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28.05.2017 Finalists for Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

New generation of African innovators recognised by Royal Academy of Engineering prize:
Achiri Arnold Nji from Cameroon with Safe Travel, a mobile app that helps prevent public transport accidents

Alex Makalliwa from Kenya with an electric Tuk-Tuk off-grid charging network

Aline Okello from Mozambique with a rainwater harvesting app to improve access to rain harvesting equipment

Andre Nel from South Africa with Green Tower, a solar energy micro-grid boiler

Brian Turyabagye from Uganda with Mamaope, a biomedical jacket that diagnoses pneumonia

Edwin Inganji from Kenya with the Usalama app, which boosts the effectiveness of community policing and speeds up emergency services’ reaction times

Fredrick Ouko from Kenya with Riziki Source, an online platform that connects people with disabilities to jobs

Godwin Benson from Nigeria with Tuteria, a peer-to-peer platform that connects students to tutors

Hindu Nabulumba from Uganda with the Yaaka Network, which connects students, academics and trainers on a single social network

James van der Walt from South Africa with the Solar Turtle, a self-contained, off-grid power utility

Joel King’ori Kariuki from Kenya with a sisal decorticator that speeds up natural fibre production to help it compete with synthetic fibres

Kevin Gacheru from Kenya with the Mkononi Tank Monitoring System to reduce water wastage

Lawrence Ojok from Tanzania with the Green Rock Drill, an environmentally friendly drill for small scale mining

Peter Mbiria from Kenya with the E-Con Wheelchair, an all-terrain wheelchair that allows users to stand upright, climb stairs and self-navigate

Sesinam Dagadu from Ghana with CodeRed, a health management and disease surveillance app that improves emergency response times from ambulances and police

Wilfred Leslie Owen from South Africa with an automated solar cooker that tracks the sun and has built-in temperature and timing controls

27.05.2017 Changing gears for the fourth industrial revolution

Kamau Gachigi on how makerspaces can catch the fourth industrial revolution wave...[more]

27.05.2017 “It’s what happens after the research that’s important”

Niti Bhan writes:
“It’s what happens after the research that’s important” is something I found myself saying three times to three different people in three different contexts over the past couple of days. Anyone can go out and interview users and beneficiaries. What’s important is what happens during the Analysis phase.
More here

25.05.2017 Ashoka and C&A Foundation Launch Social Impact Fund for Apparel Industry Innovators

26th May 2017, BANGALORE, India.  - Ashoka and C&A Foundation have launched a new €250,000 ‘Scaling Impact Fund’ as part of their joint Fabric of Change initiative supporting social innovation in the apparel industry.  

The fund, launched today at the Fabric of Change ‘Globalizer’ Summit in Bangalore, India, will award financial support to participating social entrepreneurs—Ashoka Fellows—to facilitate transition from scaling up strategy planning to strategy implementation. A total of €250,000 has been allocated to the C&A Foundation Scaling Impact Fund.

These awards will focus on the newly crafted strategies and the way forward rather than past achievements. This is an exploratory process that will lead to new lessons and insights about successfully implementing scaling strategies and facing inevitable barriers in doing so.

The Globalizer Summit, which is being co-organised with leading global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney, is part of a week of events on sustainability in the global textile and apparel industries, anchored by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and MCL News & Media’s Planet Textiles.  The Globalizer Summit aims to accelerate the impact of social entrepreneurs by providing the tools and support to strategically and rapidly scale their impact in order to achieve systemic change within the apparel industry.

The following prizes will be available to the participating Ashoka Fellows:

  • Impact Award - €100,000
  • Gender Justice Award - €30,000
  • Peer Award - 2 x €25,000 each
  • Strategy Spark - 7 x €10,000

This is a first-of-its-kind fund for the partnership between Ashoka and C&A Foundation. Nadine Freeman, Co-Director of Ashoka’s Globalizer Programme, commented:

“Once a clear and robust scaling strategy is defined, one of the biggest remaining barriers is typically funding or investment to support strategy roll-out. Social entrepreneurs sometimes struggle to make the first steps towards implementation and find investors for system-level strategies which may delay their plans or force them to re-prioritise their programs.”

Brandee Butler, Head of Gender and Justice at C&A Foundation said:

“C&A Foundation is deeply inspired by the creativity, ingenuity and tenacity of these Fellows. Through the Fabric of Change partnership, and the Globalizer Programme, C&A Foundation is proud to support their work and to enable access to the expertise, networks and resources they need to refine and scale their innovations”

 

The following industry experts will make up the judges’ panel:

Brandee Butler Head of Gender Justice & Human Rights at C&A Foundation

Kavita Ramdas Founder and Consultant at KNR Sisters and former Senior Advisor to the Ford Foundation

Doug Cahn Principal, The Cahn Group

Aditi Wanchoo   Senior Manager - Development Partnerships Social & Environmental Affairs, APAC at Adidas Group

Rizwan Tayabali CEO at Make A Difference

Nadine Freeman Co-Director Ashoka Globalizer

 

To learn more about the participating Globalizer Fellows, head to the Ashoka Globalizer Website > http://po.st/Ah24Ky

23.05.2017 China, growing under a darkening sky

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How much illness and death is acceptable in return for making the largest new middle class in modern history?

