There is an enormous business opportunity for solar energy in sub-Saharan Africa, and it can be harnessed by the most unlikely entrepreneurs: women in some of the poorest and most remote communities. This is according to Katherine Lucy, the CEO and founder of Solar Sister. Since 2009, the nonprofit has helped women involved in the industry by helping them build businesses selling solar-powered products.
In a country starved for resources with a crippled public health system, one nonprofit is determined to make more of Haiti’s health-care facilities affordable, sustainable and resilient to natural catastrophes.
India’s Supreme Court has directed the government to conduct an audit of more than 3 million charities in the country, many of which have received millions of dollars of state funds, but have failed to show where the money was spent.
When a city’s infrastructure and services are ineffective, it may feel good for its citizens to rant on social media about it. Will it make the services better? Probably not. That’s where technology comes in. A team of developers partnering with the government of Indonesia’s capital Jakarta developed an app so citizens can channel their social media savviness to monitor public services.
Cooking over an open fire or with traditional cookstoves are common practices worldwide that some experts say kill millions of people every year, through indoor air pollution, and cause massive environmental impacts from natural resource depletion to climate change. This has led to an international movement to build a better, cleaner cookstove, that some say is as much contributing to the problem as it is trying to solve it.
Mobile money is more than a way to send and receive money. For some people, it is a path out of poverty – particularly for women. A new study in Kenya found that the M-PESA mobile money platform lifted 194,000 households out of poverty.
As world leaders and the development sector move to end extreme poverty by 2030, while dealing with unprecedented migration, global disease pandemics and climate change, everyone is wondering: What will development look like in the face of nationalist shifts in the Western World?
When President-elect Donald Trump was accused of not paying federal income taxes, he responded by saying, “That makes me smart.” It’s a testament to the structural problem that exists globally today: vast inequality between rich and poor.
Living Goods’ community health promoters helped reduce child mortality by 27 percent and infant mortality by 33 percent. Neonatal mortality also was 27 percent lower, overall health knowledge improved and people were more likely to take preventive health measures compared to areas without community health promoters, according to the randomized control trial.
The longstanding criticism for giving poor people money is that they will waste it on alcohol and tobacco. A new review of 30 studies from Latin America, Africa and Asia disproves that notion. In fact, people spend less on “temptation goods” after receiving a cash transfer.