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Plant Turns ‘Killer Lake’ Gases into Power in Rwanda

A methane gas plant on the Rwandan side of Lake Kiva could mitigate health risks while providing renewable power to an energy-starved region.
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Judge Rules South African Gold Miners Can Pursue Class-Action Suit

In a historic decision for South Africa, a Johannesburg judge ruled that thousands of gold miners can progress with a class-action lawsuit against…
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Corruption is Destroying the Social Fabric of the Middle East and North Africa

According to a survey conducted by Transparency International, 1 in 3 citizens in the Middle East and North Africa reported paying at least…
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The Case for Universal Basic Income

“For a long time, we assumed that the poor could not be trusted to make decisions for themselves," said Michael Faye, co-founder of…
Elizabeth Mukwimba is a 62-year-old Tanzanian woman who now has solar lighting and electricity in her home thanks to the M-Power off-grid system. But tech innovation is just the start. To make a real impact, organizations need to emphasize community outreach as well.

Extreme Innovation Meets Behavioral Economics

For humanitarian aid groups, tech innovation is just the start. To make a real impact, organizations need to teach communities how items like…
Barbie Savior, Instagram, social media, Africa, voluntourism, Ethiopia, Taylor Swift, Leon Kaye, travel

Hilarious ‘Barbie Savior’ Instagram Highlights the Dark Side of Voluntourism

A hilarious Instagram account called Barbie Savior has gone viral, with depictions of the Mattel beauty that mock those who have put helping…
Nespresso, coffee pods, South Sudan, USAID, fair trade, Leon Kaye, coffee

Hope for South Sudan’s Coffee Farmers with Nespresso-USAID Partnership

USAID is teaming up with coffee pod giant Nespresso and the NGO TechnoServe to revitalize South Sudan's coffee industry. The three organizations will…
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Running Without Shoes: Plight of the Smallholder Farmer

Imagine you had to run a 10 km race without running shoes. Certainly you would make do with what you had, but you…
Lights On Africa

From Masai Runaway to Eco-Entrepreneur

Peniel Laizer began his social enterprise while still working for someone else. After three years of work, fueled by a mission to promote…
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Founders of Bené Scarves Offer Advice to (Eco)Fashionpreneurs

Bené Scarves is an ethical fashion and lifestyle brand that is committed to empowering girls in Ghana through education. Co-founders Michelle Blue and…
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Akon’s Vision To Grow Solar Power Across Africa

Artist and R&B singer Akon took fans and the business industry by surprise in late 2015 when he announced his vision to bring…
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Welcome 3p’s New Mascot: Mwashoti the Elephant

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is one of the most successful elephant rescue and rehabilitation centers in the world. They have successfully hand-raised…
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Electrify Africa: Balancing Energy Access and Long-Term Sustainability

New energy development, spurred by the recently passed Electrify Africa Act, is set to significantly increase access to affordable power for millions throughout…
Miller Center executive director Thane Kreiner posing with young social entrepreneurs in West Africa.

Social Entrepreneurship and Development: Observations from West Africa

Thane Kreiner of the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University recently returned from a trip to Ghana and Sierra Leone.…
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Power in the Sahara: World’s Largest Solar Plant Opens in Morocco

The king of Morocco officially launched the first phase of the world's largest concentrated solar power plant, the Noor Complex. When finished, the…
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