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Thursday, September 17, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

This Nigerian Architect Wants to Turn Africa’s Water Slums into Floating Cities

Source: Quartz

Nigerian architect Kunlè Adeyemi is re-imagining African’s water slums as floating islands.
Thursday, September 10, 2015 — No Region Specified

Investing In Low-Carbon Cities Could Save $17 Trillion By 2050

Source: Clean Technica

New research suggests that by investing in low-carbon infrastructure, including transport, building efficiency, and waste management, cities could save $17 trillion by 2050, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

West Africa’s air pollution is reaching dangerously high levels—and we don’t know the worst of it

Source: Quartz

In Lagos, smog has quickly become another aspect of city life. In the city of more than 21 million people – known to some as “Africa’s first city” – the majority of residents live near industrial plants, breathing in exhaust from thousands of cars and millions of generators providing power to the city.
Thursday, July 23, 2015 — South Asia

Smartphones Can Improve Health of Poor Urban Women

Source: The Times of India

With a large majority of poor urban women having access to cellphones, the device can be used to improve the health of those at risk of diabetes and other diseases during their childbearing years, says a new study.
Friday, July 17, 2015 — South Asia

Rural India Healthier Than Urban India, Malayalees Sickest

Source: Indiaspend

As much as 86% of the rural population and 82% of the urban population is without health-expenditure support. The average medical expenditure for treating one ailment without being admitted to hospital was Rs 509 in rural India and Rs 639 in urban India. Up to 58% of hospital care occurred in private hospitals in rural India; it was 68% in urban India.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya Slum Mathare Gets Cheap Water Through ATMs

Source: BBC

Residents of the Mathare slum area of Kenya's capital, Nairobi, are now able to access water through an ATM-style dispenser.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 — South Asia

ADB to Increase Lending to Support India’s New Initiatives

Source: Asian Development Bank

Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao today met with India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to discuss ADB’s partnership with India. Mr Nakao also met with Minister of Urban Development, M. Venkaiah Naidu and discussed ADB’s support to the government’s new urban initiatives. He stressed that ADB is committed to strengthening its support to India’s new initiatives that target increased economic growth and reduced poverty.
Friday, May 15, 2015 — No Region Specified

Press Release: JPMorgan Chase 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report Reflects Focus on Cities as Engines of Economic Growth

Source: Market Watch

JPMorgan Chase & Co. today released its 2014 Corporate Responsibility report, highlighting steps the firm is taking to support economic growth and address critical challenges facing cities around the world. The report, Global Strength: At Work in Cities, features case studies of work the firm is doing to help cities address these challenges as well as innovative and sustainable solutions designed to create growth and opportunity.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Health Gap Between Urban Rich and Poor Getting Worse

Source: Humanosphere

In cities, access to quality health care varies greatly between the rich and poor, from Lagos to Washington, D.C. The poorest urban children in some developing countries are twice as likely to die as their wealthy counterparts. Steps must be taken immediately to eliminate health inequality, says charity group Save the Children.
Monday, May 4, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

In a Slum in Kenya, Help Is Just a Click Away

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

In a Nairobi, Kenya, slum, residents used technology to map the area, a key first step in solving problems from waste removal to street lighting. Those with phone can now report problems more accurately.
Monday, May 4, 2015 — No Region Specified

Giving Everyone in the World an Address

Source: BBC

Out in the real world, about four billion people on the planet actually live in places that have no street names, no house numbers - in fact, nothing that constitutes a proper address.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

Health in Urban Slums Depends on Better Local Data

Source: Sci Dev Net

Data collection in urban areas should also be interdisciplinary; involving epidemiologists, toxicologists, urban planners and environmental scientists among other experts, according to Sotiris Vardoulakis, air pollution and climate change group leader at the UK government agency Public Health England.
Monday, March 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Focus Heightens on Vaccine Preventable Diseases

Source: Daily Trust

Nigeria is better off preventing diseases than attempting cures on a continent with some of the highest disease burdens, say experts. This comes as the first indigenous vaccine manufacturer, Innovative Vaccines, launched in Nigeria.
Monday, March 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

NUHM launched in Maharashtra, will help 2 crore slum dwellers

Source: Times of India

The state government announced the launch of the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) on Sunday to focus on the healthcare needs of 2 crore slum dwellers living in 95 districts. The NUHM launch follows the flagging off of the dial 108 for a free ambulance scheme on March 1.
Monday, February 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Announcing a New Investment: Miliki Afya

Source: Acumen

Acumen is pleased to announce a $600,000 equity investment in Miliki Afya Ltd., a company that aims to create a chain of clinics that offer high quality, low cost, outpatient care and diagnostics in low income, densely populated areas in Kenya.
Monday, January 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

Delhi's air quality worse than one of world's most polluted cities Beijing, data shows

Source: Times of India

In mid-January, air pollution in Beijing was so bad that the government issued urgent health warnings and closed four major highways, prompting the panicked buying of air filters and donning of face masks. But in New Delhi, where pea-soup smog created what was by some measurements even more dangerous air, there were few signs of alarm in the country's boisterous news media, or on its effervescent Twittersphere.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 — South Asia

