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

27.03.2015 Investing in Girls Yields Big Returns

My name is Memory Banda, and I am from Malawi. My country bears the burden of one of the world’s highest rates of child marriage, with more than half of girls forced into marriage as children, sometimes as early as age nine. Child marriage in Malawi is a practice that weaves together complex economic, cultural, […]

27.03.2015 How Yoga has Become a Force for Social Inclusion in Kenya

By Meera Patel, Operations Associate at Ashoka UK. You can follow Meera on Twitter. Keep an eye out for more within this series by following Ashoka UK and Virgin Unite on Twitter, using the #AfricaYouthFwd hashtag. 
 
On December 30th 2007, President Mwai Kibaki was once again sworn in as President of Kenya, despite the claims to victory of his rival: Raila Odinga.

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27.03.2015 Digital Microfluidics on Printed Circuit Board

From Gaudi Labs:
Demonstration of a prototype of a Digital Microfluidics Device based on Electrowetting (EWOD) technology, built with printed circuit board fast prototyping method. Open Science.

26.03.2015 What is #86AIDS?

This June, where and what you decide to eat and drink can fight AIDS. Restaurants, bars and food trucks are turning (RED). Why? June marks the month AIDS was first discovered in 1981 and we want to #86AIDS.

#86AIDS? Yep, that's right.

The term '86' is used in the American food industry to indicate that an item on the menu is gone. It's not available anymore. It's nixed. And that's what we want to see happen with AIDS. It's time to end AIDS. 

We're at a critical moment in the fight against AIDS. We can deliver the AIDS FREE GENERATION in over 30 years. But we must act now.

Here's how you can #86AIDS with (RED) this June:

If you're in the food business
Sign up for EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES. Join chefs & culinary talent from around the world and turn your business into a force to fight AIDS. Learn more & sign up at eatreddrinkred.org.

If you love eating & drinking
Tweet your favorite restaurants, bars & food trucks and nominate them to sign up: eatreddrinkred.org/nominate.

Get ready for the recipes. Get ready for the food puns (they're endless).
Get ready to EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES.

Let's #86AIDS. 

26.03.2015 Let’s Tap Solar’s Flexibility to Increase Access to Energy

Access to energy is a precondition for higher human and economic development. Yet energy poverty is still pervasive: 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity and 2.6 billion people don’t have clean cooking facilities. More than 95 percent of these people are either in sub-Saharan African or developing countries in Asia, and 84 percent live […]

26.03.2015 5 Ways to Elevate Your Business with Outsourcing

The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services

Entrepreneurs of small to medium-sized businesses often wear many hats during startups. More often a business necessity than a strategic decision, entrepreneurs would take on many roles—and be good at them—while leaving their most powerful role up in the air: being the main decision maker, strategist, and planner. While expanding operations in-house might not be feasible yet necessary, entrepreneurs still… read more →

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26.03.2015 DIY PR (Blog)

26.03.2015 Women, War, and Peace

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A century ago, military personnel made up 90 percent of casualties during times of war. Today this has flopped, with the majority of victims being civilians, most of them-women and children.

Despite the disproportionate effect conflict has on women, they made up only 9 percent of negotiators at peace talks from 1992 to 2011. A fact that if changed, would not only alter the conversation but bring a critical perspective that has been missing to the table.

Sexual assault of women has become a strategic tool of war and genocide, as the conflicts of Bosnia and the ongoing turmoil in the Democratic Republic of Congo have shown. The international community has been slow to recognize this violence against women as more than just a side effect of war. However, they have been even slower to include women in post-conflict processes such as rebuilding the country’s government, security, and social structures.

Instead, women are left powerless in post-conflict societies, perceived solely as victims. They live in extreme poverty, have been displaced from their homes, are deprived of social networks, and have few economic opportunities.

Yet slowly, women are building an alternative role for themselves, as peace keepers, negotiators, and builders in the post-conflict arena.

