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Beyond Connectivity

Data-driven apps are opening a new era of global development. That’s one of the big takeaways from the recent Global Philanthropy Forum in Redwood City, Calif. It’s hard to pinpoint…

BoP Slideshow: KOMAZA, innovations in microforestry and sustainablity in Africa

KOMAZA helps rural families in Africa plant and maintain small-scale, income-generating tree farms,  a new concept they call microforestry.  KOMAZA’s direct impact is threefold: First, KOMAZA workers hope to alleviate…

World Water Day: Wello on developing solutions in the water crisis

Over one billion people around the globe don’t have access to clean running water. There are no faucets; water must be carried into the home in arms, and on heads,…

“Hero” rats sniff out tuberculosis and land mines in Africa

One of the most difficult problems with tuberculosis is detecting it. In 2007, for example, half of all cases in Tanzania were missed, adding to a large death toll. The…

Quench: Development lessons in a startup

International development projects have long been subject to critiques that they are unsustainable, inattentive to local needs and overly costly. But young self-starters continue to see value in bringing their…

On Food: How One Acre Fund’s Andrew Youn helps subsistence farmers in Africa to double their yields

With Thanksgiving approaching, we’re turning an eye to the question of food — specifically how it moves from the soil to the grocery bag, in New York and Africa alike….

Health Care and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Welcome to Fixes. This is a series about solutions, or potential solutions, to real world problems.  It focuses on the line between failure and success, drawing on the stories of…