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    Calling All Land Owners: From Tech to Tenure

    According to a recent study by the CATO Institute, cell phones can be used to document land ownership through a form of consensus community mapping that, if strong enough, could serve as proof weighty enough to force governments to formally and legally recognize the property rights of millions of displaced persons in the Global South.

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Innovative Insurance Program Supports Traditional Livelihoods in Kenya

Innovative Insurance Program Supports Traditional Livelihoods in Kenya

February 26th, 2015

. By Valerie Busch

Sector: Agriculture,Livelihoods

Culturally-sensitive insurance programs help guard Kenyan herding communities from drought and disease.... (more)

Tags: East Africa,grazing,herders,insurance,Kenya,livelihoods,resilience

New App Tests for HIV and Syphilis in 15 minutes

New App Tests for HIV and Syphilis in 15 minutes

February 25th, 2015

. By Elizabeth DiCesare

Sector: Health,Inventions

Biomedical engineers at Columbia University, led by Dr. Samuel K. Sia, have developed an innovative accessory that can be attached to smartphones for rapid HIV and syphilis testing. This device, called a dongle, can detect and diagnose these two sexually-transmitted diseases in only 15 minutes.... (more)

Tags: Africa,HIV/AIDS,mobile app,Mobile phone,off-the-grid,Rwanda,STIs,syphilis

The Recycled Orchestra of Cateura

The Recycled Orchestra of Cateura

February 24th, 2015

. By Anastasia Georgouli

Sector: Environment,Livelihoods

“The world sends us garbage, we send back music.” The Landfill Harmonic takes trash from the local dump in Paraguay and turns it into instruments for local children -- and they've been met with global success.... (more)

Tags: garbage,landfill,music,Paraguay,Recycling,South America,trash

Mapping the Crisis in Ukraine

Mapping the Crisis in Ukraine

February 23rd, 2015

. By Elise Thomas

Sector: Emergency Relief,Inventions

Keeping up with the rapidly changing conflict in Ukraine can be difficult. International agencies and citizen journalists alike are exploring the potential uses of crisis mapping platforms to track infrastructure damage, monitor incidents and navigate the conflict zone. However, when using these tools it is important to think critically about what information they are based on and why.... (more)

Tags: crisis,Kenya,map,Mapping,mobile app,Ukraine

Using Gamification to Celebrate Native Languages

Using Gamification to Celebrate Native Languages

February 21st, 2015

. By Elizabeth DiCesare

Sector: Human Rights,Livelihoods

To celebrate International Mother Language Day, we look at Never Alone, a new video game featuring the language and traditional stories of the northern Iñupiat people. Tribal elders relate important stories that are beautifully illustrated into an interactive journey.... (more)

Tags: culture,indigenous,Iñupiat,language,UN,UNESCO,United Nations

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