In Syria, female representatives from three grassroots organizations, including the Center for Civil Society and Democracy in Syria, have drafted recommendations for inclusion in the eventual transition to peace, as well as for improving human rights and humanitarian access. These proactive organizations want to ensure a peace process that, at all stages, will incorporate the voices of women and broader civil society.

As Syrian women look towards sustainable and more comprehensive solutions to peace, they are not alone.

In Israel, the Women Wage Peace Organization represents 7,000 members who are pushing their government to resume peace talks with Palestinians and put an end to violence. At their rally in March, protesters shouted, “We choose life,” and “We have suffered through enough wars.”

Over the years, many women have paved the path for such movements to grow.

After an almost 40-year long war in the Philippines, women took their new peace-brokering skills fostered by The UN Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women, and met with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. They asked that provisions for women be included in draft peace agreements. To their surprise, the Front invited two women onto their peace panel, which later met with the Philippines government. By 2012, the Front and the government signed an agreement that outlined the rights of women to political participation and protection from future violence.

While the end of conflict is never guaranteed, the journey to reclaim a just and inclusive society must find women at the head of the table.

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26.03.2015 Play a video game to build machines out of DNA

With Nanocrafter, gamification comes to nanotechnology, in Scistarter:
Nanocrafter invites you to become a citizen scientist in the field of synthetic biology! As you solve puzzles to progress through the game, you'll learn about DNA biochemistry and how DNA strand displacement can be used to build computers, gears, walking constructs, and more! Compete in challenge levels that let you submit creative solutions to problems ranging from casual to highly technical. Review the solutions that others submit, team up to come up with even better solutions, and help scientists forge the future of synthetic biology!

25.03.2015 Pro Bono Can Help Fill Nonprofit Resource Gaps

“Stop the Funding: Social Sector is Fully Resourced.” Until we see this headline across international newsfeeds, social change organizations should consider this simple Latin phrase to help them move their missions forward — “pro bono.” Post-revolutionary Egypt, fast-growing China, Slovakia, Hungary, Singapore, Canada, India, Germany, and the U.S. – each a different culture facing its […]

25.03.2015 Nominate Your Favorite Restaurant to EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES this June

Last year, we took the food & drink world by storm for the first 10 days of June with the first-ever EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES. And this year, it's back and better than ever.

For the entire month of June, where & what you decide to eat & drink can fight AIDS with (RED). Restaurants, bars & food trucks around the world will be serving up (RED)-inspired dishes & drinks. And when you buy them, they'll help #86AIDS.

Together, we can turn the food world (RED).

Tweet your favorite restaurant, bar or food truck & nominate them to turn (RED) & fight AIDS.

Click here to nominate a restaurant on Twitter -- just add in their Twitter handle:
I nominate @{Insert Restaurant Twitter Handle} to join @MarioBatali & @RED to #86AIDS this June. Learn more & sign up: eatreddrinkred.org

Meet us at the table this June. Let's #86AIDS.




25.03.2015 Interview: Peter Eliassen of VisionSpring – Eyeglasses Can Help Unburden the Developing World

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Peter Eliassen is on a mission to get eyeglasses into the hands of the people who need them most in the developing world.

Eliassen is the Chief Operating Officer of VisionSpring – an international aid non-profit that operates on the principle that aid should be functional, providing benefits to as many aspects of the recipients’ lives as possible.

Eyeglasses are particularly absent in the developing world. VisionSpring saw an opportunity to focus on this public health issue, which prevents millions from securing employment, getting an education and pursuing other activities.

Eliassen talked with Global Envision about his passion for aid and development, VisionSpring’s work and what comes next for the company.

Global Envision: Why did you get into the field of aid and development -- why does your job inspire you?

Eliassen: My parents were very involved in the community. That time spent volunteering as a kid provided a clear perspective on my life where I saw that people had the same desires and intentions to succeed, but had varying levels of access to opportunities that would open up the necessary doors to achieving their goals.

Eyeglasses have been proven to be one of the most impactful public health interventions. The challenge is how to optimize our distribution efforts to change the lives of millions of families.

Global Envision: What unusual challenges has VisionSpring faced during your tenure?

