This post reminds of the awesome work Plan Canada is doing with their Because I am a Girl campaign, unleashing the power of Canadian girls - and everyone who matters to them - to claim a brighter, safer future for girls in the developing world.
I interviewed a Colombian friend recently. "Apart from being a beautiful country", she said "there are regions in Colombia, especially in the mountains, which are not safe at all." Often farmers get kidnapped by the guerillas or the paramilitaries.
One of the entries for the $300 House competition, the Slum Shop submission skillfully recognizes that it is resources and know-hows that people need, giving them the resources rather than actual design.
Aiming at low cost technology and building livelihoods through research, training, policy influence, and providing machinery and technological know-how transfer, Development Alternatives is a social enterprise that is comprehensive in its approach.
Medellin was a crime capital, but in a decade, through the leadership of the government and ambitious building projects, crime rate has steadily decreases. (despite the recent rise..) Community buildings are key in the poorest neighborhoods.
Draugs Draugam, or Friendly Deeds, is an online market place for sharing knowledge, experiences and goods. For free. Marketplaces like this can be used in regions like Caldas to connect entrepreneurs to be and let them learn from eachother.
One of the defining factors in pre-industrial production was the appearance of cottage industry manufacturing, utilizing excess labor between harvests to generate products like textiles. These products could be distrbuted under a single brand.
A lot of inspirations suggest to build a farming comunity, but do the locals have the ability to start a farm financially ? maybe Grameen can help them by dispersing the load of starting a farmland. Building slowly but surely.
How we design our living places bears enormous impact on both physical and mental health. How can we create improved conditions, through design of the built environment, for human habitation and wellbeing?
Student social businesses: 1) help raise education funds, 2) promote learning by doing, building entrepreneurial skills, & 3) benefit the community, while raising student social awareness. Video below profiles some of these efforts in Africa.
After reading Koos' inspiration about Colombia's informal economy, I wanted to learn more about informal economies and came across this interview with Steve Daniels, who spent time in Africa researching informal economies.
The VScan is a device the size of a mobile phone. You can take it, easily, everywhere. Even to remote mountainous areas. And you can send the data to a central point to get analysis of the images or a second opinion.
DanWatch, WikiLeaks and other similar are researching and auditing businesses, governments and organisations on a global scale, to try to make sure that they behave and follow local laws on ethics, workers safety, minimum wages, environmentalism...