In 2005, I took a strategic decision. Much as I loved surgery, I shifted my focus to Tuberculosis, (TB). While I faced criticism and jeers from my colleagues and other NGOs, I quickly realized my next challenge. In order to deliver crucial, life changing services – TB or otherwise – one has to work with the government.
"BRAC is built upon a foundation of innovation that is driven by an integrated approach to development and broad participation of its members... the BRAC model of innovation for the social good should be considered a new industry standard."
"Green"-themed social entrepreneurs are invited to compete for 35 SEED Awards that are focused on seven countries in Africa. Winners will receive expert advice on their business plans, access to tailored workshops, and be profiled through the SEED Initiative's international network.
Start-up social and environmental entrepreneurs working in developing and emerging countries are invited to apply. The deadline for applications is Aug. 16. Here's how to apply.
(Photo at right shows precious metals miner in Chocó Bioregion of Ecuador and Colombia where 2009 SEED winner Oro Verde is helping to reverse environmental degradation by promoting certified mining practices.)
On Thursday, July 22, the World Bank Institute is launching a special e-issue of Development Outreach magazine whose theme is "The Power of Innovation," and we're inviting you to help us tell how innovation can be a game changer in solving the biggest global development problems.
The webinar begins at 3 p.m., but sign in early -- by 2:30 or 2:45 p.m. -- because the number of participant slots is limited to 100.
In a post-crisis world, innovation may be the single most important driver of economic growth and competitiveness. The time is right to move development forward through creative uses of technology. We now have the capacity to scale up innovative approaches to meet the needs of people at the bottom of the pyramid when traditional markets fail to do the job.
How to do all this is detailed in "The Power of Innovation." Top experts tell how to mobilize innovative solutions to reduce poverty--smarter, better, faster, and differently.
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