Engineering for Change

Interest: ICT

The boom in mobile phone ownership has been one of the unanticipated success stories of global development. And with all of that computing power in the hands of so many people, software engineers are at the leading edge of the work to improve lives. Other electronic hardware is also gaining momentum, with innovations like e-readers, drones and 3D printers. These tools are how communities can leapfrog over phases of development to catch up with the pack.

Interest: ICT

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The Conversation

We Built an App to Detect Areas Most Vulnerable to Life-Threatening Haze

September 12, 2019

Forest and land-use fires are ravaging Indonesia’s Sumatra and Kalimantan islands. Haze from these fires threatens lives as inhaling...

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Justin Harrison

Dodging Censorship and Rural Poverty: Satellite TV Beams Disguised Information into Homes

August 28, 2019

Satellite receiver dishes mount the roofs of homes and community centers around the world. Even in rural villages where...

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Senka Hadzic

Connecting the Unconnected: A Human-Centric Approach to Internet Access

August 27, 2019

While technology giants experiment with drones, balloons and satellites to deliver the Internet to the world’s hard-to-reach communities, one...

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Carlos Garcia Lanchares

Software for Soil: Computer Assisted Design can Check Erosion

August 23, 2019

The soil is in trouble. About one-third of the world’s land is moderately to highly degraded, suffering from erosion,...

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DEMAND: ASME Global Development Review

Fellow Visionaries

August 15, 2019

Editor’s note: Eye care venture PlenOptika found that contrary to common assumptions, the reason more people in the world...

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Mathew Yarger

The Case for a Unified Identity

August 5, 2019

More than 980 million people do not possess any form of identification, according to the 2018 Identity for Development...

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Rob Goodier

Five Questions for Jim Fruchterman, Who Talks Non-Profits Out of Adopting New Technology

July 25, 2019

The tropes of a Silicon Valley icon’s backstory glitter throughout Jim Fruchterman’s biography: Elite school dropout, serial venture founder,...

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Rob Goodier

Wi-Fi? Why Not.

July 1, 2019

Editor’s note: Demand: ASME Global Development Review is shuttering after six years of publishing research, in-depth coverage of the...

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Lucas Jolías

Four Lessons Learned from Building Blockchain Applications for Social Impact

June 13, 2019

In 2017, we began exploring the potential of blockchain technology to improve transparency levels, facilitate audits, strengthen accountability and...

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Richard Tibbles

Connecting the Disconnected: Online Learning for an Offline World

May 7, 2019

Access to the Internet is still limited to half of the world’s population, and the half that do not...

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  • […] A wonderful infographic by OXFAM demonstrating the impact of climate change, waste and hunger  on our food production system http://www.engineeringforchange.org/whats-wrong-with-our-food-system/ […]

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  • E17 - SIMPLE WATER TREATMENT METHODS FOR USE IN THE HOME 1) What is involved ? The methods presented in this factsheet are used to make water drinkable. They can be applied at hole, at the family level. The methods described comprise : * Straining * The three pot method * Treatment by boiling * Trea...

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  • I really expect this training the problem the time is not in utc

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  • Poverty is more properly an economic than engineering problem. The basis of economic success and growth is in property rights, rule of law, free trade, free markets... multiplied by low cost government, transportation, communications... Engineering tends to be involved in higher levels of complexity...

    Engineers Are Not Ending Poverty. Time for a Change?
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  • I think Lawrence and Mitra have valid points to the argument. Scale, capacity building, how we measure poverty, all need to be considered. Like the solutions developed, they can't be in isolation, otherwise, there is too much risk of failure.

    Engineers Are Not Ending Poverty. Time for a Change?
    cbirzer
  • Yes, but. We may be helping with improvements in ways, that aren't measured in the official statistics. Many of the systems we work on, IF they are done in co-operation with the community are both repairable and duplicatible by/in the community. If those actions only require local materials and labo...

    Engineers Are Not Ending Poverty. Time for a Change?
    larry.bentley
  • I think Engineers need to not only think broader - i.e. at the related systems causing the poverty, but also AT SCALE, i.e. at the scale of the problem. For example, a small scale, locally built water filter may be the perfect solution for the village you are working with, but have you thought about...

    Engineers Are Not Ending Poverty. Time for a Change?
    mitra
  • Hi Jana! I am using Microsoft Edge and have tried your suggestions several times now still with no luck. Are you able to get to the download link or do you have trouble when trying?

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  • I am not able to download a copy of the software. The link provided only comes up with "access denied you must be logged in to access". I am definitely logged in since I am able to leave this comment.

    Design for Impact with Solid Edge 3D Tools
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