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A new energy for refugees report

Thousands of refugee families want to pay for better energy supplies so they can take control of their lives.

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Call to for better access to basic products

New report puts a spotlight on businesses that enable basic technologies to reach 'last-mile' communities

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Report highlights ineffective response to leading cause of child mortality

A global lack of investment in handwashing to combat malnutrition, stunting and a leading cause of death in children under 5 has been condemned in a new report.

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Dragon’s Den with a twist: unlocking finance for energy access

‘Dragon’s Den’ has been a very popular TV format where entrepreneurs get to pitch their ideas to potential investors, with versions ...
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End energy poverty

Energy is one of the key indicators for development. Like other essential basic needs, a certain amount of energy is required for ou...
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Water is life for villagers in Darfur

  A simple solution like a solar powered water pump can have a profound impact on a community. This is eloquently demonstrat...
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Women in Malawi face giving birth in the dark

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