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Alltop répertorie de nombreux articles sur l'entrepreneuriat social à travers le monde.

01.05.2016 Giant snails: A winning combination

Anne Guillaume-Gentil writing in Spore:
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Eating giant African snails, predominantly the Achatina achatina and Archachatina marginata species in Central and West Africa, has outstanding health benefits. They are rich in protein, low in fat and contain amino acids and iron. They also help to combat anaemia. With demand for snails generally outstripping supply, agricultural development, deforestation, slash-and-burn farming and over-harvesting are presenting an increasing threat to the wild population.

30.04.2016 Molecular Machines

In Chemistry World:
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Victoria Richards investigates the world of artificial molecular machines – where have they come from and where are they headed?
What if we lived in a world run by molecular machines, too small to see but impacting all aspects of our everyday lives? In one sense, we already do: biology uses them for absolutely everything – from harvesting energy from the sun to the way that we see, with proteins being the most complicated of the lot. Scientists have taken to calling them machines because, just like those designed by humans, they produce mechanical motion in response to an input, allowing them to perform a task. Whereas biology has perfected its machines over billions of years of evolution, chemists keen to imitate these structures are just getting started...[more]

29.04.2016 When Doers become Makers

From the Makery Elsa Ferreira reports:


With a population of 21 million, ultra-developed artisanship and manual trades, markets teeming with electronic and second-hand treasures, the Mexican metropolis is the perfect nest for makers. However, here the movement is barely a year old. “The Mexican people are creators, but we needed someone to light the spark,” says Antonio Quirarte, who instigated the local movement with his website Hacedores, followed by his makerspace of the same name, opened in 2015.

Since then, makerspaces have popped up all over the city (which covers nearly 1500 km2, or about 14 times the area of Paris), blending in perfectly with existing hackerspaces and labs, which didn’t wait for the maker movement to “make”. Part 1 of our guided tour features the pioneers and precursors!
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27.04.2016 'It’s my passion, passion, passion that keeps me in the game'

April is the Month of Microfinance and the perfect time to share how microfinance has touched our lives. As April comes to a close, we wanted to share with you Nadine’s story and how a Kiva Zip loan helped her start her own business educating families about the importance of nutrition. Read Chef Nadine’s story, written by Innae Park, below:

For Nadine, food is more than just sustenance for the body. Food sustains her life.

“It’s my passion, passion, passion that keeps me in the game and moving forward.”

Chef Nadine, as she’s known to many, owns a small business called Nutrition Synergies, LLC in Washington. D.C. It represents the fruits of her hard labor, as she has overcome obesity and long dreamed of being a successful entrepreneur. The desire began in college, when she and her best friend Sharon decided to make it their goal to be featured in “Black Enterprise Magazine.”

Thanks to a Kiva Zip loan in 2013 and support from her trustee, Union Kitchen, Chef Nadine is making her mark on the food scene in the nation’s capital. However, it’s not by being the next celebrity chef.

Her mission is to “feed, teach, empower and build communities using culinary art,” with the idea that she will educate families and neighborhoods about the importance of eating healthy and living healthy to succeed, especially seniors and lower-income residents in D.C.

Her influence is growing quickly! Last year, she was selected to open a brand-new culinary space in southeast D.C., which will be called “Mustard Seed Café.”

While Nadine’s dreams are becoming reality, she acknowledges there is someone who has made sure to back her dream.

“When I called Sharon and told her of the opportunity, she literally dropped EVERYTHING in her life to focus on helping me develop this new concept,” said Nadine. “That is unconditional love, support and friendship.”

Nadine’s – and Sharon’s – dream is coming true. And there are others waiting to become reality!


26.04.2016 Your LinkedIn Company Page: 2016 Social Media Series

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This week, we continue our exploration of LinkedIn as a social media and content marketing platform for small businesses, contractors, nonprofits, private practices, Main Street and online storefronts, and all the little people who don’t staff an entire floor of HQ with marketing analysts. But we turn our attention to the LinkedIn Company Page now. We’re the do-it-yourselfers of the business world.… read more →

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26.04.2016 Part 2: Five principles to behavior change: Lessons from social enterprises

So why do communities defecate in the open although sanitation infrastructure is provided? And how do successful social enterprises deliver services to the bottom of the pyramid to change behaviors?

