Why low-tech mechanical hydro power can sometimes beat hydro-electric, how kite generators electrify off-grid communities and the details on a new contest to redesign the agricultural water pump number among the most interesting news tweets recently. For up-to-the-minute updates from E4C on Twitter, please follow us at @Engineer4Change.

Adele Waugaman at the blgo Best Practice in ICT4D: A Conversation, interviewed Danny Alexander and Sean Hewens of IDEO.org. ICTWorks by Inveneo reprinted excerpts. https://bestict4d.wordpress.com/

Ernestine Fu, author of Civic Work, Civic Lessons, makes the case.

Céline Tschirhart and Laurence Byrne at The Guardian rewrite the “give-a-man-a-fish/teach-a-man-to-fish” cliché.

Paul Polak tweets about Greenpeace’s agricultural pump design competition in India. The organization is looking for cleaner, cheaper technology to replace the diesel pumps in use now.

Low-Tech Magazine argues that direct hydro power that harnesses flowing water to perform a mechanical task can be more efficient and even improve upon hydro-electricity generation.

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