How Mobile Tech is Transforming Africa

By Sarah Martin For years analysts have said that “Africa is Rising,” but now it’s really happening. With an expanding population and steady economic growth, social enterprise in Africa is today seeing real returns on investment. This “double-bottom line” success …

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Innovation in Africa

Recently Mal Warwick posted an article here highlighting the widespread innovation in sub-Saharan Africa (“Who are the innovators?” May 10, 2014).  In the same vein, a South African technology writer named Toby Shapshak (pictured at right) recently delivered a TED …

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Where are impact investors putting their money?

Farmers seeking credit to install solar power systems and “even innovators in education, with fairly tried-and-tested models, have had to trudge difficult paths” to obtain credit in India, according to an article today in India’s Economic Times by Naren Karunakaran.  Why? Because …

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Who are the innovators?

By Mal Warwick Innovation is alive and well among entrepreneurs – but not so much where you’d expect. Take Silicon Valley, for example – a place long considered virtually synonymous with innovation. Twelve companies originating from that hotbed of invention …

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Pay-as-you-go technology for the rural poor

“How M-KOPA unlocked pay-as-you-go solar in rural Kenya” is a recent article for the website Gigaom by Katie Fehrenbacher about the growth of a fascinating rural solar business that uses Kenya’s home-grown banking-by-text system, M-PESA. The cost reported in this article (US$0.46 per …

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Will Google take the lead in ending world poverty?

Recently Paul Polak wrote open letter to Google CEO Larry Page. Paul called for the company to spearhead an intensive, 15-year-long effort to build a network of businesses serving 100 million $2-a-day customers in one region or country, employing Google technology as infrastructure …

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Will ending poverty increase global warming?

By Mal Warwick The following article was posted in Paul Polak’s blog on the Huffington Post on March 31, 2014.    What is progress? If you ask this question of most Americans, they’ll probably say something that implies continuing growth …

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An Open Letter to Larry Page

Dear Larry, In your recent conversation with Charlie Rose at TED, you said you’d rather hand over your cash to Elon Musk (Tesla, SpaceX, Solar City) instead of donating it to a philanthropic organization.  I understand the sentiment. The nonprofit …

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