News in: Development

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MapAction: Mapping the Way from Chaos to Order

Can maps save lives? They can certainly help – when a distaster strikes, the MapAction team synthesises incoming information from numerous sources into maps that can be used by people on the ground. This allows disaster relief operations to run more smoothly and effectively. Read on

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Waste No Tyre, Burn No Tyre, with Tycycler

Piles of tyres, fires blazing, thick smoke rising, are a far too common and disturbing sight in rubbish dumps in developing countries. Poor waste management infrastructure is partly to blame for the swindling of valuable resources, and the poisoning of air, water and earth around these dumps, through such a practice. But now, a low-tech solution can help stop all that: the Tycycler. Read on

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New E-commerce Platform Offers A One-Stop-Shop for Aid and Emergency-Relief Supplies

For development practitioners in the field, one great challenge is finding suitable and timely emergency aid supplies that they can then dispatch to the areas of need. E-commerce platform the Level Market is addressing the issue head-on, thus helping aid organisations focus more of their time on delivering emergency supplies, rather than searching for them. Read on

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Keeping Charity in Check

AidData tracks development aid funding and uses GIS, open source data and a number of other approaches to shed some light on where donations go and how they are spent. Read on

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Emergency Shelter in Next to No Time

Australian company Humanihut has developed emergency shelter units that look to provide a more durable form of housing to refugees or people affected by disasters, with built in bathroom facilities and electricity. Each unit can be set up in just a few minutes and is designed to last up to 20 years. Read on