Technology and Sustainable Human Development

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]

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]

MEASURES TO FOSTER THE DEVELOPMENT OF LEAST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES

The implementation of the Istanbul Program of Actions started 5 years ago with the aim to support the development of the 49 Least Developed Countries. Author: Mélanie Romat A report has been recently published on the state of Least Developed Countries (LDC)[1] taking stock of the results reached and what remains to be done after the first 5 years of implementation of the Istanbul Program of Action...[Read More]

THE CHALLENGES OF THE 71st UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The yearly meeting organized in New York from September 13 to 26 aims to be a key event articulating leaders’ reflections to deal with the global issues we are facing. The 71st UN General Assembly has been inaugurated on September 13. With an agenda full of sessions, meetings and activities, it aims to gather heads of state in order to find solutions to the global issues faced by the nations. Seve...[Read More]

BIG DATA AND DEVELOPMENT: THE UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL PULSE INITIATIVE

INTERVIEW OF MIGUEL LUENGO-OROZ As a follow up to our previous post analyzing opportunities related to Big Data in terms of development, we are posting today an interview of Miguel Luengo-Oroz. Miguel is Chief Data Scientist at UN Global Pulse, initiative of the United Nations Secretary General focusing on data-driven innovation for sustainable development and humanitarian action. NWS: When has UN...[Read More]

BIG DATA FOR GREATER DEVELOPMENT

The use of data represents one of the greater technological progresses of the last years. A well-targeted application can have an important impact in terms of development. Author: Mélanie Romat Over the last years, increasing attention has been paid to the Big Data “phenomenon”. Justly so, since the practices developed in this area have made possible important applications in very different sector...[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]

LandsCare, a social network specialized in the conservation of nature

LandsCare is the first global payment system based on scenic beauty Author: Pablo Martínez de Anguita The mechanisms of Payment for Environmental Services (PSA in Spanish) are systems trying to capture the value of services offered by nature which don’t have a defined market, and to invest in their conservation. The most traditional example is to receive a payment for water resources from the high...[Read More]

MARKETING THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

How do we make the UN’s 17 goals for sustainable development the ‘to-do list for people and planet’? Richard Curtis and his Project Everyone team have a plan.‘….The more famous these global goals are, and the more widely they are understood by everyone….. the more politicians will take them seriously, finance them properly, refer to them frequently and make them work…’ (Project Everyone, 2015) So ...[Read More]

Applications and advantages of Photocatalysis

Photocatalysis offers a concrete solution to one of the major problems our society has to face: environmental pollution. Author: Mélanie Romat [i] Photocatalysis, discovered more that 40 years ago, is recognized now as a process which allows to collaborate effectively against the atmospheric pollution problem present in big cities. WHAT IS PHOTOCATALYSIS? The photocatalytic process is based on the...[Read More]

Design for “scalability”

The study of scalability patterns is a fundamental issue to extend and guarantee the access to essential services. Authors: Carlos Mataix / Xosé Ramil [i] In the field of development, new words are regularly appearing and everybody starts to use them, creating endless debates and hundreds of articles and posts like this one. “Scalability” is one of them, and for now it is quite popular among profe...[Read More]

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