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Technology challenging poverty

Technology challenging poverty
Latin America In Peru and Bolivia, we help communities set up small-scale technological solutions in remote areas where there is no access to basic services, including electricity, heating, clean water and sanitation. Western Africa Building on our recent extension of consultancy work into west Africa, Practical Action has recently set up an office to deliver impact at scale in Francophone west Africa. Eastern Africa Our offices in Kenya and Sudan work with communities to develop practical solutions in energy, agriculture and urban water and waste, reducing the impact of conflict and disasters. Southern Africa Our Southern Africa office works primarily in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique, with an emphasis on improving access to clean drinking water and better sanitation in urban slums, increasing the productivity of smallholders in arid regions, and increasing energy access in rural and urban areas. South Asia UK office

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Boyan Slat's high school project raises millions to clean up world's oceans Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Can this device save our oceans? TDLC: Microfinance Training of Trainers (MFTOT) 6 Kicks Off Microfinance Training of Trainers (MFTOT) 6 Kicks Off Friday, July 17th, 2009 Microfinance Training of Trainers 6 is now underway. Participants in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, and Japan gathered at their local connection sites for the first session on Thursday, as they were welcomed and introduced by moderator John West, Asian Development Bank Institute, at Tokyo Development Learning Center. ADBI’s John West kicks off the opening of MFTOT6 at TDLC as participants are linked from six overseas sites as shown on screen July 16, 2009. TDLC/KK

Dutch kids have a different relationship to the bicycle Writing about Groningen (twice) has been fun, and reminiscing has brought up a couple of other article ideas. Lloyd and Mike enthusiastically encouraged me to go further down this route, so here's a piece on my observations regarding the quite different relationship Dutch kids have to bicycling (compared implicitly to American kids since I'm American). Walking through the socialization process, let's start with babyhood. As I noted in my first Groningen post, you see a lot of babies on bikes in the Netherlands. Before their memories will even kick in, they are on bikes.

New material converts CO2 into clean fuel with unprecedented efficiency A new material made from microscopic layers of cobalt can convert carbon dioxide gas into formate - a fuel that can be burned with no toxic byproducts and used as a clean energy source. Developed by a team of researchers in China, the material could be one way to deal with the 36 gigatonnes of CO2 we release into the atmosphere each year due to fossil fuel use. Scientists have been struggling for decades to come up with an energy-efficient way to transform CO2 into something useful, and early testing points to this new material as being one of the most promising options we’ve seen so far.

TDLC: Programs The Pattern of Global Trade: Opportunities and Challenges for the Emerging Economics Seminar 1: Global Trade Facilitation-Trends and Challenges April 9, 2014 10:30 -13:00 (CST) 11:30 -14:00 (JST) As the world economy becomes more globalized, the developing countries, which account for over 40 percent of the global trade, play an increasingly important role in global economy and trade. Since the financial crisis, the global economic and trade pattern has been readjusted, and new rules of global trade, which pursue higher liberalization in business operation, investment and services, and emphasize more on fair competition and protection of rights and interests, have been established. Why the Dutch don't wear helmets One of the perennial topics of controversy in the bicycling community is helmets, and the controversial issue is not about which color is prettiest. I won't spend too much time on the backstory, but the controversy is whether or not helmets should be a must (for their skull & brain protection benefits) or left at the shop (because they inhibit bicycling, which results in less bicycling, which makes bicycling less safe). "Must" could mean a legal requirement, or it could simply mean a personally imposed must – it depends on the conversation. I used to be the director of a nonprofit that was primarily focused on promoting and supporting bicycling in the greater Charlottesville area. I remember publishing the picture that I've used at the top of this article on the front of one of our newsletters and subsequently getting chewed out by some of our members. First of all, I'll start with the question that got the conversation started: "Why the lack of helmets?

These Are the Coolest Sustainable Sneakers We've Ever Seen Sébastien Kopp and Francois Ghislain Morillion are what you might call conscientious sneakerheads. They’re the type of guys who have a closet full of kicks, but feel guilty about it. “We couldn’t be really proud of the sneakers we had because of where they were made and how they were made and with what materials,” says Ghislain. So a decade ago Morillion and Kopp did what any rational shoe-lover in their moral conundrum would do: They started a shoe company. United Nations Capital Development Fund Welcome to UNCDF's free web-based distance-learning tool. Who should take this course? The Microfinance Distance Learning Course was designed for new entrants to the field of microfinance and has appealed to a broad range of people, including policy makers, donors, practitioners, academics and students. Staff of microfinance operations have found this course extremely useful - a chance to step back and see how their work fits into global microfinance initiatives. Through the self-training online tool, new staff of agencies working in development or staff engaged in other fields are able to expand their knowledge of microfinance as an important part of efforts to fight poverty and contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. The University of Washington has even offered the CDRom/textbook-based version as a graduate-level course, sponsored by the Evans School of Public Affairs.

Urban Ecology Mission statement Vibrant neighborhoods are the building blocks of healthy cities and thriving regions. Urban Ecology uses urban design, land use planning, and policy reform to help communities plan and build neighborhoods that are ecologically healthy, socially just, and economically fair. Our mission Founded in 1975, Urban Ecology strives to create neighborhoods that are thriving, healthy places to live. We specialize in participatory land use planning that creates a common vision for change and policy advocacy that turns a community’s vision into reality.

Planet Ark Australian Recycling Label takes the guesswork out of rubbish night Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Taking the guesswork out of recycling Fairfax's Lucy Cormack puts her fellow staff to the test, to see if they can sort out the recycling. Resurrecting the Dodo and Other Extinct Creatures" Though some experts contend that it will never be possible, a great debate is underway in science about whether it's ethical to bring an extinct species back to life. Some animals are driven to extinction by human action, but others simply can't survive in their natural habitat or because of a major change in climate. Earth has gone through several mass extinctions, and bringing back many of these creatures could throw the world's ecosystem into chaos.

WATCH: Divers swim in crystal clear water between continental plates It might not look like anything special, but this video of a diver swimming in a lake is anything but ordinary. Hashem al-Ghaili posted a video to Facebook this week that has been viewed more than 24 million times. Why is it getting so much attention? The diver is swimming between the North American continental plate and the Eurasian plate. Rare Breeds Survival Trust The Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) is a conservation charity,[1] whose purpose is to secure the continued existence and viability of the United Kingdom’s native farm animal genetic resources (FAnGR). It was founded in 1973 to preserve native breeds, and since then no UK-native breed has become extinct. It maintains a watch list of the United Kingdom's rarest breeds of cattle, sheep, pigs, horses, goats and poultry,[2] and an approved list of farm parks.[3] Projects have included the collection of genetic material to ensure the future of rare breeds in a farm animal "gene bank". This project received publicity in the wake of the foot-and-mouth disease crisis in the UK and was supported by the Prince of Wales.[4] RBST supports the marketing of meat from rare breeds through the Traditional Breeds Meat Marketing Company, founded in 2003.

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