3D Printing Helps African Manufacturing

Imagine a doctor from the Democratic Republic of Congo who can create a prosthetic leg using materials found in his backyard. Or perhaps an engineering student who starts a new craze in acoustic instruments from the comfort of her room in South Africa (Vuvuzelas, anyone?). Custom designs, waste management solutions, home décor, next-generation devices— could all be designed, printed and sold by Africans to Africans and markets beyond using 3D printers.

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Local Entrepreneur Brings Clean, Sustainable Fuel to Uganda

Over-dependence on wood for fuel is one of the leading causes of deforestation and desertification across Africa. Over 4 million hectares of forest are depleted each year, which is double the global average. According to the FAO, roughly 575 million people (between 75 – 80% of Africans) rely on wood fuel for household light and cooking. Aside from the rapid …

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Win-Win-Win Recycling in Lagos

  Bringing about behavioral change is the fundamental challenge to development work. Projects that don’t have this at its core are often destined to remaining unsustainable forays into good works. One of the many moralities within aid is utilizing cash-based (or asset-based) incentives to reward positive deviance. Wecylers has implemented this principle in their innovative approach to tackling recycling in …

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