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Sustainability International’s Alliance with ConsenSys – Leveraging Technology for Social Impact


Social entrepreneur Chinyere Nnadi (Nnadi), Co-founder & CEO of Sustainability International (SI), had started his non-profit organisation to provide innovative solutions using technology to alleviate poverty in Africa. Since childhood Nnadi had beheld adversity in Nigeria that had been grappling with oil pollution due to decades of oil drilling and spills in the Niger Delta.  Nna ... »

ESCP Sustainability Movies Screening, "Who cares?

Dear Parisians,

We are happy to announce the first event of the ESCP Sustainability Movies-Screening series by oikos on the Paris campus!

The aim of the series that started last year on the Berlin campus is to get to know more about current environmental and social issues and to have an open discussion.

The first movie to be screened will be "Who Cares?":

WHO CARES? What a daring and y ... »

oikos Academy for Young and Sustainable Leaders

On 17th of February, oikos Baku announced the first day of the new project called “oikos Academy” which was long-term training for oikos Baku members held until 25th of February. The goal of oikos Academy was to create young and sustainable leaders capable of thinking globally and towards the future. The Event encompassed holistic, open-ended, co-operative and experiential learning approaches ... »

Speaker Lunch Series -- Noon, Room 1003, 6 East 16th Street

Four days in Prague will be devoted to sustianability challenges of food systems, e. g. palm oil production, efficiency of agricultural systems, standardization of food, food waste in developed as well as developing countries.


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Dharani: Nurturing the earth, fostering farmers’ livelihoods


Timbaktu Collective is a non-profit organization in southern India, working for the sustainable development of rural communities with an emphasis on ecological principles and social harmony. One of the core areas of its work is with small farmers in the region who remained marginalized in a fiercely competitive market dominated by large players. Inspired by its success with organic far ... »

Refugee Labor Market Integration – An Impact Investment Case Study


The dislocation of millions of people in various conflict zones of the Middle East and Africa is one of the greatest humanitarian catastrophes of our time. Given the complexity of the issue, various ways of solving the associated challenges have been implemented; reaching from emergency camps in conflict zones to innovative integration services in host countries. With overloade ... »

New Report: Digital Economy and Sustainability

Digitalization – the increased use of information and communication technologies (ICT) – is affecting all areas of our lives. Rapid progress in the development of hardware and software is steadily moving us towards a fully-digital society.

The ways how we learn, communicate, and consume are cases in point. Applications and devices make it “easier” (in inverted comma, because sometimes t ... »

Addressing sustainability and inequality at a global level : how other worlds (may) emerge

Increased global interconnectivity has encouraged a prevalence of forums that seek to organise and facilitate action on sustainability and inequality on a global scale. A body of work has examined such global forums and the theoretical contexts in which they operate but there is little which examines the nature of engagement through these forums to address issues of sustainability and inequality. ... »

Evaluating the launch of a first Social Impact Bond in Switzerland

Investments are the key driving forces for the progress of our society. A new trend is being developed with impact investments, ensuring the societal value creation of the financial capital invested. Within this context, this paper introduces and critically characterizes a new product called Social Impact Bond (SIB). Reviewing the mechanism in the first part, the research raises the question about ... »

The value of skills training in the improvement of the socio-economic status of microfinance beneficiaries

The research paper examined the value of skills training on the socio-economic profiles of beneficiaries of microfinance in the Northern Region of Ghana. The main interest of the study was to look into how skills training combine with microfinance enhances beneficiaries' ability to cater for the education of their dependents, improves their ability to afford health care for their families, and to ... »

The Development of Microfinance Institutions in a Multi-Tier Framework

Microfinance industry has achieved an unprecedented growth over the last two decades. Consequently, the landscape of the microfinance institutions (MFIs) has evolved to include a diverse array of institutional types. As a result of this increasing diversity, several classifications of MFIs based on performance and institutional set-up emerged to address the needs of donors and investors. Today, de ... »

Catalyzing a Shared Sustainable Future: Responsible Banking at Yes Bank



As a leader in sustainable finance in India, Yes Bank reached the milestone of mainstreaming sustainability within its core business principles with a vision of evolving as the ‘Best Quality Bank of the World in India by 2020’. The sustainable corporate performance of the bank focussed on the triple bottom-line ethos, wherein the three interlinked measurement elements — ... »

