Vikas Vij

Vikas Vij
Vikas is a staff writer for the Sustainable Development news and editorial section on Justmeans. He is an MBA with 20 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience and global travel. He is the author of "The Power of Money" (Scholars, 2003), a book that presents a revolutionary monetary economic theory on poverty alleviation in the developing world. Vikas is also the official writer for an international social project for developing nations "Decisions for Life" run in collaboration between the ILO, the University of Amsterdam and the Indian Institute of Management.

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5 years 10 months ago

Vandrevala Foundation, an Indian social enterprise promoted by a construction firm Hirco, has launched its 24x7 Mental Health helpline in New Delhi. The helpline operations have been launched in association with St. Stephen’s Hospital, the Emmanuel Hospital Association and the Mar Thoma Church. This initiative is a part of the foundation’s efforts to reach out and deliver medical assistance to the maximum number of patients, particularly those who belong to the underprivileged sections of the society.

New Delhi’s Chief Minister Sheila Dixit...


5 years 10 months ago

CHF International, a leading non-profit global development organization, in association with Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist.org, has highlighted the key role microfinance can play in creating socially innovative solutions for Middle East and North Africa.

More than 30 percent of the population in Middle East and North Africa is between the age group 15 and 29. This represents over 100 million youth in this region, making it critically important to create about 40 million jobs over the next decade merely to maintain pace with the youth bulge. In absence of socially innovative and...


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The fifth annual Youth Social Entrepreneur (YSE) Competition organized by Staples and Ashoka has announced its winners from among hundreds of entries received from more than 50 countries worldwide. Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) and Ashoka, a global community of leading social entrepreneurs has instituted this annual competition to highlight youth-led social enterprises that address pressing social issues affecting their communities, using social innovation and technology.

The competition is a part of Ashoka’s Youth Venture, which is an...


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Hapinoy, an innovative social enterprise from Philippines, is among the five winners of the coveted title of “Asian Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2011” awarded by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. The winners were announced at the Annual Meeting of New Champions in Dalian, People’s Republic of China, where leading social entrepreneurs from over 50 countries converged together.

Bam Aquino and Mark Ruiz of Hapinoy say, “We look at getting the Asian Social Entrepreneur of the Year award more as a validation of our work in the...


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Driptech is a unique social enterprise quietly working to reduce poverty by developing affordable, water-efficient irrigation systems for small-plot farmers in rural parts of the developing world. In a world where almost 600 million small farmers subsist on less than five acres of land, access to affordable and reliable sources of irrigation is critical. The vicious circle of poverty continues unbroken when the small farmers do not get access to affordable irrigation and are unable to achieve optimal productivity.

This is where a social...


5 years 10 months ago

PresenTense, a volunteer-run group of Jewish social entrepreneurs and innovators has announced the launch of 13 social entrepreneurship fellowships in 10 major cities. The cities include Washington DC, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Boston, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Moscow. Dozens of new social entrepreneurial ventures are expected to be launched in these cities with the help of the PresenTense fellowships.

The fellowships follow a PresenTense-developed process, and are owned and by managed by local partners in every...


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Social innovation essentially means developing innovative solutions to some of the most intractable problems facing the society, such as poverty, unemployment and a sustainable environment. Less than a decade ago, social innovation was a term largely unheard of. However, today it is the buzzword that everyone from politicians to businessmen to young college goers, are keen to use as an answer to the world’s thorniest problems.

One main thrust of social innovation is through social entrepreneurship. It strives to arrive at solutions that are...


5 years 10 months ago

The Indian social entrepreneur Harish Hande won the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award 2011 for his path-breaking work in the field of solar energy. He is quietly dispelling the Western myth that renewable energy is unaffordable and impractical for an average householder.

Harish Hande is the co-founder of Solar Electric Light Company of India (SELCO). Hande graduated from India’s premier engineering institute Indian Institute of Technology and the University of Massachusetts. His focus has been the socioeconomics of technology implementation...


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A conference at Santa Clara University on October 19 will feature 15 global socially responsible companies that will be honored with the 2011 Tech Awards for their enterprising use of technology to benefit humanity. The awards will be conferred by The Tech Museum in association with Applied Materials and Santa Clara University. The conference will examine factors that drive the success of social enterprises.

The Nexus Conference will include a keynote presentation by the CEO of Lifeline Energy, Kristine Pearson. Kristine, a former Tech laureate,...


5 years 10 months ago

Paul Polak has been a social entrepreneur long before the term came into vogue. He designs socially innovative products for millions of people who are a part of the “Bottom of the Pyramid” (BoP). Polak established a social enterprise called International Development Enterprises (IDE) in 1981 to seek solutions through business and social innovation for the BoP.

Water has been the focal point of Polak’s attention these days. Water-access continues to remain one of the thorniest issues for the developing world, despite the presence of public water...


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