An Unlikely Plant Could Fuel Africa’s Economic Engine


A startup in Kenya is producing an entire product line of sustainable goods from the inside the otherwise useless croton nut.

Why Ordinary People Need to Understand Power

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Simply to hoping that your efforts will solve whatever problem you’re trying to tackle isn’t enough. Unless you understand power—what it is, how to acquire it, and how to wield it—you will always be at the mercy of those who do.

What Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know Before They Talk to the Press

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Attracting attention isn’t just good for social enterprises; it’s critical to their survival. Few things can help accomplish that like a great media interview. But you’ll have to know how to make the most of it.

A Hyper-Local Model for a Global Water Problem


Father-son startup in Africa combines banking and franchising strategies to bring clean drinking water to millions in the next five years.

Ugandan Startup Saves Time and Money—and Lives


Wana Energy Solutions is moving Ugandans away from charcoal and wood to liquid gas, which requires less time, costs less money, and sharply reduces indoor air pollution and all of the attendant health risks.

Why Teaching Grandmothers to Code isn’t a Crazy Idea

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A common belief is that it is only the young who can innovate. But we may be better off motivating and empowering older workers. They are the ones who are best equipped to solve the big problems.

Solar Startup Powers More Than Just Homes

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The founder of Village Energy says his Ugandan solar-power startup is a means to an end. “It’s not about the technology. It’s ‘What is the development challenge out in the communities? Where can we have an impact?’”

The Questions We Share

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Questions that have the potential to produce rich explorations and solve big problems too often devolve into shouting matches that increase anger and mistrust. Here’s a way to frame conversations so that people actually listen to one another.

How Biomass Charcoal Could Help Save Ugandan Forests


“One of the best ways to understand the challenges to development in Uganda,” says Vincent Kienzler, “was to actually develop an organization in Uganda.” And so Kienzler and fellow Frenchman […]

The Investment Logic for Sustainability

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If you need further evidence that the principles of corporate social responsibility boost the bottom line, Chris McKnett lays out just how many companies are paying more attention to environmental and social strategies—and how that’s increasing current profits and boosting future outlooks.