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26.07.2017 Private Equity Funding for Eco Medical Village , Ghana

Africa-Capital digest reports:
Milost Global, a New York-based private equity firm with $25 billion in committed capital, agreed to make its first investment in Ghana last week, agreeing a $300 million deal with Eco Medical Village to develop West Africa’s largest private hospital in Accra. The financing will be made up of $100 million in equity and $200 million in debt, the latter bearing an annual interest rate of 5%, payable quarterly in cash.

The funds will be used to support the development and construction of Eco-Medical Hospital, a 380-ward/700-bed facility, which, once complete, will serve West Africa’s upper and middle class consumers. Currently, this market segment seeks medical treatment outside Africa. In addition to the main hospital in Accra, Eco Medical plans to establish affiliated satellite units in each of the countries in the West African sub region...[more]

25.07.2017 Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges: Meet the 2017 Laureate Global Fellows

Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges: Meet the 2017 Laureate Global Fellows

Lisa Jones | July 25, 2017
In an uncertain world, the 2017 Laureate Global Fellows have made one thing clear: we don't need to wait to make a difference. Boldly pursuing creative solutions and mobilizing peers to join them...

25.07.2017 CONVERGE — DIY Sustainably. The event as it happened

The latest edition of CONVERGE, held on 10th June at Innov8 Koramangala, Bengaluru, opened to a full house of people. We were ecstatic, especially considering that people had taken out the time to attend the event on a Saturday evening. And also because it was a ticketed event, and the participants had paid to be there.

Converge is a our quarterly event where we provide a platform for people from diverse backgrounds and experiences in life to come together, share and listen to new ideas. The theme for Converge this time was DIY Sustainably, and we got some prolific activists and practitioners of sustainable living from Bengaluru to interact with the audience.

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We chose the theme of sustainability because we felt an increasing need to sensitise the people about the adverse impact of their lifestyles on people living in villages and rural areas.

We are also increasingly feeling the effects of environmental degradation in our cities; climate change affects us all but it affects the poor and those living at the margins of society the most. According to a recent article in Scroll.in, climate change in the 21st century is expected to push another 45 million people into poverty.

Our aim wasn’t simply to point out problems, it was to offer solutions.

Vishalakshi Padmanabhan, the founder of Buffalo Back Collective, was the first speaker of the evening. Vishalakshi, who is actively involved in promoting organic food and supporting organic farmers through Buffalo Back said “I can sum up my talk in one word: ‘Cook’”

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She spoke about the need for people in cities to reestablish a connection to the land, to find out more about the food they eat, where it comes from.

The second speaker at Converge, Pooja Rai, is one of the founders of Anthill Creations, an organisation that is committed to creating safe public spaces for children in our cities. Pooja and her team have been creating playgrounds for children in urban spaces around the country. They do this by using reusing and up cycling waste materials

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Speaking about the significance of the work and projects carried out by Anthill Creations, Pooja said “Play is crucial for the emotional and physical well-being of the children. One of the things we are trying to achieve through Anthill is to Bring Back Play”

At the very outset of his speech, Mansoor Gous, who runs a dry waste collection Centre in Ward No 198, Jayanagar, Bengaluru, gave the audience a choice “Kannanda or Hindi? Because I can’t do English”

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Preliminaries done, Mansoor detailed his long journey in setting up the Dry Waste Collection Centre in Jayanagar, regaling the audience with stories from his neighbourhood.

“Just because a leaf is dry does not mean it is waste. It has a power to nourish that God has given it.” Mansoor said. “Yet, we find dry leaves in the dry waste bin”

Speaking about the rapid environmental degradation in Bengaluru, he said “People have to take responsibility for their communities. If we segregated at the source, the lakes in Bellandur would not be frothing”

Our final speaker for the evening was Vishwanath Srikantiah, or as he is popularly known by his online avatar, The ZenRainMan. In his short and powerful talk, Vishwanath touched on a number of issues to do with water conservation in our cities.

“With the advent of the tap, we have lost out connection with our sources of water” he said.

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Vishwanath has a simple solution to Bengaluru’s water woes: rejuvenate traditional water resources, especially the open wells. “Bengaluru has 10,000 open wells. We need to increase that number to one million, and we need to connect these wells to the sky”

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Vishwanath also introduced the audience to traditional well-diggers from the Manuvaddar community, whose families have been engaged in well-digging for several generations.

It was heartening to see the active interest and participation of the audience at Converge. Everyone went back home a little more informed and equipped with practical skills about sustainable living in the city. Do check out our album for picture updates from the event.