Eliassen: Glasses are normal in the USA. That isn’t always the case throughout the world, where we experience a variety of social taboos that affect the level of interest/demand.
In some countries, there is a belief that eyeglasses make your eyes worse; in others, high school aged children can hurt their chances at finding a husband or wife if seen wearing glasses in public.

In lower-resource communities with limited daily and weekly resources that need to be spent on calories, electricity and, increasingly, mobile phone credits, eyeglasses are not a top priority. Our challenge is to drive up their curiosity to attend one of our vision camps.

Global Envision: The absence of some simple tools in the developing world prevents people from actualizing their financial potential. Besides helping with employment difficulties, in what other ways are VisionSpring’s products changing people’s lives?

Eliassen: Think about your own daily lifestyle and how having low vision would impact how you live.  One of the most powerful lines we tend to hear all over the world is: “Thank you, you have given me my God back.”  With blurry vision, people cannot read their holy texts.  A simple thing like a pair of affordable eyeglasses can bring back the happiness that comes from seeing trees and natural beauty.

Another example is grandparents keeping their young grandkids home from school so they can help thread needles, sort rocks from rice, activities that are impossible without clear vision. A recent example is the desire to see one’s mobile phone screen more clearly.

Global Envision: VisionSpring chose a very specific field to devote its energy. Do you think that this narrow-focus model is the future of aid?

Eliassen: We made a conscious decision to keep the focus fully on eyeglasses and we have our sights set on the global market failure that leaves over 900 million people without access to eyeglasses.  We saw the creation of by-products of our work, such as providing employment opportunities for rural women.

Investing our energy and resources to find optimal distribution channels to distribute eyeglasses to our target market, continuously improving product manufacturing and strengthening field marketing to increase demand -- we have more than enough to work on.

Global Envision: What are the differences between VisionSpring’s aid model and traditional aid?

Eliassen: People will line up all day for something you are offering for free -- but will they put it to use tomorrow?  By keeping our focus on the end customer, and knowing that they are voting yes or no with their hard-earned resources, we strive for improvement in our product design.

If we do our job of positioning eyeglasses as a resource that can change someone’s life, people will find a way to pay a few dollars. When we come back to visit in two years, they will most likely still be wearing those same eyeglasses or, even better, they have found a new local source of eyeglasses, and thus a market is born.

Global Envision: What are VisionSpring’s next steps in product/service innovation?

Eliassen: We have found a sweet spot of servicing the up-and-coming marketplace. We keep our focus on designing the most cost-effective and appropriate-quality pairs of eyeglasses for the frontier markets we serve.

There have been some developments in technology that enable a layperson to conduct a full eye exam with a smart phone.  With our primary focus on increasing the access to reading glasses, technological advancements can start opening up our secondary focus of getting affordable prescription eyeglass solutions out in the marketplace -- especially for school kids.

Global Envision: VisionSpring and (eyeglass manufacturer) Warby Parker are partnered in a 1-for-1 model. Are there any other partnerships you have to expand your reach? How can consumers in the developed world assist VisionSpring besides direct donation?

Eliassen: In the U.S., we do not have other strategic partnerships like Warby Parker.  The best way a developed-world consumer can help us is to engage with VisionSpring on our website, via Facebook or Twitter, donate whatever you can, and purchase Warby Parker eyeglasses.

Hear from Peter Eliassen at the Mercy Corps Action Center, Thursday April 2, 2015, 7-8:30pm. Tickets: $5 students/seniors, $10 regular.

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25.03.2015 It's Still the Golden Age of Radio for Farmers in Africa

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Radio came back in fashion after the runaway success of “Serial,” the hit true crime podcast, but the golden age of radio never went out of style for farmers in Africa. With just 3 percent of African farmers having access to internet versus over 75 percent  with access to radio, radio is the obvious choice to share farming techniques.

