Vast petroleum and natural gas resources have made Trinidad and Tobago one of the most prosperous nations in the Caribbean, but corruption has left the population frustrated and disillusioned with public governance. Margaret Rose is seeking to counter corruption by developing an online platform – Disclosure Today! – to promote, facilitate and empower collaborative and responsible citizen engagement in public-sector decision-making.
Can there be a world without malaria? It will require an expansion of current strategies and innovative solutions, such as the Rapid Assessment of Malaria device, which uses refrigerator strength magnets and a laser point to diagnose malaria, and Malaria Consortium’s use of mobile technology and village health groups to support community health care.
Transparency is integral to a functioning health care system. However, 73% of the Egyptian population qualify their medical and health services as corrupt. Ayman Sabae, with the support of a seed grant from the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference’s (IACC) Social Entrepreneurs Initiative, is developing a community-monitoring tool to hold health service providers in the public and private sectors accountable.
Can trends towards water scarcity, soil erosion and food insecurity be reversed? According to the non-profit Roots Up, this can be achieved with simple, available and sustainable solutions. Their dew collector greenhouse provides an ideal environment for growing crops and harvests clean water for irrigation and drinking in North Gondar, Ethiopia.
Are floating cities a near and realistic possibility? Can water be an asset instead of a threat? Is this a possibility not only for the rich, but also for the most vulnerable populations? Floating City Apps is an opportunity to upgrade life of the poorest living in slums through floating functions.
Over 634 million people live less than 30 feet above sea level, and coastal cities and even entire islands risk being swallowed by the oceans by the end of the century. “We can try to build walls to keep the water out, but… it’s better not to fight nature, but to work with nature, and amphibious architecture is one answer.”
Each Friday this month we’re featuring a series of articles focused on innovators and how they came to do what they do. Some are inventors, others humanitarian workers, but all have a passion for taking problems and turning them on their heads.
Radio – not internet or television – hits the widest audience in the world. It is a low cost yet powerful communication medium, capable of reaching even the most remote, isolated and vulnerable people. It has infiltrated closed societies, like the USSR and Eastern Europe during the Cold War, and subverted governments that limit freedom of information as a means of preserving their power. In the case of North Korea, radio is the only non-regime source of real-time information and news available across the whole country.
REFUNITE is a technology-based non-profit working internationally to reconnect refugees and forcibly displaced people with their missing loved ones. Developed by David and Christopher Mikkelsen in partnership with Ericsson, a provider of telecommunications equipment and services, the platform is accessible through the web, a toll-free number, or through texting or USSD on even the most basic cell phones.
For a region with abundant sunlight – an average of over 320 days per year – the solar resource potential across sub-Saharan Africa remains largely untapped. This potential is paired with enormous energy needs that leave over 600 million without electricity. In response, emerging technologies aim to make solar power development infinitely more feasible. While solar installations are mostly located in arid regions, …