in the Caribbean

Source: The World Bank

Jamaica and neighboring countries are preparing to leave their mark on the technology industry.
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 — South Asia

Kalam inaugurates tele-radiology unit at Apollo Hospitals in Chennai

Source: The Times of India

Patients who are rushed to hospital in times of emergency may not always be lucky enough to have the individual attention of a specialist. But with the 'tele-radiology project', an initiative of Apollo Hospitals, it may be possible.
Thursday, December 19, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

High-Speed Recovery: Twenty years after the genocide, Rwanda looks to a high-tech future

Source: Slate

Almost 20 years have passed since the 1994 Rwandan genocide, when politicians, doctors, miners, merchants, and farmers killed about 800,000 of their fellow politicians, doctors, miners, merchants, and farmers in the East African nation of just 12 million. To this day, the 100-day horror remains one of the most appallingly efficient cases of systematic murder in modern history, and Rwanda, at least in the eyes of the West, remains synonymous with the chaos of its not-too-distant past.
Friday, November 22, 2013 — No Region Specified

Four World-Changing Products Dreamed Up by Bill Gates

Source: Wired

This holiday season, Bill Gates wants stuff that doesn’t exist. Not for himself, mind you, but for the developing world. Gates has tons of ideas for products that would improve lives there, if only someone would build them.
Monday, November 04, 2013 — No Region Specified

Cleaner cookstoves can boost health and slow global warming

Source: The Guardian

World Bank report calls for action to cut common pollutants such as soot, which could save millions of lives every year
Thursday, October 24, 2013 — South Asia

Apollo Hospitals Group readies higher dose of telemedicine

Source: Ceylon-Ananda.com

In a first of its kind initiative in the healthcare sector, Chennai-based Apollo Hospitals Group is soon going to launch the next version of telemedicine, a web-based platform with a ‘Skype-like’ video conferencing tool embedded’.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 — South Asia

NewDigm: an example to be followed for improving healthcare in rural areas

Source: Your Story

Scientific paradigm is a recognized achievement which provides solution models to be followed by a specific community. That is exactly the role NewDigm is performing in the Indian rural healthcare landscape: by developing mobile-based Clinical Decision Support apps, real-time monitoring & tracking systems or training village health workers (VHW), they aim to be the new solution for democratizing access to quality and affordable healthcare through appropriate technology.
Wednesday, October 09, 2013 — No Region Specified

Malaysia's green tech growth needs innovation

Source: The Malaysian Reserve

Bank Negara says innovative financial solutions such as the Islamic Mudarabah can help facilitate the growth of green technology in Malaysia.
Wednesday, October 09, 2013 — No Region Specified

Visa partners with Micro Pension

Source: India Blooms

Global payments technology company Visa on Wednesday announced a partnership with Micro Pension Foundation, an Indian non-profit organization.
Monday, October 07, 2013 — South Asia

Medanta Opens Its First Telemedicine Centre in Chandigarh

Source: i-Newswire

Dr. Naresh Trehan, renowned cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgeon and Chairman cum Managing Director of Medanta -The Medicity inaugurated the region's first telemedicine consultation facility at Prime Diagnostic Centre in Chandigarh today on the eve of the World Heart Day. Dr. Trehan said that it is a part of Medanta's commitment to leverage technology to provide easily accessible and affordable healthcare to the people in the country and help patients make informed choice for the course of treatment after consultation with super-specialists of Medanta.
Friday, October 04, 2013 — South Asia

The Next Grand Challenge in India: Reinvent the Toilet

Source: Hispanic Business

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Government of India and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in collaboration with India'sBiotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) launched a call for proposals as part of Grand Challenges India to reinvent the toilet. The Department of Biotechnology and the Gates Foundation will each invest US$1 million to support Indian investigators to drive research, development, and production of the "next generation toilet."
Friday, October 04, 2013 — South Asia

Sujay Santra’s mission to provide an innovative healthcare service system to rural areas