The content of African radio may be drastically different, but the way it’s distributed is similar to the way NPR operates. Farm Radio International, based in Ottawa, provides content support and broadcasting training to nearly 600 local radio stations in Africa. The organization works with experts to create content packages that the local stations can customize to fit their audience. By only providing the bare bones of a story in its content packages, Farm Radio International ensures that it won’t become the proxy hosts of the local stations.

Farm Radio International also provides in-person and long-distance training to African broadcasters. More recently, the organization set up Barza, a social network exclusively for radio broadcasters so they can share the tips and tricks they’ve picked up over the years. And for listeners who may not be able to catch the shows when they air, it has helped distribute wind-up MP3 radios that people can use to record radio shows and play to their community. It’s a sort of DIY podcast app to save their most valuable programs.

In its latest content package, Farm Radio International focuses on aquaculture and how to properly raise fish alongside crops. The package includes two success stories, and very detailed methods for raising fish on a small scale. The package is thorough -- it even analyzes four different kinds of manure to encourage algae growth. From building a pond, to salting the fish filets, the package includes all the nitty gritty on best practices in fish farming.

The detailed approach to fish raising is impressive, but it’s the attention to all aspects of fish farming that lifts the program to the next level. Farm Radio International tells listeners how to market the fish and breaks down the advantages/disadvantages of setting up a fish stand. With a strong content package like this, radio broadcasters are easily able to pick the pieces that are relevant to their listeners and produce their own great show with a strong factual backbone.

With the increasing use of mobile phones, radio has also become a great place for the community to call in and discuss local issues. Radio should be “more of a platform where farmers can interact with each other,” Kevin Perkins, the executive director of Farm Radio International, said in an interview with Food Tank. Radio ensures that the farmers’ voices are heard, he said.

In another recent project, Farm Radio International worked with radio stations in Tanzania to poll farmers about agricultural policies. The poll result from 9,000 farmers were shared with the President and the Minister of Agriculture. In this way, Farm Radio International showed that radio could not only disseminate news but also be a powerful voice for the people and an instigator of change.

Farm Radio International has tracked its progress and proved that its programming is successful. Farmers who hear their its programming are more likely to adopt new farming techniques than farmers who don’t. The organization’s success has garnered a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which made Africa feeding itself one of its 2030 goals in its recent 2015 annual letter. One day, internet access may be more universal and give farmers better and easier access to information. But for now, it’s low-tech, low-cost radio that is helping farmers grow.

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25.03.2015 The 'SOLO phone' music platform

Mfonobong Nsehe writing in Forbes:
Michael Akindele, a 30 year-old Nigerian, is a director and a co-founder of SOLO Phone, an experience-driven digital content and smartphone company focused on delivering the best content and services on the mobile platform to African consumers.
SOLO Phone, which was established in Nigeria in 2012, is an experience-driven mobile device manufacturer which aims to provide the best content and services to the African consumer at an affordable price. The company manufactures smartphones priced at $150, bundled with free music of up to 20 million songs licensed from Sony, Universal and Warner. SOLO also recently launched a Video-On-Demand App available to all Android devices in Nigeria which offers the latest Nollywood and Hollywood movies from global movie studios...[continue reading]

25.03.2015 Marriott International: How Does this Global Giant Tackle Sustainability?

Hemma Varma, Senior CSR Manager Europe at Marriott Hotels, at the SustainAbility office

The SustainAbility London office regularly invites practitioners from within our network to speak to the team over lunch to share insights from both their own work and on the sustainability landscape at large.

We were delighted to have Hemma Varma, Senior CSR Manager Europe at Marriott come in to talk to us about their sustainability strategy. Hemma’s focus is on managing partnerships with charities and advocacy groups, driving employee engagement and supporting Marriott’s 20/20 youth vision. With 350,000 staff worldwide and hotels in over 72 countries, the depth and diversity of sustainability issues that Marriott faces are vast, touching practically every facet of the corporate social responsibility spectrum.

Beginning as a family run business in 1927, Marriott has always stuck to its roots, placing great importance on community engagement and adopting the view that what it takes from the community, especially in terms of employees, it should give back. The founder’s philosophy, “Take care of our associates and they will take care of the customers” is now a widely accepted way of thinking in business but Marriott was embracing this value long before the terms ‘CSR’ or ‘employee engagement’ even existed.

