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

03.10.2015 J-Palm Liberia

How We Made It reports on J-Palm founded by Mahmud Johnson. The company:

...currently employs 42 people and operates on 400 acres of land, producing crude palm oil, palm kernel oil and palm kernel cake...Currently J-Palm sells its products to detergent manufacturers and animal feed mills. According to Johnson, demand for palm kernel oil is rising alongside the expansion of the local detergent market, yet only 5% of Liberia’s palm kernels are processed into palm kernel oil.

02.10.2015 M-Akiba - Kenya's Mobile Money Treasury Bond

World Remit reports:
The M-Akiba bond is being offered in partnership with M-Pesa, to give people who wouldn’t normally be able to invest this way the chance.

Treasury bonds are investments that are backed by the government, so are seen as being very secure. They pay out - or mature - after a fixed period of time.

They can be traded before the pay out date.

The minimum amount you can invest in bonds is normally Sh50,000, but this has been lowered to Sh3,000 for the M-Akiba issue.

The lengthy application process for opening a bond account is avoided too. When the bond matures, it will be paid out to an M-Pesa Mobile Money wallet.
More here

01.10.2015 How Successful Partnerships Will Fuel Agenda 2030

The new Sustainable Development Goals include clear efforts to involve stakeholders beyond member states.

This article was first published on Ashoka’s Forbes Channel.

Last week, all eyes were on New York as the UN formally launched its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a new package of economic, social and environmental objectives designed to replace the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). With 17 overarching aims broken down into 169 targets, the new agenda marks an ambitious leap forward, prompting some experts to debate whether the plan for its implementation is realistic.

While the list is certainly bold in length and ambition, the new global goals represent a marked departure from previous agendas in several ways, particularly in regard to execution. In contrast to the MDGs, which focused primarily on government action, the SDG agenda includes clear efforts to involve stakeholders beyond member states — including charities, foundations and the private sector. Goal 17 directly addresses the importance of partnerships, calling for members to “enhance global partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources.”

So what do successful partnership models for sustainable social good look like? One example is the role that large and influential philanthropic organizations such as the Gates Foundation, the Open Society Foundation, and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, play in providing consultation to governments in developing countries, to improve aid distribution, budget transparency and supply chain efficiency.

Another model is co-creation, a style of management that is gaining popularity within the private sector as an active extension of corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices. Co-creation programs help engage employees in private companies and give them an opportunity to provide mentoring and consultation services to social organizations and enterprises. Global awards and recognitions such as the ‘Co-Creating a Healthier World’ challenge are capitalizing on the emerging force of social and business co-creation to reward social enterprises with funding and support.

Where are these models going to matter the most? Arguably, the swift and successful adoption of partnership and co-creation practices will be particularly crucial in the improvement of health care, both in terms of accessibility and affordability. The World Health Organisation estimates that up to 1 billion peoplelack access to basic health care. Goal 3 of the SDG agenda vows to “strengthen the capacity of all countries, in particular developing countries, for early warning, risk reduction and management of national and global health risks.”

To illustrate the potential of co-creation in health care, we can look at various examples of successful partnerships in the health tech innovation space: Project ECHO, Medic Mobile, and Reliefwatch are social enterprises that have achieved growth and scaled their models by collaborating successfully with private and public partners outside the health sector.

A pioneer in remote health care access, Project ECHO uses video conferencing to bridge the gap between specialty and primary healthcare providers. This allows expert teams in urban hospitals to interact with primary care clinicians in rural communities. Founded in the University of New Mexico, Project ECHO has now expanded to 22 states in the US and five countries. This is largely because of the strong partnerships it has built: 13 foundations and medical institutions, which include the General Electric Foundation, the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and  hospitals.

Using mobile health (also known as ‘m-health’) technology, the social enterpriseMedic Mobile allows health workers to register pregnancies, track disease outbreaks, keep stock of essential medicines and communicate about emergencies using simple mobile phone technology. By cooperating with over 51 partners, Medic Mobile has now expanded its operations to 21 countries across Africa, Asia and North America.

Another social enterprise working in the area of health is Reliefwatch, a cloud computing startup that helps health centers in developing countries digitize their inventories using basic mobile phones. Reliefwatch has won recognition from several awards programs and foundations, including the Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneur Award in 2014. Founder Daniel Yu and his team are looking to expand their work beyond the social sector and work directly with the government over the next year.

The Sustainable Development Goals present an ambitious vision for the future; this vision calls for many stakeholders  — from governments to private companies and social enterprises — to actively embrace their roles in order to make the goals a reality. While affordable and accessible healthcare is just one of many targets, the emerging trends in partnership and co-creation within the private, public and social sectors, provide hope that we have much to look forward to.

Fiona Koch is Communications Manager for Ashoka Ireland, working with Fellows and changemakers to maximize their global impact.

01.10.2015 Can This New Trend Change the Way We Access Healthcare?

How co-creation is changing the landscape of the global healthcare industry.

This article was first published on Ashoka’s Forbes Channel.

A recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that nearly 100 million people are “pushed into poverty” trying to access basic health care services. The crisis has forced 80 countries to ask the WHO for technical assistance to shift toward Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Since governments are struggling to provide basic health services, and private health care providers remain too expensive to access, citizens in the developing world are caught in a financial trap. However, a new movement in health care innovation is now challenging the status quo.

Social enterprises are leveraging previously underutilized resources, such as cheap technology, to improve health care delivery and bridge the growing gap in health care access. From health insurance to outpatient care, these enterprises are interacting directly with people to meet the demand for quality health care. In fact, this new trend has grown so successfully that the private sector is beginning to take note; a few companies like Boehringer-Ingelheim are already shifting their focus to “co-creating solutions“ by harnessing the power of business and social innovation.

Tapping into resources efficiently

The rapid growth of affordable technology has complemented the democratization of health care.  Mobile phone ownership in countries like India, Kenya and Liberia has made it possible for innovators like Kenya-based social enterprise Changamka Micro Health Ltd(CMH) to make health insurance available on a massive scale. CMH’s “micro-insurance model” pairs mobile phones with health insurance smart cards, which are loaded with money, and used as flexible savings accounts. Citizens can use these cards to access any participating health center within the CMH network. The organization is working on increasing its customer base by making these cards available in grocery stores across the country through a partnership with Safaricom, one of Kenya’s leading mobile network operators.

Other social enterprises are thinking beyond the doctor-patient dynamic by empowering patients to participate in their own well-being. Noora Health, based in India, is tapping into another underutilized resource — the families of patients — and equipping them to play a pivotal role in the caregiving process. While a patient is recovering at the hospital, the organization provides his or her family members an iPad app that has a combination of videos, quizzes and interactive content to teach them the skills they need to aid the recovery of their loved one at home.

