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Low-cost, easy-to-implement, ecofriendly ideas to meet basic needs for food, housing, water, sanitation, energy, jobs and health.
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American Friends of Le Korsa | Bringing Lifesaving Medical, Educational, and Cultural Facilities to Rural Africa

American Friends of Le Korsa | Bringing Lifesaving Medical, Educational, and Cultural Facilities to Rural Africa | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it
Providing adequate access to medical facilities and care, supporting growth in educational programs and providing avenues of cultural and artistic exchange.
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Jin-Yong Cai champions new tools to broaden access to high-quality, affordable education. - Project Syndicate

Jin-Yong Cai champions new tools to broaden access to high-quality, affordable education. - Project Syndicate | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it
If we are to end poverty, reduce unemployment, and stem rising economic inequality, we must find new, better, and cheaper ways to teach – and on a vast scale. Fortunately, we live in an age in which information technology gives us the right tools to broaden access to high-quality, affordable education.
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There are many questionable premises in this approach. Its value depends on what the objective of education is. The best teachers are able to attune in subtle ways to individual students and how they learn best, inspire them to self-directed learning from intrinsic motivation and to develop "soft skills." Even in poor nations, this will be crucial for future citizenry and "big data" may focus on completely different outcomes.

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Tailored approach key to cookstove uptake

Tailored approach key to cookstove uptake | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it
Worldwide, programs aiming to give safe, efficient cooking stoves to people in developing countries haven't had complete success—and local research has looked into why.
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Aaron Doering | PROJECTS

Aaron Doering | PROJECTS | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it
Since his days growing up on a farm in southern Minnesota, Aaron has had a passion for geography, technology, education, and the environment. His projects focus on the importance of educating learners around the world about the environment, and he does so using interactive online learning environments. His work has taken him (and his learners) to the far reaches of the earth, exploring remote landscapes and connecting learners from vastly different cultures with each other. For over a decade Aaron has engaged millions of learners and educators annually with support from a dedicated team at the University of Minnesota along with a range of generous sponsors, funders, and collaborators. You can read more about each of the projects listed below on the individual project pages.
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What is Polyculture?!

What is Polyculture?! | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it
What if I told you could reduce weeding, create a little ecosystem with your vegetables and deter pests? That's what polyculture aims to do. Polyculture is a form of permaculture that shifts from o...
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A Global Partnership To Teach Every Child [INFOGRAPHIC] #teach #child

A Global Partnership To Teach Every Child [INFOGRAPHIC] #teach #child | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it
Filed under: Education Tagged: Child, Global, Partnership, Teach

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Water | Living Future

Water | Living Future | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it

The intent of the Water Petal is to realign how people use water and redefine ‘waste’ in the built environment,  so that water is respected as a precious resource. Scarcity of potable water is quickly becoming a serious issue as many countries around the world face severe shortages and compromised water quality. Even regions that have avoided the majority of these problems to date due to a historical presence of abundant fresh water are at risk: the impacts of climate change, highly unsustainable water use patterns, and the continued drawdown of major aquifers portent significant problems ahead.

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The African Executive | EAJA Launches Investigative Journalism and Corruption Reporting Training

The African Executive | EAJA Launches Investigative Journalism and Corruption Reporting Training | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it
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Stewardship Community: About us

The objective of this Stewardship Community Website is to promote proper and effective use of agricultural inputs through creating dialogue among industry players - individuals, farmers, growers, government and non governmental organizations, media and professionals - on product stewardship issues. We welcome inputs from and dialogue with all those involved in ensuring that Crop protection measures are safe, effective and sustainable. For a fuller explaination please see ourpaper.

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Stewardship Community: Obsession with 30 out of 30,000 Edible Plants drives up Malnutrition

Crop variety instrumental to nutrition

Out of the known 30,000 edible plant species, just 30, including maize, rice and wheat make up 95 per cent of all the food humans eat (Csmonitor.com; accessed January 9, 2014). The quest to produce more food to feed the world pays less attention to nutritional benefits offered by food variety. Malnutrition increases prospects of contracting diseases, stunted growth among children and has accounted for an estimated 3.5 million deaths of under five a year olds (Avrdc.org; accessed January 9, 2014).

One way to scale up food variety is to encourage cultivation of 'orphan crops'. Initiatives such as the African Orphan Crop Consortium, launched late last year are keen to tap into some of the neglected edible species (Scidev.net; accessed January 9, 2014).

