As much as you might want to make a difference in the world, it is not always feasible to take time off from your life and job, book a flight and work directly in the field to improve the lives of others. One way that you can make a difference is by donating money to a cause that you believe in.
About 21% of the world’s population are still without access to electricity worldwide, almost all of whom live in developing countries. Unfortunately, a major barrier to the electrification of these areas is corruption. According to the Solar Energy Foundation*, “The most problematic factor for business in Africa is the “access to finance”, closely followed by “corruption”. The ratio in Asia and America is different: “corruption” is here the most problematic factor for business while “access to finance” is ranked on third position.”
Giving money to humanitarian causes is important, but it is equally important to know that the money you are giving is making a difference. In 2011, the * Solar Energy Foundation, “Off-Grid Business Indicator 2014”, http://solar-energy-foundation.org/fileadmin/Dateien/OBIN_World_2014_FINAL.pdf
* Solar Energy Foundation, “Off-Grid Business Indicator 2014”, http://solar-energy-foundation.org/fileadmin/Dateien/OBIN_World_2014_FINAL.pdf