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The Power of Solar: Energy in the Global South

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

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.

A Global Tour of Transformative Urban ICT Hubs

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 04.04.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

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.

Reaching the Hardest-to-Reach: Financial Services for Overlooked Populations

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.22.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

The growth of microfinance solutions to address pressing development challenges has brought many of the world's formerly "unbanked" into formal financial systems.

Against Odds, Nigerian Artists Make It Happen

Ruthie Abel | Posted 02.28.2015 | Arts
Ruthie Abel

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.

Why More African Entrepreneurs Need to Embrace Failure

Mary Olushoga | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact
Mary Olushoga

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.

Nigerian Doctor Who Treated Ebola Patient Tests Positive

Reuters | Posted 08.04.2014 | World

Lagos recorded its second case of Ebola on Monday, in a doctor who treated U.S. victim Patrick Sawyer, Nigeria's health minister said. Sawyer died ...

12 Young Entrepreneurs Who Make Me Feel Optimistic About Nigeria's Future

Mary Olushoga | Posted 09.20.2014 | Impact
Mary Olushoga

Despite the growing concern for Nigeria's future due to terrorism or the lack of conscientious leaders, I am optimistic.

The World Bank Just Made Lagos' Poorest Poorer

Nezir Sinani | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Nezir Sinani

Badia communities are demanding justice. The least the World Bank can do is implement its own policies.

Global Initiatives for HIV/AIDS Prevention

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Every city faces a different local context when it comes to fighting HIV/AIDS, and strategies must cater to local needs.

Secrets of Power: The Lesson of Five Chilean Presidents

Paula Escobar Chavarría | Posted 08.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Paula Escobar Chavarría

I started my career as a journalist when the President of the chilean Senate Gabriel Valdes placed the presidential sash on President Aylwin in March ...

Can Biking and Walking Save Lives in Cities in the Global South?

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Sidewalks, bike lanes, pedestrian crossings, parks, and green areas are all pieces of a complex puzzle to help citizens navigate their city safely and sustainably.

Red Vaya, Lamata, Kopaja, Busetas: How the Urban Poor Commute

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

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.

We Found The Prettiest Shoreline Ever

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 07.21.2015 | Travel

Yes, we have stumbled upon some incredibly gorgeous beaches in recent weeks. And yes, we stumble upon beaches a lot. But we couldn't resist run...

South-by-South: When to Bypass the Global North

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

South-South Cooperation refers to the exchange of resources, know-how and technology between countries in the Global South. While this transfer is sti...

Shrinking Coast, Sinking Land Discussed at Louisiana Forum

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

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.

These Four Cities Are Making Youth Empowerment A Priority

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 04.18.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

A pressing question for many cities is how to create the right educational, social, and economic opportunities for young people so that they gain the tools to build strong foundations for adulthood.

Five Ways to Improve Working Conditions in the Global South

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

They are determined to open up a dialogue with city officials and to negotiate a set of basic rights that will formalize their line of work.

Nigerian-American Artist and LGBT Activist Ade Addresses Nigeria's President for Criminalizing and Maltreating Gays

Lia Petridis Maiello | Posted 03.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Lia Petridis Maiello

"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?"

5 African 'Bus' Rides: Rough Riders on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 03.09.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Not all African buses break down, arrive days late, overwhelm you with dust and heat, or underwhelm you with esoteric notions of comfort and service. ...

Holiday Bling That Won't Break The Bank

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 11.18.2014 | Black Voices

'Tis the season for some brand new bling! But we know how stressful buying jewelry for loved ones during the holiday can be. Never fear -- we've r...

Street Artist Adorns Cities Across The Globe With Massive, Intricate Animals

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

New Work from ROA in Austria, Canada, Great Britain, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the US. Today we visit with street artist, urban n...

Mobile Mammogram Units, 'Don't Spit' Bumper Stickers, and Maternal Health SMS: Sharing Health Messages with the Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Health solutions often exist in the Global South, but the information doesn't get through to marginalized communities because it isn't transmitted in effective or culture-appropriate ways.

Report: Nigeria's Military Is Killing Thousands

AP | MICHELLE FAUL | Posted 10.18.2013 | World

LAGOS, Nigeria -- LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Shedding stark light on Nigeria's escalating war with Islamic militants, mortuary records from a single Nige...

How the Urban Poor Are Reclaiming Public Space

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

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.

You Never Thought You'd Do This... Until You Went On Vacation

Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel

People travel for many reasons. Some want to escape, to live life as they never would in their day-to-day existence. Others want to channel who they r...