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.