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Dear friends and members of the "empowering people. Network",

One last time in 2015 an update on our network - with an exciting year full of manifold activities behind us. It has been encouraging for us to see intense exchange, new partnerships and even the first peer-to-peer technology transfer from continent to continent within our network.

The international network is growing and has more and more impact to show in terms of successful implementation of solutions on the ground. Not least thanks to new local connections as a result of our epOnsite trainings and our workshops in Latin America and Africa.

2016 will bring new development opportunities for you and your organization, stay tuned for the launch of the SAMforSE, a Self Assessment Manual for Social Entrepreneurs, a new Volunteer exchange program and much more.

Also the “empowering people. Award” is still open and awaits your submissions or nominations until the 15th of January. The shortlist will be presented in summer 2016 and the winners will be seen at the Award Ceremony in autumn. 

But for now we are looking forward to Christmas, whatever your plans for this time of the year are - we wish you and your families merry and peaceful days and a happy and healthy New Year!

Have some lovely holidays with your family and loved ones!

Your “empowering people. Network” team
Carola, Beate, Sabine, David and Magdalena


Articles & interviews

#epA2015: Interview with Carola Schwank

In an interview with our partner Ashoka, Carola Schwank, Head of the "empowering people. Network" explains why getting to know innovators in person is one of the highlights of her work.

Read more here...

Interview with Derrick Hosea, OneLamp

The online bootcamp on market research, which was held in 2015, was an initiative by the Inclusive Business Accelerator and the “empowering people. Network”. One of the participants was Derrick Hosea from OneLamp in Uganda. We talked to him about his project and his learnings from the bootcamp. Read the interview here...

“The Siemens Stiftung network was very helpful for D-Rev as we grew”

Read in this article about epN member D-Rev, its potential for further growth with its "Prothestic knees for the world's neediest", and how smart design ideas can improve life of thousands.

Find the article here...

Adding value through non-financial support

The European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) launched their report that plots the cost and value-add of non-financial support. It is targeted at the Venture Philanthrophy /Social Investment sector and also recommends the best ways of engaging with non-financial support in order to accelerate progress towards producing solid societal outcomes. Find the publication here...

Lucy Wanjiku - a successful Kenyan entrepreneur

With her company Ecocycle Ltd./Enviro Loo, member of the epN, Lucy is one of the pioneers of social entrepreneurship in Kenya. In this article the "Afrika kommt"-Initiative writes about their fruitful connection to Lucy. Read the article here...


Events, dates & more

Stanford Social Innovation Review Webinar

January 14th, 2016  - 11:00 am PST or 02:00 pm EST

"Building Better Movements"

This webinar will be useful to practitioners and leaders in the social, business, and government sectors who want to leverage collective action to further their organization’s mission.

Register here...

Deadline for the "empowering people. Award 2015"

January 15th, 2016 - 12pm EST

Submit your application and get the chance to win up to 50,000€ and to become a member of the "empowering people. Network". Find more information here...

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