By training family members to provide basic care such as first aid or physical therapy, Noora Health reduces their dependence on medical professionals. This curbs the rate of rehospitalization and ensures that a patient transitions smoothly to his or her home. A trial that assessed over 6,000 patients and family members in the program revealed that there was a 23 % reduction in readmission among open-heart surgery patients. Edith Elliott, who founded Noora Health, is now expanding the organization within India, and working with eight medical institutions in the US (including Stanford Hospital and Santa Clara Valley Hospital) to launch the program in North America.

Democratizing healthcare through innovation

Arguably, the best way to lower costs is to minimize the need for services: this is the goal of preventive medicine. Dry Blood Spot Screening (DBS), a social enterprise founded by Jordi Marti, is a pioneer in the field of preventive health care. The organization’s mission is to “democratize the prevention of diseases” in an affordable way by using innovative testing technology. It analyzes single drops of blood dried on filter paper for biochemical parameters — cholesterol, creatinine levels and viral infections — that can signal the risks of harmful diseases.

The DBS dry screening method is also four times less expensive than traditional blood sample analysis as it doesn’t involve the onerous process of storing samples in vials. The ease of this new method allows for large-scale screening campaigns: a pilot lab in Rio de Janeiro tested over 150,000 women for mother-to-child transmissions of infectious diseases. This helped prevent up to 9,000 AIDS, Syphilis, and Hepatitis infections in newborns.

Following the success of the method in Brazil, Marti is now exploring opportunities in Mexico, Liberia, Angola, and Romania to expand DBS. In order to make this massive effort sustainable and scalable at a global level, he plans to subsidize the price of service delivery in developing countries by charging clients and hospitals in Spain, where DBS is based, the full cost of service. He has also developed successful partnerships with the private sector, including the pharmaceutical Boehringer-Ingelheim, which elected him into their ‘Making More Health’ portfolio of social entrepreneurs working in health care. This helped Marti access the funding and business expertise required to scale the DBS model internationally and expand its services at an affordable and accessible rate.

Noora Health, Changamka Micro Health (CMH) and DBS are proof that there is a rising demand for health care innovations. What sets these organizations apart from private health care providers is their social mission: all three are committed to improving the affordability of health care services for people who come from marginalized backgrounds, and this has allowed them to build large client bases.

While many social enterprises are still rooted in the non-profit sector, the demand they have created for new products can provide valuable lessons to the public and private sector. As Changamka’s partnership with Safaricom, and Boehringer-Ingelheim’s support of DBS has shown, more global companies are stepping forward to co-create solutions with social entrepreneurs. This trend shows that there is a lot to look forward to in health care innovation.

Fiona Koch is Communications Manager for Ashoka Ireland, working with Fellows and changemakers to maximize their global impact.


01.10.2015 Why You Shouldn’t Newsjack

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I don’t care what David Meerman Scott says. (If you don’t know, he wrote the book on newsjacking. Literally, wrote the book.) Thou shalt not newsjack. Thus have I spake. Before we talk about why you, specifically you — no offense — shouldn’t newsjack, let us first invoke the Internet’s favorite corollary to the Golden Rule. Perhaps, it shall henceforth… read more →

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01.10.2015 Droneport,Rwanda

In Dezeen:
Foster + Partners are working with technology company Afrotech on the Droneport project, which will see its pilot scheme completed in Rwanda by 2020.

The project aims to offer an “affordable alternative that can complement road-based deliveries” of medical equipment within the mountainous country by using drones.

The Droneport will operate two parallel networks: the Redline using smaller drones to deliver medical and emergency supplies weighing up to 10 kilograms and a commercial network called the Blueline transporting equipment, electronics and e-commerce items weighing up to 100 kilograms.
via Adafruit

30.09.2015 Direct Impact on the Social Change Ecosystem

By Kate Hayes

When you think about solving the world’s biggest problems, a young corporate leader might not be the first person that comes to mind.  At Echoing Green, we know that in order for social entrepreneurs to thrive, they need a strong ecosystem of support - we believe that includes young private sector professionals.  As a corporate professional, one of the most impactful ways to contribute to the success of the social sector is through nonprofit board service. Board service is often a catalyst for a lifetime of meaningful support as a partner to the social sector.

With this in mind, we designed a new program to prepare the next generation of young corporate professionals for board leadership. Direct Impact transforms these individuals into catalysts for social impact who help provide more benefit to society as a whole. Through four months of intensive personal and group leadership development, workshops on strategic issues, and immersive site visits, each young professional emerges inspired and prepared to meaningfully support a social entrepreneur and the sector.

What does it take to prepare individuals for nonprofit board service and a lifetime of social impact? The answer lies in four fundamental proficiencies that we believe prepare a rising private sector leader for their role in social change.

Leadership That Lasts

Direct Impact gives individuals with the tools they need to fully understand themselves and their leadership. Our research has helped us to define six core competencies that exceptional leaders must embody, including a developed personal mission and purpose, openness to change and disruption, and the ability to attract and influence others. 

 Strategic Governance – The Rule, Not the Exception

Nonprofit board service should be a meaningful experience for private sector individuals, where their skillset and passion meet and help fulfill the needs of nonprofits. Yet, nonprofit boards are largely ineffective. To move beyond responsible to exceptional, boards should be strategically engaged and operationally distant—but not operationally ignorant. Governance is a practice, and Direct Impact allows future board members to train before stepping into the role.

Valuable Philanthropy: How to Fundraise Effectively

Fundraising can be one of the biggest pain points in the social sector. Many board members are ill-equipped to fundraise, and both CEO’s and Board Chairs indicate that it’s the top area f0r improvement within their boards. It’s crucial to equip board members with the skills and opportunities to practice fundraising. During the program, Direct Impact candidates will develop fundraising tools for an Echoing Green Fellow.

Social Entrepreneurship & How Change Happens

Since many corporate board members have not worked at a nonprofit, it’s critical for them to develop a deep understanding of how social change happens. We’re working to create a shared language and mutual understanding of processes, opportunities, and constraints between the private and social sector. Direct Impact candidates will delve deep into an organization to think through these questions during a site visit to a social impact organization. 

Direct Impact in Action

Earlier this month, we kicked off our inaugural cohort, starting to put these four proficiencies into practice. Over the course of this first retreat, candidates participated in programming that introduced the four core proficiencies. They explored key inflection points in their lives to better understand their own stories, and engaged in content-driven sessions with Echoing Green Fellows that established a framework for understanding nonprofits and social entrepreneurship.

Over the next several months, candidates will go through a series of workshops focused on nonprofit governance, fundraising and philanthropy, and strategy, and immersive site visits with an Echoing Green Fellow. Site visits will take place at Atlas: DIY in New York City, ConTextos in El Salvador, and FundiBots in Uganda. 

At the end of the program, the cohort will reflect on these experiences, designed to unleash their lifetime commitment to social change, in a final retreat. After completing the program, our goal is to match each candidate with an Echoing Green Fellow who needs a prepared and excited board member. The organization and the candidate will receive close support from Echoing Green through the first board meeting.

To learn more about Direct Impact, partnership opportunities, and the application cycle for spring 2016, please contact

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30.09.2015 Buy and sell cows with 'CowSoko"

From FarmbizAfrica:
There is a new way of buying and selling cows in Kenya, and it does not involve trips to muddy village markets
CowSoko serves as link between sellers and buyers of the animals as well as feed and other supplies needed for proper husbandry.

Victor Otieno explains that the main focus of the product is to help farmers access markets and find good bargains for their animals and other products.

“Through the site farmers can easily access veterinary doctors, quality supplements and drugs and animal feed from reknowned companies, safeguarding them from the conmen who trick them into buying low quality products that can harm their animals,” said Otieno.

The site has a presence in all 47 counties in Kenya, helping buyers locate their desired goods and services locally.
More here

29.09.2015 Made with Code

From Google:

"...We started Made with Code because even though technology runs more and more of our lives, women aren't represented in the companies, labs, research, creative arts, design, organizations, and boardrooms that make technology happen..."

29.09.2015 Money, Data, and Democracy

I'm proud to have submitted this commentary on a new tool from The Foundation Center  - a map of democracy funding. The following post was written for PhilanTopic and originally appeared on PhilanTopic here. They're running a series of posts on democracy as we head into Election Day in November.

The U.S. presidential election is thirteen months away. At this point, more than fifty candidates are vying for nomination by the two major parties. The field includes the lone member of the United States Senate to stand as a Socialist and a New York City businessman who has four corporate bankruptcy filings to his name. Members of the voting public may be said to fall into two camps at this point — political junkies who simply cannot ever get enough of campaign politics and the majority of Americans who plan to tune in about a year from now. The former group is hell-bent on getting enough attention from the latter to raise the country’s dismal voting percentage to its presidential-election average, which hovers around 60 percent (ten points lower than the average for OECD countries).

Voter turnout is a big deal. Not just to political junkies and clipboard-wielding party volunteers but also to American foundations. According to Foundation Center’s newest mapping tool, Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy, 180 foundations have spent more than $150 million on voter education, registration, and turnout since 2011, a period that includes one presidential and one midterm election.

Seems like a lot of money to get Americans to do what people in many other countries die for. But we’re good at spending a lot of money on our democracy. Even this early in the campaign, big donors are talking big numbers, promising (threatening?) to spend $100 million or more each on their favorite candidates or issues. And political junkies are predicting that more than $4.4 billion will be spent on TV ads alone — while election spending in total could run as high as $10 billion. Suddenly, nearly $150 million of foundation funding over four years doesn’t look so big in comparison to $10 billion for a single election cycle.

The huge sums of money have become as much a part of the quadrennial American narrative as the quirky unknown candidates, their inevitable stumbles and blunders, and the occasional important policy discussion. Part of the interest lies in the sheer magnitude of the sums involved. Imagine what we might accomplish in social services, education, or health care if we spent an additional $10 billion.

But some of the interest also is driven by persistent efforts to make campaign spending more transparent. Because presidential elections only happen every four years, there’s a better-than-average chance that each one will be “the most expensive ever.” Telling that story, tracking the numbers, and highlighting the huge sums provided by a (tiny) subset of political donors has become part of our republic’s ritual.

Organizations such as the Sunlight Foundation, MapLight, and the National Institute on Money in State Politics find, clean, and load (in useful formats) the fundraising and spending reports that candidates, campaigns, and various aligned political organizations are required to file. The costs of doing this are more than you might at first imagine, as we tend to think that simply posting data sets is all that’s necessary to make that data useful. As proponents of transparency and those trying to obfuscate know, raw data by itself as a first step is not sufficient for sensemaking. Open and accessible is a requisite first step, but cleaning, verifying, analyzing, and using it are still very much required. Even so, various political agendas have stymied efforts to require e-filing of these reports as a first step, a regulatory change that would go a long way to lowering the cost of making sense of political fundraising.

In the looking-glass world in which we find ourselves, the more raw data on political fundraising and spending that becomes available, the more we need nonprofit intermediaries, including investigative reporting organizations, to help make sense of the data. For all its potential to make information available at ever-lower cost, opening up data requires complementary investments in mechanisms to make the data useful and help us make sense of it.

If the issues swirling around campaign finance reform sound familiar to those of you who work in nonprofits, they should. The same set of questions about e-filing and data disclosure also applies to nonprofit tax filings. Earlier this year, the IRS lost a legal challenge aimed at accelerating its heretofore-glacial efforts to put nonprofit tax data online. Any year now we should see mandatory nonprofit e-filing and the release of tax data in a machine-readable format.  

If the nonprofit space follows in the footsteps of our political system, the end result of a law to require nonprofits to e-file won’t be a straight line to cheaper and more convenient access to that information. We’ll also need more investments in the intermediaries and infrastructure that can help us make sense of the increasing quantities of data we generate.

We’re reaching the stage where ready access to data on spending in politics, on politics, and from foundations and nonprofits can be assumed. This bodes well as a catalyst for greater understanding, more insights, and, potentially, more participation. Not because the data will make the responsibility of being an active citizen in a democracy any easier, but because it will gives us more tools with which to work. Democracies depend on participation and accountability, and broadly accessible useful information is a precursor to both.

29.09.2015 Is ‘Civic Consumption’ Our Best Hope For Climate Action?

There is no simple fix for climate change. There’s the issue of coal-powered increases in the Earth’s average temperature, melting ice sheets and rising sea levels, the acidification of oceans and mass extinctions, as well as health hazards—air pollution kills more people every year than HIV and Malaria combined.

But there are solutions that will guide us into our new world. Social entrepreneur Will Byrne is working on one of them.

"What turns a lot of people off, in my experience, or makes people feel like climate action is a pipe dream, is the played-out argument that all we can do is reduce our consumption, that being consumers is this evil, shameful thing,” Byrne said.

He's ardent that pitting consumerism against active citizenship is a false choice.

“Everyone consumes stuff. We’re living beings. We’re going to keep consuming food and energy and continue buying cars, or whatever it is that replaces cars that are more energy efficient. But if you show people that consumption can be a civic act, an act by which they can make broader impact … it’s this incredibly rich area for driving change that is largely unexplored.”

In other words, we need not abandon our role as consumers to beat back climate change and its impacts. While it is obvious that no individual action—no matter how virtuous—will be enough, the spending power of a group can transform the very structure of society by incentivizing both corporations and governments to “do good."

