Archive - April 2013

Gambia cracks down on ‘illegal’ VoIP services
Cases of Noma disease progressively rise in Nigeria
Worldcoo is happy to pitch @ ESADE Cleantech Club
Crowdfunding grew 81% in 2012
Worldcoo in the EIT Foundation’s Annual Innovation Forum
We support the "Yo apoyo el Crowdfunding" campaign
Thank you!

Gambia cracks down on ‘illegal’ VoIP services

Gambia’s natural communication has always been  the Gambia river. Messages, information and goods had been always delivered through ferries.

The country has faced a lot of changes in communications lately. The telecom industry has grown exponentially, and the adoption of internet, smartphones and data plans has more than doubled since two years ago.

This may be the reason why VoIP services like Skype and dating websites are the target of a government crackdown in Gambia. They have been deemed a threat to national mobile operators and telecom firms.

The country’s telecommunications watchdog, ‘Public Utilities Regulatory Authority’ (PURA), has issued a press release prohibiting companies and/or individuals operating through Internet Cafes and offering Dating services and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services as a commercially available service to the public in The Gambia.

The comments are not without parallels. Fellow Africa country Ethiopia outlawed Skype and VoIP services last year, a move thought to have been made to protect local operators, while Saudi Arabia banned VoIP services on account of national security. These cases are in contrast with Kenya, which according with Bloomberg, has the world largest mobile pay network.

Now, you may be guessing about the correlation with this news and the “Improving the community gardens of the Upper River Region” project.

The fact is that in Worldcoo we believe that access to information is a key factor to accomplish development. It’s within our nature, we need internet information to communicate how the projects are changing local realities. We also need internet, data and transparency to track all the money we sent to the NGOs, and to show the results in this blog. That’s why we are so concerned about this Gambia’s goverment action.

Cases of Noma disease progressively rise in Nigeria

In 2006 126.000 Nigerians were affected by the Noma disease. Since then, this number has progressively raised . One of the main problems, apart from the entrenched malnutrition already discussed on this blog, is that a lot of people think Noma is an act of God, others think it’s ancestral curse or the anger of God.

This situation has lead the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Nigeria, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, to launch a campaign against the disease together with the Paul Jegede Foundation, and sponsored by Japaul Oil and Maritime Services. To know more about this campaign the local newspaper Vanguard, is publishing detailed information.

In Worldcoo we are also worried about the Noma disease. That’s why we have the Construction of a fenced area for crops project together with Fundació Campaner NGO. In this case to eradicate Noma in Diffa, a small town in the border between Niger and Nigeria. Are you helping us?

If you want to know more about Niger, Noma and the Fundació Campaner NGO, we are pleased to encourage you to visit the photographic exhibition which will take place in Les Cotxeres Casinet in Barcelona, from April 15th to 28th. Full details here.

The Worldcoo Team.

Worldcoo is happy to pitch @ ESADE Cleantech Club


Worldcoo will be a guest speaker @ the Sustainability in Business Environement session held by the Cleantech Club. Also KIC InnoEnergy will be pitching together with Worldcoo. This is the program:

  • What is KIC InnoEnergy? What kind of ventures they support? What is their acceleration program about?
  • What is Worldcoo? How it works? What we learned?
  • Sustainable energy business.

Agenda: Presentation followed by networking cocktail in MBA cafeteria.

Date: April 17th.
Time: 3 to 5 pm.
Where: ESADE CREAPOLIS room 3D02.

We are looking forward to exchange opinions and learn from the Cleantech Club members, which are also studens from The ESADE MBA.

See you there!

The Worldcoo Team.

Crowdfunding grew 81% in 2012

Crowdfunding had last year an 81% increase over 2011, reaching $2.7 billion in 2012, according to the ‘Report Crowdfunding Industry 2013’ drawn up by the research firm Massolution. The study was based on data collected from 308 active crowdfunding platforms (CFPs) worldwide and further research done by a team of academics and analysts from around the world.
By regions, the study reveals that North America’s volume of crowdfunding contributions grew 105% to $1.6 billion raised. Europe is the second one, with a growth of 65% to $945 million. Both two dominate the landscape of crowdfunding, with a share of over 95%. All other markets grew about 125%. Oceania ($76 million), Asia ($33 million), South America ($800,000) and Africa ($65,000) come after them.

