Some large-scale farmers, like Keimetit Chemilel, who grows vegetables, corn, and other cereals in Kenya's Rift Valley and Kitale areas, have used helicopters to help survey their land, but many farmers don't have such a luxury. Instead, they are turning to lower-cost technologies to help them assess their land from above like drones.
Through her tiny Rio-based nonprofit, Catalytic Communities (known as CatComm), Theresa Williamson and her colleagues decided to do what they could to change the narrative. “If journalists don’t have access to communities or story ideas, they start producing the same old stereotypes.”
In the Mara region of northern Tanzania, Abigail Haworth discovers an empowering tribal tradition undergoing a modern revival. The practice allows women to marry each other to preserve their livelihoods in the absence of husbands.
It’s no longer possible to work in development without engaging with the private sector. How can we get beyond stereotypes to make progress?
It was a rare success story among the mixed feelings that surrounded the conclusion of the UN Millennium Development Goals. Not all of the ambitious international targets, intended to improve the lives of the world’s poorest people, were achieved on schedule by 2015. But on the issue of access to water, the results were remarkable.
Historically, malaria has been an equal opportunity killer. If you lived somewhere with enough malaria transmission, everyone was at risk. But as malaria-plagued countries have started to develop, the wealthier populations are able to avoid malaria more easily. Now, these groups are facing a new threat: non-communicable diseases, like heart disease and diabetes.
In May, VICE reporter Kaleigh Rogers visited Tanzania to report on malaria, and stopped by the Ithna Asheri clinic in Arusha, where a PSI intervention helped train clinicians and lab techs in using malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests (mRDTs) to properly diagnosis and treat fever cases. This is the article about malaria she wrote for Motherboard, an online magazine launched by VICE.
“I don’t think [the lack of women in leadership roles] is a problem,” he said. “I’m just not worried about it because they are very happy, they’re very successful, and doing great work.”
Doing the right thing can make money. But often cutting corners makes a profit, too, so development must approach the private sector with caution.
Nearly a year after the official launch of the post-2015 agenda, people are still grappling with how to make the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals a reality. But while most people view the SDGs as a framework for improving lives in the developing world, a new report highlights how the SDGs can guide domestic programs here is the US.
Those fighting epidemic say 2030 target is unrealistic as efforts to defeat it falter amid rising infection levels and drug resistance.
Drowning kills more children than any other accident or disease in Bangladesh. The government's efforts to solve the issue have stalled, so what can be done?
A ban on minors being tested for HIV is preventing the Philippines from tackling a surge in infections, particularly among young men.
Data powers today's world, informing decisions about everything from business and government to health care and education. For women and girls, however, basic information about their lives — the work they do, the challenges they face, even the very fact of their existence — is lacking.
Now that the 2015-2016 El Niño –one of the strongest on record– has subsided, La Niña – El Niño's 'counterpart'– could strike soon, further exacerbating a severe humanitarian crisis that is affecting millions of people in the most vulnerable communities in tens of countries worldwide, especially in Africa and Asia Pacific.
A Seattle Times reporter and photojournalist traveled to South Africa to show you how Seattle scientists are working with residents of the country’s poorest townships. The goal: an HIV vaccine.
The world is on pace to set another high temperature benchmark, with 2016 becoming the third year in a row of record heat. NASA scientists announced on Tuesday that global temperatures so far this year were much higher than in the first half of 2015.
It is a myth that investors must sacrifice profits for purpose, said Jean Case, the CEO of the Case Foundation and chair of the National Geographic Society, who talked with Devex at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. Here is what she had to say about what she sees as some of the most promising developments in entrepreneurship and impact investing, as well as the limits of data-driven decision-making.
More than 18,000 delegates from around the world have descended on South Africa to attend the 21st International Aids conference and discuss the global HIV response. Here is a breakdown of all you need to know about the five-day conference, the largest conference on any global health or development issue, which started on Monday.
Alison Carlman of Global Giving writes about her experience testing The Narrative Project, a wide-scale research project that aimed to improve US, UK, French, and German public perceptions of aid and development cooperation. She wanted to know whether using Narrative Project recommendations could go beyond attitude change; could they influence behavior and motivate people to give?
The IDJD uses a pre-defined list of “jargon” words. It extracts text from most common file formats and counts how many times the uploaded text contains words from the list. Word stems are used for counting so, for example, “sustain”, “sustaining” and “sustainability” are considered the same.
Americans throw away almost as much food as they eat because of a "cult of perfection", deepening hunger and poverty, and inflicting a heavy toll on the environment.
Virtual reality is not yet here - at least not in higher education. But as technology companies invest billions of dollars in the emerging technology, many colleges and universities are taking a first look at the nascent medium out of concern that they will be left out of shaping it.