25.04.2016 Join the Webinar: Equal Opportunity for Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship in Africa

Join the live Webcast at bit.ly/1SnLePQ on Thursday 5th May - 4:30pm East Africa / 1:30pmGMT/ 9:30amEDT 

As young people in Africa prepare to become job seekers and entrepreneurs, how can the employment ecosystem ensure that opportunities are accessible to all?

Future Forward's panel of Ashoka Fellows and Meredith Lee, Deputy Director of Youth Livelihoods at The MasterCard Foundation, will discuss solutions to the challenges young people face across the lines of gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, and ability.

The panel will share their perspectives on how the employment and education ecosystem can work toward ensuring that all young people in Africa have access to building prosperous livelihoods. During the live Google+ broadcast, you’ll be able to submit your questions to the group as well!

We’ll discuss:

  • What challenges do young people face when it comes to equal access to jobs and entrepreneurship?
  • What are promising solutions for shifting mindsets around young people that belong to socially excluded groups?
  • What are some exciting emerging fields that are being created by young people and unlocking equal opportunities?
  • How can young people be equipped with the skills and education to ensure that they can overcome barriers and access the jobs of the future?

Panelists:

Meredith Lee - Deputy Director, Youth Livelihoods at The MasterCard Foundation Meredith manages Youth Livelihoods projects that focus on the intersection between work and education, as well as those that address technology as a vehicle for training and employment. Meredith has over 15 years of experience working with youth both domestically and internationally in experiential education, program design, and implementation. Most recently as Director of Programs for Street Kids International, Meredith worked in various capacities in youth development and program management in over a dozen countries in the Global South including four years living in Latin America and the South Pacific. She holds an Honours Bachelor Degree in International Development Studies from the University of Toronto, Canada and a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University, Canada.

Vickie Wambura Wamonje - Nafisika Trust (Kenya) - Vickie is unlocking the potential of ex-prisoners and reducing their rate of recidivism by redefining the role of prisons as safe spaces for reformation as well as professional and personal development. She has developed the first prison entrepreneurship curriculum that is taught within prison walls. She engages citizens, including teachers, corporate professionals, students, university professors and well-wishers, as volunteers to reform, train and treat prisoners. By making society part of the solution, Vickie is facilitating prisons to bridge a stifling human resource gap and debunking societal stereotypes about prisoners.

 

Irene Mutumba - The Private Education Development Network - (Uganda) - Irene is an Ashoka Fellow working to revolutionize the education system in Uganda. By promoting and integrating practical and fun entrepreneurial learning and teaching through after school programs, Irene changes behaviors, attitudes and mindsets among youth and their communities. A graduate teacher by Profession, Irene is an independent business development support consultant, with considerable hands on experience in management and support services.

 

Wamuyu Mahinda - Youth Banner (Kenya) - Wamuyu is catalyzing entrepreneurship among Kenya’s rural and urban youth by focusing on re-designing the entire infrastructure that these youth-led businesses need to grow to scale, while inspiring youth from disadvantaged groups to engage in entrepreneurship. She founded Youth Banner to work with youth serving organizations all over Kenya in applying the success principles she has learnt over the years to better empower their target groups. Through partner organizations, Wamuyu is setting up Youth Enterprise Clubs at district level all over Kenya as a forum to facilitate peer learning and support among young and aspiring entrepreneurs. She is establishing a network of business mentors and setting up an information directory that will become a reference point for any young entrepreneur seeking guidance and or support to start or grow their business. Wamuyu is further expanding the scope of the Business Enterprise Clubs to address the unique challenges facing young and rural business women among other socioeconomic issues.