Source: Social Story

Would you have the courage to leave behind a comfortable life in big MNC to chase a dream full of uncertainties? That’s exactly what Sujay Santra, the founder of iKure, did. Unhappy with the way his life was going, he resigned from Oracle – one of the biggest software and hardware systems companies – and got into his own business. “Although I had a very decent and satisfying life, I had an identity crisis. I asked ‘Where do I see myself in five, ten years down the line?” and the vision forward was not very satisfying. Then I started to think about how could I change many people’s lives; it triggered something in me and I started to feel I needed to do something”.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 — Latin America

Healthy Connections: Technology Promoting Family Health

Source: The Herald

During the Healthier Futures plenary at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, Chelsea Clinton was joined onstage by Pro Mujer's President and Chief Executive Officer, Rosario Perez; Mayo Clinic's President and CEO, John Noseworthy, M.D.; the President of Pfizer Latin America, Adele Gulfo; Sesame Workshop President and CEO, H. Melvin Ming, along withSesame Street Muppet, Rosita, to announce a unique CGI Commitment to Action that will promote healthy behavior and disease prevention among poor women and children in Bolivia, Nicaragua, Peru, Mexico and Argentina. The commitment will use a new technology platform integrating mobile, web, and video technology along with remote training and access to specialists.
Monday, September 23, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Uganda: Executive Style - Managing Patients' Records for Better Health

Source: allAfrica

Claude VendetteOne Solutions, an ICT support company, is pioneering an innovative ICT-based record-keeping system to improve on operations at health facilities - which will ultimately contribute to the streamlining of processes in the health care delivery system in Uganda. The CEO, Claude Vendette, spoke to The Independent about its benefits.
Monday, September 23, 2013 — No Region Specified

New Investment Fund Will Advance Late-Stage Vaccines and other Global Health Technologies

Source: Wall Street Journal

A new investment fund structured by JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will, for the first time, allow individual and institutional investors the opportunity to finance late-stage global health technologies that have the potential to save millions of lives in low-income countries. With $94 million committed by a pioneering group of investors -- including anchor support from Grand Challenges Canada (funded by the Government of Canada), the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (acting through KfW) and the Children's Investment Fund Foundation -- the Global Health Investment Fund ("GHIF" or the "Fund") will help advance the most promising interventions to fight challenges in low-income countries such as malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and maternal and infant mortality.
Thursday, September 05, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Eye-phone set to revolutionise African optical care

Source: eNews Channel Africa

An impressive new mobile phone app is being tested in Kenya. It acts as a mobile visual clinic, and is set to revolutionise eye care in Africa. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), nearly 300 million people are blind or seriously visually impaired. But a team of doctors from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine armed with an innovative, low cost, smartphone solution, have set out to make an impact on this community.
Friday, August 30, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya: Seacom Opens Up Internet to Kenyan Techies

Source: All Africa

Fibre optic cable provider SEACOM has given 100 MegaBytes per Second (mbps) of internet connectivity to four innovation centers in Kenya to enhance their capacity to generate local content for a global audience.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenyans transferred US$18.1 billion using mobile money in 2012

Source: HumanIPO

Mobile money transfer services continue to grow in Kenya, with transactions growing by 32.8 per cent to KSh1.538 trillion (US$18.1 billion) from KSh1.169 trillion (US$13.75 billion) in 2011.
Friday, August 23, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Smart cards that top-up health

Source: BBC Future

Most of Kenya’s population can’t afford the crippling expenses if they fall seriously ill. But help is at their fingertips via their mobile phones.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 — No Region Specified

Zuckerberg Wants to Bring the Whole Planet Internet Access

Source: Mashable

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to bring Internet access to everyone. Late Tuesday he announced the launch of Internet.org, an initiative to bring Internet access to the two-thirds of the world's population that can't get online.
Friday, August 16, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Three Text Messages That Are Changing Africa

Source: Huffington Post

Can a text message save a continent?
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