Aid agencies have hailed the passage of a U.S. bill that aims to eliminate hunger and poverty around the world by helping smallholder farmers, especially women, with investments targeted at increasing productivity and improving nutrition. The Global Food Security Act of 2016 is designed to promote food security, resilience, and nutrition through investments in agriculture.
The Bush and Obama administrations oversaw unprecedented changes to U.S. global development programs and institutions during the last 16 years. With the next U.S. presidential election underway, this two-part Devex series takes a close look at the legacy of the last two administrations to help inform our community’s thinking about what’s in store for the next administration.
A landmark court ruling raising the legal age of marriage for girls in Tanzania to 18 will have little impact in ending child marriage if parents continue to marry off their daughters for bride price rather than educating them, campaigners said.
Mozambique has been certified free of polio, the health ministry said on Monday, comparing the achievement to the country’s elimination of leprosy in 2008. Experts say polio could be eradicated worldwide by next year, completing the mission begun in the 1980s against the virus which invades the nervous system and can cause irreversible paralysis.
In parts of the world without running water, people must rely on an alternative: walking [to] water. It's a physically demanding, time-consuming responsibility and one that almost always falls to females.
From redrafting the Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2014 to including transgenders as beneficiaries in social security schemes, India is making great strides in ending discrimination of transgender persons in the country.
'If you don't know where to start with the SDGs, start with women and girls everything else will fall into place,' said UN Women head Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka recently. These photographs of women and girls all over the world illustrate each of the 17 SDGs.
Rape is far more prevalent in India’s towns and villages than in cities. Why did it take a media outcry for police in Kerala to investigate Jisha’s rape and murder?
The Red Cross launched a $1.4 million emergency appeal Wednesday to fight the spread of yellow fever in Angola, which faces its worst outbreak in 30 years.
Want to know what the latest research says about trends in women's entrepreneurship and what data shows is working to support those women-led businesses? Here's a list of must-read articles and reports on women’s entrepreneurship.
As development practitioners, we are encouraged to think outside the box, to develop innovative solutions that can be piloted and tested with a hope that the new approach will solve our most pressing challenges. In many cases, however, innovative solutions to local problems have already been developed, and often, these solutions are coming from the private sector in the “global south.”
Global progress has been uneven on the major challenges facing the world today. We have made great strides in tackling issues such as nutrition and basic medical care as well as access to basic education. Yet tolerance and inclusion together with health and wellness have fallen behind, still crying out for more comprehensive solutions.
More than 100 Nobel laureates are taking on Greenpeace over its opposition to genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). The group released the letter this week in support of GMOs. The letter pays particular attention to the Greenpeace campaign against “Golden rice” — a variety of rice modified with beta-carotene, found abundantly in carrots, to boost the rice’s vitamin A content.
After months of congressional debate over the Obama administration's $1.9 billion request to tackle Zika, a spending bill that would have delivered $1.1 billion for Zika has failed in the Senate amid partisan squabbling. Democrats blocked the legislation over concerns about Environmental Protection Agency provisions and Planned Parenthood funding.
The United States Agency for International Development is making a bet on the off-grid energy market with a new initiative that will commit $36 million over three years in an effort to reach 20 million households in sub-Saharan Africa.
Birth control access, public funding for prenatal and postnatal care, and data-driven programs are easily overlooked as political controversies come and go. But these topics form the core of reproductive health in the United States.
As men in agriculture grow older and die without male successors, their wives and daughters are learning to run the business. By 2030, older women may own 75 percent of transferred farmland, according to the American Farmland Trust.
Three-quarters of the world’s poorest people depend almost entirely on agriculture for subsistence and income. As the world grapples with rapid population growth, climate change and other serious threats to food security, the international development community is pushing for radical change across the global food and agriculture system to facilitate greater productivity.
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says a high-level panel will also take on discrimination and lack of job protection in the informal sector.
Despite facing social stigma, economic exclusion and everyday physical challenges, these activists are fighting to make the world listen to the rights of disabled people.
Virtual reality videos that allow viewers to take an immersive tour of Syrian refugee camps or interact with Burundian refugees in Tanzania is the latest medium in a long list of videos and interactive documentaries that aim to evoke empathy for people suffering amid humanitarian causes.
A blistering Senate report on the American Red Cross raises fundamental questions about the integrity of the country’s most storied charity and its stewardship of donors’ dollars.
We have no other option than to try to enable the private sector, U.N. agencies, governments and civil society to work better together. If disasters and conflict keep wiping out our development gains and taking us back to square one, we will never achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, and there is no plan B for the people and the planet.
When it comes to development aid, you might think that there is a trade-off between head and heart: that more generous donors would be less serious about making sure that their aid is used properly. But a new Center for Global Development working paper finds that, in general, more generous donors tend also to be the most effective.
America is startlingly inferior to five of the world’s poorest countries — at least by one metric. When it comes to a crucial health behavior, Malawi, Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Niger are among the most advanced; America lags far behind. Why? We don’t breastfeed.