Microinsurance: Weathering Life’s Storms

February 25th, 2015|cellphones, Ghana, ICT|

Tigo Mobile offers microinsurance as a loyalty perk to keep customers coming back for more minutes. Microinsurance helps [...]

Mobile Money: Leapfrogging Women into Financial Inclusion

February 24th, 2015|cellphones|

Give Directly sends money to recipients, no strings attached, via M-Pesa's mobile money system, Kenya. Photo: Give Directly [...]

Savings: A Path out of Poverty

February 23rd, 2015|Uncategorized|

Members learning to run their own Village Savings & Loan Society, Colombia. Photo: Microenterprise Access Banking Services (MABS) Program [...]

Microcredit: Upgrading on the Installment Plan

February 22nd, 2015|Uncategorized|

A new BRAC microfinance client in Bangladesh. Photo: BRAC Microcredit is an important tool to help women, previously [...]

Digital Platforms: Megaphones for Women’s Voices

February 20th, 2015|cellphones, ICT|

Training Insight Share researchers in Tanzania              Photo: InsightShare Digital communication is a [...]

Internet: Connecting the World’s Poorest

February 19th, 2015|ICT, literacy|

A telephone operator's first time on the internet, Uganda. Photo: Innovations for Poverty Action Internet is so integrated [...]

More Computing Power at Less Cost

February 19th, 2015|de-engineering, ICT, literacy|

Barakrat computer class. Photo: Barakatworld.org People who've owned computers for decades have watched them decrease in size, increase [...]

Cellphone: Queen of Multitasking Tools

February 18th, 2015|africa, ICT, Zambia|

Zambian kid texting away. Photo: Imani Cheers, Flickr Cellphones are now cheap enough that a large portion of [...]

TV Edutainment Lowers Birthrates

February 17th, 2015|family planning, India, literacy|

Same-Language Subtitles help teach reading in Gulbai Tekra Slum - Planet Read TV offers cheap entertainment world-wide. It [...]

Radio: Better Than Ever

February 16th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Students in a Lusaka township in Zambia meet their new teacher, a Prime LIfeline radio. While cellphones used [...]

Literacy: The Mightiest Tool of All

February 15th, 2015|cellphones, Girl Effect, ICT|

Learning to read in Oaxaca, Mexico. Photo: Pilar Portela/ Wikipedia Commons Literacy is the mightiest poverty alleviation tool [...]

An Affordable, Adorable Wheelchair

February 13th, 2015|disability, Israel|

Pablo Kaplan and Chava Rothstein's award winning design "Adorable" and "wheelchair" are not usually paired, but Pablo Kaplan [...]

Wheelbarrows and Handcarts: Low-Tech Liberation

February 12th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Tree Nursery worker in Kebe Guy, Senegal - Photo: Trees for the Future It seems somewhat shocking that wheelbarrows [...]

Bikes: Expanding Access & Moving Goods

February 11th, 2015|bikes, compatible technology|

Photo: re-cycle.org Afriyie Ekua, Outreach Nurse, Ghana, carries mosquito nets and drugs in the basket, and has mechanic training. [...]

Inesfly: Paint That Vaccinates Houses

February 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|

An ad for paint that will protect you from deadly insects! Photo: InesflyNigeria Inesfly, microencapsulated paint, was developed [...]

Solar Bottle Light Bulbs: Free Light!

February 10th, 2015|fuel savings, Global South export to elsewhere in the Global South, plastic bottle reuse, upcycling|

Cleaning off a newly installed solar bottle light bulbPhoto: A Liter of Light MumbaiTool 76 in the #countdown is solar bottle light [...]

Plastic Thatch – An Eco-Roof Overhead

February 8th, 2015|plastic bottle reuse, roofing, upcycling|

Vananh Lee - Co-head of the ReuseEverything Institute shows off their invention: plastic thatch Thatched roofs are picturesque, but when people move [...]

Bottle Bricks: Upcycyling Plastic, Building Schools

February 8th, 2015|bottle bricks, construction, fuel savings, Global South export to elsewhere in the Global South, plastic bottle reuse, upcycling|

Bottle Brick school wall - Photo: Hug It Forward/Rotary Bottle bricks, empty plastic bottles filled with compressed non-biodegradable waste, originated [...]

Don’t Just Teach Women to Fish: They Can Raise the Fish, Too!

February 6th, 2015|fish, food security|

Photo: Practical action. Fishing means lifting and emptying the cage!Tools 73 in the #countdown is micro farm-fisheries.  For the many [...]

Goats: Grazing Out of Poverty

February 6th, 2015|drought resistance, goats, sustainable agriculture|

Photo: N Siddhu - FlickrGoats are popular poverty-busters. They eat most anything (so they must be watched) and can survive drought. [...]