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Opportunity—for education, employment, income, raising a family—divides those with a promising future from those without. Today’s global inequality levels are alarming, unprecedented, and inexcusable. To close the gaping divide, we must help create a world in which every person has the opportunity to pursue happiness, peace, and prosperity.

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Anatomy Of A Tiger: With all Eyes on Myanmar, See How Land Reform Shaped Asia's Tiger Economies
Asia’s Tigers, the collection of booming economies that emerged in the East following World War II, are often hailed as economic miracles. There was, though, no “secret sauce” behind that sustained…
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Skoll Awardee Kola Masha of Babban Gona on His One Regret
Kola Masha was unable to attend Oxford's New Theatre in person this evening, because he was waiting for the imminent arrival of his second child. Appolo Goma, Babban Gona Executive…
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10 Signs of an Impending Global Land Rights Revolution
The development community has experienced various ‘revolutions’ over the years – from microfinance to women’s rights, from the green revolution to sustainable development.  Each of these awakenings has improved our…
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Survey of Social Entrepreneurship Community Reveals Emerging Trends
Last summer, the Skoll Foundation surveyed our Board, partners, and Awardees about trends and issues influencing the work of social entrepreneurs and other change agents. As a curator of the…
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Citibanamex: Inclusive By Design
Ernesto Torres Cantu - Citibanamex , Robert Annibale - Citigroup, Inc.
  Kim Hogan, Skoll Foundation Citigroup makes strides towards systems change in the financial inclusion space by investing $1 billion in Citibanamex as the government of Mexico launches its National…
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Africa’s Economic Promise
Peyton Fleming - Ceres
The Africa that I visited recently was very different from what I had read about in U.S. newspapers. Instead of terrorist attacks and marauding gangs, I saw economic vitality, world-leading…
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Want to Help the Poor? Why There’s Not Always an App for That
Benjamin Geyerhahn - BeneStream
Silicon Valley is a hub of innovation, but it also lives in a bit of a bubble. Many startups’ design decisions are based on assumptions that simply don’t apply or…
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One More Look at Rio: The Necessity and Complexity of Systems Change
Over the course of the 2016 Olympics in Rio, we’ve delved into some of the challenges facing Brazil. We began with the Social Progress Index’s (SPI) assessment of Brazil’s performance…
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The Growth of the WE Movement: From Our Living Room to Yours on August 28th
When a group of twelve twelve-year-olds gathered in my parents’ living room 20 years ago to draft a petition to end child labor, we felt strong together, but alone in…
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“During The Olympics, There is Great Joy Among Us”: An Interview with Rio Social Entrepreneurs
At the Skoll Foundation, we have seen time and again the importance of the deep connection and inspiration social entrepreneurs get from working with and staying close to people and…
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As Rio Olympics Kick Off, SPI Data Shows Uneven Social Progress in Brazil
The opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics kicks off today in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Both the city and the country have been mired in controversies in the lead-up…
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Promising Innovations for Tackling the Refugee Crisis
The world’s eyes are fixed on one of the most pressing social crises of our time—the refugee crisis unfolding across Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. Driven…
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Technology’s Role in Driving Social Progress Continues to Grow
This is part of a series of articles about the 2016 Skoll World Forum, which took place April 13-15 in Oxford, England. Even though the social sector is one of…
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NGOs Should Offer Business Support to Grow Impact Investment in Frontier Markets
Henning Ringholz - GOAL , Agustin Belloso - Cambridge Judge Business School , Mark Wallace - Cambridge Judge Business School
Lack of access to finance and business development services are key obstacles to growth for social enterprises operating in frontier markets. While there has been a rise in investment in…
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Disrupting the Wealth Inequality Paradigm
Cindy Chen - Individual
This is part of a series of articles about the 2016 Skoll World Forum, which took place April 13-15 in Oxford, England. In recent years, wealth inequality has been passionately…
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Land Rights: Intangible Assets Bring Tangible Benefits
When we think about global development, we generally picture tangible improvements like bridges, hospitals, and schools. When it comes to agriculture, people think of improved seeds, fertilizer, and irrigation. But…
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Field Visit: Camfed Succeeds Through Community Solidarity
Cindy Chen - Individual
Raymond Guthrie and I are in Zimbabwe visiting Camfed, one of our early Skoll Award winners (class of 2005), to learn more about their work within rural communities to support…
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Blended Finance in a Nutshell
Laura Mecagni - International Finance Corporation
Also read the Skoll perspective from principal Eric Cooperström. Worldwide, roughly 450 million smallholder farmers scrape out a living by working two hectares of land or less. Figuring out how…
The Future of Work
Ben Knight - Loomio , Bettina Warburg-Johnson - Institute for the Future , David Jones - Microsoft Envisioning
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The Outsourcing Sector’s Shift to Impact Sourcing as the New Norm
In a recent Huffington Post blog Skoll Awardee Jeremy Hockenstein—co-founder and CEO of Digital Divide Data (DDD)—posits, “Nowadays, almost every major company and institution outsources business processes offshore. Imagine the…
The Great Paradigm Shift
Diana Good - Independent Commission for Aid Impact , Eduarda La Rocque - Pereira Passos Institute , Michael Green - Social Progress Imperative , Michael Porter - Harvard Business School , Paul Farmer - Partners In Health
Empathy-Driven Solutions for Rural Rice Farmers in Myanmar
Learn more about how the Skoll Foundation, its awardees and partners are working to help smallholder farmers. Helping Smallholder Farmer Feed the World: How the Skoll Foundation sees the issues that…
Opening Plenary of 2014 Skoll World Forum
Arif Naqvi - The Abraaj Group , Jeff Skoll - Jeff Skoll Group , Marcus Bleasdale - Wilstar Social Impact , Mindy Lubber - Ceres , Miri Ben-Ari -
The Skoll World Forum delegation comes together for the first time at the Opening Plenary to celebrate social entrepreneurship and the work being done in pursuit of large-scale systemic change.…
The Square - Trailer
Jehane Noujaim - Noujaim Films
The Square movie is a documentary about the Egyptian revolution behind the headlines. Follow a group of activists in Tahrir Square, risking their lives to build a new society of…
Gary White of Water.org: The Ubiquitous Force
Gary White, Co-Founder of Water.org (along with Matt Damon) speaks about his vision: safe water and the dignity of a toilet for all, in our lifetime. For more information on…
GDP Turns 80: SPI Turns 1
What does a successful country look like? 80 years ago, economist Simon Kuznets introduced GDP to the world, alongside a clear warning against using it to define the wellbeing of people.…
How does entrepreneurship & innovation thrive in a stateless nation?
As Palestine continues to strive for full statehood, there are signs of growth in economic development throughout the region; change makers in the private sector, entrepreneurs, innovators and philanthropists are…
The Social Entrepreneur: That Rare Individual
Sally Osberg, CEO of the Skoll Foundation, describes "the social entrepreneur" as part of this special special series from the Skoll World Forum featuring social entrepreneurs and other innovators discussing…
Can It Be Replicated? A Look at Rwanda’s Development Gains in Context
Agnes Binagwaho - University of Global Health Equity , Dale Dawson - Bridge2Rwanda , Mary Robinson - Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice , Matthew Bishop - Economist , Paul Farmer - Partners In Health
Developing the Development Model: Reengineering Aid for the 21st Century - 2013 Skoll World Forum
Bunker Roy - Barefoot College , Dambisa Moyo - Economist , Maura ONeill - University of California, Berkeley , Paul Boateng - Akyem Law and Advisory Services Ltd , Richard Feachem - The Global Health Group