NextBillion’s Most Influential Articles of 2023: Announcing the Three Winners of our Annual Contest
As 2024 gets underway, we’d like to announce the results of NextBillion’s annual “Most Influential Article of the Year” contest. A yearly tradition since 2012, the contest highlights 12 of our most-read articles from the past year, giving readers an opportunity to vote for the ones that influenced their thinking the most.
This year’s contest featured a strong slate of articles, covering a diverse array of topics ranging from systems change to decarbonization, in sectors that included energy, agriculture, finance and more. (You can access all the articles in the contest at this link.)
So without further ado, here are the three winners, as selected by our readers.
In our top-voted article of 2023, Sofia Ollvid at SolarAid explores a SolarAid program that is training technicians in Africa to repair solar devices, offering a promising solution to the problem of electronic waste.
In second place, an article from Brigit Helms at Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship highlights insights from social entrepreneurs in Miller Center’s Clean Water and Climate-Smart Agriculture program, who discuss their innovations and lessons learned.
In third place, an article from Lucie Klarsfeld McGrath, Louise Berthault and Jeanne Charbit at Hystra discusses research that sheds light on the market for menstrual health and hygiene solutions in eight emerging economies.
As always, we invite you to read (or re-read) these three outstanding pieces — and all 12 of the articles in the contest. Many thanks to all the readers who voted — we’re grateful for your ongoing support and engagement. And special thanks to the authors of these winning articles, the other authors whose articles were featured in this contest, and all the guest writers whose work we published in the past year. Your insights drive NextBillion’s coverage, and we’re looking forward to working with you in 2024. We welcome all our readers and writers to contact us if you’d like to discuss a potential guest article or other type of collaboration in the coming year. Happy 2024!
James Militzer is the managing editor of NextBillion.
Image adapted from a photo by Jason Dent.