Energy Access, Renewables, and Infrastructure

Geospatial Management of Infrastructure Assets

Many utilities or infrastructure departments do not have full knowledge of the systems and resources which they are managing. Geospatial asset management would combine engineering technical aspects of building, operating, and maintaining civil infrastructure systems with building organizational capacity for utilities or governmental departments to better manage infrastructure and other resources. For example, in Sudan, ...more »

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Agriculture, Poverty, and Hunger

Support Linking US Private Giving to Indigenous Development Initiatives

Support web-based information platform to unleash power of US economic engagement in developing countries. Allow private giving to link to indigenous development initiatives through user controlled Google Earth information layers so that private and non-profit entities can drill down to the information they are most interested in and see what actors are already engaged, what activities are underway, and how might they ...more »

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Energy Access, Renewables, and Infrastructure

Mobile Phone-Enabled Index Insurance for Small Holder Farmers

This is the mobile phone component of an Ag Risk Management idea. Without insurance, poor small holder farmers must take a low-risk, low return strategy to their selection of crops and related inputs. With insurance, these same farmers are able to take risks – making investments up front in the right seeds and fertilizer to increase their crop yields, hence earning dramatically more to pay for food and school and medical ...more »

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Developing Local S&T Capacity

How might we best help developing countries develop their own science and technology innovations? That is, not just source good ideas from them, but also help get them the resources needed to turn those good ideas into real products and services? See http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/27/business/27incubate.html for one way to get started.

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Geospatial analysis of improved household energy alternatives

Although development agencies have invested funds in cookstove projects for decades, they have not yet found the right combination of technology, finance, and behavior change necessary to encourage large-scale fuel switching or sustained uptake of more efficient wood-burning stoves. More than 2.5 billion people around the world prepare their food on open fireplaces fuelled by firewood, plant residues and charcoal and ...more »

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Health, Nutrition, and Population

Wastewater treatment: distributed, low-cost systems

Are there modular, low-cost wastewater treatment options that can be scaled and implemented in a distributed model either in rural or urban settings? If not, who is investing in this area and how can development goals be incorporated into the investments?

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Local knowledge for development

How might we find better ways to collect, value, and utilize indigenous knowledge and experience in research for development?

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Low cost, low maintenance roads

Investigate methods to create low cost, low maintenance roads particularly suited for farm to market applications, particularly when employing waste products, i.e. waste rice hulls, mining tailings, etc.

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Health, Nutrition, and Population

Sanitation

Where is the model toilet of the future for the poor?

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Crowdsourcing transparency and accountability

Find ways to make better use of technology like phones and digital cameras to improve transparency and accountability in delivery of public goods and services related to development and humanitarian response

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Smart-Grids for the Developing World

A “Smart-Grids for the Developing World” initiative would involve adapting smart meters for system-wide optimization in developing countries. This could be particularly interesting if it made local generation of power through solar PV or small wind energy more practical. A “smart transmission grid” delivers electricity from suppliers to consumers using two-way digital technology to control appliances at consumers' homes ...more »

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Health, Nutrition, and Population

Low-cost cold field sterilization

Develop a low-cost cold field sterilization system for small clinics and hospitals for instruments and surroundings using Ozone or UV.

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