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Imagine a world where your spice cabinet reminds you to buy salt, or your cell phone sends a text message about the amount of water left in your water tank. These are the wonders of the Internet of things (IoT).
Over a long weekend in September, Dar es Salaam suffered a water shortage, causing residents to store water in tanks or buy more expensive bottled water for drinking and cooking.
Thanks to Tim Seal of the Open University for kindly offering to take notes and co-write a blog about our October Tech4Dev meet, and for helping organise it.
Lusaka is facing a sanitation crisis which has contributed to the loss of lives, the Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) has warned.
“What’s wrong with this picture?” Louisa Gosling of WaterAid asked the participants at her training on Disability-inclusive Water Operations at the World Bank Water Week in March 2017. She pointed to a photo of a woman standing on the wall of a well.
It was inspiring to see so many committed water practitioners at World Water Week in Stockholm the last week of August, coming together to share experiences and advance global action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal of safe and accessible water and sanitation for all (SDG6) by 2030.
Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.
In Kenya, in the region of Turkana County, a severe drought is threatening people's livelihoods and livestock. Agricultural production is close to none as the rainy season going from March to June remained a vain hope.
A new report from the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development entitled "Digital skills for life and work" shows that education systems worldwide are only just beginning to help learners cultivate the digital skills they need to excel in in our increasingly digitized societies.
This is a liveblog of a talk by Emily Jacobi (@emjacobi) at the MIT Center for Civic Media, written by Erhardt Graeff, Rahul Bhargava, and Alexis Hope. All errors are our own.
Saving lives from flood disasters beyond the border is possible through early warning systems. It is demonstrated successfully in three river basins between India and Nepal. Bilateral cooperation at government level could make greater changes.
Access to the Internet is often seen as the last hurdle in bridging the ever-present digital divide.
A few months back I was invited to give a presentation to a joint plenary of the ‘Whose Right to the Smart City‘ and ‘DataAche 2017‘ conferences in Plymouth.
In 2006, AidData’s former Co-Executive Director Nancy McGuire Choi (then an Associate with Development Gateway) was meeting in Haiti with an economic adviser to then-President Preval.
Hurricane Maria, which made landfall on Puerto Rico on September 21 as a Category 4 storm, will go down as one of the most devastating events in the island’s history.
“We began with a focus on the water and sanitation sectors of aid, but users from all sectors have taken up the platform. Increasingly, we were asked why our name has the word ‘water’ in it since we are applicable across all of aid.
In 2015, the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) estimated that 660 million people don’t have access to adequate drinking-water sources, and over 2.4 billion people worldwide don’t have access to improved sanitation.
According to real-time data from GSMA Intelligence, the research arm of the GSMA, the world’s mobile industry has signed up its 5 billionth unique mobile subscriber The 5 billion milestone means that more than two-thirds of the global population is now connected to a mobile service.
More than half of water utility leaders globally have yet to embrace innovation and risk missing out on important "sustainability dividends," according to a new Arcadis report, Empowering Water Utility Innovation.
LONDON, England – The smart water market is growing, with companies entering and partnerships being forged yet convincing utilities to adopt new technologies continues to remain a challenge.
Responding to a drought of historic severity, California has started pilot programs installing smart water meters that detect leaks and optimise the use of water at household level.
In separate news, yet closely related, analyst firm Berg Insight reports that global shipments of cellular IoT devices will grow at a CAGR of 22.7 per cent from 155.6 million units in 2016 to reach 530.1 million in 2022.
mSurvey, the only global mobile-first research platform leveraging SMS and mobile messaging technology to simplify access to credible, on-demand data from the emerging world, and Safaricom, a leading communications company in Kenya, today launched Consumer Wallet, a groundbreaking platform that qu
reposted from: http://www.wateraid.org/news/blogs/2017/february/diy-water-provision-the-advantages-of-self-supply In some contexts, incremental improvements to water supply can offer greater sustainability than can full interventions.
This past week, I’ve been in Nairobi for workshops with the GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities team and their grantees.
As innovators, engineers and business leaders gather this week in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress to showcase the latest developments, it’s important not to lose sight of why this all matters: digital payments play a critical role in creating opportunities for people to
Under severe conditions of water scarcity, it is vital to keep motorised boreholes pumping across Ethiopia's Somali region.
Rwanda forges forward in drone mapping use After Rwanda made waves in the news early last year for allegedly being the first country to approve drone delivery, people paid attention.
Sanitation Service Delivery (SSD) Program – Ghana, Ivory Coast and Benin. Sustainable Sanitation Alliance, November 2016. SSD is a USAID/West Africa urban sanitation project implemented in Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, and Ghana.
The WASH sector in developing countries requires an enormous effort if it is to accelerate the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6), to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
According to the GSMA 2016 report on Unlocking Rural Coverage, ‘The internet is the most important enabler of social development and economic growth of our time.
