Design and Comm' Goodness for Development.

Hi, my name is Julien and I am an agronomist working in the field of Communication for Development. This tumblelog focuses on poverty alleviation, development, environment, social entrepreneurship and other important issues. It is also an attempt to showcase good examples of what can be done in terms of communication to improve development practices.

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nationalgeographicmagazine:

Emperor Penguin, Antarctica
Photograph by Paul Nicklen, National GeographicPreparing to launch from the sea to the sea ice, an emperor penguin reaches maximum speed.

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nationalgeographicmagazine:

Emperor Penguin, Antarctica
Photograph by Paul Nicklen, National Geographic
Preparing to launch from the sea to the sea ice, an emperor penguin reaches maximum speed.

Download Wallpaper (1600 x 1200 pixels)

ecosnobberysucks:

How much water are you really using? Many of us have low flow shower heads and our toilets are using less water, but how does that compare to the water that goes into the things we use and consume every day?

ecosnobberysucks:

How much water are you really using? Many of us have low flow shower heads and our toilets are using less water, but how does that compare to the water that goes into the things we use and consume every day?

vurtual:

Nigeria’s Cost & Energy-Efficient Floating Schools (by NLÉ)

The Makoko Floating School is an ambitious project that is currently under construction in the water community of Makoko in Lagos, Nigeria by NLÉ, a collaborative agency whose mission is to provide architectural change for developing cities. The project seeks to create floating buildings that are designed to serve as educational classrooms for neighborhood children.

The three-story architectural structure, built as a triangular prism, is intended to float on water with a base made of 256 plastic drums. The floating construct is built with locally sourced wood, electrically powered with solar panels, and designed to house about 100 students.

While this first generation of floating buildings is being designated solely as educational center, the project is opening a new chapter in architectural design that can be applied to a variety of facilities for poor communities like Makoko to urbanize efficiently. Because of the project’s green initiatives, each building is more affordable and cost-effective. Additionally, they accommodate for the climate changes that are resulting in the rise of sea levels.

The point is not for the giver to have a good feeling, but for the people we’re trying to help to have a good feeling.

Bill Gates from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation