Flowminder, a Swedish nonprofit, has developed a technology that uses position data from SIM cards to track the movement of people. With a focus on assisting vulnerable low and middle-income countries at scale, the organization collects, aggregates and analyzes anonymous mobile operator data – through cooperation with mobile companies – and data from satellites and household surveys.
Childbirth is still a significant danger for women living in the Global South, and is currently the leading cause of death for women of childbearing age. The Maternova Obstetric Kit is specifically designed for midwives and frontline health workers with a focus on postpartum hemorrhaging.
In 2013, there were approximately 334 natural disasters around the world, resulting in more than 100,000 related deaths. Disasters of this kind result in breakdowns in the supply chain when affected countries most badly need access to goods and services. Field Ready is trying to transform emergency relief by 3D printing supplies locally instead of relying on insufficient supply chains.
A new class of wealthy individuals are emerging in many low and middle income countries, and these individuals are increasingly donating to local foundations and organizations that address issues in their own countries. This has led to a growing trend of local philanthropy in developing nations.
Yesterday, we published the first part in our series on technology and humanitarianism, outlining the use of mobile technology in the organization Text to Change. This article is part two of the series on cellphones being used in development work.
Four years after a devastating earthquake and two years after debilitating hurricanes, Haiti still struggles to feed its people. The moringa, or “miracle” tree, could be the answer to this poverty stricken nation’s nutritional challenges.
In 2012, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) won a five-year grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to produce Kreyòl language education resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Called the MIT-Haiti Initiative, the project will take open education resources previously developed by MIT, translate them into Haiti’s native language of Kreyòl, make them available to higher education institutions in Haiti, and evaluate their effectiveness.
An American NGO called Love A Child places a priority on agriculture in Haiti and has recently celebrated the opening of a new project in Fond Parisien. Poul Mirak offers locals in the community of Fond Parisien an opportunity to buy fresh, protein-rich food for their families, through raising and selling layers for eggs and broilers for meat.
International Sustainable Community Assistance (ISCA) has been working on a pilot poultry production project in Haiti. Working with a local organization called Productive Cooperatives Haiti (PCH), they have provided initial start-up resources to local farmers in a community called Zoranger, and helped them to begin producing poultry for market.
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.