A Stove That Cooks With Molten Salt

Source: Co.Exist

Using the sun instead of fuel to cook is an important innovation for the developing world, where fuel is scarce and fumes from burning can be deadly. This stove doesn’t just use the sun--it uses the sun to heat up salt until it melts.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 — South Asia

Working on Tibet’s Future, From India

Source: The New York Times

In a spacious classroom in this northern Indian hill town, 20 young Tibetan men and women sit in front of computers as the summer monsoon rains fall outside.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

Students need to be challenged on social innovation, says Microsoft

Source: MaltaToday

“Instead of standardized teaching, our schools and our educators need to teach innovation” – Microsoft Malta
Friday, August 09, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Literacy Bridge Uses Talking Books to Spread the Word in Ghana

Source: PBS

On a warm spring evening in 2006, software consultant Cliff Schmidt decided to take a walk near the hotel where he was staying for a conference in Atlanta, not yet knowing that what he would stumble upon would alter his life's path.
Thursday, August 08, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Small traders can track sales and customer trends

Source: Daily Nation

THE PRINCIPAL salesman of any enterprise is the business owner. This is simply the hard lesson that many small and micro enterprise (SME) owners learn over time.
Monday, August 05, 2013 — No Region Specified

Investments in online edu to improve access, enhance skills

Source: Business Standard

The country needs to bet big on investments in online education, making it available to those struggling and aspiring for higher achievements, said S Ramadorai, vice chairman, Tata Consultancy Services, and advisor to the Prime Minister in the National Skill Development Council (NSDC).
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

In Kenya, Using Tech To Put An 'Invisible' Slum On The Map

Source: NPR

If you were to do a search for the Nairobi city slum of Mathare on Google Maps, you'd find little more than gray spaces between unmarked roads.
Friday, July 19, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Imagining a 'Smart Country' – Such as Rwanda

Source: The World Bank

Everyone is talking about “smart development” and “smart solutions” – the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to tackle the most pressing development problems such as poverty, access to basic services, and job creation. But if a whole country decided to become “smart” what would that look like to its citizens, government, and private sector?
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 — Asia Pacific

Beijing’s Great Leap Forward

Source: MIT Technology Review

One man, Kai-Fu Lee, did more than anyone else to turn the Chinese capital into a technology powerhouse.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Social Innovation in Africa: When a Young Girl and Prime Minister Share a Vision to Fight Illiteracy

Source: Huffington Post

Fighting illiteracy and advancing social innovation in Africa are different sides of the same coin. Worldreader joins the two visions with a scalable approach.
Thursday, June 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

GE Healthcare plans $2 billion investment for software development

Source: Business Standard

Will focus on advancing current and future technology offerings through the convergence of machine and intelligent data
Thursday, June 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

Car crashes should be a global health priority, scientists say

Source: Los Angeles Times

Given the personal suffering caused by traffic accidents -- 1.2 million deaths a year worldwide -- there's far too little attention paid by health researchers, scientists argued Tuesday.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 — No Region Specified

Help end poverty, World Bank tells private sector

Source: The Chronic Herald

The World Bank is undertaking an ambitious goal to end extreme global poverty within a generation by encouraging the involvement of the private sector.
Monday, June 10, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

At Grameen Foundation, an international nonprofit becomes a software developer

Source: The Washington Post

The Grameen Foundation was providing health care to pregnant women in Ghana in 2010 when the organization had an idea: As cellphones become more widely available in developing nations, health information can be quickly disseminated to poor patients in remote locations via voice and text messaging.
Monday, June 10, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Google's Next Cloud Product: Google Blimps To Bring Wireless Internet to Africa

Source: Forbes

Not content with offering super-fast broadband in Austin and Kansas City, Google has plans to use blimps to deliver wide-area wireless internet connectivity in Africa and other emerging markets, according to reports in the the Wall Street Journal and a post on Google’s Africa blog.
Monday, June 10, 2013 — South Asia

A social media platform for the rural masses

Source: Mint

Mobile Vaani is an interactive voice response system that enables people to share and create content
Friday, June 07, 2013 — Asia Pacific

China's Healthcare Choice: Innovation or Access?

