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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 — Latin America

Education Start-up, The Un-School of Disruptive Design, Announces Mexico City Fellowship for Emerging Leaders

Source: Press Release

Following a successful program in NYC, the Un-School has opened applications for mavericks and misfits of social innovation to join them in Mexico this November.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 — No Region Specified

New Approach Provides More Complete Picture of Donor Support for Key Global Health Issues

Source: News Medical

As the world's leaders gather in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the Financing for Development Conference, a study published in The Lancet demonstrates that a new approach is needed for classifying funding that reflects the function the funding serves, rather than the specific disease or country. The study is the first in-depth assessment of how donor funding is spent on global versus country-specific functions of health.
Friday, May 15, 2015 — No Region Specified

Alex Counts to Step Down As President and CEO of Grameen Foundation

Source: Grameen Foundation

A little more than 18 years ago, I began my journey as the founding President and CEO of Grameen Foundation (GF). Professor Muhammad Yunus provided me with $6,000 in seed funding and enormous amounts of his time and wisdom, and of course the Grameen brand. Since then, thousands of people and organizations joined me on this journey to contribute to the global movement to eliminate poverty. Grameen Foundation became a daring and caring community of practical idealists that applies the values embodied by Professor Yunus and his team at the global level.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 — No Region Specified

Echoing Green Wants Deeper Engagement With Social Entrepreneurs

Source: Devex

Echoing Green is seeking partners for a soon-to-be-launched program that will place young, rising stars in the corporate world into the boards of its fellows’ organizations.
Friday, March 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

New MacArthur President Promises Grant Making With a More Immediate Impact

Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation looked within its own ranks to pick its new president, Julia Stasch, who has promised to instill a sense of urgency at the grant maker.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 — Europe & Eurasia

Oxford Business Dean: MBA Programs Should Be More than Driving Schools

Source: Bloomberg

Saïd Business School's dean argues that MBA programs should steer students toward futures that benefit not only their institutions but the world at large.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

My Health Plan for Africa - New WHO Boss

Source: All Africa

Dr Rebecca Moeti was last week in Geneva appointed the new WHO boss for Africa. She spoke exclusively to Star's John Muchangi on her immediate plan.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Liberians have another challenge - marginalization

Source: Catholic News Agency

"How is it that we have again become the marginalized of the earth?" That is what people ask Bishop Anthony Borwah of Gbarnga, in Liberia, the country most affected by the outbreak of Ebola.
Friday, October 10, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Here's How Nigeria Beat Ebola

Source: Mother Jones

It took 18,500 interviews, but Nigeria managed to contain the Ebola outbreak.
Monday, September 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

Obama Goes to UN With Islamic State, Ebola on Agenda

Source: Voice of America

President Barack Obama heads to the United Nations General Assembly this week with two missions: to rally international support for a coalition against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria and to back his plan to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 — Asia Pacific

Filipino coffee queen turns into social entrepreneur

Source: Manila Standard Today

Pacita “Chit” Juan, a champion of Philippine coffee brands, has diversified not only to other businesses, but also to other causes, like creating jobs for the poor.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Public health leaders promote new framework for development

Source: Vaccine News

Countries should consider expanding investments through organizations that are already engaged in global dialogue and investment approaches.
Sunday, December 22, 2013 — No Region Specified

Greg Dees, social entrepreneurship pioneer, dies at 63

Source: Duke News Service/Herald Sun

J. Gregory Dees, a Duke University professor recognized internationally for developing social entrepreneurship as an academic field, died at Duke Hospital Friday afternoon. He was 63.
Thursday, October 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

First Woman to Lead Global Health Council

Source: Digital Journal

The Global Health Council, a network of leading organizations dedicated to saving lives and improving the health of the world's poorest people, has named a veteran of UNICEF, USAID, and other global health organizations as its new executive director.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 — No Region Specified

7 Female Social Innovators Changing the World

Source: The Next Women

Michelle Wright celebrates seven amazing women who are pioneering social change.
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?
Friday, July 12, 2013 — Asia Pacific

China believes in UNIDO, why don't the rest of us?

Source: Devex Impact

The election of China's Li Yong to UNIDO's top slot reveals the country's growing commitment to development.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Rwanda is building a strong economic reputation

Source: The Telegraph

Ask any expat about Rwanda and its bloody genocide is likely to feature strongly, rather than the fact it has one of the world’s best performing economies.
Friday, June 28, 2013 — South Asia

Renewable energy marks Kerry visit to India

Source: Devex

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up on Tuesday his first visit to India with the highlight of a $100 million loan guarantee program by USAID on private sector financing for clean energy under the Development Credit Authority.
Thursday, June 27, 2013 — No Region Specified

Indian innovation for African development

Source: Devex

A catalyst for innovation: That is how the United States envisions India, a former aid recipient and now emerging donor that nevertheless still is home to millions of people living in poverty and is facing other development challenges despite its growing economy.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 — No Region Specified

Africa: Why Obama's Visit to Africa Matters

Source: All Africa

US-Africa relations have changed considerably over the past 20 years. A perceived limited American policy focused on providing ‘poor’ Africans with aid and selfishly dealing with its own security issues, such as access to oil and fighting terrorism, has now evolved into a partnership that is substantially more than just that. President Barack Obama’s upcoming Africa visit (26 June to 3 July 2013) is yet another testament of how far America is willing to go to prove it.
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, March 7, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

'Impact Entrepreneurship' Places Importance on Social Consciousness

Source: Entrapreneur

On a trip to Africa in 1990, Peter Scott was moved to tears by the deforestation he encountered.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 — North Africa and Near East

Egypt: Empowering Women Challenges Poverty - CEO of Thomson Reuters Foundation

Source: All Africa

The Chief Executive Officer of Thomson Reuters Foundation, Monique Villa, said on Monday that helping women know and defend their rights tackles the very root of poverty.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Meet The Man Who’s Shaping Africa’s Future

Source: Ventures Africa

VENTURES AFRICA – Just like the great American civil right activist Martin Luther King Jnr. had a dream of an equal social existence, so did Ghanaian-born entrepreneur, Fred Swaniker, dream to build a Pan-African school that will position the new generation of African youth towards prosperity in future years. His mission was to give the African child a network of successful peers to tap for job opportunities, mentoring and career guidance.
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
Friday, March 23, 2012 — No Region Specified

How Jim Yong Kim Could Change the World Bank

Source: The Washington Post

Jim Yong Kim, President Obama’ssurprise pick to lead the World Bank, will become the first physician, the first Asian-American and the first person who has devoted his career to helping the poor to lead the more than 60-year-old organization.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 — No Region Specified

World Bank President Robert Zoellick Tells Board He Will Step Down June 30

Source: The Washington Post

World Bank President Robert Zoellick said Wednesday he is stepping down, raising the possibility that a non-American might be chosen for the first time to head the 187-nation lending organization.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 — Asia Pacific

Cambodia: A Place for Pioneer Investors

Source: CNN

Phnom Penh, Cambodia (CNN) - The most common image of Cambodia is the land of ancient temples and budget travelers. There's now something else putting Cambodia on the map: foreign investors. Cambodia's devastating recent history set the country back a generation. From 1975-78, the Communist Khmer Rouge killed intellectuals, destroyed the education system and pushed for an agrarian society that required families to be uprooted and separated. By the end of t...
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