Most of this growth came from donations and rewards-based platforms (680,000 campaigns) and lending-based crowdfunding (about 250,000). The lending-based crowdfunding is arising mainly from microcredit and loans driven by local communities to SMEs, also with the adoption-reward campaigns such as based on Kickstarter. Social causes accounted for 27% of all activity of crowdfunding, which Massolution expected to change it as more start-ups and SMEs begin to take advantage of this platform. The other nine most active categories by were business and entrepreneurship, cinema, music, energy, fashion, art, ICT, editorial and science & technology. Videogames, which in 2012 raised $83 million just on Kickstarter, are also an emerging category, according Kartaszewicz-Grell.

Massolution, which is specialized in crowdsourcing and crowdfunding industries, were right in the forecast of 2012 about the growth of total crowdfunding volume and they expect that these figures will reach $5.1 billion in 2013, 72% in North America.

Worldcoo in the EIT Foundation’s Annual Innovation Forum

Sergi Figueres participated last March 26th in the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Foundation’s Annual Innovation Forum in Brussels to share his experience and to present Worldcoo, in the “Big data to capture and show knowledge” group.

Thirty young leaders from the worlds of business, academia and research shared their inspiring ideas with policy-makers and business executives. The young professionals, entrepreneurs and students presented their ideas on innovative solutions to business opportunities in sectors such as health, energy, information and communication market, startups or to promote smart cities and knowledge Societies. The EIT Foundation young leaders’ programme aims to discover a new generation of talented entrepreneurs who can drive the development of sustainable innovation in the EU.

The EIT Foundation’s priorities are:

  • Promoting entrepreneurial education and bridging the gap between academia and business
  • Creating a new generation with an entrepreneurial mind-set ready to drive the development of sustainable innovation
  • Developing an international network of talented professionals in education, research, innovation and business

The main theme of the Annual Innovation Forum is on how ‘data-driven innovation’ can benefit society and the economy. In how Europe can harness the full potential of the amount of data that is generated nowadays to address the economic, environmental and societal challenges of our time. From better delivery of public services to more efficient energy use, data-driven innovation is seen as crucial for economic growth.

We support the "Yo apoyo el Crowdfunding" campaign

Crowdfunding seems to be trendy nowadays. And no wonder, because in last few years, since social media revolution, this is being a method that is helping hundreds of people, projects and platforms to be funded.

Crowdfunding was born from what was previously only called donations but it has evolved in such a way that in different countries has already its own specific legislation that supports, defends and promotes crowdfunding. In Worldcoo we want this legislation to reach also our home country, Spain, and to achieve it we support the campaign carried out by the portal Universo Crowdfunding called “Yo apoyo el crowdfunding”.

With the campaign “Yo apoyo el crowdfunding” a request is made to the Government of the Kingdom of Spain, to legislate the collective financing concretely as soon as possible. As a starting point, the request of the government is done with a list of little requests that are considered essential to achieve the objectives of ensuring legally this financing option:

  1. Increase deductions
  2. Flexibility in obtaining the “declaration of public utility”
  3. Reduction of VAT
  4. That everyone can participate through small investments in an easy, simple and dynamic way
  5. Tax relief for small contributions
  6. Reduction of percentage to pay for the interest on their contributions
  7. Prioritize and facilitate grants
  8. Promote active policies
  9. Facilitate and promote the activities of crowdfunding platforms

From Worldcoo we believe in it and we support the Universo Crowdfunding campaign to achieve this legislation in Spain and we encourage you to spread this campaign to get it as soon as possible. You can find this campaign in social media with the hashtag #yocrowdfunding and follow @yocrowdfunding help the cause.

Thank you!

In Worldcoo we are very happy! And it’s no wonder. It’s been a little bit more than two months since we launched our project, and we really think that this is the first stop we have to do to recap and evaluate with you what we have achieve in this time.

First of all, as you might know, our community has already exceed 400 members. We are very happy about it! In addition, we have 73 donors in our community, which means that about 20% of our members have made a donation. We can’t think of another way to thank you this fact that typing in caps THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH! This project is finding its place and with your help we will succeed. We also want to thank our first sponsor, Eva Cosmetics, for believing in us and, especially, for the responsibility they show with a gesture like this. All the people, and companies, who believe in a better world have a place here in Worldcoo to let their voices be heard.

We also want to mention our projects. We started this with 3 projects working with 3 NGOs and now we are working with 5 projects and 5 NGOs. Thanks to our NGOs for their trust in us and in our community and thanks to our community again because, if it were not for this rapidly growing, we would not be able to get what we got.
Finally, we would like to inform you that something in our website has changed its look. Go round and find our new photo mosaic of our users. Thank you very much to everyone and remember, if you are not in the mosaic because you have not upload your profile picture, Upload it!

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