This week, our director Hajo van Beijma came together with a group of various social entrepreneurs in The Hague to meet Ms. Ploumen, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. The current status and future of development collaboration and social impact were among topics to be discussed. A summary of the meeting can be seen in the sketch (created by Edwin Stoop) above, titled “Welcome to 2015”. Below, you can read about Hajo’s perspective on this day.
This blog is written by Veronica Yow, our program manager in the USA.
Technology in M&E: Hype or Hope? That was the opening question raised in the first panel discussion at the M&E Tech Conference on September 25th and 26th supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, GSMA and FHI360. The objective of the conference is to bring together M&E and technology specialists to explore and realise the opportunities of leveraging technology for M&E. While technology is able to overcome a lot of the operational challenges of M&E, practitioners are still vary about the potential bias that technology may bring which can impact on the quality of the evaluation.
On Saturday the 28th of March 2015 at 8:30pm, WWF (the World Wide Fund for Nature) will organize Earth Hour for the 9th year in a row. During one hour, millions of people across the globe will switch off their lights, as a symbolization of their commitment to our planet. After a successful collaboration for Earth Hour in 2012, TTC joins forces with WWF Africa again and will launch a Renewable Energy campaign in East Africa as part of this global event.
Africa is not achieving its potential in regional trade and this means a lack of economic growth and development for the continent. The World Bank aims to understand the factors influencing this economic trend, in order to design and implement the optimal economic drivers that can push forward the economic development in the region. TTC cooperated with the World Bank on a large-scale, multi-country remote data collection assignment with the specific purpose to obtain information on the downstream outcomes of intra-regional trade commitments in Africa.
A blog by TTC’s Co-founder Bas Hoefman
If so many people have access to mobile phones in Africa why don’t we use this interactive channel for HIV/AIDS awareness creation and education? This was the initial idea for Text to Change, back in 2007. We did not want to impose messages on people by telling them what to do or not to do. Instead we wanted to spark a debate by asking questions. After we did some desk research on this, we realized that this dialogue was not carried out as we had pictured it and definitely not at a large enough scale to create real impact.
Social Enterprise NL and the World Economic Forum Global Shapers organized a lunch meeting with Mark Rutte and seven social entrepreneurs at the Catshuis (the Prime Minister’s residence) to talk and brainstorm about social entrepreneurship.
The motive for this meeting was Rutte’s appreciation for social entrepreneurs last year:
“People whom connect business with social goals. Initiatives that support themselves and must make a profit. (..) That delivers three times profit. For the entrepreneur. For this group of workers, who not only earn a paycheck, but also grow in self-esteem. And for the state and society.“