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Sustainable Economies and Societies

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We want to hear your thoughts on the challenges within sustainable economies and societies across Africa . However big or small the idea may be, we welcome all ideas and suggestions to help us tackle the key challenges. When submitting your idea, you can select to post to one of the following themes:

  • sustainable livelihoods supported by strong foundations for inclusive economic growth and innovation
  • resilience and action on short-term environmental shocks and long-term environmental change
  • sustainable cities and communities
  • sustainable production and consumption of materials and other resources

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  1. Davis Ntwiga
    364 pts
  2. Temitope Sogbanmu
    205 pts
  3. Osu
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  4. Josephine Muchogu
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  5. Cyril France
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WHAT ARE YOU INHALING?

Undoubtedly, increasing waste generation and emissions in air and water are pressing concerns of many urban-dwellers and cities across Africa. Excessive concentration of the population in large cities, thus expose the populace to the deteriorating quality of urban environments which is having negative effects on health and well-being. 

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Environmental Sustainability Ideas/Innovation Hub

We are in a digital age and global knowledge economy! The sustainability of our planet requires new ideas or new approaches to old ideas/methods (innovation) to address current global and specifically African challenges. Consequently, in recent times, we have seen the birth and rise of 'innovation hubs' cutting across diverse fields and topics including climate change, technology, graphics, coding, enterprise management, etc. These hubs have encouraged business start-ups based on linking...

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Blocking the menace of plastic pollution, using Blockchain

Plastic is an incredibly convenient material but it also can result in significant environmental degradation. As plastics are non-biodegradable, over time they don't fully decompose, rather they simply break into smaller and smaller pieces in a process that can last hundreds of years. In 2010 alone, it was estimated that 8-20 million tonnes of plastic made its way to the ocean. According research, plastic pollution is responsible for the annual deaths of about 1-million birds and 100,000...

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Sustainable Flood Management

Flood risk is a growing hazard globally, and the cost of building traditional defences is too high to meet demand.  Using sustainable approaches to complement defences is believed to be a way forward. Working with Natural Processes e.g. storing water in wetlands, best practice of soil management, channel restoration, sustainable urban drainage etc, offer low cost, sustainable interventions which could reduce runoff and stop flooding at the source rather than the receptor.  However, more...

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Harnessing Digital Technologies for Transformative change in African Agriculture

Digital Technologies will play a key role in the future of the agricultural sector, especially in Africa. The benefits of these technologies are tremendous and include:  Efficiency in use of resources like chemicals, fertilizers, water, fuel, etc. Improving quantity and quality of produce Higher yield in same amount of land Linkages to market innovation platforms Reducing environmental footprint Risks mitigation If the agriculture industry can harness the power big data can...

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Social media for survival during disasters

Communities instinctively try to survive disasters by spontaneously organising their communication, outside of the parameters of the emergency services and disaster management teams who trying to resolve the issue. In addition, it is not uncommon that communication (radio, television, and other channels used by disaster teams) are lost in the early stages of a disaster. Our research has shown that Facebook and WhatsApp were specifically used by communities to self-organise in two disaster...

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Using Remote Sensing to Monitor Use of Resources in Areas with Limited Accessibility: Case Study of Somalia

The benefits that come from putting resources to meaningful use can only be realized by monitoring how resources are being utilized for purposes of identifying challenges that may be encountered and consequently put in place measures to help overcome those challenges. Such monitoring cannot be easily carried out in Somalia and other places that cannot be easily accessed due to presence of militia insurgents that are a security threat. Remote Sensing technology can be used as an alternative...

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The Need for a Central Data Storage for Climate Data in Africa.

Climate data is very crucial in the development of any nation or region. Access to data is crucial for research which can be used to inform decisions and actions within governmental and non-governmental organisations. Researchers working in Africa have often complained about the lack of requisite data or difficulty in obtaining the data even when it exists. These difficulties are due to the fact there are either not enough observation sites or there is no centralised storage location for...

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Digital record for lost and misplaced national identification cards to deter fraud

The national identification card is issued to Kenyan citizens from the age of 18 years. It is used for identification, undertake transactions, and register for voting, in payment of services, among other activities. The card is linked to all the services you receive in the country, thus an important document to any citizen. When your card is lost or misplaced, the law requires you to visit the nearest police station and request for a police abstract as an indication that you have reported...

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Developing in situ- based environmental and land management technologies for improving ecosystem services

Using participatory, interdisciplinary nature-based approaches to improve rangeland production and ecosystem services impacted by invasive species and unsustainable land conversion. 

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