How Paparazzi Can Help Reforestation

About 1.6 billion people in the world are directly dependent on forests, as they provide livelihoods, business opportunities and energy generation. However, taking a broader perspective, we are all “forest people”, as forests present a cornerstone to respond to climate change. Despite this pressing importance, it is well known that forests throughout the world are…

Update on Timber-Paparazzis: Progress and Learnings

It has been a while since we last updated our business models for impact, nevertheless we worked on several projects and have some exciting news and learnings about the “paparazzi” business model to share: The idea got funded In partnership with the NGO Fairventures Worldwide we applied for the Google Impact Challenge Germany. After several…

Moving Solid Waste to the Right Place – Latest Progress

In our previous post on waste management, we explored the causes and effects of unaccounted for solid waste (SW) in cities in low-income countries and briefly introduced our idea of leveraging satellite and drone-based imagery to address this challenge. Since then, we investigated this issue even deeper, by conducting in-person interviews and organizing a virtual…

Solution: How Data Helps Bringing Clean Energy to Refugee Camps

Today, gathering data on energy in refugee camps is quite a tough job… Most of the statistical data on energy in refugee camps that is available today has been collected in recent years. To do so, a handful of dedicated staff of the large humanitarian or development aid agencies, governments, or researchers working for international…

Challenge: How Data Helps Bringing Clean Energy to Refugee Camps

As illustrated in the seminal report of the Moving Energy Initiative, 80% of the 8.7 million refugees and displaced people living in camps have “absolutely minimal access to energy, with high dependence on traditional biomass for cooking and no access to electricity”. Thereby, they fall into ‘Tier 0’ in the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All)…

Hey T-shirt, Tell Me About Your Journey!

“Fashion is the second most polluted industry”. “No, it’s the fifth”. In both cases, what matters is that fashion is characterised by profound ethical, environmental and employment issues. As a consequence of the rapid acceleration of globalisation, the fashion industry has a highly competitive structure that not only puts pressure on costs, but also on…

How Netflix Could Find Tomorrow’s Women Engineers

STEM fields (i.e., Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) enable us to find solutions to threats posed by global challenges such as climate change, health epidemics and water waste. Essentially, they are crucial for sustainable development. Despite rising demand for STEM professionals, women are often underrepresented in these fields. Studies show that they only constitute 21%…

What Rhymes with Sustainable Development? Business Models!

“What can we do that would make lives better for millions of poor people around the world without getting into their economies in the way that we’re doing by giving huge sums of money to their governments?”. This is the question raised by Nobel prize winner Angus Deaton when looking at the often ineffective, or…

Digital Payments For Agriculture Financing

In Uganda, statistics show that more than 70% of adult Ugandans work in Agriculture. Mainly practicing subsistence farming which means they grow food for home use. This is common in other parts of sub-Saharan Africa at large. For most of these small-holder farmers, attaining agricultural financing to transform themselves from subsistence to commercial farming is…