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Hope for Orphans and Widows Community Association (HOWCA)

Hope for Orphans and Widows Community Association (HOWCA) is a Ugandan NGO established in the wake of the war in the north that left many widows and orphans without basic resources. The organisation trains widows in micro-business skills, helps them with small business loans to start or boost ...

Rotary Club of Accra Ridge

The Rotary Club of Accra Ridge, based in Accra, Ghana, belongs to the worldwide family of Rotary International and was admitted into Rotary on the 24th March, 2009 with club identification number 81689, within District 9100. It currently has an active membership of 26 with an average age of 33....

Voluntary Integration for Education and Welfare of Society (VIEWS)

Voluntary Integration for Education and Welfare of Society (VIEWS) is an Indian NGO working in Odisha. The organisation aims to improve the living conditions of the poor and marginalized by adopting strategies through community collective initiative and people's participation. Interventions are...

Technological Empowerment for Africa (TEFA)

Technological Empowerment for Africa (TEFA)is an NGO in Kenya established to help poor communities overcome the barriers of marginalisation through the provision of clean water (digging, deepening or repairing wells), capacity building, developing micro-finance, green energy, technology and...

Voice of Grace Foundation (VGF)

The Voice of Grace Foundation is a women's NGO in Cameroon. The organisation aims to empower rural and urban women and single teenage mothers economically, create awareness and sensitize them on issues pertaining to their rights (health, sexual reproduction and education), to encourage...

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Start-up capital for firstborn entrepreneurs in Kenya

First Comes First (FCF) is a Kenyan organization that seeks to bring together all firstborn children from every family and to help them improve their welfare despite the pressure that comes with the responsibility of being the first blood in the family. The organization is a peace ambassador, an...

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SELCO makes solar-lighting accessible to poor families in India

SELCO India is a Bangalore‐based social enterprise that makes solar lighting technology accessible to economically impoverished people in India.

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Private sector involvement makes aid more effective

A recent article on the Guardian UK's "Poverty Matter's Blog" written by Peter Davis, a research fellow in the ODI's private sector and markets programme, highlights the importance of private sector involvement on aid effectiveness.

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Partnership between UNDP and World LP Gas Association provides clean energy to rural areas of Morocco

In many developing countries, including Morocco, there is still a high dependence on traditional biomass fuel in rural areas, which has many negative consequences, such as deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions, health issues and gender inequality. Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) represents a safe and...

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Uganda: Kampala to get Sh480 Million to Ensure Success of a Sanitation Project

The Ministry of Water and Environment and the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), have launched a public-private initiative to improve access to sanitation for the urban poor in Kampala. The project will be implemented in partnership with Crestanks and Poly Fibre, private companies that produce and...

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Enda inter-arabe: micro-credit in Tunisia

Enda inter-arabe is an international NGO operating in Tunisia. A member of ENDA Third-World based in Senegal, the organisation has been providing microcredit in Tunisia for 15 years.

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The Asian Development Bank and Non-Governmental Organizations: Working Together

The Microcredit Project in Indonesia, established by the Asian Development Bank and approved in 1994, focuses on microenterprise support, recognizing the potential of microenterprises to create jobs at low capital input costs and raise the income levels of the poor.

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Bus & vocational training equipment needed in Eastern Cape South Africa

Cookhouse is located in in the Eastern Cape of South Africa and has a population of 10,000 people. Cookhouse is a town with the highest number of HIV / AIDS infections, vulnerable children, orphanages, etc. Currently, there is only one clinic serving the entire community and surrounding farms...

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Smart Communications: Low-cost Money Transfers for Overseas Filipino Workers

A leading wireless telephone services provider in the Philippines, Smart Communications, Inc. recognized that at least 8 million Filipinos work and live abroad—about a quarter of the domestic labour force. In 2005, Filipino workers overseas sent $10.7 billion in remittances, with at least as much...

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Creating Shared Value: It's the Future

FSG illuminates the potential of "shared value" in this short motion graphic.

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Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan - Creating Value for All: Community-Based Tourism

Tourism is a rapidly growing industry throughout the world. It can contribute to poverty alleviation through creating new jobs and providing entrepreneurial opportunities for people from a variety of backgrounds, skills and experiences. Community-based tourism - a type of tourism that is owned and...

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Sabritas incorporates small farmers into sunflower supply chain

Incorporation of small, low-income producers into the supply chains of larger companies in rural Mexico is increasingly becoming a powerful way to break the cycle of poverty.

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FSG: Elevating job skills worldwide

The Foundation Strategy Group (FSG) is a nonprofit consulting firm specializing in strategy, evaluation and research.

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SIDUR and water.org help local family to access clean water and make a profit

SIDUR is one of several local partners of Water.org doing life-changing work in Tamil Nadu, India. This short documentary shows the impact of Water.org's WaterCredit and hygeine grant work in the urban regions.

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Women artisans given business opportunities in Rwanda

Indego Africa is an NGO and a fair-trade online retailer. The organisation partners with small Rwandan "cooperatives", women artisan owned and operated producers of traditional baskets, bags, and other local products, and connects them to the growing global market for African inspired handicrafts,...