Byrne is a pioneer of “civic consumption.” It’s a mechanism for social change he began testing in 2009 as a co-founder of Groundswell, the D.C.-based clean energy non-profit. Groundswell has successfully “nudged” 4,000 families in five East Coast states to power their homes with solar and wind power and completed nearly $20 million in community-driven sustainability projects.

By giving people an easy way to buy together, clean energy became cost-competitive with dirty power. Many participating residents enjoyed savings. In the process, civic consumption proved an effective nudge for corporations. As the Groundswell community upped consumer demand for renewable energy, even Fortune 500 energy companies applied to take part in building a clean energy future.

Going green makes good business sense, after all. Over the past five years, U.S. coal producers have lost 76 per cent of their value and been forced to shut down hundreds of mines, in part, thanks to President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Increasingly, where you find clean power you find profits.

“We began to flip the power dynamic in the industry,” Byrne said. “Energy is one of the world’s most monopolistic industries, but by bringing consumers together, we were shifting the industry’s practices from the bottom up, without politics or regulation.”

Byrne is now honing the civic consumption model for application beyond the energy sector as a civic innovation fellow at Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, the “" He believes the future of the model will be built on conditional transactions—crowdfunding mechanics, but with action-oriented campaigns instead of all-or-nothing funding. Campaigns will tip, not when a certain amount of money has been raised, but when an institution takes an action that is good for society or the environment.

Imagine you like burritos (perhaps not much of a stretch) but also care about living wages for fast food workers. You could pledge to buy a $50 gift card to your favorite Mexican grill as soon as the company agreed to raise wages for all of its hourly workers. Alone you’d be ignored. But the twist is that 100,000 of your friends would make the very same deal.

“It’s a more solutions-oriented version of an online petition,” Byrne said. “And one of the most promising areas for application of this tool, actually, is supporting the student-led divestment movement, allowing engaged alumni to put their money where their mouth is.”

Since 2012, students have pushed hundreds of universities to withdraw investments from fossil fuel industry holdings (oil, coal, gas). Civic consumption can accelerate the rate of divestment. The next time your university asks for a donation, Byrne said, you and the rest of your class will be able to make conditional pledges to say, ‘Yes, we’ll give, as soon as you stop supporting companies that burn fossil fuels.’ This approach creates “wins” for all parties. Students have a way to command the attention of their schools and the responsive institutions are rewarded with a larger, more engaged donor base.

Civic consumption is rooted in behavioral science, which may relieve pressure on pro-social public policy strategies. It inspires collective action, which will likely do away with conspicuous conservation, where, for example, people install solar panels on shadier, street-facing sides of their roofs in an effort to signal how green they are to neighbors. And as the industrialized workforce that made labor unions so powerful in the early 20th century continues to shrink, people’s leverage lies more and more in their buying decisions—consumer spending already drives nearly half of the economic activity in the United States.

“As someone who has worked to empower people to make change in both politics and the marketplace, I think consumer action will be a linchpin mechanism for social change in the 21st century,” Byrne said. “I’m extremely optimistic about that.”

Climate action cannot wait. Civic consumption has the potential to make sustainable development efforts not just a “moral obligation,” but a business imperative. 

This story is part of a series which spotlights leading young innovators to support the Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards, launched by Unilever in partnership with Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and in collaboration with Ashoka. To find out more about the Awards and the Global goals for Sustainable Development, head to

To follow the conversation on Twitter, search #GlobalGoals for a #BrightFuture.


28.09.2015 Advice to a younger me (French): Fatoumata Beye, Systeme d’Information pour Etablissements de Sante

2.42 L'historique est assez particulier. Le projet est né du SIH (système d'information pour hôpital) et le site pilote était l'hôpital régional de Thies. C'est Mamadou Beye qui était le concepteur du projet. Il travaillait auprès d'un groupe d'informatique et après dissolution du groupe le projet a disparu. Mais le directeur de l'hôpital du site pilote avait vu l'impact qu'avait le logiciel auprès de la structure et a tout fait pour retrouver Beye pour faire renaitre le projet. C'est la raison pour laquelle l'hôpital de Thies est le site pilote, il exploite le site depuis 2006, maintenant nous sommes sur 45 sites.



6:52 l'impact est très positif notamment au niveau de la santé financière et de la transparence. Si je prends le cas d'OGI, chaque trois quatre mois il y'avait des mouvements d'humeur, des grèves. Maintenant les motivations arrivent à temps, et au delà de l'aspect financier il y'a une remise à niveau. Pour la plupart, ils n'utilisaient pas d'ordinateurs, ne savaient pas comment fonctionnaient les TICS. Mais à travers la formation offerte pendant un mois ils bénéficient d'une formation pur l'utilisation d'un terminal TIC et c'est un tremplin.

7.55 Je vois une bonne tendance parce que je vois des qu'on a des concurrents. Je vois ce germe en train de pousser, des gens qui veulent contribuer au développement du pays à travers les TIC.

9.55 Lors du bootcamp j'ai vu qu'il y'avait plein d'innovateurs. Ce qui m'a le plus marqué c'est l'aspect environnemental parce que c'est un problème crucial.

10.47 La partie qui m'a le plus motivé c'est l'aspect relationnel. En faisant ma relation je pensais que j'allais tout le temps être derrière mon ordi à coder, et j'ai découvert un amour pour la communication. J'aime bien être en contact avec les autres donc la relation clientèle me plait vraiment.

11.18 j'ai toujours eu un faible pour la santé parce que j'hésitais entre faire la médecine et l'informatique.

11.35 Je vois une grande différence parce que de plus en plus les responsables font confiance à l'expertise locale. C'est très motivant.

12.15 J'ai beaucoup évolué en communication et en management mais ce que je veux c'est que je puisse partager les connaissances que j'ai pu acquérir avec l'équipe avec laquelle je travaille. Il faut dire que 45 sites c'est pas moi, je joue juste le rôle de porte-parole mais y'a une équipe de kamikaze derrière. 

