‘E-Coupons for Mosquito Nets’ – Part II of our Grand Challenges Canada series

Innovate Development is pleased to present a weekly series featuring projects funded and supported by Grand Challenges Canada. This is the second in a four-part series in which we cover topics surrounding mothers and children in the Global South. For more information about Grand Challenges Canada, please see the bottom of this post or go to their website, www.grandchallenges.ca. ‘E-Coupons …

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UK Architect Aims to Bring Eco-Homes to Nigerian Slum

  Isona Shibata, an architect and development practitioner from the UK, is seeking funding to develop a prototype for an eco-alternative housing solution for residents in the Galadimawa Slum, situated just outside of Abuja, Nigeria. Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country and upwards of 70% of its 177 million residents lives below the poverty line. As Nigeria grows, so do …

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Give Directly Through Unconditional Cash Transfers

California-based charity GiveDirectly is using mobile money technology to transfer unconditional cash directly from donors to some of the poorest people in Kenya and Uganda. The process is quite simple: donors donate to GiveDirectly on their webpage; GiveDirectly locates poor households in Kenya and Uganda, registers recipients and transfers the cash to them through an electronic payment provider; recipients retrieve …

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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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Contextualizing School Curricula to Daily Needs

  CARE Rwanda has been integrating new lessons into certain primary schools in rural areas of the country. The always innovative organization has partnered with 27 schools to add new modules into their curriculum that educate pupils on concepts of sustainable farming through the Farmers of the Future Initiative. Schools were given the equipment and assistance to start a garden. …

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Mobile Rapid Diagnostic Testing: Helping Farmers Protect Crops, People in East Africa

Farming in the Global South has always been a delicate task. A lack of modern farming tools and methods and a susceptibility to floods or droughts makes farming a precarious task that often results in low crop yields. Crops can fall victim to poison-inducing fungi which, when untreated, can cause severe illness in those who consume them. One of the …

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CARE’s Rwandan Childhood Project, a Best-Practice In Program Integration

CARE International has been implementing an innovative early childhood development project in parts of Rwanda that is changing lives in a number of sectors. This project deserves to be highlighted because of the phenomenal manner in which it integrates distinct developmental practices into one comprehensive program. Beneficiaries of all ages are engaged at various levels throughout their lives, with the …

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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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Tackling Reforestation Challenges at the Root

Desertification is the process by which soil degrades through losing water or its ability to hold water, which turns it into dust and sand. This process has been occurring throughout the world at different paces and for different reasons. Poor farming practices and over use of land is a common cause of desertification. Another is the deforestation of large swathes …

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Giving Beneficiaries Money, No Strings Attached

A lot of NGOs are predicated on the notion that they know best. They come into the communities they’re trying to help with the best of intentions, but they have very specific ways in which they deliver that help. For those that give money, they might be willing to support the construction of a health clinic if they’re a health-focused …

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