Secure access to basic services is indispensable for people to lead independent and dignified lives. Our goal is to reduce existential deficits in basic services and strengthen the necessary social structures. With our international empowering people. Network, we bring innovators and social entrepreneurs together and foster the combination of technical and entrepreneurial approaches. This allows us to promote the spread of suitable solutions, maintain a platform for knowledge transfer and enable networking with development collaboration organizations. Locally operating projects are run together with partners and implement innovative as well as proven solutions. Additionally, we impart the necessary knowledge to ensure that self-supporting structures can contribute to a permanent improvement in basic services.
International development projects
The team of empowering people. Network focuses on networking and fostering social entrepreneurs in development collaboration.
Our Social Ventures team focuses on basic services, such as the implementation of operating projects for drinking water and energy supplies, entrepreneurship, and hygiene in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Engagement in initiatives
We are not alone in our objective of contributing to sustainable social development. Many players around the world are working to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We have created joint initiatives with several of them to generate the greatest possible social impact:
The European Venture Philanthropy Association brings together venture philanthropy organizations and other interested parties at the European level. As a membership association, EVPA networks social investors and uses its own workshops and studies to impart knowledge and promote proven approaches. Siemens Stiftung is a member of EVPA.
Impact Hubs are start-up centers and innovation labs. They offer a professional working environment and access to a committed community for entrepreneurial people who want to work for the common good.
Together with the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt and the Argidius Foundation, Siemens Stiftung sponsors the “Africa Seed” program, which is creating up to ten Impact Hubs in African cities. The hubs provide start-ups and social entrepreneurs with office space and infrastructure. They also offer an opportunity to interact, network and attend training courses.
The “Practical Impact Alliance” (PIA) program at MIT D-Lab aims to harvest the power of collaborative learning by leading players around the world in order to tackle global poverty more effectively and efficiently. The initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston fosters development work based on discovering, shaping and sharing knowledge.
Siemens Stiftung has been a member of PIA since June 2016. Members of Siemens Stiftung’s empowering people. Network will collaborate in working groups with other stakeholders on pressing issues which include impact assessment, scaling pilot projects, integrated design and innovation, and inclusive recycling. They will then make the results available within the development collaboration.