Engineering for Change

Interest: Transport

Bridges, boats and wheels are connecting people in inventive ways. Bicycle ambulances save lives in the world’s hard-to-reach communities, clinics on buses take medical care to the village, and farmers build do-it-yourself tractors and drive trucks that pull double duty as water pumps and crop processors. Drivers and riders are at the center of transport design in global development.

Interest: Transport

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Andrew Drain

A New Way of Thinking About Collaboration During Participatory Design Projects

April 17, 2019

If you’ve seen an unused latrine in a village that practices open defecation, or a new cookstove on a...

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Rob Goodier

Advanced Simulation May Change Product Manufacturing for the Better

March 13, 2019

There is a class of things that merge form and performance into labyrinthine lines that no person could have...

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Rob Goodier

Engineering for Change’s Research Fellow Ignatius Waikwa Wins a Prize and Advocates for Development Tech in a Kenyan Slum

November 7, 2018

Ask Ignatius Waikwa what he has been up to lately and you may have to settle in. Ignatius has...

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Sanjana Paul

Experts Affirm Two Pillars of Sustainable Development: Open Source Tech and Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration

November 1, 2018

Sustainable development needs to transcend traditional boundaries to improve its efficacy. Experts working at the intersection of technology and...

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Vineet Abhishek

Bicycles and Pedestrians Are Key to Easing Congestion on Mumbai’s Suburban Trains

August 28, 2018

Nearly 3000 train services carry 8 million passengers daily through Mumbai, India’s financial capital. Suburban trains are chronically overcrowded,...

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Peter Kyeyune

Technological Innovation Is Key to Africa’s Sustainable Economic Development

July 26, 2018

African innovation in technology has to grow considerably and address long-term economic value if it is to compete in...

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Dorina Pojani

Sexism and the city: how urban planning has failed women

June 10, 2018

We need to have a conversation about sexism and the city. Gender affects all other “vulnerable group” considerations in...

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Jarkko Vesa

Mission (im)possible: The Quest for Affordable Electric Vehicles for Emerging Markets

May 29, 2018

What would it take to design a cost-effective electric vehicle for emerging markets? This question was raised in the...

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Guest Author

Amazonian dirt roads are choking Brazil’s tropical streams

May 16, 2018

Editor’s note: Research into aquatic wildlife in the Brazilian Amazon revealed a potential threat posed by poorly designed road...

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Rob Goodier

Hello Tractor’s Business-Saving Pivot from Hardware to Software

January 30, 2018

The “smart” tractor company closed its manufacturing operation to focus on agricultural ICT. By September of 2016, an agricultural...

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