28.09.2015 Advice to a younger me (French): Amy Mbengue, ECOBAG

1:18 Aujourd'hui le Sénégal compte 13 millions d'habitants. On ne présente plus le problème ni le cadre de vie dégradé

2.14 Nous essayons de changer les mentalités. Ca ne sert à rien de balayer les rues, de créer des industries de recyclage de déchets plastiques si les mentalités ne changent pas. On arrivera pas à un grand résultat si on arrive pas à changer les mentalités des gens
3.02 J'ai eu la chance d'avoir fait mes études en France et j'ai l'habitude de dire qu'à chaque fois que je revenais en vacances le paysage était tout le temps lugubre. Et je me suis dit quand est-ce qu'on va arriver à être au même niveau que les Européens. Un jour je suis allé à un grand événement religieux et j'ai vu que les gens y creusaient de grandes fosses où ils mettaient toutes sortes de déchets. C'est vraiment de là que c'est parti.
4:13 Ce qu'il y'a de plus difficile c'est que c'est un milieu qu'on assimile à un milieu d'hommes... on a la plupart du temps à faire à des gens qui ne sont pas faciles, donc étant femme ce n'est pas facile.
5.00 Les gens qui se soucient de l'environnement sont assimilés à des écolos alors que tout un chacun doit avoir cette fibre verte en soi.
7:30 J'ai rencontré dans la rue, à Lièges, un Monsieur qui m'avait reconnu. Il me dit, vous aviez participé à un concours l'année dernière, vraiment je vous félicite et je vous encourage".
9:00 C'était la première fois que je participais à un bootcamp mais j'ai vu des entrepreneurs très, très, très engagés... on a des cultures différentes, on est venus d'horizons différents, chacun a appris de l'autre, surtout lors de la dernière session
10:14 Y'a des partenariats en vue qui vont se créer sans doute. J'ai envie de mettre les TICs au service de l'environnement et j'ai trouvé, dans le bootcamp, des gens qui peuvent m' aider à avancer dans ce projet
11:07 J'ai l'impression d'être sortie de ce bootcamp encore plu motivée qu'avant parce que j'ai vu des gens qui sont également dans des conditions difficiles mais qui se battent pour réussir dans leurs projets.
11:43 J'ai créé mon entreprise en 2011 mais je n'ai démarré qu'en fin 2014. Mon premier sourire a été déjà de pouvoir démarrer les activités.
14:25 Le message que je vais laisser aux jeunes c'est qu'il faut croire en soi, il faut savoir se dépasser et il faut savoir prendre conscience de ses capacités personnelles et d'essayer de les exploiter au mieux, croire en ses rêves parce que nous sommes l'avenir de demain.  

27.09.2015 Social Good Summit 2015: Inspiring Quotes For Global Citizens

World leaders, grassroots activists and global citizens from around the world are uniting in New York for the 2015 Social Good Summit to discuss digital solutions to the greatest challenges of our time. The summit also celebrates Friday's adoption of the 17 Global Goals: a blueprint for a world without extreme poverty. 

We're live-covering the summit on Twitter and sharing our favorite quotes from speakers here. Which quote is your favorite? Share it on social media & tag us @RED!

"Without innovation we cannot advance"- Ahmed Mohamed
"Access to good healthcare shouldn't depend on where you live" - Victoria Beckham
"Refugees are part of humanity and we can't leave them behind." - Ger Duany
"We are all entitled to live free and equal." - Amina J Mohammed
"Every small action matters because when 7 billion people do that thing, it changes the world." - Achim Steiner
"We need to feel safe to identify as transgender." - Laverne Cox 
"Be relentless." - Charlize Theron
"If you check the health of a woman, you check the health of a society." - Rebecca Milner 
"Women need to recognize their own power. When you have something to say - interrupt." - Madeleine Albright
"Technology connects us. Technology unites us. Technology amplifies our power." - Vivienne Harr
"Gender equality is a human fight, not a female fight." - Frieda Pinto

25.09.2015 Just announced: U.N. adopts 17 Global Goals

This is a guest blog post by Jordan Elton, ONE Social Media Coordinator

Today, the United Nations General Assembly adopted 17 global goals that could end extreme poverty and improve the lives of BILLIONS of people around the world.
But on their own, these goals won’t end poverty. We need to make sure that we monitor and evaluate the implementation of these 17 game-changing goals to ensure that leaders keep their promises. The fight isn’t over yet!

Here are the Global Goals to change the world:

Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere

You’ve seen the news: the global financial crisis, global warming, and civil wars. HOW can we be anywhere near achieving this?! Well, since 1990 we’ve more than halved the number of people living in extreme poverty. Now we need to step up efforts to completely end it by 2030.

To find out more about this goal,
click here.
Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture

The hunger/poverty cycle is a difficult one to break, but necessary if we want to live in a world where everyone has the opportunity to fulfill their potential. Did you know there are more than 795 million people who are hungry in the world at this exact moment? The kind of hunger that stops a body from being able to work the hours that it needs to, that stops a brain from being able to concentrate in class, that stops a person living in poverty from being able to lift themselves out of it. This goal will not only make sure everyone has enough food, but will make sure it is nutritious and sustainably produced.

To find out more about this goal, click here.

Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

To quote Martin Luther King, Jr.:  “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” That’s why access to healthcare and medicine is a top priority. Where you live should not be a barrier to the quality of healthcare you receive. Goal number 3 will also focus on drug rehabilitation and alcoholism as a way to tackle early mortality rates in developing countries.

To find out more about this goal, click here.
Children at Mwangaza Tumaini School in Mukuru, Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: Morgana Wingard/ONE.
Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Education is key to driving progress in development, from agriculture to child mortality. For example, the children of mothers who completed primary education are less likely to be at risk for stunting –  22 percent in Bangladesh and 26 percent in Indonesia. As part of ONE's Poverty is Sexist campaign, ONE has called for girls and women to be put at the heart of the development agenda, which is why we welcome the goal of gender parity for not only primary and secondary education, but also equal access to vocational and higher education.

To find out more about this goal, click here.

Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

As President Barack Obama said during his trip to Kenya, “Any nation that fails to educate its girls or employ its women and allow them to maximize their potential is doomed to fall behind the global economy.” We couldn’t agree more. It’s been shown in a recent paper that female-headed households see faster poverty reduction than male-headed households, as they are more likely to re-invest their money in the family. This goal will ensure that we take everyone forward in our fight against extreme poverty.

To find out more about this goal, click here.

Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

One in nine people lack access to safe water. More people have a mobile phone than a toilet. In 2015, it doesn’t seem like this should be the case. That’s why this goal will work to get access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030. It will also work to provide access to sanitation and hygiene for everyone, specifically looking at the needs of women and girls. This would be amazing!

To find out more about this goal, click here.
Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

600 million people in Africa don’t have access to reliable sources of energy. Addressing this problem would mean families don’t have to cook over open fires, moms don’t have to give birth in the dark, and kids don’t have to do schoolwork beside a dim, headache-inducing kerosene lamp. It won’t be an easy task, but through expanded infrastructure and upgraded technology, we can reach it. This goal will also encourage sustainable and efficient energy sources, contributing to a better world for everyone.

To find out more about this goal, click here.

Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and full and productive employment and decent work for all

This doesn’t just mean continued growth, but also full work for women and men, for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value. It also means taking immediate and effective measures to get rid of forced labor, end modern slavery and human trafficking, and, by 2025, end child labor for good. That’s HUGE.

To find out more about this goal, click here.

Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation

We’ve shared a lot of stories about innovators around the world who are changing our lives for the better. Sustainable infrastructure will support economic development and overall human well-being, including for small businesses. By 2030, more industries will be more sustainable by adopting clean and environmentally-friendly tools and processes. And the best part? This means better financial, technological, and technical support to African countries, including access to the Internet.

To find out more about this goal, click here.

Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries

Together we’re stronger – with men and women, and all countries working together, we can make this world a better place. This goal helps emphasize that hope. It covers everything from income growth to equal opportunities and inclusion of all – and it should lead to better representation of developing countries in the global conversation. It also encourages directing official development assistance to the people and places that need it the most.

To find out more about this goal, click here.

Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable

It makes sense that people should be safe, right?! This goal will make sure people everywhere have access to safe and affordable housing, basic services, safe roads, and transportation systems. It will also make sure people are protected in disasters and that cities are paying attention to their environmental impact.

To find out more about this goal, click here.

Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

To achieve a better world, we have to take better care of our resources. This means more responsible and sustainable practices that will reduce our world’s waste by 2030. Pretty crazy, but it will take all of us to inform ourselves and those around us about the best way to take care of our earth.

To find out more about this goal, click here.

Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

If the point of these 17 goals is to get us to a better world, then we can’t forget the planet we call home. We have to be more aware of what is damaging our environment and have better responses.

To find out more about this goal, click here.

Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development

Seventy percent of our planet is covered by water, so it’s important to add oceans to the list. We have to work to reduce marine pollution and make sure we’re preventing future problems. It also requires us to protect and conserve marine life, so oceans continue to be healthy and productive.

To find out more about this goal, click here.

Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss

Want more nature adventures? Then this one’s for you. We have to make sure we are taking care of our forests, wetlands, mountains, and drylands responsibly, which means no more reckless tearing down of forests. And we can’t forget the other species that we share this earth with—we have to make sure protected species are safe from harm.

To find out more about this goal, click here.

Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

This is super important. We can’t live in a world where people’s lives are at risk or where institutions are dishonest. This goal makes sure there is equal access to justice for everyone, everywhere—and will work to make sure people are safe from abuse, exploitation, trafficking, and all forms of violence. If that wasn’t enough, it also calls for transparency from governments and other institutions to reduce corruption.

To find out more about this goal, click here.

Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

This goal is making sure developed and developing countries are working together and that official development assistance targets are being met. You’ve helped us campaign on a lot of this before by telling world leaders to make sure our aid goes to those who need it. That’s what we need world leaders to continue to do, so that all countries can reach their potential!

To find out more about this goal, click here.

It’s a long list, and there’s a lot of work to do. The hard work starts now, as every nation agrees on these goals—and you start holding them to account for their promises!

24.09.2015 Keeping the magic alive: Tourism and economic development


This year TripAdvisor named Marrakesh, Morocco, the top Travelers’ Choice Destination in its yearly Travelers’ Choice Awards, noting its “magical” sights and historic highlights. But, obviously not everything is magical in a country with a minimum wage of $1.15/hour, an unemployment rate of 9.8 percent, and a large wealth disparity between urban and rural communities.

Morocco, like many developing nations, has turned to a variety of avenues to lift its citizens out of poverty. Moroccan officials project that the country will meet 90 percent of the goals set by the United Nations to reduce poverty by the end of 2015. Experts view tourism, as 8 percent of GDP and Morocco’s second largest industry, as a major contributor to these efforts.

While there can be drawbacks to tourism–with Morocco’s development success comes a burgeoning sex tourism industry, environmental degradation, and higher demands for cheap handicrafts often made under inhumane conditions–there are models of success.

While critics of “voluntourism” argue that the dependency on foreigners stops communities from developing their own infrastructure for self reliance, many communities embrace tourism as a tool to fight poverty. The UN World Tourism Organization views tourism as a “driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability” and advocates for tourism’s potential as a major source of income for the developing world.

Responding to demand with homegrown empowerment

Locals can harness the revenue tourism brings by harnessing their skills and culture. In Morocco, wooden handicrafts, tile work, jewelry, pottery, and leather creations are popular items sought by tourists for souvenirs. Using the high demand by visitors for these authentic Moroccan items as a source of income, groups of artisans have banded together to establish standards for quality and prices and to make certain that local artists benefit from their handiwork.

Co-ops like Anou allow “the artisan community in Morocco to establish equal access to the global market,” and online efforts also connect global consumers with authentic Moroccan artisans.

Building connections between tourism companies and communities

Many tourism companies are beginning to recognize their importance within local communities. Adventure Alternative,’s 2014 Gold Winner for poverty alleviation, provides treks and mountaineering trips in Kenya, the Andes, Nepal and elsewhere around the world. Adventure Alternative considers itself a community business and makes a point to hire locals, provide long-term career options for its employees, and sends profits back into the community. It also supports the administrative costs for Moving Mountains, a trust that tackles economic and social challenges in the developing countries where Adventure Alternative operates.

Reality Tours and Travel in India, winner of the 2015 Community Award from the World Travel and Tourism Council, provides tours of Dharavi, one of the largest slums in Asia. Unlike exploitative “slum tours,” Reality Tours employs Dharavi residents as tour guides, showcases local industries, and invests 80 percent of its profits back into community projects.

Conscientiously managed tourism exposes visitors to local artists, majestic landscapes, and new ways of life. It provides employment and revenue for communities, and can also strengthen local culture and traditions. 

Threats to tourism’s resiliency

However, recent events have highlighted the many threats to a healthy tourism industry. Tourism in developing nations is vulnerable to the kind of instability many of those nations face. The Ebola epidemic of 2014 shut down tourism in West Africa and elsewhere on the continent as travellers feared exposure to the deadly virus.

The massacre of tourists during terror attacks in Tunisia in March and June 2015 crippled the country’s tourist industry–tourism numbers fell by 1 million visitors after the attack.

Now the arrival of tens of thousands of migrants and refugees to Europe from across the Mediterranean has disrupted tourism in the Greek islands where they land.

Fortunately, tourism companies and associations, with the help of the United Nations, have come together to ensure tourist industries in developing nations can manage the demands of visitors in fair and sustainable ways. After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the H5N1 avian flu virus, the UN created the Tourism Emergency Response Network. Now, tourism associations, businesses involved in the industry, and other players can share information, strategize, and access crisis response resources in a coordinated way.

Tourism is a tool for development

Tourism is an important component of socio-economic development around the world. As the UN’s tourism experts note,

Today, the business volume of tourism equals or even surpasses that of oil exports, ‎food products or automobiles. Tourism has become one of the major players in ‎international commerce, and represents at the same time one of the main income ‎sources for many developing countries.

Business and tourism associations in developing countries should continue to adopt principles of sustainable and resilient tourism if they are to benefit as much as possible from visitors. Ensuring that locals derive much of the revenue from tourism, and that the industry can weather crisis and disaster reasonably well will allow countries to build strong, mutually beneficial, and long-term strategies for attracting tourists. When managed properly, the places visitors find most magical last longer, to the benefit of all involved.

