Partners&Friends

Get to know the global network of partners and friends of the "empowering people. Network", find interesting content on their webpages and get to know the larger network...

adelphi

adelphi consult was founded in 2002 and is a leading consulting firm in the field of environment and development. adelphi consult stands out with excellent management and consulting expertise, and acts globally. Our services range over research, consulting and dialogue, and cover a variety of competencies. These include issues of resource efficiency, corporate responsibility, energy and environmental management, finance and investment, sustainable management and reporting, sustainability entrepreneurship, waste management and recycling, chemicals policy, innovation policy, consumption and production, trade and business development, as well as integrated product policy and labelling.

Ashoka

Ashoka is the world’s first and leading organization supporting social entrepreneurs. It identifies scalable social innovations in 70 countries, and supports the 3000 social entrepreneurs who stand behind them as Ashoka Fellows, helping them spread their ideas with grants, consulting, and a global network. With its many programs, Ashoka is helping to bring about a world in which everyone can create positive societal change. Ashoka is financed exclusively by private investors and partnerships with business and foundations.

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AT- Verband

AT-Verband (AT-Association) stands for advanced socially and environmentally sound technology practice that enhances conscious choice by the users and enables them to develop or apply technical solutions that are in their own genuine interest. The AT-Verband aims to qualify its members and society at large for rational and sustainable technology practice, and to cooperate with public and commercial institutions for that end.

AT- Verband's Website

D-Lab/Practical Impact Alliance

D-Lab is a program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with community partners in countries throughout the Global South, focused on the design and dissemination of technologies that improve the lives of people living in poverty. The program’s mission is pursued through education, technology development, and community initiatives, all of which emphasize experiential learning, real-world projects, community-led development, scalability, and impact assessment. D-Lab’s programs include 20 MIT courses, six research groups, the Scale-Ups Fellowship for social entrepreneurs, the MIT Practical Impact Alliance, and the International Development Innovation Network. D-Lab's website

Endeva

Endeva’s mission is to inspire and enable enterprise solutions for development challenges. As an independent institute, it works closely with partners from all sectors, including development agencies, foundations, universities, and companies. Together with our partners, we build, share and apply knowledge about how to develop and implement inclusive business models.

e4c

Engineering for Change (E4C)

Engineering for Change (E4C) is a global community of organizations and individuals dedicated to promoting sustainable and accessible technology-based solutions for underserved communities worldwide.

E4C was founded by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), IEEE and Engineers Without Borders (EWB-USA) with the mission to enable the engineering for global development community to serve the underserved and do its work better.

 E4C's Website

FASE

The Financing Agency for Social Entrepreneurship (FA-SE) wants to help to shape a financial ecosystem for social innovations. Through consulting they want to enable social enterprises to finance significant steps of growth and progress in Europe. FASE matches these social entrepreneurs with the adequate impact investors that value social impact. Therefore they can offer solutions to one of the most challenging obstacles: the spread of social innovation in Germany and the creation of a rich ecosystem for impact investing.

GIGA

The GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies is an independent social-science research institute based in Hamburg. It analyses political, social and economic developments in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. It explores developments in the field and links its knowledge to questions of global significance: Do democracies still have a chance? How are conflicts over resources resolved? What are the social and economic impacts of globalisation at the local level? How do new alliances between emerging powers change international relations?

  GIGA's Website

Grameen Creative Lab

The Grameen Creative Lab (GCL) was created by Prof. Yunus and Hans Reitz to serve society’s most pressing needs by accelerating and spreading the social business movement in Europe and worldwide. It is based in Wiesbaden, Germany. GCL maximizes its impact by following a three step approach: Creating awareness through educational events – Initiating the creation of new social businesses – Incubating social business through university collaboration.  Especially universities play a major role as the ideal partner to further develop the idea of social business. GCL’s university network is the leading platform to connect and foster maximum exchange and collaboration within the field of social business.

Institut für angewandte Narrationsforschung (IANA)

The institute for applied narrative research is an interdisciplinary platform for teaching, research and communication with an application-oriented theory and praxis of narration. By embedding it in the context of the Hochschule für Müdien (Media University) in Stuttgart, the focus lies on medial narration, but with the interdisciplinary framework the institute intends to include the method of narration in other fields of knowledge and action, too (e.g. consulting and therapy, entrepreneurship, communication of organization, application trainings). With this approach, the institute fosters the discourse between research and praxis in different areas of application.

Impact Hub

An innovation lab. A business incubator. A social enterprise community center. Impact Hub offers its members a unique ecosystem of resources, inspiration, and collaboration opportunities to grow the positive impact of their work. Impact Hubs make up a global network of collaborative spaces, entrepreneurial communities, and capacity building programs that inspire, connect and enable impact. From Amsterdam to Johannesburg, Singapore to San Francisco, Impact Hub is a rapidly expanding, diverse global network of over 11,000 members in more than 63 cities in 32 countries.

Inclusive Business Accelerator

The Inclusive Business Accelerator facilitates the acceleration of impactful entrepreneurship in Base of the Pyramid (BoP) markets. We do this by building a structure that supports the delivery of substantial numbers of investment-ready inclusive business plans that improve the well-being of people at the BoP.

Technology Exchange Lab

TEL is dedicated to bringing communities out of poverty by fostering the exchange of innovative, cost-effective and sustainable solutions that significantly improve the lives of people at the bottom of the pyramid.

Through its curated, crowd-sourced database of over 500 appropriate technologies, as well as its Project Accelerator service, TEL helps NGOs and communities discover and deploy innovative solutions in order to vitalize last-mile development. Having delivered practical solutions to, e.g., communities in India, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Haiti, TEL grows in reach and impact day by day.

Yunus Social Business

Yunus Social Business Global Initiatives (YSB) is a social accelerator that incubates and finances local entrepreneurs to build solutions from the ground up. YSB is active in 7 countries where local country offices source, coach and mentor entrepreneurs; YSB subsequently finances the most promising social businesses while also providing post-investment support.

Zeppelin University

For years, the state-recognized, private foundation-university in Friedrichshafen has dedicated an area of its research to the future of civil society. The research alliance “Zukunft der Zivilgesellschaft” (Future of Civil Society) combines individual strands of research, including “corporate social responsibility” and “social entrepreneurship.” Another multi-disciplinary institute has also begun work: the Civil Society Center (CiSoC), which focuses on German-language research into socially responsible companies, international country studies on civil society, and economic self-development potential.