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. More
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.“
In May 2014 Josefien started working as a Project Manager at TTC as well as the country manager for Malawi under the Connect4Change Consortium. With an academic background in journalism and anthropology (specialized in human sexuality and gender), she underlines the importance of universal access to fundamental information and has particular interest in the use of Information and Communication Technology for sexual and reproductive health and advocacy.
On July 9th FAWEMA (the Forum for African Women Educationalists in Malawi) launched an innovative child protection SMS Program at Mwatibu Primary School in Nathenje zone, Lilongwe rural east, Malawi. The program, developed together with TTC and IICD (International Institute for Communication and Development), aims to eliminate different forms of child abuse, such as early child marriages, child labor, sexual harassment and severe punishments by teachers.