The longlist for The Guardian’s annual International Development Achievement Award was release today, and Firdaus Kharas is one of 10 semi-finalists for his entire body of work. The next stage is a public vote to determine the five finalists. You can see the whole story here and you can vote here.
There’s many ways to help those without access to electricity protect their health from the grimy fumes of indoor lighting and cooking. Our goal is to show those in need one way to stop using traditional fuels like kerosene and dung by switching to solar lights, which are cheaper and way, way less toxic. We’re […]
It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact reasons for a 20-percent decrease in infant-and-maternal mortality between 2005 and 2010 across the developing world, plus about another 20-percent decrease since then, according to the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). Certainly in the mix are improved health technology and education, an explosion of project funding from […]
In April iheed’s Tom O’Callaghan watched a video replay of a presentation by Canadian public-service animation producer Firdaus Kharas during Unite For Sight, a health-care innovation conference at Yale University. “I got to thinking about this, and it seemed this is where our content should be going. Firdaus’ animation projects are world famous; no one else is using animation […]
FAMILY MATTERS (an update from Indiegogo campaign) In a story on the emerging trend of residential solar lights, National Geographic estimates that 1.1-million households in India use them. They’re becoming common, and vital, in areas of intense growth, such as the Mumbai/Pune corridor, that have seen rapid urbanization with information technology and manufacturing growth as […]
How Behaviour Change Works in the Developing World July 20, 2012 If real change helping people in the developing world emerge from the problems of poverty is to be achieved, it will take a collaborative effort from everyone to create and implement workable solutions. Mike Levin’s piece on Firdaus Kharas and Steve Katsaros as they tackle solar […]
Sustainable energy has always been a target of International Development Aid because of its benefit for health, poverty alleviation and for mitigating climate change. Problem is, “regulations and policies” have kept any widespread implementation from happening. Those are words from the World Bank, and what they really mean is that governments in developing countries aren’t […]