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A LinkedIn article entitled How a USAID DIV Grant Helped SparkMeter Advance Smart Grid Technology in Emerging Markets discusses how DIV funding enabled SparkMeter's key product updates, ensured business model development to serve larger-scale urban utilities, and catalyzed their Series A financing.

Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

A Stanford Social Innovation Review article shares "insights from social change leaders around the globe to help organisations face the systemic, operational, and strategic challenges related to COVID-19.” Emerging Stronger from a Crisis features Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator and other leading social enterprises who have pivoted to increase their impact during the pandemic and are focusing on tackling structural inequality and equity rather than just a return to normal.

Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator recently received an Honorable Mention in the World Changing Ideas Awards from Fast Company entitled World Changing Ideas Awards 2020: Developing-World Technology Finalists and Honorable Mentions lists Harambee as one of those designing products for the developing world.. An article in

Rainforest Connection

An article from CNN entitled How old cell phones are spying on illegal loggers discusses how Rainforest Connection has more than 150 active devices that are used by local partners to protect areas of rainforest in five countries.


In an interview video and transcript from PBS entitled How giant African rats are helping uncover deadly land mines in Cambodia, APOPO's head rat trainer discusses their program in rural Cambodia.

Rainforest Connection

An article from CNN entitled How old cell phones are spying on illegal loggers discusses how Rainforest Connection has more than 150 active devices that are used by local partners to protect areas of rainforest in five countries.


A New York Times An article entitled How to Get TB Patients to Take Their Pills? Persistent Texting and a ‘Winners Circle' discusses Keheala's program in Kenya, which sends texts by cell phone to encourage patients to take their tuberculous medication.


The New England Journal of Medicine published an article entitled Digital Health Support in Treatment, which discusses their study in Kenya where investigators assessed interactive messaging with mobile phones to remind patients with active tuberculosis to take medication to treat the infection.


Tech In Asia's article Allianz X, Go-Ventures back African ride-hailing app discusses how Allianz X, the investment arm of German insurer Allianz Group, and Go-Jek venture capital unit Go-Ventures recently led the series B funding round of SafeBoda.

d.light Design

The VCCircle Network’s article Solar products maker d.light raises $41 mn from African investment firm, others discusses how d.light Design Inc. raised $41 million in equity funding from a consortium led by Inspired Evolution, an Africa-focused investment advisory firm specializing in the energy sector. The company will use this capital to expand it solar and Pay-As-You-Go business in Africa.


The Boston Herald's article Kalter: Tufts docs’ app to help drug-exposed newborns discusses how Dimagi and Tufts Medical Center have partnered and are developing an app with a two-year $1 million award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The app will help identify and treat infants that have been exposed to drugs.


The East African's article Tech fall armyworm solutions winners recognised mentions that Dimagi won a $75,000 prize from the Feed the Future Fall Armyworm Tech Prize.

Precision Agriculture for Development

The Financial Times article entitled Technology hope for African farmers discusses how Precision Agriculture for Development uses text messaging to teach farmers in western Kenya how to use the agricultural lime, which helps combat soil acidity, and how to fight the fall armyworm, a pest that destroys crops.


The Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development, and Evaluation selected Zusha! as one of their standout charities, which means it stands out from the vast majority of charities they have considered.

Rainforest Connection

SNew's article Guardian of the Forest discusses how Topher White and his organization Rainforest Connection are using discarded cell phones and solar panels in remote rainforests to address deforestation and climate change.


National Geographic's article How Africa' Tech Generation Is Changing the Continent discusses how FarmDrive serves as a basis for bankers to establish credit ratings and determine which farmers are best suited for small loans.


USAID's blog post Ensuring Effective Development discusses how USAID provides support to Instiglio as it works alongside Village Enterprise and other donors to create a development impact bond that will scale Village Enterprise's poverty graduation model in Kenya and Uganda.


Green Tech Media's article Engie’s Fenix Acquisition Gives a Major Boost to Energy Access Efforts discusses how  French multinational utility Engie plans to acquire Fenix International, a pioneering company in Africa’s home solar market.

PowerGen, Devergy, & Powerhive

USAID's press release USAID Announces $6.3 Million in Awards to Bolster Sub-Saharan Africa's Off-Grid Energy Sector lists PowerGen, Devergy, and Powerhive as Micro-Grid awardees.


