July 26, 2014

Misconceptions – Tweet Roundup

We present our twice-monthly snapshot of interesting tweets in the technology for global development space. For up-to-the-minute updates from E4C on Twitter, please follow us at @Engineer4Change.

Another win for the Gates Foundation and PATH.

Sam Hamner at D-Rev lays out the problem with international standards in medical device design: The standards boards often do not include experts from developing countries.

Patrick Meier debunks common misconceptions about aerial drones – unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs – as tools for carrying out search-and-rescue and other humanitarian missions. And (spoiler alert)… He will lead an upcoming E4C Webinar on UAVs. We’re excited to have him.

Russell Sturm at the International Finance Corporation and the founder of Lighting Africa moderated our latest webinar on solar lighting and electrification in developing countries. He made this and other good points about the industry.

Harald Schützeichel at Sun Transfer, a member of our expert panel on solar lighting, made the controversial statement that solar lanterns might be poor half-measures that slow the progression to more useful technologies such as solar home systems. His peers on the panel tended to disagree, saying that lanterns and other small devices can help families save money and start on a path toward ownership of larger systems.

An interesting snap overview of the solar light industry in developing countries.

Another way of explaining an advantage to “leap-frog” technologies like off-grid solar systems…

We liked the hopefulness in this message.

Linda Raftree, one of our contributing editors, writes about a phenomenon in global development that she calls “devsplaining,” in which development agencies act imperious and turn deaf ears toward the people who they are trying to help.

Classing up the flower-pot refrigerator.

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