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Champions of Quality Education in Africa – Ashoka

From Ashoka: *Deadline: 24 June 2009*

“The close of the entry period for the Champions of Quality Education in Africa competition is just around the corner, so make sure to enter online here. You can also nominate yourself or someone you know today. We’re looking to schools, teachers and administrators to find the best practices that are changing lives at the local, district or national levels. And with the help of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, we’re going to help them take it to the next level with networking opportunities and chances for funding.”

You can also check out other Changemakers in Africa here, or visit Ashoka’s southern Africa site.

– New Ideas for Africa –

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June 17, 2009 at 5:41 pm Leave a comment

Project: Sustainable energy for rural communities

Jim Kleiber is looking to build access to sustainable sources of energy for communities in rural areas by tapping into local resources.
His current plan is to identify resources available locally that could, by applying the right technologies, be used to generate energy. He interested in working with resources that might otherwise be treated or seen as waste. Part of his work will involve developing new technologies where necessary, to convert these resources into energy.
Jim hopes that these technologies will increase the self-reliance of rural communities, lower the costs of energy and help clean-up the environment.
At New Ideas for Africa (29/04/09), participants suggested Jim assess existing resources on the ground and focus on small-scale energy provision at a household or neighbourhood level. TED.com and the Shell Foundation were among the sources of research and funding highlighted.
Jim is hoping to speak with product designers and engineers next, in particular those based in Tanzania. He is going to spend some time researching waste tanks in India too.
Jim Kleiber is looking to build access to sustainable sources of energy for communities in rural areas by tapping into local resources.
His current plan is to identify resources available locally that could, by applying the right technologies, be used to generate energy. He interested in working with resources that might otherwise be treated or seen as waste. Part of his work will involve developing new technologies where necessary, to convert these resources into energy.
Jim hopes that these technologies will increase the self-reliance of rural communities, lower the costs of energy and help clean-up the environment.
At New Ideas for Africa (29/04/09), participants suggested Jim assess existing resources on the ground and focus on small-scale energy provision at a household or neighbourhood level. TED.com and the Shell Foundation were among the sources of research and funding highlighted.
Jim is hoping to speak with product designers and engineers next, in particular those based in Tanzania. He is going to spend some time researching waste tanks in India too.

– New Ideas for Africa –

May 17, 2009 at 12:54 pm Leave a comment

Project: Cut your CO2 footprint with the Carbon Neutral Dance

Bremley Lyngdoh has developed a concept called the Carbon Neutral Dance (CND) to raise funds to cover the start-up costs for local branches of World Impact in Togo, Ghana and Kenya.

Bremley organises a venue and some entertainment (live music). The idea is that people reduce their carbon footprint by dancing. The fee they pay at the door goes towards sustainable development projects that offset carbon in various countries around the world.

Bremley came to New Ideas for Africa (29/04/09) to think about how he could reduce his costs – venue hire and logistics eat heavily into his takings at the door – and to explore the market for this kind of event, especially among people in the diaspora.

Suggestions included working with artistes from Africa, finding sponsors to cover the cost of logistics, piggybacking on other events and using new media to build the CND brand.

May 15, 2009 at 3:40 pm Leave a comment

So what happens at these meetings anyway?!

A little footage from Jozi meetings in May and August ’08!




May 5, 2009 at 6:34 pm Leave a comment


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