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Earthquake Protection for Poor People's Houses

Adopting the sophisticated building regulations of the developed world in poor countries has ...

Rebuilding in the Aftermath of an Earthquake

Taking local construction practices, skills, and needs into account when creating new settlements ...

Seismic Resistant Retrofitting for Buildings

Earthquakes can be the single most devastating natural event, with many lives claimed due to ...

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“People used to know me as someone’s wife and daughter but now they know me as Sarita Sapkota. The happiness..” Read More

Open Data

Open data is not to be confused with Big Data. I’m just on my way back from a conference addressing the question of whether Big Data might be the next revolution for agriculture in Africa. (The short answer is “no”).

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Mobile Data Collection System in Low Smoke Stoves Project

Over the years our Low Smoke Project in North Darfur has proven successes as well as meeting beneficiaries’ expectations. This project illustrates the..

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