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ICT in the DRC: Challenges, Solutions and Opportunity

February 10, 2018

Poor Internet access and a lack of electricity cripple startups and other commerce in the Democratic Republic of Congo....

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Cristian Birzer

Service Learning or Voluntourism?

February 6, 2018

One of the biggest threats we face as engineers working in global development is not lack of funding, and...

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Jatin Nathwani

Empowering the powerless: Let’s end energy poverty

February 2, 2018

“Power to the people,” the activists chanted in the 1960s. The revolutionaries of yesteryear never dreamed of the scientific...

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Rob Goodier

Promising Prototypes to Watch in 2018

December 29, 2017

Prototype, noun: A first or preliminary version of a device or vehicle from which other forms are developed –...

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Rob Goodier

Where to Donate to Survivors of Hurricanes and Earthquakes in Latin America and the Caribbean

October 1, 2017

The year has been marred by extraordinary natural disasters. Flooding in south Asia has killed more than 1000 people...

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Kate Fogelberg

Changing the behavior of the development sector

July 13, 2017

When the development community speaks of behavior change, it usually refers to individuals doing something differently. Whether that is...

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Rob Goodier

Welcome to E4C’s Research Fellows of 2017

May 29, 2017

Our newest cohort has surprises in store for this second year of the Research Fellowship Program. This year, we...

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Kevin M Passino

Principles of Humanitarian Engineering: A Ten-Part Series of Mini Lessons in Design for Global Development

April 5, 2017

Welcome to the first in a series on the principles of humanitarian engineering. These digestible essays highlight points from the...

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Noel Wilson

How 3D printing helps solve big problems in design for global development

March 21, 2017

High expectations have been heaped on the role of 3D printers, but their place in global development can still...

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Rob Goodier

Promising Prototypes to Watch in 2017

January 19, 2017

Prototypes are pushing the field of global development technology forward as they evolve in workshops, universities, laboratories and even...

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Latest Comments

  • Iana Aranda says: As per Bob: reliable source of power or electrical storage and/or backup power is required. This limits the application to where this type of power is available. UV if applied appropriately can be both a safe and effective means of sterilization.

    Sterilux Steribox and Control Station
    E4C.COMMENTS
  • Iana Aranda says: As per Bob: Steam technology requires a source of water and steam – implying high power heating elements. Appropriate sources of clean, chemical free (Calcium, Iron etc.) water are necessary. Although in developed countries this is not a significant issue in developing countries...

    VIP V-10-40 Steam Engine
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  • Very helpful we too have a problem with elephants in Sri Lanka.

    Designing Elephant Repellent in Rural Botswana
    foni_pioneer@yahoo.com
  • Hi John, thanks for the comment. The use of smoke to repel insects is actually one of the criteria we included in the protocol. There's a section dedicated to location-specific user needs like this one (which can be expanded to include other/uncommon, but important, needs we haven't identified).

    How to Design Improved Cookstoves with Users in Mind: A Usability Protocol
    nickdmoses
  • One of the key issues involved in the roll-out of ICS is that swathes of households in low-income countries are convinced that, although they may not like it, a smokey house environment inhibits biting insects. I've had quite a few householders tell me why smoke is a good thing, for this and other r...

    How to Design Improved Cookstoves with Users in Mind: A Usability Protocol
    jcloke
  • GoSun now has a full array of solar cookers and solar ovens, including a solar cooking solution during cloudy periods or night.

    GoSun Solar Cooker Sport
    garys@gosunstove.com
  • Depending of the desired temperature and the way you want to heat the mealworm. For low temperature, a solar heater (like the ones for water heaters for homes) could be enough; but if you want a higher temperature, a solar concentrator must be used.

    Heating a mealworm farm without Electricity
    eduardo.gmora
  • Interesting solution, some concern about vertical reinforcement being necessary for seismic and hurricane application getting lost -- shown in some drawings not others. All in all, a lot of good technical information and by highlighting the building material in the context of the application -- post...

    Good Earth Nepal Earthbag Construction
    Matt_Advisor
  • No standards in design, requires engineering design. No windows, limited protection, unclear durability. Again, not a solution, more like an example of the use of pallets for construction in limited 1st world applications.

    I-Beam Pallet House
    Matt_Advisor
  • I'm not sure this is appropriate as a "solution". It is certainly a concept and an innovative use of the pallet material. There have been no updates to the pallet house humanitarian design webpage since 2010.

    I-Beam Pallet House
    Matt_Advisor

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