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    Nyeri, Kenya

    The Iriani Tea Factory is owned by a cooperative of 6000 small holder farmers. The farmers grow and supply green leaf for manufacturing packaged tea bags. 

    Kenya Tea Development Agency Ltd, manages the Iriani factory, and over 60 other production facilities in the small scale tea sector for domestic markets and export.   

    Iriani Tea is Fair Trade certified. 

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    Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

    African American Artist and Illustrator

    Posters plastered on surfaces in public places, an art project to call out “catcalling”— gender based street harassment.

    This project takes women’s voices and faces and puts them in the street — creating a bold presence for women in an environment where they are often made to feel uncomfortable and unsafe.

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    A new report by Monitor Deloitte on the challenge of scaling social enterprise. 

    Few new business models seeking to address the problems of global poverty have achieved meaningful scale. Why is that? What can be done to facilitate scale?

    Beyond The Pioneer:  Getting Industries to Scale

    • Role of Industry Facilitators helping to resolve scaling barriers.
    • Cases of business models that are scaling to illustrate effective industry facilitation.
    • Recommendations for donors, impact investors, governments and international development agencies.

    Click cover above to access and download Report

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    An Indian health worker administers polio vaccine at a vaccination center in Kolkata, India. 

    The last wild poliovirus case in the South-East Region was reported in India in 2011. There has not been a new case in the eleven country region since then.  A single country cannot be certified as polio-free. WHO certifies only when all of a region’s countries report three years without a single new case of polio due to wild poliovirus.  The data is independently validated.

    With certification of the South-East Region, the world’s population free of polio jumps from 52% to 78%.  

    The countries in the World Health Organization SEA region declared polio free are:  Bhutan, Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Timor-Leste.

    Image by Bikas Das

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    Muhammed Muheisen

    A Pakistani health worker checks if children at a makeshift school on the outskirts of Islamabad need a polio vaccine.

    Pakistan is one of three countries in the world where polio is still endemic, along with Nigeria and Afghanistan.  The three countries have a combined population of 400 Million people, 6% of the world’s population. 

    The largest polio virus reservoir is in Peshawar, Northwestern Pakistan. There is evidence of cross-border spread of the virus into Afghanistan. In the Tribal Areas of Pakistan, local leaders have banned immunization campaigns. More than 40 vaccination staff have been killed since 2012.  

    Without immunization, there is no eradication.

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    Ahmad Masood

    Hindu widows celebrate Holi with colored powder and dancing at an ashram in Vrindaran, Northern India. 

    Widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure.  They rarely celebrate Holi, the joyous Festival of Colors marking the start of spring at the last full moon of the lunar year.  Many girls and women, widowed at a young age, lead destitute and marginalized lives as street scavengers. The Festival of Colors has particular significance for Hindu widows, traditionally banned from wearing any form of color. 

    Sulabh International arranged for the Holi celebration for widows at Meera Sahabhagini Sadan. 

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    Lalla Essaydi

    1. Harem

    2. Converging Territories

    3. LFM Revisited

    View from Inside: Contemporary Arab Photography, Video and Mixed Media Art

    March 2014

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    The Re-Emerging Art of Funding Innovation


    An article in the Spring 2014 SSIR describes how Innovation Funders are embracing risk and experimentation to achieve transformative change. “Funding innovation starts with a fundamental shift in mindset. Innovation funders intentionally trade off probability of success in return for greater potential impact.” 

    Eight Ways to Inject Innovation into Grantmaking

    1. Make deliberate out-of-strategy grants

    2. Ask your grantees 

    3. Assess your portfolio 

    4. Tap into your network 

    5. Use your special opportunity fund 

    6. Host an innovation contest 

    7. Bring in a futurist 

    8. Follow provocative thinkers 

    Article by Gabriel Kasper & Justin Marcoux, Monitor Institute, Deloitte Consulting LLP. 

    Illustration by Will Scobie

    Click graphic to access full article


This blog began as a hub for an undergraduate seminar in economics on global poverty and social entrepreneurship. It has become a dynamic space for students to access assignments, review syllabus, post work, and contribute to building a shared resource center for learning about social entrepreneurship. The blog has evolved to serve a larger audience of followers who are interested in social entrepreneurship education, models for social change, and social enterprises.