Source: Forbes

China today faces a dilemma in healthcare development between the present and the future. A fundamental choice will need to be made between financial incentives for future medical innovation or price controls that broaden present access to care
Tuesday, June 04, 2013 — South Asia

HP deploys virtual health platform to help deliver quality psychiatric care in rural India

Source: Business Standard

As part of HP's continued commitment to making healthcare accessible to people living in remote parts of India, HP today announced the availability of a virtual health technology platform that will enable healthcare professionals to virtually conduct specialist psychiatric consultations with patients.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013 — No Region Specified

First non-surgical circumcision device could slow spread of AIDS in Africa, officials say

Source: Fox News

Health officials have approved a first-of-its-kind, non-surgical circumcision device hailed as a potential game-changer in the battle to forestall the spread of AIDS in Africa. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/06/02/first-non-surgical-circumcision-device-could-slow-spread-aids-in-africa/#ixzz2VFUOK1lS
Monday, June 03, 2013 — No Region Specified

A Hyperrealistic Farmville To Train The World’s Farmers

Source: Co.Exist

Farm Defenders, a Gates Foundation-funded game that lets people use incredibly detailed data (down to soil conditions in specific villages) to help people learn agriculture techniques before they actually start planting.
Friday, May 31, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Selling Solar Panels on the Installment Plan in Africa

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Some solar startups are addressing the problem with creative financing models.
Thursday, May 30, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Energy access for all in Africa: does enterprise hold the key?

Source: The Guardian

Local companies, international groups and charities are all using business approaches to improve access to clean, safe energy
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 — South Asia

Vodafone Aims to Replicate M-Pesa’s Success in India

Source: Knowledge@Wharton Network

M-Pesa, the mobile-based money transfer and payment service that has been highly successful in Kenya since its launch in 2007, is now available in India by Vodafone, working through its fully-owned subsidiary Mobile Commerce Solutions Ltd (MCSL), and ICICI bank, the country’s largest private sector bank.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 — No Region Specified

Change.org scores $15M from Omidyar Network to grow the world’s largest petition service

Source: VentureBeat

Popular social petition service Change.org has raised $15 million in new funding — cash that will help it further build up the “world’s largest petition platform.”
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

Rockefeller Foundation To Pump $97 Million Into African Digital Jobs

Source: Forbes

The Rockefeller Foundation has announced that it will pledge $97 million to create jobs in the digital field in Africa as part of its ongoing initiative to create jobs for young Africans in the rapidly growing information and communications technology (ICT) enabled sectors in the continent.
Thursday, May 02, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How solar panels are leading the fight against malaria

Source: Business Green

Kenyan island aims to become free of the disease thanks to solar-powered, insecticide-free mosquito traps
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Meet The Entrepreneur Working To Challenge Nokia, Blackberry And Samsung In Africa

Source: Forbes

Alpesh Patel, a Ugandan-born entrepreneur, served as director of sales in Africa for Motorola before quitting the American telecommunications giant to launch Mi-Fone, an African mobile phone brand.
Monday, April 15, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Sierra Leone: Using Technology to Save Lives

Source: All Africa

The telecommunications industry and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have teamed up to use mobile phone technology to save lives in Sierra Leone.
Monday, April 15, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New Dalhberg Study shows how the Internet will drive development in Africa

Source: Press Release

Despite widespread agreement on the web’s potential to transform lives and reduce poverty, there is little information about how policymakers and investors should capitalize on this potential.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New plan to ensure universal health care in Somalia

Source: IRIN

Every Somali citizen will have access to basic healthcare by 2016 if a new, government-led strategic plan achieves its aims.
Monday, March 25, 2013 — No Region Specified

A Plan to Chart Heart Risk in 1 Million Adults in Real Time

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Researchers are launching a major study that will marshal the power of smartphones and other personal technologies in an effort to develop new strategies for preventing and managing heart disease.
Friday, March 22, 2013 — South Asia

