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  • SOCAP11: Waste Management that Works

    Parag Gupta, founder and CEO of Waste Ventures recently told me that urban India produces a mound of garbage that weighs twice as much as the Empire State Building every week. In that big pile of trash, Gupta and his team identified a glowing opportunity for economic, social, and environmental impact.

    Categories
    Environment, Health Care
    Tags
    business development, poverty alleviation, waste
  • Bangladesh’s Mobile Tech Surge, What It Means for Development

    While mobile phones have increasingly become ubiquitous in developing countries, Bangladesh has taken the technology’s capabilities a step further. Many new initiatives have leveraged the sheer number of people using mobile phones: 76.4 million in Bangladesh. Neighboring countries have lagged behind in leveraging mobiles for development.

    Categories
    Health Care
  • Bolivia’s First Crop Insurance Scheme Promises to Empower Farmers

    Natural disasters can come with six-digit figures of damage and debt attached, even in Latin America’s poorest country. Bolivia ’s rural areas, still dependent on rain cycles, are the most financially vulnerable to drought, frost, hail, floods and other weather adversities. Lose your crops, farmers say, and you’re left with nothing but your debts. Luis Alvaro Toledo, who’s wo...

    Source
    Guardian.co.uk (link opens in a new window)
    Categories
    Health Care
    Region
    Latin America
    Tags
    nutrition
  • Updated: The Ugly Truth About Famines

    The drought, which spurred the UN to declare a famine for the first time since 1984, has affected the entire Horn of Africa, including much of Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti. And yet the only areas where the UN has officially declared a "famine" are two pockets of southern Somalia controlled by the al-Shabab militia.

    Categories
    Education, Health Care
    Tags
    nutrition, rural development
  • For Nuru, Energy Applies to Products and Microfranchises

    Nuru Energy uses a multi-tier approach to developing and selling renewable energy devices, while steadily building a network of entrepreneurs. In September, Nuru will open offices in Uganda and Kenya, and plans to close the year with 170 microfranchises in Rwanda alone. The growth plans do not stop there.

    Categories
    Health Care
  • Exploding Malaria With Human-Sized Microwaves

    Around the world almost a million people die from malaria each year, and half the planet's population, 3.3 billion people, live at risk of contracting the disease , mostly in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Treatments for malaria, however, have never been a high priority for pharmaceutical companies. Most victims have little or no ability to pay, and profit margins on vaccines are thin. Now, our few lines of defen...

    Source
    Fast Company (link opens in a new window)
    Categories
    Health Care
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Low Maintenance, Low Cost, X-Runner Redefining the Toilet

    X-Runner, a social venture based in Germany and India that has designed a low-cost mobile toilet suitable for urban slum households. The portable, low-water toilet is made of light-weight PPC material and costs $30 per unit. Included in that cost is a home service to remove the waste and deliver it to local biogas plant for eventual biogas use.

    Categories
    Health Care, Impact Assessment
  • Social Enterprise Spotlight: Just Markets For Ghana?s Women

    Three years ago Danielle Grace Warren had gone fishing. She was part of a mission to build fish farms in Ghana. These farms, it was hoped, would help generate badly needed income and jobs. The literally graceful and ballerina-like Warren, a creative writer, knew from her experience in Haiti where she had worked on economic development projects that income and jobs were the key to lifting the Ghanaians out of poverty. But they needed to be lots of income and jobs. That simply wasn’t possib...

    Source
    Forbes (link opens in a new window)
    Categories
    Agriculture, Health Care
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
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