Social and Environmental Innovation

FLOATING SUSTAINABILITY: THE CASE OF AQUATIC PHOTOVOLTAIC PLANTS

This innovative technology offers interesting advantages in term of space and optimization of aquatic resources Author: Luis Sánchez Torrente The search of energy solutions with no social and environmental impact is still one of the main challenges of the sustainable agenda. The field of renewable energies and their dizzying expansion over the last decades has implied great progresses in reducing ...[Read More]

ALIANZA SHIRE BRINGS ELECTRICITY TO THE REFUGEE CAMPS OF ETHIOPIA

The first Spanish public-private alliance for Humanitarian Action abroad. According to data provided by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), by the end of 2015 there were more than 65 million displaced persons around the world, forced to flee due to persecution, conflict, repression and natural disasters In this context, Allianza Shire emerged as a multi-actor alliance, creat...[Read More]

OPTIMIZING THE EXPLOITATION OF WATER RESOURCES IN MOROCCO

The Modernization Project for Irrigated Agriculture involves a significant improvement of the efficiency of the irrigation system destined to agriculture, contributing to the country’s resilience to climate change. Author: Yvan Castaigne Irrigated agriculture represents 45% of the value-added, 50% of the rural employment and 75% of the agricultural exportation of the country. In 2008, Morocco laun...[Read More]

CHARTER TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

The document has been co-created by over 600 citizens and representatives from new economy movements from all over the world.    “The goal and the purpose of the economy are to serve people and the planet. In order to achieve this, we need a rights and values-led system where justice, solidarity, sustainability, equality, autonomy and collaboration are at its centre”. This is the key message of th...[Read More]

THE ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION FOR A NEW ECONOMY

The next New Economy and Social Innovation Forum will analyze new economic and social innovation models with the aim to offer a better answer to the problems faced by our society. The European Union, which is already echoing some of these proposals, is well positioned to drive these changes. The world needs to rethink its sources of growth and distribution of wealth. On the one hand, growth, espec...[Read More]

SUPPLY OF SUSTAINABLE ENERGY IN RURAL AREAS OF LATIN AMERICA

A study published by the itdUPM analyzes six relevant initiatives aimed to improve the energy distribution network in Latin America.  Author: itdUPM The itdUPM has recently published a study, commissioned by the Multilateral Development Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank (FOMIN/BID) analyzing six initiatives of energy distribution networks in Latin America. These initiatives are designed ...[Read More]

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN AFRICA

What Africa’s drought responses teach us about climate change hotspots? Author: Gina Ziervogel [i] The world may still argue about whether or not climate change is for real. But in vast expanses of arid southern Africa, the daily struggle to cope with a changed climate is well under way. The lessons being learnt here on a small scale could prove vital in the fight for human survival. The impact of...[Read More]

THE ERA OF GARDENERS

Thoughts of Bauman and sustainable economy Author: Fernando Varela de Ugarte Zygmunt Bauman, one of the most clairvoyant intellectuals of the contemporary society, passed away last monday. Especially renowned for his “liquid modernity”, Bauman portrayed brilliantly the so called consumerist society: liquid, without form, where artificiality, volatility and relativism prevail, where everything chan...[Read More]

THE PCDI, ALTERNATIVE TO GPD TO MEASURE THE DEVELOPMENT OF COUNTRIES

The PCDI evaluates the countries’ public policies in relation to the development and offers an alternative to traditional tools measuring progress. Author: Mélanie Romat  ¿WHAT IS PCDI? The Policy Coherence for Development Index (PCDI) is an interesting initiative launched in 2015 by several organizations. Its purpose is to offer an alternative to traditional indicators measuring the progress of s...[Read More]

FROM WOOD TO GAS, FROM DEFORESTATION TO CLEAN ENERGY

The implantation of a Biodigester in a community from North Argentina has allowed significant improvements in social and environmental aspects Authors: Civil Association Colonia Jaime [i] and National Institute of Industrial Technology (INTI) [ii] For more than 83 years, in the inner part of Santiago del Estero, in Argentina, we can find a community with unique characteristics called Colonia Jaime...[Read More]

THE IMPACT OF ICT ON HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

A study has allowed identifying innovative experiences that use Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to improve development and social cohesion We are currently living an unprecedented moment of technological progress. In the history of humanity we have never observed such acceleration of scientific and technological knowledge as the one we are currently living. This growing phenomenon,...[Read More]

Can we contemplate a more inclusive and sustainable economy?

The proposal of new models emerges from the need to search alternatives to negative externalities created by our way to understand the economy. Author: Fernando Varela Last December, the European Commission announced the launch of an ambitious pack of measures to impulse the Circular Economy, with the aim to promote a sustainable economic growth and employment creation. The First Vice-President Fr...[Read More]

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