• Rural Energy Poverty – A threat to the environment and women

    When we think about the term Energy Poverty, we picture households in the dark, without electricity. These households tend to be in the developing world, particularly in rural communities of sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and ...

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  • Barriers to Humanitarian Response

    Over the past few decades, the nature, place and understanding of humanitarian response has evolved significantly. In an ever-shrinking globalized world, there is now a wider recognition for humanitarian response that is being fueled by ...

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  • A Measure of WASH Sustainability: Findings from Ethiopia

    The Howard G. Buffett supported Global Water Initiative (GWI) has been operating in Ethiopia since October 2007 supporting service delivery to improve water and sanitation at domestic level in the woredas (rural communities) of Miyo, ...

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  • Integrating Technology in WASH Monitoring

    Over the past two decades, the global water sector has made great strides in reducing the number of people without access to safe drinking water and sanitation infrastructure. However, the challenge remains in maintaining implemented ...

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  • 2014: The Playlist

    http://open.spotify.com/user/rahulpm/playlist/0daS1u2RDevqhTSPodKHPd

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  • The Economic Impact of the Ebola Crisis

    Introduction Epidemics and other health crises in Africa continue to take a massive toll on human life and social fabric. Outbreaks of Cholera, Smallpox and Tuberculosis has been documented in the African continent for well over ...

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  • Life in Mbokop, Cameroon

    It was my second time in Mbokop, and unlike the first time, I traveled there alone to this remote community in NW Cameroon. It hasn't been a year since my last trip there, and it ...

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  • Laying the framework for Water and Sanitation Sustainability

    Driving through the hustle and bustle of Lusaka, it is really hard to imagine that the vast majority of this country live in rural communities. Bumper-to-bumper traffic, high rises and expensive cars – one can ...

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  • #FreePalestine

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  • Help Bring Sustainable Energy to Madagascar

    BioD is a novel technology that addresses deforestation and air pollution while saving families time and money. We are team BioD and we’ve invented a household-sized biodigester that we want to introduce to the developing world ...

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  • The Gender Gap in the Digital Divide – Gender and ICT

    Although from observations and anecdotal evidence, we have "known" of the existence of a gender gap in information and communication technology (ICT), there has been a dearth of data supporting this. Without substantive data, national ...

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  • Why save an Endangered Language?

    Languages fascinate me. Not just the ones that are widely spoken like Spanish or Swahili, but more obscure ones that are spoken by few. Having worked in many indigenous communities, I have come across many ...

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  • Statistics on Water & Sanitation Failures

    The above graph shows the trend in the average global failure rate for water points in developing countries. It was compiled from a painstaking analysis of over 124 functionality studies from around the world, done by Improve ...

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  • The Gambia, as I saw it

    It's very easy to miss The Gambia on a map of mighty Africa. The smallest country in mainland Africa is but a sliver of land, merely 500 km long, and 50 km wide. Small as ...

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  • Lilayi Elephant Orphanage

    The Lilayi Elephant Orphanage right outside Lusaka, Zambia, is one of only two elephant nurseries in Africa. Six young elephants currently live there, ranging in age from four months to three years. At some point, ...

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  • To move, to breathe, to fly, to float; to gain all while you give; to roam the roads of lands remote; to travel is to live. ― Hans Christian Andersen

  • A walk through a Hospital in Rural Gambia

    As part of Hand in Health and Books for Africa's project to expand ICT in The Gambia, I had the chance to tour the Sulayman Junkung General Hospital (SJGH) located in Bwiam, The Gambia. A ...

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  • Information and Communication Technology for Development

    Today’s mobile phones, even those basic brick-like "non-smart" ones, have more computing power than the Apollo 11 computer that put a man on the moon in 1969. There's 7 billion of these devices out there, ...

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  • To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.

    – Simone Weil

     

  • In Between Politics and Humanitarian Agendas: UNRWA and Palestinian Statehood

    Abstract The United Nations Work and Relief Agency (UNRWA) is the oldest, most-established and perhaps the most successful international humanitarian operation in the world. It was set up as a temporary agency in 1949 to assist ...

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  • A traveler’s guide to Dhaka, Bangladesh

    Dhaka is so much more than just a city. It is a whirlpool that pulls anything and anyone that comes close to it - sending them around and around like some wildly spinning fairground ride ...

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  • CREER – A Partnership between Rincon, Panama and EWB-DC

    Three years ago, I traveled to the community of Rincon in the Ngöbe-Buglé Comarca of Panama to visit my friend Gillian, who was working there as a community mobilizer with the organization Health Empowering Humanity. ...

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  • The Impact of the Syrian Crises on Palestinian Refugees

    As Syria witnesses what has evolved into a full-blown civil war, the Palestinian refugees in Syria are in a particularly precarious position given their refugee status in the country. The fast evolving positions of key ...

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  • Gender in Development : A Case Study of Bangladesh

    Headlines and reports would have us believe that women have reached gender parity in Bangladesh. The female under-five mortality rate is 20 per cent lower than that of boys; girls are participating more, and better ...

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  • The Trayvon Martin case – one small trial, one big societal question

    On the night of February 26, 2012 one 17-year-old African American high school student, Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by a member of the neighborhood watch George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. On July 13, 2013, ...

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