Read about the previous edition of Converge here

The proceeds from ticket sales of Converge were invested in borrowers on www.rangde.org. Interested in events like Converge? Sign up on www.rangde.org/signup to become a Social Investor.


CONVERGE — DIY Sustainably. The event as it happened was originally published in Rang De on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

25.07.2017 Google Disavow Tool: Is It Still Useful for Off-Page #SEO?

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Anyone who understands Google’s stance on off-page SEO should be familiar with the Google Disavow Tool. The Disavow Tool was originally offered to help webmasters and SEO consultants provide feedback directly to Google about link cleanup efforts. Why were we all cleaning up our links you ask? Surely you’ve heard of Google Penguin. If you have not, Penguin is a… read more →

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25.07.2017 Zanzibari ArtWear

ArtEntrpreneur in conversation with Waridi Valentine, founder of
Zanzibari ArtWear which uses up-cycled fabrics from Zanzibar, Tanzania, the Ivory Coast, and Ghana, drawing attention to each country’s vibrantly hued, heritage-rich textiles.
Grounded in its cultural influences, Zanzibari ArtWear’s design focus is a reflection of the designer and founder’s own African culture experience...[more]

24.07.2017 The Wood Merchants of #Nigeria

Yemisi Adegoke writing in the Guardian:


If you were asked to name a major market in Lagos (Nigeria), which one would come to mind first?Alaba? Balogun? Computer village? Tejuosho? You’d be right of course.
Each of these markets are huge in their own right, known by Lagosians and beyond for employing hundreds, or in some cases, thousands, and pumping millions of naira into the economy.
There’s another market in the heart of Lagos doing the same thing, one that you've probably never heard of...[more]

23.07.2017 OneMedical helps hospitals in West Africa go digital.

Founded by Adegoke Olubusi:
OneMedical offers a user-friendly platform to help hospitals simplify records and streamline processes, with the goal of improving both quality of care and profit margins. It includes a searchable database of patient records, along with features for tracking finances, staff, and medical supplies. The system runs offline at hospitals and syncs to the cloud when there's an Internet connection available, and it's accessible through any smart device or operating system...[more]

22.07.2017 Matibubu - A Non-Invasive Diagnostic Kit Used to Detect Malaria

via TechCrunchMatibubu
....a Uganda-based company is looking to make it easier to diagnose malaria so those who are infected can get the right help faster.

21.07.2017 3 Reasons Why Impact Investors Should Prioritize Purpose

In recent years, the notion of prioritizing purpose and passion, and incorporating the two within a career path, has circulated among the social innovation field and has gained steam in the corporate and investment sectors. Echoing Green launched our Work on Purpose program after working to understand how and why social entrepreneurs' passion and purpose aligns with their careers. Through these learnings, we developed a curriculum and trainings to help emerging and established professionals surface their purpose and integrate it into their work.

According to a 2016 global study on purpose in the workplace released by LinkedIn and Imperative, a purpose consulting firm, there is clear, growing interest in incorporating purpose in the corporate sector and within finance-related job functions. Not only is purpose being integrated for employees, but it is also informing business and investment decisions. By providing programs focused on corporate social responsibility and aligning returns on investment with philanthropic initiatives, companies like Warby Parker, Toms, and KIND have seen impact and revenue generation.

Across the social impact sector and beyond, we have learned that investing in purpose pays off. Now, more than ever, we need more investors to get on board with investing with purpose. Here are three reasons why it pays to keep purpose aligned with impact investments and profits:

 

1. The Purpose Movement is Growing

More social entrepreneurs are realizing the possibilities of making a profit while maintaining their social enterprise's purpose. We have seen that trend firsthand with nearly half of our 2017 applicant pool proposing organizational models with for-profit elements, and more than half of our 2017 Fellowship class representing the same. Maintaining focus on social impact and purpose makes good business sense. But in order for these social impact startups to thrive, they need supporters to back these mission-focused organizations, provide startup funding, and make social impact investments that are both good for business and good for the world.

 

2. There are Returns on Social Impact Investments

As noted in our white paper Why Purpose Matters: It May be the Ticket to Social Impact, employees want more opportunities to incorporate purpose in the workplace. Meanwhile, research shows that companies can benefit from providing these opportunities. During a time in which workplace engagement in the United States is low, research found that companies driven by purpose have employees that are three times more likely to stay with the company. This also aligns with the rising demand of consumers calling for more socially conscious companies. Purpose-driven companies outperformed the S&P 500 by 10 times between the years 1996 and 2011. Impact investments and social enterprise funding toward values, mission, and purpose leads to satisfied consumers, entrepreneurs, and partners.