Deepa Gangwani: Fomenting Change for Indian Trash Collectors

Source: PBS Newshour

A shocking incident involving her maid and a trash collector helped set Deepa Gangwani on her quest to help the poor communities near where she lived in India.
Monday, March 18, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mozambique turns to technology in battle against tuberculosis

Source: The Guardian

New machine expected to cut TB diagnosis time dramatically, enabling speedier treatment in Maputo and beyond.
Thursday, February 21, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Full speed ahead: AfDB’s plan for a Pan-African information highway

Source: Devex

The African Development Bank has installed a common information technology platform in 13 countries and the African Union Commission.
Friday, February 08, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

In Microsoft’s ‘4Afrika’ launch, a surprising game-changer

Source: Devex Impact

In the next three years, the Microsoft Afrika Initiative aims to “help place tens of millions” of smartphones in the hands of African consumers, bring 1 million small and medium-size African businesses and nonprofits online, train 100,000 African university graduates (and find jobs for 75,000 of them), and pilot low-cost wireless broadband in Kenya using “white-space” spectrum.
Thursday, January 24, 2013 — Latin America

SAP Invests in Emerging Entrepreneurs to Drive Innovation

Source: Press Release

SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced an initial three-year, EUR 2 million commitment to Endeavor Global, Endeavor Brazil and India's National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN), organizations with a comprehensive focus on high-impact entrepreneurs. As part of a new emerging entrepreneurs initiative, SAP and its partners will help accelerate job creation and responsible and sustainable business growth for emerging entrepreneurs, who will be selected via the Endeavor and NEN networks. With an initial focus on Brazil and India, SAP and its partners plan to expand into additional emerging markets.
Monday, January 07, 2013 — No Region Specified

GravityLight: the low-cost lamp powered by sand and gravity

Source: The Guardian

Two London designers have developed a gravity-powered lamp that could sell for as little as £3, bringing light to remote regions in developing countries
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 — South Asia

The Gyaner Haats – knowledge bazaars – of Bangladesh

Source: The Guardian

Faruk Ul Islam explains how his charity is developing networks that build on official channels to reach deeper into communities
Thursday, December 27, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

VMK launch 'first African-designed' smartphone and tablet

Source: BBC

A smartphone and tablet said to be the first designed by an African company have beenlaunched.
Friday, December 14, 2012 — No Region Specified

Mobile Technology a Game Changer in Developing World

Source: CIO

As much disruption and upheaval as the Internet age has brought to far-flung industries like education, energy and finance, the emergence of mobile computing has a much greater potential for change on a global scale, a group of experts said on Thursday.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Machine that Will Help End TB

Source: MIT Technology Review

Nearly 1.5 million people die from tuberculosis every year, even though most cases can be cured with routine antibiotic treatments. One country’s fight to get the ancient scourge under control has an unlikely hero: a simple diagnostic test.
Monday, December 03, 2012 — South Asia

Patnis purchase stake in Grameen Capital India

Source: Business Standard

Grameen Capital India (GCI) has announced that Amit Patni and Arihant Patni have acquired a stake in the company from original investor IFMR Trust. The Patni's after exiting their software services exports company to iGate in a $1.2 billion deal have started Nirvana Venture Advisors, a venture capital fund with focus on the internet space in India.
Thursday, November 08, 2012 — No Region Specified

Mastercard Inc : The SEEP Network Partners with MasterCard to Promote Innovative Uses of Technology

Source: 4-Traders

Washington, DC, November 7, 2012 - The SEEP Network's two-day 2012 Annual Conference titled, "Building Inclusive Markets: Impact through Financial and Enterprise Solutions" kicks off on Wednesday, November 7 in Arlington, VA.
Monday, November 05, 2012 — South Asia

Can the 'American Dream' be reversed in India?

