Posts from May 2011

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ICT for Empowerment

by NYU CTED

A Google employee who moved to Africa to work in ICT for development has found another powerful benefit to bringing information and computer technology to the region – empowerment and opportunity. Ben Cole has been helping small businesses in Africa to utilize the internet for establishing their companies’ profiles and email accounts. As a result […]

Abu Dhabi Developing Microchip Industry

by NYU CTED

Abu Dhabi is taking large steps to developing its own microchip industry as part of its efforts to diversify industry in the capital and to provide a lasting industry after oil and gas production has wound down. The goal is to have a functioning plant operating by the end of 2015 and to draw similar […]

CTED Event: Eleni Gabre-Madhin and the Ethiopian Commodities Exchange

by NYU CTED

Last month, CTED and Africa House hosted an event in on . The keynote speaker was Eleni Gabre-Madhin who spoke of the development of the Ethiopian Commodities Exchange, of which Ms. Gabre-Madhin was a critical part. Ms. Gabre-Madhin spoke of the need “to build a world class institution signaling Ethiopia’s entry into a modern global […]

Kenyan Community Cooking

by NYU CTED

In Nairobi, a new community project uses the trash around the neighborhood to fuel a communal cooker. The Community Cooker relies upon community members bringing their waste to feed the fire, in turn making the area cleaner, and provides a space for cooking meals, without the expense of buying charcoal or other materials for a […]

How Green is Microfinance?

by NYU CTED

An interesting post by DeSmogBlog raises the question of whether microfinance is good or detrimental to the environment.  A report by GreenMicrofinance and Inter-American Development Bank, “The Missing Bottom Line: Microfinance and the Environment,” reveals the interesting relationship between the environment and microfinance. The report looks at how some business opportunities are founded upon detrimental […]

Text Alerts for Healthcare Appointments in South Africa Prove Effective

by NYU CTED

South Africa’s largest HIV treatment center has recently begun using SMS technology to remind patients of appointments and, so far, the system is proving effective.  According to an article in The Independent, missed appointments have fallen from an average of around 15% to 4%. The article also talks about several other key healthcare initiatives using […]

What a Big ifference a Little Light Makes

by NYU CTED

Great post about solutions available to those who are “energy poor” and how those solutions might help solve bigger problems that foreign aid tries to solve, such as the lack of education, healthcare and economic opportunity for many of these people.  There are several challenges faced in getting the technology to these people – namely, […]

Photosynthesis for Power

by NYU CTED

At a California conference, MIT professor Daniel Nocera presented new technology that mimics photosynthesis in order to produce electricity. The artificial leaf is no bigger than a playing card and uses water and the sun, producing energy to be stored in a fuel cell. According to Nocera, with a single gallon of water, the device can […]

Examining the Relationship Between Economic Opportunity and Violence

by NYU CTED

The new World Development Report, released by the World Bank, presents some interesting findings about the nature of the relationship between economic development and violence. Previously, a lack of economic development was one of many factors that led to violence in failing or failed states, but this new report finds that increasingly a lack of […]

Plastics and Solar Technology

by NYU CTED

An interesting CNN article from January discusses how solar technologies are now using plastic as a primary material, lowering cost and increasing durability and ease of installation. While many companies are developing the technology to use plastic in photovoltaic panels, the key challenge facing them now is improving the efficiency of these devices which average about […]