China began calculating this cost-benefit analysis during the 1970s, when coal-fired power plants mushroomed from the newly paved ground. At the time, the idea that humans could have a serious impact on the earth was relatively new. Demand for electricity overrode any other concern that existed at the time. Fifty years later, neither demand nor supply has changed: coal still accounts for more than 70 percent of the country’s energy consumption. But the cost of all that coal-fueled development is becoming clear.

China's carbon dioxide emissions could end up overwhelming the world, not to mention the country's 1.3 billion citizens. For now, the worst pollution is in Beijing. The city’s air, trapped by the Xishan mountain range, has been tested at 40 times the World Health Organization’s “safe” level of acceptable pollution. Such dangerous air quality is blamed for serious health problems and for almost 1 million early deaths. 

China’s growing middle class demands new housing, automobiles and other items of affluence. This demand creates jobs, but it also puts a heavier burden on China’s air, land and water. A pall of smoke around a factory forebodes illness and death, as much as it’s a sign of economic prosperity.

A clean future?

Despite the problem, China's government knows a significant effort must be made to clear the atmosphere. Indeed, the country has an opportunity to be a global leader in cutting carbon emissions and reducing the use of dirty energy. China’s government has already made steps toward clean energy, including investing $250 billion in wind and solar power. 

But the push for economic growth is unending. Despite, China’s new clean image, the government refuses to budge from prioritizing the economic bottom line above all else and has failed to continue adopting energy-efficiency improvements. 

In 1978, China was one of the poorest countries in the world, with only 1/40th of the real per capita GDP level of the United States. Development isn’t close to being finished; forecasters expect the country’s GDP will rise 6.5 percent this year, and its urban population is expected to top 1 billion by 2050. China will soon pass the U.S. as the largest economy in the world.  

From 2005 to 2009, the growth of China’s coal capacity equaled all the coal-fired plants in the United States. It used more cement in the last three years than the United States did in its entire existence. Achieving the industry and urbanization needed for growth, all in less than three decades, came at a massive cost to the earth. Coal, the dirtiest of all fuels, provides more than 70 percent of China’s energy.

The demands of the Chinese middle class have created much of the new pollution. Perhaps this is best symbolized by the country's shift from bicycles. Once an icon of Maoist China, the bicycle was the standard method of transportation, as well as an emblem of the country's middle class, much like how a Ford automobile once symbolized America's middle class. But bikes have slipped from 487 million a decade ago, to 450 million today.

The crowd of people pushing their way into the middle class are demanding more comforts. In 2015, 23 million new cars were registered in China, bringing ownership up to 172 million, according to the Ministry of Public Security.

A complicated message

This year, during his state of China address, Premier Li Keqiang put more emphasis on smog-related health crises than ever before, a change from the government’s usual perfunctory tone on the issue. He promised to “make the sky blue again,” called pollution “nature's red-light warning against the model of inefficient and blind development,” and underscored a transition to a different kind of development.

China’s citizens are starting to take notice. In the less-restricted city of Chengdu, recent protests broke out under the cover of a gray-out smog. Some residents placed air-pollution masks on the statues of government officials. Though government censorship hides the size of protests, small-scale demonstrations are typically dispersed without mass arrests. But the response in Chengdu indicated something larger. Chengdu police arrested an unknown number of protesters, while security forces wearing riot gear patrolled the downtown shopping area.  

Chinese media seems to have taken a role as a sort of ombudsman for government clean up efforts. “Under the Dome,” a 2015 documentary, was one of the first films to directly address problems of air pollution in China.  Directed and writen by Chai Jing, a well-known former television reporter, the film was at first lauded by state-owned media for the stringency of her inquiry. However, though the documentary had more than 200 million views, it was inexplicably banned from the Chinese web. The film blames the government for not regulating, and it’s widely suspected that led to pulling the film from view.

“Many people have saved the file, and there are ways to watch it if someone tries to search for it,” says Wen Bo, a longtime environmental activist, in an interview for Bloomberg.com. “In today’s world, information spreads really fast. Preventing the free flow of information can really backfire.”  (You can watch “Under the Dome” here.)