Equally important to farmers is the importance of activating market forces to drive demand for the edible species that do not feature among the top 30. Information on the nutritional value of Amaranth flour led to increased production in parts of Kenya. A similar approach has been used with Enset (the “false banana”) now cultivated in Ethiopia. Market signals offer great potential to get neglected edible plant species onto your dinner plate.

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Big data for development: Facts and figures - SciDev.Net

Big data for development: Facts and figures - SciDev.Net | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it
What is big data, and could it transform development policy? Emmanuel Letouzé takes a close look at this emerging field.
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A Chinese Company 3D-Printed 10 Houses In A Day

A Chinese Company 3D-Printed 10 Houses In A Day | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it
The 3D printer used to build the houses is 500 feet long, 33 feet wide and 20 feet high.

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Pretty cool. Some day perhaps we will build larger buildings, ships and more this way.

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This Newly Invented Off-Grid Solar Grill Can Store Energy To Cook At Night Without Electricity

This Newly Invented Off-Grid Solar Grill Can Store Energy To Cook At Night Without Electricity | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it
The Wilson Solar Grill can not only cook your food when the sun is out during the day, but it can store that heat energy and so you can cook your food at night. How you ask? The solar grill uses a fresnel lens to heat Lithium Nitrate. (Lithium nitrate “is the lithium salt of nitric acid. It is made by reacting lithium carbonate or lithium hydroxide with nitric acid.“) ~Wikipedia
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Toilets for People

Toilets for People | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it
Bringing Sanitation Solutions to the Developing World
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Environmentally compatible organic solar cells in the future

Environmentally compatible organic solar cells in the future | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it

Environmentally compatible production methods for organic solar cells from novel materials are in the focus of "MatHero." The new project coordinated by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) aims at making organic photovoltaics competitive to their inorganic counterparts by enhancing the efficiency of organic solar cells, reducing their production costs and increasing their life-time. "Green" processes for materials synthesis and coating play a key role. "MatHero" is funded by the European Commission with an amount of EUR 3.5 million.


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UDG China Breaks Ground on Spiraling Green Roofed Kindergarten in Wuxi

UDG China Breaks Ground on Spiraling Green Roofed Kindergarten in Wuxi | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it

United Design Group (UDG) China recently started construction on Xieli Garden, a green roofed community kindergarten in Wuxi.


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Aaron Doering | Earthducation

Aaron Doering | Earthducation | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it
The Earthducation project evolved from nearly 10 years of delivering adventure learning (AL) projects to tens of millions of students and teachers around the globe. As Aaron embarked upon these AL programs and collaborated with diverse cultures in locations ranging from the Arctic to the South Africa, it became evident that there were exhilarating narratives and experiences, large and small, that needed a worldwide outlet and global community. Thus, Earthducation was born.
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Watch Zambian Children's Priceless Reactions as They Taste Clean Water for the Very First Time - RYOT News

Watch Zambian Children's Priceless Reactions as They Taste Clean Water for the Very First Time - RYOT News | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it
World Vision-The Zambia Project follows the lives of underprivileged African children as they get access to clean water for the first time.
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Net Zero Water | Net Zero Water Buildings Portland | Water Conservation in Built Environments

We have created Net Zero Water buildings for years. Green Hammer has a long history of taking leadership in water conservation and innovation.
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African Library Project - Home

African Library Project - Home | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it
African Library Project - creating African libraries by organizing the shipment of gently-used books through book drives in the United States.
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The African Executive | Africa: The Road to Sustained and Inclusive Economic Growth

The African Executive | Africa: The Road to Sustained and Inclusive Economic Growth | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it
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Increase crop diversity to boost nutrition

Increase crop diversity to boost nutrition | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it
Lesser-known plants such as enset and amaranth can play an important role in improving nutrition while providing an alternative to the annual grains that need artificial fertilizers and costly pesticides and herbicides.
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Human Rights: The Next Frontier

Human Rights: The Next Frontier | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it
One of the most important developments in sustainability is the recent focus on human rights.

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5 Photo collections that reveal how the world lives

5 Photo collections that reveal how the world lives | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it
Whether you live in Norway or Namibia, you probably spend a lot of your time doing the same things as everyone else: eating, sleeping, shopping, working and playing. What that
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A homemade solar lamp for developing countries

A homemade solar lamp for developing countries | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —The solar lamp developed by the start-up LEDsafari is a more effective, safer, and less expensive form of illumination than the traditional oil lamp currently used by more than one billion people in the world.
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