Kiva’s efforts to alleviate poverty and enhance economic opportunity around the world has come a long way in a short time. Leveraging “collective good and new technologies,” Kiva’s microfinance crowdfunding platform now reaches out to more than 1 million people in more than 65 countries.
March 22 is World Water Day and UNICEF is taking its New York City-based Tap Project global in an all-out campaign to raise money and awareness to ensure that the world’s children have safe water to drink. With the help of advertising company Drog5, they’ve turned Facebook into a water network that has the potential to go global.
The South Asian nation of Bhutan has been working toward a completely sustainable model for its agriculture for some years. In February it announced that it was going 100 percent organic. It’s a bold statement – and may be just what the world needs to inspire sustainable change – if Bhutan can make the transition.
Can corporate social responsibility (CSR) in India have a central role in the transformation of this dynamic yet challenged land? At a macro level, India’s transformation has been an impressive and inspiring story the past decade. Visiting the country recently, I could see why India has become a hub of innovation: at a core level, … Continued
Ford recently wrapped up a pilot project that explored rural health care access as a means to expand its corporate social responsibility (CSR) in India.
Unilever, as part of its Sustainable Living Plan, has ramped up its Lifebuoy brand’s handwashing campaign in the fight against early childhood mortality.
A small Guatemalan renewable energy company wants to change the way solar is sold to low-income rural families, saying that the popular and historically efficient microloan system is too slow in some areas of Central America. To show how committed it is to this idea, the company has created a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo that is gaining steam.
Since California’s cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases officially entered into force this year, many have focused on its cost to businesses – particularly energy companies and industry. However, California consumers will actually start seeing some rewards – even in disadvantaged communities.
If there is one NGO that makes miracles of lemonade out of lemons, it would be the Niramaya Health Foundation in Mumbai, India.
With seemingly countless examples of communities catalyzing clean energy solutions for themselves, the time is ripe to promote divestment from fossil fuels and investment into marginalized communities – supporting their transition to a new economy that fosters economic prosperity alongside environmental sustainability and positive social impact.