Technology

Technology

Urban Refuge: Boston students create an app for refugees in Jordan

By Amy Pollard

Open Urban Refuge and you’ll see a dark purple interface with five mint-green circles. Each circle contains a different symbol, representing one of five categories of aid: education, finance, housing, health, employment.

Distant Voices: Design and Development from an Alternative Perspective

By Carl Harrison

For the first time this book asks pertinent questions, about the nature of product in its non-western context, the social, cultural, political and economic reasons why many producers within the developing world appear to be unwilling or unable to forge creative directions of their own.

Engineers and Entrepreneurs Hold the Key to Reducing Inequality

By Mark Malloch-Brown

So SDG 10, which almost didn't make it, is now as central to development as the fight against absolute poverty was when I and others drafted the original goals. But if there is wide agreement that inequality now poses a direct threat to the stability and health of societies, there is less agreement about what to do about it.
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A Few Thoughts on Engineering Peaceful and Inclusive Societies

By Dr. Calestous Juma

The first step in pursuing peace is to enhance human capabilities by expanding engineering education, argues Dr Calestous Juma FRS HonFREng, Professor of Practice of International Development at Harvard Kennedy School and author of ‘Innovation and Its Enemies’.

Lecturio to Provide Free E-Learning Resources to Improve Global Health

Lecturio, a German tech company, has announced the launch of MEDI, a new Medical Education Development Initiative that aims to support medical capacity building in the developing world.

Technology Camp For Young Girls In Rwanda

Created by Peace Corps Volunteers in 2013, TechKobwa brings together Rwandan ICT professionals and expert trainers from IBM and Michigan State University to conduct lessons in computer science, electronics, and other STEM-related topics.

The Gendered Internet: Looking at Platforms in India

By Shruti Saxena

In its earliest stages the Internet was hailed as a great equalizer, a portent of a new world of information and freedom of access. Reality has been slightly different. Like all other spaces, the Internet too is gendered.

Restoring Nepal With Solar Lamps And Clean Water

Contrary to traditional relief and rehabilitation models, in the wake of Nepal’s devastating earthquake, a Kathmandu-based start-up, Ecoprise, has started distributing solar-powered lamps and mobile chargers in earthquake affected areas.
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Book Review: Geek Heresy

By Trina Gorman Kentaro Toyama's Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology urges the development community to turn its focus from cookie cutter fixes to the people who provide and use the given fix – whether it be microcredit, school vouchers, or fancy gadgets. Poor people don’t need “turbo-charged, heat-seeking, robotic fishing poles” but rather, devoted/skilled/present teachers and mentors who nurture their capacity, and then decide whether a fishing pole is necessary.
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Drone Use Soars in Latin America

By Diego Cupolo From aerial surveillance to threedimensional geographic modeling of rugged terrains and even speedy pizza delivery service, manufacturers have begun to promote the infinite capabilities of domestic drones. At the same time, they are specifically targeting developing markets in Latin America for the martial use of drones in law enforcement and military operations.