However, what does a global giant in the hotel industry do to keep a few steps ahead, especially when there is so much to consider: from workforce development, product sustainability (just think of all the towels and cleaning products!) and food traceability to carbon emissions and human trafficking.

Hemma spoke in depth about youth unemployment, a growing concern in Europe today. She noted that it isn’t a lack of jobs that is the problem; it is a lack of skills, training and in some cases the right work ethic. With hundreds of vacancies in the network at any given time, Marriott set about tackling youth unemployment by setting a 20/20 youth vision for its European hotels: to create 20,000 career opportunities for young people aged 16-25. Through working with charitable partners such as the partnership with the Prince’s Trust, they have been able to reach out to nearly 600 young people, offering them promising career opportunities. “We hire attitude and personality and then we train them,” explains Hemma. Having started out with Marriott early on in her career, she has enjoyed over two decades with the hotel chain and understands the value of these career-defining opportunities for young people.

Reaching young people is not just part of Marriott’s recruitment and CSR strategy, it is also a marketing tool. With a traditional customer base of baby-boomers, Marriott, as part of its mission to become the world’s favourite travel company, is keen to expand its reach to a younger clientele. So, how do they market to the younger generation? “There is a big emphasis on new technologies,” says Hemma. “We recognise the importance of mobile optimisation and fast technology and have quickly adapted to respond – introducing mobile check in through our Marriott app, free WIFI in all our hotels for Marriott Rewards members, a careers app that enables fast and easy application for jobs and research – to name just a few”. Many of these practices have the added benefit of lowering energy and staff costs but there needs to be a careful balance says Hemma: “A human touch is important in hospitality as our associates are at the very heart of our business”.

Staff across the hotel chain embody a diversity of experiences and languages, which for Hemma is integral to the company’s culture. She explains “We celebrate our diversity and we want to embed it in our supply chain too.” The emphasis on diversity means buyers for the hotel are encouraged to seek out new suppliers, and invest in women, start-ups and the LGBT community.

There are, however, cultural differences that make supply chain practices sensitive to implement across the board. “It took years to remove shark-fin soup from our menus completely, largely due to sensitivities over cultural traditions and norms in China. It was a very slow moving process, but with the help of celebrity endorsement (from basketball player Yao Ming) we finally got there.” Similarly, Marriott has removed caged eggs from all its hotels and its ‘Future Fish’ campaign uses a traffic light system to make chefs more aware of the types of fish they can add to the menu.

There is certainly a lot of food for thought that a global hotel chain like Marriott has to consider in its sustainability efforts. While this is just a taster, we are grateful to Hemma for sharing fascinating insights into the hospitality world.

24.03.2015 Quality Secondary Education for Girls: How Do We Finance it at Scale?

The findings of the recently released Global Report on Out-of-School Children make a sobering read. Despite many achievements in providing access to primary education for children and young adults around the world, the fact remains that “around 63 million adolescents are denied their right to education.” Yet it is well documented that providing a quality […]

24.03.2015 57 – Some types of thinking observed in local government.

Originally posted on Local Government Utopia:
Posted by Whistler                                                                          580 words Image from http://caracaschronicles.com Convenient thinking. I think this is a preferred way of thinking for many people. It is the easiest. What is the quickest way to deal with this matter? Is there someone else who should be doing it?…

24.03.2015 Girl-power! From Guatemala to the United Nations

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Fifteen-year old Emelin found that passion and new life skills could bring her from fighting for girls’ health and education in Guatemala to speaking at the United Nations.

As a member of the indigenous group Maya Mam, Emelin grew up in the rural highlands of Guatemala, experiencing first-hand the challenges for young girls in her village.

"The biggest problems we face as adolescents in my community are early pregnancy, childbirth, sexual violation and lack of education and health care," Emelin told NPR.

