Listening closely to users has enabled developers to create digital tools that support responses to the recent Ebola outbreak.
A group in Lebanon deploys a wide range of methods—from mobile apps to street theater—to thwart bribe-taking by officials.
In a classic leapfrogging initiative, Libya has enabled its citizens to complete voter registration via digital messaging technology.
A combination of fresh funding and e-book technology will enable publishers to give new life to out-of-print scholarly works.
Sama Group, a social enterprise that connects disadvantaged people with digital work, is expanding its reach to the United States.
Through the Workers Lab, union leaders aim to nurture “audacious ideas” that might reinvent the US labor movement.
Researchers are exploring an unlikely venue for serving the critical health needs of African-American men.
In Boston, a new program will give low-income college students an alternative to toiling as unpaid interns.
To leverage data science for social good, one company is working to foster a bit of healthy competition.
Amid landing strips and airline terminals, threatened bee species are finding a much-needed new habitat.
A new regulation in Massachusetts aims to direct food waste away from landfills and toward more productive uses.
At two big-city libraries, patrons can check out a new approach to accessing a wide range of digital technology.
Despite their somewhat ominous reputation, drones are proving to have a wide range of beneficial applications.
A Silicon Valley start-up that operates earth-orbiting imaging satellites is making them available to social innovators.
In Mozambique, an effort to train women as ambulance drivers enhances public safety and fosters opportunity.
Village Power Finance gives members of nonprofit associations a novel way to pay for solar conversion projects.
An online platform helps city governments to discover, organize, and market publicly owned property.
Local bike-lending arrangements offer an alternative to bigger, more complex bike-sharing systems.
In Accra, Ghana, social entrepreneurs are working to reinvent the public library for the 21st century.
Software from a group called Ultrasafe Ultrasound promises to make it harder to practice sex-selective abortion.
A $100 million foundation initiative aims to foster urban resilience in the face of disaster.
A state-of-the-art database gives nonprofit leaders a tool for building relationships with potential funders.
In troubled spots around the world, Right to Play shows how fun and games can be a serious tool for development.
At a "philanthropub," a new kind of bar and restaurant, a portion of each patron's bill goes to a worthy cause.
In some places, users of the US Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program can supplement their diet via community supported agriculture.
A US National Archives program uses 21st-century technology to enlist ordinary citizens in the transcription of centuries-old documents.
In Tunisia, the Souk At-tanmia project provides funding and technical support to budding entrepreneurs.
With hard data and soft skills, Communities in Schools fine-tunes its model to reduce dropout rates.
Social Finance Inc. offers a network-based alternative to government-sponsored student loan programs.
To support entrepreneurs in emerging markets, investors are drawing upon a financial tradition that dates back centuries.
A community-based program in rural Kentucky uses face-to-face social networks to promote wellness.
The American Nonprofits Federal Credit Union will provide loans and other much-needed financial services to member organizations.
D-Rev delivers affordable health care innovation to the places that need it most.
Donors want their money to be spent wisely, but knowing where to give can be difficult.
Can open conversations accelerate the spread of good ideas in global development?
The i2 Institute aims to catalyze hope across the Middle East.
In the aftermath of the US housing crisis, Habitat for Humanity is working to build not just affordable homes, but affordable communities.
State-sponsored pensions for private sector employees aim to stem US retirement insecurity.
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy aims to help donors make informed, smarter giving decisions.