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New York, NY
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- NTEE Category:
Q International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security
Q32 International Economic Development
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- How This Organization Is Funded:
ExxonMobil - $400,000
Daiwa Corporation of Japan - $80,000
Russel Investments - $11,000
Connecting simple technology with last mile communities to reduce poverty.
Toshi Nakamura co-founded Kopernik, a technology marketplace for the developing world. Kopernik connects simple, life-changing technology with the people who need it the most. Since launching Kopernik in 2010, Toshi and his growing team have reached more than 110,000 people in 14 countries with innovative technologies like solar lights, water filters and clean cookstoves. Toshi also sits on Kopernik’s Board of Directors.
Toshi gained extensive experience in international development during his career with the United Nations. He spent close to a decade working for the United Nations in Timor-Leste, Indonesia and Sierra Leone, dealing with governance reform, peace-building and post-disaster reconstruction in tsunami-devastated Aceh. While in Indonesia he piloted a Base of the Pyramid approach by engaging Japanese companies in pro-poor business development. Prior to joining the UN, Toshi was a management consultant for McKinsey and Company in Tokyo. He holds an L.L.B from Kyoto University, Japan and Masters of Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.
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Crowdfunded projects connecting technology with last mile communities
- Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
We connect simple, life-changing technologies with people living in the last mile -- the most remote parts of the developing world.
How It Works:
1. We choose the best technology designed for the developing world for our online marketplace.
2. Local partners in developing countries submit proposals for technology that will help their communities.
3. We conduct due diligence, and fund the upfront costs of supplying technology with support from our corporate partners and crowdfunding through our website.
4. When projects are fully funded, we send the technology to our local partners on consignment.
5. People can buy the technologies in their communities at a locally-affordable price, paying in instalments.
6. Our local partners return the revenue from the sale of technologies to Kopernik, to fund new projects.
7. We share photos, stories and analysis of the impact of the technologies through the Kopernik website.
Program Long-Term Success:
The money from technology sales is reinvested in more life-changing technology for the community, ultimately creating sustainable supply chains to remote communities. Access to this technology reduces poverty and improves the quality of life in last mile locations.
Program Short-Term Success:
People in the last mile adopt the technologies. The technologies save families money and time, improve their health and safety, and ease pressure on the environment.
Program Success Monitored by:
1. Reports from local partners, providing feedback from technology users.
2. Repayments from local partners, reflecting the demand for the technology.
3. Impact assessments conducted by Kopernik Fellows.
Program Success Examples:
In the Oecusse enclave of Timor-Leste, 100% of households who have bought three or more solar lights through our Light Up Oecusse projects have completely stopped using kerosene lanterns for light.
Since 2010, Kopernik has reached more than 110,000 people in 15 countries with simple, life-changing technology. Reports from our local partners and rapid impact assessments confirm these technologies are changing lives in the last mile. Solar lights, water filters, clean cookstoves, rolling water drums, solar hearing aids and other innovative technologies are making life easier for people living in tough places. The revenue from technology sales is funding more technology for last mile communities, amplifying impact.
For more in-depth information about this organization's impact, view their Charting Impact Report