In India, The Hunger Projects works with elected female representatives to help them maximize their potential as leaders, while also encouraging other women to become involved and informed in the political process.
Since 2010, more than 1,300 cooperative farmers in southwest Haiti have been defining what participatory development means, and are transforming their community on their own terms. With support from Crossroads (CCCI) and Productive Cooperatives Haiti (PCH), Coopérative des Planteurs de Gorgette was established in the community of Duchity four years ago.
One in nine people globally lack access to an improved water source and, of those, nearly half are concentrated in Africa. U.S social enterprise, PITCHAfrica, has found an innovative way to address this issue, improve education and bring the community together with the creation of a water-harvesting soccer stadium in Kenya.
You’ll get a full belly of delicious food at the Cabbages and Condoms restaurant in Bangkok, but never fear, all the items on the menu are “guaranteed not to cause pregnancy.” Conceived by ex-politician and philanthropist Mechai Viravaidya as a way to raise funds while tackling the culturally taboo topic of HIV/AIDS and sexual reproductive health, the restaurant opened its doors more than 10 years ago has become a must-see destination for tourists.
Higher education is key to breaking cyclical poverty, yet it’s only accessible to a tiny sliver of the world’s population. Affordability, cultural barriers and limited space prevent students in all walks of life from completing tertiary schooling. Educational entrepreneur Shai Reshef has endeavored to close this gap with the creation of the University of the People (UoPeople), the world’s first non-profit, tuition-free, online university.
Acclaimed producer, director and humanitarian Firdaus Kharas uses light-hearted, accessible and multi-lingual cartoon animations as health promotion tools, particularly in the Middle East. His work cover issues including HIV/AIDs prevention, contraception, malaria prevention, domestic violence and energy conservation. Similar innovators utilize media platforms for health promotion, including Mohammed Harib and Malik Nejer. With cross-cultural appeal and accessible messages, cartoons are becoming a valuable method of teaching critical lessons.
Architecture firm NLÉ has developed an innovative floating school in Makoko, a coastal slum in Lagos, Nigeria. The Makoko Floating School prototype is the first of a three phase project designed to mitigate climate change and urbanization issues in African coastal communities.
Tucked into a tiny side street in the Truc Bach neighbourhood of Hanoi is a stately house that has been transformed into elegant restaurant. White linen covers the tables and menu choices are a fusion of French and Asian. Is this a high-end celebrity chef’s signature locale? Not exactly. It is Song Thu Restaurant, a learning restaurant run by Hoa Sua where disadvantaged youth whip up delicious meals and serve them to customers, often tour groups visiting Vietnam.
Finding safe, strong, and sustainable construction materials can often be a challenge in many countries across the Global South. But a new, innovative building material, the EcoBrick, is becoming popular and allows for large, safe, and sustainable schools to be built.
Nissan Bahar and Franky Imbesi are the inventors behind the Keepod, an 8 GB USB drive that contains its own operating system with complimentary apps all running on the Android OS. The issues these inventors are seeking to address are the connectivity concerns found with schools in the Global South. Schools strapped for cash often receive their computers as donations …