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24.09.2015 A Marginal Gains approach to learning design

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This year I am a taking a cognitive science led approach to learning design within a Level 7 (MBA) module. At first, I wasn’t sure if it would make that much difference to my approach; I had considered cog-sci perspectives in previous learning design exercises and I have produced well-balanced learning environments,…

24.09.2015 Discover and Promote Your Own Good Hashtag

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#, # Pound, pound. Nope. It’s not a knock-knock joke. They’re read “hashtag, hashtag.” Or, “hash, hash,” if you’re British. Or, “tag, tag,” if you’re a little lazy, like me. But you already know all this if you’ve seen the helpful SNL PSA from social media wizards Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. (It’s ever so slightly not-safe-for-work (NSFW), but Questlove’s #STFU is… read more →

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24.09.2015 Redefining the Purpose of Business: B Corp UK

This piece was originally published in the autumn issue of Radar Magazine – Issue 08: Beyond the Company, The Future of Sustainability Goals.

Redefining success in business is a pretty ambitious goal, and is one that the B Corp movement has been working towards since 2006. SustainAbility, for over 25 years, has been working to make business and markets more sustainable, and is proud to be one of the first certified B Corps in the UK and to be part of this global movement.

We spoke with the key figures behind the launch of B Corp in the UK, as well as some companies in the B Corp community, to discuss their ambitions and how they see the movement developing.

Local Launch, Global Movement

The first B Corp was certified in the US in June 2007. Since then, over 1,000 companies in 42 countries have been verified as meeting the B Lab’s (the non-profit that supports certified B Corps) standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

Mark Florman (Chair, B Lab UK, Centre for Social Justice, Spayne Lindsay LLP, Time Partners) and James Perry (Director, B Lab UK, COOK, Panahpur) are championing the launch of the B Corp movement in the UK. Both are strong advocates for business as a force for good, and according to Perry, “Business is really the most powerful tool that mankind has invented. Why wouldn’t you put it to work and create a better world for everybody?” But Perry is keen to emphasise that this is the UK launch of a movement of businesses looking to redefine their role in society; it is not about any one or two individuals, as he sees it: “The more that the voice of B Lab is heard, the more we are failing. The voice needs to be the business leaders and the entrepreneurs who are part of the community. The more voices we are able to speak with the more powerful it is.”

The global expansion started with regional hubs established in Canada and South America. It then expanded into Australia, New Zealand and Europe, with Britain being the obvious next step. As Perry says, “Britain is so iconic in terms of the history of business and the history of commerce, and London is a world-leading financial centre. If this is becoming a global movement, Britain has to be part of it.”

Each market requires a slightly different approach, especially with regards to the legal element of formally recognising that a business is about purpose, as much as it is about profit. In the US, laws have been passed in 26 states, plus Washington DC, creating a new type of corporation – the benefit corporation – that meets the needs of entrepreneurs and investors seeking to use business as a force for good. In the UK, companies will be expected to amend their constitutional documents to include a commitment to a ‘triple bottom line’ approach to business.

B Corp Definitions

  • B Impact Assessment: Company self-assessment of overall impact of the business on its stakeholders.
  • Certified B Corporation: A company verified by B Lab to have reached a threshold of 80 or over out of 200 points on the B Impact Assessment.
  • Legal Requirement: Amending governing documents or adopting benefit corporation (Read more on UK legal test).
  • Benefit Corporation: A new class of US corporation that are required to consider the impact of their decisions not only on shareholders but also on workers, community and the environment. Required to make public an annual benefit report.
  • B Lab: The non-profit that supports the B Corp businesses. B Lab UK exists to support the community of UK B Corps. Other partner organisations supporting B Corps around the world: MaRS (Canada), Sistema B (South America), B Lab Australia & NZ, B Lab Europe, IES – Social Business School (Portugal & Portuguese Speaking Countries in Africa).

One Size Fits All

Several notable B Corps are subsidiaries of multinational corporations such as Ben & Jerry’s, Method and Plum Organics. Green Mountain Power and Patagonia are some of the more well-known US brands to have signed up. Natura, the Brazilian cosmetics company, gained headlines for being the largest – and first publicly traded – company to become a certified B Corp. But to date, the majority of companies tend to be businesses that have a tight ownership group who can make a decision and implement it quite quickly. Florman and Perry are realistic that B Corp is most well-suited to younger, smaller companies. But neither of them is letting this limit their ambition, with both setting their sights on bigger companies as well. Florman would love to see some of the leading names from each sector join the movement, “If we
had a big retailer, a big energy company, a big bank – those are the three most controversial sectors in Britain – if one of those became a B Corp it would send a strong message.”

That said, when asked about what might stand in the way of the B Corp movement growing in the UK, Florman thinks it might be difficult to get noticed given the number of different corporate styles that exist in, and are unique to, this market – whether it is a cooperative, a partnership or a community interest company. However he is not too concerned, as he knows it is a great choice for business and entrepreneurs.

What Benefit to Business?

B Lab is very good at articulating the many benefits for companies, from attracting talent and differentiating from competitors, to protecting mission and attracting investors. Yoti, the company behind a digital identity app, sees one of the benefits as a validation of their approach to business. As Rachael Trotman, Marketing Executive at Yoti, explained, “We are focused on
growing both profits and social purpose, on the positive outcomes of putting people back in control of their identity and personal data. The B Corps ethos of transparency fits exactly with our aim to make life simpler, safer and fairer, and supports our founding principle to be fair and transparent in how we operate.”

The process of becoming a certified B Corp can enable powerful conversations about a company’s purpose and business model. From Perry’s own experience with COOK, the frozen ready meal company, the assessment brought to light that the company did not have a well-articulated impact business model, despite doing great things such as hiring offenders on day release and hiring from marginalised communities. This stimulated a conversation amongst the
senior leadership about the company’s theory of change, its impact model and whether the company wanted one or should have one. Perry explains, “The whole process has been a very powerful one to engage the senior team and the management of the business more generally on this question of purpose.”

Another benefit is harnessing the power of the community – business coming together to have a collective voice on a fundamentally different way of creating value is very compelling. This is in an era where many influential voices are calling for companies to work together to shift policy, mindsets, behaviours and measurement systems. As Jake Hayman of The Social Investment Consultancy, a B Corp in the UK, sees it, “The B Corp community itself will be an exciting cohort of companies committed to doing things differently. Even more important than the community itself is the impact that the existence of such a community will have on the broader corporate sector. This is not just a community of practice but a statement that business can be done differently and indeed that great businesses don’t sacrifice all for short-term margins.”

