Global Envision: exploring market-driven solutions to poverty
With the iLab educating in Liberia and the Switchboard mobilizing health across Africa, Google is working on global technology empowerment.
When antipoverty nonprofits compete, it's not always clear who will lose more: the one whose business is threatened, or the people both nonprofits set out to serve.
As mentioned in last week's post, India set out four years ago to achieve universal health coverage for poor families using a massive system of state-subsidized private microinsurance.
Hospitalization can save a life--at the cost, sometimes, of throwing it permanently off track. Two very different countries, India and the United States, recently chose a similar solution: subsidized insurance.
Forty years ago, a shocking report tagged economic growth as the catalyst for environmental collapse. Now, a new article claims the world's responses to that forecast failed to make things better.
From tablets that diagnose cardiovascular disease to potatoes that reduce childhood blindness, The Guardian’s list of 15 innovations that are helping transform Africa has a little something for everybody.
"Design With the Other 90%: CITIES," an exhibit of innovative designs and technologies from the world's fast-growing urban areas, debuts on the West Coast at Mercy Corps'
Of the world’s 7 billion people, 1 billion now live in urban slums.
Sensors on latrines, cook stoves and water filters help monitor aid projects, and a carbon credit financing scheme generates revenue to scale-up of future projects.
Over 23 years volunteering in Haiti, Dr. Patricia Wolff has seen the hemisphere's poorest country at its most hopeful and in its deepest despair.
Who said art wasn’t an exact science? In Indonesia, an artists' collaborative is driving innovative technological solutions to some of the most difficult issues facing developing nations.
Twenty-four years ago, Barry and Andrea Coleman saw women in labor being carted to hospital in wheelbarrows. Today their organisation, Riders for Health, mobilizes 3000 health workers with reliable transportation and ensures 12 million Africans have access to health care.
First money, then medicine, now water: What problems can’t the mobile phone solve?
For those who live in some of the most challenging landscapes in rural Africa, two innovative models are expanding the distribution of health care to ensure consistent aid—a boat and a truck.
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