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[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 08:46
South Africa's Department of Science and Technology and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have announced a partnership to find innovative sanitation solutions for rural and peri-urban communities. Announcing the partnership on Monday, the department said it had committed R30-million to conducting field tests on technologies developed as part of the Gates Foundation's global Reinvent the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 08:32
A Seattle-based charity has launched an urban farming initiative to build Seattle’s first commercial hydroponic farms. The program, which was started by Millionair Club Charity [sic], will supply homeless individuals and families with donated fresh produce. The fully operational hydroponic urban farm doesn’t need large tracks of land to grow quality crops. The first 250-square-foot garden,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 08:23
A U.K.-based global charity devoted to fighting hunger and injustice released a new study this week that predicts climate change will intensify global world hunger. The study is called "Hot and Hungry," and was released on March 25 by Oxfam. The report analyzes ten "gap areas" that measure a country's capability or incapability to fend for itself in a warming environment. These areas include:... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 08:00
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501, "Hitachi") today announced its participation in the "Survey on Environmentally-Friendly Urban Development in South Africa" to be conducted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency ("JICA"). This study will focus on the three major South African cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town and eThekwini (Durban), aiming to gather and analyze basic data on social infrastructure... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 07:47
In the fight against poverty, investing in innovative approaches, enhanced technologies and new techniques to improve development outcomes or reduce costs are essential. Partnerships between the public and private sectors are not new, but they are key to reaching people with new technologies and models for services, often with greater efficiency and impact than what could be achieved working... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 07:41
Fact: 300 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa live without access to clean water. Fact: for the past five years, Voss Foundation has been making a difference to hundreds of thousands of people in Sub-Saharan Africa with 68 clean water access points and 159 sanitation facilities in six countries. To address the global water crisis, VOSS Water is launching the “31 Days to Make a Difference”... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 07:24
Consider a simple statistic. Every month in the developing world, more than 5-million people migrate to urban areas, where jobs, schools, and opportunities of all kinds are often easier to find. But when people migrate, the need for basic services — water, power and transport — goes with them, highlighting the boom in infrastructure demand. The reality is evident from Kenya to Kiribati —... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 28, 2014 - 08:04
The Dubai Municipality is set to outline its global vision for developing the world’s most sustainable and environmentally friendly city at the Urban Agenda 2020 conference taking place next week. The conference, which forms part of the Dubai Municipality-sponsored Outdoor Design, Build and Supply Exhibition, will run from 31 March to 2 April at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Urban Agenda 2020... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 28, 2014 - 07:42
More and more it appears Kunming streets and sidewalks are becoming the domain of unregistered vendors who sell all manner of things from mats and tables on the pavement. In the past, many seemingly half-hearted attempts have been made to restrict such behavior, especially in places where vendors block traffic. None of the initiatives have proved particularly successful. However, a new strategy... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 28, 2014 - 07:30
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today (March 24, 2014) approved a $205 million credit to help the Ethiopian government increase access to clean drinking water and improve sanitation services for the poorest in the country. The money provided through International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank, which helps the world’s poorest countries by providing zero-interest... Read more