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Sub Saharan Africa

An Energy Boost Is Needed If We Are to Address the Refugee Crisis

Mattia Vianello | Posted 11.17.2015 | Impact
Mattia Vianello

No households in Goudoubo camp had access to electricity and 90 percent cooked with firewood using inefficient cookstoves. Demand for wood is speeding up the ongoing process of desertification in an area where climate change is already biting.

How Africa Is Hacking Its Energy Crisis

Laura Ling | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Laura Ling

With greater investment in alternative energy innovation, strong political will within Africa and outside its borders, and an end to endemic corruption, Africa could become a leader in sustainability, lighting the way for all of us.

Ensuring Sustainability for Philanthropic Investments With Data

Verna Eggleston | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact
Verna Eggleston

We all knew we were investing time and resources, but were funding and serving people and addressing critical issues with limited resource information -- and we didn't have access to information that could be shared to increase the impact we were making.

When, If Ever, Will We See an "African Spring"?

Spencer Mariotti | Posted 10.05.2015 | Teen
Spencer Mariotti

There are more parallels between the historic Arab Spring and the current sociopolitical state of Sub-Saharan Africa than an apparent shared affinity for arson.

Global Poverty Will Hit New Low This Year, World Bank Says

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 10.23.2015 | World

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Four Ways to Solve the Education Crisis Facing Sub-Saharan Africa

Atti Worku | Posted 09.28.2015 | Education
Atti Worku

The United Nations General Assembly will today meet to adopt its post-2015 development agenda, and one of the three resolutions it seeks to pass is resolution 65/1: Keeping the Promise: United to Achieve Millennial Development Goals.

If a Tree Falls on a Dirt Road, Will Rural People Get Water?

Alexander Eaton | Posted 09.09.2015 | Impact
Alexander Eaton

Local leaders are best suited to install and maintain water and sanitation projects. Over the last seven years, a local Ethiopian organization installed more than 3,500 water projects in northern Ethiopia, bringing clean water to more than 1.2 million people.

Empower Your Youth, Solve Your Ills: Cultivating Innovation in the 21st Century with IBM

Maya Horgan | Posted 08.20.2015 | Technology
Maya Horgan

For developing nations in particular, opportunity lies in the minds of its inhabitants. Most importantly, youth inhabitants.

What President Obama Didn't Say to the People of Africa

Stephen Peel | Posted 08.04.2015 | World
Stephen Peel

Surely there must be one or two African leaders who have the vision to take their country down the proven path of modernization via the development of a tradable goods manufacturing sector, providing a precedent for others to follow.

Opportunities for Microfinance in Sub-Saharan Africa

Geri Spieler | Posted 06.19.2015 | Business
Geri Spieler

A burgeoning market for micro financial institutions (MFI) is set to take hold. The Sub-Saharan African low-income market is set to explode by 25 percent in 2015. Currently 863 million people live in 47 countries.

African Design Deluge

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 05.29.2015 | Business
Jens Martin Skibsted

There are few that don't have an opinion when it comes to judging the value of design in today's companies. Silicon Valley powerhouse Apple undoubtedly cashed in on design and many newcomers are doing so too. Imagine Uber and Airbnb for instance without design thinking.

Gender Equality Can't Be Ignored If We Want Global Progress: Report

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact

There's no other option: Gender equality has to become a priority for the world to reach development goals in the coming years, according to one inter...

Findex: Sub-Saharan Africa Continues to Be the Leading Frontier of Financial Inclusion

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 05.21.2015 | Impact
Tilman Ehrbeck

Half of the world's population lives and works in the informal economy - not by choice, but by necessity. In the language of economists, poor families in developing countries are consumption-smoothing households and capital-consuming, self-employed entrepreneurs at the same time.

Why the Earth Is an Investment Opportunity

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

Clean water, clean air and the steady access to food are all in limited supply, and are being depleted at alarming rates. And a rapidly growing, urbanized global middle-class is living and working in ways that are accelerating consumption of those already scarce resources.

United Methodist Church Raises Millions In Small Donations To Fight Malaria

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.23.2015 | Religion

The United Methodist Church gave $9.6 million on Wednesday to the Global Fund, a health-focused nonprofit based in Geneva, to help the group fight mal...

Shaping a Post-2015 Global Education Agenda

Brian Gallagher | Posted 06.22.2015 | Education
Brian Gallagher

Despite the increase in access to education in the region, nearly 29 million primary school aged children were out of school -- accounting for over half of out-of-school youth around the world.

Can PRI Finance Unlock Clean Energy Access?

Justin Guay | Posted 06.13.2015 | Green
Justin Guay

Photo courtesy of UK DFID Access to finance is the largest near-term barrier to ending energy poverty for hundreds of millions around the world -- an...

Let's Have "The Talk": African Youth Are Not Shying Away From Sex

Barry Segal | Posted 04.19.2015 | Impact
Barry Segal

Sex education has typically been an extracurricular activity in Ugandan schools, and not part of the syllabus. This is often how rumors and myths spread among uninformed youth.

HIV-Related Breakthroughs, Habits and Statistics Point to Need for Preventive Medicine Education

Ashley Wren Collins | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Ashley Wren Collins

The solution to combatting the ignorance and rising numbers of HIV infected individuals will always come down first and foremost to the practice of preventive medicine, which begins with education.

Radical Islam Is A Growing Threat To Sub-Saharan Christians: Report

Reuters | TOM HENEGHAN | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion

* Many more Christians killed in Nigeria, Central Africa * Pressure grow on Christians from Hindus, Buddhists also * Mor...

Migration for the Good

Monique Barbut | Posted 02.16.2015 | World
Monique Barbut

Have the migration debates erupting all over the world all missed a crucial point? Climate change is pulling the rug from under poor rural people's feet; destroying their natural resources and taking away their ability to decide their own fate.

Botswana: Makgadikgadi Pans Unexpected Delights in the Wilderness

Geetika Jain | Posted 12.09.2014 | Travel
Geetika Jain

Rhe great pans relent and reveal their riches -- the luminous morning light in the broadest horizon unmarked by the slightest scribble of grass, rare wild species such as bat-eared foxes, aardwolves, aardvarks and meerkats.

This 17-Year-Old Has Given 45 African Girls An Education By Selling Headbands

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact

About five years ago, Mary Grace Henry of Harrison, New York, asked for a sewing machine for her birthday. She wanted to design and sell headbands to ...

Improving Access to Knowledge, Finance, Technology and Markets, for Small and Growing Food Companies in Africa

Liz Wilson | Posted 01.17.2015 | Impact
Liz Wilson

Farmers working in rain-fed agricultural systems notice when the rains are late. Standing in unexpectedly dry fields in 42 degrees Celsius heat in early November, this is just one of many variables for Zambian smallholder farmer Veronica Banda to manage.

Caroline Can't Wait

Barry Segal | Posted 01.18.2015 | Impact
Barry Segal

This is a guest post by David Auerbach, co-founder of Sanergy, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Sanergy is a Segal Family Foundation partner.