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Hugh Whalan
Hugh has started three businesses in Africa focused on delivering energy to some of the poorest consumers on the planet. His last company, Impact Energies, was acquired by a NY based investment firm. He is currently CEO of PEG Ghana. He has been named a Young Global Leader
by the World Economic Forum.

He is passionate about social enterprise and destination entrepreneurs - everyday people starting interesting businesses in cool parts of the world. You can reach him at info{at}

Entries by Hugh Whalan

Get a Lawyer Son, Get a Real Good (and Pro Bono) One

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 4:49 PM

Too many for-profit social enterprises make one huge mistake in their first year... something that potentially costs them hundreds of thousands of dollars. They don't take the time to secure pro bono support.

I am a for-profit... why would I be able to get pro bono?

Earlier this year...

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The Danger of Demonizing Profit Making Companies That Serve the Poor

(2) Comments | Posted November 24, 2010 | 6:57 PM

In only a few years, microfinance in India has morphed from being a savior of the poor to the whipping boy of the press, and a poster child of exploitation of the vulnerable. According to Indian politicians and many in the press, the exploitation has been led by profit-making companies...

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Energy: The Ugly Duckling of the Development World?

(1) Comments | Posted October 19, 2010 | 4:20 PM

Is energy finally getting the attention it deserves?

In the year 2000, the United Nations (UN) announced eight Millennium Development Goals. Achieving these goals would put an end to the most serious development issues of our time, ranging from eradicating extreme poverty to eliminating gender inequality.

Clearly, energy...

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Getting Beyond a Million

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2010 | 12:01 PM

Running a social enterprise can be tough, and not only because you take a path less trodden. Being a social entrepreneur means you are often trying to figure out how to deliver vital products and services to communities that are extremely poor and isolated and who have little or no...

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Small Scale Green Energy Can Address Poverty in a Big Way

(2) Comments | Posted August 11, 2010 | 5:26 PM

You probably don't put much thought into the energy that makes your computer run, your microwave work, or your lights turn on. In fact, you probably struggle to remember how many times and ways you use energy in a day.

Our easy access to energy stands in stark contrast to...

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