Energy that relies on naturally-available resources like the sun has an inherently equalizing quality: It is equally available to everyone. Lagos, Mumbai, Dhaka and Caracas offer four examples of innovative projects to harness solar energy, or even to control solar heat.
Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are almost ubiquitously acknowledged as a transformative element to overcoming poverty. In Global South cities where limited internet access threatens ICTs' potential, the development of technology hubs is emerging as a solution.
While somewhat distanced from the country's worst violence, with daily power cuts and nearly half of the population living below the national poverty line, Lagos is by no means a simple place to make or experience art.
If more African entrepreneurs are not failing or sharing their failure stories, then they may not be able to create the innovations needed and necessary to move the continent forward at the speed we would like.
Too many transportation initiatives focus on cars and highways, thus favoring the rich and the middle class. But there are ways to provide safer, more affordable, eco-friendly and reliable transportation to the poor in the Global South, as the following examples demonstrate.
Speakers at last week's State of the Coast or SOC 2014 conference at the Ernest Morial Convention Center in New Orleans balanced grim projections for Louisiana's low-lying areas with possible solutions.
"The same country that just allowed a senator to marry an innocent fourteen year-old girl, has now criminalized homosexuality under the false disguise of same-sex marriage. Whose rights are they planning to go after next?"
Whether with the help of a superhero, a photo festival, better urban planning and communication, or through a basketball tournament, these initiatives show how the urban poor in the Global South can reclaim the public space that belongs to them.