 

3. Purpose is a Win-Win for the Social Impact Ecosystem

Case studies included in our white paper Accelerating Capital to For-profit and Hybrid Enterprises show that entrepreneurs most desired an expanded investor network and increased funder engagement. We know that in order for investors to truly engage with social impact work, they must immerse themselves in the purpose, vision, and mission behind it. To work toward bringing entrepreneurs and investors together, Echoing Green will explore an investor cohort program, which will both provide Fellows with more frequent interactions with potential investors and also increase investors’ knowledge base and help them better understand the purpose behind these social entrepreneurs' work. By utilizing our global community, we hope to help investors understand the underlying values of the entrepreneurs and organizations in which they invest, and contribute to diversifying the broader early-stage investor ecosystem. In return, the organizations these social impact leaders are running will be more impactful and will garner deeper returns for investors. Social entrepreneurs are bettering the world everyday, but they cannot do it alone. To create long-term sustainable change, we all must do our part and take on social impact together.

 

Building a Purpose-Driven Workforce is a Process, Not a Project

To retain and develop talent, Echoing Green believes companies should infuse purpose authentically at every link in the chain. Go »

Purpose is the Ticket to Social Impact

Echoing Green continues our exploration of the developing purpose field. The time is now for more support to solidify purpose's place in the change-making ecosystem. Go »

Impact Investing
Purpose

“I think that each of us is uniquely suited to do something special and particular that is aligned with our gifts, passion, and purpose.” - Cheryl L. Dorsey '92

2016 Echoing Green Fellow Tony Weaver, Jr., founder of Weird Enough Productions

21.07.2017 WEEKLY NEWS ROUNDUP: Aid From Unlikely and Unconventional Sources

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Refugees

Israeli Aid Gives an Unexpected ‘Glimmer of Hope’ for Syrians
New York Times
Quietly, over the last year, hundreds of sick Syrian children and their chaperones have been whisked across enemy lines at dawn for treatment at clinics in Israel.

Syrian refugee uses ballet to convey message of peace
Al Jazeera
Ahmed Joudeh fled Syria and is now training as a ballet dancer in Amsterdam. He now dances for peace in Paris.

Health

Kenya's boat doctors provide treatment to coastal communities
Al Jazeera
In small coastal communities in Kenya, doctors and dentists are reaching those in need in a more traditional way.

Technology

How Did The Afghan All-Girl Team Do At The Robotics Competition?
NPR
The first international robotics competition for high schoolers made headlines before it even started — and after the event was over as well.
Economy

New agreement will allow US rice exports to China
BBC
China has agreed to allow imports of rice from the US for the first time.

UK property transactions fall for third month in a row
BBC
The number of homes being bought and sold has fallen for the third month in a row, according to government figures.

UK government borrowing rises in June
BBC
Government borrowing increased last month after the state was forced to pay higher interest on its debt.

Climate

A Cheap Fix for Climate Change? Pay People Not to Chop Down Trees
New York Times
A male chimpanzee hooting in the wild forests of western Uganda. Deforestation in the country is occurring at some of the fastest rates on Earth, shrinking the habitat of this endangered species.

Plans for coal-fired power in Asia are 'disaster for planet' warns World Bank
The Guardian

Experts have offered stark warnings that proposed power plants in India, China, Vietnam and Indonesia would blow Paris climate deal if they move ahead.

Politics

S. Korea urges N. Korea to accept military talks offer
Al Jazeera
North Korea has not replied to calls for talks and separate offers to negotiate the reunification of divided families.

Venezuela crisis: Deadly clashes as millions join strike
BBC
Millions of Venezuelans have joined a general strike called by the opposition as pressure mounts on President Nicolás Maduro to cancel elections for a new constituent assembly.

 

 

20.07.2017 Quotable: Fighting for Aid Resources in Yemen

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This unprecedented cholera epidemic would further weaken the resources, and the resilience that people had had over the last two and a half years of this war

—Jamie McGoldrick, UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator for Yemen

Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the Arab world, is simultaneously facing famine and a cholera epidemic amid a war between Houthi Rebels and the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition that supports the former government. The country’s health and sanitation systems have been ravaged by war. Many health facilities have been destroyed and health workers have gone unpaid for 10 months, leading the UN to suspend its proposed plan for a cholera vaccination program in fear that it would not be properly implemented and effective. As of this month, 1,732 people had died in Yemen due to cholera, and cholera was suspected in another 313,538 cases. According to the UN, an additional $200 million in aid is necessary to fight the cholera outbreak -- and to keep resources dedicated to fighting famine safe. 

