Six years ago, ExxonMobil designed a program to help women in developing countries reach their economic potential and drive significant social change in their communities. A Daily Beast series highlights some of the global efforts under way as a result of the strategic investments and partnerships helping to transform the lives of underprivileged women worldwide.
In the last few years, with the help of its distinguished partners, ExxonMobil has reached out to thousands of women in many developing countries through grants and investments. Their efforts are bringing to life the power of tools and technologies that are enabling women to live and work more productively. This column showcases groundbreaking innovations being implemented in constructive ways that directly address many of the economic challenges women face.
An innovative partnership between ExxonMobil and the Thunderbird Emerging Markets Laboratory (TEM Lab) is about to provide on-the-ground business consulting support to help increase Ugandan women’s access to alternative energy technologies. This Daily Beast installment highlights the important work that lies ahead for the initiative’s key players.
In the one year since it was identified as an early-entry winner of the ExxonMobil-supported Women | Tools | Technology Challenge, Solar Sister has really taken off, says Katherine Lucey, founder and president of the network basing its technology distribution efforts in Africa. Lucey spoke to The Daily Beast about the momentum the program has had over the short span of time as well as the second “Women in the World” summit in New York.
Empowering women in developing countries through alternative technologies was the subject of an afternoon panel discussion during our “Women in the World” annual summit. Moderated by Echoing Green President Cheryl Dorsey, the conversation focused on the innovations enabling women to become more productive contributors to their communities. Participants included ExxonMobil’s Vice President of Geoscience Pam Darwin, Social Innovation Lead of IDEO and head of the newly launched IDEO.org Jocelyn Wyatt, and Solar Sister entrepreneur Eva Walusimbi.