How vaccines helped India defeat polio while Pakistan become a reservoir for the virus

Source: Fierce Vaccines

The diverging fortunes of India and Pakistan in recent years show what an effective vaccination push can do to tackle disease.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 — South Asia

Health program launched by Indian government to cover urban areas with over 50,000 population

Source: The Hindu

A flagship programme of the UPA government at the Centre, it is a counterpart of the National Rural Health Mission
Monday, January 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

Why city life is unhealthy

Source: New Vision

The rapid increase in the number of urban inhabitants will be among the most important global health issues of the 21st century.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

Impact investors now tap urban poor market

Source: Business Standard

Impact investment funds and social entrepreneurs are now targeting social ventures that cater to the urban poor segment. There is a visible departure from earlier practice where the focus of most impact funds was on funding micro finance institutions, catering largely to the rural poor, and similar base-of-pyramid ventures in a rural set up.
Thursday, August 15, 2013 — South Asia

Pedaling for progress with cargo bikes

Source: GMA News

For Victoria Holanda, fetching water used to be a backbreaking chore. “Dati ay suson naming mag-asawa ang isang kawayan; ang timba ay nasa gitna naming dalawa,” she recalled. “Inaabot kami ng tatlong oras araw-araw sa pag-igib ng tubig mula sa isang bukal na 500 metro ang layo sa bahay namin.”
Monday, August 5, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Road deaths, cancer and diabetes becoming Africa's hidden epidemics

Source: The Guardian

Urbanisation accelerating rise in health problems, while more cars on the road are pushing up accident rates, says World Bank
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

In Kenya, Using Tech To Put An 'Invisible' Slum On The Map

Source: NPR

If you were to do a search for the Nairobi city slum of Mathare on Google Maps, you'd find little more than gray spaces between unmarked roads.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigerian Developer Set to Build Africa's Next Giant City

Source: The Wall Street Journal

LAGOS, Nigeria—Africa's cities are running out of land, prompting a real-estate developer here to erect what might be Africa's ritziest district on a beach long known as a haven for day laborers and beer tipplers.
Thursday, April 11, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa can leapfrog other regions on energy, power expo hears

Source: Business Day

Billed as Africa’s biggest power and energy expo, Power and Electricity World Africa launched in Sandton on Tuesday, with exhibits from China, India, Europe, the US and further afield displaying renewable and traditional technologies.
Friday, March 1, 2013 — No Region Specified

What Do You Have in Common with a Low-Income Indian Mother? More Than You Think

Source: GOOD

Unfortunately, people are not rational actors; we are trained creatures of habit, molded and formed by our culture and personal experiences.
TAGS:rural, urban
Thursday, November 1, 2012 — Latin America

In the pipeline: $300M worth of AFD, IDB projects

Source: Devex

The French Development Agency, or AFD, and the Inter-American Development Bank have signed a three-year “action-oriented” agreement that will expand the two agencies’ development efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 — South Asia

'Over 60 percent of land projected to become urban by 2030 yet to be built'

Source: Business Recorder

Global urbanisation will have significant implications for biodiversity and ecosystems if current trends continue, with knock-on effects for human health and development, observes a new assessment by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
Friday, June 22, 2012 — No Region Specified

In Rio+20, a $175B commitment for transport

Source: Devex

Eight multilateral development banks made an unprecendented commitment to transportation infrastructure during the opening of the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development, which runs June 20-22.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tackling the Challenges of Urban Sanitation: A Social Enterprise Model

Source: The Guardian

A micro franchise initiative founded by SC Johnson in Nairobi aims to improve levels of sanitation in low-income communities.
Thursday, March 22, 2012 — South Asia

Growth Busts Poverty

Source: The Times of India

Poverty estimates between 2004-05 and 2009-10 show a sharp reduction in the absolute number of the poor by 52.5 million to 354.7 million.
Monday, February 13, 2012 — South Asia

Microfinance Project Helping Low Income Group In Singapore

Source: Justmeans

An innovative MicroCredit Business Scheme (MCBS) has been launched in Singapore to help people from low-income backgrounds create a sustainable income by establishing or expanding their small businesses. The project is a pioneering initiative in Singapore that is being implement as a collaboration between POSBank (POSB), Tote Board, and the Social Enterprise Hub.
Friday, January 13, 2012 — No Region Specified

Mobile Money to Deliver Cash Aid: Believe the Hype?

Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review

Vodafone has launched its new phone 'Vodafone 150' which is being called the cheapest phone in the world with a price tag of just $15. The phone is mainly aiming the customers in the developing countries. The phone will be launched in India, Turkey and African countri
Thursday, October 6, 2011 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile Cash Transfers Empower Poor Niger Women

Source: Microfinance Focus

A working paper released by Center for Global Development reports on the first randomized evaluation of a short term mobile cash transfer program in Niger . According to the paper's findings, women in households which use m-transfers, have greater control over the spending of the cash transfer and engage in consumption and production decisions. Households using m-transfers (ZAP) pu...
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