Bandhan: Advancing Financial Inclusion in India



Established in 2001 by Chandra Shekhar Ghosh to address the dual objective of poverty alleviation and empowerment of women, Bandhan was the largest microfinance institution (MFI) in India and the largest non-deposit taking MFI in the world. By 2013, it had grown to 2,016 branches across 22 states and union territories within India. With over 5 million borrowers and total outs ... »

IFC Funding of Dinant Project: Call for Overhaul of Risk Assessment for Sustainable Finance


The case study is based on a dilemma faced by IFC, one of the financing arms of the World Bank Group, on whether it should release its next round of funding to Corporación Dinant (Dinant), a Hondurus-based vertically-integrated palm oil and food company, to enable it to develop young palm oil plantations. IFC, which proposed to invest US$30million of the total estimated project cost o ... »

Social Franchising to Attain Scale and Sustainability: The Kibera Project in Kenya



This case presents the history and development of a Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) project in the Kibera slums of Nairobi, Kenya, that was initiated by Rotarians and funded initially, in large part, by the Rotary International Foundation. It discusses the numerous operational and strategic challenges faced by those working on this Kibera Project and the Rotary Project ... »

Sanergy: Sustainable Sanitation



The global sanitation crisis attracted the attention of several regional, national, and international organizations which tried to address the issue in their own way. Still about 2.6 billion people lacked access to decent sanitation facilities across the globe.


Kenya had become a hub of slums with more than 8 million living in the urban slums in the country. Sinc ... »

Model WTO Baku

We are happy to announce our next project - Model WTO (World Trade Organization) Baku. It is in cooperation with the "UNEC Model UN" and the "Model WTO" with which we also started a cooperation.

Mode WTO Baku will be held on 21-22 May 2016 in Baku, University of Economics.

Two working groups and relevant topics will be simulated at Model WTO Baku:

- Country Working Group: Azerbaijan ... »

Study in Prague!

New elective track of study within Master’s Programme  "International and Diplomatic Studies" now available at the University of Economics in Prague.

Environmental Policy and International Relations (EPIR) Study courses within this track offer insights from environmental economics and policy, sustainable management of natural resources and energy, international legal aspects in environmenta ... »

Úplné zásobování obnovitelnou energií: Mýtus nebo realita?

  Na co se těšit? Téma obnovitelná energie je čím dal aktuálnější. Evropská unie má za cíl zvyšovat podíl obnovitelných zdrojů energie na 20 % celkové využívané energie, k čemuž Unie směřuje všechny možné nástroje a zdroje. Jaký dopad bude pro nás? Může obnovitelná energie úplně nahradit fosilně-jaderný systém energie a náklady na přestavbu? Poj ... »

Dr. Jim Yong Kim’s Dilemma: International Finance Corporation and the Tata Mundra Power Plant



The case study is about the dilemma faced by Dr. Jim Yong Kim (Kim), President of the World Bank Group, related to International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) funding of the Tata Mundra Project in India. The Mundra plant was one of the Ultra Mega Power Projects (UMPPs) conceived with the objective of providing cheap electricity to power-starved states of India. Coastal Gujara ... »

Sistema Ser: Scaling Private Health Care for the Base of the Pyramid



The case revolves around “Sistema Ser” (SSer) (1), a private health care organization that serves the base of the pyramid (BOP) in northern Argentina, and its founder and director, Argentine gynecologist Dr. Jorge Gronda. In the late 1990s, Dr. Gronda had begun to serve the poor—particularly women in the remote Puna region—on an unpaid, voluntary basis. Eventually, th ... »

Building a Sustainable Enterprise with the Power of Local Communities- The Journey of Neev Herbal Handmade Soaps



Poverty, illiteracy and gender discrimination have been the underlying factors that have stifled development in the villages of Jharkhand state in northern India. In 2006, Hudlung village located in the outskirts of the steel city of Jamshedpur was acutely stricken by poverty with about 80% of the population living below the poverty line, as defined by the Government of India ... »

Arunachalam Muruganantham: A Social Entrepreneur Innovating in a Woman’s World



Considered taboo in many parts of the world, menstrual hygiene was a subject ridden with many myths and misconceptions, especially in a country like India. Arunachalam Muruganantham (Muruganantham), was the man who had revolutionised female sanitary hygiene and had created a lasting impact on the health and livelihood of women, mostly in rural India. With his pioneering and p ... »

Thalassemia Check Up Drive

SIGMA in association with Rotary Club, Jamshedpur organized Thalassemia check up camp under the guidance of Mr. Ronald D'Costa, on the 14th of Feb, 2015 in XLRI Campus which saw participation of more than 100 people. ... »

National Conference for Social Entrepreneurship

Since the past 6 years SIGMA is working under the esteemed guidance of Prof. Madhukar Shukla and organizing the National Conference for Social Entrepreneurship at XLRI. The 5th National Conference on Social Entrepreneurship was organized during Jan 25th-27th, 2013 and was on the theme Innovations in Livelihood Promotion and Skill Development. It received huge participation from more than 200 parti ... »

CBS Green Week in Copenhagen

Thanks to all of you who came to drink our delicious home-made fairtrade mojito's!

