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Visualizing a Better World: This App Lets You See Progress on UN Goals

Better World Flux is an app that lets users explore the World Bank Open Data from the Millenium Development Goals.

What does global happiness look like, at a glance? How's the world doing at ending poverty, or giving kids access to universal primary education? While the data's out there, it hasn't always been easy to browse. Better World Flux is a new app that lets you sift through decades of information and see a snapshot of the world state at a given moment in time.

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His name is Kelvin Doe. When he make music he goes by the name DJ Focus. He has taught himself how to build batteries, generators, and transmitters, all from parts he finds in the trash. He's the youngest person ever to be invited to the M.I.T. Visiting Practitioners Program. His next goal is to build a windmill in his Sierra Leone community that will provide his neighbors with electricity.

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Rethinking Humanitarian Relief: Sourcing Locally Before Disaster Strikes

Rather than a cash flood in the wake of disaster, Advance Aid advocates for "disaster security"—connecting relief with longterm development goals.

When disaster strikes a place like Haiti, Somalia, or Indonesia, the response in the developed world usually follows a similar trajectory: massive aid appeal from local NGOs supported by celebrity faces, a large influx of funds from reliably generous Americans, and an eventual petering out of urgent media coverage in the ensuing weeks.

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How to Solve Dhaka's Serious Water Crisis by Harvesting Rainwater

Dhaka, Bangladesh is running out of water, fast. So residents are turning to the sky for help.


The capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka, has a critical water problem. There isn't enough of it.

According to a study by the Institute of Water Modeling, based in Dhaka, the groundwater level is falling by three meters per year. The groundwater is now 60 meters down below the surface. That's compared to 10 meters in 1970. The situation is getting so bad that, last summer, the Government of Bangladesh deployed troops to manage water distribution.

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It's not easy solving poverty, reducing global child mortality or achieving pretty much any of work international aid workers take on every day. Look at our lagging progress with the Millennium Development Goals for evidence of how much work lay ahead.

So what's to be done? Who's getting it right? Where's hope to be found?

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