In the face of COVID-19, Somalia's education system has been scrambling to transition to online learning. The situation has created many challenges, but also a few unexpected opportunities.…

Roku Fukui, Abdullahi Bihi Hussein |

Photo: UNSOM/Flickr Somalia’s capital city of Mogadishu is defined by a complex mix of challenges and opportunities. Despite political and economic struggles, Somalis are innovating to break the…

Roku Fukui, Christopher James Arderne |

Photo: UNMISS/Flickr Humanitarian and development efforts serve two distinct and complementary objectives. Humanitarian work focuses on responding to emergency situations in the immediate…

Priya Chopra |

The markets for rural energy access and internet connectivity are ripe for disruption – and increasingly, we’re seeing benefit from combining the offerings.   Traditionally, power and broadband…

Anna Lerner, Roku Fukui, Doyle Gallegos |

Doing homework at night using power generated by human movement during recess earlier in the day. This play-powered light is offered by Empower Playgrounds.  (…

Anna Lerner |

The challenge gets underway at Nairobi's iHub. Photo: Anna Lerner/World Bank The Negawatt Challenge is is an open-innovation competition that will leverage a variety of cities’ rich …

Anna Lerner, Zhenia Viatchaninova Dalphond |

Information and communication technologies (ICTs), including mobile phones, are increasingly seen as critical tools to improve public health and health outcomes in Africa. Several experiments,…

Samia Melhem |