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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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How Free Electricity Helped Dig $9 Billion Hole in Puerto Rico

How Free Electricity Helped Dig $9 Billion Hole in Puerto Rico | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it
With Puerto Rico’s power authority $9 billion in debt and the commonwealth owing $72 billion, free electricity may end.
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Garlic might help millions suffering from a nasty parasitic worm infection

Garlic might help millions suffering from a nasty parasitic worm infection | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it

Garlic, a remedy that literally grows in the ground, could prove to be highly effective against Schistosoma - a disease that infects 200 million.

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Backyard biogas converter turns household food scraps into cooking gas

Backyard biogas converter turns household food scraps into cooking gas | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it

An Israeli startup has launched a crowdfunding campaign to bring a backyard biogas converter to both developed and developing countries.

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Understanding Antibiotic Resistance in Developing Countries | Institute for Public Health

Understanding Antibiotic Resistance in Developing Countries | Institute for Public Health | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it

Deaths due to infectious disease in the developed world have declined significantly since the 1940s, largely due to the development and widespread use of vaccines and antibiotics.


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Africa Reveals Awesome Plan To Reforest The Continent

Africa Reveals Awesome Plan To Reforest The Continent | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it
By 2030, African nations have vowed to restore 100 million hectares (around 386,000 square miles) of the forest. The &qout;AFR100&qout; activity is an aspiring and phenomenal arrangement by more than twelve African nations to do what they can do in the event of a climate disaster. “As the world forges a cli…

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Christian Allié's curator insight, December 20, 2015 11:42 AM

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“Restoring our landscapes brings prosperity, security and opportunity,” said Dr. Vincent Biruta, Minister of Natural Resources in Rwanda. “With forest landscape restoration we’ve seen agricultural yields rise and farmers in our rural communities diversify their livelihoods and improve their well-being. Forest landscape restoration is not just an environmental strategy, it is an economic and social development strategy as well.”

“The scale of these new restoration commitments is unprecedented,” said Wanjira Mathai, Chair of the Green Belt Movement and daughter of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai. “I have seen restoration in communities both large and small across Africa, but the promise of a continent-wide movement is truly inspiring. Restoring landscapes will empower and enrich rural communities while providing downstream benefits to those in cities. Everybody wins.”


The video above from the Jane Goodall institute explains why Africa’s forests are so important to the wellbeing of our beautiful planet, and what the organization is doing to reforest chimpanzee habitats.

Let us know your thoughts regarding this, and share this uplifting news!

Source: trueactivist.com

 

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Omutima Project

Omutima Project | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it
Omutima is one word meaning both heart and soul in Chiga, the language of Southwest Uganda. It is here that I met a lovely woman, Lilian, who introduced me to the children at Rumbugu Primary School. Needless to say these children stole my heart. The first thing I noticed was that almost all of them had no shoes on. Most of these children have never worn or owned a pair of shoes AND most of them walk up to 4 miles each way to and from school! As you can imagine, their feet are in rough condition! I am currently living and teaching in Rwanda and have contributed to and volunteered my time at many projects and charities. I have also seen much of the money donated from charitable hearts (like you!) go more towards the running of NGO's and Projects then actually getting to the people that need the help! This is where Lilian and I come in. We want to cut out the middle man and make the connection directly from you to the child in need! We promise that 100% of your donation (minus any paypal fees, if applicable) will go directly to the children you sponsor! Lilian and I are passionate about not only helping these children but creating a connection between you and the children! Our goal is to provide the means for the children to write to you (snail mail and email), as well as Skype and FaceTime. This way you will actually see your donation in action! I guarantee you your heart will grow and your mind will open through this experience! If you are a parent (or teacher) this is a great opportunity to teach your children about other cultures, helping those in need and how at the core we are all the same! Take a look through the profiles from the children in P2 at Rumbugu Primary School here and I am confident you will immediately fall in love like I did! Then you can decide how much you are willing to sponsor. 
$8 - Your child will receive a new pair of shoes!
$10 - Your child will receive shoes and school supplies!
$25 - Your child will receive shoes, supplies & school uniform!
Feel free to sponsor more than one child or give the sponsorship as a gift!  We will send out sponsorship acknowledgement certificates via email with your child's photo. Starting in February (when the students return from their break) we will begin communication between you and your child. This is all so exciting and I want everyone to be a part of this new grassroots project Lilian and I have started ... caution ... the enthusiasm and love is contagious!!!
Rumbugu P2 Children Available to Sponsor
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Bloc of 134 developing nations also 'happy' with climate pact: spokeswoman

Bloc of 134 developing nations also 'happy' with climate pact: spokeswoman | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it
The G77 bloc of 134 developing nations, including China, gave the nod Saturday for a hard-fought UN climate rescue pact due to be presented for adoption in Paris.

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Will Programming Plants Feed the World? - Techonomy

Will Programming Plants Feed the World? - Techonomy | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it

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CatalyticAction Designs Playgrounds for Refugee Children in Bar Elias, Lebanon

CatalyticAction Designs Playgrounds for Refugee Children in Bar Elias, Lebanon | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it

"Within humanitarian responses, programmatically, children often become invisible." (Marc Sommers) The Syrian crisis has forced thousands...

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Organic Gardening & Permaculture

Organic Gardening & Permaculture | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it

Pinterest is a visual discovery tool that you can use to find ideas for all your projects and interests.