In her village of Concepción Chiquirichapa, only 14 percent of girls finish secondary school. This and other factors have resulted in about half of all girls having their first child by the age of 18.

Emelin finally got the opportunity to voice her concerns when she got involved with Let Girls Lead.

Let Girls Lead and the Girls Empowerment Network are making it clear that empowering girls is essential to breaking the cycle of poverty. The two organizations foster girls’ leadership through advocacy, education, economic opportunities and storytelling. While focused on different geographic regions, both are working to create a platform for girls who face child marriage, malnourishment and sexual violence.

The two organizations teamed up last month in Malawi and achieved landmark success when their girl-powered campaign against child marriage resulted in raising the country’s legal age from 15 to 18 years old.

Through the help of an NGO-sponsored mentor, Juany Garcia Perez, Emelin and her friend, Elba, became well-versed in human rights, public speaking and community organizing. As their self-esteem grew, the girls began to mobilize community leaders to support drafting a new policy proposal that would transform education and health for girls in their village.

When Emelin and Elba marched up to the house of the town’s mayor, asking him to support their movement, their request was turned down with a laugh. Let Girls Lead staff, alongside a group of local girls, decided they needed to step up their game. Together they raised awareness of their campaign through newspapers, television, and radio.

Seven months later, the mayor was signing legislation to fund education and health initiatives for girls in the village.

The 2014 short film, PODER, follows Emelin and Elba on their journey as they found their voices within their community and implemented change. The film had its global premiere last week at the Commission on the Status of Women in New York City. That same day, Emelin spoke in front of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon about the obstacles girls face in her village and the progress made by working together.

As Emelin says in PODER, "Never underestimate the power of a girl!"

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24.03.2015 The rise of African superfoods

Lauren Said-Moorhouse, for CNN:
An episode from my African food map

An apple a day keeps the doctor away -- but is that enough to keep us fit and strong?

From kale to quinoa to goji berries, more and more of us are constantly on the lookout for ways to eat ourselves healthy.

But as the search for the so-called "superfoods" intensifies, many health food fanatics are now increasingly turning to nutrient-packed products originating from Africa.

The latest craze is the baobab -- known as "Africa's superfood," the sugar-free fruit is making its way into the mainstream thanks to its high levels of antioxidants, calcium, vitamin C and potassium.

But it's not just the baobab. For millennia, the continent's fertile lands have provided a bountiful supply of indigenous plants for food and medicine. Harnessing years of shared knowledge passed down through the generations, savvy foodies with an eye for business are now using local produce to create healthy dishes -- and make a fortune in the process.
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23.03.2015 10 Trends for 2015: The Clock Is Ticking for Energy Companies

Image © CC Paul Lowry

For over 25 years, companies have valued our ability to serve as their early warning system—to interpret emerging issues and trends in the sustainable development agenda and help them anticipate, understand, and respond to shifts in the business landscape. Our Ten Trends for 2015 series distills SustainAbility’s thinking over the past year and forecasts the issues that will shape the sustainable development agenda in 2015. This is the fourth in our series of blogs expanding upon these trends.

One of the biggest stories of 2014 was uncertainty across the energy sector, which is set to continue throughout 2015, a seminal year in the transition towards a sustainable global energy future due to the Paris climate negotiations in December 2015. Price volatility coupled with record gains in renewable energy provision, the rise of divestment from fossil fuel companies, and growing momentum for real emissions reductions is placing pressure on society to act quickly in the fight against climate change. No actor is more impacted by these changes than fossil fuel companies. The time has arrived for them to engage constructively around the provision of energy under emissions constraints and recognize their new role in society.

On the heels of record declines in the price per barrel of oil since last June, the opening months of 2015 have seen further turmoil in the energy markets. The interdependency between oil and natural gas has lead to an accompanying slide in the price of natural gas with further declines expected. Yet amidst struggles in the fossil fuel market, the rise of alternative energy solutions progresses. This is a once-in-a generation opportunity to develop the burgeoning global renewables market and, depending on the outcomes, the public could see new approaches to energy policy.