Here are some pictures:



We promise you we'll do such an event again soon! Don't forget to check ou website and ou facebook page to be up to date! ... »

Spring Meeting 2015

Serdecznie informujemy, iż Koło Naukowe Gospodarki Przestrzennej oraz Studenckie Koło Naukowe Zrównoważonego Rozwoju, działające przy Katedrze Geografii Ekonomicznej i Gospodarki Przestrzennej Uniwersytetu Opolskiego w ramach kontynuacji idei Konferencji „Chcę być zrównoważony!” zapraszają na

Studencką Ogólnopolską Konferencję Naukową  pt. „3Z MIASTA: Zauważ – ... »

"Süßes Gift" im 1. Grazer Zukunftskino


Im Rahmen des „1. Grazer Zukunftskinos“ zeigt oikos Graz am 05. November 2014 um 18:30 Uhr den Film über Entwicklungshilfe in Afrika.


Seit über 50 Jahren fließen Milliarden an Euros und Dollars an Entwicklungshilfe von Europa und Amerika nach Afrika. Der Grundgedanke war, dass die reicheren Länder den weniger entwickelten Ländern helfen mehr Wohlstand zu erreichen. ... »

Fourteenth International Conference on Current Issues of Sustainable Development - Sustainable Energy Supply and Sustainable Product Innovation

W dniach od 26 do 28 czerwca 2014 na Wydział Ekonomiczny Uniwersytet Opolski odbyła się Fourteenth International Conference on Current Issues of Sustainable Development - Sustainable Energy Supply and Sustainable Product Innovation.

Podczas konferencji usłyszeliśmy wiele ciekawych, anglojęzycznych wystąpień przedstawicieli takich ośrodków akademickich jak: University of Applied Sci ... »

oikos & Pizza // Gesundes Leben, gesundes Wohnen - Ist Cradle to Cradle die Lösung?

Mit der Veranstaltung „oikos & pizza“ laden wir jeden ersten Mittwoch im Monat zum offenen Treffen in die partizipatorische Plattform Mondbasis in der Lünertorstraße 20 ein.

Nach dem ersten Termin im Neuen Jahr zu Intergenerationellem Engagement folgt nun im Februar ein Gastauftritt einer anderen Lüneburger Initiative mit der Hochschulgruppe des Cradle to Cradle e.V. Zum einen wird ... »

Asia Meet

oikos Asia Meet 2014 will be hosted by oikos Pune at the main campus of Symbiosis International University, Pune. The theme of the Meet is 'Innovation in sustainability'. Registration is open!

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oikos Academy Lecture 3 - Vestas, Wind for Prosperity

Vestas Anders Riis will introduce you to the Vestas Wind for Prosperity project, an innovative business model to bring affordable electricity to energy-poor, wind- rich rural communities.


Watch Vestas  Wind for Prosperity project:


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Alternative Finance

In 2013 we successfully launched a long term project called Alternative Finance consisting of 6 seminars which reflect on the banking system from the different standpoint – not the traditional one, but the alternative one - for example microfinance. Participants who attend at least five of the six presentations obtain honorable certificate of attendance proving acquaintance with alternative ... »

oikos and Pizza - Female Participation in the Government

Join us for a different kind of event, an educational dinner! PhD student Erven Lauw will be speaking to us about "Why and how increasing female participation in the government reduces corruption and increases economic development". Whilst you listen you can enjoy different varieties of pizzas and drinks. Followed by a group discussion on the topic.We guarantee this to be an overall great ev ... »

Conference: 'Innovative Business Models for a Sustainable Future'

3rd oikos Tbilisi Conference at Tbilisi State University 'Innovative Business Models for a Sustainable Future'. 

