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…

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…

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…

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…

Why Amazon Should Sponsor Teachers

By 2030, countries must recruit almost 69 million teachers to provide every child with primary and secondary education: 24.4 million primary school teachers and 44.4 million secondary school teachers. This is likely to be a huge effort for governments, especially looking at the current ratio students:teacher, which ranges from 29:1 (Southern Asia) to 60:1 (Sub-Saharan…

Want To Be An Entrepreneur? No Need for Initial Capital

In several emerging economies business is mainly run by entrepreneurs. They are men and women, often below 44 years old, who see growth opportunities in challenging situations. In other words, they represent the backbone of their economy. However, their road to the market is often paved with obstacles, especially when they attempt to take innovative solutions…

Cooled and Sparked Entrepreneurship

Electrification is one key to progress – yet the single hardest thing to achieve. Millions of people in rural areas throughout the world are excluded from electricity supply, this is inspite the fact that electricity plays such a vital role in basic progress. There are many reasons why electrification in rural areas is lacking. In…