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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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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Click Your Heels to Call for Help

  iStrategyLabs has developed a small device called the Ruby meant to be worn inside a shoe that can trigger a command on a smartphone app, called Dorothy, by clicking your heels together three times. While it is marketed as a way to call an Uber cab or order a pizza, it can also be set to text friends with …

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Soylent 1.1

  Soylent has been doing exceedingly well since it’s release. The folks at Rosa Labs appear to be a little inundated with orders for the meal replacement powder, but have found time to come out with a new version that lowers the amount of sucralose and tries to solve the ‘gas’ problem some customers* were experiencing. Interestingly, given the success …

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Washing Away Malaria with Faso Soap

Global Handwashing Day (October 15) celebrates soap as a ‘do-it-yourself vaccine’ that prevents against infection and saves lives. This everyday, affordable product not only fights off diarrhea and respiratory infections, but is now – thanks to the creation of Faso Soap – also a tool for malaria prevention. Faso Soap is an innovative mosquito-repelling product designed by two students from …

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AlJazeera Releases Interactive Game on Pirate Fishing

In 2012, Al Jazeera set out on an investigative project in which journalist Juliana Ruhfus began probing illegal pirate fishing off the coast of Sierra Leone. The resulting two-part series, called “Pirate Fishing”, was part of the People & Power series, and set out to show that not only were illegal fishing practices taking place, but also expose the negative effects …

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Emma Watson launches UN’s HeForShe campaign

British actress Emma Watson, who became a United Nations Women’s Goodwill Ambassador six months ago, launched a new UN campaign on September 20 that aims to end gender inequality and discrimination. In her first public speech as a Goodwill Ambassador, she called on men and boys to recognize gender equality as an issue faced by everyone worldwide, rather than a problem …

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Sustainable Seafood

How often do you consider where your food actually comes from? Does it come from a grocery store chain, or a local farmer’s market? If you don’t consider these simple questions while purchasing groceries, then you may not think about the overall impact of your food consumption either. How much greenhouse gas is produced transporting your food from a field …

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Upcoming Event: TEDGlobal 2014 Conference

Every year, TEDGlobal puts on a conference to celebrate innovation, ingenuity and fresh perspectives from around the world. This year’s event, South!, will focus predominantly on Latin America and will take place from October 6-10 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The five-day event will cover twelve broad themes that each relate partially, if not entirely, to the development sector. Powerful …

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