World Press Freedom Day is a celebration and evaluation of international press freedom, a defense of media from attacks on their independence and a tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the profession.
The UK’s DFiD has teamed up with a prominent East African organization for the express purpose of speeding up development – literally. DFiD has prepared a fund that will award grants to individuals or companies that are able to come up with innovative ideas to cut transport costs in the region, which should result in greater market access and incomes for East Africa countries and their populations.
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.
Dairy production is a vibrant sector in Kenya that contributes to 4% of GDP annually. Many dairy producers in Kenya are smallholder farmers who own only a few cows, and the milk sold from these cows is often the main source of cash income available to a family. As demand for dairy products increases, farmers need to acquire knowledge in more efficient and more adaptive production techniques. A researcher from PEI is teaching dairy groups in Kenya those new techniques.
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.
Over 10 million people have been refugees for more than five years, and the average length of exile is almost 20 years. This means that refugees are not being reintegrated but are becoming trapped in a cycle that does not allow them to return to their native countries or make a home in a new one. A new study from Oxford University and the Humanitarian Innovation Project (HIP) has analyzed existing approaches for assisting refugees. They came up with recommendations for a new way of thinking about refugees and their needs.
Food insecurity in northern communities is a familiar theme in Canadian news reports. A combination of low income, high food prices, and changes in traditional food production and food economies are resulting in hunger and poor nutrition. Yukon College is aiming to make a change with a dome that allows for year-round food production in any climate.
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.
Africa has recently been hailed as an emerging market to watch, but challenges such as the high cost of capital, lack of business skills, and general instability keep innovative start-ups from getting off the ground. The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme aims to foster a new generation of African entrepreneurs by investing $100 million to support 10,000 start-ups over the next 10 years.
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.