 

Fredrick Ouoko - Action Network for the Disabled (ANDY) (Kenya) - Fredrick is creating a barrier-free and equal opportunity society for youth with disabilities; and in doing so, is unlocking their previously untapped potential within society. To do this, he is working to create a platform (in and outside of the formal workplace) to remove unfounded fears and discrimination toward people with disabilities. The platform helps youth with disabilities shed their self-victimizing attitudes and develop the skills and confidence they need to become active agents of change in their lives and communities.

 

 

Moderated by:

​Lynsey Farrell -  Program Manager at Ashoka - ​Lynsey is a Senior Change Manager and works with the Global Partnerships and Africa Teams. Since 2013, she has been managing Ashoka's partnership with the MasterCard Foundation, a multi-million dollar grant supporting innovations in youth livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to Ashoka, Lynsey directed American University’s semester abroad program on “Issues in Sustainable Development" in Nairobi, Kenya. Lynsey’s experience in Kenya began with a Fulbright student fellowship, followed by doctoral studies in cultural anthropology at Boston University. Her doctoral work was based on seven years of ethnographic research with youth self-help organizations in Nairobi’s largest informal settlement. In East Africa, Lynsey also worked as a consultant on a range of strategic planning and capacity strengthening assignments for a variety of non-profits, including the East Africa Law Society and Maendelo ya Wanawake, the largest and oldest grassroots women’s organization in Kenya.

 

Cover Image from KadAfrica, a winner of the Future Forward challenge

 

24.04.2016 Weekly news brief: From toilets to clean water

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Sanitation
A Toilet for India that Also Delivers Clean Water
Fast.Co.Exist
A smart solution for India’s sanitation needs: A toilet that generates the money to clean itself.

Climate Change
Poor countries must find $4tn by 2030 to avert catastrophe, says climate study
The Guardian
As Paris climate change agreement is signed in New York, developing country
negotiators highlight gulf between ambition and funding.

Leaders Roll Up Sleeves on Climate, but Experts Say Plans Don’t Pack a Wallop
The NY Times
After a quarter-century of failed diplomatic efforts, signs are growing that nations
have turned a corner in their political willingness to tackle climate change.

Health
If the war on drugs is failing, U.N. Assembly doesn’t see it
The LA Times
Advocates for drug reform, who were hoping that a high-level summit this week
might lead to a turnaround of decades-old global drug policies that many consider
failed steps in the war on drugs, left the meeting disappointed.

Nigeria must stop unsafe abortions killing women
The Guardian
I will never forget the 19-year- old who died after she endured an abortion performed
with the spoke of a bicycle wheel.

Youth
A Young Fighter Against Child Prostitution
Wall Street Journal
At 19, Cheryl Perera founded OneChild Network and Support to combat the sexual
exploitation of children

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22.04.2016 Finding a green, local solution to a deadly household chore



It’s early evening and the sun is glowing, low and golden, above a homestead located a 3-hour drive from Cape Coast, Ghana. The air has cooled just enough for Grace and her family to start cooking their dinner over an open fire.

Tonight they are making gravy and yams, and crushing together tomatoes and garden eggs, a popular type of eggplant.
 
At regular intervals Grace and her daughters add ingredients to a heavy pot and stir, then shift the firewood underneath, sending smoke billowing up to their faces.
 
“It affects our eyes,” Grace says. “We can’t see well, not only when I’m cooking but all the time now.”
 
Many families in Ghana, and around the world, still cook over open flames and use wood, or charcoal for fuel every day. This depletes forests, creates air pollution and has dire health consequences.
An estimated 4.3 million people die prematurely every year from illnesses attributed to household air pollution, including lung cancer, heart disease and pneumonia. About 25% of blackcarbon emissions come from burning solid fuels for household needs.

Just 20 minutes down the road from Grace’s village, Ibrahim and her neighbors are also cooking dinner.
 
They laugh and say they wish they were cooking banku, made from corn and cassava, because it’s their favorite. But tonight they’ll settle for the vegetable soup simmering on a squat silver stove.
 
The stove is a clean cookstove, which the women received through a loan from ASA Initiative, a Kiva Field partner that manufactures and distributes stoves that use a clean-burning palm kernel waste product as fuel.

Read more about our work with clean cookstoves at Kiva's Medium page.