Eric Pires

Eric Pires

Eric Pires is a writer and co-founder of Innovate Development. He has worked in various sectors in Latin America and is currently working in Antigua, Guatemala.

Transparency Tuesdays

  Systemic corruption is one of the greatest forces against change across all societies. It manifests itself through small bribes paid to avoid a ticket to backroom political dealings. Find solutions to these seemingly intractable challenges can be tricky, to say the least. Transparency International’s International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) believe that to address this societal problem we must look for …

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Rise of the Reluctant Innovator

  Through our articles we parse out the ideas that people have designed to solve intractable issues in communities around the world. We look at how these ideas take shape, what methods they employ and relish in the idea that they are all changing the world one step at a time But what of those behind the idea? The tinkerers, the …

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Seven Innovative Projects to Tackle Ebola

  The Ebola virus continues to spread in West Africa, despite the efforts of many agencies and NGOs working hard to fight it. Governments have pledged to fund relief efforts across the region, including short-term interventions and long-term structural initiatives. The Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance’s (ELRHA) Research for Health in Humanitarian Crisis (R2HC) program has recently approved seven innovative projects aimed …

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Disaster Preparedness Moves to Orbit

Training communities on protocols and running drills ensures that susceptible populations understand how to behave during natural disasters, but the unpredictable nature of these events means that we often cannot anticipate exactly how they will manifest. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has been making advances to try to close our knowledge gap through the launch of the Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS-2)

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Beekeeping and Global Development

  Bees have been domesticated for thousands of years in one fashion or other. Their honey provides us with a bounty of nutrients and sugars that are hard to find in such abundance elsewhere in nature. Their service as pollinators is one of the most beneficial contributions that any species makes to the survival of the human race. These assets …

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Staying Safe From Floods Through Gamification

In many parts of the world, flooding and natural disasters can be a seasonal threat to people’s lives. While these may be a recurrent theme in some regions, education on preventive and awareness are not always as readily adopted as humanitarian agencies would like. UNESCO-Bangkok has teamed up with software developer Opendream to address this very problem through a unique approach.

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Aponjon Offers Personalized mHealth Messages to Pregnant Women

  When families find out that they are pregnant, they usually do whatever they can to understand how to provide the ensure the best antenatal development. Some resort to books offering a multitude of advice and regulations, others seek the advice of medical practitioners. Where neither of these resources are readily available people sometimes resort to advice from people in …

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How do we help meet the new development goals? Data, and lots of it

This article from the Guardian is an interesting look at how to fashion the replacement for the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), currently called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). In it, Guido Schmidt-Traub, executive director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, discusses how the MDG “failed to become real-time management tools for governments, civil society organizations and businesses” because of a …

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Model Forests; Much More Than Forestry

  The term Model Forest refers to a territorial management concept that integrates all stakeholders and sectors across a landscape to ensure the sustainable management of the territory. Its an esoteric concept, so let me break it down. Model Forests are a governance platform that serves to manage the interests and relations present in a given territory. That base can be …

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