Diarrhea 101: Time To Talk About Something We Don’t Usually Talk About. NPR, November 18, 2016. Diarrhea isn’t something we usually discuss in public.
The Millennium Development Goals (1990-2015) aimed to reduce by half the proportion of people without sanitation. The Sustainable Development Goals (2016-2030) are more ambitious, and the vision is sanitation for everyone, all the time.
A successful city is economically and culturally vibrant, healthy, safe, clean and attractive to business and tourism, and provides quality of life to its citizens.
In developing countries, roughly 45 million cubic meters of water are lost daily with an economic value of over US$3 billion per year. A World Bank study puts the global estimate of physical water losses at 32 billion cubic meters each year, half of which occurs in developing countries.
SpaceX, the aerospace company founded by the Mars-hungry tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, just made a big move to envelop the Earth in high-speed internet coverage.
Evan Thomas is CEO of SweetSense Inc., COO of DelAgua Health and an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Portland State University. His new book is Broken Pumps and Promises: Incentivizing Impact in Environmental Health, included among our Professional Development resources.
Have something to say about the U.S. government’s approach to water around the world? Here’s your chance. The Department of State has issued a public call for comment on its global water strategy.
Many members of the development and technical communities seem to share a common vocabulary when it comes to the values and priorities that information and communication technologies (ICTs) need to serve.
Anambra State in Nigeria, where there are no public water services of any kind (last time I checked) provides an interesting case study. Water services are provided by borehole and tanker, by entrepreneurs / private operators, often under contract with town councils.
According to this January 2016 Afrobarometer survey covering 35 African countries, 93% of respondents said there was a mobile phone service in their area and only 63% said there was piped water.
A number of organizations have collaborated to bring out an initial set of 21 principles for the design of smartphone interfaces and mobile money. We hold that this is a powerful new area of research and testing that can harness the power of smartphones to better serve the poor.
At the beginning of 2015, the GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities programme (M4D Utilities), with the support of the UK Government, began working with Etisalat to explore the opportunity for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to partner with service providers in the deployment of mobile-enabled solu
ICT services getting more affordable – but more than half the world’s population still not using the Internet – New data released today by ITU, the UN specialized agency for information and communication technology (ICT), show that 3.
Female farmers training on a GPS-equipped “smart tractor” that collects data and a cloud powered booking system that allows farmers to request and pay for services using SMS messaging and mobile money.
In the past few years, governments and the development community have seriously stepped up their efforts to tackle the sanitation crisis.
We launched the 2015 State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money at Mobile World Congress, last month. The key highlights and insights from the report will be shared with you in a blog series in the coming weeks.
There’s a familiar story rolling out across Africa (and around the world): mobile money services launch, millions register for the service, but few become active users.
People are abandoning rural life for urban centers in large numbers, and in the next few years, the majority of the world’s population will live in and around cities. Growing on the fringes of these urban areas are informal – and some say illegal – settlements. U.N.
The digital cloud is high above every smallholder farm in Africa. We have the opportunity to bring the power of the cloud down to earth, and transform the ability of smallholder farmers to access finance, information and markets as never before.
During a recent desk review, we found there is no one widely accepted definition of sanitation success, even for broadly used approaches like community-led total sanitation.
How the water sector loses billions annually, and other shocking conclusions on corruption and malpractices. At least ten percent of investments in the water sector disappears through corruption.
Goal 6 of the UN Global Goals on Sustainable Development promises to deliver access to water and sanitation to everyone, everywhere, by 2030. This is no small task.
Ooh good, another ‘lessons of history’ research piece. Check out the excellent new WaterAid report: Achieving total sanitation and hygiene coverage within a generation – lessons from East Asia.
In sub-Saharan Africa women are primarily responsible for securing water for drinking, washing, cooking and cleaning. When water supplies are threatened during the dry season or drought periods, women must walk further, wait for longer and rely on lower quality water to provide for their household.
In many parts of the world, changing demand and supply patterns are contributing to an increasing physical scarcity and competition for water resources.
Technology is increasingly seen as an essential component of our daily lives, and so too are the global tech companies ushering us into the digital age. Google, Facebook, Apple, Uber and AirBnb are just a few of the companies shifting the way we use technology and, in turn, view the world.
Toilets are fashionable again. Maybe not in my bathroom, as I have a ubiquitous white bowl. But in global development, sanitation “solutions” are en vogue.
Southern African Development Community (Sadc) member states have been challenged to urgently implement measures to mitigate the effects of El-Nino to reduce food shortages and malnutrition.
2015 and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are behind us. The new global goals for sustainable development are expected to inspire and create a new determination for all of us. What has IRC learned during 2015 and how are we moving ahead in 2016?
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