Technology for Development

We recognize that technological solutions are increasingly playing a role in helping solve some of the world’s greatest challenges. The Elsevier Foundation is working to develop a new program area, which will harness the power of technology and big data for good.  Our goal is to support projects enabling data scientists to contribute their skills to tackle some of the toughest issues outlined by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Supporting African entrepreneurs to develop home-grown innovations for health: this is the goal of Innovate for Life, an initiative launched by Amref Flying Doctors.  With a grant of $50,000, The Elsevier Foundation is proud to support Amref’s goal to help early-stage entrepreneurs developing novel technological solutions. The Fund aims to bridge the gap between African entrepreneurs and international investors by offering deep subject matter knowledge, strong networks and access to funding.

We value big data and the solutions it can power to benefit humanitarian work worldwide. DataKind has received a partnership grant of $75,000 to develop one high-impact DataCorps Disaster Relief and one DataDive project in London on 25-26th November 2017. The programs aim to engage data science and social sector experts on projects addressing critical Sustainable Development Goals needs and investigate how data science can be applied to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. Through the partnership, DataKind can increase impact, scale technologies and reach new communities, as well as the world’s leading data scientists. There are three organizations that DataKind will help find big data solutions for: Christian Aid, The One Campaign, and FareShare.

Technology for Development News

How data scientists are tackling hunger and social change

December 7th, 2017

You can’t feed the world with data – or can you? For an organization like FareShare, data can be a vital […]

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#DataDive UK: Follow data scientists and developers in a hackathon for charities

November 25th, 2017

Elsevier Foundation joins DataKind, ONE Campaign, FareShare and Christian Aid to use data for tackling poverty and justice, climate change […]

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TWAS-Elsevier award honours sustainability research

October 18th, 2017

Climate change has been a growing challenge for many of people living around Lake Turkana in northern Kenya. Hundreds of […]

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New Investment Fund for African Entrepreneurs in Health care

May 29th, 2017

Amsterdam, May 19, 2017: PRESS RELEASE Amref Health Africa, Africa’s leading health organisation launched an investment fund focused on the […]

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