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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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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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Integrated metering and commercial systems for water, sanitation and electricity utilities.

The most innovative S&T area for urban water, sanitation and electricity services in recent years has been integrated metering and commercial systems for water, sanitation and electricity utilities. This has been all the rage for private sector participation and for reformed public utilities. Getting customers into commercial databases, metering them, issuing bills and collecting bills is a key driver of making services ...more »

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International Best Practice Collection of S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Open Education Resources (OER)

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 »

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ICT Resources for Capacity Development

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 »

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