Monthly Archives: September 2012


Cash Rewards Spur Poor Communities to Pay for Sanitation Projects

Children try out a new hand-washing station. (Photograph by East Meets West Foundation)

An international aid charity is taking an unorthodox approach to helping people in Cambodia and Vietnam improve sanitation and hygiene: It asks beneficiaries to help pay for the construction of latrines and hand-washing stations, but then gives them cash rewards when they get results. The effort will now spread, thanks to a $10.9-million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The East Meets West Foun…


Update: Retreats on Trademarking ‘Social Enterprise’

The software giant has announced that it plans to withdraw its applications to trademark the term “social enterprise.”

The company, which had sought the trademark in Great Britain, Jamaica, the United States, and the European Union, has been using the term in its advertising for the last two years to describe how businesses use social media to connect with customers. In its announcement, pointed to the outcry from nonprofits and socially minded businesses as the pri…