Source: BBC

America's Silicon Valley has always been a hub for some of the brightest and best Indian immigrants to start businesses. Now, in a reversal, more people from the US are moving to the sub-continent with their ideas.
Thursday, November 01, 2012 — Latin America

QMágico’s co-founder talks social entrepreneurship and education in Brazil

Source: The Next Web

Thiago Feijão was one of the panelists speaking at Entrepreneur Week Brazil, which took place for the first time in Rio de Janeiro last week. As the co-founder of edtech startup QMágico, he talked about social entrepreneurship and education opportunities in Brazil.
Friday, October 26, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Group mitigates poverty with alternative building technology

Source: Creamer Media's Engineering News

JSE-listed energy and chemicals group Sasol’s enterprise development vehicle, ChemCity, believes alternative building technology (ABT) has the potential to curtail unemployment and poverty – two of South Africa’s most pressing issues.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Technology a pathway out of poverty

Source: Tech Central

It will take a century for a poor household to tweet its way out of poverty. That’s a very long time for anyone wondering where their next meal is coming from. But it’s a significant new finding because it proves once and for all that social media and access to information and communication technology (ICT) is a pathway out of poverty.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Somalia's ambitions online could bring Mogadishu to the world

Source: BBC

At The Village Restaurant, a popular open-air hangout for Mogadishu's returning diaspora community, a charcoal-powered Italian espresso machine brews Somalia's best cappuccino.
Thursday, September 27, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Early stage investment growing in Africa tech

Source: PC Advisor

The rise of technology hubs over the last couple of years has spurred investment, helped by humanitarian agencies and VCs
Monday, September 24, 2012 — South Asia

How the Aakash tablet bounced back

Source: The Washington Post

Internet-connected tablets, as I’ve explained before, have the potential to positively impact billions. Cell phones improved commerce and changed society by allowing, among other things, the poorest villagers in the developing world to connect with one another. The Internet will catalyze the next leap forward by providing those in the developing world access to the same ocean of knowledge as those in wealthier societies. This will transform education and revolutionize commerce.
Thursday, September 20, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Esource: Cycling solution to gadget recycling

Source: BBC

Our desire to buy the latest must-have gadget comes at huge cost to the countries and people who deal with our electronic waste. But could pedal power offer a solution?
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa’s best tech minds to meet at Indaba

Source: IT News Africa

Three years on, in every way that counts, Tech4Africa continues to be the premier mobile, web and emerging technology event, and this year’s conference promises to be no exception, congregating some of the best minds in ICT today and bringing a greater than ever breadth and depth of tech talks.
Monday, September 17, 2012 — No Region Specified

How 'Afropreneurs' will shape Africa's future

Source: CNN

(CNN) -- His full name is Idris Ayodeji Bello, but you might just call him "Afropreneur." That's the buzzword adopted by the young Nigerian to describe the bright, independent and tech savvy entrepreneurs using creative thinking and the power of innovation to take over Africa's economic destiny.
Friday, September 07, 2012 — No Region Specified

Solar lighting: Lighting the way

Source: Economist

Energy technology: Cheaper and better solar-powered electric lights promise to do away with kerosene-fuelled lanterns
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 — No Region Specified

DemystData Announces Series A Investment to Help Financial Institutions Grow Through Deeper Customer Data

Source: PR Web

Strategic investment from Accion and Arbor Partners Asia strengthens DemystData's position in the $12 billion big data marketplace.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 — South Asia

Institute for sustainable enterprise takes off

Source: Business Standard

An innovative concept to promote green technology and support entrepreneurs to build a sustainable business on this much needed space has taken shape in Bangalore. Indian Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (IISE), promoted by some well known global and Indian personalities has kicked off its operations and is set to launch its post-graduate certificate programme in sustainable enterprise shortly.
Monday, August 27, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Innovation in Africa: Upwardly mobile

Source: The Economist

VISITORS to Kenya’s capital are often horrified by the homicidal minibuses called matatu. They swerve around potholes, seldom signal and use their iffy brakes only at the last second. They are therefore an ideal subject for a video game, which is why Planet Rackus, a Nairobi start-up, released “Ma3Racer” last year. Each player uses his mobile phone to steer a matatu down the street. The (unrealistic) goal is to avoid pedestrians. Within a month, a quarter of a million people in 169 countries had downloaded the game.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 — South Asia