Amidst the smog and public unrest, China has quietly become a forerunner in producing clean energy. It leads the world in the production and installation of solar power, all while laying out one of the world’s largest cap-and-trade carbon markets.  The country also has a growing network of nuclear power plants. And as Li affirmed, China’s commitment to battling climate change and pollution is producing some solutions from unexpected places.

But will they really be enough?

 

23.05.2017 China, growing under a darkening sky

Is China's commitment to clean energy legitimate?
https://www.globalenvision.org/2017/04/24/china-growing-under-darkening-sky-4

23.05.2017 6 Tips to Using Social Media for Content Marketing

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22.05.2017 Weekly News Roundup: A new particle accelerator in Jordan and an Old Dinosaur in Alberta

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Science

Middle East particle accelerator opens in Jordan
AL JAZEERA
Scientific project will use cutting-edge technology while promoting diplomacy in the Middle East.

‘Dinosaur Mummy’ Emerges From the Oil Sands of Alberta
NEW YORK TIMES
A 110 million-year-old fossil of an armored, plant-eating dinosaur called a nodosaur is the best-preserved specimen of its kind.

Technology

Ransomware attack hit 200,000 victims in 150 countries
AL JAZEERA
Europol chief warns that number of targets hit by WannaCry hack will grow when many return to work on Monday.

Politics

A beginner's guide to Iran's presidential election
CNN
Iranians head to the polls Friday in a presidential election that could have serious implications for the future of the country and its relationship with the West.

Economy

Mohamed El-Erian: ‘We get signals that the system is under enormous stress’
THE GUARDIAN
Leading economist and investor believes world leaders, and global capitalism, have reached fork in road between equality and chaos

Environment

38 million pieces of plastic waste found on uninhabited South Pacific island
THE GUARDIAN
Henderson Island, part of the Pitcairn group, is covered by 18 tonnes of plastic – the highest density of anthropogenic debris recorded anywhere in the world

Health

State of emergency in Yemen's capital as cholera kills 115 people
THE GUARDIAN
Health ministry in Sana’a calls on aid donors to help prevent an ‘unprecedented disaster’, as two-thirds of the population lack safe drinking water

Ebola: WHO declares outbreak in DR Congo
BBC
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
 

18.05.2017 Have you ever received a scholarship?

Have you ever received a scholarship? Did it change your life? Children from shelter homes deserve one too

Guardians of Dreams is seeking to raise funds on our portal so they can award scholarships to children from shelter homes who achieved 60% of higher in their 10th and 12th Std exams

Picture this. A young boy at the age of 16 is told that he has to go back home because the fees at the international school he studies at were too expensive.

Goodbye to friends. A totally different educational curriculum. Life away from family in the last two years of high school.

For a 16-year-old, it meant an end to life as he knew it.

There was resentment, anger and a lot of unhappiness. A lot of it was directed towards family, the unfortunate first line of attack whenever our emotions get the better of us.

Luckily, a scholarship came to my rescue. I was able to continue my studies, and my finances were not a factor anymore. I could focus on studying, and that is really all that a student needs to do at that formative stage in life.

To say that my life transformed would be an understatement. I managed to study Economics at the best university in Asia, work as a journalist for ESPN and now I am working in a dynamic marketing & communications department that tries to showcase the need of hundreds of men & women looking for financial support so they can earn their way out of poverty.

I know there is no point dwelling in the past but I am pretty sure life would have gone a different direction if my merit, as well as my financial challenges, were not recognised.

Now imagine if I did not have a family. Imagine if my alternative to school or university was a low-paying menial job. Imagine if I had to fend for myself and leave the company of the only friends I have ever known.

The communities we seek to raise funds for on www.rangde.org come from the farthest villages and from communities that have a strong need for affordable finance

There are orphanages and shelter homes across the country. They have thousands of children that have to drop out of school every year.

We have now started to enter this area. Last year, we managed to get in touch with an organisation that is seeking to try and change the story for a select few homes in Bangalore.

On Republic Day, I went with my team to a few of the homes. These children often don’t have any other family. They only have each other. The joy in their voices was palpable as they felt honoured to have been given scholarships probably for the first time in their lives.

It might not seem like much to achieve more than 60%, but given the lack of a stable home and their backgrounds, it is a tremendous achievement that we were all proud of.

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Have you ever received a scholarship? Did it change your life? Can you recall that feeling of immense gratitude towards the universe when all your worst fears for the future were allayed?

That’s exactly what we hope to deliver to these children with the help of our partner, Guardians of Dreams (they do a lot more than award scholarships).

These loans serve as bridge finance as the founding members of Guardians of Dreams have a network of well-wishers and fundraising programmes that will help them renovate these homes and help the children get access to better care and attention.

But as anyone who has ever paid for their education knows, these fees do not wait upon the benevolence of strangers and need to be paid on time before the term starts.

