Building (Sustainable) Energy for #GivingTuesday

By Richenda Van Leeuwen on September 13, 2012

Did you know that 1.3 billion people – one in five globally – have no access to electricity? Some 95% of them live in sub-Saharan Africa or developing Asia. The world’s poorest are already paying the most as a proportion of their household income for inadequate, dangerous and unhealthy sources of energy.

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Moms meet fashion. Fashion meets causes.

By Devi R. Thomas on September 12, 2012

NY Fashion Week was transformed this week. There was still high fashion, a runway and even a stylist and a make-up team. But at Strut – The Fashionable Mom Show, there were also moms from all walks of life who do extraordinary things. My role in the fashion show was to showcase much more than evening wear – I was showcasing Shot@Life

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Creating Cultures of Entrepreneurship in Communities Around the World

By Sarah Green on September 10, 2012

There are many definitions of entrepreneurship:

– Something done to create value in a society
– Enterprising to make a lot of money
– Creating something new or building an organization to create something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty
– The big one today: job creation

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In Case You Missed It

By Jenni Lee on September 7, 2012

Welcome to the first September edition of In Case You Missed It. Between the start of the school year, the return of football and getting through the daily to-do list, it can be a busy time of year. Here’s a quick rundown of news you may have missed.

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The Missing Link: Addressing the Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights of Adolescent Girls in Liberia

By Aisha Cooper Bruce on September 5, 2012

In my home country of Liberia, the social and cultural impact on adolescent girls’ sexual and reproductive health is devastating. Girls face many issues when it comes to their sexual reproductive health and rights, including social isolation, lack of education, traditional practices, economic disparities, violence and issues of confidentiality and stigmatization.

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Solar Provides Energy Access in Uganda and Kenya

By Kim Saylors-Laster on September 4, 2012

Kim Saylor, Vice President for Walmart Energy, recently traveled to Uganda and Kenya to see solar power in action improving the lives of those who have lived for too long without access to modern energy services. In the piece below, she describes her experience seeing families – and in particular children – benefiting from the educational, health and safety improvements that these lights offer to families in developing countries, and how businesses and non-profits are working together to provide these solutions to the families who need them the most.

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The 23 Cutest Kids You’ve Ever Seen

By Jaclyn Schiff on September 4, 2012

Something you might know: The UN and partner organizations work to ensure the health and wellbeing of millions of children around the world.
Something else you might not know: These toddlers and children are really, really cute!

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What’s Your Superpower?

By Chrysula Winegar on September 2, 2012

Do you ever get overwhelmed and exhausted by the world’s big problems? I’ve always been interested in our earth and her many peoples. I am fascinated by our global challenges, politics, history and socio-economics. However, I’m not a world affairs expert and sometimes I’m left thinking, “What’s the point?”

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In Case You Missed It

By Jenni Lee on August 31, 2012

If you’re like me, you’re trying to enjoy every last minute of summer. That’s why we’re bringing you In Case You Missed It – a quick recap of recent news on the United Nations Foundation and the issues we care about.

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Back to School: A New Way to Learn about mHealth

By Sarah Struble on August 30, 2012

Are you new to mHealth and want to learn more? Or are you well-established in the field and want to bounce ideas off of a cross-section of the community? If so, check out the mHealth Alliance’s new online course, which we have developed with TechChange, the Institute for Technology and Social Change.

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