Some Good News from Ferguson, Missouri

Tensions in Ferguson, Missouri flared late last week after police released the name of the officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. The tensions escalated to protests and looting, which warranted Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to sign an order declaring a State of Emergency and ordering a curfew in the suburb home to the slain youth. Nixon said Saturday that the …

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Interactive Map Measures WASH resources across Africa

Access to water, sanitation and hygiene has been a long-standing issue for many communities across the global South, particularly on the African continent. WaterAid, an NGO that focuses on awareness regarding access to water, sanitation and hygiene resources across the globe, has developed an interactive map that measures the progress of access of WASH resources across Africa. The map begins in 1990, …

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Humans of New York Goes Global

On August 7, 2014, viral photography blog Humans of New York (HONY) launched a 50 day global tour supported by the United Nations and the U.S. Secretary General’s MDG’s Advocacy Group. HONY photographer Brandon Stanton will travel 25,000 miles to collect photos and stories from individuals in ten countries, and raise awareness about the Millennium Development Goals. According to Stanton: …

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Upcoming Event: Design Africa Symposium

On Monday August 11th, 2014, the Design Africa Symposium will be held in Cape Town, South Africa. This year’s event is themed ‘Design Visions for African Cities of the Future’ and will showcase the innovative work African design practitioners are doing to address the continent’s urban challenges. “The objective is to analyse the urban development challenges facing African cities and …

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17 Ways to Scale Your Innovation

The Guardian has recently collected a series of experts to discuss how to bring innovations to scale for use in development scenarios. They offer 17 insights ranging from seeking corporate financial help to focusing on usability. Read the whole article here. Do you have other methods of turning a prototype into a product, or an idea into a project? Let us …

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The Guardian: “Should aid be withdrawn from countries violating LGBT rights?”

Uganda’s recent anti-homosexual legislation is the latest in a series of attempts by the nation’s government to make life extremely different for LGBTQ people. Since the country is a the recipient of a great deal of international aid, it leads to questions about how the donor and NGO community should react. The Guardian has launched an interesting public discussion on …

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Sharing Leftovers with Strangers Online

Millions of tons of food is wasted each year because it goes bad before we use it. Until now, there has been no way to actually put extra food to good use. Enter FoodSharing.de, a website in Germany that allows users to share leftovers over the net. Users can register and post what the have, or what the need, and arrange …

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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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Introducing the New ID!

Introducing the new Innovate Development! Our full-length articles are still available in the main column, but we’re adding shorter posts on everything from development news, book and movie reviews, images that caught our eye, and links to fascinating articles in our new blog. Innovate Development is now paying $20 for freelance writers to submit articles on innovations they’ve found or read …

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