Compassion, technology and some out-of-the-box thinking are making a difference in the war on hunger. Click to read about five initiatives that most any community could embrace – from donating per diems online to on-demand, data-driven food recovery.
Compassionate Cities is a Council initiative to raise awareness about ways communities can reduce suffering and improve the lives of vulnerable populations through the use of digital technologies already being applied to solve other city challenges. Click here to learn more about the initiative – and scroll down for articles highlighting how technology is helping the homeless, the hungry, the disabled and other people in need around the world.
MasterCard and World Vision are partnering to improve humanitarian aid delivery via digital identity and electronic payment technology. That's just part of their new multi-layered effort to help more people affected by poverty and disasters more effectively.
Columbus, Ohio has tried a number of initiatives to curb high infant death rates in its poorest neighborhoods. The latest plan: Giving residents prepaid transit cards so they can more easily access health services.
The city of Dusseldorf is teaming with ZTE Corp. and Telefónica Deutschland on a preventive healthcare pilot that will leverage digital technologies to enable older people to live safely and longer in their homes.
The World Economic Forum says a new study on water scarcity makes the crisis even bigger than previously thought. But the good news is, intriguing solutions are emerging – from mobile desalination systems to well water sensors to a new awareness-building app on the way from Itron.
More than 30 organizations are partnering to improve digital literacy and public health in one of New York City's poorest neighborhoods. Read what this ambitious effort, which features a technology and wellness hub, hopes to accomplish.
The Rockefeller Foundation launched its YieldWise initiative to show the world how food waste and loss can be cut in half by 2030 – hopeful news for the 1.2 billion people who go to bed hungry or under-nourished every night. Learn how they plan to do it and the role technology will play.
GSMA represents mobile operators around the world and has a track record in delivering life-enhancing mobile solutions in developing countries. GSMA recently partnered with the UK government to take on extreme poverty and announced an effort to end the mobile gender gap. Learn what Ooredoo and other GSMA members hope to accomplish.
In an opinion piece for the Bangkok Post, World Bank's SE Asia Country Director Ulrich Zachau explains how digital technology can increase access to capital and reduce income equality. And he lists three priorities for harnessing the Internet for positive change and empowerment. It's worth reading.
In partnership with two social service organizations, Enel is helping distribute solar lamps to schools in Africa. The goal is to increase literacy, but the program is also inspiring a new generation of advocates for a clean energy future. Click for details.