Insights from the Tech Awards on ways to improve lives using technology

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By Catherine Cheney

Launched in 2000, The Tech Awards recognize organizations using technology in ways that benefit humanity. Devex spoke with some of the leaders gathered at this year's event about the ways innovation can improve lives in low-resource settings.

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Engaging the private sector to finance climate change adaptation

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A private sector perspective on PPP: 5 tips to make it work

Two years after entering its first public-private partnership, Unilever credits the initiative for opening up "deep channels" and networks, Avinish Jain, social mission manager for the consumer goods company, told Devex. We caught up with him on five tips for organizations starting out on the PPP road.

'Habitat III, what's that?' — the view of businesses in the smart city sector

As the dust settles after Habitat III, how much do the companies bidding to build the world's new cities actually know, or care, about the New Urban Agenda and the guidelines it sets out for urban development?

Getting traction for a big new idea in global development

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Uncovering the challenges of scaling impact in Africa

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Is it time for OPIC to own up?

Overseas Private Investment Corp., the U.S. government's development finance agency, is barred from owning shares of foreign companies in the markets where it invests. But with new financing models needed to address the challenges of the 2030 development agenda, should OPIC be looking at different ways to achieve investment impact?

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