For Natura, being a B Corp challenges the company to continually improve and enables it to evolve its business strategy whilst keeping to a sustainable path. It also sees the opportunities for partnership that being a B Corp can bring. As Roberto Lima, CEO Natura, explains: “Being a B Corp challenges us to be better day after day. By joining the B Corps, we believe we can contribute to broaden the network and influence other companies to innovate as we build new sustainable solutions together.”

An Audacious Goal?

Is it such an ambitious goal to try and redefine the role of business? For Florman this is simply the way that business is heading, “If you are doing good as a business and are seen to be doing good and building your reputation and being a ‘decent’ citizen, you will also probably make more money.” The bigger question is, what will happen to companies that are not considering their role in society? As Kresse Wesling of Elvis & Kresse, another founding B Corp in the UK, sees it, “Those companies that won’t or can’t be B Corps – how long will they survive?”

23.09.2015 After Iran Earthquake, Building Disaster-Resistant Houses

Photo courtesy of Build Change

By Cheryl Dorsey
This article originally appeared on the
Huffington Post.

Innovation often emerges out of necessity. Fostering innovation, a key part of Goal 9 of the new Sustainable Development Goals, can only happen if we foster innovators -- the people who will see solutions, who will see value and promise where others see trouble and decay, and put ideas into action with the commitment for sustainability. While it's important to create and name the goals we need for sustainable development, measures of success are harder to come by when we're looking at creative leaders launching new and often untested ideas.

At Echoing Green, we've supported nearly 700 social entrepreneurs working in more than 60 countries with seed-funding and a community of support. What's clear from this portfolio of emerging innovators is that they need time and "runway" to implement their ideas and see results. As we work as a global community toward achieving Goal 9, we need to recognize that part of supporting these leaders means building an infrastructure and an ecosystem that can support their innovations and that looks at metrics in a realistic way.

What does that mean for countries looking to achieve the SDGs and Goal 9? It means they have to consider three elements to foster innovation:

 Create Space and Structures

Innovation is a process that accelerates change by discovering new, effective ways of working. When issues are urgent, it's critical to create space and structures for innovative thinking and doing among actors, organizations and governments.

 Use Innovation as a Supplement, not a Substitute, for Systems-Level Change

Innovation means challenging the status quo and reconsidering a standard approach. But it's not a cure-all; just because a solution works in one application does not guarantee success in a different context.

 Fund Innovation in a Way That Makes Sense

Conversations are underway about how we can finance these SDGs, and what's clear is that all global actors, from development agencies to business, have a role to play. More attention and capital are being directed at impact investments to achieve social change. While this is exciting and an important source of capital for many social innovators, measuring the social and environmental impacts of investments can be challenging, particularly at the earliest stage. Development institutions, business, and investors must work together on realistic timelines for impact measurements when it comes to SDG-related investments.

So what does it look like when innovation is fostered?

It looks like Elizabeth Hausler Strand, a 2004 Echoing Green Fellow, who started Build Change to greatly reduce deaths, injuries and economic losses caused by housing and school collapses due to earthquakes and typhoons in emerging nations. Following the 2003 earthquake in Bam, Iran, Elizabeth saw reports that most of the 26,000 deaths were caused by collapse of unreinforced masonry and mud brick homes. But she also saw a solution -- that she could design disaster-resistant houses and schools and train builders, homeowners, engineers, and government officials to build them.

Hausler Strand launched Build Change's first project in Indonesia after the Indian Ocean tsunami leveled the northern part of the country. Ten years later, the organization is still working in Indonesia and has expanded to work in 10 countries, including the Philippines, Nepal, Haiti and more. The key to her innovation is not only the building technology for resilient infrastructure, but empowering and equipping locals with construction methods and skills they can use long after Build Change leaves the village. This has resulted in 46,000 safer buildings and 10,500 jobs created.

Innovation can also look like Benjamin Cohen, a 2013 Echoing Green Fellow, who founded TOHL. His organization is providing permanent and mobile infrastructure that connects remote communities to clean water by using low-maintenance, solar-powered pipeline systems and rapid-installation techniques. One of TOHL's solutions utilizes coiled tubing deployed via helicopter to rapidly connect remote water sources to places affected by emergency situations.

The idea was born following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and from the direct need for water in Port-au-Prince after conventional infrastructure was destroyed. Benjamin launched his pilot program in Chile, and has since initiated projects in Nicaragua, Honduras, and Kenya.

The common thread between Elizabeth and Benjamin is that they had a great idea, and the support to put it into action. Innovation can be found anywhere, but it must be fostered. While it's exciting that innovation is named within the SDGs as a priority under Goal 9, it's clear that innovation needs to be infused across the SDGs.  To develop sustainable and resilient infrastructure in developing countries, we have to create the conditions where innovators can effectively implement, iterate, and have the time and space to learn from their methods to make lasting change.

This post is part of a series produced by The Huffington Post, "What's Working: Sustainable Development Goals," in conjunction with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The proposed set of milestones will be the subject of discussion at the UN General Assembly meeting on Sept. 25-27, 2015 in New York. The goals, which will replace the UN's Millennium Development Goals (2000-2015), cover 17 key areas of development -- including poverty, hunger, health, education, and gender equality, among many others. As part of The Huffington Post's commitment to solutions-oriented journalism, this What's Working SDG blog series will focus on one goal every weekday in September. This post addresses Goal 9.

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23.09.2015 30 Cents

15 years ago, the world was a very different place. 

Life-saving HIV medicine was only available to a few. Millions died—needlessly. If you had HIV, where you lived determined whether you lived. The magic of pills that could bring someone on death’s door back to life in as little as 90 days was reserved for the few who could afford it.

15 years ago those pills cost as much as $300 a day. But over the years activists, politicians NGOs and many more fought for pharmaceutical companies to bring down the cost of this medicine. It's simple - the cheaper the pills, the more accessible life-saving medicine becomes.

Today these pills cost roughly 30 cents a day. 

Incredible progress has been made in the fight against AIDS. 15 million people are now on life-saving HIV treatment — more people than ever before. The global response to HIV has averted 30 million new HIV infections and nearly 8 million AIDS-related deaths since 2000. This is incredible progress but it’s not enough.

Nearly 37 million people are still living with HIV/AIDS — a treatable and preventable disease. Every day 600 babies are born with HIV. But they don’t have to be. 

This is a big week. World leaders are gathering to adopt the 'Global Goals' — an ambitious shared strategy aimed at ending extreme poverty. One of these goals, known as Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 aims to "ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages," and includes a target of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

It's an ambitious goal, and it should be. We can achieve it, but only if we make sure our leaders deliver on their promises and step up to do more… reminding us how critical our mission is and how time is of the absolute essence when lives are on the line. 

Let's commit to beat this preventable and treatable disease once and for all.

Let's #endAIDS.