#Development hacks
10 products for better aid
Can charcoal save trees?

There’s no shortage of innovative ideas to protect the
environment and lift people out of povert...
Pratt Pouch
By Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering
What it is: It’s like a ketchup packet, only it’s filled with...
JustMilk nipple shield
By JustMilk.org
What it is: A disposable silicone device that comes with an insert containing micro...
Green charcoal
By Carbon Roots International
What it is: A cooking briquette made of charred agricultural waste
What makes...
Tsetse repellent collar
By International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology
What it is: A wearable device that dispen...
Cyanobacterial fertilizer
By Thin Air Nitrogen Solutions
What it is: Fertilizer made from blue-green algae
What makes it i...
MamaCarts
By MamaCarts
What it is: Food cart microfranchising
What makes it innovative: It promotes social entrepreneurshi...
DevelopmentCheck.org
By Integrity Action
What it is: An online tool using citizen feedback to monitor issues found in deve...
Timber frame with mulberry
By Habitat for Humanitty International
What it is: A mesh of harvested mulberry branches along ...
Google Glass for aid delivery
By Skotkonung
What it is: A solution that uses the wearable gadget’s face recognition functi...
Anaerobic digester-equipped latrine
By: University of Maryland
What it is: An ecological toilet that converts human waste ...
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#Development hacks: 10 products for better aid

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There’s no shortage of innovative ideas to protect the environment and lift people out of poverty, and Devex is proud to highlight some of them.

Here are 10 of the #innov8aid solutions we featured in 2013.

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#Development hacks: 10 products for better aid

  1. 1. #Development hacks 10 products for better aid
  2. 2. Can charcoal save trees? There’s no shortage of innovative ideas to protect the environment and lift people out of poverty, and Devex is proud to highlight some of them. Here are 10 of the #innov8aid solutions we featured in 2013.
  3. 3. Pratt Pouch By Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering What it is: It’s like a ketchup packet, only it’s filled with antiretroviral drugs for expecting mothers and their babies What makes it innovative: The pouch when sealed keeps ARVs stable for 12 months, allowing the drugs to be stored and administered when needed such as during the second trimester of pregnancy and after a home birth delivery. Read more about Pratt Pouch
  4. 4. JustMilk nipple shield By JustMilk.org What it is: A disposable silicone device that comes with an insert containing micronutrients, antimalarials, probiotics or antiretrovirals What makes it innovative: It is designed as a low-cost, safe and effective way to administer medication or nutrients to breastfeeding babies, especially those at risk of infection such as HIV. Read more about JustMilk nipple shield
  5. 5. Green charcoal By Carbon Roots International What it is: A cooking briquette made of charred agricultural waste What makes it innovative: It offers an alternative source of fuel for cooking and energy, particularly in a country like Haiti where charcoal consumption is so staggering that it has left the country with little forest cover. Read more about green charcoal
  6. 6. Tsetse repellent collar By International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology What it is: A wearable device that dispenses repellents with compounds sourced from urine of wild animals that tsetse flies avoid such as zebra and waterbuck What makes it innovative: The technology holds promise of improving food security and boosting incomes in Africa, where tsetse is endemic. In areas where livestock wore the collar, there was a reduction in animal mortality and disease incidence, and herders sold twice as much livestock as they did from unprotected areas, according to research. Read more about tsetse repellent collar
  7. 7. Cyanobacterial fertilizer By Thin Air Nitrogen Solutions What it is: Fertilizer made from blue-green algae What makes it innovative: Rich in nitrogen, cyanobacteria offers an organic and likely cheaper alternative to conventional fertilizer and is proven to increase micronutrient concentrations in plants’ edible parts, such as zinc, iron and beta-carotene. Read more about cyanobacterial fertilizer
  8. 8. MamaCarts By MamaCarts What it is: Food cart microfranchising What makes it innovative: It promotes social entrepreneurship and good nutrition in food-insecure areas, as MamaCarts not only helps women earn an income but also teaches them how to prepare healthy meals using locally sourced materials. Read more about MamaCarts
  9. 9. DevelopmentCheck.org By Integrity Action What it is: An online tool using citizen feedback to monitor issues found in development projects in war-torn countries What makes it innovative: The tool not only provides verified information on irregularities in aid projects but also tells if they have been fixed. Integrity Action shares the findings with the community, government and contractors, and works with them to address the problem. Read more about DevelopmentCheck.org
  10. 10. Timber frame with mulberry By Habitat for Humanitty International What it is: A mesh of harvested mulberry branches along with a timber framework covered and finished with a plaster of mud, straw and wool What makes it innovative: The material is used to reinforce houses so they can be resilient to earthquakes. In quakeprone Tajikistan, houses retrofitted with mulberry suffered minimal or zero damage from temblors. Read more about timber frame with mulberry
  11. 11. Google Glass for aid delivery By Skotkonung What it is: A solution that uses the wearable gadget’s face recognition function to enrol and verify the identity of aid beneficiaries Why it is innovative: Aside from helping fight fraud and increase efficiency in delivering aid, the technology can promote aid worker security in hot spots such as Afghanistan and Somalia because it removes the need to carry IDs. Read more about Google Glass for aid delivery
  12. 12. Anaerobic digester-equipped latrine By: University of Maryland What it is: An ecological toilet that converts human waste into high-value fertilizer and biogas What makes it innovative: Aside from helping improve public health, the technology may also provide locals with a source of income, through the sale of biogas and fertilizer and fees charged for toilet use. Read more about anaerobic digester-equipped latrine
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