Letter from Brazil: Collective Action to Help Small Businesses Achieve Development Goals

As the host of two historic UN summits on sustainable development in the past 25 years, it should come as no surprise that Brazil is actively engaged in testing innovative approaches to reach the sustainable development goals. Supporting small and growing businesses (SGBs) can be an important part of this agenda, contributing to advances in

mDoc: Prescribing a Tech Solution for Village Doctors in Rural Bangladesh

People around the world risk their lives by trusting health care workers who sometimes are doing nothing more than shooting in the dark. Bangladesh faces a critical shortage of doctors, with a doctor to patient ratio of 1:2500. More than 70 percent of the population resides in areas without access to hospitals, absent expensive trips to

Tonlé: This Company is Like a River, Changing the Course of a Toxic Industry

Rachel Faller, founder of tonlé, a Cambodian based fashion company, poses a simple question. How many of us can ensure our clothes were made without the use of slavery or significant and needless damage to the environment? And if we could, in the wake we would find exploitation, which many of us are well aware of

Reap Benefit: How This Gamified App Turns Big Problems in India Into Child’s Play

After graduation, Kuldeep Dantewadia began collecting trash. For one year, he made the rounds to over 150 households. It wasn’t exactly the job his parents had in mind for their son. But he was sick of seeing trash in his community. Once called the Garden City, it’s now called the Garbage City. He picked one

DoctHers: Pakistan’s ‘Doctor Brides’ Inspire Confidence — and Better Health — for Women

Women make up the majority of students pursuing medical careers in Pakistan. For years, a government-imposed quota mandated that 80 percent of the seats at medical schools go to men, 20 percent to women. In 1991, the Supreme Court ruled the quota unconstitutional. Now, more than 80 percent of Pakistan’s medical students are women, compared to

How Myanmar’s First Mobile Health App is Fixing Healthcare and Saving Lives

On average, a person living in Myanmar—also known as Burma—will live two decades less than someone in the U.S. For Michael Lwin, son of two doctors who came to the United States from Myanmar in the 1970s, this isn’t just a statistic. It’s a deeply unfair consequence of a geographic lottery. A lottery that favors

How Mobile Makes Entrepreneurship Education Work in Rural West Africa

As U.S. presidential candidates hem and haw about whether to erect physical barriers to guard borders from undocumented migrants, other countries are doubling down on the economic benefits of supporting migrants and refugees. The U.N. estimates that more people are now displaced than anytime since World War II. And for many of the estimated 60 million refugees