Cambridge Independent's article Cleantech Finalists in our Entrepreneurial Science and Technology Awards mentions Azuri Technologies as one of the finalists in Cleantech's Entrepreneurial Science and Technology Awards.


The New York Time's opinion piece In a Remote Village, Witnessing Miracles discusses how aid groups like MiracleFeet are helping bring the Ponseti method of fixing clubfoot to developing countries.

BioLite & Evaptainers

The IShow Innovation Showcase lists BioLite and Evaptaners as two of their 2017 USA winners.

Simpa Networks

The India Time's article India Gets Its First Solar Satellite Television Service, Villages To Finally Enjoy Entertainment describes how Simpa Networks has given India its first solar satellite television service.

Swasth and Living Goods

Harvard Business Review's article Expanding the Reach of Primary Care in Developing Countries includes Swasth Health Centres as an example of a primary care program in India that has developed its own user-friendly IT platform with electronic medical records for primary care. It also mentions Living Goods, a micro-entrepreneur program that recruits and trains community health workers to provide basic services and sells medical and other products door-to-door.


BBC Worldhack's program The Stickers that Save Lives includes mention of Zusha!


NextBillion's article Building an App in Africa: Lessons From an Aspiring Tech Disruptor describes how SafeBoda is helping increase access to easy and safe mobility in Africa.

Burn Manufacturing

Biofuels Digest's article Burn Better, Cook Faster, Save $$: the Quest for an Efficient African Cookstove discusses Burn Manufacturing and the cookstove transformation market.


Boston Inno's article These MassChallenge Alumni Are Producing a Portable Fridge That Runs on Sun and Water discusses how Evaptainer engineers are developing a portable fridge that doesn't require electricity.

Orb & Off-Grid Electric

Humanosphere's article Energy for All by 2030 Will Require a Fight for Access on and off the Grid describes how Orb and Off-Gride Electric are helping expand access to affordable, reliable, and clean energy.


Core Sector Communique's article Bandhan-Konnagar: Nonprofit celebrates 10th anniversary of inclusive growth, empowering women discusses Bandhan-Konnager's "Targeting the Hardcore Poor" program.

SPOUTS of Water & Evidence Action

GreentechLead's article Three technologies to address drinking water challenges discusses how SPROUTS of Water and Evidence Action's Dispensers for Safe Water are helping solve water issues.


The STI Forum includes Babajob as one of 12 selected innovations in 2017.

Trek Medics

The Citizen's article The life saving deeds of city bodaboda riders discusses how Trek Medics International has facilitated the technology that the Tanzania Rural Health Movement uses to carry out free pre-hospital services.


ABC Nightline's segment Doctor use Drones to Drop Medical Supplies in Madagascar includes Vayu drones.

Off Grid Electric

Fast Company’s article The Audacious Plan For One Startup To Get Solar Power To 1 Million Tanzanian Homes discusses Off Grid Electric’s delivery of the One Million Solar Homes program in Tanzania. The program aimed to delivered a solar service that functioned like a mobile phone package.

Gram Power

Virgin’s article Gram Power: smart, affordable power for all describes what Gram Power is and how it has taken on the mission of providing sustainable and reliable access to electricity for people in developing countries and rural areas.


The Boston Globe's article Dimagi gets USAID funding to bring Ebola tracking apps to West Africa discusses how Dimagi is one of 12 awardees given a portion of $6 million from USAID for creating a tech-based aid to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.


Fast Company’s article How BioLite’s Camping Stoves Became A Life-Saver In The Developing World features a video and short blurb about the genesis of BioLite and how the company is putting their technology and design smarts to work solving the problem of clean cookstoves.


Forbes’ article Three NGOs Fighting Tuberculosis With Mobile Tech mentions that Dimagi is a social enterprise that builds technplatforms for underserved communities around the world. It discusses how Dimagi provided the open-source software that helped build DOTsync, a simple tool where community health workers can log the administration of antibiotics, monitor side effects amount patience, check on infection control in homes, and manage other aspects of their work.


Entrepreneur’s article From Rural Villages to Backpacking in Yosemite, This Startup Wants to Be Your Power Source discusses the launch of the startup BioLite and the BioLite CampStove. It also features an interview with BioLite co-founder Alex Drummond and Jonathan Cedar.

Vision Spring

Forbes’ article Here's Why to Keep Up Your Do-Good Ways, Even Though Customers Don't Care mentions how eyewear company Warby Parker supports Vision Spring, a non profit that helps people in developing countries get affordable glasses.