More than 150 Echoing Green Fellows gathered in Joburg for the 2015 All Fellows Conference to refine and re-energize their leadership. Here's what we learned.
Summer Friday: Innovations in Economic Development
Throughout our twenty-fifth anniversary year, we've been exploring the connections between the pioneering work of our earliest Fellows and the newest innovations of our 2013 class. All summer long we'll be offering up video pairings showing that the locally-grown apple doesn't fall too far from the microfinanced tree. So before you slip out for the weekend, take a moment to learn about the changes these Fellows have brought about in this world, and the work yet to be done!
Weekend 1: Putting the Power of Economic Development Into the Hands of the Poor
1998 Fellow and founder of SKS Microfinance Vikram Akula talked about the journey from charity to investment to solve economic development and poverty alleviation problems.
Successful finalist and 2013 Fellow Lesley Silverthorn Marincola pitched the bold idea behind her organization Angaza Design: 'Pay As You Go Solar'.
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