More information can be seen here ... »

Meeting with Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal

Institute for International Relations and oikos Warsaw would like to invite you to a meeting with Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, Undersecretary General of the United Nations. The meeting will take place on 22nd October 2013 at 5.30 p.m. in room 152 (main building of WSE). The main points on the agenda are: - most important global actions and programs of the United Nations - the role of public i ... »

oikos UNDP Young Scholars Development Academy

oikos UNDP Young Scholars Development Academy 2013 Organising and Governing Inclusive Business Models Location: Istanbul, Turkey Date: 2 - 6 September, 2013  

The oikos UNDP Young Scholars Development Academy 2013 at the UNDP Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD), Istanbul, provides PhD students and young scholars working on poverty and sustainable d ... »

Ziqitza Health Care Limited: Responding to Corruption

Case Abstract


Ziqitza Health Care Limited (ZHL) is an Emergency Medical Services company founded by five social entrepreneurs in India in 2002, which by 2012 operated 860 ambulances across five states. The case is focused on bribery, a problem in many parts of the world, but especially in India. It is highly topical given recent anti-corruption protests in India. It is also unusual (i ... »

Modernizing Dharavi: If you build, will they come?

Case Abstract


This case presents the uncertainty regarding the future of the Dharavi slum redevelopment project in Mumbai, India. Many of the earlier redevelopment plans were unable to make significant improvements in the lives of these slum dwellers. The current redevelopment plan reflects the vision of the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, in “transforming Mumbai as a w ... »

Crediamigo: Partnering with VivaCred?

Case Abstract


Fortaleza, Northeast Brasil - Marcelo Azevedo, Urban microfinance manager, and the planning committee of Crediamigo, Brazil’s largest microfinance institution need to figure out an entry strategy to Rio de Janeiro’s microfinance market. A part of the Banco do Nordeste, a regional development bank, Crediamigo has a 10 year long and 400,000 clients in the Northeast of ... »

Mind the Gap: Royal Dutch Shell’s Sustainability Agenda in Nigeria

Case Abstract


Royal Dutch Shell has started to assume social and political responsibilities that go beyond legal requirements and fill the regulatory vacuum in global governance and a public responsibility gap in Nigeria. Which implications does this engagement have for the firm, governance and democracy? And which public responsibility strategies can a multinational company (MNC) lik ... »

Building and Scaling a Cross-Sector Partnership: Oxfam America and Swiss Re Empower Farmers in Ethiopia

Case Abstract


After several years of preparation, in May 2009, Oxfam America (an international relief and development organization) and Swiss Re (a leading global reinsurer) along with other partners piloted Horn of Africa Risk Transfer for Adaptation. HARITA is an innovative model designed to help propel some of the poorest farmers in Ethiopia out of poverty by helping them cope with ... »

Nuru Energy

Case Abstract


Nuru Energy is a social venture that was created in 2008 by an MBA graduate with five years experience in the development sector. The entrepreneur starts from nothing, bootstrapping a social venture with the ambitious goal of providing affordable and effective lighting solutions to 800 million poor people without access to the electric grid in sub-Saharan Africa and Indi ... »

Vodafone M-PESA (A): Turning a corporate social responsibility innovation into a mainstream business opportunity

Case Abstract


Vodafone, a world leader in mobile telecommunications, in partnership with Safaricom, the leading Kenyan mobile operator, launches a service that allows registered users to transfer money from their mobile phones to other mobile phone users. Users simply load their M-PESA account with cash, transfer the money through a secured SMS, and the recipient can convert it to cas ... »

How to Establish and Manage a Social Business at the Bottom of the Pyramid: The Case of OSRAM in Africa

Case Abstract


Since September 2008 OSRAM runs a social business following the triple bottom line, which means that it has to be socially, environmentally and financially sustainable. The project, which provides light to regions that do not have power supply systems, was initiated at the Lake Victoria in Kenya. Using the latest technology and a totally new business model OSRAM is able ... »

WaterHealth International: Providing Safe Drinking Water to the Bottom of the Pyramid Consumers

Case Abstract


This case study is about Irvine, California-based WaterHealth International Inc. (WHI), a social purpose for-profit venture in the safe water sector, focused on serving the traditionally underserved ‘Bottom of the Pyramid’ (BoP) segment. The company’s aim was to ensure increasing returns for the company and its investors while achieving a social impact.

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So You Want to be a Social Entrepreneur: Starting Out, Scaling Up, Staying Committed

Case Abstract


The global water crisis is a silent crisis. It does not attract the same level of attention as airline accidents or plummeting economic statistics, yet its toll is far more staggering: more than 3 billion illnesses and 2 million deaths result from drinking contaminated water each year. These casualties take place almost exclusively in the developing world and the rural p ... »