Do join us once again as we seek to raise a fifth loan tranche. Guardians of Dreams have already repaid their previous loans, and a total of 264 other Indians have already contributed and done their part to help these children get scholarships.

Guardians of Dreams’ scholastic awards project can be found here.

Would you like to learn a bit more about these children? Read the story of crowdsourced education loans and how these scholarships helped four children.

Here is why we believe education loans can help fight poverty.

If you haven’t done so yet then do make a Rs 100 contribution before the start of school next month to any of the many education loans we are seeking to fulfill with your help on our platform.

Sign up at the following link to receive updates from Rang De in your inbox.


Have you ever received a scholarship? was originally published in Rang De on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

16.05.2017 Weekly News Roundup: Two New Presidents Enter World Stage

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Politics

Emmanuel Macron vows unity after winning French presidential election
GUARDIAN
Centrist independent wins by 66% to 34% margin, but Marine Le Pen’s defeat still marks historically high vote for France’s far right

Moon Jae-in: South Korean liberal claims presidency
BBC
Liberal candidate Moon Jae-in has claimed victory in South Korea's presidential election.

Colombia and ELN rebels to return to peace negotiations
AL JAZEERA
National Liberation Army guerrilla group to return to peace talks with the Colombian government after recent delays.

Economy

What is the unemployment rate in your country?
AL JAZEERA    
This interactive article highlights the the global unemployment rate in honor of International Workers Day.

Venezuela's worst economic crisis: What went wrong?
AL JAZEERA
Country sitting on world's biggest oil reserves is now region's poorest performer in terms of GDP growth per capita.

Environment

Climate change: China vows to defend Paris agreement
BBC
Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed to protect the landmark Paris agreement, which aims to curb climate change and fossil fuel emissions.

Health

Fresh Food By Prescription: This Health Care Firm Is Trimming Costs — And Waistlines
NPR
Welcome to the food pharmacy.

Women (And Men) Demand An End To India's Tax On Sanitary Pads
NPR
Two weeks ago, a hashtag began going viral in India: #LahuKaLagaan. It literally means the tax on blood.

Culture

The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data
ECONOMIST
The data economy demands a new approach to antitrust rules

Refugees

Why some refugees in Greece are being driven to suicide
AL JAZEERA
'This is like a zoo and we're like animals,' says one refugee as others say a 'mental war' is being waged on them.

16.05.2017 Accelerating Impact in the Apparel Industry - Ashoka Convene Leaders in Bangalore, India

The Ashoka Globalizer aims to accelerate the impact of 11 hand-picked social entrepreneurs by providing the tools and support to strategically and rapidly scale their impact in order to achieve systemic change in the apparel industry.

Great business ideas go global to serve customers around the world and to gain economies of scale. By contrast, market forces do not work as efficiently in the social sector. Social innovations too often remain local or national. Although many of the ideas and the entrepreneurs behind them have the potential for global spread, the social sector still lacks a process that focuses specifically on the global scope of change and the resources and mechanisms necessary for globalizing an idea successfully.

The Ashoka Globalizer Program is working to help change this scenario. Founded in 2010, it is an Ashoka initiative that supports social entrepreneurs to spread their impact more broadly and efficiently by helping them strengthen and deepen their vision for systemic change. The social entrepreneurs participating in the program are encouraged to reflect on the strategies and the leadership skills they need to scale their innovation and generate widespread impact in a world characterized by constant change.

 

Each participating social entrepreneur has been matched with global business leaders and consultants, who together have worked to develop strategies to take their ideas to scale. The next few days are a culmination of three months of collaborative work, offering a chance to convene, connect and reflect in person.

 

Our teams have been working hard to build lasting impact to the following areas:

 

  • Bringing transparency and empowerment to the millions working in the informal economy within the fashion industry
  • Transforming sourcing and supply chain through upcycling and adopting natural fibers, bringing together cross-sector collaboration
  • Institutionalizing circular economic and fair trade practices along the value chain
  • Establishing retail partnerships for sustainable apparel given the global trend towards socially responsible consumption
  • Building a civil society-led platform for digital transparency, capacity building and advocacy

 

Joining us at the Fabric Of Change Globalizer are Ashoka’s strategy partner A.T. Kearney - bringing a fusion of strengths in both driving changemaking and delivering impact. Together, Ashoka and A.T. Kearney aim to create and deliver innovative programs across multi-­stakeholder groups to scale social innovation and create positive system change.  Included in this collaboration is the aim is to build an innovative framework to engage business leaders to address social and environmental challenges, inspired by social innovators. This includes supporting organisations to shape new models and processes, as well as the co-­creation of social innovation ideas, ultimately with the intent to scale and integrate as part of the organization’s core activities.

 

Read the Ashoka Globalizer 5-year Report: bit.ly/Globalizer