Even with this opportunity, supporters of renewables fear that governmental support for renewables projects will decline with the abundance of cheap fossil fuels. But these concerns don’t account for the growing provision of energy arising from alternative technologies, the decline in the price of clean technology, and the clash between necessary and anticipated climate change commitments from the Paris Conference of the Parties (COP) and antiquated energy policies. For example, recent regulations passed by the European Union (EU) require member countries to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 40% below their 1990 levels by 2030. An even starker deadline comes from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which states “the world’s energy system needs to be zero emissions by 2100 if policymakers are going to prevent warming of more than two degrees above pre-industrial levels.” Any delay in building the necessary infrastructure for the provision of renewable energy will make capital investment more expensive, and increase the likelihood of missing zero emissions targets.

Reinforcing the rise of renewables delivery and climate policy imperatives, the theory behind the carbon bubble –or fossil fuel energy sources which cannot be burnt if the world is to adhere to a given carbon budget—took hold amongst the investment community in 2014 and continues to build momentum in 2015. This concept has provided a tangible argument for keeping fossil fuels in the ground and enabling a growing movement focused on divesting from traditional energy companies. Oil and gas majors BP and Shell, while slow to acknowledge the concept, are under increasing pressure to view climate change as a risk to their business. In addition to questioning their impact on the carbon bubble, recent shareholder resolutions ask both companies to test whether their business models are compatible with the pledge to limit global warming to 2C.

As fossil fuel providers reflect on their business models and the world waits for a global climate change deal in Paris, it’s likely that this year will be an important one for energy companies to make significant changes to their energy approach, even if their progress is gradual.

23.03.2015 Global Ideas News Brief: Ebola, a year later

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Ebola

One Year Later, Ebola Outbreak Offers Lessons for Next Epidemic
NYT
One year has passed since the declaration of what became the largest Ebola outbreak in history, with more than 10,000 deaths.

How Ebola changed the world
BBC

This tiny virus, invisible to the naked eye, went on to kill more than 10,000 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in the 12 months that followed

Women

Keeping Women Out Of The Work Force Is Economic Nonsense
NPR
Gender equality is "humanity's biggest project," Lakshmi Puri told the U.N. this past week.

Westerners don't appreciate how amazing contraception is
The Guardian
The family planning privileges enjoyed by women in the west need to become universal if more women are going to have control over their destinies


Financial services

Religion and money: is Islamic banking the way forward for Ethiopians?
The Guardian
What happens when it’s not just a lack of physical banks preventing communities’ access to financial services, but ethical issues too?

Financial Inclusion: Stepping-Stone to Prosperity
Huffington Post
Two and a half billion people in the world do not have access to formal financial services. This includes 80 percent of the poor

Don't Blame the Banks
Foreign Affairs
How Overregulation Chokes the Flow of Remittances to Somalia

Health

School for Scaling
Stanford Social Innovation Review
A highly focused effort in Kenya to treat worm infections in children delivers lessons on how to expand a proven program.

Agribusiness

China's Marxist communal farming makes way for agribusiness
Los Angeles Times
The government is promoting the consolidation of family-farmed plots into large-scale, managed enterprises. In a word: agribusinesses.

African land grabs; we cannot expect companies and financiers to regulate themselves
The Guardian
Self-regulation has failed. The financing for agriculture projects in the global south needs stringent controls to stop families losing their land and livelihoods

Poverty

3 Ways Humans Create Poverty
Fast.Co.Exist
Poverty isn't just a fact of nature. We made it happen, and we can fix it.

The Power of the Powerless
Foreign Affairs
The politics of poverty at the Doha Round

Guest post: taking slave labour out of the supply chain
BeyondBrics
Many people think that slavery ended with the demise of the barbaric trans-Atlantic trade 150 years ago. But modern forms of slavery still exist.