Read more about Yemen's cholera crisis in reports from the New York Times, Democracy Now, and Amnesty International.

19.07.2017 Social Impact Headlines: July 2017

Take a look at these headlines to put more social impact news on your radar, and join us to debate about, question, and share what’s new in social change.

This month's headlines include Fellows on NBC News, Forbes, Glamour, and Fast Company.

Food Forward: Making Kelp the New Kale

NBC Nightly News | July 10, 2017
Bren Smith '14, co-founder of Green Wave, explains how important kelp will be in combating the effects of climate change in the ocean.

Who Are the American Express NGen Leadership Award Finalists?

Independent Sector| July 10, 2017
Laura Weidman Powers '13, co-founder of Code2040, and Blair Glencorse '14, founder of Accountability Lab are finalists for the American Express NGen Leadership Award.

How One Millennial's Zip Code Dictated His Destiny

Forbes | July 9, 2017
Karim Abouelnaga '13, founder of Practice Makes Perfect, interviews Oluwatoyin Ayanfodun '15 on launching Tomorrow's Leaders NYC.

How the Man Behind This Food Truck Is Helping Previously Incarcerated Find New Careers

NBC News | July 8, 2017
Drive Change, founded by Jordyn Lexton '15 and JustLeadershipUSA, founded by Glenn Martin '14, are spotlighted in a NBC News feature for their programs and opportunities for young adults returning home from prison.

Nonprofit, Library for All, provides free digital bookstore to kids in developing countries

PIX11 | July 7, 2017
Tanyella Evans '14, co-founder of Library For All, is working to make knowledge accessible to all—especially the 250 million children worldwide who lack access to books and basic education.

How Negative Media Portrayals Impact Millennials Of Color

Forbes | July 6, 2017
Tony Weaver '16, founder of Weird Enough Productions, illustrates the fear millennials of color face as a result of inaccurate and harmful media portrayals. 

Scientists and Activists Use Data to Give a Platform to People of Color

VICE | July 5, 2017
Yeshimabeit Milner '17 and Lucas Mason-Brown '17, co-founders of Data For Black Lives (D4BL) compile facts and figures to try to make sense of black people's individual and collective experiences as an act of social and political resistance.

The Fight Against Trump's Travel Ban Is Headed to the Supreme Court—And Becca Heller Is the Woman Leading the Charge

Glamour | June 15, 2017
Becca Heller '10 and the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) are challenging the Muslim Travel Ban and protecting the rights of refugees.

These Indian Entrepreneurs Upcycle Leftover Religious Flowers Into Useful Products

Fast Company | June 15, 2017
Ankit Agarwal '17 and Helpusgreen are taking the 800 million tons of flowers used annually in India and making them into incense and soap.

Oakland Incubator Is Keeping Tabs on City’s Promises About Equity and Legal Cannabis

Next City | June 14, 2017
Ebele Ifedigbo '17 and The Hood Incubator are battling the economic injustices black communities face by providing opportunities in the legal cannabis industry.

A New Way To Insulate Your House: Chicken Feathers

Fast Company | June 12, 2017
Elena Dieckmann '17 and Ryan Robinson '17, founders of AEROPOWDER, upcycle chicken feather waste to reduce the effects of climate change and provide durable insulation for buildings. 

Social Impact Headlines: March 2017

Digest of news we're reading at Echoing Green. Headlines include Fellows on Shark Tank, taking the stage at TED 2017 and making Fast Company’s 2017 Most Innovative Companies. Go »

Social Impact Headlines: September 26, 2016

Digest of news we're reading at Echoing Green. This week's headlines include Fellows at the White House, taking the stage at SXSW Eco, and identity-based education. Go »

the Forefront

“Everyone says eventually they’ll make money, but we’re doing it. And we’re touching lives of people at the bottom of the pyramid."

- Ankit Agarwal '16

Read more via Fast Company.

Ankit Agarwal '16, founder of Helpusgreen

18.07.2017 Web Design Elements That Help Drive Traffic for B2B

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For improving traffic to your B2B website, there are various digital marketing methods available that can drive results. Some of the most common tactics worth mentioning methods include email campaigns, direct mailers, and social media marketing. If you are not receiving enough leads, here are some critical elements that you can affect right on the website itself,  in order to… read more →

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