[TC-I Call to Action]: Financial Solutions for Social Change

Ashoka Changemakers and Citi are partnering “in the search for innovative and cutting-edge methods that allow financial security to become a reality for everyone” by offering an online challenge titled “Banking on Social Change – Seeking Financial Solutions for All.”

The competition is designed to reach the world’s entrepreneurs and challenge them to use their substantial talents and commitment to providing financial services for all. The objective is to channel the collective energy of entrepreneurial ideas and skills as a means for creating economic and social change worldwide.

Nominations are due by September 26, 2008, and innovators must submit their entries by October 1, 2008. As an incentive to submit early, entries received before August 15 will be eligible to win an early entry prize of a camcorder and digital camera worth US$1,000.

Vote in the Global Water Challenge

The Global Water Challenge, a competition put on by Ashoka Changemakers, is taking votes right now on their selected finalists. Titled “Tapping Local Innovation: Unclogging the Water and Sanitation Crisis,” voting for the projects is open until Sunday, May 11.

Ashoka’s Changemakers and Global Water Challenge have partnered to open a worldwide search for ideas and projects that, when scaled-up, have the potential to transform the provision of sanitation and water.

We have covered the lack of access to safe drinking water in India before. There are three finalists out of nine from India – Naandi Foundation, Swayam Shikshan Prayog, and Himanshu Parikh Consulting Engineers. This is an issue that affects many countries, and the project finalists are working on some innovative approaches, from community based initiatives to leveraging technology to working on mechanisms that encourage behavioral change.

Three winners will receive $5000 for their projects. Go here to cast your vote.