 

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23.03.2015 Private Sector Has Important Role in Defeating Tuberculosis

The world has made great strides in improving global health, including in the fight against tuberculosis. Over the past 20 years, deaths from the disease have decreased by 45 percent and more than 37 million lives have been saved globally. It is not surprising, then, that tuberculosis is often thought of as “a disease of […]

23.03.2015 Hello $Cashtags: You can now donate to (RED)'s fight against AIDS using Square Cash

Today (RED) partner Square introduced $Cashtagsa unique identifier that allows people & businesses in the U.S. to get paid privately and securely through Square Cash. 

Square introduced Square Cash in 2013 as the fastest, easiest way to pay anyone. And now businesses can use Square Cash too -- Hello $Cashtags.

A $Cashtag is a special name you create that lets you get paid for whatever you do. You can share your $Cashtag with the world to let people know they can pay you safely & securely with Square Cash. 

We're so excited that you can donate to (RED)'s fight against AIDS using Square Cash with our $Cashtag $RED.  Some of you have already tried it out:
Just donated $1 to $RED using @SquareCash, easiest thing ever.
— Matt @Custom_Drywall (@Custom_Drywall) March 23, 2015
B/c <3 @RED & @SquareCash @Square ! cc @jack pic.twitter.com/2UaGYcZhQ1
— Diana (@tresbelle24) March 23, 2015
Just gave money to @RED. Couldn't have been any easier: http://t.co/tAU7kloQUb
— Alicia Burt (@Miss_Burt) March 23, 2015
I just donated to @RED’s $red cashtag via @SquareCash. You should consider donating as well. Every little bit helps.
— nineball (@nineball) March 23, 2015
You can donate to (RED)'s fight against AIDS from the Cash app or on the web at www.cash.me. As always, 100% of your donation goes directly to work on the ground. No overhead is taken.

Thank you Square for fighting AIDS with us.

23.03.2015 Bold in Action: Finding Answers for Families of the Missing

“I didn’t realize that coming to the U.S.-Mexico border, I was coming to a disaster scene.”

Meet 2014 Echoing Green Global Fellow Robin Reineke, co-founder of Colibrí Center for Human Rights. Robin’s team at Colibrí is working to ensure the families of those last seen trying to cross the border can have answers, and that the dead can be returned home for a proper, dignified burial. Learn more about Robin and Echoing Green’s Global Fellowship.

 

This video is part of a weekly series of portraits of Echoing Green Fellows. Learn about their organizations, their moments of obligation, and how Echoing Green supports their work, on our YouTube channel.

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23.03.2015 Twim Academy, A Vocational School

From Ashoka Changemakers, Twim Academy - A vocational school of media & creative arts:
The Problem

Unemployment is the biggest problem young Nigerians face. A fairly recent release from the country's National Bureau of Statistics put the youth unemployment figure at 54 percent. One of the strongest reasons why unemployment has persisted is the poor societal attitude towards vocational education. As such, schools churn out over a million graduates annually and many are unemployable as they do not have skills that are relevant to industries.

The Solution

Vocational education is the strongest solution to the problem of unemployment. If more people have useful skills, they can easily create opportunities for themselves and solve problems for which they can be paid in return. However, since the main reason why the adoption of vocational education has been rather sluggish is the societal misconception that white-collar employees are better off than people in vocational professions, massive public re-orientation is necessary. Successful role-model figures who have "made it" through vocational skills must also be show-cased. These re-orientation initiatives are already been done through our radio broadcasts. We hope to be able to do them on a much bigger scale.

22.03.2015 Take Action Today on World Water Day

March 22 is World Water Day. There are 748 million people who live without access to clean water. And clean water is needed to take the antiretroviral pills people living with HIV need to take every day.

Here are three organizations who are doing great work to solve the water crisis:

1.
charity:water



Help spark a conversation about the abundance and scarcity of water by sharing charity:water's new video with your friends and family.

2. Water.org
When you share one of your best moments – your wedding day, the day your baby was born, your 21st birthday – using the Donate A Photo app and tag it with #waterday, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 to Water.org up up to $50,000.

3. Whole World Water
Shop the exclusive House of Waris bracelet designed to give the WHOLE WORLD Water. 100% of the proceeds will be used to fund clean and safe water projects around the world.