Start-ups like InVenture flourish with technology services for micro finance firms

Source: The Economic Times

BANGALORE: A new wave of start-up companies is building technology enabled services aimed at bridging the communication gap between borrowers and lenders in the embattled microfinance industry.
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria's low-cost tablet computer

Source: BBC

Nigeria's Saheed Adepoju is a young man with big dreams. He is the inventor of the Inye, a tablet computer designed for the African market. According to the 29-year-old entrepreneur, his machine's key selling point is its price - $350 (£225) opposed to around $700 for an iPad.
Friday, August 03, 2012 — South Asia

Test-driving the ‘World’s Cheapest Computer’

Source: New York Times

India’s “Aakash” project, a tablet billed as the cheapest computer in the world, hopes to revolutionize learning in Indian colleges and universities. We’ve been following the ups and downs of the Aakash project closely here at India Ink and were delighted when we were allowed to test drive the new, improved version, known as the Aakash-2, at the ministry of Human Resources Development.
Thursday, July 19, 2012 — South Asia

Innovating The Process Of Getting Technology To People Who Need It

Source: Fast Company

Having technology that will change the lives of people in the developing world doesn’t mean much if you can’t get it to them. To fix that, Essmart Global is trying to revolutionize distribution and supply chains.
Wednesday, June 06, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Virtual City gets Sh135m loan from US social fund

Source: Business Daily

Virtual City, a local software development firm, has received a Sh135 million ($1.5 million) convertible loan from Acumen Fund for the development of a mobile-based agricultural application to help small-scale farmers market their produce. The investment represents the latest capital inflows from international investors in the local information technology sector, which is emerging as a key target for venture capitalist firms.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 — South Asia

Genpact to buy VentureEast-backed Atyati Technologies

Source: VCCircle

Business processing outsourcing major Genpact Ltd has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Atyati Technologies, a technology platform provider for the rural banking sector in India. The terms of the transaction, including the stake acquired and the deal value, remain undisclosed. The deal is expected to close in 3-4 weeks.
Friday, May 04, 2012 — No Region Specified

Tech majors HP, Google and Microsoft reach out to local start-ups to gain foothold in SME sector

Source: Economic Times

Large technology companies have a clear target group in mind when they design initiatives to promote entrepreneurship. Start-ups that engage in these programmes are typically led by founders set on building the next big technology service product. But not Vanajakshi Raveendra Lokhande, the owner of a small business that makes pickles and noodles in the north Karnataka district of Bagalkot.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 — No Region Specified

Transformational Entrepreneurship: Where Technology Meets Societal Impact

Source: HBR Blog Network

The slow decline of industrial manufacturing in developed nations and recent failures of financial capitalism across the globe have sent us searching for a new model of economic growth. I see the two movements of Technology Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship beginning to converge into a promising solution.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 — No Region Specified

Microplanet Technologies Names Daryl Skoog, Former Head of Opportunity International MIS, as Executive Director

Source: Press Release

MicroPlanet brings together a world-class team of technology professionals to support microfinance sector
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 — No Region Specified

Intel Releases Rugged Education Tablet for the Developing World

Source: Mashable

Intel has launched the latest device in its line of classroom computers: a tablet, Intel studybook. The Intel studybook is built to be both a rigorous education tool and a sturdy playmate. It comes loaded with Intel’s Learning Series software, including an interactive ereader and LabCam applications.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tony Elumelu Foundation, Co-Creation Hub in Partnership to Give Social Technology Entrepreneurs Boost

Source: WorldStage

The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), an institution dedicated to the promotion and celebration of excellence in business leadership and entrepreneurship across Africa, is partnering with Co-Creation Hub Nigeria (CcHub), Nigeria’s first open living lab and pre-incubation space dedicated to catalysing creative social technology ventures, in an effort to encourage innovative ideas that could help transform the social technology space in Nigeria.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 — North Africa and Near East

