Power for Good

The history of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is not a happy one. The central African state has seen more than its fair share of civil war, violence and poverty, as competing factions fight for control of the country’s considerable mineral resources. And that strife continues today, with the recent taking by M23 rebels of Goma, the provincial capital of North Kivu, and the subsequent emptying of its central bank, being matched by reports of rape and looting by Congolese government troops.

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As Freeplay is committed to helping to build a better, more secure future for the 1.5 billion people around the world who live without access to a regular power supply, much of our time and energy is spent looking forward, finding new ways to deliver our products into the hands of those who need them most and looking at how our latest technologies can be further improved.

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Back in 1987, the Brundtland Report was published by the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development. It described sustainable development as, "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" and, 25 years later, this vision is underpinning a subtle shift in the way many businesses view their engagement with current and future generations.

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The dramatic pictures we have seen of the devastation wrought in New York by Superstorm Sandy can only give us a general impression of the disruption caused to lives and livelihoods. Sandy was followed soon afterwards by a second powerful storm that compounded the damage and, days later, 70,000 people in the state remain without power, 10,000 as a result of the second storm.

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Conferences, exhibitions and expos not only serve industry, but have become an industry in themselves. Some focus on issues that are of interest to a very narrow range of specialists, whilst other cover such a breadth of topics that it can be difficult for delegates to find a common focus. The best, however, unite expertise, experience and knowledge, energise debate and move issues forwards in a way that would be hard to achieve in any other forum.

 

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The current debate in the UK about how the exam system can best support students to become effective future contributors to the country’s growth and economic well-being is a heated one. But for many countries, the challenges faced by schools are more fundamental. Add a comment

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