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Student-built solar motorcycles in Kenya
Kenyan university students are challenging transportation and energy problems with solar-powered motorcycles.
The Break Poverty Hackathon promotes mobile technology as a vehicle for social change
Developers across the world will compete to build mobile apps that address education, business and farming issues in rural Kenya.
Scraps of fabric bring dignity to young African women going through puberty
Transformation Textiles provide Dignity Kits to girls going through puberty in order to help them deal with menstruation without interrupting their education.
A new, rugged tablet is transforming Kenya's schools
The ruggedised tablet and education kit designed by Nairobi technology company BRCK is making digital learning more accessible to Kenya's children.
Queer Kenyan Narratives from The NEST Collective
Multidiscipinary group The NEST Collective is releasing a book that contains the stories they collected from the film "Stories of Our Lives".
Silkworms are spinning a new future for Kenyan farmers
Farmers in Kenya are turning away from maize and looking toward silk farming. It is less susceptible to erratic weather and ensures a steady income.
This design compresses agricultural waste into charcoal briquettes for cooking
Dalhousie University student, Keilah Bias has invented a pressing machine that turns agricultural waste into briquettes for cooking in impoverished communities.
Nairobi Design Week founder says the time for African design is now
Industrial designer Adrian Jankowiak unpacks the landscape of African design from where he’s standing.
Sandbag housing solution opens doors for home ownership in Nakuru
Design organisation, Orkistudio has created a sustainable housing alternative for Kenyan locals while providing a platform to increase family incomes.
Embroidering African women's artisanal skills onto international runways
Through the Ethical Fashion Initiative, African women artisans in rural communities lend their desirable and unique talent to high-end fashion designers.
Inventors use gravity to create safe, clean light
A light powered by gravity is GravityLight’s solution to the health and environmental hazards of kerosene lamps.
The rise of tech and innovation in Africa
The tech and startup scene in Africa is burgeoning. Now innovation is being taught in schools, with the help of the LEGO Education Innovation Studios.
Meet Kenya's courageous Mau Mau fighters in Osborne Macharia's photographic narrative
In Macicio, a Kenyan photographer tells the story of his country's fight for independence through fictional, freedom fighters.
ATMs in Kenya dispense water to the people living in slums who need it
These water dispensing ATMs are transforming the water and sanitation landscape in Nairobi’s slums by increasing access to clean, affordable water.
Aleutia’s solar classrooms bring e-learning to rural Kenya
UK-based tech firm Aleutia will this month construct solar classrooms in each of Kenya’s 47 counties in an effort to bring e-learning to rural Africa.
An ocean cleanup project, innovative healthcare and vertically-grown vegetables: five designs that could revolutionise life
Celebrate designs that address serious modern challenges, this year's INDEX Awards winners include clean energy batteries and a language learning app.
Georgina Goodwin photographs the village where men are banned
Kenyan photographer Georgina Goodwin captures the stories of women who have found refuge in the matriarchal village of Umoja after surviving sexual violence.
The buildings of Waterbank School in Kenyan harvest rainfall for the community
The architecture of the Waterbank campus in Kenya is built to collect, store and filter water for irrigation use while serving as a school for children.
Naeem Biviji: The importance of sourcing materials locally
Sourcing local materials allows Studio Propolis to define a regional form of architecture and product that has it’s own character says co-founder Naeem Biviji.
Studio Propolis on beautiful designs produced under tough constraints
Naeem Biviji of Studio Propolis talks us through designing in the difficult Kenyan context to yield products that are not just good enough for Africa.
The transformation of Kibera from Africa's largest slum to promised land
Upgrading Africa’s largest slum has taken more than a decade, but the process is changing the conversation about how to handle informal urban neighbourhoods.
African Cityzens: A five-year photographic narrative of Africa’s 54 countries
Two photographers are on a journey to capture the most hidden and routine moments of everyday African life
Kenyan artist creates eccentric eyeglasses from electronic waste
Kenyan artist Cyrus Kabiru uses electronic refuse and found metal to create dazzling pairs of sculptural eyewear.
Maasai women are leading the solar revolution in rural Kenya
A new project spearheaded by Green Energy Africa sees Maasai women delivering simple solar technology to improve the lives of rural Kenyans.
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