Global Development

Give Aid to Relatives Instead of Orphanages

A new approach to assisting AIDS orphans in Africa involves financial support to relatives of orphans rather than to orphanages. http://ow.ly/JbG8

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African Good Governance Prize

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation will offer a $5m prize to African heads of state who do most to alleviate poverty and leave office peacefully. http://www.moibrahimfoundation.org/en

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Landmine Sniffing Rats

Specially trained African rats (three feet long) can detect mines in a field 50 times faster than by using a metal detector. Forbes "breakout" idea 2009. http://bit.ly/8QWeXs

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Water Testing with Reporting via SMS

A South Africa water quality testing system, "Aquatest", decentralizes water testing by distributing tools for testing and gathering data by SMS. http://bit.ly/bhgWi1

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Invest in Ghana

African specialists recently polled by Foreign Policy ranked most promising African countries in which to invest. Top five were Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique, and Ethiopia. http://atfp.co/19us16K

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Treat Everyone in the Village

Sometimes it is necessary to treat everyone in a village -- even those that clearly aren't sick. NY Times http://nyti.ms/1aFNvkG

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Monitor well function in Africa

About 1/3 of wells in Africa have broken pumps at any one time. The Mobile Monitor ("MoMo") by nonprofit WellDone sends text messages when wells stop working properly. http://bit.ly/1846iQW

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Commercial African Rabbit Farming

Rural African communities can benefit from small-scale commercial rabbit-breeding operations. A Africa Rural Connect Grand Prize Winner. http://bit.ly/7h6Epq

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Redesign Africa's Ox-Powered Farm Tools

Powered equipment is out of reach for most poor farmers, but animal power is available. Better designed animal-powered farm tools will be of great benefit. A Africa Rural Connect contest winning idea. http://bit.ly/8zKE7P

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Cut Off Aid to Africa

Development Aid (to governments) does more harm than good and should be stopped, argues Dambisa Moyo. A Wired Magazine "shocking idea" of 2009. http://bit.ly/590Vqv

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Turn Extra Produce into Storable Form

Canadian non-profit sells bicycle-powered food processor to villages to process and store extra produce, creating jobs and better nutrition. http://www.malnutrition.org/vg_intro.htm

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Grow Bambara

The Bambara groundnut combats desertification while providing nutritious alternative to soy and other crops. Dell Social Innovation Challenge finalist 2010. http://bit.ly/ZG6L84

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