Aligning profit with public good, and vice versa

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Last week I represented Ericsson at the UN’s Financing for Development (FfD) conference in Addis Ababa. Among other things, I was able to participate in the African Development Bank’s Financial Inclusion event, be one of six business representatives at one of the official UN Round Tables, and be a panelist at the Business Forum session on market innovation.

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Strategies to expand digital financial inclusion for the poor in focus at FFD Addis Ababa

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Editor’s note: Elaine Weidman-Grunewald is attending the UN’s Financing for Development (FFD) conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopa. Today she writes from an official side event, Advancing Financial Inclusion in Africa through Digital Financial Services.

Yesterday I participated in a super interesting panel organized by the African Development Bank about mobile financial services for the poor. In this group at least, there was broad recognition of how technology can be a game changer when it comes to advancing financial inclusion. Continue reading

Using Ericsson expertise to develop one special Polish school

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Editor’s note: Today we feature a guest post from Katarzyna Pąk, Head of Public and Media Relations in Central Europe:

Our story with the in-hospital school at Children’s Memorial Health Institute in Warsaw started back in 2012 with an email from Monika Wójtowicz, who is responsible for fundraising for the school. But she didn’t actually ask us for funds. Instead she invited Ericsson to come and see how the school was running. Continue reading

Solve climate challenges and create business opportunities

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From 30 November to 11 December 2015, around 40,000 delegates will converge on the largest diplomatic event ever hosted by France and one of the largest climate conferences ever organized – the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), or COP21.

The stakes are high. The aim is to reach, for the first time, a universal, legally binding agreement that will enable us to combat climate change effectively and boost the transition towards resilient, low-carbon societies and economies. Continue reading

Ericsson Response and the hard work of connecting Nepal after disaster

Editor’s note: Today we feature a guest post from Alberto Juárez Casado, Services Engineer in Competence Domain Radio Access Network:

First of all, I want to start with an example of a normal day on a mission:

Call to register a new user, visit a new camp [a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital] and consider how we can provide connectivity with not so much equipment, unload cement bags from a MSF truck, help to build a tent, revive a computer, install two new printers in the OCHA office, pointing a C band VSAT in the WFP logistics base, visit the Red Cross guest house to see if everyone is connected, wash clothes in the bathtub, shower, eat dinner and at 21:00 go to bed (remember that I am Spanish, and usually at 21:00 we are starting to think what to have for dinner). Continue reading

Using ICT to overcome the challenge of clean water

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Editor’s note: Today we feature a guest post from Ken Durand, the Head of Innovation at Ericsson’s Atlanta Idea Factory:

In today’s world, we often take for granted having clean water and basic sanitation. However, one of every six people on planet Earth do not have daily access to clean drinking water, and one in every three people do not have the water required for basic sanitation needs. Each year, this lack of clean water (and the diseases this situation creates) is responsible for more deaths than all global wars. Continue reading

Investing in tomorrow by recycling e-waste in Benin with MTN

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Editor’s note: Today we feature a post from Omasan Ogisi, Head of Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility for Ericsson Sub-Saharan Africa, writing about Ericsson’s e-waste recycling efforts in Benin:

How many electronic gadgets have you owned over the past 10 years, and where are they today? Research shows that on average, mobile phone users change their handsets every 18-24 months. While other small electronics tend to have longer turnover times, it is safe to assume that you have owned at least five consumer electronic devices since 2010. Continue reading

The Rockstars of Vanuatu – Ericsson Response strikes a chord on Tanna

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Editor’s note: We are happy to feature a post by Suzanne Fenton, Communications Officer, IT Emergency Preparedness and Response Branch, World Food Programme, about the humanitarian response efforts in Vanuatu after the devastation of Cyclone Pam in early March:

It would seem that you learn something new every day in this job. Sitting in the back of a pick-up truck with his colleagues LP Svensson and Mike Duffin of Ericsson Response, Prakash Muniandy (former ETC Coordinator in Vanuatu) had just landed on Tanna from Port Vila. He was enjoying watching island life fly by as they made their winding way to their digs at the Tanna Lodge – the tang of the hot sweet tropics and the gentle shooshing of the Pacific contrasting with the brown and barren landscape that is the legacy of Tropical Cyclone Pam, for now at least. Continue reading

The World Economic Forum on Africa: We need to work together to make ICT work for us

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Editor’s note: Today we are happy to feature a post by Fredrik Jejdling, Head of Region sub-Saharan Africa for Ericsson, as a preview to the World Economic Forum on Africa 2015, which is taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, June 3-5.

In Africa, as in the rest of the world, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are poised to deliver deep societal transformation. This will deliver growth and prosperity based on greater inclusion, social cohesion and environmental sustainability. What was once technological infrastructure will become social infrastructure – seamless, intuitive and integral, connecting not just people but communities, systems, processes, and intelligence. Continue reading

Talking about tech and humanitarian response in the Middle East and North Africa

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Image courtesy of the World Economic Forum

At the upcoming World Economic Forum Regional Summit this week, the Syrian refugee crisis will certainly play a key role in the discussions. The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that there are more than 50 million people in the world who have been forcibly displaced from their homes. And while predictions around the number of future displaced persons differ, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), 50 million more people may be displaced within the next 10 years as a result of desertification and climate change. The numbers are staggering, as is the human suffering that is being endured. Continue reading