Clean, Safe Water for All

Across Kenya, Uganda and Malawi, a small blue plastic box is helping millions to have longer, healthier and more productive lives. The simple yet ingenious innovation is a water purifying chlorine dispenser that is installed next to communal water sources. Dispensers for Safe Water is providing access to clean and safe water to over 2.6 million people, with dispensers at 10,000 water points.

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Banana Fibre Pads Tackle Menstruation Taboo in East Africa

In Kenya, two Bachelor of Education students from Kabarak University have come up with a simple, locally-developed idea that has the power to change women’s lives. Ivy Etemesi and Paul Ntikoisa created Photo3a sanitary pad made out of fibres from banana trees. The pad is created by isolating the soft inner stems of the banana tree, washing them to remove impurities, and softening them into a fine fibre.

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Pitch in for Clean Water in Kenya

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.

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Electricity from SPARKs creates light

Sudha Kheterpal, a percussionist from the United Kingdom-based band Faithless, has designed a device that she has dubbed the SPARK. This device, which doubles as a musical instrument, uses energy to power a rechargeable battery that can then be used to power electronics like lights and cellphones through a built-in USB port. After being played for only 12 minutes, it can power an electronic device for up to an hour.

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From Simple USB Key to Educational Software for $7

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 …

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PEEK-a-Boo: A Mobile App that’s Easy on the Eyes

A team of ophthalmologists, engineers, business experts and software developers based at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is developing a mobile app that is changing the way that eye exams can be conducted. Called Peek Vision, the group has developed a Portable Eye Examination Kit (PEEK), which consists of new innovative technology that allows health care workers …

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Vertical Farming: Fighting Poverty and Food Insecurity in Kibera, Kenya

Urban migration has led to a rise of slum communities and food deserts across the world. A lack of access to arable land  and low incomes has led to increasing levels of food insecurity amongst people slum communities. This problem is particularly evident in Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya and the whole of Sub-Saharan Africa. In an attempt to …

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Can IBM’s Supercomputer Help Africa?

Technologies promising to revolutionize international development are in no short supply – though the results are somewhat more difficult to find. Inventions and would-be solutions come and go, but the problems persist. The web was a flutter earlier this month with the announcement that IBM is devoting $100 million dollars over ten years to apply the power of its Jeopardy! …

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