Refugees as a Burden: Dispelling the Common Myth

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.

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Anavra : A Model Sustainable Community

The lack of basic supplies in rural areas, such as electricity and water supply system, have caused many problems. A study by the International Energy Agency mentioned that approximately 1.3-1.6 billion people globally, most of whom live in rural communities, have no access to electricity, while 2.7 billion people have no access to clean cooking conditions. Enter Anavra, a small city in Greece.

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Calling All Land Owners: From Tech to Tenure

According to a recent study by the CATO Institute, cell phones can be used to document land ownership through a form of consensus community mapping that, if strong enough, could serve as proof weighty enough to force governments to formally and legally recognize the property rights of millions of displaced persons in the Global South.

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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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“Earthship Biotecture” Provides Sustainable Housing

Earthship Biotecture was founded in 1969 by Michael Reynolds, an architect, who utilizes innovative technologies to create sustainable housing developments. Based in Taos, New Mexico, the organization has now spread worldwide, and sustainable “earthships” are being used for both leisure and emergency housing. Their aim is to “evolve the way humans live on this planet by evolving existing methods of …

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A Floating Power Generator for Off-Grid Disaster Relief

Power generation in post-disaster areas and for remote development projects is often costly, can use unreliable fuel supplies, and may take too long to become active. To address this need, Altaeros Energies is currently testing the Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT), which operates at 400-600 metres (1000-2000 feet) above the ground, and does not require the long and expensive construction associated …

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Sustainable Rubber Harvesting is Great News for Safe Sex

  A Brazilian company called Natex has developed a way to manually harvest rubber trees deep within the Amazon rainforest. This new innovative technology not only helps curb the growing amount of deforestation, but also helps produce roughly 100 million condoms per year. These condoms are then purchased by the Brazilian federal government to be freely distributed throughout the country …

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