Tackling Fuel Poverty with Innovative Solutions


Ashoka and the Schneider Electric Foundation, in partnership with Enel, recently awarded the 5 most innovative solutions to tackle fuel poverty and promote energy sustainability in Europe. Fuel poverty has become a major problem in Europe.

Ashoka and Schneider Electric Foundation Support Social Entrepreneurs to Tackle European Fuel Poverty

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In the past decade, fuel poverty has become a major challenge in Europe, where 50 to 125 million people are considered to be living in fuel poverty. One of the most serious consequences of fuel poverty is related to health. Insufficient heating affects the living conditions and health of households. Then, the poor insulation of houses, combined with inappropriate secondary heating, affects greenhouse gas emissions.

Food Security and Sustainable Nutrition is Achievable, but We Cannot Do It Alone

By Helen Medina

Global hunger is on the rise again affecting 11 percent of the population. At the same time, multiple forms of malnutrition are threatening the health of millions worldwide. According to The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) Report, approximately 200 million children aged under five are stunted or suffer from wasting. This is a challenge that business can help solve but innovate partners are required.

Social Entrepreneur - What Would You Do with 400,000 Swiss Francs?

By Christian Frutiger, Head of Global Public Affairs at Nestlé

The world’s population continues to expand. According to the UN, more than 9 billion people will live on the planet by 2050. Along with improvements in life expectancy, there are many more mouths to feed. Access to good nutrition, safe water sources and economic opportunities are needed to meet the challenge of our growing population. Innovative solutions will enable us to tackle poverty, disease and malnutrition.

Return of the Hack(athon 4Good)

This year's Hackathon 4Good brings together employees, developers and customers to create innovative solutions for NetSuite's partners Ashoka and Juma Ventures.

The Hack is Back! And by Hack, we mean the Hackathon 4Good, our one-day competition that brings together NetSuite developers, partners and customers to develop innovative solutions on the NetSuite platform to the challenges posed by two of our nonprofit partners. Back for its third year, the Hackathon 4Good is set for May 16th from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., the first day of SuiteWorld, NetSuite’s annual customer conference in San Jose, Calif.

Ashoka Expands its Global Social Impact with Pro Bono Volunteers


Regina Agyare feels passionately about bringing local Ghanaian women and girls into information and communications technology (ICT) by providing them with the role models and tools to change them from consumers to creators of technology.

Ashoka EIR Kicks Off Pro Bono Week 2014 with Taproot Foundation


Ashoka's Executive in Residence program, a global leader in matching corporate executives with top social entrepreneurs for impactful pro bono placements, is partnering with Taproot Foundation for its second annual Pro Bono Week. Pro Bono Week is a global celebration of the pro bono ethic across all professions that use their talents to make a difference.

General Electric and Ashoka Changemakers Award $75K to Innovators Advancing Economic Equality for Women in the Middle East and North Africa


The winners of the Women Powering Work: Innovations for Economic Equality competition, sponsored by General Electric and Ashoka Changemakers will each receive US $25,000 in unrestricted funding to support their innovative solutions for advancing economic opportunities for women in the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey or Pakistan.

The winners are:

Two Innovations Changing The Tech Landscape For Women In MENA


The Middle East and North Africa is home to a growing number of women who are, uncharacteristically, demanding equal citizenship and a greater role in society. The impetus? Women are getting educated—and getting online.

12 Initiatives Working to Empower Women in the Middle East


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