In Nigeria it is estimated only 35% of the population has access to electricity – impacting quality of life and the region's economic development. Read why a Siemens exec believes a clean energy mix and public-private partnerships can help reduce energy poverty.
Amazon has its AmazonSmile program; grocers often ask for charitable contributions at checkout. Now owners of Chicago's largest rental property are making it easy for their residents to donate to charity when they pay their rent. Click for details (and share them with rental property owners in your town).
The most important competitive asset Latin America has is its youth – yet millions of young people in that region are not in school or at risk of dropping out. Read why Cisco Lat-Am exec Jordi Botifoll says digitizing education is the answer, and the path to innovation, inclusion, jobs and competitiveness.
How can cities fight inequality and narrow the gap between rich and poor? Several strategies were highlighted during a recent event hosted by Brookings and the National League of Cities, including a project in Atlanta that trains "disconnected youth" to fill high-growth tech jobs.
Diverting low-level offenders with mental illness out of the criminal justice system is one goal of a new White House initiative. Read about the push for innovative strategies that will stop the cycle of incarceration and what they could mean for your local jail – and those inside it.
The Obama Administration released a package of federal and local datasets earlier this year when it launched The Opportunity Project. The idea was to enable local leaders, technologists and citizens to use the data to tackle inequities that limit opportunity and upward mobility in their communities. Click to see some of the results.
The researchers who developed an electronic Braille writing tutor describe it as a labor of love. Learn how their "compassionate engineering" is making a difference for visually impaired people in developing nations around the world.
Youth unemployment is at crisis levels around the world at the same time the digital skills gap is widening. Click to learn about a pilot program underway in the UK that addresses both those challenges.
South Africa has a staggering jobless rate. It also has a serious tire problem -- by some estimates 250,000 tons of old tires that are a breeding ground for disease-spreading vermin and mosquitoes, among other concerns. Read how Oracle technology is helping a nonprofit turn those tires into new products and sorely needed jobs.
In the U.S. we call it the American Dream -- the notion that working hard and playing by the rules will lead to prosperity. Today that dream is out of reach for increasing numbers of young people in the U.S. and around the world. Yet new research shows how six targeted philanthropic investments – including an early dose of technology – could change that.