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Meet the woman leading China's new organic farming army

Meet the woman leading China's new organic farming army | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it

Shi Yan's approach to organic farming is helping to break the country's "addiction to pesticides".

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How to Create Breeding equipment Microbes As Biological Agents

By http://www.agriculture90.blogspot.com This video contains guidance on how to make the tools used to breed microbes as biological agents both weeks to biol...
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The Most Innovative Farmers Around - Upstart Farmers

The Most Innovative Farmers Around - Upstart Farmers | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it
Our farmers, Upstart Farmers, are the Most Innovative Farmers Around

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Mali: Aminata Niang gets into farming business | Africa | DW.COM | 07.01.2016

Mali: Aminata Niang gets into farming business | Africa | DW.COM | 07.01.2016 | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it
More people are leaving the countryside for opportunities in the cities, creating a market gap. A Malian family draws on each member's talents to create a successful agribusiness. Aminata Niang runs this farm.

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Water good idea: Solar-powered home stores energy as hydrogen

Water good idea: Solar-powered home stores energy as hydrogen | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it

Although solar panels can be used to power a home with clean energy, demand for power fluctuates during the day and excess power is often also produced. A new development in Chiang Mai, Thailand, reportedly solves these problems.

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Why girls’ education is the world’s best investment

Why girls’ education is the world’s best investment | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it
Rebecca Winthrop, senior fellow and director of the Center for Universal Education at Brookings, discusses her new book (co-authored with Gene Sperling and Christina Kwauk) "What Works in Girls' Education: Evidence for the World's Best Investment."

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Yes - without a doubt!
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How to Make the SDGs Truly Sustainable: It Requires Entrepreneurs

How to Make the SDGs Truly Sustainable: It Requires Entrepreneurs | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), deadlined for completion in 2015, have given way to the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), launched in September at the UN General Assembly and an array of other events including the SDG Business Forum, the Social Good Summit and the Clinton Global Initiative.

In evaluating the over 100 presentations at these events, I was struck by the following:

Few presentations gave any indication of serious learning from the wins — and losses — during 20 years of MDG work. A delineation of the models that work (i.e. more sustainable and scalable) is missing.
In the absence of learning frameworks, presenters reiterate the same problems, now expanded to 17 goals and 169 targets. The result is a plea for more resources to support the new SDGs without any evidence that those resources will be employed more effectively.
The core request at these events was for more than four trillion dollars per year to implement the SDGs over 15 years. This leads to two questions:

How can you call the goals replacing the MDGs sustainable if they lead with requests for resources that are not?
At the beginning of the SDG process, what should the world’s government, corporate and NGO leaders focus on now to make the new global goals actually sustainable?

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David Cooperrider & Christopher Johnston's curator insight, December 21, 2015 8:45 AM

How do we reach scale and actually create success in achieving the new sustainable development goals? Already there are requests for more than four trillion dollars to act on the goals. But where does this financing come from--or get generated? These questions are at the heart of ReachScale’s global search to find the most innovative and sustainable models for solving intractable challenges. They have advocated tirelessly for the need to identity models that 1) can be scaled and 2) are not reliant on non-profit funding (which is donation-dependent and driven by the dictates of donors.)

 

The best models reachscale has seen have social entrepreneurs at the helm who see the world differently. They frequently take the “against” position (as described in a ReachScale article, “Social Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation: Not the Same Thing”:

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Kenya finds '70 year supply' of water in desert region

Kenya finds '70 year supply' of water in desert region | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it

Scientists using technology developed to search for oil have discovered a vast underground water reservoir in one of Kenya's driest regions that if properly managed could supply the country's needs for close to 70 years.

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Vimob : un habitat alternatif en kit

Vimob : un habitat alternatif en kit | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it

De plus en plus populaire, l’habitat alternatif se veut modulable, durable, et avec un impact minimum sur l’environnement. C’est dans cette veine qu’un studio d’architecture colombien, le Colectivo Creativo, a développé le Vimob, un habitat alternatif en kit prévu pour être livré et installé n’importe où en toute simplicité.

 

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Voluntary Birth Control Is A Climate Change Solution Nobody Wants To Talk About

Voluntary Birth Control Is A Climate Change Solution Nobody Wants To Talk About | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it

A growing population means greater environmental strain. The solution could be rooted in women's rights.

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New desalination technique pushes salt to one side with shockwaves

New desalination technique pushes salt to one side with shockwaves | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it

As access to clean water continues to be an issue throughout the developing world, there's an increased demand for easier ways to turn contaminated and salty water into something you can drink.

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DigiTruck: A solar-powered container classroom for Africa

DigiTruck: A solar-powered container classroom for Africa | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it

In remote areas of Africa, there aren't always schools nearby, let alone ones equipped for teaching digital literacy. An alternative is to take digital education to such remote locations.

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This Clay Brick Disperses Heat to Keep Buildings Cool

This Clay Brick Disperses Heat to Keep Buildings Cool | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it

With the goal of harnessing and exploring the benefits of clay as a raw material, which is characteristic of Colombia's Cúcuta region, Architects...

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Self-sufficient floating home to create its own water and energy

Self-sufficient floating home to create its own water and energy | Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World | Scoop.it

Two Fraunhofer Institutes and their partners are working on a self-sufficient floating home that creates its own water, electricity, and heat without looking like a works barge.

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