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AmpersandApril 8, 2021
In 2020, Ampersand was awarded $500,000 in DIV funding to grow and position its mass-market electric motorcycle taxi business for scale and commercial investment by improving its battery technology, software, logistics, and customer support capacity as it adds more charging stations and bikes to its fleet. Just six months later, a CleanTechnica article entitled Ampersand Secures Sub-Saharan Africa’s Largest-Ever Private Investment in Electric Mobility discusses how Ampersand has secured a $3.5 million investment from the Ecosystem Integrity Fund. The deal is the largest ever e-mobility investment by a venture capital fund in sub-Saharan Africa, and CleanTechnica refers to it as a turning point in global electric transportation. Learn more about the investment in Bloomberg.
In 2020, five DIV innovators were added to the Million Lives Club, which celebrates innovators and social entrepreneurs who are reaching new horizons of impact and improving the lives of those living on less than $5 a day. The innovators that were added included BioLite (DIV innovator profile here), BURN Manufacturing Co. (DIV innovator profile here), Dimagi (DIV innovator profile here), Evidence Action (DIV innovator profile here), which became a Vanguard member, Kickstart International (DIV innovator profile here), Living Goods (DIV innovator profile here), and Village Enterprise (DIV innovator profile here).
SparkmeterDecember 2, 2020
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 AcceleratorOctober 9, 2020
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 AcceleratorApril 28, 2020
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 ConnectionFebruary 19, 2020
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.
APOPOSeptember 10, 2019
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.
KehealaSeptember 5, 2019
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.
Keheala September 4, 2019
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.
SafebodaMay 7, 2019
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 DesignDecember 17, 2018
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.
DimagiNovember 17, 2018
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 DevelopmentOctober 15, 2018
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.
DimagiFebruary 14, 2018
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.
Rainforest ConnectionJanuary 12, 2018
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.
Instiglio October 30, 2017
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.
PowerGen, Devergy, & PowerhiveOctober 25, 2017
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.
FenixOctober 23, 2017
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.
AzuriJuly 12, 2017
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.
MiracleFeetJuly 6, 2017
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 & EvaptainersJune 22, 2017
The IShow Innovation Showcase lists BioLite and Evaptaners as two of their 2017 USA winners.
Simpa NetworksJune 10, 2017
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 GoodsJune 6, 2017
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.
SafeBodaJune 1, 2017
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.
The STI Forum includes Babajob as one of 12 selected innovations in 2017.
Burn ManufacturingMay 31, 2017
Biofuels Digest's article Burn Better, Cook Faster, Save $$: the Quest for an Efficient African Cookstove discusses Burn Manufacturing and the cookstove transformation market.
Zusha!May 29, 2017
BBC Worldhack's program The Stickers that Save Lives includes mention of Zusha!
EvaptainersMay 29, 2017
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 ElectricMay 19, 2017
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.
BandhanMay 13, 2017
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 ActionMay 3, 2017
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.
ABC Nightline's segment Doctor use Drones to Drop Medical Supplies in Madagascar includes Vayu drones.
Off Grid ElectricMarch 11, 2015
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.
DimagiFebruary 17, 2015
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.
BioLiteFebruary 12, 2015
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.
DimagiJanuary 13, 2015
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.
BioLiteJanuary 6, 2015
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 SpringDecember 31, 2014
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.
PATHOctober 18, 2011
In a press release by PATH entitled Shah announces awards for PATH, then USAID Administrator Raj Shah announced that USAID would invest in PATH projects that aim to reduce costs and increase accessibility of health technologies in the developing world. The press release mentions how DIV funding would allow PATH to lead a project to develop the balloon tamponade, an affordable device that quickly and effectively stops the leading cause of death during childbirth, postpartum bleeding. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA)both praised PATH and USAID in the press release.
WASH for LifeJuly 19, 2011
A press release entitled Durbin Commends the Gates Foundation and USAID for Clean Water Initiatives in the Developing World was released by the office of Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) in 2011. The press release commended DIV and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for funding the WASH for Life grant program. Durbin said “Access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation is a right that everyone in the world ought to enjoy but too few are able to realize. I applaud the Gates Foundation and USAID for working together to find new solutions to improve access and address this devastating problem.”