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Submitted by PaulineVerhaeghe on Wed, April 1, 2015
  “I told them that it was unsustainable, that something had to change. Six months later, the school burnt down to the ground.” Stories of change often begin with something radical, but Lennart Nilsson’s experience took ‘starting from scratch’...
Submitted by PaulineVerhaeghe on Fri, March 27, 2015
On December 30th 2007, President Mwai Kibaki was once again sworn in as President of Kenya, despite the claims to victory of his rival: Raila Odinga. As a consequence riots erupted across Kenya, resulting in the deaths of 1,200 people and a further...
Submitted by PaulineVerhaeghe on Fri, March 20, 2015
We often talk about the statistics around low-income households—how much they live on per day, what percentage of that income goes to basic survival—but those stats are rarely accompanied by an in-depth look at the daily financial lives of the poor...
Submitted by PaulineVerhaeghe on Fri, March 20, 2015
International conversation around food in Africa has traditionally been one of doom and decline. In 2012 the World Bank declared the average life expectancy at birth to be 56 years in sub-saharan Africa. One third of all children suffering from...
Submitted by PaulineVerhaeghe on Thu, March 12, 2015
Just over 20 years ago, Robert Kaplan wrote a stark warning about the mounting strategic danger posed by an anarchic, uncontrollable, “increasing lawlessness” in West Africa. He argued that a sort of ‘criminal anarchy’ was emerging as a major...
Submitted by PaulineVerhaeghe on Thu, March 5, 2015
For more than 30 years, Ashoka has been selecting and supporting social innovators around Africa. In addition to championing these leaders of change, we are now working to support primary and secondary schools that are  offering...
Submitted by PaulineVerhaeghe on Mon, March 2, 2015
Francis Ssuuna is a young social entrepreneur and a member of the Butterfly Project in Kampala, Uganda, training social entrepreneurship to young Ugandans from remote rural villages and disadvantaged urban slum districts,...
Submitted by PaulineVerhaeghe on Thu, February 26, 2015
We hear it all the time. Investors invest in people, not products or ideas. Marty Zwilling, a veteran start-up mentor, describes people as the great competitive advantage. I wonder what the non-profit world might learn from people like him? The...
Submitted by PaulineVerhaeghe on Thu, February 26, 2015
  When my son was 3 years old, he was run over by an 84-year-old driver who said he thought he hit a dog. That was 27 years ago, and even though Ryan survived a traumatic brain injury, for years, I refused to talk about it. But through the...
Submitted by PaulineVerhaeghe on Thu, February 26, 2015
I founded Street Workout as a teenager, as a way to stay away from toxic habits and challenge old stereotypes. Youth – in particular, minorities – face numerous obstacles growing up and I wanted to do something to help. Street Workout was, for me...