#10 Social innovator's weekly round-up

Facebook launches internet.org app in Zambia

Facebook's mission to get the two-thirds of the world who currently have no or little internet access online has reached out to Zambia this week. The internet.org project launched its new app to the Zambian population on Thursday. 

Severe lack of funding for Sierra Leone's social services

Speakers from the local and international community gathered  to discuss the severe lack in funding for social services such as education in Sierra Leone as part of the launch of the 2014 Human Development Report. However, the keynote speaker – the country's Minister of State for Finance and Economic Development – decided to ignore these core issues and instead use his key note speech to highlight the country's economic growth. 

Wisbeach MP keen to cash in on EU funding pot

Steve Barclay MP plans to use a pot of EU funding, which will be available in the Spring next year, to create an innovation centre that he believes could help create 100s of jobs and boost Wisbeach's local economy.

New social investment board in Ghana

Mr Julius Debrah, Mininister of Local Government and Rural Development, has inaugurated a new Board of Directors of the Scoail Investment Fund (SIF) in Accra. The objectives of the SIF include the alleviation of poverty and the empowerment of Ghana's population.

Campaign to get 5 million to the polling stations in UK

Vote for Policies – a UK based social enterprise – have launched new campaign to get 5 million people voting in the 2015 General Elections.

$1.1m donation to set up innovation centre in Singapore

Mobile phone giant SingTel has donated $1.1m to a government agency that offers services to people with disabilities so that they can set up the Enabling Innovation Centre. The Centre will provide employment training services and will be used to develop new products to give people with disabilities more independence. 

Army of volunteers celebrate 50th birthday in the UK

UK-based charity Remap is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month. Over the past five decades its dedicated team of volunteers have transfromed the lives of people with disabilities – from athletes and ex-service people, to children and parents – by providing them with the equipment they need to be more independent. 

Four day arts festival kicks off in London

The House of St Barnabas – a pioneering charity and not-for-profit glamourous private members club – is hosting a four day festival of arts and culture this weekend. The best bit? It's open to everyone.

Early intervention fund launched in East London

CAN Invest, the Social Investment Financial Intermediary (SIFI) arm of CAN, has launched a new social investment (loan) fund aimed at accelerating positive early intervention impact on communities and individuals in the boroughs of East London.


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