With high unemployment rates a serious challenge for countries around the world – coupled with increasing demand for people with technical skills – the new Smart Campus program launched by Ooredoo and Microsoft in Maldives sounds like a solution worth watching.
Why is global energy leader Enel engaged in the education of children in a rural Peruvian village? It's part of what the company calls an integrated action plan that goes beyond supplying power to supplying opportunity in communities it serves.
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).
As the Olympics capture the world's attention, an interesting crowdfunding concept has surfaced to help build brighter futures for underprivileged children in the host country. Learn about Coletivo do Esporte, a team effort by Brazilian athletes and Microsoft.
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.