There has been always discrimination between urban and rural communities. One of the causes for the discrimination problem is the centralization problem. Big urban cities have the facilities and public services, like universities, schools, companies, health centers etc., and at the same time the rural communities are feeling marginalized and as victims because of the limited opportunities and resources.
The discrimination problem has been existing for years. The stereotype is that urban communities are more open-minded, educated and wealthy, while the rural communities are suffering from poverty, unemployment and lack of education resources and facilities. However, not many people have seen the bright side of the rural communities.
Jua is a Swahili (Tanzanian national language) word for sun, therefore, Juabar means solar bar in English. Founded in 2012 by Olivia Nara and Sacha Decou and started operating in 2014, Juabar is a franchise network providing solar power in Tanzania's rural areas where people are not connected to the grid electricity. Their mission is to develop profitable small business opportunities in Tanzania while meeting community energy and connectivity needs.
Azza Kamel is an Egyptian entrepreneur who succeeded in building an influential and sustainable organizations called Alwan wa Awtar or A&A (Arabic for Crayons and Strings), which teaches underprivileged kids who are excluded, isolated and live in slums arts and other forms of education using a stimulating and participatory approach.
Joaquín Leguía learned from his brother Augusto how to value and to love nature by taking care of his little garden. He inspired him to follow his dream and to found ANIA (Association for Children and their Environment). ANIA is a non-profit organization in Peru that seeks developing children's knowledge, abilities and values related to the environment.
With more than half of the world’s population living in urban areas, cities are becoming hubs for ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity as well as social development. However, the rapidly growing urban population which is expected to reach 6.5 billion people (two third of the world’s population) by 2050 poses serious challenges for the future cities.
I came up with this idea because of a strong desire to solve the needs of the communities in remote rural areas of Uzbekistan that experience shortage of energy resources. The households in many rural areas use energy resources mainly for cooking and heating. My invention is a low cost sustainable solar cooker and heater that will serve as an alternative source of energy for rural low income families.
When it comes to moving day, for every student it is a nightmare that never ends. That is the time when you wish you haven’t bought that big sofa or haven’t taken your grandpa’s wooden desk. In case you are wondering if there is an alternative to massive furniture here is the answer: cardboard!
The Co-working spaces concept started in the United State (US) in 2005 in San Francisco, followed by Europe in 2012 in the United Kingdom (UK). The co-working concept is spreading all over the world, making it hard to determine who was the pioneer that took serious steps to start the first co-working space in the MENA region, but nowadays there are many co-working spaces in different countries and cities, starting with Egypt, Cairo (District , 302Labs , Almaqarr , Ice Cairo , Rasheed22 , QafeerLabs), but also Morocco, Casablanca (New Work Lab ), Lebanon, Beirut (AltCity , Coworking+961 , Beirut Digital District), Dubai (Impact Hub Dubai , Make business hub , Pavilion Downtown Dubai , Shelter ), Jordan, Amman (Oasis500), and Kuwait (Sirdab-lab ).
Ruedhas is much more than an ordinary food truck, it’s a rolling stone bringing about its motto: “Embrace the moment, Indulge food and Nourish your soul”. This creative project, founded by a group of three good friends, started from scratch after they decided to purchase an old truck, restore it and hit the road!
Play for Nature is a music project of agaclar.net (trees.net) that aims to attract attention to environmental problems as they believe that too many people are either unaware of this crisis or do not care enough to take action.
The changing weather pattern has led to the need of rethinking water formulations all over the world. El Nino and La Nina effects has led to irregular rainfalls, which leads to dry periods and the latter bringing on extended bouts of rain.
If you ask yourselves how bad pollution is in China, I will give you the short answer: it is awfully bad. That bad that the term “airpocalypse” has been especially coined in 2013 to describe the quality of air in Beijing. That year, the World Health Organisation has measured 40 times more hazardous particles than it would be safe for human beings.
Shukhrat Agzamov used to take three separate buses to get to his lyceum four years ago. Sometimes inconveniences of public transportation would make him late for the classes in the morning. Then he had an idea!
A week ago I had the great pleasure to visit Bogota, Colombia. Having been invited to speak at the Datacenter Dynamics conference about energy efficient datacenters and smart city development, I did some research to see what I could find on local sustainability initiatives. I did not find much information on energy efficient datacenters or technology related initiatives unfortunately.
On Friday last week (25 September 2015), world leaders adopted the Post 2015 Global Development Agenda that contains a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United Nations in New York. This is an outcome of Rio + 20 summit that took place three years ago.
In the metropolitan city of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub, with an ever-increasing population of 18 million people, it is normal to find waste of all forms littered on the streets. But where the inhabitants reject these unwanted materials, Wecyclers, a waste recycling social enterprise, have found new use for them.
Macedonia is a small country that might not have a lot of money, but what they do have is an abundance of nature and tradition, very closely related to one another. The Wild Herbs Exchange Network (WHEN) is a web page and forum community where people around the world can share information about old herbal remedies from their country, but also a place where people can get information about medicinal herbs and remedies found only in Macedonia.
Mostafa Farahat, Nafham Co-Founder & General Manager, who started an educational platform in Egypt that has more than 500 thousand students, 23 thousand educational videos for all the education’s levels starting from Primary, prep and secondary schools, and 30 million views online.
A group of 6 friends, 4 girls and 2 boys, have initiated a project to transfer garbage into building material. In an interview in 2012, they said the idea simply came from their ambition to clean up the living environment while providing better living conditions for people.
This German-Hongarian company was tired of cars having to drive around in cities, searching for a parking spot all the while exhausting harmful fuels. Their solution was to develop Europe Parking System (EPS).
Are you a talented writer? Do you have a passion for sustainability? And are you well informed about sustainability initiatives in your area? Then, you might just be the Reporter we are looking for!
Local Loop Farms is a community agriculture start-up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. Their mission is to build locally sustainable food and waste systems that enhance the social, economic, and environmental well-being of communities.
Will they work or not? It is an almost infatuating idea that you could replace all the asphalt in the world with solar panels. No more nuclear reactors, or burning fossil fuels for energy. Image we would only have electrical cars, and everyone would have access to cheap and clean energy. But is this a feasible idea?
Colombian Hybrytec designs, sells and installs photovoltaic and thermic solar energy solutions. Its mission is to facilitate access to solar energy to all levels of society.
When you are thinking of sustainable houses and offices, you can imagine solar panels on the rooftop, double glazing windows or smart reuse of rainwater. For a house owner these choices are relatively easy to make. But what if you’re not an owner but a tenant?
During our short stay in Milan we visited Venti Sostenibili, an organisation that brings together social enterprises in and around Milan. At The Milano HUB, a shared space for startups and homebase of Venti Sostenibili, we discussed two of their fruitful projects and also what’s needed to move to a circular economy.
Today was our first day in Hamburg! One of our main themes here is sustainable building. This city is located at the Elbe and close to the North Sea which means it will be be affected by rising sea levels. Building with an eye on the future is therefore important for the future of this city.
Built in World War II, the Energy Bunker is a former anti aircraft structure. During the war, it also offered shelter for thousands of refugees. The bunker was damaged and run down in the aftermath of the war and as a ruin it was not touched for almost sixty years.