AprotechGhana and Global Resolve from Arizona

GlobalResolve is a social entrepreneurship program at Arizona State University (ASU) in the College of Technology and Innovation (CTI), whose goal is to create sustainable communities by developing technology solutions to address global poverty and subsequently build community ventures around the solutions, therefore encouraging local economic development.

Each semester undergraduate and graduate students across all ASU disciplines enroll in on of several project-based GlobalResolve courses; students are provided academic instruction on designing solutions for the developing world, as well as forming project teams to address a community-identified problem for hands-on experience. Projects are based in a variety of communities – from Glendale, Arizona to the Navajo Nation to villages around the globe. Working cohesively with community members, students develop technologies or products that help solve concerns such as clean water, waste management, energy, health, education, etc.

A team consists of 3-4 students, ASU faculty advisors, an Arizona community mentor, and a community partner. Teams will work through all stages of the project development – from understanding the community through research to designing solutions to monitoring and long term sustainability. Projects will continue, as needed, beyond each semester with new students replacing former team members, thus creating a long-term sustainable solution.
Aprotechghana and Global resolve seems to share a common interest in sustainable development.
Below is their link http://www.globalresolve.asu.edu

Kofi Sam’s Model of African Self-Sufficiency

photo courtesy Radio Open Source

From Radio Open Source

Christopher Lydon’s conversation with Kofi Sam (Audio)

We are making the full village rounds here in Aburanza, near Cape Coast, with a strong-minded, strong-willed modern chief. From furniture works to dress-making class to palm-nut oil pots, Dr. Kofi Sam is barking out variations on his evangelical theme: West Africa can provide the essentials for itself (food, clothing, shelter and healthcare) if only it first licks a second AIDS crisis — the Acquired Import Dependency Syndrome.

Kofi Sam, who graduated from high school in the 1950s with Kofi Annan of the UN, is a cheerful misfit in the Ghanaian elite. He is an engineer with English training and now a compelling Ghanaian vision, however eccentric. He ran steel works in Ghana back in the day, and held the Housing ministry in Jerry Rawlings’ military government in the 1980s. But he was all the while getting more focused on “appropriate technology” for tropical Africa — on finding modern designs and materials, that is, for the climate and culture of a hot, poor place. Tight denim blue jeans make an interesting Western fashion statement, as he might say, but what is their place in Africa? And what is all that Scandinavian concrete doing in new Ghanaian housing?

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