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New Solar Energy Report Unveils Unexpected Results

November 19, 2015 By


Experts say solar energy could be the world’s largest source of power by 2050. Africa’s solar power potential is massive and could play a key role in solving the continent’s energy issues. On a global scale, this is essential to tackling the climate crisis our planet faces today, according to The Africa Progress Report, 2015. … Continue Reading →

We Take E-Waste Seriously

November 9, 2015 By

Girl reading e-books on her e-reader.

It all started in 2010. The below photo captures a big moment in Worldreader’s history: it was taken on the launch day of our first e-reading program, iREAD, in the Eastern region of Ghana. Given that the average lifespan of an e-reader is of four years, you may be wondering: what becomes of these e-readers? … Continue Reading →

From 5 Million to 1 Billion Mobile Readers

September 29, 2015 By

David Risher and Bill Clinton at the CGI 2015 Annual Meeting

Last year at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting we made an ambitious commitment. We pledged to bring digital books to 5 million people in three years. Instead, it took us only one. That’s an enormous achievement. It means that in just one year, millions of more people around the world are now able to … Continue Reading →

African Digital Reading Summits: a Success!

May 8, 2015 By

Digital Reading Summit 2015

“Immerse Yourself In the Digital Era” was the driving theme of our Digital Reading Summits in Nairobi, Kenya and Accra, Ghana last month. Collectively, 300 representatives from 10 countries across sub-Saharan Africa convened to discuss the impact of digital reading and the opportunities it represents to readers everywhere. The participants spanned across the public, private, … Continue Reading →

Study Highlights How Mobile Reading Works for Girls

February 13, 2015 By

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We recently sat down with Ronda Zelezny-Green, a PhD student in Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) at Royal Holloway, University of London, to discuss her recent study on Worldreader Mobile usage among a group of girls at a secondary school in Nairobi, Kenya. Her study examines the girls’ app usage in an effort … Continue Reading →

5 Million People Reading. What It Takes.

October 26, 2014 By

Lila Tretikov with David Risher

Way back at the beginning of Worldreader, my friend Mike Sundermeyer told me a story about commitment that goes like this: A pig and a chicken were walking down the road. They passed a church and notice that a potluck charity breakfast was under way. Inspired to help, the pig suggested to the chicken that they … Continue Reading →

10,000 E-Books for AIDS Orphans in Uganda

August 4, 2014 By

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We’re excited to announce a new partnership with Nyaka Aids Orphans Project (NAOP), a Segal Family Foundation partner that works to alleviate poverty, hunger, and lack of access to healthcare and education for nearly 600 orphans living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda. Between July 18-22, two schools in the rural communities of Nyaka and Kutamba each … Continue Reading →