Microfinance Giant Launches Venture Capital Fund For East Africa

Source: Forbes

Accion, an international microfinance and investment firm, has launched Venture Lab, a $10 million investment vehicle which will provide seed capital and management support to financial inclusion startups worldwide, with a particular focus on East Africa and India.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 — Latin America

Study: OLPC Fails Students as a Tool for Education

Source: PCmag.com

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program of low-cost laptops for developing countries has not led to any measurable impact in academic achievement, according to a recent report.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Why Designers Need To Stop Feeling Sorry For Africa

Source: FastCo.Design

Taking a patronizing approach to investing in Africa undermines both the country’s people and entrepreneurial promise, argue Jens Martin Skibsted and Rasmus Bech Hansen.
Friday, April 06, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

A New Silicon Valley? Tech Hubs Spring Up in Africa

Source: FastCo.Exist

Internet access is expanding rapidly across the continent, and with it new organizations are coming to help foster a budding tech startup scene.
Monday, March 26, 2012 — No Region Specified

How the Developing World is Using Cellphone Technology to Change Lives

Source: thestar.com

In Nigeria, a young girl can ask questions about sex discretely through SMS and get accurate information. After the earthquake in Haiti, survivors in remote towns could receive money for food straight to their cellphone. In Senegal, election monitors sent updates on polling stations through their mobile phones, revising an online map in real time with details about late openings or worse. Projects like Learning about Living in Nigeria, MercyCorps in Haiti and Senevote2012 in Senegal are just a few examples of how the rapid spread of mobile technology has changed life in the global south.
Friday, March 16, 2012 — Europe & Eurasia

Finding the Line Between Technical and Political Solutions to Water Challenges

Source: The Guardian

Technology can increase access to water and sanitation; other solutions seem to hinge on policy. But are the two areas distinct?
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 — No Region Specified

Selling to the World's Poor Offers Huge Potential

Source: Canadian Business

It might seem counterintuitive, but setting your sights on the world’s four billion poorest people can be remarkably lucrative. Just ask Suneet Singh Tuli. The CEO of wireless-device manufacturer DataWind Ltd. says his Montreal-based company’s revenue could soar from less than $10 million last year to more than $300 million next year, thanks to the stripped-down tablet computer it developed to sell in India: “It’s an astonishing rate of growth.”
Wednesday, March 07, 2012 — Asia Pacific

ADB Plans to Invest $100M in Environment Fund

Source: Inquirer Business

The Asian Development Bank is expected to invest about $100 million in a multinational fund that will be put up to boost investments in environment-related technologies and projects in developing countries like the Philippines.
Friday, March 02, 2012 — No Region Specified

Now for some good news: Two books argue that the future is brighter than we think

Source: The Economist

The lab-on-a-chip (LOC) is a small device with a huge potential. It can run dozens of diagnostic tests on human DNA in a few minutes. Give the device a gob of spit or a drop of blood and it will tell you whether or not you are sick without any need to send your DNA to a laboratory. In poor countries LOCs could offer diagnostics to millions who lack access to expensive laboratories. In the rich world they may curb rising medical costs.
Friday, February 10, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile Phones Will Not Save the Poorest of the Poor

Source: Slate

Entrepreneurs, businesses, NGOs, and governments exalt mobile technology as a game-changing tool to fight global poverty. But what if our eagerness to connect the world is inadvertently exacerbating the global economic divide? The cost of cellphone-based services is hurting huge swaths of the developing world.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Can The iPad Revolutionize Rural Agriculture?

Source: FastCo.Exist

The iPad’s fairly steep price has kept it firmly entrenched in the developed world. That’s starting to change, however, as evidenced by efforts from Exprima Media and coffee importer Sustainable Harvest to bring the iPad to coffee co-ops and farmers in East Africa, Mexico, and South America.
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