Collaboration among government, funders and NGO's and cross sector organizations to solve community wide problems that were identified based on a community driven assessment that includes gps mapping and visuals, data and all perspectives at the table. Enough w/ the competive grant process that puts agencies against agencies and asks for long term problems to be solved in three years or less and piece meals the work! ...more »
Technical training is an effective cross cutting tool that transfers new skills and knowledge to improve the performance of host country nationals in their workplace. While technical knowledge is essential, there is also a growing body of literature that discusses the increasing importance of soft skills. This is particularly relevant for fragile and post conflict countries where prolonged strife has led to a breakdown ...more »
USAID/Yemen sought support from the Regional Science & Technology Office in Amman for research into low cost, green technologies that we could incorporate into our Community Livelihoods Project. We are particularly interested in technologies we could realistically introduce to address energy and water issues in remote areas at the household and community level, e.g. solar desalinization.
Early in the Haiti emergency intervention there were large numbers of IDP’s in camps. The WASH cluster set a goal of building 11,000 latrines with an initial goal of one latrine for every 100 people. However, there were not enough pump trucks in country to properly maintain the latrines, nor was – or is – there a satisfactory method to dispose of the sludge when the latrines are cleaned. Large bag digesters can help ...more »
How can we better utilize information and communication technologies to make capacity development activities sustainable? Follow-up always seems to be lacking, especially in participant training programs and other capacity development efforts. Can persistent, accessible ICT resources allow for greater sustainability of program efforts by ensuring the integration and actual usage of newly acquired knowledge and skills? ...more »
Dear Sir, Me, George Kokochashvili working for USAID Georgia office as an Engineering Specialist. Thought USAID newsletters. I have found your web page, which was very interesting for me, where was mentioned about identify key development challenges that can be tackled through innovative science and technology solutions. From my side I would like to inform you that I have several inventions in the following fields: ...more »
Heading: International Best Practice Collection of S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Open Education Resources (OER) Secondary School Material Research Question: To demonstrate how provision of high-quality S.T.E.M materials could impact secondary school learning outcomes and contribute to global engagement. How would this address this research and lead to major S&T solutions: S.T.E.M material evaluation ...more »
Increase access to informaiton and improve livelihoods through mobile apps. Create/encourage a unified methodology, like Masawa (masawa.org -- kicking poverty in the apps) for getting mobile apps, created by NGOs, IOs, developers, governments, and private sector actors, into the hands of the world's poor. By sharing the apps across typically siloed geographies, functions and organizations, optimal scale and effectiveness ...more »
How might we create resilience to environmental change and variability in staple grain crops?
How might we create resilient and more powerful but affordable computing capacity for the developing world?
How might we provide medical or veterinary care and treatment in the absence of trained health services professionals?
How might we design energy efficient methods for removing sodium from large salt water bodies?