The Future is Already Here

Adjusting technology to benefit development is tricky - but India might be heading straight into the future. Photo: Pexels.

Av: Fredrik Björksten

When the 1.3 billion people of India woke up on the morning of November 9th, 2016, many of them had become poor overnight. After Prime Minister Modi’s sudden decision to ban a staggering 86% of all cash in circulation, the 500 & 1.000 rupee notes had become nothing more than “worthless pieces of paper” and […]

6 mars, 2019, Editorial, English, Magazine, Main article

When learning goes online

The ‘XO’ Laptop aims to connect children across the world to new educational opportunities. Photo: One Laptop Per Child, Flickr.

Av: Siobhán Coskeran

New technologies have the potential to provide educational opportunities in underprivileged contexts. Examples from India, however, show that it is not only innovative technologies that are important, but innovative uses of technology.

6 mars, 2019, English, Long read, Magazine

Is “Sky Ambulances” the future in Health Care?

Rwanda is leading the way by being the first country to use drones on a national scale in health care. Now Ghana is following. Photo: World Bank Photo Collection, Flickr.

Av: Åsa Setterquist

Zipline, a US-based company, has been using drones to deliver medical supplies to health clinics and hospitals in remote areas in Rwanda since 2016. Now the project is to be implemented in Ghana.

5 mars, 2019, Article, English, Magazine

Digital Activists Speaking Truth To Power

Zimbabweans from all walks of life in a solidarity march calling for president Robert Mugabe to step down in November 2017. Photo: Zimbabwean-Eyes, Flickr.

Av: FUF Lund

Shutting down the internet is one of the ways used by most governments across the African continent to silence opposing voices. However, citizens continue to use the internet to create awareness, organize and plan marches within and outside their countries. They have also come up with innovative ways of bypassing the shut-down.

5 mars, 2019, Article, English, Magazine

Does technology improve or imperil agriculture?

A demo plot for integrated farming established by Swaziland National Agricultural Marketing Board (NAMBOARD) in Manzini. Photo: Believe Nyakudjara, FAO in Southern Africa

Av: Carolina Yang

Innovation has been pinpointed as a crucial strategy to shift towards a sustainable food system in the EAT-Lancet Report released in January. Although agricultural innovation should not be limited to technology, it has without doubt had substantial impacts on our current food systems. Technology, however, is a double-edged sword, and should be properly evaluated prior to its application.

5 mars, 2019, Article, English, Magazine

Can universities take the lead in fighting climate change?

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Lund university library. Foto: Olena Siergieieva (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Av: FUF Lund

Universities are step boards for many young people and could be an important player in the fight against climate change. Scientists and students have created petitions to get the universities to reduce their emissions and lead the change to a sustainable society.  In this first Podcast from FUF Lund we meet the students behind Klimatstudenterna in […]

26 februari, 2019, English, FUF-podden, Magazine

When Men Care

Schoolboys attend sensitization classes on sexual education at a school in Bangui, Central African Republic. The classes are meant to prevent gender-based violence. Photo: UN/Flickr.

Av: Siobhán Coskeran och Yvonne Jila

The fight against gender-based violence has often been cast as a women’s issue. However, successful programmes in Africa show the importance of engaging men and boys in the discussion.

10 december, 2018, English, Long read, Magazine